Shelly Bay Beach & Nature Reserve


The only beach to speak of in Hamilton parish, this one's a family favorite, particularly on weekends. There's a large playground adjacent to the beach, picnic tables in park surrounding the beach, and the water is mostly calm.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Bermuda attractions

1. Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo


As well as being a top attraction for children, this great little zoo is also a center for research and conservation programs that aim to raise awareness…

2. Harrington Sound

1.01 MILES

A central feature of Smith's and Hamilton parishes, this vast body of water is an important habitat for squid, spiny lobster, rays and other sea creatures…

3. Holy Trinity Church

1.44 MILES

Parts of this picturesque church date back to the third generation of Bermudians – the 1660s and '70s – and if you stop by during Sunday services, you can…

4. St Mark's Church

1.55 MILES

The stone incarnation of the original Anglican church that stood on this site since the 1650s, St Mark's is a dramatic landmark with a prominent spire…

5. Verdmont Museum

1.72 MILES

Surrounded by palmettos, this historic mansion was built around 1710 but has features from both 17th- and 18th-century architectural styles, which make it…

6. Spittal Pond Nature Reserve

1.74 MILES

Comprising several varied habitats – including marsh land, woodland, and brackish and freshwater ponds – this coastal nature reserve is home to several…

7. John Smith's Bay

1.83 MILES

The shallow, calm waters of this small half-moon beach are a favorite with local families, and it's one of the few beaches with a lifeguard on duty. There…

8. St Patrick's Church

1.86 MILES

This round Roman Catholic church is not Bermuda's most aesthetically pleasing, but it has been the focal point of the island's Portuguese community for…