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Dominica tops list of Caribbean black sand beaches

by: - December 12, 2013
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Caribbean black sand beachesDominica has emerged at the top of Caribbean Journal’s list of black sand beaches in the Caribbean.

Rosalie Bay and Purple Turtle Beaches are featured on this list including beaches in St Kitts, Grenada, Guadeloupe and Monsterrat, among others.

The article refers to the top ten beaches as “exotic, mysterious reminders of the Caribbean’s volcanic past (and some of its volcanic present)”.

“No, they’re not the traditional beaches one thinks of when it comes to the Caribbean, but the region’s black-sand beaches are full of their own unique charms,” it states.

The number one beach, located on the northern coast of Dominica, “involves a 10 to 15-minute hike down a rocky path from the ring road on Dominica’s northern coast. But there’s a reason this was one of the filming locations for Pirates of the Caribbean — it’s spectacular”.

Number One Beach — Dominica

Number One Beach — Dominica

Number One Beach — Dominica
Getting here involves a 10 to 15-minute hike down a rocky path from the ring road on Dominica’s northern coast. But there’s a reason this was one of the filming locations for Pirates of the Caribbean — it’s spectacular.

Plage de Salée à Bananier — Guadeloupe

Plage de Salée à Bananier — Guadeloupe

This stretch of glistening black sand is located on the mountainous, volcanic island of Basse-Terre. It’s also a major destination for surfers.

Plage de Salée à Bananier — Guadeloupe

This stretch of glistening black sand is located on the mountainous, volcanic island of Basse-Terre. It’s also a major destination for surfers.

Rosalie Bay Beach — Dominica

Rosalie Bay Beach — Dominica

Rosalie Bay Beach — Dominica

Dominica is the region’s de facto capital of black-sand beaches, and this one is located at the intersection of the Rosalie Bay River. It has a remote, mysterious quality, and some terrific vistas of the Atlantic coast.

Black Point Beach — St Vincent and the Grenadines

Black Point Beach — St Vincent and the Grenadines

Black Point Beach — St Vincent and the Grenadines

Black Point Beach on the Windward coast of St Vincent is also home to a historic park containing the “Black Point Tunnel,” a 360-foot tunnel used centuries ago for sugar transport. (this was another Pirates of the Caribbean location).

Anse Chastanet Beach — St Lucia

Anse Chastanet Beach — St Lucia

Anse Chastanet Beach — St Lucia

Set in front of the Anse Chastanet resort, this might be the region’s most luxurious black sand beach. It’s also great for snorkeling and diving.

Saint Pierre — Martinique

Saint Pierre — Martinique

Saint Pierre — Martinique

This is one of the most historic black-sand beaches in the Caribbean. It was in 1902 that the eruption of Mont Pelee destroyed the city of Saint-Pierre, at the time considered the “Little Paris of the Caribbean.”

Purple Turtle Beach — Dominica

Purple Turtle Beach — Dominica

Purple Turtle Beach — Dominica

One of the more popular beaches in Dominica, Purple Turtle Beach is located on the bay of Portsmouth.

Pump Bay — St Kitts

Pump Bay — St Kitts

Pump Bay — St Kitts

Pump Bay is near the famous Brimstone Hill historic park, and has developed into a nice destination for snorkeling.

Black Bay — Grenada

Black Bay — Grenada

Black Bay — Grenada

You might not think of Grenada when it comes to black-sand beaches, but the Spice Isle has quite a few of them, including Black Bay, which, like the aforementioned Number One Beach, involves something of a hike to access.

Woodlands Beach — Montserrat

Woodlands Beach — Montserrat

Woodlands Beach — Montserrat

Montserrat’s volcanic history is a tragic one, due to the 1995 eruption of the Soufriere Hills volcano that destroyed much of the island and drove much of its population away. But today the tiny island has a number of marvelous black-sand beaches, including Woodlands.

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