Marceau Bay

Marceau Bay is a small beach between the tiny locales of Clifton and Capuchin. The most impressive thing about this beach are the sunset views over the clear blue Caribbean water. It's close to other beaches famous for excellent diving opportunities but it's quiet and secluded here.

Located in the southwestern part of Capuchin, Marceau Bay is on the North West edge of Dominica. You should think about stopping by even if you are not staying particularly close by. You will generally find quite a number of places to throw down a towel, as the surrounding area and the beach itself are not overflowing with tourists.

How to Access The Beach
Marceau Bay is almost to Cape Melville, the northwestern tip of the island. You can get here by sturdy vehicle or you use the Waitukbuli National Trail, which runs the length of this western edge of Dominica towards the cape.

Amenities and Ambiance

Similar to many of Dominica's shores, Marceau Bay has a rocky, gray beachfront. The water here is pristine and warm and the marvelous mountain ranges provide an impressive backdrop.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available.

Marceau Bay grants a quiet and relaxing getaway, as the surrounding region is free of city-life and traffic.

What's Nearby


Found on Dominica's North West coast; the area is home to other attractions such as Waitukubuli Trail: Capuchin to Cabrits National Park, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

If you're interested in combining culture with your visit to the beach, you should plan a trip to Fort Shirley Welcome Center and Museum. This museum is located three miles away, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near Marceau Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Waitukubuli Trail: Capuchin to Cabrits National Park Hiking Trail 0.4 NE Dominica
Waitukubuli Trail: Penville to Capuchin Hiking Trail 2.6 E Dominica
Fort Shirley Historical Site 3.2 S Dominica
Fort Shirley Welcome Center and Museum Museum 3.2 S Dominica
Waitukubuli Trail: Borne to Penville Hiking Trail 4.3 SE Dominica

Cities and Towns

Portsmouth is the closest town and is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how full nearby hotel rooms are. There aren't many major hotels nearby, but it's often visited by guests staying at the few small lodgings in the area.

You'll find a good number of places to stay within a car's reach. A list of the closest choices are seen in the table below.

Accommodations near Marceau Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Douglas Guesthouse 3.4 S Guest house
Heaven's Best Guesthouse 3.7 S Guest house
Comfort Cottages 4.6 ESE Cottages


If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. Purple Turtle Beach Club is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant serves both Caribbean and International menu items.

Nearby restaurant options are shown in the table below.

Restaurants near Marceau Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Purple Turtle Beach Club (767) 445-5296 Caribbean, International -- 3.1 mi. S
Blue Bay Restaurant (767) 445-4985 Creole, French, Swiss Very Casual 3.3 mi. S
Douglas Guesthouse Snackette -- -- -- 3.4 mi. S
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 -- -- -- --
Ott's Fusion Restaurant & Bar (767) 445-5184 -- -- -- --
Paulina's Bar & Restaurant (767) 445-4766 Bar and grill -- -- --

Other Beaches

There are multiple beaches to discover on Dominica, of course, so if Marceau Bay doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

You may also want to consider Toucari Beach, located one and a quarter miles away. For wonderful underwater exploration, visit Toucari Beach.

Dominica has a lot to offer its visitors, but a trip to Marceau Bay could end up a family favorite.


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