Bermuda is an island in the North Atlantic Ocean, approximately 700 miles off the coast of North Carolina. Bermuda is the oldest self governing British overseas territory with some beautiful beaches! If you do a google search of best beaches of Bermuda, you are sure to see Horseshoe Bay pop up more than a few times and while we agree that it is one of the best beaches in Bermuda, it’s not our number one. Here’s a look at the ones we love, why and how to get there.
4. Horseshoe Bay
Why We Love It
Well, we’re not going to deny the obvious. It is a lovely beach. These photos were taken later in the day, when most of the beach goers had left, as a result the pink sand against the cloudy sky doesn’t show up as brightly as it would on a more sunny day.
This is a great beach for families and anyone who wants a one stop shop for everything. The beach has a cafe, rents beach chairs, umbrellas and snorkel gear, has changing room and restroom facilities, and even a small souvenir shop. There is a parking lot for scooters/mopeds and taxis are always available.
Most of the amenities close at 5:00pm (or thereabouts), so if you want some quiet time, just go later in the day. That’s what we did.
Unless you are over 5′ tall, skip renting a scooter/moped.
While driving a scooter in Bermuda, Saadia nearly collided with a car coming in the opposite direction down a narrow and steep alleyway. To avoid the accident, she stopped her moped just in time, but because of her height, wasn’t able to reach the ground with her feet to stabilize herself. As a result, she lost control and fell and the moped fell right on top of her. Long story short, she wound up with a fractured foot and in a cast for 3 months! Scooters/mopeds ARE dangerous if you don’t have experience riding them and/or aren’t tall enough to reach the ground comfortably when sitting on them.
How To Get Here
Horseshoe Bay is located in Southampton Parish (see map below). Located on Horseshoe Road, off of South Road and on bus route #7, runs between Dockward (35 minutes) and Hamilton (30 minutes). From the bus stop, you will need to walk downhill along an access road for about 400 yards and then through compact sand to get to the beach. Although the downhill walk is not difficult, for many the walk on the way up may be.
3. Elbow Beach
Why We Love It
This beach will forever be etched in our memory because it was the first beach in Bermuda we visited in Bermuda. The beautiful turquoise water is ever so inviting. The sand is nearly white, incredibly soft and it’s the perfect beach for swimming due to the coral reefs offshore.
The beach is often confused with the resort of the same name, but don’t be fooled, the beach is public and its gorgeous. The beach has basic bathroom facilities and the only rental gears available are from the resort (therefore, pricey). Come to this beach if you just want to enjoy the waters, swim in calm sea, read a book and get some well deserved “me” time.
There is a small parking lot for a few scooters/mopeds and cars (although foreigners are not allowed to rent cars on the island).
Stop at Elbow Beach, Warwick Long Bay and Jobson’s Cove all in the same day because they are in close proximity to each other and you can just beach hop your way down the coastline.
When Saadia got into her moped accident, it happened in front of a few Bermuda government workers. They were incredibly kind enough to give her first aid treatment AND to driver her in their government truck to Elbow beach. We will forever be indebted to their kindness and generosity. Absolute gems!
How To Get Here
Elbow beach is located in Paget Parish and can be a little tricky to find, especially if you’re searching for it online. Unfortunately, a resort by the exact same name will pop up on all online inquiries and lead you to believe that it is a private beach. While the resort does have its own private beach on the same stretch of ocean, Elbow beach is a public beach located between the Elbow Beach Resort and Coral Beach & Tennis Club.
It can also be reached by bus #7 from the Dockyard (50 minutes) and bus #7 or #2 from Hamilton (10 minutes). However, there is a long downhill walk to the beach area and then a few steps to the actual beach. If taking the scooter or taxi, just ask to be dropped off right at the beach steps and make arrangements to be picked up at a later time. Be warned, this is not the type of beach that has taxis waiting around, so unless prior arrangements are made to be picked up, you’re going to have to walk back up the long alleyway to the main road (South Rd) and await the bus and/or flag down a taxi.
