Last Updated: October 27, 2017 

South Shore Beaches & Park Bermuda
Half Day Itinerary

 
Some of the best beaches in Bermuda are on south shore. Here I am suggesting an itinerary covering two of the top beaches in Bermuda: Horseshoe Bay Beach and Warwick Long Bay Beach along with a series of spectacular coves. 
 
This itinerary is ideal if you are willing to walk, looking for some swims and snorkeling while leisurely strolling along a lovely south shore trail. The train starts from the famous Horseshoe Bay Beach at Southampton and goes eastwards to Warwick Long Bay Beach in Warwick. You can also do the reverse route. Pack a towel and sunscreen and get on your way. Take a bus and come up to the South Road at Southampton. Bus #7 is convenient. 
 
 
 
From the South Road, walk over to Horseshoe Bay Beach. This is a picture perfect beach with pink sands. This also happens to be one of the most photographed beaches in Bermuda. There is a beach cafe here and facilities like bathrooms, beach rentals like chairs, umbrella and snorkel etc. 
 
There is a mid priced restaurant Gulfstream opposite to the entrance of Horseshoe Bay Beach on South Road. It prepares nice Italian food including thin crust pizzas and also seafood and International dishes. If you like, pick up some quick snacks and bottled water. As you walk along the Horseshoe Bay Beach towards east (i.e. left as you face the water), explore the small coves and several lovely beaches. 
 
South Shore, Bermuda 
South Shore Bermuda 
 
The trail and the beaches here are part of South Shore Park which is a nature reserve stretching across Southampton and Warwick Parishes. It has been designated as a national park since 1990. It starts from the western end of Horseshoe Bay Beach and goes all the way up to the Eastern end of Warwick Long Bay Beach. The entire stretch is about 1.25 miles. 
 
The stretch has a sandy walking trail along limestone cliffs and dunes which is just above the beach level. There are large spans of grassy areas as well on the way that are great for picnics.  
 
However, you can also walk along the beaches (i.e. the waterline). But there will be some rocky formations and water areas on the way that you may need to wade around. It's not that difficult. I would recommend some kind of beach or water shoes if you are walking along the beach. If you are carrying bags, then it's easier to take the sandy trail above along the cliffs.  
 
The trail along the cliff offers wonderful view of the ocean. But if you walk along the beaches you will come across tiny semi-secluded coves that will simply blow your mind off. Each one is a photographer's paradise. Spend some time at a cove looking at the turquoise waters. 
 
Map showing South Shore Park 
 
As you stroll along the beach or the trail, you will find numerous coves and beaches like Peel Rock Cove, Butts Beach, Middle Beach, Wafer Rocks Beach, Angle Beach and more. Then you’ll reach the twin coves of Chaplin Bay and the Stonehole Bay in about 0.7 miles. Both are very picturesque spots and great for swimming or even just for relaxing. 
 
There is a public toilet at the Chaplin Bay / Stonehole Bay area. This is the only public facility along this route. There is also a car park at the entrance of the Chaplin Bay / Stonehole Bay. 
 
 
 
Continue east on the trails and you will shortly find a tiny swimming hole with crystal clear water at Jobson’s Cove. This place can quickly get crowded. So try to make it early. This wonderful little cove is surrounded by lime stone cliffs. This is also a great place for snorkeling. 
 
Continue east along the South Shore Park Trails and you will reach Warwick Long Bay, a stunning half-mile long beach. This beach also offers excellent snorkeling opportunity. There is a seasonal concession stand at the beach which rents chairs, umbrellas and snorkel gears. Since there is no café here, this beach tends to be less crowded. 
 
From Horseshoe Bay Beach up to the Warwick Long Bay, the terrain is fairly flat and not difficult. If this stretch is enough for you and you plan to go back to the dockyard after the walk, then you can do the reverse hike. In that case, ask the bus driver to drop you at the Warwick Long Bay. Hike down the hill side to the shore line and take the reverse trail towards west (i.e. right while facing the water) through the lovely beaches and coves that I mentioned above. 
 
