Church Bay

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Most of the crowd at Church Bay are attracted by the colorful line of coral cliffs along the waters edge. The beach itself is small and somewhat rocky, though there are spaces to enjoy the area's pink sand. The complex composition of the reefs provides a great habitat for a wide variety of marine life, so remember to bring your flippers and watch the colors flow through the waters.

Located in the heart of Southampton Parish, 2.2 miles southeast of Hog Bay, Church Bay is on the South West coast of Bermuda. You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Bermuda's beaches are pretty busy for the most part, however, Church Bay is tamer than most, which offers some middle ground to those who aren't fond of huge throngs of tourists.

How to Access The Beach

The beach is accessible by foot and car via a turnoff on South Road leading into the Church Bay Park. The area is public and is available from sunrise to sunset everyday.

Amenities and Ambiance

Church Bay is a rather small piece of beach on Bermuda's south shore. Its deep pink sands are a unique site that appeals to sunbathers, while a line of offshore reefs make this beach a remarkable swimming and snorkeling area. Dramatic rock formations fill out the eastern side of the beach area, while various trees and tropical shrubbery, leading into the Church Bay Park, make up the entrance.

Many visitors find themselves ordering a drink or snack from the concessions here, even if they move off-site for lunch. On some days, it may be possible to buy food from one of the local vendors who typically set up shop here.

Picnic tables are on-site——great for full-fledged lunches or afternoon snacks.

Church Bay does have public restrooms for your convenience. Fortunately, the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so bring along some equipment if you are looking to do some underwater exploration. This small beach can get very crowded during Bermuda's prime beach season. Most of the people go to swim or snorkle in the waters because of the fantastic marine life, so bring your snorkle.

However, be sure to remember that while there will be some comforts for you to enjoy while at Church Bay, it is located within a hot tourist destination. If you are no fan of busy beaches, it's a decent motivator to think ahead for times when there are less people, like having your beach visit before the sun it at its hottest. Otherwise, you could be unable to use the amenities that this beach has to offer.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Beachgoers will find Church Bay on the South West coast of Bermuda. It is near some interesting sites like Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, which is situated three quarters of a mile away, and it is one of a number of favorite destinations in the area.

If you want to combine culture with your visit to the beach, you should consider a trip to Bermuda Historical Society Museum. It's located relatively close to Church Bay, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

Activities and Attractions Near Church Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.8 mi. ENE Bermuda
Bermuda Golf Academy Golf Course 1.0 mi. WNW Bermuda
Turtle Hill Golf Club at The Fairmont Southampton Golf Course 1.1 mi. E Bermuda
Whale Bay Fort Historical Site 1.6 mi. WNW Bermuda
Riddell's Bay Golf & Country Club Golf Course 1.7 mi. NE Bermuda
Port Royal Golf Course Golf Course 1.8 mi. WNW Bermuda
Stirling's Of Bermuda Art Gallery 2.5 mi. NE Bermuda
Fort Scaur Historical Site 2.9 mi. NW Bermuda
Belmont Hills Golf Club Golf Course 3.3 mi. NE Bermuda
Desmond Fountain Gallery Art Gallery 4.4 mi. ENE Bermuda
Bermuda Historical Society Museum Museum 4.7 mi. NE Bermuda
Picturesque Gallery Art Gallery 4.7 mi. NE Bermuda

Cities and Towns

Church Bay is close to Somerset Village, so travelers staying in town won't have far to go. Church Bay guests hoping to find further attractions should think about going to Somerset Village, since it's nearby and is a particularly busy area of Bermuda.

Hotels

The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how full nearby hotel rooms are. You can typically expect to encounter quite a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Vacationers looking for a place to stay near Church Bay should find themselves in luck, as there is no shortage of hotels to pick from in the surrounding area. You can find the closest hotel booking options by viewing what's listed in the table below.

Accommodations near Church Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
The Reefs 0.4 mi. E Resort
Greene's Guest House 1.0 mi. WNW B & B
Fairmont Southampton 1.3 mi. E Resort
Pompano Beach Club 2.1 mi. WNW Resort
Longtail Cliffs Apartments 2.7 mi. ENE Hotel
Granaway Guest House & Cottages 3.0 mi. NE Hotel
Watercolours 3.5 mi. NE B & B
Wharf Executive Suites Hotel 3.7 mi. NE Hotel
Fourways Inn & Cottages 3.7 mi. NE Hotel
Surf Side Beach Club 3.8 mi. ENE Hotel

Food

If the heat at the beach has you craving a cool cocktail and a bite to eat, there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. Coconuts is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant offers both Caribbean and International cuisines. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk as it's only a short distance away.

Nearby restaurants are listed below.

Restaurants near Church Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction Island
Coconuts (441) 238-0222 Caribbean, International 0.4 mi. E Bermuda
Ocean Echo (441) 238-0222 Caribbean, Contemporary 0.4 mi. E Bermuda
Henry VIII (441) 238-1977 British 0.7 mi. E Bermuda
The Dining Room (441) 238-8679 Caribbean, European, International 0.8 mi. ENE Bermuda
Bacci (866) 540-4497 Italian 1.3 mi. E Bermuda
Jasmine Lounge (866) 540-4497 Eclectic 1.3 mi. E Bermuda
Ocean Club (866) 540-4497 Caribbean 1.3 mi. E Bermuda
The Dock (866) 540-4497 Eclectic 1.3 mi. E Bermuda
The Newport (866) 540-4497 Contemporary 1.3 mi. E Bermuda
Waterlot Inn (866) 540-4497 Continental 1.3 mi. E Bermuda
Wickets (866) 540-4497 Eclectic 1.3 mi. E Bermuda
Windows on the Sound (866) 540-4497 Caribbean 1.3 mi. E Bermuda

Other Beaches

Bermuda has several beautiful beaches, so if Church Bay doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Alexandras Beach, found only a cab ride away from the coast. On the other hand, Horseshoe Bay offers a few more possibilities for excitement, and isn't far from other tourist hot-spots. It's located a mile and a half to the east.

Another option worth considering is Warwick Long Bay, which is located two miles to the east. Warwick Long Bay is the perfect island escape for travelers seeking peace and quiet. Set in a pristine natural environment with calm, clear waters and an exquisite coral reef, the area is perfect for exploring and relaxing. There aren't any facilities other than bathrooms, however, so visitors will want to bring all the essentials, including food and drinks.

Church Bay could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.

 

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