Bermuda Sea Glass Beaches


What are Sea Glasses?

Sea glasses are all crafted naturally by the sea from man made glasses. Their origins are mostly from glass bottles, jars and pottery that were discarded and tossed into the sea by some insensible human beings. Such wastes could have been thrown from the boats or even from the shore, but the nature is an expert creating good from the bad. 
Sea Glasses in Bermuda 
Sea Glasses Bermuda 
Photo: nathanmac87, flickr 
Under the custody of the sea and wave actions, these glass pieces go through continuous tumbling and friction for years. The glasses are dragged through the sand, underwater rocks and sea shells. As a result of this they are broken up in small pieces, get worn, edges get naturally smoothened and the bodies get polished. They look like wonder gems. 
Water currents carry these glasses until they are finally washed up the shore and made available again to human beings in different forms and shapes altogether. Some of the best sea glasses would be frosted and soft. 
The most commonly found sea glasses have colors like green, milky white, brown and clear. Orange glasses are the rarest of all. Only one in 10,000 pieces collected is usually an orange sea glass. 
The next rare ones are ruby red and cherry red... one in every 5,000 pieces collected. The other rare sea glasses are cobalt blue, red, purple, pink, yellow and such.  

Sea Glass Beaches in Bermuda

So where do you find these natural jewels in Bermuda? In general, you won't find the sea glasses in all beaches in Bermuda. However if you are lucky and have the habit of only looking down while walking on a beach, you might be able to discover one or two while strolling even on a popular public tourist beach in the island. 
Bermuda Sea Glass Beach 
Bermuda Sea Glass Beach 
But if you are serious in finding large numbers with range of colors, you will need to go to the specific beaches that are known to offer the treasures. 
But why not in the other beaches? Because the direction of the water currents and the wave actions make some beaches more wealthy than the others. And the contrast can be so stark that while one beach might have a wealth of sea glasses, the one next to it may have none. 
Here the best beaches to find the sea glass jewels in Bermuda: 
If you are docked at Kings Wharf or Heritage Wharf in Royal Naval Dockyard at the western end of the island, these glass beaches would be very convenient to access. It's only a few minutes bus ride or about 20-minutes walk from the dockyard. You will find loads of sea glasses here of different colors. Check out the link for details. 
Black Bay Beach Bermuda 
Black Bay Beach Bermuda 
Photo: nathanmac87, flickr 
If you are visiting the Alexandra battery in St. George's, right next to it is the Building Bay beach which is hardly known to the tourists. But this beach too can offer you a wealth of beach glass treasures. 
Building bay beach is located on Barry Road at the south eastern end of St. George's Island. There is an old fort/battery here and the beach is located just below the battery. From Kings Square of St. George's Town, it is about a mile and takes about 30 minutes walk to reach. While the walk to the beach is a little uphill, walking back downhill would be a lot easier. 
Building Bay Beach Imagery 
You will need to take the Cut Road from St. George's. It goes all the way up to the Gates Fort where it turns left and continues as Barry Road. You will need to follow the Barry Road towards St. Catherine's fort, i.e. towards north, and shortly see a farm and cemetery. Across the road is the beach. 
There is also minibus services to the beach from Kings Square via Tobacco Bay beach. Once there, you will need to climb down carefully. The beach is some 25 feet wide and 35 feet into the sea. The best of the sea glasses here can be accessed while snorkeling. The glass pieces are generally submerged on the seafloor. You won't need to go too far. You can find the sea glasses in 1-foot to waist deep water. 

Best time to find Sea Glasses

Your chances would be far better to see the great pieces if you can time it right. Visit the glass beaches during the low tide. This is when the water would have receded far enough having exposed the foreshore and making the washed up sea glasses easily accessible. 
Another good time is just after the high tide. This is when strong wave actions would have just ended and there would be good chances of finding the glasses on the foreshore. 
You can get information about low and high tides online from If there is a storm, then take the advantage of visiting the beach just after the storm has subsided. Again the strong wave actions during the storm would have dumped a lot of sea glasses into the shore. 
However, do not go with the expectation that the wealth is waiting for you to be picked up. In general, be prepared to comb the beaches carefully if you are looking for that precious gem. Also do not forget to search the shell and pebble piles on the shore. This is where the great jewels often like to hide. 
Please Note: Due to continuous and rampant collections of sea glasses by tourists making the beaches often devoid of the little jewels, the Bermuda Authorities have now prohibited collection of sea glasses from some beaches. For example collection of sea glass from Black Bay and Sea Glass beaches at the west end are now prohibited. 
Sign prohibiting collection of sea glass 

What to do with Sea Glasses?

