Daniel's Head Park and Beaches Bermuda
Tucked in a remote western corner of Sandy's Parish, Daniels Head is a wonderful gem of a place in Bermuda. It's a peninsular area. No wonder, resorts like 9-Beaches have chosen this ocean facing area to provide guests with ideal scenic experience of the Atlantic in a quiet environment. Daniel's Head spreads along some 17 acres of coastal area and has number of beaches (nine of them) & a park. While most of the beaches are now privately owned, there is one which is public and beautiful. When you come to Daniel's Head, you will realize that this is one of the best kept secrets and known to very few tourists. The locals sometimes come here with families and enjoy the whole day on weekends.
The coastal and the beach area is excellent for picnic. The water is calm and clear blue. Amenities like toilets, shower room, parking etc are available. There are no charges for using these. A small cafe offers barbecue, fish sandwiches and other Bermudian dishes, as well as beverages. It has outside seating although limited.
This entire area (Daniel's Head Beach Park) was once the base of Canadian army during World War II, which was known as Canadian Forces Station (CFS). You can still see the empty barracks and the recreational hall. Snorkeling at the Daniels Head is excellent. The water is quite shallow and calm, ideal for families with children. You will be able to see fishes like angelfish, wrasse, sergeant majors, parrotfish etc. A small island called the Daniel's Island is located at a short distance offshore.
Daniels Head Beach Park, Bermuda
About 400 yards away to the west of Daniel's Island, you will see the partially submerged shipwreck MVS Vixen with half of its hull jutting out of the water. You can snorkel around this wreck. But for that you will need to take a Snorkel Boat Tour. The water area here is full of fishes and you can even hand feed them easily.
Update July 2013: Couple of operators (SurfSUP: 441/300-1000 and Crystal Clear Kayaks: 441/595-2925) have started operating out of Daniel's Head Beach Park (the area which is part of the 9-Beaches Resort). You will get Standup Paddle Boards, windsurfers and Kayaks on rent. Guided tours are also offered. Kayaks have glass bottom panel to view the underwater marine life and fish. Both single and double seater kayaks are available.
One of the best offerings is the sunset kayak tours... with bright LED lights fitted to the kayaks, the sight of the water and the fish in the dark is an experience which you won't easily forget. It is different and far more amazing compared to day kayaking. Presently they are offering this guided kayak tours on Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays.
Larry (Laurence Fox) who runs SurfSup out of Daniel's Head Beach has communicated to me that he rents chairs, umbrellas, mask fins and snorkel as well. He has also mentioned that ... "I have a friendly taxi driver who wants to work and has said she will do the short run to the cruise ships. If she is not available and I have my car here. I will willingly take people back to the ship when I can." This is a good news for cruise ship passengers who do not have their own transport (like scooters etc).
Location of Daniel's Head
Daniel's Head Beach Park is on Daniel's Head Road (also known as Daniel's Head Lane), a little off Cambridge Road in Sandys parish. Buses #7 and 8 (operating between dockyard and Hamilton) come up to Somerset. You can then walk down to the beach (about 700 meters). It can be a longish walk and walk back to the bus stop in summer heat can be quite tiring. I won't recommend using bus to reach Daniel's Head.
However Daniel's Head is a short taxi drive from the dockyard (less than 10 minutes). You should carry a phone or use the phone service facility available with the beachside operator and talk to your taxi driver for a pick up.
With a scooter, it's very easy to get to Daniel's Head beach. From the dockyard go east towards Somerset Village. After crossing the village take right into Mangrove Bay Road. At the end take a left into Cambridge Beach road, then after about 450 meters turn right into Daniel's Head Road. Once you reach the end of this road, go through the gate and follow the signs for Daniel's Head Public Beach.
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By Raj Bhattacharya
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