Escape to the Bliss of Bermuda

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  • Bermuda

  • Adventure Travel

  • Beaches

  • Relaxation

  • Island

  • Local Food

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Nestled in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean, only a two-to-three hour flight from the East Coast, Bermuda beckons with its pink sand beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters and a unique blend of British charm and island tranquility. This enchanting destination, renowned for its pastel-colored cottages and lush landscapes, is the perfect escape for a brief yet unforgettable getaway. Bermuda offers a compact yet diverse itinerary, allowing travelers to explore historic sites like St. George's, indulge in water sports along the South Shore and savor delectable seafood cuisine. With its balmy climate and friendly locals, Bermuda seamlessly combines relaxation and exploration for a rejuvenating adventure.

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Where to stay in Bermuda

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Fairmont Hamilton Princess & Beach Club

Fronted by a beautiful harbor, this hotel is an oasis of comfort and luxury with access to a private beach club and an array of complimentary yoga classes.

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Rosewood Bermuda

Refined resort in Bermuda featuring an array of water activities, epicurean experiences and a traditional Rosewood Spa with a menu of wellness offerings.

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The St. Regis Bermuda Resort

A glamorous, elegant stay perfect for five-star pampering and luxe amenities.

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  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

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Things to do in Bermuda

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Explore the fascinating Crystal and Fantasy Caves of Bermuda. Venture underground to witness nature's own artwork, with stunning stalactites and stalagmites offering a laid-back yet mind-blowing peek into the island's geological secrets. It's like stepping into a hidden world that's as awesome as it gets! Note that there are 80+ steps, so wear rubber-soled shoes and only go if you’re able to handle the climb.

Discover the renowned pink-sand beaches of Bermuda, with Horseshoe Bay Beach drawing crowds and Warwick Long Bay providing a more extended shoreline. Capture stunning photos at Jobson’s Cove nearby, or enjoy Clearwater Beach with nature trails and a playground if you're accompanied by kids. For an exclusive beach experience, the private beach clubs at the Fairmont Princess and Rosewood hotels are easily accessible with quick shuttle rides, adding a touch of luxury to your seaside retreat.

Opt for a taxi tour at a flat rate of $50 per hour and let your driver guide you through Bermuda's historical gems. Recommended sites include Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, Unfinished Church, Fort St. Catherine, St. Peter’s Church, and the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity. These are easy to combine into a seamless two-to-three hour afternoon exploration. With each site requiring only a short visit, you'll have time to soak in the highlights without feeling rushed, unless, of course, you decide to conquer the 185 steps to the top of the lighthouse!

Experience Hamilton, Bermuda's vibrant capital, by strolling along Front Street to explore boutiques, cafes, and historic landmarks. With its blend of culture, shopping, and picturesque waterfront views, a half-day in Hamilton promises a delightful immersion into the heart of Bermuda's bustling island life.

Visit St. George, Bermuda's historic gem, which beckons with cobblestone streets, pastel-hued architecture, and a rich maritime legacy. Wander through this UNESCO World Heritage site, discovering landmarks like the Old State House, while immersing yourself in the town's timeless charm. With its captivating history and picturesque setting, a visit to St. George promises an enchanting journey through Bermuda's colonial heritage.

Embark on an aquatic adventure in Bermuda's pristine waters, offering options for snorkeling, scuba diving, and leisurely swims amidst vibrant coral reefs. The optimal time to witness the majestic humpback whales is during their migration season in March and April. Alternatively, cap off your day with a sunset cruise, offering the perfect ambiance to unwind, savor a Bermudian cocktail, and soak in breathtaking views. UberVida offers sunset and evening cruises with a party vibe.

Uncover Bermuda's maritime history at the Dockyards, where meticulously preserved naval buildings and museums vividly portray the island's seafaring legacy. After your exploration, unwind with craft brews at a local establishment or explore the nearby shops, albeit a tad touristy, immersing yourself in the charming atmosphere that enhances the allure of this historical site in Bermuda. Conveniently accessible via the regular ferry from Hamilton or St. George.

Places to eat & drink in Bermuda

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Devil's Isle Cafe: A popular Hamilton haunt, Devil's Isle Cafe is a vibrant spot known for its fresh, locally sourced ingredients and diverse menu, featuring everything from creative salads to inventive mains in a laid-back, eco-friendly setting.

1609 Restaurant: Perched on the water's edge at Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, 1609 Restaurant offers a sophisticated dining experience with panoramic views, serving up delectable seafood dishes and modern Bermuda-inspired cuisine.

Wahoo's Bistro: Nestled in St. George, Wahoo's Bistro is a seafood lover's paradise, boasting a menu that showcases the island's culinary diversity with a range of Wahoo-inspired dishes in a charming and casual atmosphere. While touristy and occasionally hit-or-miss on food, it’s the best option in St. George’s for a casual lunch.

Intrepid: Located in the heart of Hamilton, Intrepid offers an upscale dining experience with a menu that seamlessly blends international flavors. The restaurant's chic ambiance and inventive cuisine make it a top choice for those seeking a refined culinary adventure.

Hamilton Pastry Shop: A delightful haven for pastry enthusiasts, Hamilton Pastry Shop crafts a tempting array of sweet treats and savory delights, from flaky pastries to artisanal sandwiches, providing a perfect spot for a quick bite or a leisurely brunch.

Afternoon Tea at the Crown & Anchor: Indulge in a classic British tradition at the Crown & Anchor in Hamilton Princess & Beach Club. Their afternoon tea service offers a selection of exquisite teas, finger sandwiches, and decadent pastries in an elegant setting overlooking the harbor.

Sul Verde: Tucked away at the Rosewood Bermuda, Sul Verde is an Italian gem that transports diners to the Mediterranean with its authentic flavors and scenic terrace. The restaurant's focus on fresh, high-quality ingredients ensures a memorable dining experience amidst lush surroundings.

Frog and Onion: A staple in the historic Royal Naval Dockyard, the Frog and Onion Pub is a beloved venue offering a cozy and convivial atmosphere. Known for its hearty pub fare (which is average tasting), go here for the wide selection of craft beers.

Pickled Onion: Nestled along Front Street in Hamilton, Pickled Onion is a vibrant establishment combining a trendy atmosphere with Bermudian hospitality. This waterfront eatery is celebrated for its diverse menu, ranging from fresh seafood to international cuisine, making it a popular choice for both locals and visitors alike.

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