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 heart of the island of Bermuda, Horseshoe Bay is on the South West edge of the island, You should think about stopping by whether or not you're staying nearby. Horseshoe Bay is one of those beaches that is never really too crowded, even though its not far from some of Bermuda's best hotspots.

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 order lunch from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up shop here.

You will be able to use a public restroom at Horseshoe Bay. You'll appreciate that showers are available, so you can clean off the sand before hitting more attractions. The water here is of good snorkeling quality, so bring your gear if you want to see the underwater world. 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.

Don't forget that the area surrounding Horseshoe Bay is visited by quite a number of tourists, meaning the availability of certain facilities is likely to be affected.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Horseshoe Bay on the South West coast of Bermuda. It is close to Turtle Hill Golf Club at The Fairmont Southampton, which is close enough that guests will have the choice to walk or take a cab, and it is one of the attractions close-by.

If you want more information on the history of Bermuda, there are nearby attractions where you can learn about their culture and traditions. The nearest historical attraction is Whale Bay Fort, which is three miles to the west.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

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
Desmond Fountain Gallery Art Gallery 3.2 mi. NE 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

Cities and Towns

Horseshoe Bay is near Hamilton, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. Guests visiting Horseshoe Bay who are seeking a little additional excitement will want to consider checking out Hamilton, since it's close-by and is an especially active area of Bermuda. From the coast, Hamilton isn't far off, maybe four miles (six kilometers).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how packed the nearby hotels are. Typically, you can expect to encounter quite a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Because the beach is situated in a relatively touristed area, it typically isn't that difficult to find just the right type of hotel nearby. If you and your group are looking to find a place that's near the beach, the table that follows lists the closest accommodations 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
Wharf Executive Suites Hotel 2.6 mi. NE Hotel
Coral Beach & Tennis Club 2.9 mi. ENE Hotel


If you start getting hungry during your afternoon at the shore, this beach has many nearby restaurants, so you won't have to wander too far from these sands. One of the closest restaurants is Bacci. The restaurant features Italian food. Many guests rave about their pasta. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's only a short distance away.

Nearby dining options are listed 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

Bermuda has several beautiful beaches, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

You might also enjoy Alexandras Beach, situated just a cab ride away. Others might prefer Chaplin Bay, which offers more action, and isn't far from nearby attractions. It's found a half mile to the northeast.

Vacationers may also want to visit 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.

Maybe Horseshoe Bay is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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