Au Tou

A tiny cove set aside in a series of cliffs that tower above the shore, Au Tou is a fantastically exotic location that offers those visiting privacy from everything but the sea.

Located in the eastern part of Vieille Case, 1.4 miles southeast of Penville, Au Tou is on the North coast of Dominica. You might think about stopping by whether or not you're staying particularly close by. Au Tou stands out from other beaches because it's perfect for getting away from vacation stresses, like overly crowded restaurants and attractions. Other nearby beaches on Dominica may be just as breezy and refreshing, but are usually more crowded because they're lined with some of the most famous hotels and restaurants.

Amenities and Ambiance

The cove is slightly protected from the open sea, but the ocean here is a bit more rough than in other places along this coast. While smaller children may find it too much, others are sure to enjoy fighting the waves.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site.

Au Tou brings visitors an idyllic and tranquil haven, especially since the surrounding region is free of city-life and traffic.

What's Nearby


Au Tou is on Dominica's North coast. It is near Waitukubuli Trail: Penville to Capuchin, which is one of the attractions in the area.

If you want to combine culture with your visit to the beach, you should consider a trip to Fort Shirley Welcome Center and Museum. This museum is located easily within taxi range, so it would be an easy side trip to take after some time in the sun.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Au Tou
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Waitukubuli Trail: Penville to Capuchin Hiking Trail 1.6 NW Dominica
Indigo Art Gallery Art Gallery 2.9 SSW Dominica
Waitukubuli Trail: Borne to Penville Hiking Trail 3.1 SSW Dominica
Waitukubuli Trail: Capuchin to Cabrits National Park Hiking Trail 3.7 W Dominica
Fort Shirley Historical Site 5.1 WSW Dominica

Cities and Towns

Au Tou is close to Calibishie, so a trip into the city is a definite option. Not far away you'll find Calibishie, a city which is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From the shore, Calibishie is a quick trip away, maybe four miles (six and a half kilometers).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. There are not many large hotels nearby, but it's often visited by visitors staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

Since this beach is situated in a relatively popular vacation spot, it shouldn't be all that difficult to find the type of hotel you're looking for close-by. For visitors hoping to find a place that's near the beach, the table below shows the accommodations closest to Au Tou.

Accommodations near Au Tou
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Comfort Cottages -- -- Cottages
Wind Blow Estate 3.6 mi. SE Hotel
Veranda View 3.9 mi. ESE Guest house
Bayview Lodges 3.9 mi. ESE Hotel
Heaven's Best Guesthouse 4.1 mi. SW Guest house
Douglas Guesthouse 4.3 mi. SW Guest house
Calibishie Lodges Hotel 4.3 mi. ESE Hotel
Jacoway Inn 4.4 mi. ESE B & B
Sea Cliff Cottages 4.9 mi. ESE Cottages
Calibishie Cove 5.0 mi. ESE Hotel


One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to try an area restaurant, where you can get a taste of the local fare, without having to go far. One of the nearest places to eat is Atlantic View Restaurant. The restaurant has Creole food. They're also renowned for their chicken and seafood.

The following table provides a list of nearby dining options.

Restaurants near Au Tou
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Atlantic View Restaurant (767) 277-0893 Creole Very Casual 3.6 mi. ESE
Domcan's Cafe (767) 445-7794 American, Caribbean, International Very Casual -- --
Warrow's Seaside Restaurant (767) 285-7100 Creole, Vegetarian -- 3.9 mi. ESE
Veranda View Restaurant (767) 445-8900 International -- 3.9 mi. ESE
Coral Reef Restaurant (767) 445-7432 Caribbean -- -- --
Adaj Restaurant (767) 445-6535 -- -- -- --
Big Papas Restaurant (767) 445-6444 Jamaican Very Casual -- --
Brothers Restaurant (767) 445-3755 Chinese Very Casual -- --
Hai Rong Yuan Restaurant & Bar (767) 445-4756 -- -- -- --
Hong Kong Bar & Restaurant (767) 445-3232 -- -- -- --
Island Cafe (767) 445-4626 -- -- -- --
Leisureland Dev./Seaside Cafeteria (767) 445-5041 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches on Dominica, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Hodges Beach, situated a brief car or taxi trip away. Hodges Beach features calm clear blue waters, which make a great spot for casual swimming. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, you might enjoy people watching at Au Parc. You'll find it a quarter mile to the southeast.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Anse Soldat, located two miles away.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand on Dominica, but a trip to Au Tou could end up a family favorite.


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