Bermuda's Beaches

Photo of Horseshoe Bay Beach BermudaBermuda's Beaches are warm, sunny tracts of shoreline covered with beautiful pink sand unlike any other in the world. Bermuda, tiny though it is, boasts 34 of the most beautiful beaches on the planet. The sand, best seen when wet, has a unique pink tinge that's caused by particles of sea shells mixed with native coral and calcium carbonate. Bermuda Beaches are, for the mostpart, quiet and exceedingly beautiful. Tiny, secluded coves, such as the one at Horseshoe Bay, are the ideal spot for a romantic getaway or a secluded picnic. Scroll down to find links to Bermuda's Beaches.

Starting at the west end of the island and working eastward along the South Shore, from parish to parish, the following descriptions will give you an idea of what to expect at each beach or park. Just click on the links and there you go:

Map of Bermuda Parishes

The heart of the Bermuda beach system is the public beaches in the South ShoreNational Park, which covers 1½ miles of coastline. The park has more than 11 beaches that extend from Port Royal Cove to the eastern end of Warwick Long Bay. These beaches vary considerably in size and nature. Some, like the half-mile-long Warwick Long Bay, are unbroken expanses; others are tiny secluded coves separated from one another by rocky cliffs. Port Royal Cove, Peel Bay, Jobson’s Cove and Horseshoe Bay offer tiny private beaches and sheltered natural pools.

The South Shore itself, with its crystal-clear water to the front and miles of nature trails behind, is a good place to sunbathe, walk, swim, snorkel or jog. It glimmers in the early morning light and glows under a spectacular evening sunset. On a cloudy day during the winter, the character of the South Shore changes to one of splendid isolation. The air is crisp and refreshing, brisk breezes blow salt spray high into the air, and the ocean is bracing.

Along the shoreline you’ll see low outcrops of rock, roughly circular in shape. Created by constant wave action that hollows out the soft inner rock, these outcrops are commonly known as reefs or boilers. The scientific name for these anomalies is algal-vermetid reefs, or serpuline atolls. On calm days, the waters around the boilers are great for snorkeling as dozens of gaily colored fish come here in search of shelter and food. You might spot an angelfish, parrotfish,
trumpet fish or even a grouper.

A Word of Warning:
Snorkeling, swimming and wading are everyday activities at all of the popular beaches around Bermuda, and these activities are, for the most part, very safe. There are, however, a couple of things that you should be on the lookout for. Coral is sharp and will cut unprotected feet and hands, and any other exposed part of the body. A coral wound can be extremely painful and can lead to infection if left uncared for. Always wear shoes; better yet, stay away from coral heads altogether (coral is an endangered species). The other thing to be on the lookout for is the Portuguese man-o’war – a jellyfish. They are prevalent around the islands from March through July and are often very big. Their tentacles can trail more than 50 feet from the brilliant blue balloon that acts as a sail and propels it through the water.

 

Know Before You Go!