Oct 2, 201211:11 AMTravel
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Bermuda Beaches. Not Just Another Pretty Face.
We have been fortunate to visit quite a few different islands such as The Big Island in Hawaii, Provo in Turks & Caicos, and Phuket in Thailand. So when our cruise ship docked at King's Wharf in Bermuda, and dad and I decided to spend a day checking out the local pink sand beaches, the thought was we would see more of the same.
We anticipated the water would be a beautiful variation of blues and the sand would be soft to the touch.
A breeze would be gently blowing through the palm trees as the happy couples splashed in the refreshing tide, water spraying from their heels and getting into the misty eyes of the local mermaids.
To be fair, I am not a beach person. I appreciate their beauty, but to sit still on a beach drives me crazy. I would rather be off exploring. But I never said I made sense so let's go check out the beaches.
Dad and I rented a moped and drove on the wrong side of the road heading towards the famous Horseshoe Bay Beach in south Bermuda near the cast iron lighthouse, him clinging to the back, sure that we are going to run head-on into one of the buses coming the other way. What we found made me smile.
The beaches in Bermuda are beautiful and exciting. I am used to a smooth beach with little to break up the monotony of sand and surf.
Here, however, you have soft light pink sand around the water's edge broken by large black boulders carved into interesting shapes by the unrelenting waves.
Black cliffs create a dramatic backdrop and a wonderful vantage point to watch the people below while the waves create a mosh pit upon the rocks. Walk along the shore and you may find small caves of which some are large enough to lay out a blanket. What a great place to hide away and relax in protection from the sun. In fact, exploration is the name of the game.
Horseshoe Bay is beautiful but the beaches alongside are where I would play. Wander along the beach from one bay to the next where the scenery and landscape continues to change or follow the intimate sandy paths up above to get from one beach to the other for a higher viewpoint.
No matter which adventure you choose, you can use Horseshoe Bay as the beginning point. As you walk along the crowds will diminish in size and depending upon the day you may even have the chance to enjoy a beach all to yourself.
The rock formations are fascinating and the salt spray refreshing.
If you are fortunate to be here during the hours before a storm hits, chances are you will be rewarded with a spectacular display as plumes of water shoot into the sky and waves crash across the coral reefs out against the horizon. Add in a beautiful sunset and watch the vibrant colors change the storm clouds to varying shades of purple and orange.
Whether you are a beach person or not, Bermuda's southern beaches are a treat and a great place to spend the day. I can honestly say it is the only place that I have found thus far where I could crawl up on a rock and enjoy watching the surf come in.
Can you hear the ocean calling?