Bermuda’s Beaches (Full list)
Published on July 6, 2021 by Omar James
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What To Expect
Other than being a great island destination, Bermuda is easily one of the best beach destinations in the world. The total length of Bermuda's coastline is about 64 miles and there are some 34 fabulous public beaches in that. Some have long expanses of sand, some are just tiny coves surrounded by rocky cliffs, several beaches have beautiful reefs fringing them, while some have large rock formations on the water creating picturesque settings. And there are beaches in offshore islands that are as secluded and pristine as it can ever get... you can take a boat there and have a picnic in complete exclusivity.
Bermuda's beaches are known for their pink sand. Although all beaches are not pink, most beaches on the south shore of Bermuda have pink sand. The pink color is caused by red tiny organisms that grow under the coral reefs and die on the ocean floor. These along with crushed corals and shells get washed up, get mixed with sands and create the pink hue. The section of south shore between Horseshoe Bay Beach and Warwick Long Bay has the best pink sandy beaches. A Pink sandy beach on South Shore, Bermuda
Photo: John Schneider Over time these red particles in the sand keep moving up the beach through wave actions and get exposed to sun. The color then starts fading and the sand tends to lose the pink hue. So for the real pink sand, look near the water line or around the rock formations on the beach that extend into the water. The wet sand is far more pink than the exposed dry sand away from the waterline. But do not collect samples of pink sand from the beaches. It's not allowed. To take back home a sample of pink sand, you can visit a souvenir shop that sells small bottles filled with pink sands. While there are several private beaches in Bermuda that mostly belong to luxury hotels and resorts, many are public beaches. The public beaches are open from sunrise to sunset and entry is free. However you can not usually camp on the beaches or stay at night. There are public bus services to most south shore beaches, others can be reached by scooter, minicar or taxi. There is no ferry service to any public beach of Bermuda although few tour boats take tourists to few secluded beaches. And you can also rent a boat and get to several offshore and coastal beaches. So where are the great public beaches located? They are scattered all across the shores of Bermuda. Arguably the best and most popular ones are located on the south shore stretching along Southampton, Warwick and Paget parishes, and there are several lovely beaches on Sandys Paris in the west and St. George in the east. Visit this Beach Map of Bermuda and you can get a snapshot of where the main beaches are located. When you click a beach on the map, you can also see its detailed description with pictures.
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Horseshoe Bay Beach
The Horseshoe Bay Beach is located on the south shore in Southampton parish. This stunningly beautiful beach with pink sand has a curvature like a horseshoe. It has cliffs fringing it and there are rock formations at two ends, and that along with turquoise water makes it picture perfect. It has been ranked as one of the top 10 Caribbean beaches by USA Today and is by far the most popular beach in Bermuda. So expect a lot of crowd particularly in summer when the cruise ships are in port. Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda
Photo: Captain-tucker, Wikimedia Commons, CC by SA 4.0 Horseshoe beach has adequate facilities including the Rum Bum Beach Bar, beach rentals, washrooms and showers, life guards (in summer) etc. Although there can be occasional ocean swells, the beach is usually great for swimming and snorkeling. Cliff jumping is another popular sport here. Horseshoe beach is about 35 minutes by bus from dockyard (Kings Wharf) and 25 minutes from Hamilton city. There is a sandy trail to the east along the cliff line that reaches out to several other lovely beaches and coves on south shore. Read the full article on Horseshoe Bay Beach.
Warwick Long Bay Beach
This is another wonderful south shore pink beach and relatively secluded. It's half a mile long stretch of pink sands and located at Warwick parish. The south shore sandy trail from here along the cliff-side leads to Horseshoe bay beach to the west and lets you explore several other lovely beaches and picture-perfect coves along the way such as Jobsons Cove, Stonehole Bay, Chaplin bay etc. Warwick Long Bay Beach Bermuda
Warwick long bay beach is excellent for swimming and snorkeling. A concession stand usually remains open during summer season (May to October) offering snacks and you can rent snorkel gears. Public toilets are available. There are no other facilities here, and that acts a blessings in disguise... there are not many tourists on this beach and you can find several areas on the stretch that are secluded. It takes about 40 minutes by bus from dockyard and about 20 minutes from Hamilton City to get to the beach. Read the full article on Warwick Long Bay Beach.
