Horseshoe Bay


Horseshoe Bay gains its name from the U-shaped bend of the coast, while the beach features soft, pink sand. The area's blue water from the bay can be moderate to rough, so swimmers and snorkelers should proceed with caution. Local restaurants and hotels add to the popularity of the beach, while the bordering South Shore Park adds to the isolated feel of the beach itself. In 2013, TripAdvisor named this beach number eight on its list of the best beaches in the world, making it a must-see beach during your trip to Bermuda.

On the South West coast of Bermuda, Horseshoe Bay is situated toward the center of the island of Bermuda; it is four miles (six kilometers) to the south west of Hamilton. The beaches in Bermuda aren't usually known for their peace and quiet, but you'll find Horseshoe Bay to be a little calmer than most, which makes it an excellent attraction for those of you who'd prefer to stay out of the busiest areas.

How to Access The Beach

The beach is accessible by car and foot from sunrise to sunset. Drivers should take South Road to Horseshoe Road, which leads directly to the area's small car park.

Amenities and Ambiance

Aptly named, Horseshoe Bay is a horseshoe-shaped beach that is 1/3 of a mile long. Dramatic rock formations frame the beach, while trees and shrubbery stand at the entrance, creating a wonderfully private experience for all visitors. The water is usually moderate to rough, so novice swimmers should take caution.

Lots of visitors here find that the on-site snack bar is just fine for lunch. You might also have the option to order some food from one of the local vendors who are generally found here.

Yes, public restrooms will be available here. Fortunately, showers are provided, so you don't have to spend the rest of the afternoon covered in sand. You will find the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab some gear if you want to do some underwater exploration. Horseshoe Bay has a tendency to become crowded, so families with children will want to be extra careful around the water. Social butterflies will enjoy the lively weekend crowds.

Keep in mind that Horseshoe Bay's immediate surroundings are a bustling area, so the availability of certain amenities is likely to be affected.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the South West coast of Bermuda. It is near Turtle Hill Golf Club at The Fairmont Southampton, which is found a half mile to the northwest, and it is one of a few local attractions.

Beaches and museums may seem an unlikely combination to some, but at least a few travelers find that museums like Bermuda Historical Society Museum (positioned only a brief cab ride away) offer an entertaining diversion and a whole new side of Bermuda's history.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never get bored. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Horseshoe Bay Attraction Type Distance Direction Island Turtle Hill Golf Club at The Fairmont Southampton Golf Course 0.4 mi. NW Bermuda Riddell's Bay Golf & Country Club Golf Course 0.9 mi. N Bermuda Stirling's Of Bermuda Art Gallery 1.5 mi. NNE Bermuda Belmont Hills Golf Club Golf Course 2.2 mi. NE Bermuda Bermuda Golf Academy Golf Course 2.4 mi. W Bermuda Whale Bay Fort Historical Site 2.9 mi. W Bermuda Port Royal Golf Course Golf Course 3.0 mi. W Bermuda Desmond Fountain Gallery Art Gallery 3.2 mi. NE Bermuda Maria Ever's Smith Gallery Art Gallery 3.5 mi. NE Bermuda Bermuda Historical Society Museum Museum 3.6 mi. NE Bermuda Specialty Cinema & Grill Movie Theater 3.7 mi. NE Bermuda Fort Scaur Historical Site 3.7 mi. NW Somerset Island

Cities and Towns

Horseshoe Bay tourists seeking some additional excitement might think about heading over to Hamilton, which is in the vicinity and is an area full of activity. From the shore, Hamilton is just up the road, maybe four miles (six kilometers).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how full the nearby hotels are. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Guests trying to find a room not far from the beach won't find it that tough, as there are plenty of hotels and resorts to choose from close-by. You will find the closest and most convenient hotel booking options by viewing what's shown in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Horseshoe Bay Hotel Distance Direction Island Type Fairmont Southampton 0.2 mi. NW Bermuda Resort The Reefs 0.9 mi. W Bermuda Resort Longtail Cliffs Apartments 1.4 mi. NE Bermuda Hotel Granaway Guest House & Cottages 1.9 mi. NE Bermuda Hotel Blue Horizons 2.2 mi. NE Bermuda Guest house Greene's Guest House 2.3 mi. W Bermuda B & B Watercolours 2.5 mi. NE Bermuda B & B Surf Side Beach Club 2.5 mi. ENE Bermuda Hotel Fourways Inn & Cottages 2.6 mi. NE Bermuda Hotel Wharf Executive Suites Hotel 2.6 mi. NE Bermuda Hotel


It's no problem if you start to get the munchies while hanging out at Horseshoe Bay; you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the closest places to eat is Bacci. This restaurant has Italian food. They are also famous for their pasta. Conveniently, it is just a short, walkable distance away.

Nearby restaurant options are shown in the table below.

Restaurants near Horseshoe Bay Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction Island Bacci 866-540-4497 Italian 0.2 mi. NW Bermuda Jasmine Lounge 866-540-4497 Eclectic 0.2 mi. NW Bermuda Ocean Club 866-540-4497 Caribbean 0.2 mi. NW Bermuda The Dock 866-540-4497 Eclectic 0.2 mi. NW Bermuda The Newport 866-540-4497 Contemporary 0.2 mi. NW Bermuda Waterlot Inn 866-540-4497 Continental 0.2 mi. NW Bermuda Wickets 866-540-4497 Eclectic 0.2 mi. NW Bermuda Windows on the Sound 866-540-4497 Caribbean 0.2 mi. NW Bermuda Henry VIII (441) 238-1977 British 0.6 mi. W Bermuda The Dining Room (441) 238-8679 Caribbean, European, International 0.7 mi. W Bermuda Coconuts (441) 238-0222 Caribbean, International 0.9 mi. W Bermuda Ocean Echo (441) 238-0222 -- 0.9 mi. W Bermuda

Other Beaches

Needless to say, Horseshoe Bay isn't the only beach worth visitng in Bermuda.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Alexandras Beach, situated 13 miles to the northeast. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, you might enjoy people watching at Chaplin Bay. It's found a half mile to the northeast.

Vacationers may also want to visit Warwick Long Bay, which is located three quarters of a mile to the northeast. Warwick Long Bay is the perfect island escape for travelers seeking peace and quiet. Set in a pristine natural environment with calm, clear waters and an exquisite coral reef, the area is perfect for exploring and relaxing. There aren't any facilities other than bathrooms, however, so visitors will want to bring all the essentials, including food and drinks.

Bermuda has plenty to offer its visitors, so visiting Horseshoe Bay is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.