Beaches on Dominica

Dominica's unusual beaches are not the island's main draw, but they offer incredibly scenic spots unlike what you'll find anywhere else

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Beaches may be the one thing most travelers think of when they consider visiting the tropics, but Dominica is not best known for its shoreline. Still, those seeking the chance to enjoy unusual scenery will love Dominica's black and yellow beaches.

......near-deserted stretches of sand, sun, and waves nearby......

 

The majority of Dominica's coast line features dark gray or jet black volcanic sands, which are unusual but not uncommon throughout the region. However, along the northeastern edge of the island, rarely seen gold or honey-colored sands line a few beaches. We use the term "beaches" somewhat loosely -- many of Dominica's coastal areas are somewhat rocky, so sunbathing isn't the main attraction. Most of these are places where the main appeal is the unusual character of the coast, and the opportunity to enjoy nature in its unspoiled state, with few other people around.

If you are seeking one of the island's more traditional, or "best" beaches you will want to visit the northwestern shores around Portsmouth, which is Dominica's second-largest city. Although the city is larger than most on the island, it is hardly metropolitan. You'll find plenty of near-deserted stretches of sand, sun, and waves in this area, mostly in smaller coves.

Snorkeling is among the more popular beachfront activities, and equipment rentals and fine snorkeling spots are not hard to find on the island. Dominica is also known for its diving, and you will find several sites with beautiful underwater views just off the shore.

Which Beaches Are Available?

You'll discover a large number of beaches to consider visiting on the island. Whether you enjoy people watching, or you prefer a quieter spot, you should find some appealing options. Just click on each beach name for more information concerning that part of the coast.

Woodford Hill Bay

Black Sands Beach: The sand and Black Sand Beach is fully sand, not a dirt-sand mix that is common in other beaches with black sand. This makes the beach a wonder to see (and feel), especially if staying in the northern part of Dominica.

A second place to consider is Secret Beach. Small and quiet, this beach is hidden from the view of the road by trees, but isn't far off Leblanc Highway as you approach Prince Rupert Bay.

St. Joseph Beach: St Joseph Beach's draw is its great snorkeling and diving opportunities, it's much more isolated than nearby Mero Beach.

Glance through the chart below for a list of beaches available on the island.

Beaches On Dominica
Name Location Coast
Anse Soldat 0.5 mi. Northwest of Central Anse Du Me North
Anse Soldat West 0.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central Anse Du Me North
Anse du Mai 0.3 mi. Northwest of Central Anse Du Me North
Antrizle Beach 1.3 mi. South-Southeast of Central Marigot North East
Au Parc 1.7 mi. Southeast of Central Penville North
Au Tou 1.4 mi. Southeast of Central Penville North
Batalie Beach 1.0 mi. North-Northwest of Central Salisbury West
Batibou Bay Beach 0.7 mi. Northeast of Central Anse Du Me North
Berekua Beach 0.4 mi. East of Central Berekua South
Black Sands Beach 0.5 mi. East of Central Calibishie North
Blenheim Beach 1.0 mi. West-Northwest of Central Anse Du Me North
Bord L'Mer 1.8 mi. East of Central Grand Fond East
Botanical Beach Downtown Roseau South
Calibishie Beach 0.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central Calibishie North
Castle Bruce Beach 0.5 mi. South of Central Castle Bruce North East
Champagne 2.2 mi. North of Central Scotts Head Village South
Colihaut Beach 0.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Colihaut North West
Delices Beach 1.0 mi. Southeast of Central Delices South East
Donkey Beach 2.1 mi. North-Northwest of Central Roseau South West
Douglas Bay 1.2 mi. North-Northwest of Central Portsmouth North West
Dublanc Beach 2.1 mi. North of Central Colihaut North West
Dubuc Beach 1.0 mi. East of Central Berekua South
Fond St Jean 2.4 mi. East of Central Berekua South
Hampstead Beach 0.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central Calibishie North
Hodges Bay Beach 1.1 mi. East of Central Calibishie North
Hodges Beach 0.3 mi. West of Central Calibishie North
L'Anse Noire 1.9 mi. East of Central Calibishie North
L'Anse Tortue 1.5 mi. East of Central Calibishie North
La Lai Bay Beach 1.8 mi. West of Central Calibishie North
La Plaine Beach 1.2 mi. North of Central La Plaine East
Londonderry Bay Beach 1.7 mi. Northwest of Central Marigot North East
Macoucherie Beach 0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central Salisbury West
Mahaut North Beach 1.0 mi. Northwest of Central Mahaut South West
Mahaut South Beach 0.8 mi. South of Central Mahaut South West
Marceau Bay 0.2 mi. South West of Central Capuchin North West
Mero Beach 0.6 mi. South of Central St. Joseph South West
Middle Bay 0.3 mi. North of Central Marigot North East
Petite Beach 1.3 mi. East of Central Fond St. Jean South East
Picard Beach 1.8 mi. South of Central Portsmouth North West
Pointe Michel 2.1 mi. Northwest of Central Soufriere South
Purple Beach 0.6 mi. Northwest of Central Portsmouth North West
Rodney Rock Beach 2.1 mi. Northwest of Central Mahaut South West
Rosalie Bay Beach 1.9 mi. East-Northeast of Central Grand Fond South East
Salisbury Beach 0.5 mi. West of Central Salisbury West
Sandy Bay Beach 0.3 mi. Northwest of Central Marigot North East
Scotts Head Beach 0.2 mi. West-Southwest of Central Scotts Head Village South
Scotts Head North Beach 0.2 mi. West-Southwest of Central Scotts Head Village South
Secret Beach 2.4 mi. South-Southwest of Central Portsmouth North West
Sophia Bay Beach 2.4 mi. North-Northwest of Central Marigot North East
Soufriere Bay Beach 1.3 mi. North of Central Scotts Head Village South
St. Joseph Beach 2.1 mi. South-Southeast of Central Salisbury West
Toucari Beach 2.4 mi. North of Central Portsmouth North West
Walker's Rest Bay 2.0 mi. East-Southeast of Central Woodford Hill North
Wavine Cyrique Beach 1.7 mi. East of Central Grand Fond East
West Ross Beach 1.2 mi. North-Northwest of Central Dublanc North West
White Sands Beach 0.7 mi. East of Central Calibishie North
Woodbridge Bay Beach 1.2 mi. North of Downtown Roseau South
Woodford Hill Bay 2.1 mi. East of Central Calibishie North

Bear in mind, Dominica has other attraction types. Click to read our discussion of other interesting attractions for Dominica.

If you're looking for white-sand beaches, you will be surprised by Dominica's shores, but that doesn't mean you won't see beautiful beach vistas or enjoy many snorkeling and diving opportunities.

 

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