The Pink Sandy Beaches of Bermuda

If you are a beach enthusiast whether it is because you love lying in the sun with the sound of the sea as a backdrop to your thoughts, or whether you are an avid photographer keen to get breathtaking beach views as part of your portfolio, or for any other reason, then at least once in your life, you will need to visit a Bermudian beach.

Unique because of its pink sand (only in Bermuda, Bahamas and some Scottish beaches), Bermudian beaches are spectacular and there are many choices of where to go. The South Shore is known for its coves and bays that allow you to swim and snorkel and there are numerous smaller beach choices that dot the shoreline including Black Bay, Clarence Cove and the Elbow Beach.

If you are planning to step into the waters, always look out for lifeguards who are normally on duty during the summer months. You are advised to never go swimming alone and of course, to watch for the undercurrents that can be very powerful.

Bermuda Pink Beach

Top Bermuda Beaches

The top four beaches in Bermuda are probably Church Bay, know for its brightly colored parrot fish and popular amongst snorkelers on the South Shore. There is also Elbow Beach, with breathtaking views of the Atlantic. This particular beach is interesting as it is not just about people basking in the sun but also includes activities such as beach volley ball, jogging and kite-boarding and of course scuba diving. For the scuba divers, it is worthwhile to explore a small shipwreck that is located within swimming distance from the shore, but again, never do this alone. There are local guides who will be happy to assist you on this adventure.

Another must-see beach is Tobacco Bay. This beach is located walking distance from St George and has awe-inspiring volcanic rock formations that are very unique. If you love snorkeling, this beach and the clear glass waters will complete your visit to Bermuda.

If you only have a little time in Bermuda and would like to find the perfect beach, there is actually only one choice. Horseshoe Bayís pink sands, clear blue waters and sandstone cliffs will be the perfect backdrop to a perfect seaside holiday, although at peak times of the year, this can be a little crowded but well worth the visit.

Private Beaches

If you would like to get away from the masses, there is also the option of access to some selected private beaches. These are mostly owned by hotels, and if you are a guest at the hotel, you will be granted access to these beaches. There are also private beaches belonging to individuals and it is almost impossible to gain access to such beaches unless you know the owners.

Some of the more beautiful private beaches include the Grotto Bay Beach Hotelís private beach for its guests, Sam Hallís Bay where you could gain access if you are a guest at the Pink Beach Club and Cottage Colony, and Trottís Bay, although it is only available for private residents.

Bermuda Beaches

Beach Weddings

It has now become common for weddings to be planned and conducted anywhere along the 75 mile shoreline that forms Bermuda. These are not difficult to plan and the local hotels are accustomed to making arrangements that suit individual requirements. There is nothing like a wedding by the sea in Bermuda, in the late evening with the sun setting in the background. These are usually conducted by local parish priests (dressed formally in Bermuda shorts and a shirt and tie and even a jacket) and allows you some exclusivity so that the wedding and honeymoon are all held at one location.

Tips About Using Beaches in Bermuda

Tips about using beaches in Bermuda would not be complete without emphasizing that there is absolutely no nude or topless sunbathing or swimming allowed anywhere on the island. This regulation should be respected having regard to the islandís strong religious views. The government also does not allow camping or sleeping on the beach and stern action will be taken against those who breach this regulation.

In addition, there is always a need to check on the strength of the currents before going into the water, and a chat with the hotel staff or the resident lifeguard before dipping is always useful. There are flag tips available on most beaches. The rule is RED flag : no swimming allowed and no lifeguard on duty; YELLOW flag with a black slash means the surf is hazardous, although strong swimmers may want to consider swimming anyway; and WHITE flags mean there is a lifeguard on duty.

While lazing in Bermuda, if you are very lucky you may come upon the Portugese Men Of War. These creatures looks like jellyfish and have blue or white sails. They are beautiful to behold but should never be touched, as their spikes are filled with venom that can cause excruciating pain and discomfort. The rule of thumb is never to touch them, even if they look dead. If stung by such creatures, a trip to the doctors is imperative. Always ensure to remove any residue of the sting with something plastic for example a credit card. Using your fingers to do so will be ineffectual.

Many beaches in Bermuda provide basic facilities such as showers and toilets as well as food and drink that is available to purchase. However it is always advised that you bring along your own towels and refreshments just in case. If you are travelling using public transport, it will be possible to check bus schedules to see which buses will take you to which beaches. Always check for the times of the last bus in order to avoid having to hike back to your accommodation too late in the day.

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