Somerset Long Bay is a quiet beach well off the tourist track. The water remains shallow 100 yards from the shoreline and offers excellent opportunities for snorkelling. The adjacent park boasts a playground, restrooms and a large grassy area with picnic tables. No wonder then that Somerset Long Bay is a firm favourite for local families and children.
The Somerset Long Bay Nature Reserve sits adjacent to the beach. The former garbage dump was purchased by the kindly folk of the Bermuda Audubon Society and transformed into a nature reserve. The society has undertaken an extensive program to replace invasive species of trees with endemic Bermuda cedar and palmetto. They also constructed a nature trail to guide visitors through the reserve. The freshwater pond here is an important wetland habitat for resident waterfowl and migratory birds.
Somerset Long Bay is situated in Sandys Parish, between 9 Beaches and Cambridge Beaches. It’s one of the closest public beaches to Dockyard and the cruise ship terminals at Kings Wharf and Heritage Wharf. To get there by bus catch bus number 7 or bus number 8. Both operate between Dockyard and the City of Hamilton. You’ll need to get off at Somerset village though and walk about ¼ mile to the park entrance.
The supermarket in Somerset village is a good place to buy food and drink for picnic. There’s also an ATM here.