This is a wonderful small and secluded cove surrounded by steep cliffs and is considered one of the most beautiful little beaches in Bermuda. Jobson's cove is located at Warwick parish and can be easily accessible from Warwick Long Bay beach along the beachside trail. The water is calm and protected by the rocks around. It's a great place for swimming and snorkeling... you can see many colorful fish. Jobson's Cove Bermuda
Although there are no facilities here, you can walk down and avail the facilities such as toilets at Warwick Long Bay. From dockyard, the bus takes about 40 minutes to the nearest bus stop at the western end of Warwick Long Bay, it's a short walk from there. Bus from Hamilton takes 20 minutes. Read the full article on Jobson's Cove.
This beautiful south shore beach has a gentle curve resembling an elbow and hence such a name. It's located at Paget parish. Although there is a private sections of the beach that belong to resorts, the public section is also excellent. The water here is calm due to the barrier reefs and is great for swimming and snorkeling. There is also a shipwreck about 100 yards offshore. Elbow Beach Bermuda
There is an on-beach bar and bistro - Mickey's which is run by Elbow Beach Resort. You can dip your toes into the sand and relish a drink and snack., although the fares are not cheap. There is washroom at Mickey's, however there is no other public washrooms or toilets on the beach. You can rent umbrellas and loungers from Elbow Beach Hotel. It takes around 50 minutes by bus from the dockyard to reach the nearest bus stop and about 10 minutes from Hamilton. From the bus stop, the beach is about 500 yards away. Read the full article on Elbow Beach.
Tobacco Bay Beach
Located in St. George, this small yet beautiful beach has many rock formations on water. The beach is so named because the early settlers of Bermuda found tobacco growing in the wild here. The large limestone rocks make the water sheltered and calm and relatively shallow. The water area near the rocks is great for snorkeling and you get fascinating view of colorful fish and corals. This is however not a pink sandy beach (rather pale yellow), but the setting is perfect and picturesque. Tobacco Bay Beach
There is a beach bar offering nice snacks and drinks including sunset campfire, and there are snorkel and beach rentals, several water sport options, changing and bathroom facilities etc. From Kings Square (the town center of St George), Tobacco Bay Beach is about 20-minute walk. You can also take a mini bus ride from Kings Square to get to the beach (takes 5-6 minutes). Read the full article on Tobacco Bay Beach
Church Bay Beach
This is a small lovely beach on south shore below the cliff and with large rocks surrounding it (it's more like a cove). It's located in Southampton and not too far away from Horseshoe bay beach. Church bay is a great beach for snorkeling and one of the locals' favorites. You can find lots of fish. However the water can get deep quite fast and there are underwater rocks, so one needs to be careful while swimming or snorkeling. There is an offshore rock known as Poodle Rock as it looks like a poodle. Church Bay Beach, Bermuda
Toilet facilities are available on the park above. There are no beach rentals or food stalls here. And that makes it quite free of crowd. It takes about 30 minutes by bus from dockyard and about 25 minutes from Hamilton to get to the nearest bus stop on South Road. From there it's a short walk into the park and then a wooden staircase leads down to this picturesque beach. Read the full article on Church Bay Beach.
This is a stunningly beautiful cove with pink sands and located on the south shore of Warwick parish. The cliffs here are home to many long white-tailed tropical birds. A steep trail through cliffs leads down to the lovely beach. There are many rock formations on the beach making a picturesque setting. Astwood Cove is seldom visited by tourists because it's off the way for cruise ship passengers and there are no facilities here. And that's a great advantage for those looking for a small hidden gem where you can enjoy the swim and sunbathing in full privacy. Astwood Cove Bermuda (Looking East)
Photo: Kansasphot, flickr Above the beach, there is a wonderful green park which is a very popular wedding venue and a picnic spot. The view from the park (overlooking the rocks, the beach and the ocean) is awesome. It takes about 45 minutes by bus from dockyard and less than 10 minutes from Hamilton to get to the nearest bus stop on South Road. From South Road it requires a 250-yard walk to Astwood Park and then a steep descend through a trail in the cliffs to get to the beach below. There are no facilities here, but the beach is a secluded haven and you can mostly enjoy the beach to your own. Read the full article on Astwood Cove.
John Smith's Bay Beach
This is a long and wide stretch of pink sand. The beach is located in Smith's parish. There is a reef line only 200 yards offshore that keeps the water calm, and boats can not come close to the beach. It's a good family beach and great for swimming and snorkeling too. Go to the western end... there is a rock formation stretching into the water and the water area there is excellent for snorkeling. John Smiths Bay Beach Bermuda
There are toilets. Life guards are on duty during summer. A lunch wagon in summer offers snacks and beverages. The bus stop is nearby. From Hamilton City bus terminal, it takes about 25 minutes to reach the nearest bus stop (bus #1, 3). From there, it's a short walk. Read the full article on John Smith's Bay Beach.
