Why We Love Horseshoe Bay Beach in Bermuda

Best way to experience Horseshoe Bay Bermuda with kids

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The North Atlantic island of Bermuda is known for emerald waters and its deep Pirate history. But this small country also has some of the most beautiful coastlines we have ever seen. We visited just before the high season, when the temperature was balmy by our standards, in search of the best Bermuda beach. One of the most incredible beaches we discovered is the famous Horseshoe Bay Beach in Bermuda.

Pink sands and turquoise water of Horseshoe Bay Beach in Bermuda

Why did we love Horseshoe Bay Beach?

Horseshoe Bay Beach is situated about midway between St. Georges and the Dockyards. It’s located in the Southampton Parish right down the hill from the beautiful Fairmont Southampton. It was rated by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top 20 beaches in the World! And it’s easy to see why.


Horseshoe Bay Beach in Bermuda is famous for its pillow-soft, pink sand. Yes, that’s right. Pink! This is due to tiny, red organisms that grow under coral reefs and are then washed up onshore. These little bits of coral and shell mix with the sand and give the beach a pink hue. How cool is that?!

Best Bermuda Beach Port Royal Cove

It’s like 2 beaches in 1!

Horseshoe Bay Beach in Bermuda has a second area called Port Royal Cove. This spot, which we actually loved even more than the main beach, is separated from Horseshoe Bay Beach by a small rock outcropping.

Port Royal Cove has calm, shallow water that is perfect for kids, and the surrounding rocks are just stunning to behold. Our boys loved chasing the Parrot and Angelfish that love to hang out in this spot.

Sunset over Port Royal Cove near Horseshoe Bay Beach in Bermuda

Awesome Local Festivals!

We visited Bermuda during the Easter long-weekend. Each year on Good Friday, Bermuda features an incredible kite-festival. During this festival, thousands take to the skies around Bermuda to show off their kite-flying expertise. C even built his own kite for the festival and brought it down to Horseshoe Bay Beach to take part.

A young boy flies a homemade kite at Horseshoe Bay Beach in Bermuda

In August, Horseshoe Bay Beach in Bermuda also hosts a Sand Sculpture competition. Competitors from around the World meet to dig their best displays into a 12×12 ft space.

So much to explore!

Lying between Horseshoe Bay Beach in Bermuda and Port Royal Cove is a rocky hill that is perfect for exploring. The ascent is steep, but the views from the top are fantastic. We were lucky on our climb and came across a number of local fishermen pulling in their catch of the day. At the top of the path closest to Port Royal Cove is a rock covered in carvings of the names of explorers who have made their way to the top.

Fishermen toss their lines from the rocks near Horseshoe Bay Beach in Bermuda

Getting to Horseshoe Bay Beach in Bermuda

Bermuda is not exactly difficult to navigate. There is a single highway that runs the length of the island. You can get almost anywhere in an hour.

By Bus

Horseshoe Bay Beach in Bermuda lies along the main highway between St. Georges and the Dockyards. From Hamilton, you can take the #7 Bus. This takes about 35 minutes (Bus fare is $5.00 by cash.).

By Taxi

You can reach Horseshoe Bay Beach in Bermuda by taxi. From the King’s Wharf cruise ship pier at the Royal Navy Dockyard, a taxi runs about $30 and takes about half an hour.

Private Shuttle

Shuttles run regularly between the Dockyards and Horseshoe Bay Beach in Bermuda during the high season. The prices vary between $8-$12 per person for a one-way journey.

Being one of the most popular beaches on the island, it can get busy during peak season; if Horseshoe Bay Beach Bermuda is too busy for your liking, you can always walk along the trail further east to reach other popular beaches like Jobson’s Cove and Warwick Long Bay, which is great for snorkeling.

A young boy flexes his muscles on a patch of sand at the top of a cliff overlooking the ocean in Bermuda

Where to Eat near Horseshoe Bay Beach in Bermuda

Like any great beach outing, a picnic is a great way to save your spot in the sand. But, if getting sand in your food isn’t your idea of fun, there are some restaurants nearby to fill your belly.

Horseshoe Bay beach café

Located between the parking lot and the beach in a little blue building is the Horseshoe Bay Beach Cafe. This spot features washrooms and beach rentals, as well as decent beach food like burgers, hot dogs, soda and beer.

Ocean Club at The Fairmont Southampton and the Rum Bum Beach Bar

Situated a short walk from Horseshoe Bay Beach is a private beach for those staying at the Fairmont Southampton. This pretty beach offers some rocky shoals and features the Ocean Club and the Rum Bum Beach Bar. While it says that this area is only for those staying at the Fairmont Southampton, we didn’t see anyone checking ID.

A young asian woman sips a drink at a beach bar in Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda

The Dining Room at Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse

If you don’t mind sacrificing a little time and some cab fare, nearby Gibb’s Lighthouse offers highly regarded food and amazing views of both sides of the island.

a lighthouse shines in the darkness above Horseshoe Bay Beach in Bermuda

Is Horseshoe Bay Beach worth the visit?

If we had a choice between boating in Bermuda or visiting Horseshoe Bay Beach, there is no question about which one our kids would pick! No visit to Bermuda is complete without stopping to see the amazing sand, and taking a splash in the amazing waters. If you have the time, spend the day and treat yourself to every inch of this incredible place.

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About the Author

Kevin Wagar is a professional traveler and family travel expert living in the Greater Toronto Area. His beautiful wife Christina impressed on him her love of travel and they have made exploring the world an integral part of their life. With the birth of their two boys, Kevin and Christina have made it their mission to show others that traveling with children isn't as scary as it sounds and that kids can benefit from experiencing the world outside of their front door and beyond.

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  1. What’s not to love?! With pink sand, and a secluded cove…a place where the kids can climb and explore, and those incredible views?! Horseshoe Bay sounds amazing! You’re lucky to have been able to visit!

  2. Isn’t pink sand incredible? Contrasted with the teal blue sea, your photos are like a wonderland of pastels. Your photo of Port Royal Cove makes me wonder how you managed to tear yourself away to go back home!

  3. Pink beach..white waves.blue water..and the rustic mountains beyond. What a painting by nature! It livened up the painter inside me. Would definitely love to visit here.

  4. What lovely crystal clear turquoise waters. The pictures look stunning. Would love to fly a kite, just like C, I am sure he had a thrilling time. Gibbs lighthouse looks inviting too.

  5. Your pictures are epic and totally awe inspiring. Not only are the pics of the beach amazing, but even that shot of the lighthouse. And who wouldn’t love to chill at the Rum Bum Beach Bar?

  6. Horseshoe Bay has so much to love. Your photos make it look irresistible. We’d love to catch the kite festival next Easter. Great tip.

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