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Why Is The Sand Pink?...And Other Facts About Bermuda’s Beaches

Posted by YMT Vacations on Dec 19, 2019 8:30:00 AM

Picture of Bermuda Pink Sand Beach - Horseshoe Bay

An island nation fewer than two hours by plane from Atlanta and Miami, Bermuda is an easily accessible paradise on earth. It is renowned for its crystal-clear water, delicious food, and friendly people—but it’s famous for its striking pink sand beaches. A peculiar sight created by very particular conditions, Bermuda’s pink sand beaches must be seen to believe.

How Pink Sand Beaches Are Made

Pink sand is made of red-shelled Foraminifera, bits of coral, and crushed shell mixing with regular sand.

Why Bermuda Has Pink Sand

Picture of Bermuda Pink Sand Beach

Off the shore of Bermuda, tiny single-celled red organisms (Foraminifera) grow beneath the coral reefs. When these organisms die, they fall to the ocean floor and mix with bits of coral and crushed shell. The sand turns pink when this mixture washes onto the beach.

Over time the pink sand pushes up the beach through the pounding of waves, and the sun bleaching the color. The most vivid shades of pink sand are near the water's edge.

But remember, it's against the law to remove the unique pink sand.

Beaches With Pink Sand in Bermuda

Picture of Bermuda Pink Sand Beach - Sunrise at Horseshoe Bay

Not all of Bermuda’s beaches are pink. Of the 34 beaches that make up the 75 miles of the island’s coast, only the ones on the south shore have the salmon-colored hue. Here is a list of the best pink sand beaches in Bermuda.

Horseshoe Bay Beach

The most famous pink sand beach in Bermuda, is consistently heralded as one of the world’s top beaches. Head to the west of the beach to find Port Royal Cove, a tranquil cove surrounded by rocks with shallow water that is ideal for swimming.

Chaplin Bay Beach

Sandwiched between two dramatic sea cliffs, this quiet, small beach is an ideal place to relax in relative privacy.

Stonehole Bay Beach

Close to facilities but protected from crowds and prying eyes by rocky cliffs, this twin beach to Chaplin Bay is said to have especially pink sands.

Warwick Long Bay Beach

This beach is a half-mile long pink sand oasis. Wander the trail that snugs the cliff side to explore other nearby beaches and great snorkeling spots.

Map of Bermuda Beaches

This map showcases the most popular beach destinations in Bermuda. The pink area of the map is where you can find Bermuda's pink sand.

Map of Bermuda Beaches and Pink Sand Locations

Other Bermuda Island Beaches

There are many different beaches to choose from in Bermuda, with or without the pink hue. Some beaches are ideal for sunbathing and catching up on your favorite novel while others attract a more active crowd. Consider what your perfect beach day looks like, and pick the beach that’s just right for you!

Here are our picks for other top beaches in Bermuda:

  • For snorkeling, try Tobacco Bay Beach in St. George where coral and rock formations attract a variety of marine life.
  • John Smith’s Bay Beach, a small beach favored by locals, is quite private and set back from the road. Plus, it has several interesting limestone formations!
  • Elbow Beach is named for the long gentle arc of the shore, resembling a bent elbow. It’s known for calm waters, beautiful reefs, and a shipwreck that’s just off the shore.
  • Found at the bottom of a fairly steep hiking path, getting to Astwood Cove is definitely worth the effort—especially for birdwatchers. It’s surrounded by cliffs that attract a huge population of Bermuda Longails, who are fascinating to watch swoop en masse from above.
  • A hidden gem, Hog Bay is a secluded beach that is reached through Hog Bay Park. While it is only accessible during low tide, it offers a private retreat and a setting straight out of the movies.

Visit Bermuda with YMT Vacations!

Stroll along the pink beaches or wander amidst Bermuda’s pastel-colored boutiques, watch a fiery red sunset slip beneath the horizon, or swim in a romantic grotto. These Bermuda experiences are just part of the YMT Vacations experience on select transatlantic cruise tours. For information or to make a reservation, call your travel consultant or YMT Vacations at 1-888-756-9072.

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