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 to drop by regardless of whether you are staying particularly close by. This beach is not just another beautiful natural attraction, it is one of the more unique and quiet beaches on Dominica. While Douglas Bay may be a little more difficult to reach, it offers unparalleled relaxation opportunities.

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.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

What's Nearby


Set on Dominica's North West coast; it will be near other 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.

Beaches and museums may seem an odd combination to some, but some visitors find that museums like Fort Shirley Welcome Center and Museum (situated only a brief walk or taxi ride away) offer an entertaining diversion and help visitors understand Dominica's interesting past.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

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 close to Portsmouth, so walking the city is a definite option. Portsmouth is nearby and is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization.


How many other people you encounter at Douglas Bay will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. This spot is not near many large hotels, but you may see visitors from smaller lodgings in the area.

You'll find a decent number of lodgings which can be reached in the car. A few of the more convenient choices are displayed in the table below.

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 the heat at the beach has you craving a cool cocktail and a bite to eat, you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. One of the nearest places to eat is Purple Turtle Beach Club. This restaurant has both Caribbean and International dishes on the menu.

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

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

Travelers in search of the perfect beach will have plenty of other choices on Dominica besides Douglas Bay.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Dublanc Beach, situated a short taxi ride away. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, you might find that Secret Beach is just right. It's found 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.

There's plenty to see and do on Dominica, and Douglas Bay offers just one way to spend time outdoors.


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