THE NORTH EAST COAST DOMINICA BEACHES
Looking for a good beach while staying at Breezes Cottage? Many new visitors to our island don’t know that the North East coast of Dominica has quite a number of beaches, both black sand and white sand, some secluded and some not, which are all situated along a straight drive north of the Kalinago Territory and from the Breezes Cottage.
There are at least 58 beaches in Dominica, of which at least 28 are located on this part of the coast. Here is a short list in order going north including their driving distances from Breezes Cottage. There are little known beaches such as the Sophia Bay Beach and the Blenheim Beach which are not covered here in this list. This list will take you as far up as Thibaud (about 1 hour’s drive away to the north from the cottage):
- Antrizle Beach – Antrizle Beach is a long and quiet beach which is a mixture of black and white sand and it’s perfect for those visitors who do not want busy and over-filled beaches. It’s best suited for swimming, picnics, and spending time walking along its shores. It’s just at the start of Pagua Bay before you hit the actual wild and exotic Pagua stretch along the sometimes wild waters of Pagua Bay. Drive 18 minutes; Distance: 9.2 km
- Middle Bay – Middle Bay is a popular beach among locals who enjoy playing cricket, having picnics, barbecuing, cooking and its waters are warm and very pleasant. It’s located just outside the heart of Marigot and is less secluded than some beaches but its close proximity to the town gives it a great sense of liveliness and natural beauty which naturally attracts families and more intimate settings alike without being very secluded or remote. The Bay is accessible by footpaths from Marigot and the easiest path is located right next to the police station. You can park there and ask for directions if you need more assistance. Drive 24 minutes; Distance: 12.5 km.
- Sandy Beach Bay – Located right within Marigot, Sandy Bay Beach is a small but popular beach for locals and very suitable for short breathers before taking the road again. It’s located about half a kilometer from Marigot. Drive 25 minutes; Distance: 12.8 km.
- Londonberry Bay Beach – Londonderry beach was used in the film, Pirates of the Caribbean. The beach is a long, black sand beach which is wonderful to walk. The Londonderry river flows here into the sea. Drive 29 minutes; Distance: 14.7 km.
- Walker’s Rest Bay – A little further north of the Sophia Bay Beach is Walker’s Rest Bay Beach and if you can get onto the cape that lies between the bay at Marigot, you’ll be rewarded with incredible vistas. Drive 35 minutes; Distance: 19.2 km.
- Woodford Hill Bay – This beach boasts clear, warm waters and some good snorkeling spots. It’s also safe to swim in and in possession of some of the island’s softest sand. When you’re coming from L’Anse Noire, go a quarter mile (a half kilometer) east to reach this beach. Drive 38 minutes; Distance: 21.5 km.
- L’Anse Noire – The views are incredible but the water is rough on L’Anse Noire Beach. There are adventurous people who snorkel and dive here, but be sure you’re experienced if you’re going to try it. Drive 41 minutes; Distance: 22.6 km
- L’Anse Tortue (Turtle Beach) – L’Anse Tortue is one of Dominica’s softest sand beaches. Swimming can be rough, but you can enjoy laying a towel right on the soft sand to sunbathe, or take a barefoot stroll. Drive 40 minutes; Distance: 23.1 km
- Hodges Bay Beach – Hodges Bay is a dark, natural beach surrounded by some of the best beaches on Dominica. It’s a quiet beach with much less crowds and will provide wonderful peace for those who do not like over-crowded beaches. Drive 43 minutes; Distance: 24.3 km
- White Sands Beach – Located off the property of Pointe Baptiste, White Sands beach is one of the lighter colored beaches on Dominica. While it might not compete with the white shores of the Bahamas or other Caribbean islands, White Sands Beach is definitely a Caribbean beach fit for those looking for paradise.Situated within traveling range from Calibishie, this beach is a quarter mile (a half kilometer) from Black Sands Beach. Drive 45 minutes; Distance: 26.1 km
- Black Sands Beach – One of the most famous beaches on the island, the Black Sands Beach is a very beautiful beach for those who fancy these kinds of beaches.It’s only a half mile (0.75 km) to the center of Calibishie. Drive 45 minutes; Distance: 26.1 km
- Calibishie Beach – The main beach of the Calibishie area, Calibishie Beach is lined with villas, shops, and people ready to relax. All this creates a fun mix of the more tourist oriented beaches of the south, and the calm quiet beaches of the north; a great beach on its own and an even better compromise. Drive 47 minutes; Distance: 27.4 km
- Number One Beach – Situated to a little to the south of Hamstead River, Drive 52 minutes; Distance: 29.3 km.
- Hamstead Beach – Drive 52.5 minutes; Distance: 29.9 km
- Batibou Bay – One of the most photographed beaches on the island, Batibou Bay Beach is an expansive and secluded soft-sand beach. The sea bed is gently sloping so this is one of the safest beaches to swim at and you can wade out a good distance. The Atlantic Ocean here is at one of its calmest for swimming. There are lots of shady spots to rest and picnic and the mountainous backdrop further complements this serene paradise. It’s also located to the award winning Secret Bay villas. Here, you are not alone and there are opportunities to use facilities plus there’s a beach bar serving rum punch and snacks which is open daily from 10am – 5pm. Drive 53 minutes; Distance: 30.9 km
- Anse du Mai – Ideal for people looking to experience the locals’ Dominica, Anse du Mai is is used mainly by local fishermen and the people living in the area. However, visitors are still welcome to visit and explore the area. From Anse Soldat, go a quarter mile (a half kilometer) east to find this beach. Drive 56 minutes; Distance: 33.2 km
- Anse Soldat – (sometimes called Anse Sol Dat) is really a cove bordered by two long peninsulas which at times lends it rough waters but it also enjoys equally calm waters. Many people love it as a result and it’s one of the several coves of the northern resort area so it remains the beach of choice for guests staying in this area. It’s not your typical tourist haunt and so therefore many visitors love its relative peacefulness while being very popular and you’ll definitely meet a lot of beach-goers, fishermen and swimmers. You’ll have to buy drinks or eat at a nearby facility to be able to use bathrooms. There’s an art gallery, the Indigo Art Gallery, that will offer you respite from the sun and sand and so the Anse Soldat is placed very well for respite, relaxation and amenities. It remains one of the more favorite beach destinations. Drive 58 minutes; Distance: 34 km
- Anse Soldat West – Drive 59 minutes; Distance: 34.5 km