I haven’t been to Bermuda in years, but since this tropical island is right off the eastern coast of the United States, it’s an awesome trip to do! Today’s post is a Bermuda travel guide and will cover the highlights from our trip there!
Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic Ocean known for its pink sand beaches. The island has a unique blend of American and British culture, with an island flare of course. The capital of Bermuda island is Hamilton and one of the it’s most famous attractions is the Royal Naval Dockyard. If you cruise to Bermuda, which is extremely common from various regions in the US since no flying is required, you will most likely dock here!
Getting to Bermuda
As I mentioned above, cruising to Bermuda is really common. The only problem with cruising from the east coast of the United States is that it takes about 2.5 days to reach the island and then you only have 2 days in Bermuda to explore before sailing 2.5 days back. Although I love cruising, I recommend flying since it’s so convenient! From Boston, Bermuda is only a 2.5 hour plane ride away, and once you’re on the island there’s a ton to explore- including the infamous Bermuda Triangle shipwrecks.
Where to stay in Bermuda
My family and I were in Bermuda for 4 nights, which I think is the perfect amount of time. We stayed across the harbor from Hamilton at a hotel called Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort & Spa. This place had a great infinity pool and was really nice, but we had to take a ferry across the harbor to get to Hamilton.
What to do in Bermuda
The first street facing the water in Hamilton is called Front Street (how creative), and this is where most shops and restaurants are located. I definitely recommend walking around this area! After exploring Hamilton, take a ferry to Royal Naval Dockyard (or vice versa if you’re starting in the Dockyard), and check out the wharf and museums located here. Also located in this area is Dolphin Quest Bermuda! Dolphins are my favorite animal so getting to swim with them here was a highlight for sure.
Another activity I recommend doing on vacation is to take a cab to Horseshoe Bay Beach and explore. Horseshoe Bay is a famous beach in Bermuda and is the perfect place to swim. We went snorkeling here and also crawled through the various rock structures on the beach.
My best recommendation in this Bermuda travel guide is to book a glass-bottom boat tour. This activity is perfect for exploring the shipwrecks of the Bermuda triangle! This tour was awesome because we could see the shipwrecks and colorful fish below us. We even had the opportunity to jump off the boat and snorkel. Since the Bermuda Triangle is one of the world’s most mysterious phenomenons and is full of sunken aircrafts and ships, I highly recommend exploring a wreck before leaving the island.
I also recommend exploring the Crystal and Fantasy Caves in Bermuda! Legend says two boys were playing cricket when a ball fell into a small hole that was emitting warm air. One of the boys ventured into the hole with only a rope and a headlamp to discover Bermuda’s most beautiful attractions. Today, thousands of visitors visit the caves each year to see the crystal chandeliers.
Fun Fact: Mark Twain was the first tourist to descned into the caves in 1908!
The last recommendation I have is also on the east end of the island, and that is to walk around the quaint town of St. George’s. St. George’s is Bermuda’s first English settlement and has a lot of history. We explored the unfinished church here and shopped in the downtown. You can take a bus from Hamilton to here!
Where to eat in Bermuda
For dinner, I recommend the Dining Room at Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse. It’s a restaurant that sits at the base of a lighthouse on a hill overlooking the island! Go here at sunset for the best views of Bermuda!
When to visit Bermuda
Since Bermuda is located in the North Atlantic Ocean, at the same latitude as the Carolina’s, it can actually get quite chilly during the winter months. For a tropical island feel, I recommend visiting Bermuda during the summer. My family and I went in June and felt this was the perfect time to visit!
That’s all for my Bermuda travel guide. Since I’m not traveling much outside of New England right now, I plan on catching up on some old trips. Stay tuned for posts on Aruba and Ecuador coming very soon!
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