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Best beaches without cruise hoards

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Best beaches without cruise hoards

Another question about my first cruise to Bermuda in the spring. We definitely want some beach time, but not with all the thousands of other cruise passengers. We will be docked at Kings Wharf for two days. What beach would be best? We would at least want there to be concessions/restrooms. How do we get there - ferry? bus? taxi? Thanks for any help!

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1. Re: Best beaches without cruise hoards

Unfortunately, where there are restrooms and concessions you are going to find plenty of people. Bostonspider has already made a suggestion in your other post of the east end of Horseshoe Bay.

When you say spring when exactly are you going? If it's before the middle of May it's not the best beach time in Bermuda.

And by the way it's hordes not hoards. Hope your extended family isn't reading this and learning about your wish to get away from them. Don't think that they would appreciate being lumped in with the "cattle".

Edited: 21 December 2010, 21:19
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2. Re: Best beaches without cruise hoards

As noted, Horseshoe Bay is where cruise ship passengers ('..we have met the enemy...and he is us..') tend to be '..herded..'...via the '..Special..' express buses from the King's/Heritage Wharf cruise ship pier at the Dockyar complex. For an equally lovely beach but less trafficked beach, take the #7-Dockyard-Via South Shore Beaches-Hamilton bus a couple of stops/minutes beyond Horseshoe Bay to WARWICK LONG BAY. There is a concessionaire here that rents chaise lounge, beach umbrellas and sells basic non-alcoholic beverages and snack items. There are also chemical toilets here for basic necessity and where one might change into or out of their swimsuit. But no 'cabana boys' bearing trays of colourful tropical drinks, accessorized with paper umbrellas.

As also noted, the stretch (approx 1 mile) of smaller, semi-secluded, rock-crenellated coves and beaches between Horseshoe Bay and Warwick Long Bay (peel Rock Cove, Butts Beach, Middle Beach, Wafer Rocks Beach Angle Beach, Hidden Beach, Chaplin Bay, Stonehole Bay, Jobson's Cove) are among the very best in Bermuda. They are usually little trafficked, sparsely populated and incredibly beautiful. But, they take a bit of 'work' to get to...either walking along the foreshore, the paths through the dunes behind or the clifftops above...but the effort will most usually be rewarded by having a perfect, pink sandy, Bermuda beach pretty much all to yourselves for the better part of the day.

For the best snorkelling-from-the-beach spot, try CHURCH BAY, along the south shore. There is a concessionaire there (seasonally) that rents basic snorkeling gear ($15/3 hrs??) and sells basic beverages and snacks.

You can pack a small, soft-sided, six-pack-sized cooler to carry your own beverages, snacks, picnic lunch. It will fit nicely into the bottom of most backpacks. Use a zip-lock bag for ice..of a reusable 'Blue Ice' pack...and just lie on 'your' beach and enjoy the day.

But as also noted, if you are aboard one of late-spring/early 'cruise season' (April-thry-mid-May) cruises, the ocean water temps may be chillier mid-60ºs-to-low-70ºs) that you imagine for extended periods in the ocean and watersports.

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3. Re: Best beaches without cruise hoards

julie it's nearly impossible to direct you to a beach with the amenities you want that will be devoid of massive amounts of cruise ship guests because everyone is looking for just that. if you can sort out a box lunch for your escapees i can direct you to a great beach where good spelling isn't an issue and it's a short taxi away from dockyard.

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4. Re: Best beaches without cruise hoards

Didn't mean to offend anyone by correcting the spelling. A cruise is not really an ideal choice for someone who doesn't enjoy being with a lot of other people.

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5. Re: Best beaches without cruise hoards

Oops - sorry about the spelling. I'm usually the one correcting everyone else's spelling and grammar! You are right - a cruise is not at all for me but it's what everyone else wants. My family knows we'll be dying to break loose once we dock! Thanks for all the suggestions!

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6. Re: Best beaches without cruise hoards

Walk past horseshoe bay- several nooks and cranies- jacobs cove, warwick long bay...(thru the dunes-above), BUT will not get away from people- just less, as you get farther from snack bar.

