Amazing beaches in Bermuda
So which one do you choose from the 34 fabulous beaches in Bermuda that together offer some 75 miles of dramatic coastline? All of them are so unique and beautiful in their own ways! Over the past many years, we have spent long hours at each one of those wonderful beaches. Some have long expanses of sand, while some are just tiny coves separated from one another by rocky cliffs, and several beaches have beautiful coral reefs surrounding them.
And Bermuda's beaches have pink sand! Is that true? Yes! Why? Because red tiny organisms grow under the coral reefs and die on the ocean floor. These along with bits of corals and shells get washed up, get mixed with sands and create a pink hue. And that makes the sand look pink in color. The south shore between Horseshoe bay beach and Warwick long bay has the best pink sandy beaches.
A Pink sandy beach on South Shore, Bermuda
Over time these red particles in the sand keep moving up the beach through wave actions and get exposed to sun. The color then starts fading and the sand tends to lose the pink hue. So for the real pink sand, look near the water line or around one of the reefs at the edge of the water. The wet sand is far more pink than the exposed dry sand away from the waterline. But do not collect samples of pink sand from the beaches. It's not allowed. To take back home a sample of pink sand, you can visit souvenir shops that sell small bottles filled with pink sands.
While there are some private beaches in the island, most are public. The public beaches are open from dawn to sunset and entry is free. However you can not usually camp on the beaches or stay at night. There are public bus to most beaches, while some require private minibus or scooter rides. There is no ferry service to any public beach.
Most Beautiful Beaches in Bermuda
The following are the most picturesque beaches with lovely settings, some are also great for swimming & snorkeling.
1) Horseshoe Bay Beach:
This stunningly beautiful south shore beach is a curved stretch of pink sand and located in Southampton parish. The beach has been consistently ranked amongst the top beaches of the world by various international magazines. Expectedly this is by far the most popular and crowded beach. The beach extends towards east a long way (i.e. left as you face the water) and there is a trail.
If you walk towards east, you will find several sandy areas that are relatively quiet and beautiful. Few steps towards west there is a lovely pictureque cove surrounded by rocks - Port Royal Cove. The shallow water here is ideal for kids and families. the Horseshoe Bay Beach has all facilities including cafe, concession, toilet & shower etc. It's about 35 minutes by bus (#7) from dockyard (Kings Wharf cruise port) and 25 minutes from Hamilton city.
Horseshoe bay beach Bermuda
2) Tobacco Bay Beach:
Located at St George parish, this small beach is great for snorkeling and you get fascinating view of colorful marine life along with corals. There are lots of rock formations on the water which make them ideal home for the fish. While this is not a pink sandy beach as some of the south shore beaches are, the setting is perfect. The beach a beach bar, snorkel rentals, changing and bathroom facilities. From Kings Square (at St George), it's about 20 minutes walk to the beach. You can also take a mini bus ride (beach bus) from Kings Square (5-6 minutes).
Tobacco Bay Beach
3) Warwick Long Bay Beach:
This is another wonderful south shore beach & relatively secluded. It's half a mile long stretch of pink sands and located at Warwick parish. A trail from the beach along the cliff side and through dunes towards Horseshoe bay beach lets you explore several other lovely beaches and coves including Jobsons Cove, Stonehole Bay etc. You can also walk along the waterline to reach the other beaches. This is a great beach for snorkeling. A concession stand usually remains open during summer season (May to October) and you can rent snorkel gears. Public toilets available. It takes about 40 minutes by bus (#7) from dockyard and about 20 minutes from Hamilton City.
Warwick Long Bay Beach Bermuda
4) Elbow Beach:
This beautiful south shore beach has a gentle curve resembling an elbow and hence such a name. It's located at Paget parish. Although there is a private section of the beach that belongs to resorts, the public section is also excellent. The calm water here makes it great for swimming and snorkeling. There are reefs and even a shipwreck near the shore. There is an on-beach bar & bistro run by Elbow Beach Hotel. It takes about 50 minutes by bus (#7) from the dockyard to reach the nearest bus stop and about 10 minutes from Hamilton. From the bus stop, the beach is about 500 yards.
