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.
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I was there in Sept. 2018 and there was no glass and it was great. we go there every time we r in Bermuda at least twice a year and never had a problem.
It still has glass on the beach and in the water. It’s not a nice beach at all and there were a couple of unsavory characters lurking around. I didn’t go in the water and left quickly, This was June 2017.
Is it true re the broken glass on the beach, and in the water?
I’d love to go for a swim next time I’m in Bermuda. But don’t want to end up in the ER.
I heard there was a lot of broken glass there a few years ago. Maybe it was washed up after a hurricane? I really don’t know. I was there last summer and didn’t notice any.
Can you please help me ? I am trying to find the name of the place in sumerset long bay that had little "cottages" with canvas walls on stilts. I was there and loved it ! but am not finding the contact info
The resort was called 9 Beaches. It’s now closed though.
Like Shelly Bay, you won’t find many tourists here. It’s more popular with locals.