Shelly Bay Beach
This pink sandy beach is located at Hamilton parish on the north shore. Due to shallow calm waters, it's excellent for swimming and a great beach ideally suited for kids and families. In fact you can walk a long way into the water. There is also an adjacent children's playground. You will mostly find the beach empty and there are hardly any tourists. Few local families visit on the weekends with their kids. Shelly Bay Beach, Bermuda
There is however no restaurants or food stalls selling snacks or beverages, there are no beach rentals either... you need to bring your own. Tree shades are available at the stretch between the playground and the main beach where you can place a blanket and enjoy a picnic. There are toilets. A boardwalk along the coastline leads to the famous Railway Trail and you can take a long walk if you want. The bus stop is right across the road. You will get buses to Hamilton City (takes about 20 minutes) or St. George. You can also hail a taxi. Read the full article on Shelly Bay Beach
Located at St. David's of St. George's parish, this picturesque beach has calm waters and is great for families and kids. There are ample facilities here making it a popular spot for picnics for the local families. The beach is great for swimming. There is a beach bar and restaurant, as well as washrooms. Beach rentals like chairs, umbrellas and snorkel gears on rent are available at the beach bar. Clearwater Beach, Bermuda
From St George, bus #6 has services near the beach (but requires a little walk), however it is better if you have rental scooter or come by a taxi. There are several other beaches nearby. Next to Clearwater beach is Turtle Bay beach - another scenic beach with rocks fringing it. The Turtle Beach is so named because there is a grassy underwater area nearby where you can often see turtles feeding. The pristine Long Bay Beach at Cooper's Island Nature Reserve in also at a walking distance. Read the full article on Clearwater Beach
West Whale Bay Beach
This pink south shore beach is located at the western end of Southampton parish. During season (March to April), from here you can usually see schools of humpback whales migrate through the blue waters off the south shore, and hence such name of the beach. The beach is part of Whale Bay Park and there is a small fort on the grounds here. There are also picnic table on the park. A great place for families to explore. It's a popular picnic spot for the locals. West Whale Bay Beach, Sunset
The beach offers excellent sunset view. There are toilets but no other facilities. Buses take about 10 minutes from Royal Naval Dockyard (cruise port) to the nearest bus stop. You need to then walk for about 10 minutes to get to the beach. Read the full article on West Whale Bay Beach.
Daniel's Head Beach and Park
Located at the western remote corner of Sandy's Parish, Daniel's Head with its 17 acres of coastal area is not much known to the tourists although the beach is quite near Royal Naval Dockyard cruise port. The beach is great for swimming and snorkeling, and you can spot many angelfish, sergeant majors and wrasse in the waters here. There are no on-beach facilities at present. But it's a nice place for picnic. Ideally you should get to the beach by a scooter. Otherwise you need to walk for about 700 meters from the nearest bus stop. From dockyard, the nearest bust stop is only a few minutes ride. Read the full article on Daniel's Head Beach and Park.
Snorkel Park Beach
Located within Royal Naval Dockyard in Sandys parish, this beach is part of Snorkel Park and a nice place for families and kids. Snorkel Park is commercially operated and there is an entry fee. Snorkeling is excellent in the waters here and you can see numerous colorful fish and there are underwater features such as sunken canons. There are ample facilities at this beach venue such as restaurant and bar, washrooms and changing facilities, beach rentals (loungers, umbrellas, snorkel gears etc), lockers, jet ski and other water sports etc. There is also a night club on the beach here. Snorkel Park is only 6-7 minute walk from the cruise berths (Kings Wharf / Heritage Wharf). Read the full article on Snorkel Park Beach.
Somerset Long Bay Beach
It's a beautiful secluded beach in Sandys parish at Somerset. There is also a nature reserve and park behind the beach which is full of birds and different types of plantations including Bermuda cedars. Picnic and toilet facilities are available at the park area. Bus from dockyard takes about 7 minutes to the nearest bus stop at Somerset. It's then a 6-7 minute walk to the beach. Read the full article on Somerset Long Bay Beach.
Sea Glass Beach
This is the beach for you if you are a sea glass lover because you have perhaps not seen so much of jewels all at one place and created by nature from the glasses that it picked up from the sea floor. While the beach itself may not be quite impressive compared to many others, but it's the lovely sea glasses that have been washed up the shore and heaped on the beach that will surely impress you. The Sea Glass Beach is on Black Bay where there are two other beaches as well and located in Sandy's parish quite close to Royal Naval Dockyard. There are no on-beach facilities here and neither the beach is quite amenable for swimming because of sharp underwater rocks, but it's sea glasses that makes all the difference... you can find plenty of blue, white and even brown sea glasses here. It takes only few minutes by bus from dockyard to get to the nearest bus stop. Read the full article on Sea Glass Beach.
