Warwick Parish is located in the central south region of Bermuda, with Southampton Parish to its southwest and Paget Parish to its northeast. The parish is named for Robert Rich who was the 2nd Earl of Warwick. He helped to colonize Bermuda and the parish with his investment in the 1600s. Celebrity Michael Douglas currently lives in Warwick Parish. Warwick Parish is famous for its pink sand beaches.
The beaches of Warwick Parish include Warwick Long Bay, Jobson’s Cove, Astwood Cove, and Chaplin Bay. Warwick Long Bay is Bermuda’s longest beach at over a half a mile long. It was ranked the 29th beach in the world by CNN in 2013. The beach has public restrooms and beach rental and snack concessions available. Jobson’s Cove is a tiny, secluded beach surrounded by rocky cliffs. It has shallow water for a long way from the shore so is great for swimming and snorkeling. Astwood Cove is also a small, secluded beach and visitors must hike down a steep path in order to reach it. Chaplin Bay is a small beach with a wall of coral that extends above the water and partially divides the beach in two.
There are a few interesting attractions in Warwick Parish aside from the beaches. Christ Church is one of the oldest Presbyterian churches outside of Europe and dates back to 1719. Warwick Academy is Bermuda’s oldest school, originally built in the 17th century. It was the first to allow black students. Warwick Camp is the home of the Bermuda Regiment. While not open to the public, special visits can be arranged. Warwick Pond Bermuda is a nature reserve covering nine acres and is the second largest freshwater pond in Bermuda. Bermuda cedar and large allspice trees can be seen here and the pond is home to both migratory and resident waterfowl.
For recreation, there are two golf courses in Warwick Parish: Riddell’s Bay Golf & Country Club and Belmont Hills Golf Club. There is also a 24-lane bowling alley, one of few in Bermuda, called Warwick Lanes. The bowling alley has a fast food restaurant with a bar. Spicelands Riding Center offers guided horseback rides along five trails.
There are only a few restaurants in Warwick Parish, but they are excellent. Blu Bar & Grill serves American cuisine such as ribs, steak, and seafood dishes. Swizzle Inn South Shore is a branch of the original Swizzle Inn, the oldest pub in Bermuda, and serves pub fare. Palms Restaurant & Bar is located at the Surf Side Beach Club and overlooks the ocean.
Warwick Parish offers several moderately-priced accommodation options. Watercolours Bermuda, Granaway Bermuda, and Clairfont Apartments are all good values. Granaway is an old manor house. Watercolours has a view of the harbor. A more expensive option is the Surf Side Beach Club. This hotel is perched on a cliffside overlooking the South Shore beaches. All of its 37 rooms have ocean views. Each room also has either an open patio or private balcony and kitchens.