Elbow Beach Bermuda
5) Jobson's Cove:
This is a wonderful small & secluded cove surrounded by steep cliffs. Jobson's cove is located at Warwick parish and can be easily accessible from Warwick Long Bay beach along the beachside trail. Although there are no facilities here, you can walk down and avail the facilities such as toilets at Warwick Long Bay. From dockyard, bus #7 takes about 40 minutes to the nearest bus stop at the western end of the beach on south road. The same bus route can be availed from Hamilton too.
Jobson's Cove Bermuda
6) John Smith's Bay Beach:
This is a long and wide stretch of pink sand. The beach is located in Smith's parish and is great for snorkeling. There is a reef line only 200 yards offshore that keeps the water calm and boats away from the beach. It's a good family beach and has toilet facilities. Life guards are on duty during summer. You will also find a lunch wagon here during summer time selling snacks & beverages. From Hamilton City bus terminal, it takes about 25 minutes to reach the nearest bus stop (bus #1, 3). From there, it's a short walk.
7) Astwood Cove:
This is a stunningly beautiful cove at Warwick parish. The cliffs here are home to many long white-tailed tropical birds. It takes about 45 minutes by bus #7 from dockyard to get to the nearest bus stop. A steep trail through cliffs leads down to the lovely beach. There are no facilities here though. Above the beach, there is a wonderful green park which is a very popular wedding venue and a picnic spot. The view from the park (overlooking the rocks, the beach and the ocean) is awesome.
8) Hog Bay Beach:
Located in Sandys parish, this secluded tiny beach is a hidden treasure. Not many know about this beach. You will need to hike through the Hog Bay Park to reach this beach located at the western end of the park. The beach is usually available only during low tide. So tide timing is important if you plan to visit this beach. But once there, you can enjoy almost exclusive privacy. From dockyard, it takes about 12 minutes to the nearest bus stop by bus (#7 or 8) and then a 10 to 12 minute hike through the hog bay park to get to the beach.
9) Shelly Bay Beach:
This pink sandy beach is located at Hamilton parish. Due to a long stretch of shallow waters, this is one of the great beaches ideally suited for kids and families. It has a children's playground. There are no facilities except for toilets. A boardwalk along the coastline leads to the famous Railway Trail. From Hamilton City main bus terminal, take bus #10 or 11 for the beach (takes about 20 minutes). The beach is located at the north shore.
10) Clearwater Beach
: Located in St. David's of St. George's parish, this picturesque beach has calm waters and is great for families and kids. There are ample facilities here making it a popular spot for picnics for the locals. There is a beach bar & restaurant, as well as bathrooms. From St George, bus #6 has services. There are several other beaches nearby. Next to Clearwater beach is Turtle Bay beach
- another scenic beach with rocks fringing it. The Turtle Beach is so named because there is a grassy underwater area nearby where you can often see turtles feeding.
More beautiful beaches...
There are several other beaches in the island that too are beautiful. Here they are:
Church Bay Beach:
It’s a little cove formed by cliffs and located in Southampton at the western end of the south-shore beaches. Church bay is a great beach for snorkeling and one of the locals' favorites. However the beach is quite small and not suitable for sun bathing due to many rocks scattered around. Toilet facilities are available on the park above. Takes about 30 minutes by bus (#7) from dockyard and about 25 minutes from Hamilton.
Daniels Head Beaches and Park
: Located at the western remote corner of Sandy's Parish, Daniel's Head with its 17 acres of coastal area is one of Bermuda's best kept secrets and not much known to tourists. The beaches (now only one remaining public) are great for swimming and snorkeling. On-beach facilities include toilets, changing room, operators offering snorkeling, kayak, paddle boarding etc. There is also a cafe here. It's also a nice place for picnic. Best is to access the beach by a scooter. Otherwise you need to walk for about 700 meters from the nearest bus stop (bus #7 and #8). From dockyard, the nearest bust stop is only a few minutes ride.
Chaplin Bay Beach:
Quiet and ideal for relaxing, this beach stretches across the boundary between Warwick and Southampton parishes. It's another south shore beach. The walking trail from Horseshoe Bay Beach passes through Chaplin Bay and goes all the way to Warwick Long Bay. You can avail facilities such as toilets and summer time concession stand at Warwick Long Bay. Bus #7 from dockyard takes about 38 minutes to reach the nearest bus stop.
