Secret Beach

On the edge of Prince Rupert Bay as you approach Portsmouth from the south is Dominica's Secret Beach. The ocean is clear and warm, with great spots for snorkeling and diving nearby.

Situated on the northwestern edge of the island of Dominica, You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. This beach is not just another beautiful natural attraction, it's one of the rare "quiet" beaches on Dominica. While Secret Beach might be a little harder to reach, it provides a rare chance to escape crowds of tourists.

How to Access The Beach
Small and quiet, this beach is hidden from the view of the road by trees, but isn't far off Leblanc Highway as you approach Prince Rupert Bay.

Amenities and Ambiance

This beach has beautiful views of a rocky overhang on the shore and great snorkeling and diving in the nearby waters.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

What's Nearby


Secret Beach is on Dominica's North West coast. It is near some interesting sites like Fort Shirley, which is not very far away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab, and it is one of a few local attractions.

Beaches and museums may seem an odd combination to some, but a quite a few vacationers find that museums like Fort Shirley Welcome Center and Museum (located just a short distance away) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and help visitors understand Dominica's interesting past.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never get bored. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Secret Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Fort Shirley Historical Site 2.6 mi. N Dominica
Fort Shirley Welcome Center and Museum Museum 2.6 mi. N Dominica
Waitukubuli Trail: Syndicate to Borne Hiking Trail 3.5 mi. ESE Dominica
Waitukubuli Trail: Borne to Penville Hiking Trail 3.6 mi. NE Dominica
Indigo Art Gallery Art Gallery 3.9 mi. NE Dominica

Cities and Towns

Portsmouth is the closest town and is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. The area does not have very many large hotels, but it's often visited by guests from smaller accommodations in the area.

There is a good variety of lodging options to choose from in the area surrounding Secret Beach. The most convenient of which are shown below.

Accommodations near Secret Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Secret Bay Resort 0.1 mi. SSW Lodge
Picard Beach Cottages 0.8 mi. NE Cottages
Hotel Portsmouth Beach 0.9 mi. NE Hotel
Barb Wire Bungalows 1.0 mi. ENE Cottages
Hotel the Champs 1.0 mi. NE Lodge
Sister Sea Lodge 1.2 mi. NE Hotel
Douglas Guesthouse 2.5 mi. NNE Guest house
Heaven's Best Guesthouse 2.5 mi. NE Guest house


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to visit a local restaurant, where you'll be able to try foods you've never heard of before, without going too far from the coast. One of the nearest places to eat is Le Flambeau Restaurant. This restaurant serves delicious eclectic cuisine. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's just a short distance away.

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

Restaurants near Secret Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Le Flambeau Restaurant (767) 445-5131 Eclectic Very Casual 0.8 mi. NE
La Flambeau Restaurant & Bar (767) 445-5142 Caribbean, International -- 0.9 mi. NE
Peanut Farm Bar & Grille (916) 705-6887 Caribbean Very Casual 1.0 mi. ENE
The Champs Restaurant, Bar & Pizzeria (767) 445-4452 International Very Casual 1.0 mi. NE
Subway Portsmouth (767) 445-3140 American Very Casual 1.1 mi. NE
The Tomato Cafe (767) 445-3334 International Very Casual 1.1 mi. NE
Rituals Coffee Picard (767) 445-4223 International Very Casual 1.1 mi. NE
Sisters Beach Bar & Restaurant (767) 445-5211 Caribbean Informal 1.2 mi. NE
Chef Fontaine Grill (767) 225-1105 International, Jamaican Very Casual 1.2 mi. NE
First Choice Delight -- Carry out restaurant Very Casual 1.2 mi. NE
Loraine's Cuisine (767) 285-7953 -- -- 1.2 mi. NE
Lulu's -- Vegetarian Very Casual 1.2 mi. NE

Other Beaches

Of course, Secret Beach is just one of many beaches you might like on Dominica.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Dublanc Beach, situated only a short distance away. On the other hand, West Ross Beach could provide more action, and is closer to nearby attractions. It's found one and an eighth miles to the south.

Travelers may also want to consider Picard Beach, located within a couple of miles. For great watersports action, visit Picard Beach.

Of course, Dominica has hundreds of natural wonders to discover, but a trip to Secret Beach could end up a family favorite.


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