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Walking to nearest beach from Kings Port docks

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Walking to nearest beach from Kings Port docks

Husband and I are cruising on Norwegian Breakaway to Bermuda. Unfortunately he is recuperating from a broken knee and while he can walk a short distance a good walk is just not in the cards for us. Is there any beach that has an easy access from a car or bus? Also is it possible to walk from the ship to a beach with frequent places (cafes or park benches etc.) to stop and rest? Thanks.

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1. Re: Walking to nearest beach from Kings Port docks

The nearest '..beach..' to your King's Heritage Wharf cruise ship pier, at the Royal Naval Dockyard complex will be SNORKEL PARK-- http://www.snorkelparkbeach.com/. It is located approx. 700 yards from the gangway of your cruise ship. Snorkel Park may have '..sand at the edge of the water..' but it ain't much of a 'beach'....and to make matters worse; there's an admission charge to use it.

The next nearest 'beach' to the Dockyard complex will be something called BLACK BAY BEACH-- http://www.blackbaybermuda.com/ --which is located approx. one(1) mile (a few minutes via bus or taxi) from Dockyard a few yards from the main Somerset road through Bermuda's west-end. This 'beach' is located a few yards from the road and from the public bus stop for the 'regular' #7 & #8 public bus routes (NOT the 'SPECIAL' bus route). There is a concessionaire operating here that rents chairs and umbrellas. This is probably another 'beach' that you can drive on by without loss or regret.

You best bet(s) may be: DANIEL'S HEAD PARK, located out on the Daniel's Head promontory, fronting onto Somerset Long Bay...approx. three(3) miles from Dockyard (a few minutes via public bus or taxi). There is a concessionaire here--SurfSup-- http://www.surfsupbermuda.com/ --that rents beach chairs, umbrellas, various watersports equipment and offers basic '..beach food..' and beverages. There are also bathroom facilities here and shade trees at the back of the beach. Daniel's Head Park is only partially accessible via 'regular' #7 or #8 bus, stopping out on the main Somerset Road...then a walk back in to the park (approx. 900 yards)...but you can drive right up in a taxi (10-12 mins--approx. $10-$12 fare). Even with the old 9 Beaches Resort (now Closed) still cluttering up the real estate with '..cabanas-on-stilts..' the Daniel's Head promontory is still a lovely spot.

Your other '..best bet..' will be the world famous HORSESHOE BAY beach. It is accessible via public bus--'..SPECIAL..' express (no intermediate stops en route) as well as 'regular' #7 & #8 bus routes. The walk down the gentle grade from bus stop to beach is approx. 400 yards. There is a private shuttle service than does the run from bus stop to beach for $3 (??)....or you could take a taxi. The ride would take approx. 30 minutes/$30 fare.

There is a concessionaire--Horseshoe Bay Beach Café--operating here that rents beach chairs, umbrellas, basic snorkeling gear and sells basic '..beach food..' and beverages. The beach house has full bathroom and changing room facilities. There is also a pay phone here (to call for a taxi pick-up).

If you want a more 'up-scale' luncheon option, the Fairmont Hotel's private beach club is immediately adjacent to the Horseshoe Bay parking lot (100-150 yard walk along path through trees). You can lunch at their CABANA BAR & GRILL-- fairmont.com/southampton-bermuda/… You MIGHT even be able to '..crash..' their beach club (lunch does NOT entitle you to use their private beach facilities...no 'day passes' available).

One other option is to reserve a '..day pass..' offer at the COCO REEF RESORT, fronting onto the far eastern end (prettiest end) of the world famous Elbow Beach. The cost of a 'day pass' at Coco Reef is $59 per person and includes a 2-course lunch, glass of wine or beer, use of both pool and beach, chaise lounge, beach umbrella, towels, bathroom and changing room facilities. The '..catch..' to this offer is that there are a couple of flights of stairs, down the hillside to the beach

Edited: 12:04 am, June 21, 2014
2. Re: Walking to nearest beach from Kings Port docks

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