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 island of Bermuda, 2.0 miles south of Henrys Hill, You should consider dropping by regardless of whether you're staying in the immediate vicinity. John Smith's Bay is one beach that is not an overly crowded, even though it's in a fairly popular area.

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 at this spot is also an option. If available, you could also order some food from one of the local vendors who set up shop at the beach.

You will be able to use a public restroom at John Smith's Bay. The water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring along some equipment if you want to check out what lies beneath the surface. 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 plus its availability of conveniences will be found inside a popular area that can get crowded. Because of this, if the amenities affect whether you'll visit, it will be an appropriate reason to arrive earlier in the morning well before the crowds do or perhaps go to a different beach elsewhere. If you wait around, you may find all of the services being overcrowded.

What's Nearby


John Smith's Bay is on the North East coast of Bermuda. It is near some interesting sites like Portuguese Rock, which is not far from away. Some will choose to walk here, while others will want to take a taxi, and it is one of a number of favorite destinations in the area.

If you're interested in combining culture with your visit to the beach, you should consider a trip to Verdmont, a lovely museum found a mile and a half to the west-southwest, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, the following table shows some of 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 Bermuda
Bermuda Aquarium, Museum And Zoo Aquarium 1.4 mi. W Bermuda
Verdmont Museum 1.7 mi. WSW Bermuda
Crystal Caves Cave 2.1 mi. N Bermuda
Bailey's Bay Cricket Club Sporting Event Venue 2.5 mi. N 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
Ferry Island Fort Historical Site 2.9 mi. N Bermuda

Cities and Towns

John Smith's Bay is close to Hamilton, so a trip into the city is a definite option. John Smith's Bay tourists looking for additional places to explore might want to think about checking out Hamilton, which is not far away and is an especially active area of Bermuda. From the coast, Hamilton isn't far off, roughly four and a half miles (seven and a half kilometers).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. You can generally expect to encounter quite a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Those looking to find a place to stay close to John Smith's Bay shouldn't find it very difficult, as there are lots of accommodations to choose from in the surrounding area. You will find the closest, most convenient hotel booking options by viewing those shown in the table that follows.

Accommodations near John Smith's Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
The Loren at Pink Beach 0.3 mi. NE Resort
Rosewood Tucker's Point 1.6 mi. NNE Resort
The Mid Ocean Club 1.6 mi. NE Resort
Clear View Suites & Cottages 2.1 mi. NW Villa complex
Grotto Bay Beach Resort 2.3 mi. N Resort
Erith Guest House 4.0 mi. WSW Hotel
Paraquet Guest Apartments -- -- Hotel
Dawkins Manor 4.5 mi. SW Hotel
St. George's Club 4.6 mi. NNE Villa complex
Coco Reef Resort Bermuda 4.6 mi. SW Resort


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you eat at a nearby restaurant, where you can try foods you've never heard of before, within just a few miles of this shoreline. One of the closest places to eat is Buzz n'Go Warwick. The restaurant serves delicious American cuisine. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their hamburgers and sandwiches. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's just a little ways away.

The table below provides a list of nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near John Smith's Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Buzz n'Go Warwick (441) 236-3021 American Very Casual 1.3 mi. W
Sul Verde (441) 298-6983 Italian -- 1.3 mi. NE
Pizza House Restaurant (441) 293-8465 Italian -- -- --
Tom Moore's Tavern (441) 293-8020 Continental Fine Dining 1.8 mi. N
North Rock Brewing Company (441) 236-6633 British, Caribbean Very Casual 1.9 mi. SW
Speciality Inn (441) 236-3133 Caribbean, International Very Casual 1.9 mi. SW
Buzz n'Go Crawl Hill (441) 293-0777 American Very Casual 2.0 mi. NW
Buzz n'Go Collector's Hill (441) 232-2002 American Very Casual 2.0 mi. SW
Bailey's Bay Ice Cream Parlour (441) 293-8605 International Very Casual 2.1 mi. N
Swizzle Inn Pub at Bailey's Bay (441) 293-1854 American, British, Caribbean Very Casual 2.2 mi. N
Harbourfront (441) 295-4207 Italian -- 3.9 mi. WSW
House of India (441) 295-6450 Indian Informal 4.1 mi. WSW

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find other beaches besides John Smith's Bay on Bermuda.

You may also want to consider Shelly Bay, located a mile and a half to the northwest. You wont have a problem finding a sunny or shady spot to relax in at Shelly Bay beach. This gorgeous coast

Bermuda has plenty to offer its visitors, and dropping by John Smith's Bay is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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