West Whale Bay

Bermudian whalers used to launch their boats from this bay. If you are here in the spring you may be lucky enough to see humpback whales, migrating from the Caribbean to their summer feeding grounds.

West Whale Bay, a quiet beach in Bermuda

The beach at West Whale Bay is set below a rocky cliff. It’s one of the smallest beaches in Bermuda, but its calm and shallow waters make it an ideal place to bring children. The beach tends to disappear during high tides, so pick up a copy of the Royal Gazette newspaper to check the times. Even if the tide is in, you can still explore the nearby fortifications or relax in the park.

West Whale Bay Fort dates back to the 18th century but little remains today. West Whale Bay Battery was built at the end of the 19th century and is more substantial. Visitors can explore the gun emplacements, ammunition stores, barracks, and defences. There are great views of the turquoise waters and the adjoining golf course.

The park is set behind the beach and is a large grassy area with a few picnic tables. The view of the water from here is simply stunning. It faces west and is the perfect location to enjoy fantastic ocean sunsets.

West Whale Bay is located in Southampton Parish at the end of Whale Bay Road, off Middle Road. There’s a parking lot next to the park with public restrooms. Buses 7 and 8 travel along Middle Road between Hamilton and Dockyard, but bear in mind its over half a mile walk from the bus stop to the park and beach.

There are no concessions or vendors here. If you need to buy provisions for a picnic the closest supermarkets are the MarketPlace stores at Somerset (on the way from Dockyard) and Heron Bay (on the way from Hamilton).

If you don’t manage to see the whales while you’re here, consider going on a whale watching trip. They are offered by Fantasea, BAMZ, and the BUEI.

Locals rate West Whale Bay as one of the best places in Bermuda for shore fishing. Potential catches include bonefish, pompano, grey snapper and great barracuda.

Map

Click here for a detailed map showing all points of interest.

Details

West Whale Bay

Address
Whale Bay Road
Southampton Parish
Bermuda

Reviews and Additional Information

  1. AL says

    This is a hidden gem well off the beaten track. You need a scooter to reach it though. I can’t imagine getting here on a bus and walking from the stop. The beach is small but that doesn’t matter much when you are the only people there!

  2. Erica says

    Whale Bay is definitely the place to go if you just want to relax. Very calm and peaceful place. Not crowded.

  3. Angie says

    My family lived on Whale Bay Road in the early 70’s. It was also with the Canadian forces. I agree, it was beautiful.

  4. Peter Palmer says

    My family and I lived on Whale Bay Road in "Cuan Cottage" from July 84 – July 86 while serving with the Canadian Forces at Daniels Head. To us West Whale Bay beach was the best in the world. Hope to return one day and enjoy it again.

  5. Steven says

    It’s beautiful and you’ll likely be the only ones there.

  6. KATHRYN says

    This beach is a real gem. It is quiet and one of the prettiest places that I have ever been, even the rocks are smooth.

Add Review or Additional Information

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *