West Ross Beach

This beach is very conveniently located if you're staying near Portsmouth and you'll be sure to enjoy some peace and quiet here.

Located on the island of Dominica, near Dublanc, You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. It's often said that West Ross Beach is one of the best spots for getting away from vacation stresses, like overly crowded restaurants and attractions. Most other beaches you'll come across on Dominica may be just as refreshing as West Ross Beach, but tend to be busier because they're frequented by tourists looking for a lively scene.

How to Access The Beach

West Ross Beach is very close to Portsmouth, just to the south. It's even closer to Ross University School of Medicine and right off Leblanc Highway. There are no access issues with this beach, it's free and open to the public.

Amenities and Ambiance

This beach has a long patch of gray sand, which is fairly smooth. It has some shade and warm Caribbean waters. If you're driving along the coast and you want to stop for a swim or a picnic, this is a good spot.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

West Ross Beach provides a calm and relaxing experience, as the area surrounding the beach isn't too crowded at all.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find West Ross Beach on Dominica's North West coast; the area hosts attractions such as Waitukubuli Trail: Syndicate to Borne, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

Historical attractions such as Fort Shirley offer the perfect compliment to an afternoon at West Ross Beach, and give visitors the opportunity to learn more about Dominica's past, without having to venture too far from the coast. In fact, this coast is three and a half miles from this place of historical interest.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't get bored. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near West Ross Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Waitukubuli Trail: Syndicate to Borne Hiking Trail 3.3 E Dominica
Fort Shirley Historical Site 3.7 N Dominica
Fort Shirley Welcome Center and Museum Museum 3.7 N Dominica
Waitukubuli Trail: Borne to Penville Hiking Trail 4.5 NE Dominica
Indigo Art Gallery Art Gallery 4.7 NE Dominica

Cities and Towns

Portsmouth is the closest town and is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded.


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. This beach is not near many large hotels, but it can attract guests staying at smaller lodgings in the area.

You'll find a pretty nice variety of accommodation options to pick from in the area that surrounds West Ross Beach. The most convenient of which are listed below.

Accommodations near West Ross Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Secret Bay Resort -- -- Lodge
Picard Beach Cottages 1.8 mi. NNE Cottages
Hotel Portsmouth Beach 1.8 mi. NNE Hotel
Barb Wire Bungalows 1.8 mi. NE Cottages
Hotel the Champs 1.9 mi. NE Lodge
Sister Sea Lodge 2.2 mi. NNE Hotel
Heaven's Best Guesthouse 3.6 mi. NNE Guest house
Douglas Guesthouse 3.6 mi. N Guest house


One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to enjoy a meal at a nearby restaurant, where you can get a taste of the local fare, without having to stray too far. Le Flambeau Restaurant is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant features eclectic food. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's only a short distance away.

Some nearby restaurant options are provided in the following table.

Restaurants near West Ross Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Le Flambeau Restaurant (767) 445-5131 Eclectic Very Casual 1.8 mi. NNE
La Flambeau Restaurant & Bar (767) 445-5142 Caribbean, International -- 1.8 mi. NNE
Peanut Farm Bar & Grille (916) 705-6887 Caribbean Very Casual 1.8 mi. NE
The Champs Restaurant, Bar & Pizzeria (767) 445-4452 International Very Casual 1.9 mi. NE
The Tomato Cafe (767) 445-3334 International Very Casual 2.0 mi. NE
Rituals Coffee Picard (767) 445-4223 International Very Casual 2.1 mi. NNE
Subway Portsmouth (767) 445-3140 American Very Casual 2.1 mi. NNE
Chef Fontaine Grill (767) 225-1105 International, Jamaican Very Casual 2.2 mi. NNE
First Choice Delight -- Carry out restaurant Very Casual 2.2 mi. NNE
Loraine's Cuisine (767) 285-7953 -- -- 2.2 mi. NNE
Lulu's -- Vegetarian Very Casual 2.2 mi. NNE
Madelene's -- Vegetarian Very Casual 2.2 mi. NNE

Other Beaches

There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from on Dominica, so West Ross Beach is not your only option.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Dublanc Beach, located within a mile or so. Others might prefer Secret Beach, which could provide more action, and is closer to nearby attractions. You'll find it one and an eighth miles to the north.

Vacationers may also want to visit Picard Beach, which is located only a short distance away. For great watersports action, visit Picard Beach.

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


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