The following are some of the most popular beaches in Bermuda.
Elbow Beach (Paget Parish)
This pink sand beach is a mile long and one of Bermuda’s most visited beaches. There are three hotels located on the beach. Since a large reef encircles the beach, it is a safe place to swim. The beach tends to be full of college students near Easter.
Warwick Long Bay (Warwick Parish)
Located on South Shore Park, this famous beach is about a half-mile long. Behind the beach are grasslands. Although the area is windy, reefs near the coast moderate the waves. A small coral island is located just off the beach’s shore. This beach is a great place to snorkel since the water is clear and tropical fish swim near the shore.
Chaplin Bay (Warwick and Southampton parishes)
Also located in South Shore Park is Chaplin Bay. This beach is small and gets fewer crowds than other beaches on the island. During heavy storms and large tides, big waves crash against the beach making it uninhabitable. A large coral reef rises above the water, dividing the beach into two sections.
Horseshoe Bay (Southampton Parish)
This family friendly beach is the most popular beach on the island. During May through September, a lifeguard is stationed on the beach. Beachgoers can buy food, find changing facilities, and rent equipment for water recreation at the Horseshoe Bay Beach Cafe.
Church Bay (Southampton Parish)
Church Bay is an ideal spot for snorkeling since the shoreline is protected by coral reef, the water is usually calm, numerous tropical fish swim near the shore, and a small vendor renting snorkeling equipment is located on the beach. Beachgoers seeking to improve their tans enjoy the pink sanded beach.
Somerset Long Bay (Sandys Parish)
Although the waters off the coast of this beach are dangerous for swimmers, many people visit the beach to avoid large crowds. However, since the beach is crescent shaped and there is nearly one-fourth a mile of sand, this beach is perfect for walking. The parkland region located on Sandys Parish shields it from other portions of Bermuda.
Shelly Bay (Hamilton Parish)
Shelly Bay is located on the northern coast. The beach is covered with beautiful pink sand and the surrounding waters are usually calm. Although many people know about this beach, large crowds rarely congregate here.
Tobacco Bay (St. George's Parish)
More people visit this beach on St. George’s Island than any other beach. The beach is covered in beautiful pink sand, there are plenty of public bathrooms and changing rooms, and snack and equipment rental vendors are located on the beach.
John Smith's Bay (Smith's Parish)
John Smith’s Bay is Smith’s Parish’s sole public beach. The beach is covered with beautiful pink sand, and it is relatively flat. This is especially a good beach for families to vacation on since a lifeguard is stationed on the beach from May through September. Beachgoers will also be able to find changing rooms and bathrooms on the beach.