Bermuda Beaches: Church Bay

Church Bay

If you're seeking a pretty stretch of sand in a secluded setting might want to visit Church Bay.

Church Bay is a rather small piece of beach on Bermuda's south shore. Its deep pink sands are a unique site that appeals to sunbathers, while a line of offshore reefs make this beach a remarkable swimming and snorkeling area. A variety of colorful coral makes up the reef drawing all kinds of marine life for visitors to view in the water.

Although some of the beaches in Bermuda are more secluded than Church Bay the natural beauty, personality and other qualities provided by this location could be just right for you.

Seclusion and privacy are part of the draw to Bermuda's beaches , and you'll find a bit of that style of travel at Church Bay without taking you too far away . Cities are close without being too close you'll have everything you need.

Many visitors feel that the level of activity at a beach and its amenities are particularly important attributes . For others, opportunities for privacy and spending a relaxing day in the sun are extremely important . No matter what you're looking for, Bermuda has plenty to choose from , and Church Bay may be just right for you.


Travelers will find this beach on Bermuda's southwestern coast . It is located 0.3 miles from the Reefs. Church Bay is close to Somerset Village , so travelers staying in this area won't have far to go.

Nearby Hotels

The number of other visitors at the beach can vary widely , depending on the time of day and season of the year. You can expect to see visitors from nearby hotels. You'll find a large number of hotels near this beach. So if you're thinking it would be nice to stay in this neighborhood you shouldn't have much difficulty.

The following table provides a list of hotels near this beach.

Nearest Hotels to Church Bay Hotel NameDistanceNo. of
Rooms Reefs 0.3 mi. 61 Fairmont Southampton 1.2 mi. 593 Munro Beach Cottages 1.6 mi. 17 Pompano Beach Club 1.7 mi. 60 Sandpiper Guest Apartments 2.8 mi. 14 Ariel Sands 3.1 mi. 46 Astwood Cove 3.2 mi. 14

Amenities and Ambience

Most of the crowd at Church Bay are attracted by the colorful line of coral cliffs along the waters edge. The complex composition of the reefs provides a great habitat for a wide variety of marine life, so remember to bring your flippers and watch the colors flow through the waters. Picnic facilities and primitive restrooms are available at this beach.

Who you share these sands with will depend on a few things, including the season and time of day. Some of Bermuda's beaches may rarely be crowded, while others are often crowded particularly when the season is at its peak. When planning a beach outing a key factor to consider might be, at least for some vacationers, the crowds you'll meet. While some prefer a crowded beach filled with people and activity, many would prefer to just relax in a quiet area.

Like so many places in Bermuda this beach has a distinctive personality which some visitors will find just perfect. The special qualities of this beach are a little different from what you'll enjoy at other beaches in Bermuda. This small beach can get very crowded during Bermuda's prime beach season. Most of the people go to swim or snorkle in the waters because of the fantastic marine life, so bring your snorkle.


If you're like most vacationers, you hope to see plenty of incredible sights during your stay and also relax. The beach can be a relaxing experience, but natural wonders, like Gilbert Nature Reserve (located 3.2 miles to the northwest of Church Bay) can be a great part of your vacation.

If you want more information on the history of Bermuda there are nearby opportunities. For example Gibbs Hill Lighthouse is located 1.1 miles to the northeast of Church Bay.

If a visit to the beach won't satiate your need for island activities, you won't be far from the items in the following table when you're at this beach.

Attractions Near Church Bay Attraction NameDistanceDirectionType Gibbs Hill Lighthouse 1.1 mi. NE Historical Site Fort Scaur 2.6 mi. NW Historical Site St. James Anglican Church 2.7 mi. NW Church Gilbert Nature Reserve 3.2 mi. NW Natural Attraction Christ Church 3.3 mi. NE Church Bird Cage 4.5 mi. NE Historical Site Bermuda Historical Society Museum 4.5 mi. NE Museum Tarpon Hole 4.6 mi. NE Natural Attraction Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity 4.7 mi. NE Church Bermuda National Gallery 4.7 mi. NE Museum


If you begin to feel a little famished while out on the sands, not to worry , you'll have plenty of fine dining choices without having to go too far.

Nearby eateries are provided in the following table.

Restaurants Near Church Bay Restaurant NameCuisine TypeMeals ServedDistanceDirection Coconuts International lunch & dinner 0.3 mi. NE The Sea Grape Pan Asian / Pacific Rim lunch & dinner 0.3 mi. NE Ocean Echo Southwestern varies 0.8 mi. NE Lighthouse Tea Room British breakfast & lunch 1.0 mi. NE Henry VIII British lunch & dinner 1.1 mi. NE Rib Room Steak dinner 1.2 mi. NE The Newport Room French dinner 1.2 mi. NE Whaler Inn Seafood lunch & dinner 1.2 mi. NE

There are many great restaurants in Bermuda , but some meals should be enjoyed in an even more casual environment . Many visitors like having a meal on the beach . Many hotels are happy to pack a picnic lunch for their guests , or you can find picnic supplies en route to the beach.

Other Beaches

Those searching for the perfect beach can find plenty of other choices in Bermuda besides Church Bay. Another location you might enjoy is Achilles Bay , located 13.5 miles to the northeast . Overall, the beach at Achilles Bay is a nice seaside location, but one of the major setbacks is that it can't be reached by bus.

If you're on the lookout for more active and social , you might like Horseshoe Bay. It is located 1.4 miles to the northeast.

Another location you may want to try is West Whale Bay ; it is located 1.8 miles from Church Bay. West Whale Bay Beach is a small area with pink sands, shallow waters, and a rocky cliff behind it. Perfect for watching the migrating whales in the spring, this beach also attracts offshore fishermen, locals, and tourists enjoying a picnic. Low tide is the best time for swimming in the calm waters and a hillside behind the beach provides the perfect backdrop for enjoying the beautiful scenery and experiencing the sunset's radiant glow. Make sure to keep an eye out for migrating whales!

The variety found in Bermuda makes for many experiences for many different travelers , whether you plan to include Church Bay in your vacation or not.