Bermuda Island Beach Parties
Bermuda has taken a step forward to shake off its laid back style and create more electric entertainment options for tourists and locals. Years back, there used to be Hawkins Island Party held in Bermuda. It used to be a very interactive beach party, a high energy event with games, contests, limbo show, fire performances, conga lines and many other entertainment. Something which the whole family could enjoy.
Since that had stopped, there was a strong feeling in the tourism department and within the people of Bermuda that the island has become too laid back for the tourists. The visitors come here with lot more expectations, particularly when it comes to nighttime entertainment.
Beach Party at Snorkel Park
You can enjoy sunset barbecue buffet dinner, drinks, live music and dance performances at the beach with your family at Snorkel Park Beach
in Royal Naval Dockyard. So cruise ship visitors docking here and others now have an option of nighttime entertainment with families and kids.
The concept of 'Island Beach Party' was introduced for the first time here in 2012 when Dave Parquet was flown in from the USA to shake up the party scene in Bermuda. He had a strong background in high-energy tourist entertainment including casino and karaoke bars. Since then the beach party here is continuing although it was discontinued for some time but has been re-introduced in a different format.
In the original format, the program began with the live Steel Pan
and other bands playing music as the guests take their dinner. You have the choice of either taking the full package including barbecue dinner and some select drinks, or just join the entertainment which begins after dinner (at 8pm).
So soon after dinner the party starts with a conga line. The adults are offered a rum swizzle (small one though). It’s a concoction of amber and black rum, triple sec, orange and pineapple juices, and bitters.
After this, there were many different kinds of entertainment including a family dance competition. Members of families took to the stage and danced to songs. There would be dance competitions like Funky White Boy where even men took a shot at dancing. There were other events like the Think Drink competitions, singing contests, congo lines, limbo dancing and such. DJs kept playing a mix of top 40, classic tunes, soca, reggae and calypso music throughout the party.
Finally you would see Gombey dance performances by an island troop and fire limbo show by Bermuda’s own Island Teazas.
Update June 2017:
The beach party is now known as 'VIP Bonfire on the beach'... A family-friendly event accompanied with island rhythms, dancing, limbo, conga lines, blazing fires, games, food, tropical drinks, lovely sunset views along with local entertainment, a S’mores-kit and complimentary Bermuda Rum Swizzle.
Date: Every Monday until Oct 16
Price: $25 Adults, $15 Children
Time: 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Tobacco Bay Beach Party
During summer (usually starting May) sunset beach parties are held at Tobacco Bay Beach
on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. It starts at 6pm and ends after sunset. There are live bands on the beach playing soca, reggae, acoustics. Drinks and food are served as campfire is lit on the beach. You can relax, listen to the music and watch a spectacular sunset while sipping your cocktail.
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Visitors' Reviews and Comments
Lauren Cusano (April 2017)
Hello, I am following up on a message I sent back in February. Do you have a contact at Horseshoe beach for a private party? I want to see if I can cordon off a section in the beach this coming Monday July 3rd for approximately 50 people. I would really appreciate it.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) April 2017
You should contact the Department of Parks to figure out such possibility - (441) 236-5902, (441) 295-5151
Diane Wigignton (June 2014)
Raj, do you have an update on if the Island Beach Parties will continue in 2014? 16 of us will be in BDA from July 4-11 and would love to have some family-friendly evening entertainment.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) June 2014
There is no island beach parties scheduled yet at snorkel park like last year. However they hold beach style parties at their night club (Aqua) from time to time. There is no fixed schedule for this.
Dennis Orner (February 2012)
Back in 2005 I took a cruise to Bermuda and I think we docked at kings wharf? we went on what they called a party island excursion. A glass bottom boat picked us up where the ship was docked and took us to an island where we ate, drank mix drinks, and had a live band. We had a great time and I wanted to know if you still have anything like that available yet. If you do could you please send me any info on it. Thank You
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) February 2012
Hi, I'm guessing it must had been the Hawkins Island Party. It was mostly organized by the cruise ships as part of shore excursions. Bermuda Tourism Department also offered such island parties through its website. It included things like limbo show (girls dressed up like natives and dancing), conga lines, games, drinks like rum punch etc. Unfortunately that has stopped since long. A small exclusive resort is set to come up in Hawkins Island.
The closest to such island parties that you can get now is the beach party held at the Snorkel Park Beach in the dockyard area itself.