Consider Bermuda the ultimate summer escape, especially when July comes around. That's when the weather and the fun peak. Among the highlights, you'll find beach parties, Bermuda shorts and great scuba diving.
Here are a dozen reasons why you should pack your bags – and check out seasonal getaway specials – in the middle of summer. Plus, all this island magic is just a two-hour flight from many U.S. East Coast airports.
1 The Weather is Just Right
Tired of brutal summer heat? Bermuda's location in the Atlantic Ocean – not the Caribbean – means the island is warmed by the Gulf Stream and the sun, so even in the summer months, it doesn’t get too hot. Average temps hover in the sweet spot between 75°F and 85°F (23°C and 29°C).
2 Serious Summer Celebrations
Bermuda knows how to party. And every July sees the whole island celebrating at fun-in-the-sun festivals such as LIV Bermuda (July 4th weekend), Cup Match Summer Splash, Beachfest and Soca vs. Reggae. Each event offers the chance to mix and mingle with locals, who will help you experience the island's festive spirit.
3 The World's Greatest Beaches
Pink sand, turquoise waters, endless blue sky – the island's beaches are among its greatest natural assets. Bermuda is home to several legendary stretches of sand and surf, including the iconic Horseshoe Bay, a wide swath of rosy beach flanked by dramatic rock outcroppings. Looking for something more off-the-beaten-path? Try the pristine, otherworldly Cooper's Island Nature Reserve.
4 Aquatic Adventures
Whether you’re in the mood for a mellow kayak glide or a serene sailboat trip, or a pulse-pounding experience like parasailing or jet skiing, Bermuda is swimming with water attractions. The island is also the shipwreck capital of the world, with hundreds of sunken vessels waiting under the waves to be explored.
5 Sensational Spas
You'll find plenty of ways to refresh and recharge in Bermuda, from deep-tissue massages to renewing facials. If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience, book a session at Natura Spa at The Caves at Grotto Bay Beach Resort. Located in an ancient cave, the unique retreat offers treatment cabanas that float on a crystal-clear, ocean-fed lake surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites.
6 Picnics in the Park
Summer's perfect weather begs for al fresco meals. The lush Botanical Gardens stars 36 acres of trees and blossoms with plenty of places to lounge – and dine – on the grass. The serene Bermuda Arboretum offers 22 acres of gorgeous open space, with shady trails, ornamental bridges and peaceful meadows. Head to the upscale Miles Market for picnic supplies like curried chicken salad sandwiches and cookies.
7 Local Flavours
Thanks to its mid-Atlantic location, Bermudian cuisine blends traditions and culinary techniques from England, the Caribbean, the U.S. and South America into a delicious mixture. No summer trip to the island is complete without trying the beloved Bermuda fish sandwich. Wash it down with a can of ice-cold ginger beer.
8 Summer Fridays
Bermuda's Summer Fridays are the perfect way to kick-start an island escape. You'll find beach bonfires, chic happy hours and cocktail cruises that'll help you make the most of the long days.
9 Harbour Nights
Call it the ultimate block party. Every Wednesday night in the summer, hundreds head to Hamilton's Front Street for a street festival with late-night shopping, entertainment, unique local artist displays and the colourful Gombey dancers, who blend British, African and island traditions in their lively performances.
10 Eco Adventures
There are few places in the world that can beat Bermuda in terms of raw natural beauty. Eco tours led by experts are an ideal way to explore the breathtaking landscapes by kayak, bike or on foot. You can delve deeper into the wilderness of Cahow Island, the heart of a lush jungle or the awe-inspiring Crystal Caves.
11 Time Travelling
There's no time machine, but you may feel like you've slipped back a few centuries as you explore historic forts or wander among historic stone buildings and pastel houses in the Town of St. George. The latter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the oldest continually inhabited English settlement in the New World.