Colihaut Beach

Colihaut Beach runs along the coastal edge of the town of Colihaut. It's a gray sand beach with smooth waters and its a great place to watch local fishermen head home as the sun sets over the light blue Caribbean sea.

Located in Colihaut, Colihaut Beach is on the North West coast of Dominica. You might think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying in the vicinity. Visitors should keep in mind that, though Colihaut Beach isn't considered a quiet and secluded part of the coast, it's not the most crowded beach on Dominica either. It's the perfect choice for families who want to make the most of their trip to the beach but also want to skip out on the crowds.

How to Access The Beach
To get to Colihaut, head north out of Roseau on Edward Oliver Leblanc Highway, which runs along the western coastline of Dominica. It's a very scenic drive with stunning mountain and ocean views.

Amenities and Ambiance

Flanked by mountain ranges and a small coastal village, this is an interesting spot to stop and explore the local flavor. This is a rocky beach with just a small strip of coastline.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

If you usually like beach days which bring visitors a tranquil environment, then you should enjoy Colihaut Beach; it is hidden away in a less urbanized part of the region.

What's Nearby


Colihaut Beach is on the North West coast of Dominica; this area boasts other attractions such as Waitukubuli Trail: Syndicate to Borne, which is one of the closest attractions.

Beaches and museums may seem an unlikely combination to some, but plenty of visitors find that museums like Fort Shirley Welcome Center and Museum (situated within reach of a taxi) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and help share a different side of Dominica.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never get bored. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Colihaut Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Waitukubuli Trail: Syndicate to Borne Hiking Trail 3.9 NE Dominica
Waitukubuli Trail: Colihaut Heights to Syndicate Hiking Trail 5.3 E Dominica
Waitukubuli Trail: Borne to Penville Hiking Trail 6.9 NNE Dominica
Waitukubuli Trail: Petite Macoucherie to Colihait Heights Hiking Trail 6.9 E Dominica
Fort Shirley Historical Site 6.9 N Dominica

Cities and Towns

Salisbury is the closest town and is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From the coast, Salisbury isn't far off, roughly three and a half miles (five and a half kilometers).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how full nearby hotel rooms are. This beach is not near many large hotels, but you may encounter guests from smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a decent number of hotels a car ride away. Some of the closest possibilities can be viewed in the following list.

Accommodations near Colihaut Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Sunset Bay Club Hotel 2.5 mi. SSE Resort
Stonedge Safari Lodge 2.8 mi. SSE Hostel
The Tamarind Tree Hotel and Restaurant 4.1 mi. SSE Hotel
Secret Bay Resort -- -- Lodge
Barb Wire Bungalows 4.8 mi. N Cottages
Picard Beach Cottages 4.8 mi. N Cottages
Hotel Portsmouth Beach 4.9 mi. N Hotel
Hotel the Champs 4.9 mi. N Lodge
Rachelle's Retreat 5.0 mi. SSE Guest house
Sister Sea Lodge 5.2 mi. N Hotel


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you visit a nearby restaurant, where you can sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, without straying too far from your current location. One of the nearest places to eat is Ponderosa Tavern. This restaurant serves both Caribbean and International menu items. They have become well-known, however, because of their seafood.

Restaurants closest to this beach are shown below.

Restaurants near Colihaut Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Ponderosa Tavern (767) 245-6177 Caribbean, International Very Casual 1.1 mi. N
Lobster Palace (767) 446-6522 Belgian, Caribbean, Creole Informal 2.5 mi. SSE
Stonedge Lodge Restaurant (767) 277-3607 International -- 2.8 mi. SSE
Chez La Doudou Cafe (767) 449-6575 Creole, French Very Casual 3.9 mi. SSE
Tamarind Tree Restaurant (767) 449-7395 Creole, International -- 4.1 mi. SSE
Peanut Farm Bar & Grille (916) 705-6887 Caribbean Very Casual 4.8 mi. N
Le Flambeau Restaurant (767) 445-5131 Eclectic Very Casual 4.8 mi. N
La Flambeau Restaurant & Bar (767) 445-5142 Caribbean, International -- 4.9 mi. N
The Champs Restaurant, Bar & Pizzeria (767) 445-4452 International Very Casual 4.9 mi. N
The Tomato Cafe (767) 445-3334 International Very Casual 4.9 mi. N

Other Beaches

There are other beaches on Dominica you might like besides Colihaut Beach.

You may also like Batalie Beach, where there's usually lots of activity. You'll find it two and a half miles to the south-southeast. If you were hoping to find a tranquil beach scene with few crowds, you might find what you want at Dublanc Beach. You'll find it only a short distance away.

You may also enjoy Picard Beach, located not too far away, which means a short cab ride can take you where you want to go. For great watersports action, visit Picard Beach.

Colihaut Beach could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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