Well it's up to you what you do with them. You can throw them back one by one into the waters and return them to the sea if you want. When I had no idea about the glasses, I thought that's all one can probably do with them, just like the game fish that you catch for fun and release them back into the waters. Well  I later learned that there are other things to do with the glasses. They can make great jewelry. There are international companies that are thriving on making expensive jewelry from the sea glasses collected from Bermuda's beaches. 
If you too want to make one from your own collection, like a necklace or a pendant, there is a way to do it in Bermuda itself and that too at a reasonable price. There is a lady named Kelly who makes great sea glass jewelry. She has a small store in St. George's at Somer's Wharf Complex (Unit #3, 16 Water Street). Take your pieces to her and she will make one quickly at a small charge (like $15 or so for a pendant). That will serve as a great memento and personal collection from the island. 
You can also use these nature jewels to adorn your house in various ways. For example, half fill a simple glass jar with the sea glass pieces of different colors and fill up the rest with water. It looks beautiful, particularly if you have the frosty sea glasses and can make lights pass through them. With some innovation, you can find other great ways too... like have some scattered on the base of a candle stand. It looks great. 
However always follow the laws of the land ... if collection (even a sample) is not permitted from a beach, then don't try that. 
Raj BhattacharyaBy 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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Visitors' Reviews and Comments

