The first place most cruise passengers want to visit are the beaches. Which beach for you?
Horseshoe Bay is one of the most popular beaches with its fabled pink sand and gorgeous turquoise water. It can get quite crowded if you head out first thing in the morning with everyone else. Instead, I recommend enjoying a leisurely morning with a relaxing brunch before making the trip to the beach. Remember, after all, you are on vacation! To get to the beaches from the cruise port, take the number 7 bus to the South Shore. The bus will make a stop right at Horseshoe.
Horseshoe Bay offers a snack bar, public restrooms, showers and rental of umbrellas and chairs. After a full day on the beach be sure to use "To the Top", a shuttle service which brings you to the top of the long hill you must climb to get back to the road to catch your bus back to the ship. The cost of the shuttle is $2 and it is the best $2 you will spend on the island!
If your desire is to visit a beach that a little more secluded stay on the #7 bus past Horseshoe to Warwick Long Bay. This beach offers half a mile of pink sand and hypnotizing waves which crash on the dramatic rock formations. There are public restrooms, but no snack bars but on most days there are vendors with carts selling snacks and drinks.
Within walking distance, just to the East of Warwick Long Bay is the well hidden Jobson's Cove. It is a very secluded small beach surrounded by cliffs on all sides. It is popular with families due to the relatively calm waters which enter through a small inlet. It's truly your own little hideaway.
These 3 beaches offer the best of 3 different worlds. The beauty of Horseshoe, the ruggedness of Warwick Long Bay and the gentle calmness of Jobson's Cove. There is something for all tastes.