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Cooper's Island Nature Reserve is located in St. Georges parish at the Eastern end of Bermuda. The nature reserve incorporates the former NASA space shuttle tracking facility and parts of the former United States Naval Air Station. The reserve is under active restoration and is now open to the public as part of the Bermuda National Parks system. (see Cooper's Island Nature Reserve homepage).
Highlights of the nature reserve include:
restored salt-marsh habitat and pond (opposite Gombey's restaurant at Clearwater Beach). The pond contains endemic fish and is a great bird watching spot.
Long Bay - a great swimming and snorkeling beach with a lifeguard on duty in summer
Well Bay - a great beach for snorkeling and turtle spotting
The former NASA radar site, now contains interpretive signs. A great bird and whale watching spot at the far south-east of Bermuda
Beaches are a 5 minute walk from the parking area and tend to be among the least crowded in Bermuda.
The portion of the nature reserve with the beaches can be accessed through the pedestrian gate at the end of Turtle Beach. Parking is on the grass outside the gate. The reserve is open from sunrise to sunset and there is no entry fee.