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Visiting Bermuda, need recommendations

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Visiting Bermuda, need recommendations

Hi,

We are a group of 5 people, 4 adults and 1 kid(1yr), visiting Bermuda in the end of September by Cruise(Royal Caribbean). We will only have 1.5 day to spend on the island so we really want to make every minute count. Our priority is to enjoy the beautiful beaches on the island as well as some stunning scenic views. Horseshoe bay is definitely on top of our list. I'd like to know how easy is to go from one beach to another? Any other place that have some scenic views?

I'm thinking of maybe spending the first half day to join an island tour. But with a toddler, I'm not sure how doable this is. Alternatively, if the plan is to go to visit different beaches for the entire day, will we be spending a lot of time on buses&public transportations? For the second day, our cruise is leaving at 3pm so I'd like to stay somewhere that's not too far away from the port. Do you have any recommendations for that?

Many thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Visiting Bermuda, need recommendations

Sorry to correct one thing, the Cruise leaves at 5pm on the second day in Bermuda.

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With four adults and one toddler...your best bet may be to take one of the Horseshoe Bay Beach Shuttles ($7 per person) from your King's/Heritage Wharf cruise ship pier, directly to HORSESHOE BAY-- https://tinyurl.com/ydbkzmpq .... https://tinyurl.com/yarfjbcl . For what it's worth, there is a small, cove, a natural '..pool.., PORT ROYAL COVE (sometimes referred to as '..Baby Beach..')-- https://tinyurl.com/n9fatrh .... https://tinyurl.com/hacuow6 --located just to the right of the main beach at Horseshoe Bay (below/behind Rum Bum's Beach Bar) that's a great spot for young childen and anxious parents.

From Horseshoe Bay, you can take a taxi onward to any other south shore beaches that you might want to visit...and make arrangements with the taxi driver for a pick-up at a predetermined time...or get their mobile phone number to call for a pick-up and ride back to your ship.

...OR...if you have a stroller with large wheels, for going over rough ground, you could walk to the far eastern-end (to your left as you face the ocean) and take the sandy footpaths through the dunes behind and along the clifftops above an absolutely lovely stretch (3/4 mile) of small, semi-secluded, rock-crenelated coves and beaches (Peel Rock Cove, Butts Beach, Middle Beach-- https://tinyurl.com/yamyp93y --Wafer Rocks Beach, Angle Beach, Hidden Beach-- https://tinyurl.com/yaqa4a83 .... https://tinyurl.com/yaclxabj ....Chaplin Bay, Stonehole Bay-- https://tinyurl.com/ybx43t9f .... Jobson's Cove-- https://tinyurl.com/ybojlpxj .... https://tinyurl.com/y9ca3ty7 .... Warwick Long Bay-- https://tinyurl.com/ybq2ct7g

Taxi fares in Bermuda tend to be expensive....but with four passengers the expense is mitigated by the number of passengers....and there is an intangible 'added value' to keeping the group together.

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For the relative locations of this stretch of beaches at SOUTH SHORE PARK from the Royal Naval Dockyard--

BERMUDA--Handy Reference Map--

https:/…bermuda-map-web.pdf

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Bear in mind that along this magnificent 1¼--1½ mile stretch of South Shore Park, from Horseshoe Bay to the west and Warwick Long Bay to the east....the ONLY beach facilities/amenities (beach shuttle services, bathrooms/changing rooms, chair & umbrella rental, food & beverage service, etc) to be found are at the far-western/entrance-end of Horseshoe Bay. There are chemical toilet and Porta-Potti facilities located at intermediate spots along the way...but THAT'S IT for services and amenities....but that's also what makes this rock-crenelated, pink sand, surf-fringed stretch beyond Horseshoe Bay UN-trafficked and UN-crowded. Nature makes it INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL.

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Thank you SO MUCH for the information KDKSAIL. These are super helpful!! I'll have a discussion with them about this and see what they think. We might also consider hiring a taxi drive to give us a brief tour for about half day. From reading this forum, I heard a guy named Lewis have some really good reviews. I personally would love to rent a boat too. I did this one time in Exuma and absolutely loved it. However, the harbour there was well protected so the sea is generally very calm. Is this the same case in Bermuda as well? Since we'll have a kid with us so not sure if this is a good idea.

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>>>... I personally would love to rent a boat too...<<<

The Royal Naval Dockyard complex, where your cruise ship will be berthed, is also Bermuda well sheltered western shore. There is a broad, coral barrier reef system located just offshore that shelters this cruising ground...so great for boating. The stretch of western shore from MANGROVE BAY-to-ELY'S HARBOUR (Somerset Bridge) is approx. four(4) miles long (north-to-south). There are a couple/few small islands along this stretch that you may nose your boat into and land on, to picnic, swim, snorkel and explore--INNER & OUTER ISLANDS-- https://tinyurl.com/y82gt8pv --up at the Mangrove Bay end and PALM ISLAND-- https://tinyurl.com/y7bth2f6--down at the seaward-entrance to Ely's Harbour...and lots of likely spots in between. There's also the '..VIXEN..' wreck-- https://www.bermudascenics.com/photo/vixen-2/ --located approx. 500 yards or so off of the Daniel's Head promontory and island in between.

There are a couple/few self-drive boat rental operations along this stretch to rent from--

FANTASEA--(Dockyard)

fantasea.bm/tours-activitieslinks/…4180

H2O WATERSPORTS--(Mangrove Bay)

https://www.h2osportsbermuda.com/

SOMERSET BRIDGE WATERSPORTS--(Ely's Harbour)

http://bdawatersports.com/

The only possible '..catch..' to this I can see would be that you would probably have to bring your own properly-sized PFD for the toddler (ya' can't just duct tape a couple of air or 'packing-peanut' filled zip-lock bags to the kid and call it '..Good to go..'...Go figga', huh ??). and most boat rental operations won't have properly sized PFD's for children that small/young

Edited: 05 August 2018, 02:29
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PALM ISLAND--(seaward entrance to Ely's Harbour)

https://tinyurl.com/y7bth2f6

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I would highly suggest avoiding the buses because of all the reports of long waits for them. Also, the ferries run mostly every 1 1/2 hours and you run the chance of not getting on and have to wait for the next one. You might consider taxis but they do sock it to you with the fares.

Whatever you do, have a great time. I’ve been to Bermuda 🇧🇲 Multiple Times on Anthem and she is truly a great ship. Bermuda is lucky to have her ‼️

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Thank you so so much KDKSAIL! You're amazing! Will definitely discuss with them about this and see if they're interested. Thanks again for all your help

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10. Re: Visiting Bermuda, need recommendations

Thank you for the reply. I think will mainly stick with the Shuttles to Horseshoe bay and taxi. If I understand correctly, if we're only going to the beaches around horseshoe bay then we don't have to take the ferry? I'm glad to hear you liked the Anthem. It will be our first time doing Royal Caribbean so we really hope it would be a fun one. Cheers!

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