Bermuda is a sliver of paradise offering a blend of British charm and island soul. Its pink-sand beaches are a seductive prelude to an island teeming with hidden treasures and sun-kissed experiences. Often mistaken for a Caribbean vacation destination, Bermuda is actually located in the North Atlantic Ocean, but thanks to the Gulf Stream, it remains a comfortable temperature throughout the year. If you are looking for things to do in Bermuda you’ll want to read on to see all the amazing things to
Things to do in Bermuda
From its kaleidoscope of marine life to its rich tapestry of history and culture, Bermuda beckons travelers with promises of unforgettable moments. Whether you’re sailing atop its azure waters, spelunking through its luminous caves, or tracing the footsteps of history in its winding streets, Bermuda is a symphony of experiences waiting to be explored.
A lot of people wonder, is there a lot to do in Bermuda? The answer is yes! With its natural wonders and colonial past, fine dining, and museums, there are plenty of things to see and do, even when the temperature dips to around 60 degrees. There are so many places to visit in Bermuda, it will surprise you for a small island.
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How to Get to Bermuda
Bermuda is only a 2-hour flight from New York City, 3 hours from Toronto, and less than 7 hours from London England, making it an ideal beach vacation for everyone!
Several international airlines fly to Bermuda, depending on where you’re coming from. Major U.S. carriers like Delta, American Airlines, and JetBlue often have flights to Bermuda, especially from East Coast cities like New York and Boston. British Airways has a direct flight from London Gatwick to Bermuda. Canadian airlines like Air Canada and WestJet also service the route from Canada
1. Stroll the Streets of Hamilton, Bermuda
Named after the Governor of Bermuda Sir Henry Hamilton in 1788, Hamilton has a cosmopolitan flair that is Instagram-ready. The Sea Express ferry service is a great way to get to Hamilton from different parts of the island. Our hotel, the Fairmont Southhampton offered free ferry service to Hamilton. There are a lot of things to do in Hamilton, Bermuda so be sure to give it some time.
2. Front Street
Hamilton is the capital of Bermuda and the colorful colonial buildings of Front Street are must must-visit when on the island. Grab an iced latte and stroll along the waterfront shopping for trinkets to take home.
This lively street is one of the island’s most famous thoroughfares, known for its colorful facades and waterfront views. Front Street boasts a mix of high-end boutiques, local artisan shops, and international brands. The street is lined with a variety of restaurants, bars, and cafes, offering everything from traditional Bermudian dishes to international cuisine.
One of the highlights of Front Street is its picturesque views of Hamilton Harbor. Take a walk along the promenade to see the luxury yachts anchored in the harbor while admiring its colorful facades.
3. Explore Saint George’s
Saint George is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it is the oldest continuously inhabited English settlement in the Western Hemisphere. With Colonial buildings and cobblestone streets, it is a beautiful place to explore.
Even though it is located on the island’s eastern tip, it isn’t far away from Bermuda’s resorts and beaches. Nowhere is far in Bermuda. The narrow lanes take you back in time to the 18th century where the old merchant houses have been well-preserved.
4. Tour a Tall Ship
One of the most popular attractions in Saint George is the life-size replica of “Deliverance” a 17th-century ship that was built by the survivors of the shipwreck, Sea Venture. The Deliverance is known as “The ship that saved America” as it brought supplies to the colony at Jamestown, Virginia in 1610.
Beaches of Bermuda
No Bermuda vacation would be complete without visiting its beautiful beaches. Bermuda is known for its pink sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters, and powdery white sand. Here are some not-to-miss beaches when visiting Bermuda.
Explore the hidden gems of Bermuda on this all day tour as you explore caves, go cliff jumping and cave swimming. You’ll visit Blue Hole Park and snorkeling at Cooper’s Island. Plus you’ll visit Walsingham Nature Resrver and much more!
5. Bermuda’s Pink Sand Beaches
One of the top things to see in Bermuda is its pink sand beaches. There are so many of them that it is a good idea to get in your electric car or scooter to discover them. There are some beaches that are more famous than others. Here are a few to get you started.
6. Horseshoe Bay Beach
Named so because of its horseshoe shape, Horseshoe Bay Beach offers a blend of turquoise waters and soft pink sand made up of crushed coral and calcium carbonate. It is one of Bermuda’s top attractions is Horseshoe Bay Beach. While on the beach you can rent everything from towels, chairs, and umbrellas to stand-up paddle boards, and boogie boards.