South Shore Park ends at the eastern boundary of Warwick Long Bay beach. However if you walked up to Warwick Long Bay and like to explore further, then come up to South Road, walk towards east and then you will find the entry way for another lovely beach & park - Astwood Cove
 
For snacks and some drinks, continuing east along South Road. You will soon find South Shore's one of the landmark pubs - Swizzle South Shore. This is a branch of the original Swizzle Inn that has been the inventor of the famous drink in the island, The Rum Swizzle. You will get a wide selections of burgers and other pub food. 
 
 
 
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Visitors' Reviews & Comments 
 
Patrick LaSalle (October 2017) 
Hi Raj, Last year and this year we visited Bermuda for nine days as guests as the Southampton Fairmont. We loved our beach, but I remembered Jobson's Cove as our favorite from past visits. We will be returning next year and would like to walk to Jobson's along the park trail. What is the distance and is it an easy walk from Horseshoe bay? Thanks, 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) October 2017 
Pat, it's about a mile between horseshoe bay beach and jobson's cove. It's a fairly easy walk along the trail (avoid walking along the beaches... rock formations can be difficult to negotiate in high tide). Not much shades, so take a hat or an umbrella. 
 
Debbie Hoenstine (September 2017) 
Hello could you please give us sort of an itinerary for walking the beach shoreline, we will take thebus from the naval dockyard to a drop off point and then proceed walking back to the dockyard.  Where should we start if we want to go to horseshoe bay, chaplan bay, stonehole bay, jobsons bay, church bay, heading back toward the dockyard, where should we have the bus drop us off t that will include these beaches on our walk back.. thanks, 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) September 2017 
Hi, start from Warwick Long Bay beach ... get off at the bus stop near the entry at the eastern end of the beach (i.e. left end as you face the water). This will ensure you walk the stretch of Warwick long bay once as you head west and walk towards Jobsons Cove and then all the way to Horseshoe Bay Beach. 
 
Debbie Hoenstine (September 2017) 
Thank you Raj, one more thing do you know about how long the walk would be from Warwick heading Bay heading back to the naval dockyard? This walk would be from east at Warwick heading west toward the dockyard right? 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) September 2017 
Yes you will walk west from Warwick Long Bay towards Horseshoe. The trail is about 1.25 miles... time it takes to walk will depend on how much time you spend on the beaches along the way. Royal Naval Dockyard is further west of Horseshoe. It's not really a walking distance... almost 10 miles to the cruise pier plus there are hardly any sidewalks. Suggest you come to the main road at Horseshoe and take a bus to dockyard (or a minibus shuttle from the horseshoe parking lot). 
 
Nikki (July 2017) 
Hello Raj, I really appreciate your site and all that you have put into it! We are coming late October by cruise and I am hoping to walk on the beach from Horseshoe Bay to Warwick Long Bay Beach. On your page of South Shore Beaches, you say this can be done with some wading around the rock formations and that it isn't that difficult. 
 
My sister insists that it cannot be done. She said the rock formation are too large and too far out... and that they cannot be "waded" around. 
 
I imagine this has a lot to with high tide. We are hoping to get there as early as possible in the morning. The only thing I would want to carry would be my phone and my camera. I could easily get a waterproof bag, so that is not a concern. But if it's a difficult trek to get past the rock formations and over my head (not wading lol) That would be a deal breaker for me. 
 
Can you give me anymore information on this? I can find all kinds of information about the South Shore Park trail above the beaches, but I really want to see and experiences all the little coves along the waterline. Thank you. 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) July 2017 
Hi Nikki, you are right ... in high tide it can be difficult if not impossible to wade around few rocks that go far into the water. In low tide when the water recedes it can be easier. However when you get to such rocks, instead of trying along the waterline, you can always take the sandy trail that runs between the beaches (behind the rocks) and get to the other side of the rocks or to the next beach. 
 
Debbie 
Approx how far is it from Warwick Beach to the Swizzle Inn - would like to do your recommended walk from Horseshoe Bay to Warwick Long Beach. Thanks. 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) 
The Swizzle Inn (South Shore branch) is near Surf Side Beach Club and between Astwood Cove Park and Elbow Beach. From Warwick Long Bay Beach, keep walking east along South Shore Road (i.e. South Road). Astwood Park is about 0.5 miles from the end of Warwick Long Bay, and Swizzle Inn is further 1-mile or so. You can also take a bus from Warwick Long Bay to the pub (bus #7). 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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