Elbow Beach is a large beach in Paget Parish. It stretches for ½ mile with the Coral Beach & Tennis Club at the western end and the Elbow Beach hotel and Coco Reef at the other. Aside for small sections reserved for hotel guests, the beach is open to the public.
It’s a lovely stretch of soft pink sand and is definitely one of the main contenders for the most beautiful beach in Bermuda. Although it’s popular it’s big enough not to get crowded. Come here on a cruise ship day and you’ll certainly have a lot more room here than you would at Horseshoe Bay.
The beach draws a pretty mixed crowd of locals and tourists. In the early evening you’ll see lots of people playing beach volleyball and on a windy day it draws lots of kitesurfing enthusiasts. On Christmas Day thousands of expatriate workers celebrate the holiday here.
Blue Water Divers have a concession on the beach and rent kayaks, inflatable sailboats, boogie boards, and snorkel gear. They also offer guided shore dives and scuba diving lessons. The wreck of the Pollockshields lies just off the shore.
Mickey’s is a great beach bar and restaurant right on the beach. It’s part of the Elbow Beach hotel but non-guests are welcome to eat and drink here. There are no fast food or budget places to eat on the beach (those options exist at Horseshoe Bay and Tobacco Bay). You could of course bring your own picnic. The nearest supermarket is the Modern Mart on South Road.
As mentioned previously, you’ll notice that part of the beach is reserved for hotel guests. Under Bermuda law any area of beach below the high tide level is public land, so you’re free to walk the length of the shore. Non-guests can pay to rent a chair and umbrella in Mandarin Oriental’s section of the beach but it costs a small fortune. There is no budget chair/umbrella rental concession on Elbow Beach.
Like Horseshoe Bay, rip currents and the Portuguese Man o’ War can be a problem. There are, however, no lifeguards on duty here.
To get to Elbow Beach by public transport take bus number 7 from Hamilton or Royal Naval Dockyard (Kings Wharf/Heritage Wharf). The one-way, adult cash fare from Dockyard is $4.50. From Hamilton the fare is $3. You can save money by buying tokens, a book of tickets, or a transportation pass.
The bus stop is on South Road. From here you have to walk around 300 yards down Tribe Road #4 to reach the beach entrance. It’s clearly signposted. Just before the steps to the beach there’s a parking area for scooters and some portable toilets. There are no changing facilities