Bermuda is a gorgeous place with some of the best beaches in the world, many of which have amazing sugary pink sands.
Your Bermuda vacation will not be complete without visiting the beaches. Bermuda is a beautiful jewel in the northern Caribbean, several hundred miles due east of North Carolina, so it is actually in more temperate latitudes. There are more than 34 beaches on Bermuda altogether, and all of them are great for their own reasons, but let’s look at some of the best of the best.
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Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda
Horseshoe Bay is in Southampton, its bay forming a horseshoe shape against the aquamarine water and the white sea-foam crashing against the coral-colored sand. This famous beach is one of the favorites of tourists, and was named one of the top Valentine’s getaway spots by USA Today.
The main beach is about a quarter of a mile long, but it continues to stretch eastward another four miles, surrounded by rocky limestone crags. Those who want to avoid the tourist crowds and cruise ship traffic in the summer should come in the early morning, when the beach is tranquil and practically vacant, and the water is calm.
For those with small children, try the Baby Beach, or Port Royal Cove, where the water is calm and clear and shallow, without much movement, so it’s great for the little ones to try out their snorkels and flippers. You will find the powdery pink sand is rarely uncomfortably warm, even in the heat of the day, and the limestone crags create wonderful shade. Snacks and drinks are available from the Horseshoe Bay Beach Café, and Tio Pepe has takeaway and sit-down Italian fare.
Facilities (showers, lockers and bathrooms) on Horseshoe Bay are the biggest complaint: there aren’t enough! However, at the time of this writing, Bermuda’s authorities are beginning the process of upgrading the facilities, which will take approximately 2 years to complete, with a tentative date of March 2013. Until then, tourists need to bear these factors in mind when planning their visit to Horseshoe Bay Beach.
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Tobacco Bay, Bermuda
This is Bermuda’s second-most popular beach, for good reason. This beach also has pink sands, and the shallow waters are perfect for snorkeling, with an amazing variety of marine wildlife and plants to be seen quite easily. The unique feature of this beach is its huge limestone formations, which partially block the entrance to the bay and offer a breathtaking view to those who are brave enough to make the climb.
A fun side trip to make if you enjoy snorkeling is to swim from nearby Achilles Bay along the rocky coastline toward Tobacco Bay, which offers even more underwater scenery. This beach does often get crowded during the summer months when tourists disembark in nearby St. George, so bear that in mind. Beach facilities are more than ample here, and there are snacks, drinks, and light food at the beach bar. A great choice for families.
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Warwick Long Bay, Bermuda
This is one of Bermuda’s loveliest and more secluded beaches. The ubiquitous pink sands are contrasted against a backdrop of cedar trees and grapevines on one side and the vivid blue of the sea on the other, with many interesting rock outcroppings and natural structures. There are actually several distinct areas of this part of the coastline, which is in South Shore Park, to the east of Horseshoe Bay, such as Jobson’s Cove and Chaplin Bay, as well as Warwick Long Beach itself. The main entrance to the beach is on the west end, with a parking lot convenient for vehicles, and a short, winding trail leading down to the beach itself. The beach itself is a favorite for joggers and swimmers in the early morning, and the steep cliffs in the background offer a sense of seclusion and privacy.
The coral reef lying just 60 meters out from the beach keeps the waters of the bay relatively calm year-round despite the tides and storms, so it’s good for inexperience swimmers and children, just beware of the reef at low tide, which can be sharp. For the kids there is a nice playground, and the facilities are adequate, located at the entrance of the beach. A snack cart provides refreshments and food during the summer months. Horseback riding is also popular on Warwick Long Bay Beach.
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Elbow Bay Beach, Bermuda
This gently curving light pink sand beach is also popular, although half of it is private, the property of the Elbow Beach Resort. Located in Paget Parish, this beach has no dramatic limestone crags, just a simple, elegant coastline of tranquil azure water. The coral reefs are very close to the beach, keeping the worst of the waves and tides away, making for easy swimming and snorkeling. The private part of the beach has really nice bathroom and other facilities for the resort’s guests, but the public beach’s facilities are perfectly adequate. A local concession rents chaise lounges, beach umbrellas, snorkeling gear and also offers snacks and drinks. Mickey’s Bistro, a popular restaurant at the resort, is right on the beach, offering great dining in a great atmosphere. For those interested in wreck diving, the Pollockshields shipwreck is only about a hundred yards off shore, and is easily seen by snorkel or scuba.
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Astwood Cove, Bermuda
Located in Warwick Parish, Astwood Cove is secluded and lovely, surrounded by steep limestone cliffs, where thousands of seabirds nest. It is not exactly easy to get to, requiring a hike to get there, but in the end the privacy is worth it, since not many tourists are willing to do it. There are no facilities on the beach itself, but there are in the park which overlooks the cove, called Astwood Park, including picnic tables and restrooms.
The hiking trails are enjoyable, and the cliff views are stunning. For those who like to snorkel, the sights are great under water as well as above, but it is not for beginners, as the water can get rough at times. There are no restaurant, snack or concessions facilities at Astwood Cove, so plan on bringing everything with you, but you will be rewarded by the exclusive feel of the place, and the beauty.
These are not, by far, the only beaches worth a look at on Bermuda, but these are some of the best. When booking your Bermuda vacation keep in mind what you want from your beach time and plan accordingly, because whether you want a tourist-friendly or more independent-spirit experience, Bermuda has a beach…or two…for you.