Other Great Beaches
Chaplin Bay Beach
Quiet and ideal for relaxing, this pink south shore beach sits in-between Warwick and Southampton parishes. There are large rocks surrounding the small beach. Water here is quite suitable for swimming. However, the beach almost completely disappears during high tide. The sandy south shore trail from Horseshoe Bay Beach passes by Chaplin Bay and goes all the way to Warwick Long Bay. Chaplin Bay Beach Imagery Rotate the image for 360° view https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!4v1614764533303!6m8!1m7!1s_RStDQGAQpvxWpCV6RfPXA!2m2!1d32.25509564876!2d-64.81416964785248!3f170.1678244080349!4f1.9469538572877667!5f0.7820865974627469 There are no on-beach facilities here. However you can walk down and avail facilities such as toilets and summer time concession stand at Warwick Long Bay. Bus from dockyard takes about 38 minutes to reach the nearest bus stop. The beach mostly remains empty and free of tourists. But the beach almost disappears during the high tide. Read the full article on Chaplin Bay Beach.
Stonehole Bay Beach
Located on south shore adjacent to Chaplin Bay, this exquisite and small pink beach is surrounded by rocky cliffs and offers a secluded piece of paradise. There are hardly any tourists here because there are no beach facilities. You can however walk along south shore trail and go down to Warwick Long Bay beach for facilities such as toilets and concession stand selling snacks in summer. The beach is good for swimming but much of it remains underwater during the high tide. Most visit both Chaplin Bay and Stonehole Bay together. It's a popular venue for weddings. Read the full article on Stonehole Bay Beach.
Achilles Bay Beach
A tiny beautiful beach north east of St. George's town with calm serene waters and ideal for swimming and snorkeling. The bay offers stunning view of sunset. There is a restaurant and bar Blackbeard's Hideout above the beach which is run by St. George's Club but is also open to public. From Kings Square of St George, it takes about 20 minutes by walk. You can also take a minibus or taxi service. Read the full article on Achilles Bay Beach.
St. Catherine Beach
Located north of the St. George's town, this beach is a wonderful little stretch of white sands. You can see the St. Catherine Fort at a distance. If you are visiting St. George's town, you should not miss the fort and the beach. It's located quite close to Achilles Bay. In fact the fort stands in between the two beaches. Tobacco Bay is also within easy walk. Take a short minibus ride from Kings Square or walk (about 20 minutes). Read the full article on St. Catherine Beach.
Hog Bay Beach
Located in Sandys parish, this secluded tiny beach is a hidden treasure. Very few know about this beach. You will need to hike through the Hog Bay Park to reach this beach located at the western end of the park. The beach is usually available only during low tide. So tide timing is important if you plan to visit this beach. But once there, you can enjoy almost exclusive privacy. There are no beach facilities here. From dockyard, bus takes about 12 minutes to the nearest bus stop and then it requires a 10 to 12 minute walk through the hog bay park to get to the beach. Read the full article on Hog Bay Beach.
This is a nice little beach on north shore road in Pembroke, close to Hamilton and ideal for swimming and snorkeling. There is also ruins of a fort at the park here. The park known as Admiralty House Park is a favorite place for the local families who come here with their children. There is also a cliff jumping spot here which is very popular among Bermudians. Read the full article on Clarence Cove.
Grape Bay Beach
Although this is not a public beach, you can access it through a neighborhood lane. Nobody will mind if you aren't disturbing the residents. This is a gorgeous, clean and quiet beach located on the south shore at Paget. It does not belong to an owner or property, rather to a neighborhood. Read the full article on Grape Bay Beach.
This is part of Bermuda's National Park and located on the south shore of Devonshire parish. It has a great combination of beach, fort, parkland and picnic areas. Read the full article on Devonshire Bay.
East of Clarence Cove on the north shore road, there is an opening in the wall and steep stairs through a high cliff will take you down to this gem of a beach. There is no marked entry and tourists often miss out on this lovely little beach. Read the full article on Deep Bay.
Building Bay Beach
This is a small unknown beach located on the north eastern shore of St. George. There is an adjacent fort known as Alexandra Battery. The beach is well known for its sea glasses. You can walk down from Kings Square (takes about 30 minutes by walk) or take a taxi to this beach. Read the full article on Building Bay Beach.
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