Horseshoe Entrance Re-Opens After Upgrades

May 15, 2017

[Written by Marisa Whitecross]

The entrance to Horseshoe Bay recently re-opened following upgrades, and tourists and locals made their way to see the new improvements that have been taking place at the well-known beach for the past few months.

The improvements include an entire new walkway down the main entrance hill with wooden steps and roped railing as well as an extended viewing area and bench for taking pictures or sitting and enjoying the ocean view.

The original set up for parking has been completely changed as the upper parking lot has been levelled and merged with the lower parking lot. Taxis, shuttles, car and bike parking all have their own specific sections shaped as islands. Signs directing motorists where to park are present.

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  1. Jus' Wonderin' says:

    No trees or anything to stop wind/rain/hurricane damage this summer. Waiting to see what happens smh…

    • wondering says:

      and where do they sell instant trees to do what you suggest?

      • Jus' Wonderin' says:

        No instant trees but they didn’t have to chop down all the bay grape and bigger trees!

        • Just the facts says:

          B*tch, b*tch, b*tch! There’s no pleasing some people. I’m so happy I don’t wake up as miserable as you every day. Enjoy your miserable life.

          • Jus' Wonderin' says:

            My life is actually amazing! Always positive! Enjoy ya miserable life coming on Bernews to complain about the “complainers.” It wasn’t a complaint it was an observation because come summer time it’s important for big trees, etc to be there, but then again you probably wouldn’t know being miserable and small minded.

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      I would not worry so much about storm damage as I would about intentional malicious damage & timely repair of any damage.

      It is a shame that we have those in our midst who would destroy nice stuff that we pay to have made but they exist.

    • paperclip says:

      It’s being so cheerful which gets you out of bed every day.

    • Procul says:

      If you were any more negative you’d be underdeveloped.

  2. Triangle Drifter says:

    Looks good. Using the decorative block instead of smothering with asphalt is a nice touch that allows rain water to soak away where it falls instead being channeled someplace else.

  3. Freshair Fiend says:

    This is a positive improvement given that Horseshoe is our #1 destination for cruise passengers – helps deal with the floods of people arriving there with a much more attractive entry, better traffic and pedestrian flow, improved rainwater management, and retains the parking for local cars and bikes.

  4. Triangle Drifter says:

    Even with improvements there will be parking problems for locals. Seems like an opportunity for Southampton Rangers, with their big piece of property to take advantage & offer parking & a shuttle to the bottom of the hill.

    As long as they are not too greedy it could be a nice trade for them.

  5. frak says:

    the so called board walk is going to get some one killed
    a simple side walk all on the same level going down the hill is more safer

  6. Bermuda says:

    Have those commenting that it looks good actually seen it in person? I think it looks both visually less appealing and less functional – so very sad! It’s like driving into any US National Park and not Bermudian at all.

    There is SIGNIFICANTLY LESS PARKING for locals when you take into account that you can no longer park up the hill, there is tons of wasted space, there is NO SHADE, and much of the bike parking is on a slight slope which isn’t ideal for putting your bike on the stand. It is LESS handicap accessible as the boardwalk includes lots of steps, you can see more of the road and houses above from the beach, and the first thing you see when you drive down is the backside of the Whaler Inn (which may improve slightly if and when the thin oleander hedge they’ve planted grows in…). They chopped down all of the mature trees with the exception of about 3 cedars that they were probably required to keep – 2 of which look like completely died following transplanting. In the meantime, the only thing that really needed redoing (the bathrooms) are in the most deplorable state ever just as summer is upon us.

    As we were walking back to the car, we heard another local swearing out the window how much less parking there was so am clearly not alone in thinking this. I foresee real problems for local parking come summer as we went on a chilly weeknight when no events were on and nearly all of the car spaces were already full. I have travelled extensively and Horseshoe had everything going for it – it felt like a completely hidden, secluded gem when you got there while at the same time being incredibly accessible (the only other beaches I’ve visited that can even remotely compare required minimum half hour treks through the jungle to reach). BTA, I am so very, very disappointed.

  7. Jus' Wonderin' says:

    Also how are handicapped people supposed to get to the bottom of the hill?! You lot made it worse lmfao …

  8. Triangle Drifter says:

    How do you make a carpark functional & pretty? A carpark is a carpark. Good attempt with the decorative blocks. Have not seen the slope of the cycle area. If somebody was not thinking, too late now. It would not be the first time.

    As far as looking like a US National Park, I don’t think so. At last count I have visited over 30 US NPs & all carparks & turnouts are very utilitarian. Not many have much of an effort at landscaping within the carpark. Go to Old Faithful in Yellowstone NP. The carpark is almost a big & about as featureless as a typical Walmart. Mt Rushmore, not much better. Top of Going to the Sun Highway, Glacier NP, a great huge sloping carpark.