Bermuda is one of the leading beach-resort destinations in the world and is probably most known for its pink sand beaches, but the little island also features a number of sugar-sand beaches as well. Vacationers staying on Bermuda will have their choice of pristine coastal property on which to bask in the brilliant island sun.
Bermuda's pink sand beaches look as if they have been dyed with iridescent paints, but the unique and vivid colors were created by the force of the ocean's powerful waves that crush sea invertebrates like coral, mollusks, clams, and other organisms with calcium carbonate shells and skeletons. Single-celled sea animals with dark red skeletons grow on coral reefs, and when they die, the organisms fall to the bottom of the ocean. The remains of the red-colored creatures mix with those of other sea animals such as clams, urchins, and sea snails. The pulverized shells mix with the sand giving it a pink tint. The soft rose color of Bermuda's beaches perfectly contrasts with the aquamarine ocean waters and sultry island sunsets, creating the ideal tropical atmosphere for an exotic vacation.
Because Bermuda isn't a part of the Caribbean – the island is located in the Atlantic Ocean – the temperatures of the waters surrounding the island drop considerably, sometimes dipping below 64 degrees, making them too cold for most swimmers. The ocean is colder during the winter months, but it usually warms up from May to August, when water temperatures can reach as high as 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Tourists visiting Bermuda in the summertime should be able to comfortably enjoy watersports or a swim in the warm salty waters.
Many of Bermuda's beaches are located on the property of large hotels and resorts and are only open to guests of the establishment. Because beaches are so bountiful on Bermuda, hotels can claim sections of the island's sandy shores as private property to be used only by their guests. This may sound exclusive to some travelers, but don't worry, Bermuda has plenty of public oceanfront property for you to visit during your trip, and if your hotel has a private beach, you can enjoy sunning on Bermuda's shores without all the crowds.
If you're looking for a clothing-optional experience, Bermuda is not the appropriate destination. There is absolutely no nudity permitted on these sandy shores, so don't forget your swimsuit. Another thing to consider when planning your trip to the beach is that most beaches are open from sunrise to sunset, and no one is permitted onto the beach before sunrise or after dark. This means no camping or sleeping on the beaches. Also, most of the larger beaches have lifeguards during the swim season, but some don't, so use caution in the water.
You'll find several beaches to consider on the island. Snorkeling is an option at some locations, for visitors who enjoy the underwater scene. Click on the name of the beach to read a detailed article concerning that part of the coast.
If you love snorkeling, a beach worth considering is Horseshoe Bay. Horseshoe Bay gains its name from the U-shaped bend of the coast, while the beach features soft, pink sand. The area's blue water from the bay can be moderate to rough, so swimmers and snorkelers should proceed with caution.
A second location for beach-goers to consider is Whitney Bay. The beach is accessible via foot and golf cart on the far end of the Port Royal Golf Course. The beach is typically used by the hotel which sits directly outside of the beach area.
Elbow Beach: Elbow Beach, located south of Hamilton, stretches for nearly a mile and is bordered by hotels. The pink sands lead down to calm, reef-protected water.
The chart directly below summarizes more details on the beaches located on the island.
|Achilles Bay Beach||0.6 mi. North of Central St. George||Bermuda||North East|
|Alexandras Beach||0.7 mi. East of Central St. George||Bermuda||North East|
|Angle Beach||3.5 mi. South-Southwest of Central Hamilton||Bermuda||South West|
|Annie's Bay||1.8 mi. Southeast of Central St. George||Bermuda||East|
|Astwood Cove||2.5 mi. South of Central Hamilton||Bermuda||South West|
|Bailey's Bay||5.3 mi. Northeast of Central Hamilton||Bermuda||North East|
|Black Bay||3.6 mi. West-Northwest of Central Hamilton||Ireland Island South||South West|
|Chaplin Bay||3.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central Hamilton||Bermuda||South West|
|Charles Island Beach||3.0 mi. South of Central St. George||Charles Island||South East|
|Church Bay||2.2 mi. Southeast of Central Hog Bay||Bermuda||South West|
|Clearwater Beach||2.5 mi. East of Central Castle Harbour||Bermuda||South East|
|Elbow Beach||1.6 mi. South of Downtown Hamilton||Bermuda||South|
|Grape Bay Beach||1.3 mi. Southeast of Downtown Hamilton||Bermuda||South East|
|Hog Bay||0.4 mi. Northwest of Central Hog Bay||Bermuda||West|
|Horseshoe Bay||3.8 mi. South West of Central Hamilton||Bermuda||South West|
|Jobson's Cove||3.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central Hamilton||Bermuda||South West|
|John Smith's Bay||2.0 mi. South of Central Henrys Hill||Bermuda||North East|
|Long Bay Beach||2.9 mi. East of Central Castle Harbour||Bermuda||South East|
|Mangrove Bay||0.4 mi. Northeast of Central Somerset Village||Somerset Island||North East|
|Marley Beach||2.3 mi. South of Central Hamilton||Bermuda||South-Southwest|
|Middle Beach||3.6 mi. South-Southwest of Central Hamilton||Bermuda||South West|
|Nonsuch Island Beach||2.6 mi. South-Southeast of Central St. George||Nonsuch Island||South East|
|Paget Island Beach||1.0 mi. East-Southeast of Central St. George||Paget Island||West-Northwest|
|Parson's Bay||2.2 mi. Northeast of Central Somerset Island||Ireland Island South||South|
|Shelly Bay||Hamilton Parish, Central Bermuda||Bermuda||North East|
|Snorkel Park Beach||3.3 mi. Northeast of Central Somerset Island||Bermuda||North East|
|Somerset Long Bay||0.4 mi. North-Northwest of Central Somerset Village||Somerset Island||North|
|St. Catherine's Beach||0.6 mi. North of Central St. George||Bermuda||North East|
|Stonehole Bay||3.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central Hamilton||Bermuda||South West|
|Tobacco Bay Beach||0.5 mi. North of Central St. George||Bermuda||North East|
|Trunk Island Beach||1.2 mi. Northeast of Central Flatt's Village||Trunk Island||North West|
|Warwick Long Bay||3.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central Hamilton||Bermuda||South West|
|Water Rocks Beach||3.5 mi. South-Southwest of Central Hamilton||Bermuda||South West|
|West Whale Bay||1.0 mi. South of Central Hog Bay||Bermuda||South West|
|Whitney Bay||0.7 mi. South of Central Hog Bay||Bermuda||South West|
|Windsor Beach||St. George's Parish, Eastern part of Bermuda||--||South East|
Bear in mind, Bermuda includes other attractions. You can read this article about even more attractions if you need some more facts.
...rose-colored sands and and coral bluffs blooming with fragrant summer flowers...
Beaches on the Northern shore are certainly not the most popular beaches on the island, but you'll still find plenty to enjoy. Particularly known for shallow shores and well-preserved nature, some can be a bit of trouble to find. Meanwhile others are a little more crowded and have activities. Find a full range of beaches on the island's northern shore.
With their rose-colored sands and and coral bluffs blooming with fragrant summer flowers, the beaches on Bermuda's south coast are generally more picturesque than those on the northern shores. Although these beaches boast gorgeous landscaping, the waters off the coast tend to be a little more choppy than they are on the north coast, especially when southern winds are blowing. The rolling waves off the south shore are perfect for surfing and body surfing, which are popular watersports among locals and tourists.
The little island of Bermuda has a surprisingly large selection of beaches, many of which are powdery pink There are both public and private beaches on Bermuda, so you can mingle on crowded sandy hot spots, or sunbathe at more secluded coastal locations.
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