The Southshore Beaches – Bermuda (British Overseas Territory)

Pink Sand and Turquoise Waters

This time the tourist literature doesn’t exaggerate: The sand of Bermuda’s beaches – especially in the late-afternoon sun – really is rosy pink, the result of granules of crushed coral washed ashore from the island’s band of protective reefs.

Though it’s known as an island, Bermuda is actually a fishhook ­shaped archipelago made up of seven major islands and about 143 smaller ones, intercon­nected by bridges and causeways. That’s a lot of blushing pink coastline.

Of the world’s resort islands, Bermuda enjoys the highest rate of return visitors, many of whom come back, at least in part, to bask on the dozens of small, hidden beaches they didn’t have time for on their last trip. Typically, southshore beaches are more scenic than those on the north side.

Postcard-per­fect Horseshoe Bay is one of the most popular and the most photographed— which means lots of cooler-toting families and teenage beach-blanket parties. Lovely as it is, on weekends you’re better off going to nearby Elbow Beach. For utter serenity from sunrise to sunset, search out Warwick Long Bay—lengthy, soft, and truly pink. Really.

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