Paige (December 2019) 
Bermuda has always been my family's favorite vacation spot as we have close friends from there. We enjoy all the beaches that Bermuda has and love the beach combing on all the beaches. We have been to the beaches with loads of sea glass while other beaches you can still find the glass while just regular beach combing. We also have enjoyed finding pottery and china pieces, most are blue and white, looks like the traditional English China. When on the West End, we usually rent a little boat for the day and go from beach to beach. The men fish and my friend and I beach comb. 
The past couple years we noticed the signs to not take the sea glass from the more popular sea glass beaches. Customs will also ask if you have any native items and we have seen spot checks from time to time. A lot has changed since the popularity of cruising to the island. We usually go March and April during whale watching season - still off season for tourists. The first cruise ships come around the first week of May that we have noticed. We also enjoy Bermuda during the winter holidays and New Years. Yes, it is a lot quieter, less touristy places open but for us, so much more enjoyable. 
Yes, the sea glass is plentiful - I have a video of us digging with our hands to see how far down the sea glass went - it took a while before we saw sand. The sculptures made w/ the sea glass in them are enjoyable to see. These beaches are very small and rocky, by the way. Wear good waterproof shoes w/ a thick protective sole, especially if you decide to wade in the water to see all the beautiful glass. The resort we stay at, we find plenty of pieces of glass, pottery shards, shells etc and am sure that is common for most ocean front resorts there. And there are several locals who will make a nice little bracelet or necklace out of your finds. 
Carol Szymendera (April 2018) 
We will be visiting Bermuda again this July. The last time we were there, we went to St George by ferry and took a cab to a small sea glass beach where we were able to get some sea glass. It was exciting to find sea glass and share it with my grandchildren! When we wanted to get back to the ferry from the beach, there was no way to get a cab so we walked. It was very hot and we are both in our late 60's, so it was quite grueling and probably not the best idea. We would love to return to the beach this year, but are wondering if there is some way to get back to the ferry other than walking. Thank you for any ideas you may have. 
Raj ( April 2018 
Hi, the beach in St. George with sea glass is Building Bay Beach located right next to Alexandra Battery. You won't get a taxi there. During summer there is usually a minibus shuttle (also known as Beach Bus) which operates between the St. George ferry dock and Gates Fort every one hour during the day time. 
Gates Fort is a short 5-minute walk from Building Bay Beach towards south-east. You can walk up to Gates Fort to avail the shuttle  (or it may even stop if you wave at it). The only other option is to check with the taxi driver dropping you if he can return after some time and pick you up or help with a phone number where you can call to get a taxi. 
Donna Corson (October 2017) 
As a visitor to Bermuda for the past 40 years, I am answering the question of where the sea glass came from on the little beach at Black Bay, behind the Albert Row apartments. A delightful elderly gentleman named Colin Simmons told the story to my husband and me when we visited sea glass beach five years ago. 
When he was a young boy, the islands of Bermuda were not connected by bridges as they are now. Trash collected from the islands was brought by boats to an incinerator above what is now sea glass beach. Mr. Simmons worked on one of these boats when he was a young boy. Trash was burned in the incinerator and glass was tossed over the bluff, onto the beach. Some glass can be found there that shows signs of having been burned and melted. 
Mr. Simmons lived in the Albert Row apartments and he is the artist who constructed all the interesting sea glass art on the stairway and walls behind his apartment at the beach. He also created an area where visitors could create their own designs in sea glass and he preserved them in cement and pink sand. My husbands and my initials in a heart design are still there, as we saw when we visited this past spring. Sadly, all the residents of Albert Row were forced to leave their apartments, as the structures were to be renovated. Hopefully, they found suitable housing.  
I had also heard that much of the glass came from the naval base and a recreation hall that was there near the beach. Some of the glass found there is at least 100 hundred years old. So the glass found there was not washed up from the ocean. After decades of sand, sun and wave action, the glass has become sea glass gems. 
Bill Hoo (June 2017) 
The Bureau of Tourism should hire an oceanographer or some expert on waves around the island to determine the origins of the sea glass and develop a plan to replenish. The stuff had to have come from somewhere! Is it a point in the ocean where ships used to drop their bar trash? As an experiment, they can have some odd shade of glass made (i.e. red and green swirls), break it up and dump it somewhere to see how soon it ends up on the beaches.   
Once you have a drop location that provides adequate tumbling and polishing action over a given time, You can plan an annual bottle collection drive where the local bars and restaurants collect bottles to be floated on a barge to be dumped. Wait six months to a year and voila! A replenished glass beach to dazzle the tourists! 
