Snorkel Park Beach

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Snorkel Park Beach is a small beach area on the Ireland Island "tail" of Bermuda, located within the dockyard complex and in close proximity to the cruise terminal. Being a popular tourist destination, the area features numerous activities organized by the Department of Tourism, though they also charge for admission on all days except Saturday.

Positioned near the heart of Ireland Island North, near Somerset Island, Snorkel Park Beach is on the North East coast of the island, You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. If you prefer to escape the buzz of the city, it's good to know that many of Bermuda's beaches are quiet and undisturbed. Of course, some vacationers come to Bermuda looking for activity, and are better suited for one of the few lively beaches, like Snorkel Park Beach.

How to Access The Beach

The beach is accessible by foot, with nearby car park, bus routes, and ferry stops. Drivers should keep an eye out for Sally Port Lane off of Pender Road, which leads directly to car park and beach area.

Usually closed November to April, guests should check beforehand for exact times. As it is a popular tourist location due to its proximity to the cruise terminal, the department charges admission fees for those over 12.

Amenities and Ambiance

The beach, located on the western end of the island in Sandy's parish, is designed with tourists in mind. The shallow water is calm and features a close-by coral reef for ideal snorkeling, with sunken cannons . A limestone tunnel provides entrance to the area and white, maintained sand makes for comfortable walking. Well-placed palm trees, beach bars, and rental stations dot the area.

Of course, there is also a restaurant located right on-site. Beachgoers will find notice plenty of nice restaurants all around Bermuda, but not every meal needs to be eaten in a formal setting. Many visitors, in fact, have lunch right on their towels in the sand. Sometimes, hotels offer to pack up on-the-go lunches for their guests. Or, on your way to the beach you could grab some carry-out from a casual dining spot.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Snorkel Park Beach is the ultimate convenience. If available, you could also buy food from one of the local vendors who typically set up at this spot.

One obvious convenience is this beach's picnic facilities, so you can save your picnic lunch from the sand.

Yes, there are public restrooms at Snorkel Park Beach. Also, you'll be able to enjoy the use of lounge chairs at this destination. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear enough for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you're looking to see what goes on beneath the surface.

Snorkel Park Beach and its amenities can be located inside an active, busy area. If throngs of people are something you want to avoid, it should be a smart reason to plan your visit out against other visitors, for example showing up earlier when it is a little cooler. If not, you could possibly miss the opportunity to fully use all those comforts that this beach has on site.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Positioned on the North East coast of Bermuda; this area boasts other attractions such as Dockyard Playground, which is pretty close, so you may choose to walk to this destination, while some will prefer to take a cab.

History-focused attractions such as Commissioner's House are a wonderful compliment to the scenery of Snorkel Park Beach, plus they allow vacationers to learn more about Bermuda, without having to stray too far from the beach. Actually, this coast is only a brief walk or taxi ride away from this place of historical interest.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there will be more options available on Bermuda. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near Snorkel Park Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Dockyard Playground Children's Attraction 0.1 mi. ENE Bermuda
Bermuda Arts Centre At Dockyard Art Gallery 0.1 mi. SE Bermuda
Dockyard Glasswork Art Gallery 0.1 mi. S Bermuda
Bermuda Maritime Museum Museum 0.1 mi. ESE Bermuda
Commissioner's House Historical Site 0.1 mi. E Bermuda
Dolphin Quest Bermuda Dolphin Encounter Service 0.1 mi. SE Bermuda
Bermuda Clayworks Art Gallery 0.2 mi. SE Bermuda
Lisa-Anne Rego Gallery Art Gallery 0.3 mi. S Bermuda
Amsterdam Gallery Bermuda Art Gallery 3.6 mi. SE Bermuda
Artcetera Art Gallery 3.6 mi. SE Bermuda
Fine Art Animals & Portraits Art Gallery 3.6 mi. SE Bermuda
Monica Jones Studio & Gallery Art Gallery 3.6 mi. SE Bermuda

Cities and Towns

Snorkel Park Beach is close to Somerset Village, so walking the city is a definite option. Snorkel Park Beach visitors hoping to find other interesting places to see will want to consider heading over to Somerset Village, since it's close-by and is a particularly bustling part of Bermuda.

Hotels

The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. This spot is not near many large hotels, but it can attract guests staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Visitors looking to find a room not far from the beach won't have a tough time, as there are lots of accommodations to pick from close-by. You will find the closest, most convenient hotel booking options by looking over what's shown in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Snorkel Park Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
The Corals 2.2 mi. SW B & B
Cambridge Beaches Resort 2.4 mi. SW Resort
Robin's Nest 2.7 mi. SE Hotel
Hi-Roy Guest House 2.8 mi. SE Guest house
Windsong 2.8 mi. SE Hotel
Mazarine by the Sea 3.2 mi. SE Guest house
The Hamiltonian Hotel & Island Club 3.3 mi. SE Hotel
Fordham Hall 3.4 mi. SE Guest house
Royal Palms Hotel 3.4 mi. SE Hotel
Edgehill Manor Guest House 3.4 mi. SE Guest house

Food

When lunchtime rolls around and you start getting hungry, this beach has many nearby restaurants, so you won't have to wander too far from the sea. One of the nearest places to eat is Hammerhead's Bar and Grill. This restaurant has a menu featuring Caribbean cuisine.

Nearby restaurants are shown in the table below.

Restaurants near Snorkel Park Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Hammerhead's Bar and Grill (441) 234-6989 Caribbean Very Casual 0.0 mi. SE
Frog & Onion (441) 234-2900 British, European Very Casual 0.1 mi. SE
The Dockyard Pastry Shop (441) 331-5561 European Very Casual 0.1 mi. S
Bone Fish (441) 234-5151 Caribbean, Mediterranean Very Casual -- --
Cafe Amici (441) 234-5009 Italian -- 0.2 mi. S
Nannini Haagen Dazs (441) 234-2474 -- -- 0.3 mi. S
Freeport Seafood Restaurant (441) 234-1692 Eclectic Informal 0.3 mi. S
Breezes at Cambridge Beaches (441) 234-0331 Caribbean Very Casual 2.4 mi. SW
Buzz Pembroke (441) 298-5333 American Very Casual 2.8 mi. SE
Gloria's Kitchen (441) 234-2523 -- -- 2.8 mi. SW
Arabian Palace (441) 234-2655 -- -- -- --
Cool Pleasures Ice-Cream (441) 333-2665 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

Needless to say, there are other beaches on Bermuda besides Snorkel Park Beach worth visiting.

You may also enjoy Black Bay, located one and a quarter miles away.

Snorkel Park Beach could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.

 

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