A DAY IN THE SAND
Altogether, we have seen many beautiful beaches in our lifetime. One of the main reasons we chose Bermuda as our next escape had to do with the many beaches this tiny island had to offer. Known for its unique pink sand and crystal clear turquoise waters, Bermuda is often confused as another beautiful island in the Caribbean when in fact it's located right in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
As we were preparing to land, we were taken away by the crystal clear waters that lied beneath us. We glanced quickly at each other and we both instantly knew that we arrived in paradise. Landing on this island as it sits on its own in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean was also quite a sight in itself, as you see the entire island from high above. We were already tempted to take a quick dip, even with our luggage on hand. We were eager and intrigued to see what this wonderful crescent shaped island had to offer. But naturally, we settled in. We set out to visit a different beach every day and we were thrilled to explore these wonderful beaches one by one. And so our journey began.
HORSESHOE BAY BEACH
Let's start off with Horseshoe Beach.
With much anticipation, we couldn't wait to arrive at Horseshoe Bay beach. Visiting a world-renowned beach can have that kind of effect on people.
Guilty as charged.
We left quite early to avoid the crowds (especially when the cruise ships are docked ) and reached our destination by bus. We were in complete disbelief, as the beach was as stunning as seen in pictures. The curved long stretch of light pink sand with crystal clear turquoise waters and the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean seemed unreal. Horseshoe Bay has everything you can ask for, from food stands at reasonable prices, a changing area to beach equipment rentals, music and lifeguards on duty. Small crowds were scattered everywhere, but we decided to set out our beach towels a bit further away for complete serenity. The beach is vast and there's ample space for everyone. The scenery is gorgeous as everyone enjoys swimming in the calm salty waters. We enjoyed ourselves for a few hours and then prepared to visit the remaining South Shore Beaches, and off we went.
SOUTH SHORE BEACHES
We waved goodbye to Horseshoe Bay and began our trek towards Warwick Long Bay. As we walked along the beaches, we were completely amazed by the views. It was truly a photographer's paradise. We
must have stopped every few minutes to capture these moments as we took much longer than expected to arrive to our destination. We passed along magnificent coves and beaches such as Chaplin Bay and Stonehole Bay. We were never quite sure which cove or beach we were capturing, but it didn't matter, we were too busy enjoying these beautiful moments. Our only suggestion is to take your time as you find your way from Horseshoe Bay to Warwick ( or vice versa ). You will not regret this. We did hit some dead ends along the way, but we pulled through with some small hiking.
As we continued our trek along the South shore beaches, we discovered this tiny paradise. Jobson Cove is located a few minutes away from Warwick Long Bay . We absolutely loved this incredible little hideaway tucked in between the enormous limestone rocks that keep the waters calm and beautiful. This area is quite small and can get crowded. Luckily for us, we found a small handful of people and were able to bask in this lovely piece of nature only seen in movies. Don't forget to bring your snorkeling gear to get a close view of the bright blue parrot fish that come close to shore.
No amenities are found on site.
WARWICK LONG BAY BEACH
Our hiking journey ended at Warwick Long Bay and we landed on Bermuda's most stunning pink sand beach, possibly the most colorful. A long and spacious beach much like Horseshoe Bay, but without the crowds. This picturesque area is spectacular and finding it practically deserted made it even more delightful. The waters are considered a bit rough in comparison to the rest of the island. We were glad to complete our journey here. It's the ideal place to find some tranquility.
There are no rentals or restaurants available and for those reasons the beach remains quiet and peaceful.
A short 10 minute bus ride from Hamilton took us to Elbow beach; a beautiful long stretch of pink sand and crystal clear water.
Nestled in between two beautiful luxury resorts, a good stretch of the beach is open to the public.
This beach is the best alternative as a getaway from the flock of tourists that inhabit Horseshoe Bay Beach.
Be warned there are no lifeguards, rest stops or cheap restaurants.
Tip: You can use the clean rest rooms and shower from the Elbow beach resort next door without an issue just as we did.
After a quick 10 minute walk from the town of St George, we arrived at Tobacco Bay beach.