7. Elbow Beach
Located just outside the city of Hamilton, Elbow Beach is a very popular beach due to the fact that three different resorts are on it. And with good reason. Elbow Beach has a coral reef right off shore that is great for snorkeling. There is also a shipwreck just 100 meters (300 feet) from shore and you can join a guided snorkeling or kayaking tour to see it.
8. Warwick Long Bay
Warwick Long Bay is Bermuda’s longest beach at half a mile. It’s one of Bermuda’s most picturesque beaches with trees, long grass, and sand dunes lining the coast.
Located in Warwick Parish, Warwick Long is a quieter alternative to the often bustling Horseshoe Bay Beach. It’s a long stretch of pink sand flanked by rocky outcrops and backed by grass-topped dunes. The shallow waters are great for snorkeling, and there’s a trail connecting it to other smaller coves and beaches.
9. Jobson’s Cove
Nestled between Warwick Long Bay and Stonehole Bay, Jobson’s Cove is small but stunningly beautiful. It’s almost enclosed by rocks, making the waters calm and perfect for swimming. The pink sands and turquoise waters create a picturesque setting.
10. Tobacco Bay Beach
Tobacco Bay Beach is a lovely small beach with limestone rock formations reaching 25 feet high offering shelter. There’s a beach bar here, and there’s great snorkeling. It’s located near Saint George’s.
11. John Smith Bay Beach
Another beautiful pink sand beach, John Smith Bay was named after Captain John Smith. Snorkeling is located right offshore, and it is a popular spot for diving. Especially night diving.
12. Sea Glass Beach
Black Bay and Sea Glass Beach in Hamilton are unique beach fronts where colourful sea glass has washed up upon the shore. Due to a glass-making factory that was once located here, the waste was dumped into the sea and it has since spit it back out creating a glassy waterfront. Taking glass from the beach is illegal. Please leave the glass behind for future generations to admire.
13. Walsingham Nature Reserve
Located in Hamilton Parish, the Walsingham Nature Reserve is known by the locals as Tom Moore’s Jungle. It is here that you’ll find many grottos and caves of Bermuda. The hidden gems tour of Bermuda takes you to the Walsingham Nature Reserve where you will also learn about Tom Moore and do some cave exploring and cliff diving. Details here.
14. Take a Jet Ski Tour from South Hampton
A Jet Ski Tour takes you all around the harbor and outer island to see places in Bermuda that you might not get to visit. This is a very cool way to see Bermuda’s multimillion-dollar mansions, the H.M.S. Vixen shipwreck, and to feed the fish that love flocking to the jet skis for little bits of bread. When you are on a jet ski, you really get to see the beauty of Bermuda’s turquoise waters.
15. World’s Smallest Drawbridge, Somerset Bridge
While on our jet ski tour we passed the smallest working drawbridge in the world. Somerset Bridge is a fun attraction in Bermuda connecting Somerset Island with the main island. Dating back to 1620, the bridge is such a symbol of Bermuda, it is featured on the Bermuda dollar. Operated by hand, the tiny 32-inch gap is just enough to allow a sailboat’s mast to go through.
16. See the Unfinished Church
One of the most striking scenes on the island that we visited was the unfinished church of Saint George. One can only imagine how beautiful this Gothic church would be if it were completed, but due to many problems over the years, it was never done. And that is what gives it its charm. Due to funding problems and hurricanes, it was never completed, but visitors can explore the ruins for free.
17. Saint Peter’s Church
Dating back to 1612. Saint Peter’s Church is the oldest continuously running Anglican church outside the British Isles. Located in the town of St. George, St. Peter’s Church was originally constructed in 1612, shortly after the English settlers arrived on the island. The church has undergone multiple reconstructions and renovations over the centuries, but it has been in continuous use since its establishment.
Situated on a hill overlooking the town, the church offers a panoramic view of St. George and the surrounding harbor. Its graveyard is a significant historical site, with some tombstones dating back to the 1600s.
In recognition of its historical and cultural significance, St. Peter’s Church was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, along with the historic town of St. George and its related fortifications.
18. Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity
Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity is worth visiting the 155-step tower for views of Hamilton Harbour. Often simply referred to as the Bermuda Cathedral, the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity is located in the city of Hamilton. It is one of the most prominent landmarks in Hamilton and serves as the primary Anglican cathedral on the island.
The original structure was completed in 1869, but it was destroyed by fire in 1884. The cathedral as it stands today was built as its replacement and was consecrated in 1911.
Given its central location in Hamilton, the cathedral is easily accessible for both locals and tourists. It’s within walking distance of many of the city’s other attractions, shops, and restaurants.
