Gavin Howarth/TABS — The Authentic Bermuda Shorts Clearwater Beach, St. George’s Parish. Located near St. David’s Island on the site of the former U.S. Naval Air Station, this beach features playgrounds for families, a beach bar, lifeguards in the summer, picnic tables with barbeque areas and public bathrooms. Nearby Turtle Cove is another Bermuda favourite. Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve is open to the public and provides sheltered bays and long stretches of pristine sand that have become quite popular with locals. The area is a nature reserve, but swimming, picnicking and snorkelling are popular. Bring everything you need. Toilets are available nearby. Gates Bay, St. George’s Parish. Also near Fort St. Catherine and sheltered from prevailing southwest winds during the summer, it is very popular with locals. Whilst there are no toilets, pop-up snack huts are sometimes available in the summer. The bay is also near The Beach House. John Smith’s Bay, Smith’s Parish. Though not well-known, this beach is just off the road and offers a large stretch of sand. It is a local favourite because of its reefs — which lie in close proximity to the shore — and its protected shallow waters. There are on-site bathroom facilities, as well as a lunch wagon that sells food and beverages. It is also wheelchair accessible, and there are lifeguards in the summer months. Shelly Bay, Hamilton Parish. On the north shore of the island, Shelly Bay is another local favourite. The sand is white and the waters are calm and extremely shallow, making it perfect for young children; there is a playground near the beach, too. Beach rentals are available in the summer months. Tobacco Bay, St. George’s Parish. Colourful coral reefs and Tobacco Bay’s proximity to shore make this popular snorkelling location an exciting and safe choice for exploring underwater life. With crystal-clear waters, clean facilities, umbrella and chair rentals, and fun watersports for all the family, Tobacco Bay National Park has so much to offer. The scenic coves and nature trails complete this picturesque and sheltered bay, the setting for the infamous “Gunpowder Plot” of 1775 that spearheaded the fight for America’s independence. With a vibrant beach bar, café and barbeque serving up tropical flavour and island vibes, you can easily while away the hours from daylight through sunset.   �c;�d;  �a;�b;�c; Many of Bermuda’s beaches are tended by lifeguards during high season. Here’s a brief list of when and where you can swim under the watchful eye of Bermuda’s lifeguards. Horseshoe Bay: May 1–October 31 John Smith’s Bay: May 24–Labour Day Clearwater Beach: May 24–Labour Day Turtle Bay: May 24–Labour Day Lifeguards are on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All other beaches are unattended.