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Parks department issues Cup Match camping guidelines

People camping at Clearwater Beach in St George’s during last year’s Cup Match holiday (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Campers are encouraged to keep the island’s parks and beaches clean and follow all the rules during the Cup Match holiday weekend.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Public Works said permits were required to camp at one of the island’s three designated camp grounds — Ferry Point Park, Horseshoe and Higgs Islands in St George’s and Chaplin Bay in Warwick — at any time between May 3 and October 15. These permits cost $15 per night.

He added that people planning to camp in other areas during the holiday could pitch their tents on Tuesday, August 1, but will not be allowed to camp out until Wednesday at 9.30am.

The spokesman said that tents and ropes used to secure camps at any site on Monday would be removed by the Department of Parks. Campers are also prohibited from marking spots in the area with spray paint.

Park rangers will be on duty to assist campers from 9.30am to 10pm on August 2, between 8am and 7pm on the August 3 and 4 and from 9.30am until 6pm August 5 and 6.

Parks employees will also manage traffic at West Whale Bay, Clearwater Beach, Cooper’s Island, Warwick Long Bay and Elbow beach during the holiday.

No vehicles will be allowed inside the parks during this period and drivers should use the designated parking spaces.

Lifeguards will also be on duty at Horseshoe Bay, Clearwater Beach and John Smith’s Bay throughout this time.

No camping is permitted at Blue Hole Park or Cooper's Island Nature Reserve or on the dune behind Jobson’s Cove.

The spokesman also reminded people that horses are not allowed on any South Shore beaches or Shelly Bay from May 1 to October 31, but can be ridden along the Railway Trail.

Dogs are also banned from all beaches from April 1 until October 31.

Campers should also heed the rules outlined for bonfires, set out in the Bermuda National Parks Act 1986.

People can collect camping permits from the Department of Park headquarters in Global House on Church Street and can learn more about guidelines for camping by visiting the department’s website or calling 236 5902.

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Published July 25, 2023 at 7:50 am (Updated July 25, 2023 at 7:50 am)

Parks department issues Cup Match camping guidelines

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