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Clearwater Beach Park Bermuda
This is a beautiful and shallow water beach located at the south eastern end of Bermuda at St. Davids. It partially covers the northern coastline of Cooper's Island and is not much known to the tourists.
If you are willing to go a little off the usual tracks and like to enjoy a relatively secluded beach, then this is a great beach to visit. When there are cruise ships in port and the popular beaches get crowded with tourists, then this is one beach that can still offer you some peace and tranquility. The water here is calm and the beach is ideal for families and kids. Over the weekends, many local families come here for picnics though.
Clearwater beach is also good for snorkeling. Although you won't find reefs here and therefore no reef fish, the sea grass on the shallow ocean floor offers many interesting things. You can see conch shells and turtles. The entire beach park spreads across some 12 acres of land area and includes the public beach and designated picnic areas.
Clearwater Beach Bermuda
The Clearwater park area also has a playground, public toilets etc. The Gombeys Bar & Restaurant is right on the beach and boasts of being the only real beach bar in the island. It serves island food like Bermuda fish chowder, jerk chicken grill, fish sandwich etc and quite popular to the locals. It also offers beach chairs, umbrellas, snorkel gears etc on rent. There is also a roller blade rink at the beach site.
This is not a natural beach though. It is an artificial manmade beach which was created as a result of land reclamation in the mid 1900s. The land reclamation was done to create the nearby U.S Naval Air Station which was operational until 1995. The entire Cooper's Island was then a restricted area. After the U.S closed its base, it was opened out to the public. Being close to the airport, you will often see airplanes departing or landing. You get wonderful views from the Clearwater beach with the St. David's Lighthouse seen at a distance.
Lifeguards are on duty until sunset during the summer months.
There are several other lovely beaches in Coppers Island which you can easily walk down to. Next to Clearwater beach is Turtle Bay Beach. This is also another wonderful small stretch of sands full of rock formations fringing it. Look at the rocks and you will feel as if you can slide down some of them. Don't try that out. They can be very slippery.
As you look out from the shore, you will see dark patches of turtle grass on the water, which provide feeding grounds for turtles and fish.
Walk down further along Coopers Island Road and you will find the beautiful Long Bay, a 250 meters beach all to yourself. The other great beaches located close by are Annie’s Bay, Well Bay, Fort Hill Bay and Soldier Bay beaches. They all are picturesque beaches and in easy walking distances from Clearwater.
You can spot turtles from all these beaches. Some of these beaches are excellent for snorkeling. Several snorkel tour operators choose these beaches as snorkeling site. You can see sea fans, parrot fish, silver fish, sergeant majors etc and even corals.
There is an excellent nature reserve here known as Coopers Island Nature Reserve which has great nature trails and gives you an added option to explore Bermuda's plantation and bird life. It's accessible from the Cooper's Island Road. Just walk down and enter through the gate.
How to reach Clearwater Beach
Clearwater beach is located at Annie's Bay on Cooper's Island Road in St Davids. While Bus route #6 operates between St George's Town and St Davids, not all buses will go up to Clearwater Beach. Only some of them take the Southside Road and exit via St. David's Main Road, and also provide service to Clear Water Beach. Check out with the driver or a local before you board the bus. Otherwise it can be a long walk up to the beach from the bus stop.
If you plan to walk from the bus stop, then get off at St. David's Lighthouse. Then walk along the Ruth's Bay Road towards west. Continue on Orange Hole Road along west. You will see Cooper's Island Road.
The easiest way to get to the beach is by taking a taxi from St. George. You may not get a taxi on your return. So hire the taxi by the hour (minimum 3 hours). Alternatively you can call a taxi. The taxi company 'BTA Dispatching' is based in St David's and operates a large fleet of taxis. You can call their 24x7 call center (441-296-2121) and get a taxi. There is also minibus service to the beach from St George and St Davids (call 441-297-8199).
There are also tour boat excursions that take tourists to Coopers Island these days.
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By Raj Bhattacharya
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