John Smith's Bay

John Smith's Bay, located in Smith's Parish, offers a small, private beach with soft, pink sand. The water close to shore is shallow, making it ideal for swimming. The beach is fairly popular for both locals and tourists and is accessible from sunrise to sunset, free of charge.

Situated on the eastern edge of the island of Bermuda, 2.0 miles south of Henrys Hill, You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying very close. John Smith's Bay is one of those beautiful but fun beaches which rarely gets too crowded, but it's not completely quiet and secluded either.

How to Access The Beach
The beach is accessible from sunrise to sunset and is free of charge. Drivers should take South Road along the coast, where they will spot a small car park in the John Smith's Bay Park.

Amenities and Ambiance

The beach at John Smith's Bay is a long stretch of flat open sand, and is backed by the residence and South Road. The area is bordered by John Smith's Bay Park and South Road, allowing the area to feel more remote than it actually is. Tropical trees dot the area, providing shade and privacy, while a close-to-shore reef makes for excellent snorkeling and diving.

The snack bar here is the ultimate convenience if you need a cold drink, or something to hold you over until dinner. You may also have the option to buy some food from one of the local vendors who typically set up shop here.

Restrooms are available at John Smith's Bay. The water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so grab some equipment if you're looking to see some exciting marine life. During the months of May until September, there's a life guard on duty at the John Smith's Bay beach. This is great for beachgoers with children, who can swim during the summer under the watchful eye of a life guard. During the weekend and on holidays, this beach is a popular spot , especially among the islanders. Younger crowds throw parties in the park area near the beach, and you'll find that this beach has a very festive atmosphere.

John Smith's Bay and its offering of amenities will be found within a tourist hotspot. What this means is that if you feel that these amenities make or break a trip, it will be an appropriate motivator to make it earlier in the morning before most of the crowds do or try a beach further away. If you do not, you might miss the opportunity to use the amenities which the beach has to offer.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the North East coast of Bermuda. It's located near Portuguese Rock, which is found less than a mile away, and it is one of a few the area's interesting attractions.

Beaches and museums may seem an unlikely combination to some, but a quite a few vacationers find that museums like Verdmont (found not a great distance away) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and a whole new way to view Bermuda's traditions and culture.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near John Smith's Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Portuguese Rock Historical Site 0.9 mi. SW Bermuda
Tucker's Point Golf Course 1.3 mi. NE Bermuda
Mid Ocean Golf Club Golf Course 1.4 mi. NE Bermuda
Bermuda Aquarium, Museum And Zoo Aquarium 1.4 mi. W Bermuda
Bailey's Bay Cricket Club Sporting Event Venue 1.6 mi. NW Bermuda
Evans, Amy & Vaughan Art Gallery 1.6 mi. NW Bermuda
Otto Trott Art Studio Art Gallery 1.6 mi. NW Bermuda
Verdmont Museum 1.7 mi. WSW Bermuda
Coney Island Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 2.7 mi. N Bermuda
Old Devonshire Church Historical Site 2.7 mi. WSW Bermuda
Castle Island Historical Site 2.8 mi. NE Castle Island
Ruth Seaton James Center For The Performing Arts Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers 2.9 mi. WSW Bermuda

Cities and Towns

John Smith's Bay guests hoping to find other interesting places to see will want to consider going to Hamilton, which is in the vicinity and is an active, busy area. From the beach, Hamilton is a fairly short distance away, roughly four and a half miles (seven and a half kilometers).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. You can typically expect to see a fair amount of visitors from lodgings in the area.

Vacationers looking to find a place to stay close to the beach shouldn't find it very difficult, as there is no shortage of resorts and hotels to pick from in the area. Find the closest hotel booking options by perusing those shown in the following table.

Accommodations near John Smith's Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Pink Beach Club 0.3 mi. NE Resort
Rosewood Tucker's Point 1.6 mi. NNE Resort
The Mid Ocean Club 1.6 mi. NE Resort
Grotto Bay Beach Resort 2.3 mi. N Resort
Que Sera 3.7 mi. SW Guest house
Erith Guest House 4.0 mi. WSW Hotel
Paraquet Guest Apartments -- -- Hotel
Mazarine by the Sea 4.4 mi. W Guest house
The Hamiltonian Hotel & Island Club 4.5 mi. W Hotel
Dawkins Manor 4.5 mi. SW Hotel


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at John Smith's Bay; you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. Sul Verde is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant offers a menu of Italian cuisine. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's only a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of dining options located near this beach.

Restaurants near John Smith's Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Sul Verde (441) 298-6983 Italian -- 1.3 mi. NE
Indigo -- -- -- 1.5 mi. W
The Point Restaurant & Terrace (441) 298-4077 Eclectic, International Fine Dining 1.5 mi. NNE
Pizza House Restaurant (441) 293-8465 Italian -- -- --
Sur Mer (441) 298-6990 French Informal 1.6 mi. NE
Foxy's Cafe (441) 293-8869 -- -- -- --
Tom Moore's Tavern (441) 293-8020 Continental Fine Dining 1.8 mi. N
Buzz n'Go Collector's Hill (441) 232-2002 American Very Casual 1.9 mi. WSW
North Rock Brewing Company (441) 236-6633 British, Caribbean Very Casual 1.9 mi. SW
Buzz n'Go Crawl Hill (441) 293-0777 American Very Casual 2.0 mi. NW
Swizzle Inn Pub at Bailey's Bay (441) 293-1854 American, British, Caribbean Very Casual 2.1 mi. N
Bailey's Bay Ice Cream Parlour (441) 293-8605 International Very Casual 2.1 mi. N

Other Beaches

Visitors looking for a beach that's right for them on Bermuda will have lots of options besides John Smith's Bay.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Shelly Bay, located a mile and a half away. You wont have a problem finding a sunny or shady spot to relax in at Shelly Bay beach. This gorgeous coast

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see on Bermuda; then again, John Smith's Bay is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.


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