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.

Located on the island of Bermuda, 2.0 miles south of Henrys Hill, You might think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying in the immediate vicinity. One beach that tends to attract a broad range of travelers is John Smith's Bay, which is generally active and popular, but never really too crowded. If you'd rather socialize than take a nap on a completely empty beach, but also want a little space to spread out, John Smith's Bay is worth a visit.

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.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at John Smith's Bay is the ultimate convenience. Sometimes, visitors will be able to order lunch from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up at this spot.

This beach has public restrooms——something you'll appreciate if you spend more than a couple of hours here. The water in the area is fit for snorkeling, so grab your 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.

Don't forget that the area right around John Smith's Bay is is a much-visited area, so the availability of certain services is likely to be affected.

What's Nearby


John Smith's Bay is 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, museums and beaches may seem an odd combination, but a quite a few vacationers find that museums like Verdmont (located not a great distance away) offer a fun learning experience and a whole new side of Bermuda's history.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't get bored. Attractions close to this beach can be found 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 is in the Hamilton area, so a trip into the city is a definite option. John Smith's Bay guests hoping to find additional places to explore might consider checking out Hamilton, since it's close-by and is an active, busy area. From the coast, Hamilton is a quick trip away, about four and a half miles (seven and a half kilometers).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. At this beach, you can expect to see a fair amount of visitors from lodgings in the area.

Visitors looking to find a room close to John Smith's Bay won't have a tough time, as there are plenty of hotels and resorts to pick from close-by. You can find the closest, most convenient lodging options by viewing those listed in the table below.

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
Little Pomander Guest House 4.0 mi. WSW 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


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to dine at a local restaurant, where you'll be able to try foods you've never heard of before, without going too far from the coast. Sul Verde is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant has Italian cuisine. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's just a little ways away.

Some nearby restaurant options are provided in the following table.

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 searching for the perfect beach will have other options if John Smith's Bay doesn't suit their tastes.

You might also want to visit Shelly Bay, located within a couple of miles. You wont have a problem finding a sunny or shady spot to relax in at Shelly Bay beach. This gorgeous coast

Perhaps John Smith's Bay is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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