A few hours by plane from the United States, the British Island Territory of Bermuda is one stunning little place to explore. This gorgeous island is one place you should definitely consider visiting, especially if you want to experience a tropical paradise that’s perfect for a little rest and recuperation.
For some reason, I’d always wanted to visit Bermuda. I don’t know if it was my overzealous obsession with the Bermuda Triangle (when I was young) or my obsession with anything rum-based (when I got a little older)! 🤔 . Whatever the reason, I’d always wanted to visit.
As soon as we landed, I realised that Bermuda was so much more than a ‘beach getaway’. its unique culture, history and of course, the Bermuda Shorts (to keep my nobbly knees on show) make this one of my favourite little islands to explore.
Take a look at some of the very best things you should do on your next visit to Bermuda.
1.) Sip a rum swizzle at Elbow Beach
Perched in the Paget Parish, Elbow Beach is a pretty epic place to enjoy the shores of the island. Make sure to take a stop off at Mickey’s Bistro and grab yourself one of their famed Rum Swizzles. I warn you though, you’ll be seeing double after a few glasses of this! 🤣
One thing to note, prices can be quite high here. Even coming from London (where I feel things are a little pricier) I noticed a marked increase in costs. Plan your budget wisely and slow down on those Rum Swizzles if you’re looking to reign in the costs.
2.) Explore the National Museum of Bermuda
Travel to the western end of the island to learn about the dynamic history of Bermuda at the National Museum. The museum is made up of military buildings of the former Keep Fort, which now house exhibits highlighting the island’s 500-year history.
Make sure to explore all of Commissioner’s House, too.
3.) Wander around Bermuda Botanical Gardens
Located in Paget Parish, the Bermuda Botanical Gardens is made up of 36-acres of native trees and flora that keep this part of the island lush and green. Check out one of the glass greenhouses with orchids, smell your way through the aromatic garden or check out the history of the gardens in the visitor centre. 🍂
One tip to consider, if you suffer from hayfever like me you might want to give this place a miss. 🤧
4.) Relax on pink sands of Horsehole Bay
On the south coast of Bermuda is the gorgeous and pretty amazing, Horseshoe Bay. Known for its curved shape (hence the name, of course) the bay draws you to its idyllic beach with pink sands and blue water. If you’re looking for a little break from beach life, head over to Gibbs Hill Lighthouse – here you’ll be able to enjoy some unobstructed ted views across this paradise island.
After all that exploring, head over to Hamilton for one of the best seafood chowders on the island! Lobster Pot is one amazing local venue that you just can’t miss – just make sure to build up an appetite.
5.) Visit the Royal Naval Dockyard
Not far from the National Museum of Bermuda, the Royal Naval Dockyard was the main base for the Royal Navy in the Western Atlantic until 1995. Now it is a hub for ships to dock and offers a variety of restaurants and shops, including arts and crafts that are created on this island. ⚓
If you’re looking for a little keepsake to take home, this will be the place to get it.
6.) Discover Blue Hole Park
Just off of Harrington South Road, Blue Hole Park is an incredible place to explore the blue holes, caves and nature of Bermuda. The site connects to Tom Moore’s Jungle and is a great place to snorkel with tropical fish and explore underwater caves. It is also a great area for bird watchers to view native species!
7.) Wander through the Crystal Cave
This underground, 500-meter long cave is located near Castle Harbour and highlights the natural wonder of Bermuda. The cave was formed during the Ice Age, but was only discovered in the 1900s. Take a tour through the cave but be sure to wear good footwear and prepare for the chilly 72-degree cave temperature.
8.) Find Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve
Head over to St. David’s on the eastern part of the island to explore this 12-acres of pristine natural beauty that is Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve. The shallow waters are perfect for relaxing in, and the boardwalk allows you to walk through former plantation areas with native plants throughout.
As this place is protected under law, no fishing (or the like) is allowed on the reserve, but bird watching, swimming and exploring are all highlights you’ve got to do!
9.) Have a Dark and Stormy tipple
You can’t go to Bermuda without having a little tipple of this famous cocktail. Available in most areas of the island, it’s the drink of choice that packs a pretty hefty punch in terms of alcohol content!
10.) Wander through Front Street in Hamilton
The capital city of Hamilton is home to the historic Front Street, the heart of Hamilton. Walk along the street and admire the colourful buildings, eat in one of the many restaurants and shop your socks off- but be strategic. Prices (for food and shops) can be pretty high here, so make sure you choose wisely (with a Dark and Stormy in hand, of course).
For a tasty bite to eat, head over to Mad Hatters who serve some deliciously fresh seafood! 🐟
11.) See Gibbs Hill Lighthouse
Want to see the first lighthouse made from cast iron? Welcome to the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse! The lighthouse is the taller of two on the island and was constructed in 1844. Challenge yourself to the 185-foot climb to the top of the lighthouse and grab a tea at the Lighthouse Tearoom after your mammoth climb. 😉