Beaches on Bermuda

Bermuda has an array of beaches on both its north and south coasts

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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.

About Bermuda's Beaches

Beaches Map

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.

Pick Your Ideal Beach

You'll discover an abundance of beaches to enjoy on the island. Snorkeling is available at some of the beaches, for vacationers who enjoy this relaxing pastime. For a detailed review of a specific beach you can click on the names of the ones you want to learn more about.

Snorkel Park Beach

If you like to snorkel, a location providing that option 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.

Another location that beach-goers can consider is Whitney Bay. Whitney Bay, situated on the Southampton Parish, offers a small beach area surrounded by palm trees and rock formations. The clear water is calm, while the bordering Port Royal Golf Course provides a unique backdrop.

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 table below offers more details on the beaches that can be found on the island.

Beaches On Bermuda
Name Location Island Coast
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 Bermuda South East

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...rose-colored sands and and coral bluffs blooming with fragrant summer flowers...

 

Beaches on the North Shore

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.

Beaches on the South 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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