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.
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.
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.
|Anse Soldat||0.5 mi. Northwest of Central Anse Du Me||North|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|1.0 mi. West-Northwest of Central Anse Du Me||North|
|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|
|1.8 mi. West of Central Calibishie||North|
|La Plaine Beach||1.2 mi. North of Central La Plaine||East|
|1.7 mi. Northwest of Central Marigot||North East|
|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|
|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|
|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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