Exploring Bermuda: Beyond Beaches

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  • Bermuda

  • Beaches

  • Food & Wine

  • Outdoors

  • Sightseeing

  • Relaxation

Blue water of Bermuda
Curator’s statement

Before coming to Bermuda, I thought it was just an island full of beautiful beaches in the Atlantic Ocean. And while it definitely has plenty of spectacular beaches, it's an archipelago, and has so much more than its pink-sand beaches to explore. From pro-level golf courses to hidden limestone caves, Bermuda offers something for everyone.

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Things to do in Bermuda

Hidden Cave in Bermuda

Royal Naval Dockyard

The Royal Naval Dockyard is where cruise ships dock, but also contains many shops, restaurants, and the National Museum of Bermuda, all within walking distance of the ships. Snorkel Park Beach is also a great place to visit within walking distance of the cruise ships where you can swim, snorkel, or grab lunch and a drink at the beach restaurant. On Monday and Thursday nights, the beach club turns into a night club with music and a fun scene for those aged 18+.

Crystal & Fantasy Caves

One of the biggest surprises about Bermuda, is the country's large network of limestone caves. The Crystal & Fantasy Caves are beautiful underground caves with stalactite and stalagmite formations from millions of years ago, set around the crystal blue waters of a large underground lake. There are guided tours offered into each cave (with admission). Reservations are highly recommended.

Hidden Gems of Bermuda Tour

If you're looking to explore the natural wonders of the islands in one trip, this tour does just that (you can book it through Viator). The guide is a local who will give you a great overview of Bermuda's history full of fun facts and personal anecdotes. The 7 hour tour takes you from the Royal Naval Dockyard to Walsingham Nature Reserve (also called Tom Moore's Jungle), an hour long car ride to Bermuda's only jungle. After an easy hike learning all about the island's flora and fauna, the next stop is the Blue Hole Park caves. Unlike the Crystal and Fantasy caves that can get quite busy with tourists, these caves are secluded. You can also swim in the lakes inside the caves (the water is 'refreshing', not 'freezing')! A brief walk outside the caves leads to a beautiful lagoon where you can jump off 15ft cliffs into crystal clear water and swim with several kinds of fish. This tour is truly for the adventure-seekers!

Relax in the Natura Cave Spa at Grotto Bay Resort

After a long day exploring caves, how about getting a massage treatment in one? The Grotto Bay Resort sits on Bailey's Bay. Their Natura Spa offers massages and other spa treatments inside a cave that's on the resort's property, for a truly one-of-a-kind and peaceful experience.

Snorkel the Montana and Constellation Shipwrecks

A short boat ride from the Royal Naval Dockyard sits the wrecks of the Montana and Constellation ships among the coral reef. The shallower water makes viewing the remains of these ships quite easy, and there are several different types of coral and fish to spot among the remains.

Golf For The Whole Family

Bermuda is widely known for its award-winning golf courses, set against pristine coastlines and beaches, and is truly a golfer's paradise. Experienced golfers can check out the Port Royal Golf Club, ranked as one of the world's best public golf courses by Golf Digest, or the stunning Turtle Hill Golf Club. For those traveling with kids, Bermuda Fun Golf is an eighteen hole mini-golf course at the Royal Naval Dockyards. It features mini versions of the best holes from golf courses in Bermuda, the US and Scotland!

Warwick Long Bay

Bermuda is known for their pristine beaches made of pink sand from the surrounding reefs. If you're looking for beautiful beaches without the crowds, skip Horseshoe Bay Beach and head 20 minutes east to Warwick Long Bay Beach. While it may not have the amenities of chairs or umbrellas to rent at Horseshoe Bay, it has a wide beach of fine, pink sand and turquoise waters. There are walking paths behind the beach that will lead you to the most beautiful hidden lagoon with crystal clear water perfect for snorkeling. It's a great place for kids to swim in shallower water without waves. Continue west along the walking paths and discover more hidden and secluded beaches where you can swim and explore tide pools. Truly take in the extraordinary views and peaceful sound of the waves. Once you get to Horseshoe Bay Beach, grab a drink at the bar and head back to your hotel in one of the many taxis or shuttles available.

Places to eat & drink in Bermuda

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Swizzle Inn

Bermuda's oldest pub and where the island's national drink, the Rum Swizzle, was created. A favorite of both tourists and locals alike, the Swizzle Inn is known for its food, fun and the best Rum Swizzle in Bermuda.

Frog & Onion Pub

Located in the Royal Naval Dockyard in an 18th century Cooperage, the Frog & Onion pub features a menu of English pub food and fresh seafood. Grab a brew and enjoy the large indoor and outdoor seating areas.

The Birdcage

This rooftop bar in Hamilton has scenic views of the harbor, and is known for its handcrafted cocktails made from local ingredients. Try the Hey Bird, their signature, secret-recipe drink (rum-based), and there are a selection of wines, beers and non-alcoholic drinks as well!

Barracuda Grill

If you're looking for fine dining, Barracuda in Hamilton offers an upscale dining experience for both lunch and dinner. Their menu also offers many gluten-free options.

Woody's Sports Bar & Grill

Recommended by locals as having the best fried fish sandwich in Bermuda! Located near the Royal Naval Dockyards, the fried fish sandwich is a must-try here. Wash it down with an ice-cold glass of the island's very own Barritts Ginger Beer.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Carissa Bartoli’s guide, A First Timer's Guide to Visiting Bermuda.

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