Horseshoe Bay

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.

Set in Warwick Parish, Horseshoe Bay is on the South West coast of Bermuda, and invites local customers and visitors who are rooming in this part of Bermuda. Even if you are not staying in the vicinity, you should consider stopping by for some fun in the sun. From the beach, Hamilton is four miles (six kilometers) to the northeast. Beachgoers tend to want a compromise between fun and relaxation, and Horseshoe Bay offers that middle ground. It's a spot that is never really too crowded, but it's not empty and secluded either.

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.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Horseshoe Bay is the ultimate convenience. On some days, it may be possible to order some food from one of the local vendors who typically set up shop here.

This beach has public restrooms——something you'll appreciate if you spend more than a couple of hours here. Shower facilities are available here, so you can clean off the sand before hitting more attractions. The water in the area is of good snorkeling quality, so purchase or rent some gear if you're hoping to see what lies beneath the surface. 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.

The type of crowd you'll encounter along this shoreline will depend on several things, like the time of year and day of the week. Some of Bermuda's beaches are rarely crowded, while others are always packed, especially during the high season. This means that taking advantage of the available amenities will depend on how many other travelers have the same plans as you. Bear in mind that the region in which Horseshoe Bay is located is near a relatively popular tourist area, which means there is not a guarantee all amenities will be available.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the South West coast of Bermuda. It is near Turtle Hill Golf Club at The Fairmont Southampton, which is seen a half mile away, and it is one of a number of the area's interesting attractions.

If you're interested in combining a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Bermuda Historical Society Museum. It's located relatively close to Horseshoe Bay, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of ways to stay busy. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Horseshoe Bay Attraction Type Distance Direction Island Turtle Hill Golf Club at The Fairmont Southampton Golf Course 0.4 NW Bermuda Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.7 W Bermuda Riddell's Bay Golf & Country Club Golf Course 0.9 N Bermuda Church Bay Park Park 1.5 W Bermuda Seymour's Pond Nature Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.5 W Bermuda Warwick Pond Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.6 NE Bermuda Astwood Park Park 1.6 NE Bermuda Barnes Corner Park Park 1.6 W Bermuda Belmont Hills Golf Club Golf Course 2.2 NE Bermuda Bermuda Golf Academy Golf Course 2.4 W Bermuda West Whale Bay Park Park 2.9 W Bermuda Whale Bay Fort Historical Site 2.9 W Bermuda

Cities and Towns

Horseshoe Bay guests hoping to find some additional excitement might want to consider checking out Hamilton, because it's in the vicinity and is an especially active area of Bermuda. From Horseshoe Bay, Hamilton is not far away, maybe four miles (six kilometers).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. At this beach, you can expect to encounter a fair number of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

This area is a hotel hot spot, so if you're looking for a place to stay near here, you can certainly find a spot. Below, you'll see a list of the accommodation options found closest to Horseshoe Bay.

Accommodations near Horseshoe Bay Hotel Distance Direction Island Type Fairmont Southampton 0.2 NW Bermuda Resort Sound View Cottages 0.6 N Bermuda Cottages The Reefs 0.9 W Bermuda Resort Longtail Cliffs Apartments 1.4 NE Bermuda Hotel Granaway Guest House & Cottages 1.9 NE Bermuda Hotel Blue Horizons 2.2 NE Bermuda Guest house Greene's Guest House 2.3 W Bermuda Property Surf Side Beach Club 2.5 ENE Bermuda Hotel Fourways Inn & Cottages 2.6 NE Bermuda Hotel Wharf Executive Suites Hotel 2.6 NE Bermuda Hotel


When you start craving an afternoon snack, the area near this beach provides some viable options, and you don't have to go far from these sands. One of the closest restaurants is Bacci. This restaurant features Italian cuisine. They also specialize in pasta. There should be no problems getting there either since it is only a short walk away.

A list of nearby restaurants is shown in the table below.

Restaurants near the 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 Four Ways Inn Main Dining Room (441) 236-6517 Caribbean, French 2.7 mi. NE Bermuda

Other Beaches

Horseshoe Bay isn't the only beach worth checking out in Bermuda.

Travelers may also want to consider 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.

Horseshoe Bay could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.