Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Horseshoe Bay Beach

If you've ever heard anything at all about Bermuda, it's probably about its world-famous pink sand beaches.  There was no question we'd be spending time at Horseshoe Bay. It's a 0.3 mile crescent shaped cove sheltered from the ocean by a ring of rocks.

Our cab driver, Dean, told us that the beach could get crowded at times, but all we had to do was take a little walk and we'd find vast stretches of private beach at our disposal.  He wasn't kidding!  Indeed, standing in the center of the arc, the "crowd" (if you could even call it that!) clustered on the right, just near the entrance, while there was virtually not a soul to the left.

This outing was probably Joseph's favorite.  He had been so looking forward to playing in the pink sand and even bringing some home for our collection of little bottles filled with sand from all the beaches we've brought him to.  He's also a big fan of being tossed about in the big waves.  It's fairly shallow and calm, but there's a pretty strong undertow, and he loved every second of it.

We did our fair share of exploring the coastline, hiking on and around the dunes and limestone rocks and cliffs.  There was yet another phenomenal landscape right around every corner!

Oh, just in case you're wondering, the sand is pink for a reason.   It's made up of a combination of crushed coral, calcium rich shell fragments, and the skeletons of the red-pigmented single-celled protozoans called foraminifera - specifically Homotrema rubrum, which is abundant in the ocean sediment surrounding Bermuda.  Really, I didn't make that up.

1 comment:

Daniel said...

Horseshoe Bay Beach is amongst the Beautiful Pink Sand Beach in the World many people want to visit this place as those moments are priceless spent there