Stonehole Bay Beach:
Located adjacent to Chaplin Bay, this exquisite and small pink beach is surrounded by rocky cliffs and offers a secluded piece of paradise. You can take the trail and walk down to Warwick Long Bay beach for facilities. Most visit both Chaplin Bay and Stonehole Bay together. It's another popular venue for weddings.
Whale Bay Beach:
This beach is located at the western end of Southampton parish. During season, you can see schools of humpback whales migrate through the blue waters off the south shore, and hence such name of the beach. There is a small fort on the grounds here. The beach offers excellent sunset view. It's a popular picnic spot as well. There are toilets but no other facilities. Bus #7 or 8 takes about 10 minutes from dockyard to the nearest bus stop. Then walk for about 10 minutes to the beach.
Snorkel Park Beach:
Located at Sandys parish, this beach is a great place for families and kids. This is a manmade beach and great for snorkeling. It's more like a complex with a beach. So as expected, it has all facilities like restaurant & bar, toilets and changing facilities, beach and snorkel rentals, jet ski & other water sport activities, and even a night club. There is an admission fee. Snorkel Park is located in dockyard complex and only 6-7 minute walk from the cruise berths.
Somerset Long Bay Beach
: It's a beautiful secluded beach in the western Sandys parish at Somerset. There is also an adjacent nature reserve & park which is full of birds and different types of plantations including Bermuda cedars. Picnic and toilet facilities are available at the park area. Bus #7 or 8 from dockyard takes about 7 minutes to the nearest bus stop at Somerset. It's then a 6-7 minute walk.
Achilles Bay Beach
: A tiny beautiful beach north east of St. George's town with calm serene waters and ideal for swimming and snorkeling. The bay offers stunning view of sunset. There is a restaurant & bar above the beach. From Kings Square of St George, it takes about 20 minutes by walk. You can also take a minibus or taxi service.
St. Catherine Beach
: Located north of the St. George's town, this beach is a wonder little stretch of white sands. You can see the St. Catherine Fort at a distance. If you are visiting St. George's town, you should not miss the fort and the beach. It's located quite close to Achilles Bay. In fact the fort stands in between the two beaches. Tobacco Bay is also within easy walk. Take a short minibus ride from Kings Square or walk (about 20 minutes).
: This is part of Bermuda's National Park and located on the south shore of Devonshire parish. It has a great combination of beach, fort, parkland and picnic areas.
: This is a nice little beach on north shore road in Pembroke, close to Hamilton and ideal for snorkeling.
: East of Clarence Cove on the north shore road, there is an opening in the wall and steep stairs through a high cliff will take you down to this gem of a beach. There is no marked entry and tourists often miss out on this lovely little beach.
Building Bay Beach
: This is a small unknown beach located on the north eastern shore of St. George. There is an adjacent fort known as Alexandra Battery. The beach is well known for its sea glasses. You can walk down from Kings Square (takes about 30 minutes by walk).
Grape Bay Beach
: Although this is not a public beach, one can access it through a neighborhood lane. Nobody will mind if you aren't disturbing the residents. This is a gorgeous, clean and quiet beach located on the south shore at Paget. It does not belong privately to an owner or property, rather to a neighborhood.
You know that Bermuda has some of the most stunning pink sandy beaches. But where do you find them? Which are the pinkest beaches?
Well for pink sand you should visit the south shore beaches which are along the southern coast line of Southampton and Warwick parishes. If you want to walk along the coast line and visit several such beaches having lovely pink sands, then walk along the South Shore Park Trail
Here are some of our favorite pink sandy beaches in Bermuda:
Best beaches for snorkeling
Calm waters and reefs are the main considerations when you are looking for a beach in Bermuda which is great for snorkeling. That will give you the best chance to view many different colorful reef fish and even corals. Here is the list of snorkeling beaches followed by a link giving details for each such beach:
Tobacco Bay Beach (in St George, great for corals, fish and marine life)
Church Bay (in Southampton, great for fish and marine life)
Daniel's Head Beach (in Sandys, reefs and shallows are great to view fish)
Jobson's Cove (in Warwick on Southshore Park, fish at the reefs)
Warwick Long Bay (in Warwick parish)
Elbow Beach (in paget, reef and wreck snorkeling)
Snorkel Park (in Royal Naval Dockyard, good for viewing fish)
John Smith's Bay Beach (in Smith's, great for spotting colorful fish)
Check out the page Snorkeling in Bermuda
to know all about the snorkeling beaches including what you get to experience while snorkeling, amenities, how to reach and lot more.
