The Best Beaches in Bermuda

Bermuda’s beaches are world-renowned for their pristine, coral-tinged beauty, and there are hundreds of them around the island. You are never far away from the shoreline (Bermuda is less than a couple of miles wide at its widest point). Although some are officially private, there are plenty of public, easily accessible beaches, bays, and coves.

In pale golden sand, two beach chairs under a blue umbrella face the aqua water.

Elbow Beach, South Shore—Paget Parish. Photo © Cait Stewart, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Most Beautiful Beaches in Bermuda

  • Horseshoe Bay (South Shore — Southampton): A sweeping pink stretch hemmed by emerald foliage and sparkling turquoise — plus showers, washrooms, a café, lifeguards, and beach gear rentals.
  • Warwick Long Bay (South Shore — Warwick): A serene antidote to neighboring beach crowds, with deep white sand and crashing surf.
  • Elbow Beach (South Shore — Paget): Offers pillow-soft sand and frolicking parrotfish, along with volleyball and kitesurfing.
  • John Smith’s Bay (South Shore — Smith’s): Framed by coconut palms, this picturesque bay has shady caves, lifeguards, and nearby reefs for snorkeling.

Most Secluded Beaches in Bermuda

  • Astwood Cove (South Shore — Warwick): Hard to access, except by a steep cliffside path, but the privacy and crystal-clear water are worth the trouble.
  • Jobson’s Cove (South Shore — Warwick): A favorite of romantics and families with children due to its cliff-sheltered swimming hole.
  • West Whale Bay (West End — Southampton): Hidden below Whale Bay Fort with a string of coves and caves connected by pristine sand at low tide.
  • Turtle Bay, Long Bay, and Soldier Bay (East End — Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve, St. George’s): This 44-acre peninsula offers a plethora of gorgeous, off-the-beaten-track beaches, facing both Castle Harbour and South Shore and bordered by bird sanctuaries.
The clear waters of Church Bay Bermuda.

The beautiful waters of Church Bay. Photo © V. J. Matthew/123rf.

Best Snorkeling Beaches in Bermuda

  • Church Bay (South Shore — Southampton): Easy-to-reach boiler reefs make it a perennial top pick among devoted snorkelers.
  • Clarence Cove (North Shore — Pembroke): A sheltered, reef-fringed bay inside a national park. Popular with scuba divers, snorkelers, and children.
  • Snorkel Park Beach (West End — Royal Naval Dockyard): At the foot of towering ramparts, shallow waters and reef-speckled coastline prove a hit with locals and visitors alike.
  • Tobacco Bay (East End): A snorkeler’s heaven (when not crowded with cruise ship passengers), thanks to its natural underwater columns and reef life.

Where Locals Go

  • Horseshoe Bay (South Shore — Southampton): Local teens and twenty-somethings lend a beach party atmosphere to summer weekend afternoons here.
  • Somerset Long Bay (West End — Somerset Island): Turtles can be seen grazing in the shallows, alongside a public park and nature reserve.
  • Clearwater Beach (East End — Southside, St. George’s): With its accessible water and nearby playground, parkland, and fast-food restaurants, this aptly named swimming venue is a summer hot spot with locals.
  • St. Catherine’s Beach (East End): A sandy arc on the island’s easternmost tip where shipwrecked English colonists struggled ashore.

Excerpted from the Fourth Edition of Moon Bermuda.

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