Glass bottle do not harm the ecosystem and will actually provide a temporary habitat for corals and small sea organisms before seasonal storm waves pick them up and batter them.  And so the cycle begins! 
Beth (May 2017) 
Hi Raj, Are you permitted to collect a piece of sea glass from any beach, or is it strictly prohibited on all beaches? Thanks so much! 
Raj ( May 2017 
Hi, the board showing prohibitory notice is put up only at Sea Glass Beach at Sandys. There is no such board at Building Bay Beach in St. George. While one can collect a sample there, I would assume a similar law applies island wide although it has not been explicitly stated by Bermuda Government. 
Sandy (April 2017) 
HI Raj, We are cruising to Bermuda and excited to see after many years of desire. I see where it was noted to see Mermaids Tears along with the sea glass. What are these? 
Raj ( April 2017 
Hi Sandy, Mermaid Tears is another name for sea glass. There is a tale that in the early days when a sailor was lost at sea or drowned, Mermaids would shed tears in grief and those tears became sea glasses. 
Ange (February 2017) 
It is still so sad to think about that woman who came and too over 70 lbs of sea glass from Bermuda and gloated about it on facebook. There will always be the gluttons... and it's sad we here in Bermuda welcome them and they take advantage.  That woman was even rotten and spiteful to Bermudians who complained on her Facebook page. Well, anyone wearing her ill-gotten jewelry I'd think would be upset to know the bad vibes it carries. That said- most tourists are just out for some fun beach combing and a handful of sea gems- or mermaid tears. Please enjoy Bermudas beautiful beaches and like a poster above mentioned, spot 13 pick up 1. 
Taking even sand from the beaches was illegal I always thought- we never even would take it for out kids sandbox. An island surrounded by sand and we bought bags of it at Gorhams. I wonder how Jewelry makers- some pumping out tons of pieces are allowed to take sand? Also, retailers with the little glass vials of the pink Bermuda sand for sale. Is taking sand illegal as well- anyone know?  
Michael (September 2016) 
Hi Raj, on which glass beach it is most likely to find blue and red glass? (I know it’s not allowed to take it with you). Thanks again for your help. 
Raj ( September 2016 
Hi, Red and Blue are rare sea glasses. You can try at Building bay beach near Alexandra battery, St. Georges. If you are lucky, you can find a few. 
Matthew (April 2016) 
Hello, some confusion may be understood among U.S. Visitors to Bermuda as seaglass in the states is legally considered trash. It's just a wonderful coincidence that some folks find it attractive and collect it to make jewelry or keepsakes. Curious that a form of garbage has been given protected status. However, respectfully its Bermudas beaches and I compell all American visitors to be mindful of this gorgeous islands customs and laws. Enjoy the beach!  
Karol (January 2016) 
Hi, I am excited about my upcoming cruise to your beautiful Bermuda. I love Seaglass and would love to find some but do it without breaking any laws. What beach would you recommend for me to go? 
Raj ( January 2016 
Sea Glass Beach in Sandys (near Dockyard) is best to find sea glasses but you can't collect. For samples you can visit Building Bay Beach at St. George's next to Alexandra Battery. 
S. Pedro (September 2015) 
There has, unfortunately, been rampant removal of the sea glass at beaches around the island. Most recently in the news it has come to light that an American Jewelry maker came to the island and left with more than 70 pounds (2 suitcases full!) of our beautiful sea glass in order to make it in to jewelry and sell. This is excessive and unnecessary. Please, come and enjoy our sea glass, but leave it for others to enjoy as well. 
Cathy S (June 2015) 
I just returned from a cruise to Bermuda (Liberty of the Seas) and went to both Horseshoe Bay beach (beautiful, but packed) and Church Bay beach.  I found a lot of sea glass at Church Bay beach! Green, white and brown.  I have a collection in a glass jar, so it was great to have some to add. 
Penny Jenkins (June 2015) 
Hi, Raj! My husband and I enjoy collecting sea glass. Are there sea glass beaches around the St. Georges area? Would we be allowed to bring some home? We are thinking of a November trip (our anniversary!). Regards, 
Raj ( June 2015 
Hi, yes. Building Bay Beach is on Barry Road and located next to Alexandra Battery. You get plenty of sea glasses there and can collect a few. Take a minibus from Kings Square (town center of St. George). 
Claudine G (November 2014) 
I have been to Bermuda a few times and to a lot of the beaches there, it is a beautiful place and I am returning in May/2015. I have always loved Bermudas sea glass and admit I have taken a small amount, I have made Christmas ornaments for my Christmas tree. If it is Bermudas wishes then we should honor that. 
Coleen Kelly (April 2014) 
I was in Bermuda twice already and love it so much . I am coming back again . I went to a small beach by the convicts graveyard the first time I was there. I want to go back . Last time we had a scoter. This time it will be bus and ferries . Does the bus stop near there ? I want to get sea glass again ? Also thank you for all the info you provide .. Love you !!! 
Raj ( April 2014 
Hi, Convicts Cemetery Beach is known as Black Bay Beach. Take bus #7 or 8 from the dockyard (only few minutes ride). Get off at Royal Naval Cemetery. It's about 300 yards from the bus stop. You will get details here 
Denise Conti (September 2013) 
