Picard Beach

Adjacent to Ross University Medical School, Picard beach is just a little strip of shoreline south of Portsmouth where visitors or students take a quick dip.

Located on the northwestern edge of the island of Dominica, You might want whether or not you're staying in the immediate vicinity. Though travel usually involves making dozens of little decisions, choosing the right beach can make all the difference. Picard Beach is one of many fun beaches on Dominica to consider.

How to Access The Beach
You could park at Ross University and walk to this beach or you could look for the access road off Ross Blvd.

Amenities and Ambiance

On flat land and near some development, this is not one of Dominica's prettiest or most secluded beaches, but it does provide a convenient spot to take a swim in the warm Caribbean waters if you're headed to or from Portsmouth.

There is also a snack bar here. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to buy some food from one of the local vendors who set up shop at the beach.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

Since Picard Beach can be located in an area commonly frequented by travelers, you might need to hunt to get a spot!

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Picard Beach on the North West coast of Dominica. It's located near Fort Shirley, which is not far from away. Some will choose to walk here, while others will want to take a taxi, and it is one of a number of attractions in the area.

To some, beaches and museums may see like an unlikely combination, but some visitors find that museums like Fort Shirley Welcome Center and Museum (located only a walk or a short cab ride away) offer an entertaining diversion and help visitors understand Dominica's interesting past.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run low on things to do. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Picard Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Fort Shirley Historical Site 2.3 mi. N Dominica
Fort Shirley Welcome Center and Museum Museum 2.3 mi. N Dominica
Waitukubuli Trail: Borne to Penville Hiking Trail 3.0 mi. NE Dominica
Waitukubuli Trail: Syndicate to Borne Hiking Trail 3.2 mi. SE Dominica
Indigo Art Gallery Art Gallery 3.2 mi. NE Dominica

Cities and Towns

Picard Beach is near Portsmouth, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Portsmouth is the closest city and is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how many people have booked rooms nearby. There aren't many large hotels in the immediate vicinity, but you may see guests from some of the area's smaller options.

You'll find a decent selection of lodgings which can be reached in the car. Some of the closest options are displayed in the list below.

Accommodations near Picard Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Picard Beach Cottages 0.2 mi. NE Cottages
Hotel Portsmouth Beach 0.2 mi. NE Hotel
Hotel the Champs 0.3 mi. NE Lodge
Barb Wire Bungalows 0.3 mi. E Cottages
Sister Sea Lodge 0.6 mi. NNE Hotel
Secret Bay Resort 0.7 mi. SW Lodge
Heaven's Best Guesthouse 1.9 mi. NNE Guest house
Douglas Guesthouse 2.0 mi. N Guest house


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to visit a nearby restaurant, where you can dive into Dominica's specialty dishes, without straying too far from your current location. One of the nearest restaurants is Le Flambeau Restaurant. The restaurant has a menu featuring eclectic cuisine. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's only a short distance away.

Some nearby restaurant options are included in the following table.

Restaurants near Picard Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Le Flambeau Restaurant (767) 445-5131 Eclectic Very Casual 0.2 mi. NE
La Flambeau Restaurant & Bar (767) 445-5142 Caribbean, International -- 0.2 mi. NE
The Champs Restaurant, Bar & Pizzeria (767) 445-4452 International Very Casual 0.3 mi. NE
Peanut Farm Bar & Grille (916) 705-6887 Caribbean Very Casual 0.3 mi. E
The Tomato Cafe (767) 445-3334 International Very Casual 0.5 mi. ENE
Rituals Coffee Picard (767) 445-4223 International Very Casual 0.5 mi. NE
Subway Portsmouth (767) 445-3140 American Very Casual 0.5 mi. NNE
Chef Fontaine Grill (767) 225-1105 International, Jamaican Very Casual 0.6 mi. NE
First Choice Delight -- Carry out restaurant Very Casual 0.6 mi. NE
Loraine's Cuisine (767) 285-7953 -- -- 0.6 mi. NE
Lulu's -- Vegetarian Very Casual 0.6 mi. NE
Madelene's -- Vegetarian Very Casual 0.6 mi. NE

Other Beaches

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

Vacationers may also want to visit Purple Beach, which is located only a short distance away.

There are countless experiences to enjoy on Dominica, and Picard Beach is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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