2. Jobson’s Cove
Why We Love It
A hidden gem, difficult to find if you don’t already know where to look for it. Jobson’s Cove is tiny, secluded, pristine and probably the most beautiful beach in all of the island. The small beach surrounded by jagged cliffs piercing out from the ocean floor makes for an absolutely stunning and dramatic landscape. It is THE perfect place to enjoy the beauty of the ocean, both in sight and sound.The water is crystal clear, but be careful, it can switch from calm to rough at the opening of the sea. However, closer to the shore, it is absolutely calm and a beautiful spot for snorkeling.It can’t be seen from the main road, there aren’t any signs to indicate you’ve found it and it requires a little bit of a walk from a parking lot (which is found at the bottom of the downhill drive from the main road).There aren’t any facilities in this particular section, and although it is very close to the Warwick Long bay, it can’t be reached from the beach itself. There are trails in the dunes behind the beach and you sort of have to trust your gut to lead the way. Otherwise, you can get back on the road and follow the signs to Warwick Long Bay.
If you’re thinking of a wedding spot in Bermuda, pick this one! It’s the perfect backdrop for an intimate wedding. We know because we pre-crashed one!
We walked onto the beach with several wedding chairs situated. We presumed the wedding had already taken place and with Saadia’s fractured foot, we decided to sit on the chairs, rather comfortably (see photo below). Not long after this shot and minutes after we got up from the chairs, the wedding planners came by to set up the rest of the wedding decors. Oops! Turns out the wedding was to take place that evening, probably a sunset wedding! Needless to say they were not very pleased with the sand filled chairs, but to our defense, we were not the only ones using them, so there was plenty of blame to go around.
Some of the cliffs had stairs cut into them, which means the brave can climb on top for what we can only presume would be breathtaking photography. However, they are quite slippery and can be very dangerous, so be careful if you’re going to tread that path. With limited time on hand, and the adventure we already experienced for the day, we decided to skip that extra bit of adventure.
How To Get Here
Bus #7 to the rescue again. About 40 minutes from the Dockyard and 20 minutes from Hamilton. You do have to walk down the paved path to the parking lot on your own. If you drive your own moped or have a taxi drop you off, you just have to take one of the paths through the dunes from the parking lot and you’ll soon discover this beauty at the end of the trail.
1. Tobacco Bay
Why We Love It
Now we reveal our absolute favorite beach in Bermuda, Tobacco Bay beach in St. George’s parish! Of all the waters we have seen in Bermuda, this was the most crystal clear – you can even see it in our photos! The beach is surrounded by limestone rocks that keep the water calm and perfect for swimming. It’s surrounded in limestone rocks that are as high as 25 feet in some places. They serve as a barrier between the beach and the open ocean, which helps keep the waters extremely calm. This is one of the non-pink sand beaches in Bermuda, but with water this beautiful, you really won’t care about the color of the sand.
One of the biggest highlights of this beach is the ability to snorkel, even without the gear! The water is shallow in most places, allowing the colorful marine life and corals to shine through. You’ll constantly find yourself shrieking, “Oh my God! Look!” It’s absolutely beautiful. Be aware though, the water around the rocks can quickly drop to 10 ft, so if you don’t know how to swim, steer clear of paths where you can’t see the bottom of the ocean floor.
Go early! The beach is quite small and can fill up really quickly and get extremely crowded. We suggest heading here first thing in the morning so you can grab a chair and mark your territory!
There is a cafe on the beach that serves incredibly delicious food and drinks! We had the tastiest burgers and the yummiest cocktails. In fact, the owner was super kind and gave us free drinks, even though we had already purchased drinks prior to that. Why settle for one daiquiri when you can have two, right? With live music being played, we sat on the porch, stuffed our faces with food and drinks and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. Truly the best ending to our trip to the island.
Meanwhile, back in the waters, some limestone rocks are so smooth that they’ve formed bed like features. So when you’re tired of being in the water, you can just hop on one of the rock beds and sunbathe; you don’t even need to return to your beach chair! Let’s just say, many mermaid like photos were taken on such rock beds.
The beach has changing, restroom and locker facilities. Chairs, umbrellas, snorkeling gears, kayaks, paddle boats, etc. are all available for rent, making this the perfect beach to spend an entire day. With it being so far out of the way, you will want to combine it with a visit to the town of St. George, which happens to be an UNESCO World Heritage sight.
How To Get Here
Farthest from the Dockyard and of all the beaches we’ve mentioned in this article, this takes a little bit of time to get there. Take the orange* ferry for St. George (35-40 minutes). From the ferry dock in St. George, there are shuttles (timed with ferry arrivals) that take you to Tobacco Bay Beach and to the town center (for any souvenir shopping you may want to do). Just be sure to ask the bus driver for the timings to return back to the ferry dock.*The orange ferry route operates during the summer months only (April – October) so be sure to check it’s schedule before you go.
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Till next time, Happy and Safe Travels!