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.

Positioned on the eastern coast of the island of Bermuda, 2.0 miles south of Henrys Hill, You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. Although Bermuda has beaches that are more secluded than John Smith's Bay, it has just the right mix of intimacy and atmosphere to attract vacationers.

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 concession stand on-site could come in handy, even if you plan to have lunch elsewhere. Sometimes, visitors will be able to buy food from one of the mobile vendors who typically operate along this coastline.

John Smith's Bay does have public restrooms for your convenience. The water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring your equipment if you are looking to do some underwater exploration. 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.

You should remember that the region in which John Smith's Bay is located is a bustling area, so you may find quite a few people vying for the use of the same facilities.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the North East coast of Bermuda; the area hosts attractions such as Portuguese Rock, which is less than a mile to the south west.

To some, beaches and museums may seem an odd combination, but at least a few travelers find that museums like Verdmont (positioned just a quick cab ride or walk away) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and help share a different side of Bermuda.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, the following table shows the closest options.

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 None
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
Bermuda Railway Museum Museum 1.8 mi. W 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

Cities and Towns

John Smith's Bay is in the Hamilton area, so travelers staying in town won't have far to go. Guests visiting John Smith's Bay who are looking for other interesting places to see will want to consider going to Hamilton, because it's in the vicinity and is an area full of activity. From John Smith's Bay, Hamilton is a fairly short distance away, about four and a half miles (seven and a half kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter many other people will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. Typically, you can expect to encounter quite a few other guests who are staying close by.

Travelers seeking a hotel room near the beach shouldn't find it that tough, as there is no shortage of accommodations to pick from in the vicinity. Find the closest booking options by perusing those shown in the table that follows.

Accommodations near John Smith's Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Island Type
Pink Beach Club 0.3 mi. NE Bermuda Resort
Rosewood Tucker's Point 1.6 mi. NNE None Resort
The Mid Ocean Club 1.6 mi. NE None Resort
Grotto Bay Beach Resort 2.3 mi. N St. David's Island Resort
Que Sera 3.7 mi. SW Bermuda Guest house
Little Pomander Guest House 4.0 mi. WSW Bermuda Guest house
Erith Guest House 4.0 mi. WSW Bermuda Hotel
Paraquet Guest Apartments -- -- Bermuda Hotel
Mazarine by the Sea 4.4 mi. W Bermuda Guest house
The Hamiltonian Hotel & Island Club 4.5 mi. W Bermuda Hotel


If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the closest places to eat is Rustico. The restaurant has a menu featuring American food. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their appetizers and bagels. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's not far off the beach at all.

A few nearby dining options are provided in the following table.

Restaurants near John Smith's Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Rustico (441) 295-5212 American Very Casual 1.4 mi. W
Indigo -- -- -- 1.5 mi. W
The Point Restaurant (441) 298-4000 Eclectic Fine Dining 1.5 mi. NNE
Pizza House Restaurant (441) 293-8465 Italian -- -- --
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
Tony's Fine Foods (441) 293-3354 -- -- 2.3 mi. N

Other Beaches

Needless to say, there are other beaches on Bermuda besides John Smith's Bay worth visiting.

Another location you may want to try is Shelly Bay, which is 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

Bermuda has a lot to offer its visitors, but visiting John Smith's Bay or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time on Bermuda even more memorable.


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