The 7 Best Beaches in Dominica for All Activities From Adventuring to Relaxing

From secluded, secret beaches to activity-filled environments, these must-see beaches will provide the perfect vacation experience.

Dominica, the stunning Caribbean destination, is the perfect getaway for anyone in search of unspoiled natural beauty, crystal-clear waters and breathtaking landscapes. It’s no surprise that the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit team chose this tropical paradise as one of the backdrops for its 2023 issue, featuring rookies Melissa Wood-Tepperberg and Sixtine Rouyre, along with fan favorites like Leyna Bloom, Yumi Nu, Olivia Ponton and Christen Harper. Nestled between Guadeloupe and Martinique, Dominica is renowned for its natural splendor. Whether you're a fan of diving, hiking, whale watching, or simply unwinding amidst stunning scenery, this island has something for everyone.

But what about the beaches, you ask? Dominica's beaches are one of the most remarkable things about the island. With more than enough picturesque, sandy shores to choose from, visitors to Dominica will be spoiled for choice. From secluded, tranquil spots to bustling, activity-filled environments, these must-see beaches will provide the perfect vacation experience. Read on to discover which of these beaches will fulfill your wildest beach fantasies!

Hampstead Beach

Hampstead Beach.

Hampstead Beach.

Famous for its appearance in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Hampstead Beach is a postcard-perfect spot located in the north of Dominica. This beach boasts shimmering sands, lush greenery and a plethora of wildlife, including several species of turtles including hawksbill, leatherback and green. Enjoy a leisurely picnic or simply take in the serene surroundings on this must-see beach.

Purple Turtle Beach

As one of the most popular beaches in Dominica, Purple Turtle Beach offers a little something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to relax or party, this beach has it all. It’s a popular spot for live music, family picnics and even yachting. And, to top it off, it’s close to several historical sites, such as Fort Shirley and Douglas Bay.

Secret Beach

As the name suggests, Secret Beach is a hidden gem located near Portsmouth, accessible only by sea. With natural caves and cliffs framing the shore, this beach is an idyllic spot for snorkelers and swimmers alike. Encounter vibrant coral and exotic fish as you swim through the natural arch, and keep an eye out for fruit bats that call this beach home.

Batibou Beach

Located on the Atlantic coast, Batibou Beach is one of the widest beaches in Dominica. Its expansive sands provide ample space to soak up the sun, while scattered trees provide shade when needed, and the crystal-clear waters offer great opportunities for swimming or snorkeling. And, like Hampstead Beach, this beautiful location has also served as a backdrop to the Pirates of the Caribbean films.

Woodford Hill Beach

If you're in the mood for something a little quieter, Woodford Hill Beach is the perfect spot. Located on the northeast coast of the island, this beach boasts pillow-soft, white sands and excellent snorkeling opportunities. It's a tranquil, private setting that's ideal for anyone looking for a little peace and quiet. It’s also a popular beach for fishing.

Mero Beach

Mero Beach.

Mero Beach.

If you're looking for a spot to relax, look no further than Mero Beach. Located near several pubs and restaurants, Mero is the perfect spot for a day at the beach, followed by an evening of drinks and delicious food. With its gorgeous black sand and calm, inviting waters, Mero is a destination not to be missed.

Bubble Beach Spa

For an extra special treat, head to Bubble Beach Spa. This secluded beach spa offers natural sulfur spas, the largest collection in the region, all while enjoying the gorgeous beach scenario. The beach features a formation of man-made small, shallow pool surrounded by burnt orange sand and smooth pebbles It's the perfect spot to indulge in some much-needed self-care and relaxation.

Dominica is truly a tropical paradise that offers something for everyone. From picturesque beaches to lush greenery to an abundance of wildlife, this island nation should be on everyone's bucket list. So, pack your bags, book your tickets, and don't forget your sunscreen!

SI Staff