Beaches near Kings Wharf (Dockyard) Bermuda

Most cruise ship passengers docked at Kings Wharf or Heritage wharf at the Royal Naval Dockyard look around for beaches close by. Cruises dock at the port here for hardly 2 and 1/2 days or even lesser and therefore time is of great essence. 
One should be able to quickly get to a beach and avoid wasting time in transportation. Well the good news is that several great beaches (in fact some of the best beaches) are located close to Kings Wharf. While some are within easy walking distance, the others can be reached easily by bus or taxi. 
This is the closest beach located within the dockyard itself at its north eastern corner. From the cruise ship pier (Kings Wharf) you can easily walk down to this beach venue in 5-6 minutes. It's a manmade beach and has an entry fee. The beach venue here is complete with all facilities including bar and restaurant, rentals like snorkel gears, beach chairs and ocean front beds, umbrellas etc. 
Snorkel Park, Bermuda 
Snorkel Park Beach Bermuda 
Activities like Jet Ski Tours, Kayaking, Paddle Boats are also available. As the name of the beach suggests, it's a great snorkeling beach featuring many underwater features and colorful fish. 
These are the next closest beaches and located adjacent to each other and not far from the dockyard. Although you can walk down to the beach in about 20 minutes from the dockyard, there is hardly any sidewalk and walking can be difficult. It is better to take a short bus ride to the nearest bust stop and then walk down to the beach. 
Black Bay Beach Bermuda 
Black Bay Beach Bermuda 
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The Sea Glass Beach is well known for great sea glasses that are available in abundance. New facilities have been added at Black Bay beach including concession stall offering rentals like hammocks, snorkel gears, water toys, beer, soft drinks etc. There are also portable toilets. The beach offers excellent sunset views. It's a nice family beach. 
This beach is located in Somerset and in the same Sandys parish where Dockyard is located. It takes 10-minute bus ride by bus#7 or 8 from the dockyard to the bus stop near the beach. From there it is a 10-minute walk to the beach. 
Somerset Long Bay Beach Imagery 
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This is a hidden gem yet located within a 25-minute walking distance from the dockyard. Best is to take a rented scooter (5-minute ride from dockyard). Although there are no facilities, the white sand, calm and shallow water, green foliage all around and wonderful view makes it a great family beach to visit. It's great for swimming and snorkeling. 
This beach is also located close by in the same parish (Sandys). It's best accessible by a short scooter ride (you can rent a scooter). Otherwise a 10-minute bus ride from the dockyard takes you to the nearest bus stop (the same bus stop for Somerset Long Bay) and from there it is about 20-minute walk. This is a beautiful small beach facing the western waters and often remains secluded. It's a great beach for snorkeling and other water activities like paddle boarding, kayaking etc. 
Daniels Head Beach and Park, Bermuda 
Daniels Head Beach 
The most popular and the attractive pink sandy beaches and coves are mostly located along the south shore of Bermuda. And all these beaches can be reached easily by bus (#7) within 35 to 50 minutes. Horseshoe Bay Beach is the most popular amongst tourists which is also rated as one of the best beaches in the world by several magazines. 
Horseshoe bay beach Bermuda 
Horseshoe Bay Beach Bermuda 
It is located in Southampton and can be reached within 35 minutes by bus. There are several other great beaches on south shore which can be easily reached from the dockyard by bus #7 or taxi. 
This is a beautiful south shore beach. It's half a mile stretch of pink sand and located in Warwick parish. A trail from here towards west leads to various coves and small beaches like Jobson's Cove, Stonehole Bay, Chaplin Bay and all the way to Horseshoe Bay Beach. 
Warwick Long Bay Beach, Bermuda 
Warwick Long Bay Beach Bermuda 
While this beach is not quite near if you take the road route (in fact it's right at the opposite end of the island in St. George), but by using ferry from the dockyard and then availing a minibus shuttle, this beach can be easily reached. Many cruise passengers do that because this beautiful swimming and snorkeling gem should not be missed during your visit to Bermuda. 
Tobacco Bay Beach, Bermuda 
Tobacco bay beach Bermuda 
Tobacco Bay Beach is a small sheltered beach and surrounded by large rocks. It's located at the eastern end in St. George. The beach has all facilities including beach bar, washrooms, beach and snorkel rentals etc. You can take the Orange Route ferry from Dockyard and get to St. George ferry dock in 35 minutes. From there you get a minibus shuttle to get to the beach in 5-6 minutes. You can also walk from St. George ferry dock... takes 20 - 25 minutes to reach Tobacco Bay. 

How to reach south shore beaches

Bus #7 operates between dockyard and Hamilton City that goes past most of the south shore beaches. Plenty of taxis are also available at the stands in Dockyard. Private minibus shuttles operate between the dockyard and Horseshoe bay beach. 
The first mini bus leaves at around 8am and the last bus returns from the beach at 6pm. Fare is $7 one way. The shuttle goes right up to the parking of Horseshoe bay beach. You can also avail Bus #7 from dockyard to reach the south shore beaches. The bus takes 35 minutes to Horseshoe bay beach. There is a bus stop on the main road, from there you need to walk down to the beach. 
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Visitors' Reviews and Comments

Carol Del Guidice (February 2019) 
Thank you, Raj! I'd like to visit Horseshoe Bay Beach.  Two more questions, please...Which means of transportation is most cost efficient and how long is the trip? Thank you 
Raj ( February 2019 
It will take about 35 minutes to Horseshoe Bay Beach by bus. Pubic bus is most economical but there is a 5-minute downhill walk required from the bus stop to the beach. So the shuttle would be more convenient (it goes right up to the parking by the beach). Shuttle costs $7 one way while bus would be $5 by cash ($4.50 by token). 
Carol Del Guidice (February 2019) 
Hi, I'm planning a cruise to Bermuda.  The ship docks at Kings Wharf.  I would love to visit a beautiful beach nearby.  Can I walk to a beach?  Which beach is most popular with the tourists that come from the port? Thanks! 
Raj ( February 2019 
The most popular beach is Horseshoe Bay Beach in Southampton. You can't walk there. You need to take bus #7 or a beach shuttle or a taxi from the dockyard to get there. However the nearest beach in dockyard is Snorkel Park Beach which is located within the dockyard itself and is a 5-6 minute walk from the pier. But it's operated commercially and there is an admission fee.