In the midst of the hustle and bustle of daily life, we sometimes have the desire to seek refuge and relaxation in a tranquil setting. These eight quiet and beautiful locations are the perfect places to find solitude when it all gets a bit too much.
This out-of-the-way beach was the winner of the Best of Bermuda Award 2020 for Place for a Discreet Rendezvous, proving just how secluded it is. Descend the stone staircase to a beach built for two, perfect for a picnic or a midnight dip. Tiny and beautiful, this idyllic bay is located just outside the Olde Towne on Barry Road.
Just off Barber’s Alley in St. George, you’ll find a tiny garden. Designed and maintained by the Garden Club of Bermuda, it was given as a gift to St. George’s when it acquired World Heritage Status. Often empty, this is a perfect spot for repose. You’ll see it shine during the Bermuda National Trust’s Christmas Walkabout when the members of the Garden Club decorate it for the festivities.
Hog Bay Beach
This little known 32-acre park is the perfect place to relax by oneself. It holds agricultural lands, forest trails, old buildings, and even a rocky seashore and beach depending on the tide. Secluded and quiet, it is nestled off the road just before you go over Somerset Bridge. The winding trails are seldom occupied by anyone else, and they lead you up to a breathtaking view over the ocean. Down the other side of the hill, you can swim out over seagrass flats and not see or hear anybody else.
Stokes Point Nature Reserve
Once previously a dumping site, this little nature reserve, located on the left of Ferry Road shortly after the Swing Bridge leading into St. George, is now a restored woodland and wetland. Thankfully the Bermuda National Trust and the Audubon Society acquired this area in the 1980s, and with the help of ESSO company, the garbage was dragged out and the pond renewed. A walking trail will take you through the woods and cedar forest. You’ll discover a small gap through the mangroves, providing a vista of the pond on its eastern side. The little islets you see support nesting herons and the pond is connected to Mullet Bay by a tidal channel that runs under the road.
For the adventurer, the unregulated and unmaintained Southlands Estate is a frontier waiting to be conquered. It sprawls across the whole Southlands neighborhood and includes a shady valley forest, a tomb, and many abandoned buildings to examine. In addition, in the back garden of one of the abandoned houses, there is a cute little adventurer’s hang-out spot that invites other explorers to chill.
Heydon Trust and Chapel
This beautiful property is situated in the West End of the island and features 43-acres of private parkland administered by the Heydon Trust. Positioned at the southern end is Heydon Chapel, a very small church thought to have been built in 1620 and offers a striking view of Heydon’s Bay. The property is a bird sanctuary and also an abundance of plants both endemic and native.
The steep climb down to the actual beach makes this the perfect secluded romantic spot. The park itself is very high up compared to the sea, and a wonderful place to take in ocean views, have a picnic, and play games. Here you can see good examples of dunes and rocky shore habitats in Bermuda, with examples of prickly pears and Spanish bayonet, but be careful navigating around the steep trails on the edge of the park.
Alfred Blackburn Smith Reserve
This 8.7 acres site on the South Shore is exclusive to the Bermuda Audubon Society members and Coral Beach members and guests. However, you can contact the Society for permission to visit. Due to the limited access, you know this beautiful costal trail will be tranquil. It has incredible views of the south shore, and the Audubon Society reports sightings of rare birds such as the long-eared owl and ruby-throated hummingbirds.