21 Free or Affordable Things to do in Bermuda
While Bermuda boasts a splash of luxury – think specialty shopping, global cuisine, world-class golf and exceptional sailing – the island is also rich in simple, affordable pleasures.
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Easy-to-access, easy-on-the-wallet offerings include complimentary walking tours and stunning natural attractions. They all offer an unforgettable time on just about any budget. For outside markets, street festivals and free public events that happen year round take a look at our Arts, Culture and Entertainment page.
Here are 21 free or inexpensive ways to dip into island life.
1. Strike a Pose at the Bermuda Marquee Sign
A picturesque and iconic landmark. The Bermuda sign, designed by Bermudian designer Keeon Minors is positioned along the Hamilton Harbour waterfront. The 40-ft long marquee presents the perfect photo op, with each colourful letter featuring artistic elements highlighting Bermuda’s culture, heritage and traditions.
Location: You can find the sign located right next to the Visitor Service Centre in the City of Hamilton.
2. Visit the Unfinished Church
The Unfinished Church looks like something out of a fairytale. The roofless edifice, overgrown with grass in spots, features Gothic arches and a nave open to the sky. Make sure to take your camera for some romantic or family shots that are worth framing!
Location: Government Hill Road, Town of St. George
3. Get lost in the Jungle
Mangroves, blue swimming grottos, caves and trails are all part of the allure of Walsingham Nature Reserve and Blue Hole Park. Known locally as Tom Moore’s Jungle, it was named after the Irish poet who found rich inspiration in the area.
Location: Hamilton Parish
4. Take in History & Great Views at Fort St. Catherine
Fort St. Catherine dates back to 1614 and towers against a backdrop of beautiful blue ocean. Discover its impressive ramparts, keeps and learn more about its history in the museum which showcases life in Bermuda in the 17th century.
Location: St. Catherine’s Point, Town of St. George
Price: $7 adults; $5 seniors; $3 children 6-15; children 5 and under free
5. Climb to the top of Gibbs Hills Lighthouse
Climb the 185 steps to the top of the oldest cast iron lighthouse in world for panoramic views of the island. The Gibbs Hill Lighthouse has been flashing its beam to seafarers in 1846.
Location: Lighthouse Road, St Anne's Rd, Cross Bay SN 01
Price: $2.50 per person, children 5 and under free
6. Birdwatch at Spittal Pond
This 59-acre nature reserve is a birdwatcher’s paradise. The wide variety of natural habitats makes Spittal Pond a haven for migratory shorebirds, waterfowl and many other species. In January, the sanctuary hosts as many as 500 species of birds.
Location: South Road, Smith’s Parish
7. Hike up to Fort Scaur for view of the Great Sound
Bermuda is home to several formidable fortresses including well-preserved Fort Scaur. Hike to the fort, explore the ramparts and soak in a spectacular view of Bermuda’s Great Sound. See any invading pirate ships on the horizon?
Location: Somerset Road, Sandys Parish
8. Explore the Bermuda Railway Trail
Explore Bermuda via the 18-mile long Railway Trail. Following the path of the train which served the island from 1931 to 1948, the popular path attracts bikers, joggers and walkers.
9. Take a Walking Tour around the City of Hamilton
Join the City of Hamilton’s Town Crier on a free tour of the city. Meeting at City Hall every Monday to Friday at 10.30 am, you will be guided around the city’s well-known sites as well as the North of Hamilton See them all – for free! – and snap some amazing photos with a walking tour of Bermuda murals.
Location: City of Hamilton
10. Watch the Sunrise at Gates Bay
The first rays of the sun hit Bermuda on the East End, near where the early British settlers arrived onshore in 1609. Stand in their footsteps at Gates Bay and take in a piece of history as you drink your morning coffee.
Location: Cut Road, St. George’s
11. Go to the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo
Get up close to cute seals, docile sharks and peaceful water birds at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo, a three-in-one attraction located in Flatts Village.
Location: 40 North Shore Road, Flatts Inlet, Hamilton Parish
Price: Adults $10, senior citizens $5, children (5 to 12 years), children under 5 free
12. Stroll through the Botanical Gardens
Indulge your senses with a trip to the Bermuda Botanical Gardens, and experience the sweet smells and vibrant colours of roses, frangipani and flowering hibiscus.
Location: Devonshire Parish
13. Paint in the Open Air
Capture the island's beauty with a plein air workshop, which typically meets on weekends at a lovely location (like the one pictured) the group will reveal to you via email ahead of time. See the Bermuda Plein Air Facebook group page.
14. Take a Self-Guided Art Tour
The City of Hamilton is lined with colourful street murals done by local artists. See them all – for free! – and snap some amazing photos with a walking tour of Bermuda murals.
Location:City of Hamilton
15. Explore the African Diaspora Heritage Trail
Walk in the footsteps of legendary Bermudians of African descent who forged great legacies in the face of persecution. From Dockyard to the Town of St. George, see their experiences come to life on a tour of the African Diaspora Heritage Trail.
Price: Free (transportation required)
16. Take the plunge at Admiralty House Park
Thrill-seekers will love Admiralty House Park near Hamilton, where they can (safely) jump from a different levels of rocks into the turquoise waters below and come back out through a limestone cave. It's a wonderful way to cool off on a summer day.
Location: 8 Admiralty Lane, Pembroke
17. Have a picnic with a view
Bring your own food and drink to savour at one of the island's many gorgeous open-air spots, like Scaur Hill, Admiralty House Park or Cooper’s Island.
18. Catch the sunset at Fun Golf
Situated on an acre of oceanfront property, Fun Golf features 18 challenging holes designed after famous holes in USA, Scotland and Bermuda. Special features include the Sunset Terrace, affording incredible views of Bermuda's magnificent sunsets and Caddyshack, their fully licensed bar, great for a casual beverage. Prices are
Price: $15 for adults and $12 for children 12 years of age and under.
19. Ride the Seaexpress around the island
Spacious double-decker boats with breezy decks zip from place to place on four different routes. See the current ferry schedule.
Location: Island-wide (see schedule for seasonal variations)
20. Experience Bermuda by the bite
Bermuda's flourishing food scene is full of affordable bites, including the iconic Bermuda fish sandwich. This foodie's guide to Bermuda reveals just some of what's awaiting your tastebuds across the island.
21. Get Sweet Treats for the Whole Family
Cool down with Bailey’s Ice Cream Parlour, Yo Cherry or Alex & Pete’s Artisan Ice Cream, or savor fresh fruit popsicles from Duch Pops. For cool treats plus pastries and more, try Duchess Cafe & Gelateria in the Hamilton Princess.