By Raj Bhattacharya
Raj, a seasoned travel writer and Bermuda destination expert, has extensive global travel experience. This website reflects his profound insights, garnered over nearly two decades of dedicated findings and research on the island. Raj has assisted countless Bermuda-bound visitors by providing direct, personalized responses to their queries and imparting his wealth of knowledge through this platform. This site serves as an indispensable guide for those seeking informed and reliable insights into Bermuda's treasures.
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Rhonda (September 2018)
I do not recommend Snorkel Park for families. We were there last year and discovered lots of broken glass from empty beer bottles and cigarettes. This beach hosts parties at night and you can definitely tell.
Erica (March 2017)
I was actually there 2 years ago and I DISLIKED snorkel park across from the ships. The beach was dirty with straws and cigarette butts.
Stew (October 2015)
We were there in Bermuda 2 weeks ago had a great time. Weather was 85 sunny very hot. Snorkel beach was good, rented kayaking with grandkids and paddle boats, had a great time. Yes there were rocks at the beach but way do you want! It was clean and didn't see any sign of glass. Love Bermuda
John Carr (June 2014)
Hi Raj; This is a fine web site. I have been to Bermuda many times over the past forty years, always for vacation. I usually stay near the South Beaches, but this time I am coming by cruise on the NCL Dawn. As I get older I am amazed at the changes in the region where the ships dock. As I age, physical limitations have caught, and I can not do as much as I would like. Please tell me if the beach nearby that costs $5.00 is cluttered with broken glass. I have read several comments from customers who say it is dangerous. Honestly, what is your professional opinion? (I am aware of your lack of liability, just wanted to try to get the most honest information possible. Thank you for considering my question. Cheers, John
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) June 2014
Hi John, In my personal opinion the beach has improved since the time they stopped the island beach parties there. Until last year there used to be on-beach parties where all could participate for a fee. Empty beer bottles thrown into water and smashing on underwater rocks largely contributed to such problems. Although the staff tried cleaning them up, it was far from being safe. While a major source of the problem is removed, it's difficult to say if the beach is now completely free of glasses. But there are certainly underwater sharp rocks and shells close to the beach.
Tracy (August 2013)
Snorkel beach - located near the ships, is terrible. There is a $5 charge, and a lot of rocks. Don't recommend the time or money to go there. It's convenient, but then so is the transportation to the other beaches. Get a 2 or 3 day pass. Works for the ferry and bus. Taxi's are a rip off if you get sucked in... (I didn't) but they tried.
Lena (June 2013)
Just visited Snorkel Park last week and had a horrible experience! After spending only 5 minutes in the water, our son stepped on broken glass and cut both of his feet! I had to run around trying to find a worker to help and after the fourth person, I was handed a first aid kit and no real concern! We had to wrap his bleeding feet ourselves just so we could carry him back to our ship to receive 14 stitches!!
While trying to carry him off the beach someone approached us from Snorkel Park and said that there wasn't anything they could do about the glass! Wrong Answer!!! After returning home I have been doing some research and found that this has been an ongoing problem for at least a few years! Other friends and family members that were traveling with us gathered up handfuls of very sharp (freshly broken) glass from everywhere!! It was even at the bottom of a "kiddie slide" that was in the water!
Apparently they are not enforcing a "no glass" policy nor are they making an attempt to pick any of the glass up or warn visitors! Hopefully somebody is able to do something about this problem before someone else gets seriously injured!!
Ms. Ming (June 2013)
Upon arriving at Snorkel Beach on Friday June 21, with a group of school children, we were told that groups of students were not allowed on Fridays. I saw no sign that confirmed this, nor have I seen any thing written anywhere that can corroborate that. They also ask for $5. from children and I see that children under 12 are suppose to be free. What is really going on at this Beach? Do they not want Bermudian children at the beach and how is that allowed in this day and age? I will be making inquiries about this incident to see if this was even lawful. Show me somewhere where it bars children on Fridays because once I walked around and read all the signs, I saw no sign that stated that rule.
6/11--Just returned from Bermuda. Decided to check out Snorkel Park because of its proximity to the ship. Reviews also sounded favorable and my daughter loves to snorkel. We paid the $5 cover charge for the adults but were sadly disappointed once we got down to the beach. There was glass everywhere...sand, water. I wouldn't let my kids take their shoes off. My son wanted to make a sand castle but every time he would dig in the sand, more glass surfaced. There is a sign about "No Bottles" on the beach but because Snorkel Park becomes a night club each evening, it is obvious this rule is not enforced. I would think twice about heading over and paying to visit this beach, especially if you have kids.
We were in Bermuda on the NCL Spirit last week and were very dismayed to find that Snorkel Park is now charging a $5 per person cover charge. With this charge we expected better than average experience and what we found was broken glass (which we reported but never saw it cleaned up), slow service (had to wait over 15 minutes to rent a chair), broken water faucets (trying to clean off the sand as we made our way tot he exit) and attitudes that did not make us feel welcome but that made us feel taken advantage of.
The news of these new charges is making it's way to the cruise "boards" and people are not happy with the new policy - this may cause Snorkel Park to see quite a decline in business - instead of buying a cocktail or two as we planned, we spent our money on admission instead. And we do not understand why we were asked for our Cruise ID on admission - what reason was there for seeing our cruise card? Very disappointed in the new policy.