Tobacco Bay, a great snorkeling beach in St. George, Bermuda
Best beaches for swimming
Beaches with shallow and calm waters is what we look for when swimming is our main activity of the day. Some beaches in Bermuda have offshore reef lines or large rocks on the bay that help keep the water calm, and they are great for swimming.
But several beaches have small sharp rocks in the shallows which are not easily visible and can result in bad cuts or bruises in your feet. Some beaches are known to have occasional rip currents. These are the beaches you should avoid, particularly when with family and kids.
Here is the list of the best swimming beaches followed by a link that details each such beach:
Elbow Beach (in Paget)
Shelly Bay Beach (in Hamilton Parish)
Tobacco Bay Beach (in St. George)
Horseshoe Bay Beach (in Southampton)
John Smith's Bay Beach (in Smith's parish)
Clearwater Beach (in St. Davids)
Warwick Long Bay Beach (in St. Davids)
Well, you want to escape the crowd? Many eventually want to do so when they find virtually no space on popular beaches are spared by the tourists who are mostly the cruise passengers visiting the island in summer. So where do you go to find a piece of secluded sandy cove or a beach where you can have some privacy and enjoy the beach and the water in exclusivity? Good news is, there are several such beaches which many tourists haven't discovered yet or are reluctant to give an effort to reach.
Some like Daniel's Head would typically require a scooter ride as there is no bus stop, some like Hog Bay would require some hike through parkland, few like Turtle Beach would require longer bus rides being at St. Davids at the eastern end, and few on Castle Harbor are accessible only by boat.
Here is the list of secluded beaches followed by a link to the page that details each such beach:
Hog Bay Beach (in Sandys, requires walk through Hog Bay Park. Available only in low tide)
Stone Hole Bay Beach (In Southampton, on South Shore Park)
Turtle Beach (in St. David's and next to Clearwater Beach)
Bailey's Island Beaches (off the north coast of Bailey's Bay, Hamilton Parish)
Daniel's Head Beach (in Sandys, need a scooter or walk for about 15 minutes from bus stop)
Parson's Bay Beach (in Sandys. Need a scooter or you can walk from the dockyard)
Somerset Long Bay Beach (in Somerset, Sandys)
Castle Harbor Beach (on Castle Harbor at the eastern part of the island, need a boat to reach)
Drews Bay Beach (in St. George)
Astwood Cove (in Warwick, requires hike down steep trail from Astwood Park)
John Smith's Bay Beach (in Smith's parish)
West Whale Bay Beach (in Southampton, requires 10 minute walk from bus stop)
Building Bay Beach (in St. George on Cut Road)
Great Beaches for Kids & Families
As I already mentioned, in some beaches water can have undercurrents or even submerged rocks. They are unsuitable for children. There should be enough shallows and water should be calm. You will also look for facilities like bathrooms with showers, cafe, beach rentals, ideally an associated playground etc.
Here is the list of best family beaches followed by a link to the page that details each such beach:
Shelly Bay Beach (Hamilton Parish)
Tobacco Bay Beach (St. George)
Snorkel Park (Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys)
Port Royal Cove (next to Horseshoe Bay Beach in Southampton)
Clearwater Bay Beach (in St. Davids)
Black Bay Beach (in Sandys)
There are some great beaches where you can see lovely green, brown, clear and even the rare cobalt blue and orange sea glasses that get washed up the shore by the waves. There is one such beach known as the 'Sea Glass Beach' in Sandys which is close to the dockyard and takes few minutes by bus to the nearest stop. Another one 'Building Bay' is in St. George and can be reached by minibus service from Kings Square or Ferry Dock at St. George.
Best Beaches for Body Surfing
If you love to swim on rolling surf, then there are few beaches that you can consider in Bermuda. But remember that Bermuda has offshore barrier reefs keeping the waters relatively calm and you won't therefore get the real surfs in general. You will get more swells than waves.
Exceptions are when there is strong wind or prelude of a storm that creates the rolling surfs. But such time is not good for swimming anyway. For body surfing waves, the best south shore beaches are the ones that have long expanse of sand, and they are:
Bermuda Beach Map
I have created a small Beach Map of Bermuda
so that you can get a snapshot of where most of our favorite beaches are located. When you click a beach on the map, you can also see its detailed description.
