Since the emergence of the Zika Virus, people are looking for the next beach destination free of danger. Situated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Bermuda lately appears on top of each of these lists. We’re not sure if the myth of the Bermuda Triangle enters the minds of travelers. However once you have discovered this tiny island, only then will you realize a true gem has been found and is packed with things to do. Bermuda remains authentic in comparison to its Western counterparts with no big billboards and Bermudians enjoy a high standard of living.
Let’s take a look at Bermuda’s top attractions to see:
The primary feature tourists travel to Bermuda is for their beautiful pink sand beaches. I’m sure at this point, you have heard of Horseshoe bay. The long stretch of crystal clear waters is just as stunning in person. The water is warm and calm and the same can be said for the rest of the island’s many beaches. For more details, take a look at our article on Bermuda’s Beaches here.
- Royal Navy Dockyard
The historic town, built originally as a British Naval Base, has become a popular tourist attraction. Chances are you might end up spending a significant amount of time here if you visit Bermuda by cruise ship. The major port can get very busy and lively during peak season. There’s a large amount of shops at the Clocktower Mall and we thoroughly enjoyed the specialty crafted objects such as the many beautiful sculptures and vases at the Bermuda Arts Centre and Craft Market.
We suggest visiting the National Museum which is Bermuda’s largest tourist attraction and a great learning experience. Explore several buildings that are found both indoors and outside the Fort. The Commissioner’s House displays a variety of exhibits and also includes a nice view of the Dockyard from the upper floor.
Next on the to-do list is a visit to Bermuda’s capital. Everyone should begin their trip on Bermuda’s most popular Front Street found along the harbour. There’s an abundance of shops, restaurants and bars along the street that can help pass the time. We absolutely loved wandering the backstreets filled with many craft shops and excellent restaurants. There are also large Cathedrals to visit, beautiful parks and the National Library and Museum. Make sure to visit the City Market on Saturdays and Harbour Nights on Wednesdays (filled with dance shows and street food) during the summer months. Consider staying at one of the many hotels here as it is the most central area of Bermuda. Another suggestion would be a visit to The Fort of Hamilton located on the outskirts of the city. There’s a great view from the ramparts and it’s a pleasant retreat with spectacular gardens.
- St. George
Another must visit is the colourful and historic town of St. George. This beautiful port filled with narrow lanes was originally the capital of Bermuda from the time it was founded in 1609 until 1815. Take a picture at the abandoned yet famous Unfinished Church or visit St. Peter’s Church near the King’s Square. Stroll along the center and opt for food and drinks. You can also option to visit the Fort St. Catherine that sits beside Achilles Bay and St. Catherine’s Beach.
- Crystal & Fantasy Caves
In 1907, two young boys were playing a game of cricket and eventually one of their balls got lost. They did everything in their power to retrieve it as they figured it disappeared inside a deep hole. Soon, one of the boys went so deep within the hole that he had no more light and could not find his way back through the darkness. Once he was rescued, the Wilkinson family discovered how this boy landed randomly on one of the most precious natural wonders of Bermuda.
Get to see it for yourself as you walk down the many steps to witness one of the most beautiful natural rock formations in the world. Take the guided tour of both the Crystal and Fantasy caves. It was such a pleasant experience to walk along the bridge as we were surrounded by crystal clear waters and learned some extraordinary information about the caves at the same time. We noticed a lost phone at the bottom of the waters too which apparently happens quite often.
- Drink a Rum Swizzle
A great way to end your trip at the Crystal Caves is by heading across to the Swizzle Inn for their famous Rum Swizzle, home of Bermuda’s national drink. It’s a fruity alcoholic beverage with a powerful punch. Tourists and locals enjoy it equally. If you can, get your hands on a bottle of Gosling’s Black Seal Rum as a souvenir as well.
- Eat a Fish Sandwich
When you visit Bermuda, we guarantee that you will eat well. But if there’s one thing you will thoroughly enjoy by sinking your teeth into is definitely a Wahoo Fish Sandwich! We were served to a generous, juicy and fresh fish sandwich. It comes in toasted raisin bread with cheese and tartar sauce. It’s normally big and very filling, and with a side order of coleslaw and fries it made for one of our tastiest Bermuda meals.
- Go Golfing
We’re not big golfing enthusiasts. But for people who are, this is the place to be. With 6 world-class courses, Bermuda is every golfer’s dream. Bermuda has the most golf courses per capita in the world and it’s filled with diversified terrains and spectacular scenic views. Need we say more?
- Water Activities
Snorkelling and scuba diving are probably two of the more popular activities on the island. You can get carried away by swimming along the beautiful coral reefs. The entire island is surrounded by stunning waters, so the options are endless. Our favourite stops were at the coves found along the South Shore Beaches. The popular beach destinations offer the usual jet skiing and paddleboards, but parasailing is an interesting option for the more adventurous types. Another fun and risky activity on the island is cliff-diving like at the popular Admiralty House Park.
- Flatts Village & Aquarium, Museum and Zoo
We would rank this as one of our favourite stops in Bermuda because of its picturesque views filled with colourful houses and the many boats in the small harbour below. It is one of the earliest settlements on the island. If there’s one place you will feel at peace, then Flatts would certainly define that. You might see people line fishing under the bridge or picnic on the green. It’s quite refreshing to stroll around the village. There are many places available if you choose to stay here and restaurants as well. Families can really enjoy a day filled with activities at the Aquarium, Museum and Zoo, which are all located nearby.
- Railway Trail
As we mentioned in our Bermuda Guide Tour, Bermuda’s Railway Trail has 18 out of 22 miles of accessible paths for jogging and cycling. It’s mostly a quiet trail enjoyable during the daytime as you can encircle many parts of the island. The trails are usually near the shore and the views are exquisite. We loved exploring the natural paths of this old train route preserved after many years of abandonment.
- Gibbs Hill Lighthouse
Climb up to the tallest point in Bermuda by taking the spiral staircase to the top of this historic iron-cast lighthouse. The $2.50 admission price is very cheap to reach this 185-step high point. We must warn you the climb is a bit claustrophobic as the area is quite cramped but the aerial view is amazing.
- Somerset Bridge
Take a little bit of history with you by crossing over a wooden plank also considered the smallest drawbridge in the world. Built in 1620, this tiny bridge fits nothing more than a small sailboat. It’s worth the quick stop to admire especially if you find yourself in the area.
- Some Bermuda Fun Facts
-Bermuda is a British colony.
-Bermuda shorts are appropriate business attire for men with knee-high socks and a dress shirt.
-There’s a large Portuguese population due to the proximity with the Azores.
-You cannot rent a vehicle in Bermuda as it is prohibited to tourists. An alternate solution is pedal bikes (bicycles) or bikes (scooters).
-Bus stops are marked by pink (direction towards Hamilton) or blue (direction away from Hamilton) poles.