Soufriere Bay Beach

Soufriere Bay is not popular for strolling barefoot on the beach but this rocky shoreline has some great snorkeling and scuba diving conditions in its turquoise waters.

Located on the southwestern edge of Soufriere, near Scotts Head Village, Soufriere Bay Beach is on the South coast of Dominica. You might want to drop by even if you are not staying particularly close by. Vacationers who want their beach to have a little bit of everything——a hint of seclusion, with a somewhat social scene—— should pay a visit to Soufriere Bay Beach. It's not the type of beach that gets packed every day, but it's not quiet or boring either.

How to Access The Beach

This is an easy to find beach north of Scotts Head and south of the capitol. Its off the main coastal road and a great place to stop on your sightseeing journey down Dominica's western edge.

Amenities and Ambiance

You will find Soufriere Bay Beach, famous for its rock-studded black sand shores, situated on the on the southwest coast of Dominica. The beach has clear blue waters and breathtaking underwater walls, perfect for aquatic exploration.

Many visitors find themselves ordering a drink or snack from the concessions here, even if they move off-site for lunch. You might also have the option to buy some food from one of the mobile vendors who operate at or near this spot.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. Soufriere Bay Beach tends to be relatively secluded, making it perfect for travelers looking to escape it all.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on Dominica's South coast. Waitukubuli Trail: Soufriere to Bellevue Chopin is one of a few area's attractions.

If you're interested in combining a little culture with your trip to the beach, you should plan a trip to Dominica Museum. This museum is located five miles to the north-northwest, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

If you can't wait to see as many of Dominica's attractions as possible, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Soufriere Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Waitukubuli Trail: Soufriere to Bellevue Chopin Hiking Trail 1.2 ENE Dominica
Waitukubuli Trail: Scotts Head to Soufriere Hiking Trail 1.3 S Dominica
Waitukubuli Trail: Bellevue Chopin to Wotten Waven Hiking Trail 2.8 NNE Dominica
Ras Greg Studio Art Gallery 4.4 NNW Dominica
Anglican Cemetery Historical Site 4.6 NNW Dominica

Cities and Towns

Not far away you'll find Roseau, a town which is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From the coast, Roseau is about five and a half miles (eight and a half kilometers) away.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on when you visit, and how full the nearby hotels are. Soufriere Bay Beach is not near very many major hotels, but it can appeal to guests from the few small lodgings in the area.

Since the beach is in a fairly popular tourist area, it is not usually that difficult to find exactly the type of hotel you're looking for close-by. For those hoping to find a place that's near the ocean, the table that follows lists the options closest to Soufriere Bay Beach.

Accommodations near Soufriere Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Soufriere Springs Guesthouse 0.4 mi. NE Guest house
Anchorage Hotel and Dive Centre 3.8 mi. N Hotel
Castle Comfort Lodge 3.8 mi. N Guest house
Evergreen Hotel 3.9 mi. N Hotel
Exotica -- -- Lodge
Fort Young Hotel 4.7 mi. NNW Hotel
Garraway Hotel 4.8 mi. NNW Hotel
Zandoli Inn 4.8 mi. E Hotel
La Flamboyant 4.9 mi. NNW Hotel
Bon Mache -- -- Guest house


If you need to grab a bite to eat around midday, the area near this beach provides some viable options, and you won't have to look too far from these sands. One of the closest places to eat is Rodney's Wellness Restaurant. This restaurant serves both Caribbean and International menu items. Visitors often rave about their health food.

The following table provides a list of dining options located near this beach.

Restaurants near Soufriere Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Rodney's Wellness Restaurant (767) 245-4725 Caribbean, International Informal -- --
Tony's Eatery Bar Cafe (767) 440-3380 -- -- -- --
Melvina's Champagne Bar and Restaurant (767) 440-5480 Bar and grill Very Casual 1.3 mi. NW
Chez Wen (767) 448-6668 Creole -- 1.3 mi. S
Roger's Bar and Restaurant (767) 448-7851 Creole Very Casual 1.4 mi. SSW
Fish Pot -- -- Very Casual -- --
Zam Zam Cafe (767) 440-7969 International, Mexican Very Casual 3.7 mi. N
Ocean Terrace (767) 448-2638 Creole, International Informal 3.8 mi. N
Sea Surge Restaurant & Bar (767) 448-3288 Caribbean, Contemporary Fine Dining 3.9 mi. N
Sugar Apple Cafe (767) 448-8839 Caribbean Informal -- --
Westport Tavern (767) 276-9513 Caribbean Very Casual 4.0 mi. N
Shakes -- -- -- 4.4 mi. NNW

Other Beaches

There are multiple beaches to discover on Dominica, of course, so Soufriere Bay Beach is not your only option.

You may also want to consider Dubuc Beach, located not a great distance away, which means a short cab ride can take you where you want to go.

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, taking a swim at Soufriere Bay Beach is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.


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