Visitors' Reviews & Comments
Wendy Bell (May 2018)
Hello Raj, considering how busy you are I'm not sure you'll get to this request. We are visiting in 2 weeks with our only grandson who is 14. His wish list is to visit and snorkel at as many beaches as we can manage within the 3 days we are there. We arrive at Royal Naval Dockyard and we are wondering best mode of transportation from there to some of these beaches. One of the beaches we're interested in is Horseshoe Bay. Any recommendations and or suggestions would be most welcomed. Thank you for your time.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) May 2018
Hello, Horseshoe bay beach is in Southampton... you can take a bus or minibus from the cruise port and get to the beach. From Horseshoe there is a beach trail which takes you to several great coves and beaches on south shore including Jobson's Cove, Warwick Long Bay Beach etc some of which are excellent for snorkeling. The beach trail is about 1.25 miles. There is another beach called Church Bay Beach (not on the trail though) which is particularly great for snorkeling (bus #7 goes there). On one of the days you can visit st. George (take Orange Ferry from the dockyard) and get to Tobacco Bay Beach (beach minibuses are available at St. George).
Lori Ortiz (December 2017)
Hello, I have an odd question, but are the public bathrooms at the Horseshoe Bay and Tobacco Bay open in February? I know the concession stands and umbrella rentals are closed, but what about the actual bathrooms? I've searched the forums, but can't find the answer. Thanks!
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) December 2017
Hi, you should be able to use the bathroom at Horseshoe bay beach. The bathroom in Tobacco Bay is part of the beach house and would be closed in winter.
Amanda H. (June 2017)
Hi! My family of 6 and I will be there in a week! I saw a youtube video where people were at a beach and were in a rock tunnel or bridge. It didn't show the top, but did show the water passing through and they were in it. Which beach would this have been? Thank you!
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) June 2017
One possibility is the beach (Clarence Cove) at Admiralty House Park
located at the outskirts of Hamilton.
Tina C. (September 2016)
My oldest really wants to visit a pink sand beach. Which in your opinion is the go to beach for this? Thank you for your help and keeping your site updated. I've referred to it quite a bit since I booked this vacation.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) September 2016
Beaches along south shore (between and including Horseshoe and Warwick Long Bay) have pinkest sand. Warwick Long Bay beach is a good one to visit first for pink sand and then you can walk towards west along the trail or shoreline and reach several other great pink beaches & coves. You can walk all the way up to Horseshoe beach.
Debbie Gallo (July 2016)
We will be arriving to your beautiful country by cruise ship on September 7th. I may be looking for the impossible ... a pink sand beach that doesn't require a cliff side hike to get to it ... with a beach bar and snorkeling. Does that exist in Bermuda? Thank you so much for your reply!
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) July 2016
A taxi can drop you at the car park of Horseshoe bay beach. The beach is a short walk from there on compact sand and there is a beach cafe (also selling alcoholic beverages) and beach rental.
Jeff Sega (April 2016)
We walked from Warwick long bay past rocks towards Astwood. Is it possible to get there by walking on the beach or were we between Warwick and Astwood? Thanks for your help. I compiled a list of beaches we were on and didn't know about Astwood. We did enjoy Tabacco, St Catherines, Horseshoe (and the tiny beach/cove on the right), Warwick, Jobson's, Stonehole, Chaplin, Elbow and Coral in the two times (4 days) we visited your beautiful Island.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) April 2016
Hi, it's not possible to reach Astwood cove from Warwick long bay by walking along the beach. You were somewhere in-between.
Benjamin (September 2015)
Year 1988 my family lived there for Canadian army purpose. It was called the Canadian beach. Me and my brother used to throw at each other this floating translucid gello-like matter. Would like to know could it be dead jelly fish or some corral residue. It was always about size of soccer ball. And just for fun: does :-) the beach with huge waves still exist? Vacation next year. Thank you.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) September 2015
It was likely the creature named Portuguese-Man-of-War that looks like jellyfish. Sometimes they get washed up ashore during storms or strong waves. Although they look dead, often they are not and you would be lucky not to get a painful sting. Visit this page
for some more info and picture. The Chaplin Bay Beach on South Shore is often called the Canadian Beach because this is where the annual Canada Day is usually celebrated.
