Shelly Bay Beach, Hamilton Parish

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Shelly Bay Beach, Hamilton Parish, Bermuda

The beaches of the south shores of Bermuda are amongst the most famous in the world, but can sometimes become very crowded, especially during the summer months when cruise ships dock on the island. Fortunately, if you are looking for a bit more intimate, Bermuda has little gems scattered on its shorelines and Shelly Bay Beach is one of them.

Located on the east coast of the island, in Hamilton Parish, it is one of the top beaches for children and families, especially because of its very shallow and warm waters. Named after Henry Shelly, one of the crew members of the Sea Venture – the ship that crashed in Bermuda in 1609, leading to the original settlement – the beach has everything you could ask for: pink sand, wonderful and clear blue warm water, schools of colourful fish, trees to shade the beach…

There is also a playground and a park with picnic facilities next to the beach making it ideal for children and families. It is a favourite of many locals and because there aren’t many hotels in the area, you will not usually find many tourists. At week-ends, you can see local football and cricket teams playing in the park.

There is also a mangrove tidal pool along the beach where you can spot many species of bird. To the north east of the beach is a nature reserve with a wooden boardwalk that takes you through the reserve and along the shoreline. The reserve links the beach to the Bermuda Railway Trail too, so it is a great place from where to walk and explore a bit of the island.

The proximity of the scenic Flatts Village, Shelby Market Place where you can find a grocery store, and the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo, adds value to Shelly Bay Beach.

A reviewer says on Trip Advisor that the water is so shallow that

at low tide, you can walk fifty yards from shore and it will still only be 2-3 feet deep.

It makes it the ideal beach for novice swimmers and snorkellers, as well as children who can safely wade in the water. The shallow reef that protect the bay from strong waves is also a great snorkel site.

Located at Crawl Hill, off North Shore Road, Shelly Bay Beach is accessible by the number 10 and 11 buses and there is a car park at the entry of the park where you can leave your scooter. The beach bar is now closed but there are still some changing rooms available.

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