We are in Bermuda and went to Black Bay Beach not knowing of WEDCO sign. You absolutely cannot pick up glass there anymore. They threaten prosecution! They say the glass is THEIRS! Tons of it there still but what is the attraction if you can't pick it up! You can go look and take pictures and that's it! I think this move will bring less people to Dockyards. If anything, maybe they should limit what you can take or something like that. What good is preserving it? The ocean may eventually take it away. 
Alexandra Battery is quite plentiful but there aren't COLORS here in Bermuda. Green is plentiful. Brown and clear as well. Blue chips here and there but nothing substantial. Bermuda is absolutely gorgeous and well deserving of a visit. We should all boycott Dockyards and if their business falls off then maybe they will reconsider the glass collecting! 
Diane Gomes (September 2013) 
Raj - I've just found out that the WEDCO has put a sign up at Sea Glass beach near Dockyard stating that the removal of seaglass from Bermuda is now illegal. Is this the case everywhere on the island? We are arriving for a week stay at the end of the month and are planning on visiting our favorite spots off the beaten path to see what treasures we can find. Sea glass beach not being one as the glass there is what I can find at home. Do you know if it is now illegal everywhere? 
Raj ( September 2013 
Hi Diane, Wedco has administrative authority over the west end properties including the dockyard and adjoining areas. Black bay beach (the sea glass beach where the sign board is put up) is under them as well. Due to large scale removal of sea glasses (mostly by cruise visitors), Wedco has taken this step so that the beach doesn't one day become completely devoid of its key attraction. However, you can still collect sea glasses from the other beaches like the one near Alexandra Battery (at the eastern end) etc. Regards 
SLK (August 2013) 
It saddens me to read some of these posts. We lived on the island in the  mid-1960s when we burned our trash in metal containers in our yards...and "recycled" our glass which was eventually taken out to sea and dumped.  I believe that's where the bulk of this seaglass is now coming from. At that time, trash was being disposed of by the most economical and environmentally kind way we knew of. Today, we know better. 
If you find a piece of jagged glass on a beach, it is very likely from some uncaring visitor who has left it there...not washed up from the depths. And the tales of selfish people hauling it off the beaches in 50 lb increments? Doubly sad.  I still have a handful of glass my Mother and I collected 50 years ago. Incredible memories of a small child and a Mother who has now passed. There's enough for all if moderation and thoughtful collecting becomes the rule. Kind of an "honor system" -- leaving some for all to enjoy. Honor and a respect for fellow visitors. 
Helen (July 2013) 
Re Comments about stupid tourists. It is GLASS. It should not be on the beach to start with as it is human trash. It is a danger to both sea life and humans ("fresh" sea glass hurts!). The more that is taken off the beaches the better it is for the environment at least! 
Phyliss Shaw (February 2013) 
I am planning a trip to Bermuda in June 2013. The sea glass beaches are one of my first stops. When I come to Bermuda I am not coming there to destroy the island but to enjoy its beauty. It saddens me that some of you label "all" cruise tourist as stupid and irresponsible. Yes some may take more than is required but you shouldn't say all of us are doing that. I think the environmental impact was done by the factory that was throwing all the bottles into the sea not tourist picking up the glass off the beach. Generalizations of any group or people is wrong. Kinda like if I said, All environmentalist have tunnel vision and are small minded.  
Jenny McPherson (December 2012) 
I regretfully agree with Boyd. I was so thrilled at finding what I thought was 'the' seaglass beach that I posted it as one of my top favorite things about living on this most gorgeous of islands. I was then horrified, simply drop-jawed, to hear that buckets were being taken away by tourists from the environmentally stupid cruise boats (duh! Call me naive!?!).  
I took my review off tripadvisor immediately and (thankfully) discovered that I'd inadvertently been led, myself, to the wrong beach... Having since found a soul-filling seaglass beach it is, as it must be since folks don't use 'common sense', 'signed' to let people know of penalties for taking away the glass in order that it should be there for future generations. 
I was a girlscout for 12 years of my life and there's a girlscout directive that said, 'count 13, pick 1' (if you really really must have that blossom, burl, rock, or in this case, piece of seaglass). With the advent of digital photography, that and a couple of pictures suffice to bring the beach back to you when you're 'down'. By all means, Buy one of Ms. Diel's beautiful seaglass creations to support Bermuda and be reminded of the awesome power of sea against glass. 
Boyd (August 2012) 
Interestingly the beaches have had a LOT of glass removed. At the rate the bags of glass are being taken to the ships it won't be long before there will be little to find. No doubt you are a skeptic, look at the trees...? What trees? Exactly.. before people started to arrive the forests were great. We have destroyed the planet we live on. This is a limited resource used to make ornaments and jewelry with. I guess there are few restrictions on what people do in Bermuda. Take a piece or two. Do u really need a bucketful ?