Stonehole Bay

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This beach is often a secluded haven that hardly gets crowded. Wading is safe in the shallow waters, yet the tides can get rough and dangerous as you move deeper into the sea. The strong rock formations and dramatic hills gives visitors the impression of a tropical hideaway.

Located near the center of Warwick Parish, Stonehole Bay is on the South West coast of Bermuda. You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. Stonehole Bay is one of those beautiful but fun beaches which rarely gets too crowded, even though its not far from some of Bermuda's best hotspots.

How to Access The Beach
Access to the beach must be done by foot via the South Shore Park, meaning that the area is limited to those that are physically able. Vehicles should find the car park located at the intersection of South Road and Warwick Camp.

Amenities and Ambiance

With a sandy shoreline scattered with large rocks, Stonehole Bay is never very crowded. The shore literally disappears at high tide, so plan accordingly before heading out. The waters are rough sometimes, but near the shore it is safe to swim in the shallow bay. Rip tides and cloudy waters out near the coral make this spot a difficult and dangerous place to snorkel.

West of the beach is the Water Rocks Beach, featuring similar landscapes and South Shore Park to the north guarantees a buffer between the main road and the bay.

The snack bar located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to get lunch from one of the mobile vendors who are typically found at this location.

You can enjoy the convenience of picnic facilities.

Yes, public restrooms will be available here. Usually devoid of many people, Stonehole Bay's charm is its seclusion. Both locals and tourists come to enjoy its shores but not in abundance.

However, please remember that while there will be at least one or two amenities and services (BLANK) at Stonehole Bay, it is found inside an area that sees many visitors. If throngs of people are something you want to avoid, it is a decent reason to plan ahead against other visitors, such as coming earlier in the day. If you do not, you might miss the chance to fully use all those comforts which this beach has on site.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Travelers will find Stonehole Bay on the South West coast of Bermuda. It is near Turtle Hill Golf Club at The Fairmont Southampton, which is only a short distance away. Visitors will have the option to take a taxi or to walk, and it is one of a number of attractions in the vicinity.

Beaches and museums may seem an unlikely combination to some, but plenty of visitors find that museums like Bermuda Historical Society Museum (one of the closest to Stonehole Bay) offer an entertaining diversion and a whole new perspective of Bermuda.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of ways to stay busy. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Stonehole Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Turtle Hill Golf Club at The Fairmont Southampton Golf Course 0.9 mi. W Bermuda
Stirling's Of Bermuda Art Gallery 1.0 mi. N Bermuda
Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.2 mi. W Bermuda
Belmont Hills Golf Club Golf Course 1.6 mi. NE Bermuda
Maria Ever's Smith Gallery Art Gallery 2.9 mi. NE Bermuda
Bermuda Golf Academy Golf Course 2.9 mi. W Bermuda
Bermuda Historical Society Museum Museum 3.0 mi. NE Bermuda
Picturesque Gallery Art Gallery 3.0 mi. NE Bermuda
Crisson & Hind Fine Art Gallery Art Gallery 3.0 mi. NE Bermuda
Bermuda National Gallery Art Museum 3.1 mi. NE Bermuda
Bermuda Musical And Drama Society Dinner Show and Theater 3.2 mi. NE Bermuda
Sessions House Historical Site 3.2 mi. NE Bermuda

Cities and Towns

Stonehole Bay guests seeking further attractions will want to consider checking out Hamilton, since it's in the vicinity and is a particularly bustling part of Bermuda. From the coast, Hamilton isn't far off, maybe three and a half miles (five and a half kilometers).

Hotels

The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how many people have booked rooms nearby. You can typically expect to encounter quite a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Since the beach is in a relatively popular vacation spot, it usually isn't that difficult to find exactly the type of hotel you're looking for nearby. If you're hoping to get a place that's near the water, the following table shows the options closest to Stonehole Bay.

Accommodations near Stonehole Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Fairmont Southampton 0.7 mi. W Resort
Longtail Cliffs Apartments 0.8 mi. NE Hotel
Granaway Guest House & Cottages 1.4 mi. NNE Hotel
The Reefs 1.6 mi. W Resort
Surf Side Beach Club 1.8 mi. ENE Hotel
Watercolours 1.9 mi. NNE B & B
Fourways Inn & Cottages 2.0 mi. NE Hotel
Inverurie Executive Suites Hotel 2.0 mi. NE Hotel
Coral Beach & Tennis Club 2.2 mi. ENE Hotel
Salt Kettle House 2.3 mi. NE Guest house

Food

If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. One of the nearest restaurants is Bacci. The restaurant has a menu featuring Italian food. Visitors often rave about their pasta. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's only a short distance away.

A list of nearby restaurants is shown in the following table.

Restaurants near Stonehole Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Bacci (866) 540-4497 Italian Fine Dining 0.7 mi. W
Jasmine Lounge (866) 540-4497 Eclectic Informal 0.7 mi. W
Ocean Club (866) 540-4497 Caribbean Informal 0.7 mi. W
The Dock (866) 540-4497 Eclectic Informal 0.7 mi. W
The Newport (866) 540-4497 Contemporary Informal 0.7 mi. W
Waterlot Inn (866) 540-4497 Continental Fine Dining 0.7 mi. W
Wickets (866) 540-4497 Eclectic Very Casual 0.7 mi. W
Windows on the Sound (866) 540-4497 Caribbean Informal 0.7 mi. W
Buzz n'Go Warwick (441) 236-3021 American Very Casual -- --
Island Spice (441) 238-7944 -- -- -- --
The Dining Room (441) 238-8679 Caribbean, European, International -- 1.2 mi. W
Henry VIII (441) 238-1977 British Informal 1.3 mi. W

Other Beaches

There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from on Bermuda, so Stonehole Bay is not your only option.

Another location you might enjoy is Alexandras Beach, situated only a taxi trip away from the shore. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, you might enjoy people watching at Chaplin Bay. You'll find it about a hundred yards to the south west.

Travelers may also want to consider Warwick Long Bay, located within a couple of miles. Warwick Long Bay is the perfect island escape for travelers seeking peace and quiet. Set in a pristine natural environment with calm, clear waters and an exquisite coral reef, the area is perfect for exploring and relaxing. There aren't any facilities other than bathrooms, however, so visitors will want to bring all the essentials, including food and drinks.

There are plenty of natural wonders to behold on Bermuda, and Stonehole Bay is just one of the many options.

 

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