As a child, it was hard not to dream of the chocolate rivers or the clouds of candy, the gingerbread homes and the waterfalls of cream… all glimpses of a fairytale! Equally imaginary sounds a beautiful beach, with yellow sun, blue water and pink sand! In fact this is not imagination but a true creation on this earth – the pink beaches are for real, in none other than the Somers Isles, more famously called the islands of Bermuda.
The Islands of Bermuda is the territory of the British and lies in the Northern Atlantic Ocean. As obvious from its name it is an island country thus, it has many beaches to offer to the tourists who flock to Bermuda not only to enjoy the sea side but also witness something which none of the beaches around the world can offer! Bermuda has 75 miles of coastline made up over about thirty four beaches – each more beautiful that the others. The Bermuda beaches are picturesque and pink in color. They have turquoise waters and have a vast stock of coral reefs, cliffs and coves to add to their beauty.
Though all these features together make the Bermuda beaches a coveted destination, yet, the pink color of these beaches has no rocket science behind it but just a plain simple logic! The coral reefs of Bermuda thrive at such a shallow level that they are easily within the range of swimming distance. Moreover during the low tide, these coral reefs are easily visible above water as well! Now these coral reefs are a home to millions of tiny organisms which are red in color. They die on the ocean floor and get mixed with the corals and shells on the ocean bed. When the sea waves wash them to the shore, they mingle with the sea-side sand and that gives the beaches of Bermuda their mysterious pink hue.
But over the time, the sand is further pushed back from the sea and these tiny particles are exposed to the heat of the sun. They therefore tend to lose their hue gradually and the sand attains a very faint pink color. But the sand that is constantly wet with the waves retains its deeper pink hue for a longer time. The best spot to get mesmerized with this red-pink color of sand is either the edge of the sea water where it keeps dampening the sand or around the very boundaries of the coral reefs where these tiny red organisms thrive and subsequently die. The funny thing about this sand is that if one would collect a sample of it to carry back home, eventually, the sand would lose its color and look like any other ordinary sand from any other beach! The key to let the sand retain its hue is to collect it while its wet and put it in a sealed plastic bag. It should also be kept away from sun.
These beaches are particularly favorites for the tourists who all gather sand from the pink beaches while enjoying the yellow sun falling on the blue waters. Though the beaches of Bermuda are mostly public and open for all from dawn to dusk but camping on the beach or staying out on the beaches during the night time is usually prohibited for tourists.
Of the thirty four famous beaches of Bermuda, Elbow Beach, also called the Paget Parish is very famous not just for its pale pink sand and three whole stretches of coral reefs but also for its fascinating shape, like that of an elbow! (That’s how it got its name). Another one with a funny nomenclature is the Horse shoe Bay Beach, which has the shape of a horse-shoe! It has pink sand coupled with the coral reefs as well as large limestone cliffs which make it one of the most photographed beaches in Bermuda. The Achilles Bay Beach also, like the ones mentioned before gets its name from its shape – the shape of the heel. It is a very beautiful beach and is secluded from the other beaches. The Astwood Cove & Park is a very famous romantic destination in Bermuda owing to its serene waters, dark pink sand and a perfect and celebrated place for weddings on the islands! The West Whale Bay in South Ampton Parish is the only beach in Bermuda which offers the sight of the whales – giving the beach its name! The humpback whales can be easily spotted migrating in the early months of March and April – a rare sight which offers people even higher incentive to choose this beach over the others!
Beside these few famous pink beaches there are others which are popular for either parrot fish viewing, or snorkeling, or swimming or even as the kid’s paradise! The Bermuda Pink Beaches offer one of the most coveted destinations for those who love nature and those who love to travel to distinct places!