nce you get off the bus outside the Admiralty House gates, you follow
the twisting trail down the rocky hillside until you reach Clarence
Cove. There you will find two beautiful sandy little beaches
tucked around this lagoon-like inlet of the north shore.
Whatever the weather, the water is always calm and
always a brilliant turquoise emerald. From the nearby
jetty, you have a panoramic view of the north shore.
Rather creepily, on one of the beaches is a
gravestone dedicated to Charles Francillon, midshipman on board HMS
Spartan, son of Mr. Francis Francillon, purser in the Royal Navy, who
died April 12, 1813, “in the sixteenth year of his age.” He probably suc-
cumbed to a yellow fever outbreak.
For many years, the beaches were private because they were part of the
British Admiralty House property where once commanders-in-chief of
the America and West Indies Station lived in a mansion, now demolished.
Apparently, some admirals and officers’ wives would hold genteel tea parties
in a neighbouring cave. But when the British military left, the whole estate
eventually became a public park, to the huge benefit of Bermuda.
When the children are in school, these beaches are quiet but during summer
school holidays they are a favourite spot for children’s camps. So it’s best to arrive
before 10 a.m. on weekdays if you want a more peaceful experience.
Admiralty House Park
Spanish Point Road, Spanish Point, Pembroke
PHOTOS: MAX KEHRLI