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Two best public beaches?

CT
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Two best public beaches?

We're arriving in King's Wharf on Explorer of the Seas on Monday and Tues 8/29 and 30, and are looking for public beaches that rent umbrellas and chairs, have bathrooms, and snorkeling off the beach. Also, what's our best form of transportation there? Thanks!

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1. Re: Two best public beaches?

I am a bermudian and will try to help you out.

Horseshoe Bay is the most popular beach and it has all that you are looking for except great snorkeling. There are parrot fish around the rocks but the offshore reefs are much better.

There is a beach, Church bay that is better for snorkeling and there is a small concession stand that rents out equipment.

I would recommend getting off the dock and getting a taxi instead of waiting in line for the bus. The taxi should cost you about $35 each way.

Or if you are up to it, rent a moped.

For Snorkeling I would suggest that you go on one of the snorkeling tour boats out to the reefs. They are beautiful.

CT
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2. Re: Two best public beaches?

Thank you. Does Church Bay Beach have a bathroom?

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3. Re: Two best public beaches?

As noted above, none of the public south shore beaches is going to fitt all of your criteria.

CHURCH BAY has the best snorkeling-from-the-beach in Bermuda and there is a concessionaire there that rents basic snorkeling gear and sells basic snacks and soft drinks....but I don't think that they rent either chairs of beach umbrellas. Bathromm facilities here are basic Porta Potti, sufficient for necessities and changing into/out of bathing suits. Church Bay is easily accessed via the regular #7--Dockyard-Via South Shore Beaches-Hamilton public bus route (NOT 'Special' express buses)

HORSESHOE BAY a mile or so farther east has a 'beach house' with full bathroom and changing facilities. The concessionaire here rents basic snorkeling gear, sand chairs, beach umbrellas, inflatable surf-mats and sells a variety of 'beach food' snacks and soft drinks. The snorkeling here occasionally rises to '..okay..' at best. When there are cruise ships berthed in Dockyard, cruise passengers ('..we have met the enemy and he is us..') tend to get 'herded' to Horseshoe Bay...and so the wester/entrance-end of the beach tends to get 'carpeted-over' by cruise line beach towels. Horseshoe Bay is easily accessed is easily accessed via the regular #7--Dockyard-Via South Shore Beaches-Hamilton public bus route

and '..Special..' (designation of the route board) direct 'express' buses between Dockyard and the Hoseshoe Bay bus stop. The bus trip takes approx. 35 minutes.

ELBOW BEACH is located farther east along the south shore. There are basic Porta-Potti facilities at the public access entrance and full bathroom and changing room facilties a bit farther (100 yards or so) along the beach at the Elbow Beach beachclub. There is a concessionaire near the public access entrance that rents basic snorkeling gear, chaise lounge, sand chairs, beach umbrellas and 'water toys'. There is also MICKEY"S BEACH BISTRO restaurant and bar at the Elbow Beach Hotel. The snorkeling here isn't especially good.

Elbow Beach is accessed via the same regular #7--Dockyard-Via South Shore Beaches-Hamilton public bus route...then a long-ish walk from the bus stop up on the South Road, down to the beach. The bus trip takes a very scenic 50 minutes.

Perhaps for what you want...you would be better served by taking an ORANGE--Dockyard-Saint George's ferry (10:00, 11:45 AM??), from the DOCKYARD ferry dock to SAINT GEORGE'S...then either take the private (NOT covered by the transportation Pass) jitney/shuttle bus from the main Square over and around the hill to TOBACCO BAY BEABH on the backside of Saint George's. There are full bathrooms and changing facilities here.There is a concessionaire that rents basic snorkeling gear, sand chairs, beach unbrellas and sells basic 'beach food' and bar. Tobacco Bay is a small well-sheltered, rock-surrounded little bay, with dead calm/flat water. There is good snorkeling here (though not nearly as good as Church Bay) out around and amongst the rocks. The Orange route ferry ride takes a very pleasant 45 minuts, then probably another 15 minutes to find the jitney/shuttle bus around the Square and make your way to Tobacco Bay.

For the return to Dockyard from Tobacco Bay, you could take the very scenic #1--Saint George's-Hamilton public bus route, from the main bus terminal in Saint George's to the main bus terminal in downtown Hamilton (approx. 60 very pleasant minutes) ...transfering to the very scenic #7--Hamilton-Via South Shore Beaches-Dockyard bus route back out along Bermuda's magnificent south shore (with some genuine 'take-your-breath-away' ocean and south shore views en route) back to where you began your day at Dockyard (approx. 60 mins). This would complete your own 'circumnavigation' of Bermuda, by land 'n sea.

Purchase a one-day or multi-day TRANSPORTATION PASS (from the TOURIST INFORMATION desk, located in the '..gazebo..' GIFT SHOP..' situated near the end of your King's/Heritage Wharf cruise ship pier). The Transportation Pass provides you with convenient '..hop-on/hop-off..' access to all public buses and ferries...but does **NOT** cover private jitney/shuttle bus services).

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4. Re: Two best public beaches?

Horseshoe bay and walk on up to Warwick Long Bay.

bus is best way to go

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5. Re: Two best public beaches?

>>>Warwick Long Bay<<<

WARWICK LONG BAY is a wonderful beach--one of the very best in Bermuda....and will be far less trafficked than its more famous neighbor, Horseshoe Bay--and certainly well worth a visit but....I'm not sure that there is still a concessionaire here (??) that rents basic snorkeling gear, beach chairs, beach umbrellas. There is a lunch wagon that parks up on the South Road, near the western, WARWICK LONG BAY/JOBSON'S COVE entrance drive, for basic 'beach food' and beverages. And the snorkeling there is at best '..okay..'. There is basic, Porta-Potti bathroom facility here for necessities and changing.

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