When you hear those magic words - "Ladies and gentlemen, we're beginning our descent into Bermuda" – you're going to want a window seat. Flying into Bermuda is one of those experiences you'll relive in your mind for years to come. First you see the reefs, shimmering beneath the surface of the stunning turquoise water. Then the fish hook-shaped island itself (or should we say "islands" – Bermuda is actually 181 tiny islands) comes into view, dotted with brilliant white roofs and pink houses, surrounded by lush greenery. Next stop, paradise.
- Haven't had your fill of bird's-eye Bermuda? Book some time up in the clouds aboard Blue Sky Flights' Cessna 172 Skyhawk Plane, which flies low 'n' slow over the island. Or climb the 185 steps to the top of Gibbs Hill Lighthouse for a sweeping, above-it-all view of the entire island.
You've seen Bermuda's famous turquoise water from above – now get a much closer look. There are countless opportunities to get out on the water, whether you're trying out standup paddle boarding (SUP), zooming into hidden coves on a jet ski, or hopping on board a yacht for a sunset cocktail cruise. There are even some fantastic Bermuda spots that are only accessible by boat, such as the crumbling, evocative forts on Castle Island or the Vixen shipwreck, a three-masted British gunboat from the 1860s that was sunk in shallow water off Daniel's Head.
There's only 21 square miles of dry land on Bermuda, but every inch of it is packed with spectacular sights. Rent a bike and ride the Historic Railway Trail, a converted spans the island end-to-end, winding from striking rocky coastlines to breathtaking backcountry greenery. Or procure a moped and explore the island's various parishes, checking out centuries-old architecture, iconic neighborhoods, and quaint backroads. Or for a uniquely local experience, just hop aboard one of Bermuda's pink-and-blue striped buses. The bus system covers the entire island, with 11 routes running through 14 zones.
All good things must come to an end – and your Bermuda vacation is no exception. But an inspiring eyeful of island beauty is just a tap away, thanks to our always fresh Instagram account, featuring the best Bermuda photography, GIFs and videos we've got. Warning: it will make you want to book your return trip back here.