Douglas Bay

This northern beach features a few spots of soft sand amid the rocky shore and calm waters for swimming. It's also a delight for snorkeling and it's near many other attractions, including the Cabritis National Park.

Located on the island of Dominica, You might want even if you are not staying very close. This beach is not just another beautiful natural attraction, it's special in that it's one of the few quiet beaches on Dominica. While Douglas Bay may be a little farther away, visiting this beach instead of a more crowded one could make your experience less stressful.

How to Access The Beach
You should have no trouble finding your way here by car. Head north out of Portsmouth on West Coast Rd. then bear right as the road heads straight towards Fort Shirley.

Amenities and Ambiance

The expanse of clear blue ocean and sky stands is stark contrast to the lush green hills that surround this area. Featuring underwater rock formations with abundant marine fauna, this beach's real treat is the snorkeling.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Douglas Bay is on the North West coast of Dominica; it's located near attractions like Fort Shirley, which is not very far away, so you may choose to walk to this destination, while some will prefer to take a cab.

If you're interested in combining culture with your visit to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Fort Shirley Welcome Center and Museum. This museum is located a mile to the south west, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

Activities and Attractions Near Douglas Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Fort Shirley Historical Site 1.0 SW Dominica
Fort Shirley Welcome Center and Museum Museum 1.0 SW Dominica
Waitukubuli Trail: Borne to Penville Hiking Trail 2.6 ESE Dominica
Indigo Art Gallery Art Gallery 2.8 ESE Dominica
Waitukubuli Trail: Syndicate to Borne Hiking Trail 5.4 SSE Dominica

Cities and Towns

Douglas Bay is very close to Portsmouth, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. The city of Portsmouth is close-by and is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. This spot is not near many large hotels, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests staying at some of the area's smaller options.

Beach-goers will find a pretty good selection of lodging options to pick from in the area that surrounds the beach. The most convenient of which are listed in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Douglas Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Douglas Guesthouse 1.0 mi. SSE Guest house
Heaven's Best Guesthouse 1.4 mi. SE Guest house
Sister Sea Lodge 2.4 mi. S Hotel
Hotel Portsmouth Beach 2.7 mi. S Hotel
Hotel the Champs 2.7 mi. S Lodge
Picard Beach Cottages 2.8 mi. S Cottages
Barb Wire Bungalows 2.8 mi. S Cottages
Secret Bay Resort -- -- Lodge


If you're feeling hungry for a midday meal, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, and you don't have to go far from the shore. One of the closest places to eat is Purple Turtle Beach Club. The restaurant serves both Caribbean and International menu items.

A few nearby dining options are shown below.

Restaurants near Douglas Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Purple Turtle Beach Club (767) 445-5296 Caribbean, International -- 0.7 mi. S
Blue Bay Restaurant (767) 445-4985 Creole, French, Swiss Very Casual 0.9 mi. S
Douglas Guesthouse Snackette -- -- -- 1.0 mi. SSE
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 other beaches on Dominica you might like besides Douglas Bay.

You might also enjoy Dublanc Beach, located a quick car or cab ride away. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, Secret Beach may be just what you're looking for. It's located three and a half miles to the south.

Another location you may want to try is Purple Beach, located three quarters of a mile to the south.

You may find that Douglas Bay is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions on Dominica you might like.


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