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“Off the Beaten Path”
Review of Blue Hole Park

Blue Hole Park
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US$176.47*
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Bermuda Nature and Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #49 of 244 things to do in Bermuda
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

This is a must visit if you would like to get wet in a secluded area. It is like a small pond in the middle of a wooded area. You have to go looking for it to find it as it is about a 10 minute walk from the main road. I jumped off of a 12' high rock ledge into the Hole. I also did some snorkeling, but there wasn't a lot to see. It is a salt water pond if you were wondering about that. If you are in the Grotto Bay area you at least have to stop by to check it out, but I recommend jumping in while you are there.

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Reviewed 4 August 2014

Favorite place we went to on our vacation we jumped off the cliffs there and swam in the cave there and saw the fish since the water was so clear and beautiful.

3  Thank Brittany H
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

Swam with the fish for over an hour, by ourselves! Beautiful. Clear water. Park is not clearly marked. I suggest swim in the Cave at Grotto bay then walk down to the park. Just when you think you have walked too far you will find it.

4  Thank Kim H
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

My husband read about Blue Hole on Tripadvisor. We took a 30 minute bus ride from Hamilton to the closest bus stop at Grotto Bay. We walked down a hill & through a parking lot & entered the Blue Hole Park area. We found a dock & proceeded to jump into the hole, swimming with the fish & wildlife around us. It was a little spooky - almost like we were trespassing until a very nice woman came upon us & exclaimed that we had indeed found one of Bermuda's hidden gems. It used to be the area where you could swim with the dolphins, but they moved them. What is left is private, secluded area where you can just simply enjoy nature. Shhhh - keep it a secret.... It wouldn't be good crowded.

12  Thank BethAnnP
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

Disclaimer: This is a reconstruction of a review I wrote in 2012 that mysteriously vanished from the site.

If you like to explore nature and want to get away from the usual tourist attractions, this is a great place to visit, featuring jungle, beautiful shorelines, and a variety of caves you can explore. And it's free!

The main park entrance is at the southern end of the Causeway, up the road from Grotto Bay Beach Resort (where the bus stop is). Crystal and Fantasy Caves are nearby.

As of mid-2012, there was very little in the way of signage, which is either fine or somewhat frustrating, depending on your personality. It was kind of like playing one of the Myst games in places–you need to poke around to find paths that lead to the goodies. If you find yourself wondering, "Wait, that's it?" you probably haven't found them.

There is a clear, main path that runs parallel to Castle Harbor, then into the jungle and eventually ends at Tom Moore's Tavern (getting more "rustic" as you go). This path is paved to a point and has some obvious offshoots that go to things like the Blue Hole grotto you see in all the photos.

Heading up this main path, with the harbor on your left, you'll come to a little beach. On the left side of this beach, not immediately obvious from the path, are a couple of entrances to a big, beautiful sea cave–I got some amazing photos there. I've heard of people snorkeling in Castle Harbor, but we did not swim while at the park.

You may see Bermuda longtail seagulls, which hang out in the rocky cliff-like parts of the shoreline.

Continuing on, you will eventually pass what looks like a lawn on your right–initially we went right past it. If you get off the path and look around the perimeter, you'll see a natural pool on the end closest to the harbor, and trailheads–without signs, you could easily miss them. These narrow, red-dirt paths lead to caves–some you climb down into, and some up to. There's also a huge cavern with a pool in it back there. There were no signs forbidding swimming here or anywhere else, and in other reviews people mention it, but be aware it is completely unsupervised.

Cons (other than the signage issue):

When I was there in 2012 there were NO bathrooms--what was there looked like it had been shut down for a long time.

If you have mobility challenges, small children, and/ or a stroller, your exploration may be limited, as most of the paths are unpaved and become narrow. I also recall a pretty big hill up from the parking lot.

Tips:

Wear good shoes or sport sandals, bring water, snacks and flashlights, and consider bug spray and a compass or GPS (we didn't get lost. No idea what cell phone reception is like). Expect to get dirty if you explore caves. I wish we'd brought some wipes and a small towel–we were grungy and didn't really want to get on the bus like that. Photographers: this is a great environment to in which to give your Gorillapod a workout!

10  Thank flevine
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