Written by guest contributor Solmaz of The Curious Creature.
It’s hard to believe that a 2.5-hour flight from Toronto can transport you to a string of islands where turquoise waters, pink sand beaches and secluded coves await. Hugged by the Atlantic Ocean and dotted with pastel-coloured homes, Bermuda is a balmy paradise that has topped travelers’ lists for decades. And for good reason: with over 75 miles of coastline and 30+ beaches, there’s certainly no shortage of breathtaking spots to choose from. But – much like finding a stellar hotel or restaurant during your travels – locating the perfect beach very much depends on what you’re looking for. For that, we visited dozens of gems around the country and pulled together a list of our favourite spots.
Here are our picks for Bermuda’s best beaches to suit your mood:
Best Beach For Families: Horseshoe Bay
Bermuda’s most popular stretch of sand has everything you’ll need for a beach day with the family: easy access by public transit, an assortment of rentals (from beach chairs and snorkel gear to towels and boogie boards) and lifeguards so you and your little ones can safely explore the crystal-clear waters. Named by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, this is a gem you must see for yourself. And don’t miss the rock formations at Port Royal Cove: it is the perfect spot for young kids with its soft sand and shallow water. It’s also a photog’s dream…
Best Beach For Sunbathing: Elbow Beach
You’ll find this pink sand beach less than a 10-minute drive outside of Hamilton. And although there are three resorts perched on its mile-long, slightly curved strip (hence “elbow” beach), there is a public area where everyone is welcome to soak up the sun. The water is calm and inviting, the vibe is relaxed and the silky sand will have your toes doing a happy dance. This is the kind of beach you’ll want to return to over and over again – in fact, you may just want to book your entire stay right at Elbow Beach Bermuda Resort & Spa!
Best Beach For Cliff Jumping: Admiralty House Park
Where do the locals play? While there are many cliff-diving spots dotting Bermuda, Admiralty House Park topped the list when we surveyed islanders. Located at Spanish Point off the North Shore, it’s a place where thrill-seekers unite to take the plunge off rugged, limestone cliffs. The adventure is not for the faint of heart, but it is equally exhilarating to be a spectator. For those looking to take a dip, there is also a small, pristine beach at the park.
Best Beach For Snorkeling: Tobacco Bay
Known to many as a party destination (expect bonfires and happy hour in the evenings), Tobacco Bay is also a protected cove that’s perfect for snorkeling. The water is incredibly clear and quite shallow which allows you to get a great view of marine life with just a mask, fins and snorkel. Sheltered spots and reef structures make this beach ideal for spotting angelfish, blue parrotfish and other colorful creatures.
Best Beach For Romance: Warwick Long Bay
Who doesn’t love a romantic stroll on the beach? Grab your significant other and take a walk on one of Bermuda’s longest and most scenic beaches. Stretching for half a mile along South Shore Park, it was named one of the best beaches in the world by CNN. Azure waters, pink sand, private coves and a seemingly endless horizon (cue epic sunsets) — all the ingredients for a memorable and romantic jaunt. Don’t forget to explore Jobson’s Cove while you’re there: just follow the sandy trail.
Best Secluded Beach: Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve
Spanning over 12 acres of unspoiled land, this nature reserve is lined with picturesque and serene public beaches. Somewhat of a hidden gem (at least for most tourists), it’s the kind of place you’ll want to head to unplug and recharge. While public transit will get you close (but not all the way) to the beaches, this is one journey that is certainly worth the trek. You can even spot whales and migratory birds from the wildlife observation tower at the tip of the peninsula!