Pastor Rick Powers, Jr. (July 2015)
Hi.....my wife and I are leaving for Bermuda on a cruise in a couple days. We are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. If you had your choice as a married couple wanting to see a beautiful beach but also have some privacy would you go to Warwick Longbay beach or Horseshoe Bay Beach? We only have one day to go to the beach, so what would be time well spent? Would taking Bus #7 be the best option or take a ferry to Hamilton first and then catching bus #7? Our ship will be in King's Wharf dockyard.....thanks so much for your great site on Bermuda by the way!
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) July 2015
Hi, Warwick long bay would be certainly much quieter than Horseshoe. But if you had never seen horseshoe before, you can't miss that either. Take bus #7 from dockyard and get off at Warwick long bay entrance, come down to the beach and start walking towards west (i.e. right as you face the water). While Warwick long bay itself is a beautiful beach and you can find a secluded piece of sandy area to lounge, there are several other lovely coves like Jobson's Cove, Stonehole bay etc along the way. Lounge wherever you like but continue to stroll. You will need to wade around rocky formations and water areas if you walk along the beaches, there is also a separate trail. You will finally reach Horseshoe Bay beach... a total of about 1.25miles walk. Once you come up to the main road, take bus #7 back to the dockyard.
Tom Corrente (August 2014)
My family and I will be in Bermuda last week in august we will be docked for two days. We would like to go to at least one maybe two of the beaches. We are not into the crowds and after reading we are thinking of going to Hog Bay, West Whale Bay and or possibly somerset long bay. A little off the beaten path but much less time to get to and from the dockyard. I have read at least Hog Bay & Whale Bay are only accessible at low tide which I believe will be right around 3:30pm bermuda time. Which if any do you recommend of the three. Do you have any suggestions as well. Any tips or information is much appreciated!!!!
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) August 2014
You can visit Daniel's Head Beach. It's a fairly long walk though from Somerset bus stop ... it can be a bit tiring in the heat. Scooter or taxi would be ideal. There is a small snack & beverages bar there and the operator SurfSup offering kayaks, paddle boards etc. Otherwise you could choose any of the ones you mentioned. Hog Bay requires a hike through the park. You should note the low tide timings.
Larry (June 2014)
Is Alcohol allowed on the beach at horseshoe bay? If so can you buy it on the beach?
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) June 2014
Hi, Alcohol in general is allowed on public beaches in Bermuda. You can carry your own bottles if you want. But you are required to stay at one place on the beach and not walk around while drinking. There is no alcohol available at the beach cafe of Horseshoe bay.
Neil Buckley (February 2014)
Are there parking areas for scooters at most of the beaches, both the bigger public ones as well as those somewhat off the beaten track.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) February 2014
Yes, you can park your scooter at most beaches.
Karen Revis (September 2013)
I love your website! I am curious what beach you would recommend for us? We are arriving by cruise ship at kings wharf. In our party is me and my husband (in our 40's), my 72 yr old mother, and my children ages 21 down to 11.... A scooter is out of the question as I have 3 kids under 16. We are interested in pink sand, swimming, hopefully some snorkeling plus would like restrooms and maybe a place near to grab lunch? Thank you so much!
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) September 2013
Hi, While Horseshoe Bay Beach is undoubtedly the best beach in the island and has all the amenities you require, the only down side is it's likely to be very crowded, particularly so during the high season. Another great option is Tobacco Bay Beach in St George which has concession stand renting snorkels, chairs, umbrellas etc and also a cafe offering nice food & drinks. This beach is great for snorkeling as well. However you won't get pink sands in Tobacco bay beach though. You can take the orange ferry from the dockyard for St George (35 minutes) and then a minibus from St George (Kings Square) to the beach (5-6 minutes). Note the timing of the Orange ferry which does not have frequent services like the other ferry routes. Another good option is Elbow Beach in Paget. You will get bus #7 and also private mini buses serving the beach. Mickey's Bistro is a beach bar & restaurant located right on the beach. A concession stand rents snorkel gears as well (in summer). Regards,
Karen Oresto (June 2013)
We are arriving in Bermuda on 6/26/13 on the breakaway. Our first trip to Bermuda was with another couple last July and we loved the island so much we wanted to come back with our children and grandchildren. Three days sounds like so much; but, it really isn't. My grand daughters are 22 months, 3 and almost 11. Then my children are 29 and 24. told my children they have to see the caves with the oldest and my husband and i would take the youngest to the beach. With these ages in mind what would be the top 2 beaches after horseshoe bay which is a definite. My cousin twisted my arm to try a pub she likes-swizzle.... I'm so excited and can't wait. Please help. Thanks.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) June 2013
Hi, Here are the two other beaches that I suggest keeping in mind your age and the accompanying kids plus proximity to dockyard where Breakaway docks (Heritage Wharf). Both beaches are in Warwick Parish.
