At 21 square miles, Bermuda is relatively small. But there are plenty of activities packed into this archipelago, whether you prefer action and adventure or relaxing on a picture-perfect beach.

West End

Black Bay, Sandys Parish. Just a few minutes from Royal Naval Dockyard, you’ll find this small beach across from the Royal Naval Cemetery. There are shady picnic spots overlooking the quiet coves which provide the perfect sunset view.

Daniel’s Head, Sandys Parish. A well-kept local secret, this tranquil spot near Somerset offers calm waters and great snorkelling.

Snorkel Park Beach, Sandys Parish. Royal Naval Dockyard’s Snorkel Park Beach boasts all the exciting watersports and activities you want in one fantastic beachfront location.

Somerset Long Bay, Sandys Parish. Part of a nature reserve co-owned by the Bermuda National Trust and the Bermuda Audubon Society, this locals’ beach has a large stretch of white sand — as the name implies — and many small reefs offshore. Though popular for picnicking, the beach remains largely undeveloped.

South Shore

Astwood Cove, Warwick Parish. It requires some hiking down a cliff trail to get to this hidden beach. It is almost completely surrounded by bluffs, making it somewhat deserted and very tranquil, so it is a great day-trip destination.

Chaplin Bay, Southampton Parish. This beach follows a long stretch of sand that includes the more popular Horseshoe Bay and Warwick Long Bay. However, it is much less frequented, offering the same stunning views of the majestic cliffs but with much smaller crowds.

Church Bay, Southampton Parish. More impressive under the water than above, this is a favourite snorkelling spot for locals, thanks to its nearby reefs.

Elbow Beach, Paget Parish. One of Bermuda’s iconic pink beaches, part of this beach serves the private resorts on it. It is accessible to non-hotel guests only from Tribe Road No. 4. However, its location, with favourable winds and water currents, makes it popular for watersport activities such as kitesurfing, kayaking and snorkelling.

Horseshoe Bay, Southampton Parish. This is Bermuda’s most photographed and most popular beach. Almost every cruise ship that arrives at Dockyard offers a day trip here, and many hotel guests also venture to this expansive strand. Aside from the beautiful light pink sands, this beach is also known for its interesting rock formations and small tidal pools.

Stonehole Bay, Warwick Parish. Next to Jobson’s Cove, this is also part of Warwick Long Bay yet remains secluded and private. It is a small beach with nearby cliff formations that make for wonderful photos.

Warwick Long Bay, Warwick Parish. Though favoured by both vacationers and locals, it is not nearly as frequented as other beaches and has the pinkest sand of all the South Shore beaches.

West Whale Bay, Southampton Parish. Off the beaten path, this spot takes its name from the migratory humpback whales that pass just offshore from March through April. Popular with locals, this vantage point also offers a stunning view of the sunsets.

East End

Achilles Bay, St. George’s Parish. Adjacent to Fort St. Catherine, this strip of sand lies directly beneath a cliff and is best visited during low tide. Part of the beach is private for guests of The St. George’s Club, which offers beach chair and snorkelling equipment rentals.

Clearwater Beach, St. George’s Parish. Located near St. David’s Island on the site of the former U.S. Naval Air Station, this beach features playgrounds for families, a beach bar, lifeguards in the summer, picnic tables with barbeque areas and public bathrooms.

Gates Bay, St. George’s Parish. Also near Fort St. Catherine and sheltered from prevailing southwest winds during the summer, it is very popular with locals. Whilst there are no toilets, pop-up snack huts are sometimes available in the summer. The bay is also near The Beach House.

John Smith’s Bay, Smith’s Parish. Though not well known, this beach is just off the road and offers a large stretch of sand. It is a local favourite because of its reefs — which lie in close proximity to the shore — and its protected shallow waters.

Shelly Bay, Hamilton Parish. On the north shore of the island, Shelly Bay is another local favourite. The sand is white and the waters are calm and extremely shallow, making it perfect for young children; there is a playground near the beach, too.

Tobacco Bay, St. George’s Parish. Colourful coral reefs and Tobacco Bay’s proximity to shore make this popular snorkelling location an exciting and safe choice for exploring underwater life.

There’s so much to explore in Bermuda. Want to experience it all as the locals do? Here are our picks for the best places to take a tour.


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