19. The Crystal and Fantasy Caves
Everyone loves exploring caves, and touring the Crystal & Fantasy Caves makes for a great trip. With azure blue underground pools and crystal chandelier clusters, these caves are beautiful. You can take a guided tour of both caves with floating pathways spanning clear blue lakes with crystallized soda straws hanging overhead. Each cave is a different experience, but you’ll miss nothing as they both have great lighting.
One very cool story we learned was how the Crystal Cave was discovered by two young boys searching for a lost cricket ball in 1905. Can you imagine how excited they were?
20. Blue Hole Park
Blue Hole Park (sometimes referred to as “Tom Moore’s Jungle” after the famous Irish poet who is said to have frequented the area) is located in Hamilton Parish, Bermuda. Outdoor lovers will enjoy exploring the caves of Blue Hole Park and its grottos. The Blue Hole is a popular swimming spot with a deep pool surrounded by mangrove trees.
There are several accessible caves within the park, including the famous Walsingham Cave. Many of these caves have clear, deep waters, and some adventurous visitors enjoy jumping into them from openings above.
The caves, with their deep blue waters, are a result of the limestone foundations of Bermuda and are connected by underground tunnels. The titular Blue Hole is a serene and beautiful spot for swimming. Its turquoise waters surrounded by dense vegetation give a sense of seclusion and tranquility. There are also other smaller pools and caves where visitors can take a refreshing dip.
21. Tom Moore’s Tavern
Close to Blue Hole Park is Tom Moore’s Tavern, a historic restaurant that dates back to the 17th century. It’s named after the Irish poet Thomas Moore, who supposedly wrote some of his works under a calabash tree in the area during his visit in the early 1800s.
The Blue Hole isn’t the only grotto in Bermuda though, there’s also Castle Grotto, Walsingham, Subway, Deep Blue, Vine, and Fern Sink.
22. Glass Bottom Kayaking
Bermuda is filled with watersports opportunities, and one of our favorite ways to explore any coast is to go kayaking. There are guided tours around the island and Bermuda offers unique experiences with glass bottom kayaks to showcase its crystal clear waters. You can easily book a trip with your hotel concierge.
Different tours offer eco-adventures for marine life watching to see the HMS Vixen shipwreck or a paddle through Whalebone Bay to Walsingham Nature Reserve & Blue Hole Park where you’ll explore a 12-acre nature preserve.
23. Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute
Dive into the depths of the ocean without getting wet at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI) With state-of-the-art facilities, interactive exhibits, and a plethora of marine artifacts, the institute offers a comprehensive insight into Bermuda’s underwater world. The highlight is the simulated dive experience, which takes visitors into the mysterious deep sea, unveiling its wonders.
24. Go Whale Watching
In March and April, humpback whales migrate through Bermuda. whale watching tours are offered during this time to catch views of the 10,000 whales making their way north to the Arctic Circle.
25. Watch the Sunset from Gibbs Hill Lighthouse
While in the area, head out to Gibbs Hill for dinner at Bermuda’s highest point. The 185 step spiral staircase takes you up a 117-foot lighthouse for the best view of the island. The Dining Room restaurant offers delicious Italian cuisine with a spectacular outdoor setting.
26. The Royal Naval Dockyard
When we visited Bermuda, we spent a lot of time at the Royal Naval Dockyard since we were there for the America’s Cup. Once known as the symbol of British military power, The Royal Naval Dockyard has been transformed into a popular tourist destination and a port for cruise ships.
There’s the clocktower shopping mall built at the historic 18th-century clocktower, the National Museum of Bermuda, The Royal Navy Cemetery, and a replica of a Royal Navy sloop-of-war; a three-masted warship that was used during the 18th century.
27. Bermuda Railway Trail
The Bermuda Railway Trail History and nature converge on this scenic trail, which follows the path of the old Bermuda Railway. Stretching for 18 miles from St. George’s to Somerset, the trail offers panoramic views of the coastline, lush landscapes, and remnants of old railway stations. Whether you choose to walk, bike, or jog, the trail promises serenity and spectacular sights.
28. Bermuda Botanical Gardens
The Bermuda Botanical Gardens are a haven for nature lovers that sprawls across 36 acres and are home to a diverse range of exotic and endemic plants. As you meander through its well-maintained paths, you’ll be greeted by orchids, cacti, palm trees, and even a few resident birds. The gardens also house Camden House, the official residence of Bermuda’s Premier, making it a blend of natural beauty and architectural elegance.
