When you're looking for a badge-worthy beach destination think of Bermuda. It's a lush paradise surrounded by sparkling waters as far as the eye can see – and it's also just two hours from many major airports on the U.S. East Coast.
Whether you seek a lively scene or a hidden stretch of shoreline, check out this beach personality profile to find your perfect Bermuda beach.
Social Butterflies Flock to Horseshoe Bay Beach
Award-winning, crescent-shaped Horseshoe Bay Beach in Southampton Parish is always abuzz with energy, and it’s the perfect spot for mingling. Grab a house-blended swizzle at Rum Bum Beach Bar – they have a full food menu and plenty of seating. When you’re ready to lounge, rent a chair and umbrella and take in the scene at this pink-hued, famously Instagrammable beach. Or, rent a snorkel or boogie board and head into the turquoise surf.
Loads of amenities (including bathrooms), easy access via public transportation and exciting events year-round make this a fabulous beach for outgoing beachgoers.
TOBACCO BEACH: PERFECT FOR ROMANTICS
Bermuda is an unbeatable location for a romantic rendezvous. Day or night, the perfect stretch of seaside for you and your significant other awaits – namely, at Tobacco Bay Beach near the historic Town of St. George.
Steps away from Fort St. Catherine Beach, it’s got all the amenities of Bermuda’s most famous beaches, including a full-service bar and restaurant, beach equipment rentals, bathrooms and even Wi-Fi. Yet the intimate environment here invites you to kick off your shoes and cosy up with the one you love – after a little beach volleyball, perhaps. The cool rock formations surrounding you help keep the bright blue waters calm – and make for an excellent backdrop for a photo. If you really want to see the sparks fly on a summer night, grab a handmade Rum Swizzle and stick around for the nightly bonfire.
COOPER’S ISLAND IS FOR NATURE LOVERS
Off-limits for decades, even for locals, Cooper’s Island is now a pristine nature reserve for all to explore. It consists of several separate beaches, all with their own unique beauty, including Clearwater Beach and Turtle Bay. If you like your beach day to come with a side of unspoiled natural beauty, be sure to explore the trails that wind through here. As you wander the dunes, saltwater marshes and rocky shorelines, you’ll share the lush landscape with Bermuda skink, migratory turtles and birds such as herons, egrets and kingfishers – and don’t forget to take it all in from atop the observation tower here.
If you’re searching for refreshment, look no further than Gombey’s Bar on Clearwater Beach, a full-service restaurant and bar that’ll whip you up a perfect ice-cold Rum Swizzle or Dark ‘n’ Stormy.
SNORKEL PARK BEACH: IDEAL FOR FAMILIES
If you’re travelling with young children, you’ll find endless opportunities to inspire joy and wonder for the little ones – in a worry-free setting for parents – at Snorkel Park Beach. The calm, clear water here gently flows over sunken cannons and lively reefs teeming with colourful fish. You have everything you need here: a water park, a restaurant, bathrooms and lockers for valuables. Choose your beach day adventure with an array of available rentals, including stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, pedal boats, snorkelling gear and float toys. Activities run the gamut from scuba diving and jet ski safaris to boat rentals.
You’ll also find family-friendly events. On certain nights, this beach transforms into an adults-only nightclub. The beach is located within the Royal Naval Dockyard complex, so opportunities to explore local history (and find an icy treat) abound.
HIDDEN BEACHES: ASTWOOD COVE, SOUTHLANDS PARK & JOBSONS COVE
If you’re the kind of person who loves a chance for a little solitude, head to Astwood Cove Beach, which is tucked away amidst steep cliffs. This stunning beach sits at the bottom of cliffside Astwood Park. You can get to the beach via hiking down a somewhat steep trail (which might not be suitable for children and individuals with mobility challenges). The park offers amenities, including bathrooms, parking and picnic tables. The only soundtrack to your Bermuda reverie will be the gentle sound of waves rolling in.
Find peace, quiet and a beautiful slice of pink sand at Southlands Beach, a stretch of shoreline just north of Warwick Long Bay and Horseshoe Bay along the South Shore that recently opened to the public. It’s part of the estate of the same name known for a sprawling banyan grove and the ruins of a building dating back to 1745 – also worth a wander.
For a serene departure from the buzz at Horseshoe Bay Beach, hop just to the north over to Jobson’s Cove via a sandy trail. It’s a secluded stretch of sand where dramatic limestone formations that jut out into the surf make for incredibly calm, lagoon-like water. You’ll find amenities at nearby beaches, including Horseshoe Bay and Warwick Long Bay, which is just a short walk to the north.
CHURCH BAY: SNORKELLING HOT SPOT
Snorkelling at Church Bay is like stepping into a giant aquarium. The South Shore beach is simply swimming with brilliant parrotfish and angelfish, thanks to the shallow reef that fosters marine life while protecting the shoreline from larger waves. A park of the same name overlooks the beach and has all the basic amenities, including bathrooms, picnic areas and a concession stand where you can rent snorkelling equipment.
Also excellent for snorkelling is Jobson’s Cove, where calm, clear waters and plenty of colourful reef fish abound.