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Best Dominica Beaches

Dominica beaches offer another angle of diversity on “The Nature Island of the Caribbean".

The island, covering an area of 285 square miles, is home to a wide variety of beaches. The sand is not typical of islands in the region. Visitors to Dominica will not find white, pristine beaches, but rather black and yellow volcanic sand.

Dominica is not an ideal location for sunbathing, as the beaches can be rugged and rocky. However, the coast's unusual shaping make it beautiful to look at in its own right.

Woodford Hill Beach

Woodford Hill Beach
Woodford Hill Beach; © Discover Dominica Authority
Woodford Hill beach is located on the northwestern coast of Dominica. The sand on this beach is honey colored, unlike the black and brown sanded beaches in other parts of the island.

This beach has a secluded feel, and little in the way of amenities. There are no public restrooms on this beach, but a concession stand offers food to hungry sunbathers.

Mero Beach

Mero Beach is popular with tourists and locals alike.

Located in the middle of the island, this beach is named after the town of Mero, but it actually lies in the neighboring town of St. Joseph.

Mero beach is on one of Dominica's more sandy patches of shoreline, making it possible to lie out in the sun on a blanket.

Mero beach has restrooms and concession stands. Public showers are also available.

This beach is a good option for families with young children, as the water is more calm here than in other parts of the island.

Purple Beach

Purple Turtle Beach
Purple Turtle Beach; © Discover Dominica Authority
Purple Beach, also referred to as Purple Turtle Beach, is located on the northwestern shore of the island, just over a half mile from Portsmouth.

This beach has gray sand and active underwater life. A coral reef lines the shore, and tourists can enjoy snorkeling at this location.

This beach has a concession stand and several nearby restaurants.

Purple beach does not have a public restroom.

Champagne Beach

Champagne beach offers opportunity for snorkeling and scubadiving.

Located just four miles south of Rosseau in the southwest portion of the island, Champagne beach is fairly easy to access.

Champagne Beach is called a bubbling beach because of the small gas bubbles continually rising in the water from the volcanic floor. The movement of the water heightens underwater activity and gives snorkelers the opportunity to see a wide variety of underwater creatures.

A whale watching area is also located on the beach.

Champagne Beach does not have access to public restrooms. An on-site snack bar serves refreshments.

Hampstead Beach

Hampstead Beach Dominica
Hampstead Beach; © Discover Dominica Authority
Hampstead Beach is located on the northeast coast of Dominca. The sand is both gold and black.

Hampstead Beach stretches across three bays. Be prepared to walk, as the beach is a bit of a hike from the road.

Visitors often take a 4x4 to the beach, to avoid the long walk.

Hampstead beach does not have refreshments on site, but several restaurants are nearby.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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February 17, 2020
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