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 near the middle of Southampton Parish, 2.2 miles southeast of Hog Bay, Church Bay is on the South West coast of Bermuda. You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. Peace and quiet is what you'll find at the majority of Bermuda's beaches, but the ambiance at Church Bay is one of both seclusion and activity; this means you can relax without sacrificing a fun and social atmosphere.

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.

There is also a snack bar here. You may also have the option to get lunch from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up shop here.

Vacationers can take advantages of picnic tables at this beach, so you can save your picnic lunch from the sand.

For your convenience, restrooms are available at Church Bay. You will find the water here is fit for snorkeling, so grab some equipment if you want to check out what lies beneath the surface. 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.

Even so, try to see that even though you will be able to find some conveniences present if you go to Church Bay, it can be located inside a major tourist area. If you seek to avoid the crowds, it'll be an appropriate cause to make plans to visit against other visitors, such as arriving earlier when it is a little cooler. Otherwise, you possibly risk all those comforts being overcrowded.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the South West coast of Bermuda. It's located near Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, which is within a distance that tourists could probably walk or take a cab to, and it is among the area's attractions.

Historic attractions, including Whale Bay Fort, offer a great compliment to the natural beauty of Church Bay, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about Bermuda, without venturing too far from the coast. Actually, this site can be found a mile and a half from this interesting historical site.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

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
Bermuda Historical Society Museum Museum 4.7 mi. NE Bermuda
Picturesque Gallery Art Gallery 4.7 mi. NE Bermuda
Crisson & Hind Fine Art Gallery Art Gallery 4.7 mi. NE Bermuda

Cities and Towns

Church Bay is near Somerset Village, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Guests visiting Church Bay who are looking for a little additional excitement will want to consider making the trip to Somerset Village, which is close-by and is an active, busy area.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how full nearby hotel rooms are. At this beach, you can expect to encounter a fair number of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Those trying to find a room near Church Bay won't have a difficult time, as there are plenty of resorts and hotels to pick from in the immediate vicinity. Find the closest lodging options by perusing those shown 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
Inverurie 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


If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the closest restaurants is Coconuts. This restaurant offers both Caribbean and International menu items. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk as it's not far off the beach at all.

The following table provides a list of places to eat near this beach.

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

Other Beaches

Travelers searching for the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Church Bay.

You might also enjoy Alexandras Beach, located within the range of a taxi. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, Horseshoe Bay may be just what you're looking for. You'll find it a mile and a half to the east.

Another option worth considering is Warwick Long Bay, 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.

Bermuda has plenty to offer its visitors, and Church Bay is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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