Many beaches of Bermuda are large and wide, but there also are many other smaller and as beautiful ones all around the island shores.
The parish of Southampton has a few of them along the South Shore Park on the east Horseshoe Bay, the most famous and popular beach of Bermuda, towards the parish of Warwick.
Peel Rock Cove is the smallest of them and the first you will find on leaving Horseshoe Bay. This little cove is barely a beach, especially compared to the 4 miles of pink sand next to it, but it offers a great alternative to those who want to enjoy the beauty of the bay without sharing it with the crowds.
Peel Rock Cove is sitting within a big long rock that advances in the water on the edge of the Horseshoe Bay and that separates it from Butts Beach. So Peel Rock is almost in the ocean and perpendicular to the bay. It is surrounded by rocks forming an inverted ‘C’ with another one facing the cove, making the waters much calmer than on the main beach of the bay.
The cove is pretty much a little pool of seawater kept from the wind and the noise by the rocks. Because it is further in the water than the Horseshoe Bay, it might disappear at high tide. You should check the tide times before going there to avoid getting your towels wet!
The good thing is that you are almost guaranteed to be on your own on the little stretch of pink soft sand as there is just enough room for a few people. You will also need to pass between the rocks to reach Peel Rock Cove or get to it by the water. This means that you can only take a few things with you and certainly not any beach equipment, whether it is yours or that of the stands of the Horseshoe Bay.
It is worthwhile to take some snorkelling gear if you go to Peel Rock Cove: the beach is a great base from where to explore the waters and discover the marine life, especially along the rock that forms the sides of the cove which is one of the biggest and longest rock formations of the bay.
The swimming area of the cove is in itself not very large and ideal for kids, even though you’ll need to keep an eye on them because lifeguards on duty on Horseshoe Bay Beach might not be able to see in the cove. For those who want to swim further, the cove also opens on the ocean.
If you want to have the impression to be on a secluded beach without having to go very far from toilets and showers facilities as well as from food concessions, then get in Horseshoe Bay early and claim the Peel Rock Cove.
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