Horseshoe Bay

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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. Local restaurants and hotels add to the popularity of the beach, while the bordering South Shore Park adds to the isolated feel of the beach itself. In 2013, TripAdvisor named this beach number eight on its list of the best beaches in the world, making it a must-see beach during your trip to Bermuda.

Located on the island of Bermuda, Horseshoe Bay is on the South West coast of the island, You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Horseshoe Bay is one of those beautiful but fun beaches that is not terribly crowded, but it's not totally void of people either.

How to Access The Beach
The beach is accessible by car and foot from sunrise to sunset. Drivers should take South Road to Horseshoe Road, which leads directly to the area's small car park.
Horseshoe Bay

Amenities and Ambiance

Aptly named, Horseshoe Bay is a horseshoe-shaped beach that is 1/3 of a mile long. Dramatic rock formations frame the beach, while trees and shrubbery stand at the entrance, creating a wonderfully private experience for all visitors. The water is usually moderate to rough, so novice swimmers should take caution.

Many visitors find themselves ordering a drink or snack from the concessions here, even if they move off-site for lunch. You may also have the option to get lunch from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up on this shoreline.

You won't have to worry about finding a bathroom at Horseshoe Bay because there are public restrooms. You'll appreciate that showers are available, so you don't have to go back to your hotel sandy. The water in the area is of good snorkeling quality, so grab your equipment if you want to do some underwater exploration. Horseshoe Bay has a tendency to become crowded, so families with children will want to be extra careful around the water. Social butterflies will enjoy the lively weekend crowds.

Be mindful that Horseshoe Bay is in an area which is rather congested, so you may find many people vying for the use of the same amenities.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Horseshoe Bay is on the South West coast of Bermuda. It is near some interesting sites like Turtle Hill Golf Club at The Fairmont Southampton, which is only a short distance away. Visitors will have the option to take a taxi or to walk, and it is among the favorite local destinations.

Historical attractions such as Whale Bay Fort provide a nice compliment to a soothing day at Horseshoe Bay, and provide beachgoers with the opportunity to learn about Bermuda's past, without having to go too far from the beach. Actually, this shoreline is three miles to the west of this place of historical interest.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of things to do. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Horseshoe Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Turtle Hill Golf Club at The Fairmont Southampton Golf Course 0.4 mi. NW Bermuda
Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.7 mi. W Bermuda
Riddell's Bay Golf & Country Club Golf Course 0.9 mi. N Bermuda
Stirling's Of Bermuda Art Gallery 1.5 mi. NNE Bermuda
Belmont Hills Golf Club Golf Course 2.2 mi. NE Bermuda
Bermuda Golf Academy Golf Course 2.4 mi. W Bermuda
Whale Bay Fort Historical Site 2.9 mi. W Bermuda
Port Royal Golf Course Golf Course 3.0 mi. W Bermuda
Maria Ever's Smith Gallery Art Gallery 3.5 mi. NE Bermuda
Bermuda Historical Society Museum Museum 3.6 mi. NE Bermuda
Picturesque Gallery Art Gallery 3.6 mi. NE Bermuda
Crisson & Hind Fine Art Gallery Art Gallery 3.6 mi. NE Bermuda

Cities and Towns

Horseshoe Bay is near Hamilton, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. Horseshoe Bay guests seeking other interesting places to see will want to consider heading over to Hamilton, since it's in the vicinity and is an especially active area of Bermuda. From Horseshoe Bay, Hamilton is a quick trip away, maybe four miles (six kilometers).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how packed the nearby hotels are. You can typically expect to share the sand with more than a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Since this beach is located in a fairly popular vacation spot, it is not usually much of a challenge to find just the right type of hotel close-by. For guests hoping to find a place that's on or near the beach, the following table shows the accommodations closest to Horseshoe Bay.

Accommodations near Horseshoe Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Fairmont Southampton 0.2 mi. NW Resort
The Reefs 0.9 mi. W Resort
Longtail Cliffs Apartments 1.4 mi. NE Hotel
Granaway Guest House & Cottages 1.9 mi. NE Hotel
Greene's Guest House 2.3 mi. W B & B
Watercolours 2.5 mi. NE B & B
Surf Side Beach Club 2.5 mi. ENE Hotel
Fourways Inn & Cottages 2.6 mi. NE Hotel
Inverurie Executive Suites Hotel 2.6 mi. NE Hotel
Coral Beach & Tennis Club 2.9 mi. ENE Hotel


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Horseshoe Bay; you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the closest restaurants is Bacci. The restaurant serves Italian cuisine. They're also renowned for their pasta. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's just a little ways away.

The following table lists dining options near this beach.

Restaurants near Horseshoe Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Bacci (866) 540-4497 Italian Fine Dining 0.2 mi. NW
Jasmine Lounge (866) 540-4497 Eclectic Informal 0.2 mi. NW
Ocean Club (866) 540-4497 Caribbean Informal 0.2 mi. NW
The Dock (866) 540-4497 Eclectic Informal 0.2 mi. NW
The Newport (866) 540-4497 Contemporary Informal 0.2 mi. NW
Waterlot Inn (866) 540-4497 Continental Fine Dining 0.2 mi. NW
Wickets (866) 540-4497 Eclectic Very Casual 0.2 mi. NW
Windows on the Sound (866) 540-4497 Caribbean Informal 0.2 mi. NW
Henry VIII (441) 238-1977 British Informal 0.6 mi. W
The Dining Room (441) 238-8679 Caribbean, European, International -- 0.7 mi. W
Coconuts (441) 238-0222 Caribbean, International Informal 0.9 mi. W
Ocean Echo (441) 238-0222 Caribbean, Contemporary Fine Dining 0.9 mi. W

Other Beaches

Horseshoe Bay is just one of many beaches you can visit on Bermuda.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Alexandras Beach, located only a cab ride away from the coast. Others might prefer Chaplin Bay, which could provide more action, and is closer to additional things to do and see nearby. It's located a half mile to the northeast.

Another option worth considering is Warwick Long Bay, located three quarters of a mile to the northeast. 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 offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, and paying a visit to Horseshoe Bay is just one way you can spend your afternoon.


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