Bermuda has no shortage of fabulous beaches. If you’re looking for pink sand and turquoise waters, Bermuda’s got them! There are numerous beaches in Bermuda, so you should have no problem finding your own little piece of paradise while you’re visiting. The best time to visit Bermuda for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing is between April and October, otherwise it starts to get a little bit too chilly for swimming. While I only had the chance to visit two different beaches during my four day stay in Bermuda, I’m itching to return so I can explore some of the other breathtaking beaches on this list. Before I tell you about where you’ll find the best beaches in Bermuda, let’s answer one very important question that you may have:
Why is the sand pink?
There are only a few places in the world that have pink sand beaches, and Bermuda is famous for them. Bermuda is surrounded by coral reefs where tiny invertebrate sea creatures live. When these sea creatures die, their microscopic remains, which happen to have a red pigment, mix with white debris from shells and coral fragments. When this debris washes ashore, it gives the sand its signature pink hue.
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If you’re visiting Bermuda, here are some great places for you to head for some fun in the sun!
Horseshoe Bay Beach
Horseshoe Bay Beach is perhaps one of the most popular beaches in Bermuda, and for excellent reason. It’s gorgeous. If you’re visiting during high season (primarily June through September), you might find Horseshoe Beach to get pretty crowded. However, when we were in Bermuda at the end of October, there was barely anyone there as you can tell from the above photo. We nearly had the entire beach to ourselves. When you arrive, be sure to walk to the far left-hand side of the beach (on the left when facing the ocean). You’ll find huge rock formations in a small cove. You can climb up on some of these rocks, or watch the waves crashing into them. Before you reach the cove, there is a place where you can climb up onto the rocks and head up to the highest point overlooking the entire beach. The view from up top is spectacular. During high season, there are lifeguards on patrol here, and you can also find a snack bar. The waves here can get quite large, which makes it an ideal place to give surfing a try!
Long Beach (Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve)
If you’re looking for somewhere a little more isolated, I would recommend going to Long Beach. It is a part of Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve in St. David’s Parish. You can expect to find picturesque views, calm waters, and an ideal sandy beach, making it the perfect spot to lay down your towel and soak up the sun. This is also a great place to go snorkeling. There are some tiny rocky islands with coral reefs out in the water that are home to many schools of fish, including huge parrotfish. Don’t get too close to the rocks as you don’t want to disrupt the coral. Be sure to bring your snorkel gear to explore what’s beneath the surface of the water.
Tobacco Bay Beach
Tobacco Bay Beach is the most well-known beach in St. Georges Parish on the northwest end of the island. It is also a popular place to visit, especially during times when cruise ships are in port during high season. You can have some fun climbing the limestone rocks. Tobacco Bay Beach is also known for its snorkeling, and you can rent snorkeling gear by the beach. There are other water activities that you can try at this beach, including paddle boarding, flyboarding, and jet skiing. There are bathrooms with facilities, as well as a beach bar where you can purchase food and drinks.
Elbow Beach is a less crowded beach option in Paget Parish. Elbow Beach is perfect for swimming and snorkeling. There is a concession stand here that rents out sand chairs, umbrellas, and snorkel gear. This would be an ideal place to lounge in the sunshine, or take a soothing walk along the sandy shore. While Elbow Beach Resort may be along this stretch of beach, be sure to head to the public beach area to enjoy this place for free.
Warwick Long Bay Beach
Warwick Long Bay Beach is another beach you might want to try if you dislike crowds. Even on the busiest days in high season, this beach won’t be nearly as crowded as some of the others. There rocky cliffs and beautiful coves here. There are even some coral reefs, making it an ideal place to snorkel. There are public restrooms and you are able to rent snorkel gear during the summer months.
Jobson’s Cove Beach
Visited Warwick Long Bay Beach and want to try a new place? Jobson’s Cove Beach is near Warwick Long Bay Beach, and it is even more secluded. The beach is surrounded by rocky cliffs and you can also snorkel here.
Astwood Cove Beach
This is another stunning beach in Warwick Parish. Above the beach, there is a green park with spectacular views of the ocean and the beach. By navigating down a trail surrounded by steep cliffs, you will reach Astwood Cove Beach. While there are no facilities here, be sure to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the park before swimming and sunbathing at the beach.
West Whale Beach
Located in Southampton Parish, West Whale Beach lives up to its name. During March and April, you can see humpback whales migrating through the South Shore. There are whale watching excursions offered through tour companies during this time. You can also invest in a pair of binoculars and watch the whales from West Whale Beach itself. It is also a fantastic spot for witnessing some breathtaking Bermuda sunsets.
Church Bay Beach
Church Bay Beach is arguably one of the best spots to snorkel in Bermuda. The beach is small and rocky, so it may not be the best place for sunbathing. However, the water is calm and there are many coral reefs close to the shore, making it an ideal snorkeling location. It is located in Southampton Parish.
There are so many beaches in Bermuda to explore beyond these ones, but this gives you an excellent starting point! If you’re dreaming of a Bermuda vacation, be sure to find a great hotel rate so you can see the pink sand beaches with your own eyes. I can’t wait to return to Bermuda so I can relax and explore more of these beautiful beaches.
Have you visited Bermuda before? What’s your favorite beach in Bermuda?