Take a taxi or a bus (#7) and come down to Warwick Long Bay Beach along South Road. By bus it takes about 40 minutes (by taxi about 35 minutes) from the dockyard. From the South Road a sandy pathway (about 25 meters) leads down to the beach. If you don't want to walk, there is also a paved road from the western end of the beach (towards right as you face the water). Taxis can access this road and drop you right at the beach. This is one of the most beautiful and relatively secluded beaches in the island with a half a mile long stretch of lovely sand.
The reefs on the water and the rocks along the shore make it look picturesque. Often you can see parrot fish feeding along the shore. Although this beach is great for swimming and snorkeling, the water here is not very calm. In fact there is a sharpish drop off close to the beach, so I would not recommend that small kids are let loose for swims here. At one end of the beach is the Warwick Long Bay Playground, an excellent children's park which the kids will thoroughly enjoy. The park has slides, swings, ropes and even wooden forts. You can see many different types of birds here as well. Warwick long bay beach has a concession stall and toilet facilities.
From Warwick Beach there is a sandy trail towards west that leads to the adjacent Jobson's Cove. It's only a short 200 meters walk. The cove and the beach here is picture perfect. In fact if you had taken the taxi down the paved road, Jobson's cove is at a short distance from the car park towards west. The cove is 70% covered by high rocks around its boundary and the remaining is the sandy beach. The water here is shallow, calm with soft sandy bottom. This is ideal for swimming and the kids would love it.
If you plan to take Rum Swizzle, the famous island drink of Bermuda, then Swizzle Inn is the best place who invented the drink. They have a branch in Warwick Parish (Swizzle inn South Shore, 87 South Road). It's a short bus/taxi ride from the beaches.
Sylvia Gordon (June 2012)
I love Turtle Beach, an escape from the cruise passengers! Would you have any better ideas for 2 seniors at a nice beach nearer to Kings port where our ship will be docked in September.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) June 2013
Hi, there are several beaches close to Kings wharf. The closest is Snorkel Park located within the dockyard complex and about 5 minutes walk from the cruise pier. But this is a commercialized man made beach (with an entry fee) and certainly not one of the most beautiful ones. If you take bus #7, then you can easily reach one of the several pink south shore beaches within 35-40 minutes like the horseshoe bay beach. But if you like to avoid tourists, then visit Daniels Head Beach. It's a small & lovely secluded beach in the same parish (Sandys) where your cruise ship would dock, but very few tourists know about it. They all head for Horse Shoe. Daniel's Head is about 10 minutes by bus and then a short walk. Here is the link for more information: Daniels' Head Beach
Just wanted to thank you for all the wonderful information and pictures of the beaches in Bermuda. My husband and I are going on a cruise in late April with our family and found your information to be a big help. I'm planning on taking the family to a bunch of different beaches and your descriptions helped me to narrow my choices so I could pick the best beaches to suit our needs. Thank you again for your amazing site!! I'll let you know how the research worked out once I get back from our cruise. Sincerely,
Hello Raj, Please point to walking distance beaches from Dockyard. I know about Snorkel Park. Is there anything else? Thanks,
Hi Michael, There is no other beach within a short walking distance. But if you love to walk, then try Somerset Long Bay
and our favorite Daniel's Head
(beware, there are no side-walks for most part of the road). Best is to take a short (10 minutes) bus ride to Somerset (bus #7 or 8) and then both beaches are at easy walking distance. Another one is Black Bay & Sea Glass Beach
which is well known for its sea glasses. It's at a shorter distance from the dockyard... about 20 minutes walk.