Sun-kissed skin, dips in the pool and cocktails. Don’t you wish summer could last forever? While that might not be possible without a major relocation, here’s an excellent way to extend your season: In just a two-hour flight from the East Coast, you could be basking in the sunshine on a gorgeous beach in Bermuda, the salty air blowing through your hair.
From pink sands and cerulean surf to remote coves and rocky cliffs, Bermuda’s beaches offer some of the most picturesque stretches of sand in the world. Here are the top seven beaches to make a break for as well as the nearest hotels for a perfect stay. Your endless summer starts… now.
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Tobacco Bay Beach
If your idea of bliss includes crystal waters, staggering rock formations, and a multitude of marine life, Tobacco Bay Beach is a must-visit. In historic St. George’s Parish on the east end of the island, this spot is beloved for its towering limestone rock formations and shallow surf, which provide the ideal snorkeling conditions. Dating back to 1775, the scenic site was the backdrop for the infamous Gunpowder Plot, in which locals helped American revolutionaries steal British gunpowder from the Town of St. George. You can rent all your gear here, including stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, and beach chairs. Grab a bite right on the sand at Tobacco Bay Beach Bar & Restaurant, a fun family-friendly eatery.
Stay: Just five minutes from the beach is St. George’s Club, a quaint hotel with one- to two- bedroom cottages equipped with full kitchens and spacious patios, three swimming pools, two tennis courts, bocce and croquet areas, and a gym.
Horseshoe Bay Beach
Framed by a crescent-shaped sandy alcove, Horseshoe Bay Beach is the island’s most popular, and for good reason. Not only is it among the most striking spots (think clear turquoise depths, pink sand, and lush vegetation), but this jewel on Bermuda’s South Shore has everything from caves to explore and beach rentals galore to a boardwalk with kid (and grownup) favorite concessions like snow cones. When it’s time for lunch (or a refill), Rum Bum Beach Bar serves up an array of eats, including burgers and fish sandwiches with signature Rum Swizzles to wash it down — all to the tune of live music.
Stay: The Fairmont Southampton, nestled high above the water, has some of the most killer views on the island. As the largest resort in Bermuda, it also boasts major amenities, including nine restaurants, the Willow Stream spa, and an 18-hole, par three championship course at Turtle Hill Golf Club.
With its manicured swath of pale pink sand that gently curves (like an elbow) around serene seas, Elbow Beach is a true retreat. On the south shore near the City of Hamilton, it’s also home to some of the island’s calmest waves, thanks to protective coral reefs that keep out rough seas, making it ideal for swimming and body surfing. Views of the Atlantic run as far as the horizon, and within swimming distance offshore is a shipwreck to explore.
Stay: For a quaint sojourn just steps from the beach itself, look no further than Coco Reef Resort. The property has 64 rooms, all with views of Elbow Beach. Located just 10 minutes from the City of Hamilton, the resort includes a swimming pool, tennis courts, and two restaurants.
On the west end of the island, idyllic Mangrove Bay and its tranquil waters is a haven for fishing, sailing, swimming, or snorkeling. The locale affords a picturesque parcel rimmed by mangroves and swaying palms. It’s a short walk to Somerset Village with its shops and restaurants, should you need a break from the sun and sand at any point.
Stay: Overlooking sparkling Mangrove Bay is Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa, a romantic, child-free resort boasting cottage-style rooms and suites with sweeping views of the Atlantic. There’s a full-service European spa, infinity pool, gym, tennis courts, putting green, marina, and three on-site restaurants.
Prepare to be on the receiving end of some major Instagram envy as you fill up your feed at Jobson’s Cove, one of Bermuda’s most breathtaking beaches. The hidden nook is situated on the south shore within South Shore Park. Tucked amid towering rock cliffs that nearly surround the beach, this natural oasis features a pool-like lagoon. It’s perfect for families to swim and snorkel the day away amid tropical fish easily spotted in the clear, shallow tide.
Stay: Nearby Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort and Spa offers 60 elegant waterfront residences.
If you’re searching for a beach that feels like your own piece of paradise, Astwood Cove in Warwick Parish is your brand of heaven. Because it’s so remote, the secluded spot is sparse on tourists, as it requires a bit of a hike to get there. But once you make it down the steep, winding trail, you’ll be awarded with a postcard-worthy vista that will take your breath away. Surrounded by jagged cliff formations, this quiet sanctuary feels a million miles from home. The park above has conveniences like picnic tables, parking, and bathrooms.
Stay: A couple of miles from the beach is the historic Fourways Inn & Cottage Colony. Built in 1727 as a private estate, the property now comprises spacious cottages with 11 well-appointed suites with private patios — all set in a tranquil garden around a pool. The award-winning Fourways Restaurant is one of the premier fine-dining establishments on the island offering French cuisine.
Warwick Long Bay
Sunning, swimming, snorkeling — pick your pleasure on Warwick Long Bay, Bermuda’s longest shoreline. Pink sand and crystal surf are second nature here, making it a peaceful place to park your towel. For those not inclined to sit all day, surrounding shallow dunes and low grasses are punctuated by paths for jogging, walking, and horseback riding. Coral reefs near the shoreline draw schools of bright blue parrotfish, making it a snorkeler’s favorite, too.
Stay: A few miles away is the The Reefs Resort & Club, a boutique hotel perched atop limestone cliffs overlooking a secluded pink sand beach. Here, 62 oceanfront rooms, suites, and cottages each have private patios or balconies. There’s an Elemis Spa, four restaurants and bars, two tennis courts, and an infinity pool.
With its spectrum of postcard-perfect beaches — as well as rich culture and activities — Bermuda is the easiest way to extend your summer.