Located between Turtle Cove and Thompson Cove, Babalua Beach (sometimes referred to as Blue Mountain Beach) is often overlooked by many. The ocean here doesn’t offer as pristine swimming conditions as Grace Bay, The Bight, and Leeward do, but the area is a bit more secluded while still being easy to access.
Babalua Beach is about 3,000 feet (900 m) long and because it’s bordered on one side by the channel into Turtle Cove Marina on one side and sea cliffs on the other, it’s not possible to walk along the coast to other beaches.
Reefs and Underwater Sights
Great snorkeling can be found 1,400 feet (425 m) down the beach west from the main access, but the easier to find and more expansive nearby Smith's Reef probably makes more sense as a snorkeling site.
The water depth in the area is generally quite shallow, and seagrass beds occupy much of the water off the beach. In addition to the small reef near the Babalua Beach access, another larger reef system can be found a bit further down the coast and near the ocean cliffs of Blue Mountain.
Babalua Beach is part of the Princess Alexandra National Park.
Turtle Cove Marina is located here, and there is a small threat to swimmers from vessels entering and leaving the marina. However, this isn’t much of a concern due to the no-wake speed limit, and the narrow entry lane into the marina. Nonetheless, you are advised to be cautious if nearby to the channel.