It seems I have created a monster, soon after I published the video post about the golden sand beach in Woodford Hill. My good friend Dan Tanner couldnâ€™t help himself and have decided to write reviews on some of the best and worse beaches on Dominica Island. First up Batibou Beach.
Batibou Beach is on the Atlantic-side of the island is one of the broadest and widest of all beaches in Dominica. A stream goes down to it, but itâ€™s a small stream, so the water tends not to cloud after rainstorms (and one swims, but seldom snorkels Atlantic-side anyhow). Because this part of Dominicaâ€™s Atlantic side is a â€œshelf? where the coastline runs east-west, the breakers are mostly gentle and fun to play in. And the beachâ€™s slope is quite gradual without drop-off, so you can wade in a good distance from the shore. At Batibou youâ€™ll find plenty of shade trees and sandy spots for picnicking, too. Just donâ€™t sit under a coconut tree!
Is Batibou perfection?
Well, that depends on your definition of â€œperfect? Batibou is not within walking distance of any lodging. It can be very difficult for the first-time visitor to locate, and from the roadside entrance, the walk down is a tough half-hour trek or a very harrowing drive â€“ and donâ€™t even think of driving down unless you have a 4WD vehicle with high ground clearance and thereâ€™s not been any recent heavy rain. Of course, those attributes make for â€œperfection” if you definition connotes â€œunspoiled” and â€œisolated”. The isolation also has served well to make Batibou virtually litter-free, which is always a plus. But thereâ€™s one more thing that, unfortunately, must be said: Tourists should not go to Batibou alone.
The isolation permits a few â€œbad apples” to prey upon unaccompanied tourists and rob them. You will be quite safe if you take a Dominican with you â€“ and if you make friends in a town or village you can always find someone eager to go to the beach with you. My wife and I are fond of Batibou. We always take friends to the beach with us â€“ heck, going to the beach is more fun that way, especially if children are brought along, we think. And weâ€™ve never been bothered, but we have heard of many who went alone and were. And letâ€™s be honest, your unguarded possessions arenâ€™t very safe at those beaches by the hotels on the â€œdeveloped” islands.
Find Batibou Beach
Follow the main road from Portsmouth toward Melville Hall Airport. Pass the Bense bus stop; there the main road takes a sharp uphill left turn immediately after a bridge, and stay on the main road. Later, there will be an intersection sign, and then the new concrete road from Bense joins the main road, coming in from the right. A bit further on you will see an abandoned yellow church and weeded-over burial ground on the left. Just a few hundred yards past that there is a dirt track on the left â€“ that is the track down to Batibou Beach.
So, go to Batibou Beach if you can, is our advice. Bring your picnic, because there are no â€œservices” at this beautiful, wild-looking natural spot, and please remember to carry out everything youâ€™ve carried in. Enjoy!