29. Crystal Caves
A subterranean wonder, Crystal Caves is one of Bermuda’s top attractions. Descend into the cool caverns to witness a magical world of stalactites, stalagmites, and crystal-clear lakes. The azure waters reflect the intricate rock formations above, creating a surreal ambiance. Guided tours are available, providing insights into the cave’s formation and history.
30. Sip a Rum Swizzle at the Swizzle Inn
No trip to Bermuda is complete without savoring its national drink the Rum Swizzle. This is a fruity cocktail made with a mix of gold and dark rum, and often includes ingredients such as pineapple juice, orange juice, grenadine, and Bermuda’s own Falernum (a sweet syrup used in Caribbean and tropical drinks).
The drink is mixed by “swizzling” with a special swizzle stick, a tradition that has its roots in the Caribbean. The Swizzle Inn, Bermuda’s oldest pub, claims to be the birthplace of the Rum Swizzle and often gets associated with the phrase, “Swizzle Inn, Swagger Out.” The Swizzle Inn dates back to 1932 and is worth visiting even if you aren’t up for a taste of the sprit.
Bermuda Has Two National Drinks
Bermuda is known for its two national drinks. Besides the Rum Swizzle, it also boats the Dark n’ Stormy , made with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and ginger beer.
Dark ‘n Stormy is simpler but equally iconic. It’s made with Bermuda’s famous Gosling’s Black Seal rum and ginger beer, served over ice with a slice of lime. The combination of the rich, dark rum with the spicy-sweet ginger beer creates a refreshing beverage perfect for any occasion. The name “Dark ‘n Stormy” is actually trademarked by Gosling’s, and according to the company, the drink should only be made using their Black Seal rum.
Both these drinks capture the essence of Bermuda – its tropical climate, maritime culture, and laid-back island vibe. They’re a must-try for anyone visiting the island or looking to recreate a taste of Bermuda at home.
30. Fort Saint Catherine
Fort Saint Catherine can be toured to learn about the military past of Bermuda. It was the stronghold of the British Empire from the 1600s to the 20th century. Tours are available and there are many tunnels and towers to explore in Bermuda’s largest fort.
31. Traditional Afternoon Tea
The British influence cannot be denied in Bermuda, and they even have high tea to prove it. Take a break from the sunshine at the Crown & Anchor in the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club.
32. Cycle the Railway Trail
The Great Canadian Trans Railway Trail is popular here in Canada, and Bermuda has its own rail trail. Albeit a few thousand km shorter. The 18-mile rail-trail takes you to beaches and beautiful ocean views. The railway was in operation from 1931 to 1948 from Saint George to Somerset. In 1986, it was transformed into hiking and cycling trails.
33. Hit the Links
We aren’t big on golfing, but Bermuda is a golfer’s paradise. The island’s temperate climate makes it a year-round destination for golf enthusiasts. Turtle Hill Golf Club,
Where to Stay in Bermuda
There are plenty of vacation rentals and luxurious accommodation options in Bermuda.
Grotto Bay Beach Resort
Grotto Bay Beach Resort is situated in Hamilton Parish, close to the L.F. Wade International Airport, making it conveniently accessible for travelers. It overlooks the turquoise waters of Bailey’s Bay. Check rates and availability on TripAdvisor
One of the standout features of Grotto Bay is its Natura Cave Spa. The spa is located inside a natural limestone cave, offering a truly unique and tranquil setting. Imagine getting a massage or other spa treatments surrounded by stalactites and crystal-clear underground lakes!
The resort boasts a couple of private pink-sand beaches, providing guests with an exclusive space to relax and enjoy the waters. The beaches are ideal for sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling.
Apart from the spa cave, the resort property also includes two underground caves – Cathedral Cave and Prospero’s Cave. These caves are filled with freshwater, allowing guests to swim and explore the mesmerizing natural formations.
The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club
The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, often referred to as “The Pink Palace”, is one of Bermuda’s most iconic luxury hotels. The hotel is located in the capital city of Hamilton, offering views of the harbor. This central location makes it convenient for guests to explore the city and its various shops, restaurants, and attractions. Check rates and availability
It dates back to 1885. It was named in honor of Princess Louise, the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria, after her visit to Bermuda. Over the years, the hotel has hosted various celebrities, artists, and even world leaders.
Fairmont Southhampton is currently under renovation.
This is where we stayed in Bermuda. Located on the South Shore. The Southhampton has a private beach club located directly beside the Famous Horseshoe Bay Beach. The Fairmont Dock on Southshore Road in Southhampton offers complimentary ferry services to the capital city of Hamilton. Its central location sitting high on a hill with shuttle service and easy access makes it a great place to stay in Bermuda. Book it here and read reviews on TripAdvisor.
