Bermuda is just a few-hour flight from the U.S. East Coast, but once you touch down, you’ll find a world like no other. As an Atlantic Ocean outpost settled alongside the earliest British colonies in America, Bermuda offers an unrivaled mix of history, culture and nature. Whether you gravitate toward adventures on land or water, you’ll want to get lost in Bermuda.
Get to Know Bermuda
Enjoy Lighthouse Views
Get a lay of the land with panoramic views of St. George’s and the East End from St. David’s Lighthouse. In spring, you might even spot humpback whales during their annual migration. For a different perspective, head to Gibbs Hill Lighthouse. The world’s oldest cast-iron lighthouse offers vistas of the City of Hamilton, Royal Naval Dockyard and South Shore beaches.
Bike the Railway Trail
The Bermuda Railway once traversed the island from St. George’s to Somerset. Today, the track’s path has been converted to a scenic biking and hiking trail that passes historic sites such as the Scaur Hill Fort. Biking the Bermuda Railway Trail allows you to actively experience miles of natural scenery and spectacular ocean views.
See Scaur Hill Fort & Park
As you bike along the Railway Trail, stop at Scaur Hill Fort and Park to take in panoramic ocean views and explore the cannons, moats and underground passages. The Victorian-era fort was built into the hill itself and covered with grass to make it barely visible from the sea.
Taste Spiny Lobster
September to March is Bermuda’s spiny lobster season, when restaurants and roadside vendors offer the coveted crustaceans fresh from local waters. Whether grilled over a beach bonfire with a knob of butter, or expertly prepared by a local chef, it’s an essential taste of Bermuda.
Once you’ve traversed the island, dig a little deeper to uncover some of Bermuda’s more hidden gems. Try paddleboarding the secluded coves around Tobacco Bay. Go underground at the stunning Crystal Caves. And ride horses along pristine beaches with a local guide.
Go Stand-up Paddleboarding
Rent a stand-up paddleboard to explore Bermuda’s picturesque coastline. These stable boards let you glide across crystal-clear water and visit nearby reefs to snorkel with tropical fish and sea turtles.
Explore Crystal Caves
Descend into the Crystal Caves to witness one of Bermuda’s most awe-inspiring sights. Floating pontoons create a footpath across the cavern’s serene underground lake, while jagged stalactites hang from the ceiling, and mineral deposits make the walls glitter like diamonds.
Relax at Tobacco Bay
The calm, protected cove at Tobacco Bay is perfect for water sports like paddleboarding and snorkelling. It’s also an ideal place to spend a day relaxing on the beach, sipping one of Bermuda’s signature cocktails – a Rum Swizzle or Dark ’n Stormy®.
Go Horseback Riding on the Beach
Imagine galloping on horseback down an empty stretch of sand, buffeted by the cool ocean breeze. Join a knowledgeable local guide to traverse beach dunes by horseback and cool off in the clear blue waters on early morning rides.
The Essence of Bermuda
From pink sand and sea glass to spices and rum, the essence of Bermuda is something you’ll keep long after you return home. Feel the essence of Bermuda on a sailing trip and beachfront stroll, and shop the island’s many boutiques for a keepsake to take home with you.
Explore the Beaches
Bermuda has beaches to fit every traveller, from soft pink sands to rocky coves. The stunning pink-hued stretch of Horseshoe Bay along the South Shore makes it a perennial favourite, while the small, secluded Jobson’s Cove is hidden among steep cliffs. Head to Sea Glass or Black Bay Beach to find multi-coloured sea glass worn smooth by the waves.
Go Sailing or Boating
Hoist the sails and catch the wind to experience Bermuda by sea. Charters like Sail Bermuda offer group and private trips with stops for snorkelling and sightseeing, or simply cruising with a cold drink. Or, join a deep sea fishing charter to hook gamefish like marlin or wahoo.
Shop Island Boutiques
Bermuda has a long and rich artistic tradition, which you’ll find represented in boutiques around the island. Visit local artistans and fashion houses that draw inspiration from the island, and pick up jewellery or perfume made from local materials.
Stroll Front Street
A stroll along the City of Hamilton’s waterfront offers the chance to explore colonial-era buildings, browse local shops and have a world-class meal at one of the city’s renowned restaurants. While there, visit the Cabinet Building or immerse yourself in Bermuda’s history at the Historical Society Museum.
Discover Flatt’s Village
One of the earliest British settlements in Bermuda, today Flatt’s Village is a quiet, idyllic community with pastel-hued homes crowded around a boat-filled inlet. Stop here along the Bermuda Railway Trail to visit the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo.
Spend Time Under the Stars
The perfect end to any Bermuda adventure is gathering around a beach bonfire, telling stories, grilling lobsters and roasting marshmallows. Snorkel Park has a bonfire party every Monday night during the summer, and the Friday night bonfires at Tobacco Bay offer incredible sunset views alongside live music.