Horseshoe Bay is definitely the most popular and arguably the most beautiful of Bermuda’s beaches. Unsurprisingly its pink sands are shaped like a horseshoe. It also boasts more facilities than any other public beach in Bermuda.
The Horseshoe Bay Beach House serves cold drinks, hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream and other light refreshments. There’s also a concession that rents snorkelling equipment, beach chairs and umbrellas, and a small shop that sells towels, t-shirts, hats and suncream. The beach also boasts good toilet and changing facilities. The showers are very useful for cleaning all that sand and salt water from your bodily crevices; meaning that you don’t have to return to your hotel before going for lunch or dinner.
Despite its often calm appearance, the water’s surface hides dangerous rip currents. This is one of the reasons why lifeguards are on duty here (10:00 – 18:00, May 1 – Oct 31). Another is the Portuguese man-of-war which sometimes makes an unwelcome appearance.
As mentioned previously, Horseshoe Bay can get extremely crowded. If you fancy a break from the crowds make for the small cove at the western end of the beach. The waters are shallow and sheltered, making it an ideal spot for children.
Access to Horseshoe Bay is from Horseshoe Road, off South Road and opposite the Tio Pepe restaurant (a good spot to eat for something more substantial than the beach café). There’s also a bus stop at the entrance. At the end of Horseshoe Road there’s a parking lot with plenty of space for both cars and scooters.