Sand Bay, also sometimes called Middle Bay, is an Atlantic beach in Marigot, the town just to the east of Melville Hall Airport. We only learned of it this year after coming to Dominica for the past 20 years by seeing a beautiful photo of it taken by Dominicaâ€™s leading author and historian Lennox Honychurch that appeared on the HHV Whitchurch 2007 calendar.
Sand Bay is a wonderful beach. Thereâ€™s plenty of soft clean sand and areas to play and picnic. You can opt for sun or shade under coconut (watch for dropping fruit!) or almond trees. The swimming is excellent, with very gentle wave action, no current to speak of (at least not in the bay), and a fine sandy bottom. There are coral-encrusted rocks you can swim to; we snorkeled to them but did not see anything interesting. Mainly the rocks tend to mitigate the wave action, and they make the bay a pretty sight from higher vantages.
There are paths leading from the road to this beach from near the Marigot police station, from the Marigot hospital (but you will have to wade around a rock at the end) and from the old fishery harbor. Every path has steps cut into the areaâ€™s characteristic red clay, because the bay is sheltered. That means youâ€™ll have to go up and over and down again from the old fishery. The easiest path begins near the police station. Just park there and ask for directions.
Weâ€™ve been told that it is not a good idea for us (weâ€™re white Americans) to go there by ourselves because the men who have a hut on the beach â€œarenâ€™t friendlyâ€, but they seemed quite nice and friendly when we went there on a Sunday with our friend and neighbor (a woman and her three children). Perhaps they were disarmed by the tricks that our dog Ranger performed for them. Also, on Sunday the beach had other local families present, and both cricket and soccer games in progress. And the guys at the hut may have juices, soda, or even beer to sell, as well as their own CDs.