The Waterlot Inn is a steakhouse dating back 350 years. Its historic buildings were used by seafarers for the storage of cargo. When you enter, it feels as if you’ve stepped back in time to a waterfront cottage of the 1600s. Check rates and availability here.
How to Get Around Bermuda
The best way to get around Bermuda is to Rent a Scooter to Explore the Island. When visiting Bermuda, we loved having the freedom of renting a motorscooter to explore every corner of the island.
The roads are safe and well maintained and by purchasing insurance at an extra $15 per day, we felt secure knowing should anything happen we’d be covered. This was hands down a great way to explore Bermuda. There are no regular car rentals in Bermuda but you can now rent mini electric cars to scoot around the island.
What is Bermuda Best Known For?
Bermuda is known for several distinctive features, cultural elements, and natural attractions:
Pink Sand Beaches: One of Bermuda’s most iconic features, the island’s beaches are famous for their pink-hued sand, particularly at places like Horseshoe Bay and Elbow Beach. The pink hue is due to tiny crushed shells and coral.
Bermuda Shorts: A unique fashion statement, Bermuda shorts are worn by locals as formal wear, typically paired with socks, loafers, and a blazer.
Triangle Mystique: The “Bermuda Triangle” is a region between Bermuda, Miami, and Puerto Rico where a number of aircraft and ships are said to have disappeared under mysterious circumstances. While largely a myth and sensationalized by media, it has made Bermuda famous in popular culture.
Historic Sites: The town of St. George’s, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the oldest English urban settlements in the New World. It’s filled with historic buildings and charming streets.
Gombey Dancers: A vibrant and integral part of Bermuda’s cultural heritage, Gombey dancers perform in colorful costumes, reflecting a blend of African, Caribbean, and British cultures.
Rum: Specifically, Gosling’s Black Seal Rum, which is a key ingredient in the island’s national drink, the Dark ‘n Stormy.
Shipwrecks: Bermuda is home to numerous shipwrecks, making it a popular destination for diving and snorkeling.
When is the Best Time to Visit Bermuda?
Bermuda boasts a subtropical climate, which means that the weather is relatively mild throughout the year, but certain times might be more favorable depending on what you’re looking for in your visit:
Late Spring to Early Fall (May to October):
Weather: This period marks the warmest months in Bermuda, with temperatures ranging between the mid-70s to mid-80s°F (24°C to 29°C). The ocean temperature will also be warmer, making it ideal for beach activities and water sports.
Crowds: As this is the peak tourist season, Bermuda will be busier, especially between June and August when most vacationers come.
Events: Many of Bermuda’s major events and festivals, including the Bermuda Day celebrations in May and the Cup Match in July/August, occur during these months.
Fall (Late October to December):
Weather: The weather remains relatively warm, but it starts to cool down as winter approaches, with temperatures ranging from the high 60s to mid-70s°F (18°C to 24°C).
Crowds: The number of tourists tends to decline, which means attractions, beaches, and accommodations may be less crowded.
Rates: You might find better deals on accommodations and other amenities during this time, as it’s a shoulder season.
Winter (January to March):
Weather: Winter is the coolest season in Bermuda with temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to mid-60s°F (12°C to 18°C). While it’s not the best for beach activities, the climate remains mild compared to many other locations.
Crowds: This is the off-peak season, so you’ll experience fewer crowds. It’s a great time if you’re looking for a quiet, relaxing getaway.
Rates: Hotel and resort prices tend to be at their lowest during this period.
Spring (April to early May):
Weather: Spring sees a gradual warming of the weather, making it a pleasant time to visit.
Crowds: Tourist traffic starts to pick up, but it’s not as crowded as the summer months.
Events: The Bermuda International Film Festival and the Agricultural Exhibition are two noteworthy events that occur during the spring.
Other Factors to Consider when visiting Bermuda
Hurricane Season: While Bermuda has well-built infrastructure and is prepared for storms, it’s worth noting that the Atlantic hurricane season runs from June to November. While hurricanes are not a frequent occurrence, it’s something to be aware of.
Your Interests: If you’re particularly interested in water activities like swimming, snorkeling, or diving, the warmer months are best. However, if you’re looking to explore the island, hike, or play golf, the cooler months can be very comfortable.
In summary, the best time to visit Bermuda largely depends on your personal preferences, but the island offers something for everyone throughout the year.
Now that you have learned about the amazing natural wonders and rich history of Bermuda, are you ready to get out and discover hidden gems if Bermuda? You’ll be surprised just how much you’ll be able to discover.
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