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 near the middle of the island of Bermuda, Horseshoe Bay is on the South West edge of the island, You might want regardless of whether you're staying particularly close by. Vacationers who want a somewhat serene and secluded beach, that's also not too far from the town's amenities should pay a visit to Horseshoe Bay. Generally, it's not an overly popular part of the coast, but it's also not completely secluded.

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.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Horseshoe Bay is the ultimate convenience. You may also have the option to order some food from one of the mobile vendors who operate at or near this spot.

For your convenience, restrooms are available at Horseshoe Bay. Shower facilities are available, so you can rinse off before heading back to your hotel. You will find the water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some equipment if you're looking to see some exciting marine life. 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 the area right around Horseshoe Bay is a popular spot, which means 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; the area is home to other attractions such as Turtle Hill Golf Club at The Fairmont Southampton, which is pretty close, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab.

If you want more information on the history of Bermuda, there are lots of sites which offer a historic look at the nation. For example, you might enjoy a visit to Whale Bay Fort, which is only a short taxi ride away.

If a visit to the Horseshoe Bay isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, you'll find the closest ones 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
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
Fort Scaur Historical Site 3.7 mi. NW Bermuda

Cities and Towns

Horseshoe Bay is in the Hamilton area, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Horseshoe Bay guests looking for other opportunities for exploration might want to think about making the trip to Hamilton, since it's in the vicinity and is an area full of activity. From the shore, Hamilton isn't far off, roughly four miles (six kilometers).


How many other people you encounter at Horseshoe Bay will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. Typically, you can expect to see a fair amount of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Travelers hoping to find a room close to the beach shouldn't find it that difficult, as there are lots of hotels and resorts to pick from close-by. You will find the closest, most convenient hotel booking options by looking over what's listed below.

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


When lunchtime rolls around and you start getting hungry, this beach has you covered, so you won't have to wander too far from these sands. One of the closest places to eat is Bacci. This restaurant has Italian food. Visitors often rave about their pasta. 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 shown in the following table.

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

Needless to say, Horseshoe Bay isn't the only beach worth visitng on Bermuda.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Alexandras Beach, situated within the range of a taxi. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, you might like Chaplin Bay. It's located a half mile to the northeast.

You may also want to consider Warwick Long Bay, located only a short distance away. 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.

You may find that Horseshoe Bay is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions on Bermuda you might like.


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