P.S.- That is why I think best time to go is late Oct/early Nov.- water also warm !

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7. Re: Best beaches without cruise hoards

Elbow Beach is a beautiful public beach (right next to the hotel) and does not get anywhere near the crowds of Horseshoe Bay. Sit as close as you can to the hotel and you can use the hotel facilities. The hotel also has a bar and restaurant on the beach.

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8. Re: Best beaches without cruise hoards

How does one get from Dockyard to Elbow Beach? Is there a bus or is a taxi the best way to go?

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9. Re: Best beaches without cruise hoards

>>>How does one get from Dockyard to Elbow Beach? Is there a bus or is a taxi the best way to go?<<<

It's as easy as hopping aboard a #7-Dockyard-Via South Shore Beaches-Hamilton bus (**NOT** #8 bus), right at the end of your King's/Heritage Wharf cruise sahip pier at the Dockyard complex. Sit back, relax and enjoy perhaps the most scenic ride in Bermuda...along the western shore, with wonderful water views of both ocean and sound and genuine '..take-your-breath-away..' south shore ocean views along the approx. 50 minutes ride to the ELBOW BEACH bus stop...then walk down the Tribe Road (btwn: the Coral Beach & Tennis Club and Elbow Beach Hotel properties) to the public portion of ELBOW BEACH. There will be a concessionaire here that rents chaise lounge, sand chairs, beach umbrellas, basic snorkeling gear.

Taxi fare from Dockyard to Elbow Beach will probably run $40 or so.

You may use the restaurant/bar facilites--MICKEY'S BEACH BISTRO--of the Elbow Beach Hotel (to your left as you face the ocean) and the bathrooms/changing rooms here (though technically for patrons of the hotel...but no one checks ID) but the beach area of EBH chaise lounge & umbrellas is for hotel guest-use-only. There are no EBH beachclub '..day passes..' available to 'drop-ins'. To the west is the 'private' Coral Beach & Tennis Club facilities....but you can use pretty much all of the long strand of Elbow Beach.

Because the climb back UP the Tribe Road is steep (especially at the end of a long, hard day at the beach) some might try to stroll over to the EBH and use the hotel's guest-shuttle service up to the top of the hill...then walk the remaider of the way along the entrance drive to the public bus stop out on the South Road.

The '..long way 'round..' would be to take a BLUE ROUTE ferry from DOCKYARD to HAMILTON...then take a #7 bus from the bus stop there out to Elbow Beach from Hamilton...or the reverse of the same itinerary.

You may purchasethe TRANSPORTATION PASS at the TOURIST INFORMATION desk, within the '..gazebo..' GIFT SHOP, located right at the end of your Dockyard cruise ship pier. The TRANSPORTATION PASS provides you with simple, convenient '..hop-on/hop-off..' access to all public buses and ferries (does not include 'private' jitney-shuttle services at Horseshoe Bay or Saint George's).

NONE of this is a 'Stanley/Livinston' explorer to figure out...if you take the time and make the effort to familiarize/orient yourself with tiny Bermuda before arriving, using a good map, along with the published bus and ferry routes and schedules You can pick up paper copies of the cleverly designed, pocket-sized, free BERMUDA-Handy Reference Map and BUS & FERRY SCHEDULE...as well as many other informational brochures..at the same GIFT SHOP. map and schedule is all you really need to figure the system out in relatively short order. It ain't exactly rocket science or celestial navigation.

BERMUDA-Handy Reference Map (orientation, relative locations)

www.bermudatourism.com/Downloadable_Map.pdf

BERMUDA BUS INFO--(Routes, schedules, fares, etc.)--

www.gov.bm/portal/server.pt…

BERMUDA FERRY INFO--(Routes, schedules, etc)--

www.gov.bm/portal/server.pt…

Edited: 22 December 2010, 17:06
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10. Re: Best beaches without cruise hoards

I'd like to know where this beach is. Looking for something close to dockyard.