Bermuda Beaches for Kids & Families
If you want your young children or kids to enjoy the beaches and the water activities in Bermuda, you should ideally look for beaches with shallow and calm waters that are safe for swimming and snorkeling. Several beaches in Bermuda are not suitable for kids because of rough waters with high waves and some even having invisible sharp rocks on the seafloor which can cause injuries.
At times, jelly fish like creatures known as 'Portuguese Man of War' can be seen floating on the water or washed up on the beaches, and their stings can be poisonous. Rip currents are also not uncommon at some of the beaches, and they can be dangerous too. Life Guards are available only in few popular public beaches during the summers (the high season). So as parents, you should be aware of these factors before you take your kids to a beach and turn them loose.
There are numerous public beaches in Bermuda, but except a few, others do not have adequate amenities for families and children. Few beaches have bathrooms with showers, and some have only basic toilets, but many have no such provisions. You might also be looking for beach rentals such as loungers and umbrellas, snorkel rentals, water sports like Jet Ski, preferably a beach cafe offering food and beverages etc. Few beaches do offer such amenities, and some partially. And there are some beaches in Bermuda that have adjoining parks and children's playground as well.
Below are the recommended beaches in Bermuda for families with accompanying kids.
Located in Southampton on bus route #7, Horseshoe bay beach is one of the most picturesque beaches in the world. Towards its western end (only a few yards to the right once you reach the beach area), there is a small cove surrounded by cliffs, known as Port Royal Cove or the Baby Beach. Not only the cove is beautiful and picture perfect, the shallow and calm water here is excellent for swimming and snorkeling. During summer, you can see many locals bring their kids here.
Port Royal Cove
The Horseshoe bay beach has a beach bar
, bathrooms and shower facilities. Beach and lounge chairs, umbrellas etc are also available on rent. You can rent snorkel gears too. And if you want to catch up with your emails while your family is engaged in beach activities, there is also wi-fi service at the beach bar... you are expected to order for some drinks or snacks to avail this service. Life guards keep a watch on the beach activities during the summers.
The beach is located at Hamilton Parish (bus route #10 and 11). With a long stretch of shallow waters and lots of shades from the trees, the beach is ideal for families and kids. The shallows extend to about 30 yards into the water. There is an adjoining park that has a children's playground which is equipped with climbing frames and swings. Local families are often seen with their kids here.
Shelly Bay Beach, Bermuda
There are toilets at Shelly Bay Beach, but no other amenities. There is no food stall or cafe here. So you need to bring your own food and beverages. There are lots of trees fringing the beach providing ample shades, and a family picnic here is always a good idea.
This is beach is located within Royal Naval Dockyard in Sandys. So if you are docked at Kings Wharf, you can walk down to this beach in few minutes. The beach has tiny waterslides, beach concessions, water splash playground, and a bar and restaurant called Hammerheads Bar and Grill. You can rent beach chairs and beds, umbrellas, snorkel gear and water toys to keep the whole family engaged for hours. There are beachside cabanas as well. Many underwater features and fish make the beach excellent for snorkeling. Snorkel Park also offers Jet Ski safaris. Paddle boats and kayaks are also available on rent.
Snorkel Park Bermuda
Another advantage here is that you can go around the dockyard and visit many attractions including the National Museum of Bermuda, Dolphin display and training center, art and craft, pottery and clay works, glassworks and lot more. There is also a mall (Clocktower Mall) with several boutique shops as well as many restaurants in the dockyard to have a good family day.
This beach is on a small safe bay and offers excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunity. It's located at St George's at the eastern end of the island (minibuses operate between Kings Square and the beach). There is a beach bar and cafe offering a nice menu of food and drinks. There are toilet and changing facilities here as well.
Tobacco bay beach Bermuda
The shallow water and rock formations on the water make it a great place for snorkeling and very attractive to families with children. The beach cafe offers snorkel rentals as well as beach rentals such as chairs and umbrellas. During summer, several other water sport activities take place here.
Located close to the dockyard in Sandys (bus route #7 and 8), this is a nice beach that offers stunning sunset views. The beach is also good for snorkeling and if you love sea glasses, you will find plenty of them here and of different colors. It has a concession stand renting snorkel gears, water toys, hammocks, paddle boards etc. You can have water, soft drinks and even beer. There are portable toilets as well.
It's a lovely shallow water beach located in Cooper's Island off St. David's Island. The seagrass here attracts turtles. The beach park covers an area of 12 acres and has a playground, nature trails and nice views of small islands out in the ocean. Bathroom facilities are available. There is also a nice beach bar and restaurant (Gombey's) on the beach.
Clearwater Beach Imagery
You can get beach rentals (chairs and umbrellas), snorkel gear rentals and even kayak rentals from the beach bar. During the summer months, a lifeguard is usually on duty until sunset. Some services of bus #6 that operate from St. George, service the Clearwater Beach (takes about 25 minutes one-way). You can also get taxis at Kings Square to get to the beach.
This is a beautiful cove located in Warwick Parish on bus route #7. The picturesque cove is surrounded by large rocks and is isolated from the ocean, and as a result, the wind and the water are very calm here. Kids and families love this cove because the water is shallow, crystal clear and excellent for snorkeling. You can spot different kinds of colorful tropical fish here including parrotfish
There is toilet facility at Warwick Long Bay Beach (near the car park) which in only a few minute walk from Jobson's Cove. A lunch wagon at Warwick Long Bay serves snacks during summer.
Located in Warwick parish, the beach is quite secluded and great for snorkeling. There are public restrooms here towards the end of the beach. During summer, a lunch wagon supplies snacks. There is also a nice playground here next to the beach having swings, slides and ropes.
Warwick Long Bay Beach Bermuda
Be warned that Warwick Long Bay is not an ideal beach to turn the kids loose. You’ll need to keep a close watch. The sea can turn quite rough at times and there may also be undercurrents causing problems.
Visitors' Reviews and Comments
Kara (May 2015)
Thank you for this wonderful information. I was wondering if you could answer a specific questions. We are a family of 10 with 3 kids under age of 6. I am looking for good beaches. Although we will probably check out Snorkel Park, it did not look very big. I would like a beach with easy transportation (one bus or ferry, no changeovers). It should ideally be within a half hour travel and not super busy. It needs to have bathrooms and food. Can you think of any non crowded beaches with shallow water (no rocks) that is easily accessible? Thank you!!
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) May 2015
Other than Horseshoe Bay Beach, no other public beach will meet all your requirements. From Horseshoe main beach walk down to the Port Royal Cove (baby Beach), it may not be that crowded.