Considered our favorite beach on the island, Tobacco Bay is a cozy little hideaway with booming music playing from atop the cafe that serves snacks, food and cold drinks. We laid under the hot sun and swam in the unbelievable pristine turquoise water. The waters are very calm and shallow since the beach is sheltered by the large limestone rocks. It's also incredible for snorkeling as the bay has some of the most impressive underwater coral reefs. This area has lots of historical significance as well as it played a large role in the American independence with the Gunpowder Plot in 1775.
Although we didn't swim in this little cove, we certainly admired the view from above at Blackbeard's restaurant. Nestled in between Tobacco Bay and St. Catherine's beach, this quiet and private spot has certain desired amenities like a beach bar and a small facility for chair and equipment rentals. You can definitely spend a few hours here in comfort.
ST. CATHERINE'S BEACH
After spending a sunny morning at Tobacco Bay Beach and eating at Blackbeard's, we continued our venture to the bottom of the hill at St. Catherine's Beach. Situated right beside the Fort of St. Catherine, we spent a part of our afternoon here after visiting the historical site. Unlike Tobacco Bay, this beach isn't crowded. This was the perfect way to conclude the trio of beaches at Bermuda's St. George parish.
As we reserved a day to visit the colourful Flatts Village and the Aquarium, we knew that another hidden gem was only a few bus stops away. Shelly Bay, an unfamiliar beach to tourists, was just what we needed. A family-friendly beach due to the shallow calm water was luckily vacant for just the two of us on this particular day. Unfortunately, no amenities or restrooms are available, but a Pizza House restaurant and Shelly Bay Market Place are nearby. A children's playground and picnic tables are on site as well. Although our swim didn't last very long, we continued our journey by taking a walk on the scenic railway trail.
CHURCH BAY BEACH
A simple ride from the Dockyards brought us to Church Bay Beach. We arrived by scooter as we wanted to visit Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, located just a few minutes away. As we reached Church Bay Park, we walked down a steep staircase to reach this beautiful gem, a small and private pink sand beach. Although we didn't snorkel, Church Bay is an ideal beach for snorkeling since the reef is so close to shore. Needless to say, we spent a lovely few hours laying under the sun. No amenities were available on site, therefore bring your picnic basket if you plan on staying for the day.
ADMIRALTY HOUSE PARK
If you haven't done your research thoroughly, then perhaps you might not be familiar with this spot. Popular among locals and cliff divers, this little adventure in paradise is located just outside the city of Hamilton. A simple 10 bus ride from Hamilton will get you there safely. You will fall in love with the park from the start as the hiking trails give you that little taste of nature. For thrill seekers, you can dive from multiple heights and take the paths through the caves. As for those who prefer to relax, there's a nice recreation area with picnic tables, great for families with children. The only negative comment we would like to share is that the beach is not well maintained as the rest of Bermuda's beaches but that didn't take away from its charm. We loved spending an afternoon here, especially admiring the courage of the youth jumping from the cliff's highest points.
CLEARWATER BEACH :
Unfortunately due to rain, we had to skip this magnificent beach. Located near the airport and a natural reserve, Clearwater can be found at the southeastern end of Bermuda at St. Davids.
The beach itself has a view of St David's Lighthouse and the planes land or take off from the airport just down the road. An ideal beach for families and kids and you may find many locals going for picnics.
The Clearwater park area also has a playground, public toilets and the popular Gombeys Bar & Restaurant, known for their fish sandwich.
JOHN SMITH BEACH :
We didn't manage to stay at this beach, but if you're looking for an alternative that's further away from the touristic spots then John Smith beach is a great option. A beautiful small beach with lots of interesting rock formations is also quite popular with the locals. A lifeguard is always on duty during the summer time. You can spend an afternoon here after visiting the crystal caves.
PLEASE CONSULT THE MAP BELOW TO LOCATE BERMUDA'S BEAUTIFUL BEACHES:
ZIP / Address:
JOHN SMITH BEACH
ADMIRALTY HOUSE PARK
(Admiralty House, Parroquia de Pembroke, Bermuda)
(Church Bay, Bermuda)
(Shelly Bay, Bermuda)
ST CATHERINE'S BEACH
(St Catherine's Beach, St.George's, Bermuda)
(Achilles' Bay, Bermuda)
(Tobacco Bay, Bermuda)
(Elbow Beach, Paget, Bermuda)
WARWICK LONG BAY BEACH
HORSESHOE BAY BEACH BERMUDA
(Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda)