Shelly Bay

Shelly Bay offers a beach shaded by tropical trees and minor hills. The area contains scattered rock formations, which allow for greater privacy, and is situated among private villas. The beach itself is comprised of soft, white sand, which converges with clear, shallow waters to make the ultimate swimming experiences for all ages.

Set in Hamilton Parish, 1.6 miles south west of Henrys Hill, Shelly Bay is on the North East edge of Bermuda. You might want even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. Those of you who might prefer a beach that's a little less crowded, but still fun and active, should give Shelly Bay a try. It's not one of the beaches that's always brimming with visitors, but it's not dead and empty either.

How to Access The Beach

The area features a car park area directly off of North Shore Road, accommodating drivers, while bus routes #10 and #11 drive by the area. Otherwise, the area is an ideal for bikers and scooters leaving from Flatt's Village in the south.

Amenities and Ambiance

Shelly Bay provides calm waters thanks to its tucked away location. The ocean floor, like the beach itself is soft and sandy, and the waters are warm and clear. Swimmers can also enjoy small tidal ponds and mangroves for shade, which is very uncommon for beaches on Bermuda.

Lots of visitors here find that the on-site snack bar is just fine for lunch. You may also have the option to buy some food from one of the local vendors who typically set up on this shoreline.

You won't have to worry about finding a bathroom at Shelly Bay because there are public restrooms. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear enough for snorkeling, so grab some equipment if you're looking to see some exciting marine life. picnicing families; young beachgoers flock to these sands during school holidays and during the weekend; sometimes the traffic and noise from the nearby busy Shore Road; kids and nature lovers (bird watchers); well known to beach buffs, but large crowds are rare

Be mindful that Shelly Bay's location is rather congested, which means the availability of certain services is likely to be affected.

What's Nearby


Positioned on the North East coast of Bermuda; it's located near attractions like Bermuda Railway Museum, which is a half mile to the south-southwest.

Historical attractions like Portuguese Rock offer the perfect compliment to an afternoon at Shelly Bay, and give visitors the opportunity to learn more about Bermuda's past, without having to go too far from the beach. Actually, this coastline is located a mile and a half to the south-southeast of this destination of historical interest.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Shelly Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Bermuda Railway Museum Museum 0.6 mi. SSW Bermuda
Bermuda Aquarium, Museum And Zoo Aquarium 0.7 mi. S Bermuda
Bailey's Bay Cricket Club Sporting Event Venue 0.7 mi. NE Bermuda
Evans, Amy & Vaughan Art Gallery 0.7 mi. NE Bermuda
Otto Trott Art Studio Art Gallery 0.7 mi. NE Bermuda
Verdmont Museum 1.6 mi. S Bermuda
Portuguese Rock Historical Site 1.7 mi. SSE Bermuda
Ocean View Golf Course Golf Course 2.2 mi. SW Bermuda
Old Devonshire Church Historical Site 2.2 mi. SSW Bermuda
Coney Island Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 2.3 mi. NE Bermuda
Tucker's Point Golf Course 2.3 mi. E Bermuda
Ruth Seaton James Center For The Performing Arts Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers 2.4 mi. SSW Bermuda

Cities and Towns

Shelly Bay visitors looking for additional places to explore should think about going to Hamilton, because it's not far away and is a particularly busy area of Bermuda. From the shore, Hamilton is a fairly short distance away, roughly four miles (six kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on when you visit, and how many people have booked nearby hotels. You can typically expect to share the sand with more than a few other guests who are staying close by.

Since this beach is located in a pretty touristed area, it usually isn't all that difficult to find a hotel close-by that's to your taste. For vacationers looking to find a place that's near the water, the table below lists the closest accommodation options to Shelly Bay.

Accommodations near Shelly Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Pink Beach Club 1.9 mi. ESE Resort
Grotto Bay Beach Resort 2.1 mi. NE Resort
Rosewood Tucker's Point 2.3 mi. E Resort
The Mid Ocean Club 2.8 mi. E Resort
Que Sera 3.4 mi. SSW Guest house
Mazarine by the Sea 3.4 mi. SW Guest house
Little Pomander Guest House 3.5 mi. SW Guest house
The Hamiltonian Hotel & Island Club 3.5 mi. SW Hotel
Erith Guest House 3.5 mi. SW Hotel
Windsong 3.9 mi. SW Hotel


If you're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the nearest places to eat is Pizza House Restaurant. This restaurant serves Italian food. They are also known for their pizza.

Restaurants closest to this beach are shown in the table below.

Restaurants near Shelly Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Pizza House Restaurant (441) 293-8465 Italian -- -- --
Buzz n'Go Crawl Hill (441) 293-0777 American Very Casual 0.7 mi. NNE
Indigo -- -- -- 0.8 mi. S
Rustico (441) 295-5212 American Very Casual 0.8 mi. S
Foxy's Cafe (441) 293-8869 -- -- -- --
Swizzle Inn Pub at Bailey's Bay (441) 293-1854 American, British, Caribbean Very Casual 1.5 mi. NE
Tony's Fine Foods (441) 293-3354 -- -- 1.8 mi. NE
Bailey's Bay Ice Cream Parlour (441) 293-8605 International Very Casual 1.8 mi. NE
Buzz n'Go Collector's Hill (441) 232-2002 American Very Casual 1.8 mi. S
North Rock Brewing Company (441) 236-6633 British, Caribbean Very Casual 1.9 mi. S
Tom Moore's Tavern (441) 293-8020 Continental Fine Dining 2.0 mi. ENE
The Point Restaurant (441) 298-4000 Eclectic Fine Dining 2.3 mi. E

Other Beaches

Bermuda has many beaches, and Shelly Bay is just one option.

Another option worth considering is Bailey's Bay, located a mile and a half to the northeast.

You may find that Shelly Bay is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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