Why We Love Bermuda

Just 600 miles off the coast of North Carolina, bathed in the warmth of the Gulf Stream, this veddy British outpost in the Atlantic features pink sand beaches, crystal-clear waters for boating, diving, snorkeling and swimming, great shopping, fine dining, lots of history, great golf and some of the finest hotels in the world. It’s a great destination for romance, relaxation and recreation.

Top Destinations in Bermuda

Bermuda Botanical Gardens

Sniff the heavenly scent of Bermuda and see the Double Fantasy flower that inspired John Lennon at the Botanical Gardens in Paget Parish. This impressive 14.5-hectare (36-acre) paradise is the best place to enjoy and identify the island's delightful flora.

Town of St. George

The birthplace of Bermuda (1612) and the oldest continuously inhabited English settlement in the Western hemisphere, this town’s brightly painted buildings are laid out in a maze of narrow lanes, while St Peter’s church and numerous museums,governmental buildings, shops, restaurants and pubs crowd King’s Square next to the waterfront.

Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo

This seven-acre government facility showcases the incredible variety of Bermuda’s natural resources, with ever changing exhibits and displays. The Aquarium showcases more than 200 species of marine life found in Bermuda, and the Zoo contains more than 300 species of birds, reptiles and mammals.

Gibbs' Hill Lighthouse

One of the best views on the island, in Southampton parish, one of the only lighthouses in the world to be made completely from cast iron. Recharge your batteries afterwards with a spot of afternoon tea at the cafe based at the foot of the lighthouse which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Hamilton

Overlooking the harbor, Hamilton is the capital of Bermuda as well as its cultural and commercial heart. Pastel-colored colonial buildings line the streets, and the city is home to Bermuda's best shopping, dining, galleries, and museums. Front Street is the busiest area of the city where cruise ships dock alongside island-hopping ferries and tour boats.

Bermuda Railway Trail

This 29 km well-maintained walking and bike trail winds across cliffs, woods, beaches, and dunes along the route that belonged to the Bermuda Railway. Called the" Old Rattle and Shake" Bermuda's only train made it's first run in 1931 and was dismantled by 1948.

Royal Navy Dockyard, Somerset

The home of the Royal Navy in Bermuda for more than 175 years, the Somerset Dockyards are now a bustling tourist attraction, with the fascinating Bermuda Maritime Museum as well as the Crafts Market, Art Center, Dolphin Quest facility and cruise ship docks.

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Bermuda Pink Sale

Upfront
The Bermuda Tourist Authority’s annual “Pink Sale” offers steep price reductions on hotel rooms for those who can book right now and travel to the island before April 30... Read More

Bermuda Pink Sale

Upfront
The Bermuda Tourist Authority’s annual “Pink Sale” offers steep price reductions on hotel rooms for those who can book right now and travel to the island before April 30... Read More

Overview

It is always something of a delightful surprise to happen upon the 130-or-so islands that make up the nation of Bermuda, sitting in the middle of the Gulfstream in the Atlantic Ocean, some 600 miles due east of Cape Hatteras, and realize you have arrived in a very tiny bit of Britain.

The oldest colony in the British Commonwealth, Bermuda is quintessentially British in so many ways: it is dignified, erudite, literate, peaceful, and friendly. They love golf, tennis played on grass, all things sailing and involving boats, afternoon tea, and a nice G&T before dinner (unless they opt for a Dark & Stormy instead).

Quiet men, sometimes dressed in Bermuda shorts, knee socks and business jackets, quietly compound their money in tidy offices in downtown Hamilton. Schoolchildren all wear neat uniforms every day. The beaches feature soft pink sand. Almost every square inch of the place is manicured to a fault.

Yet Bermuda is anything but a boring place to visit. It’s got sunshine, the sea, shopping and all kinds of sports to pursue. You can go there to relax, or go there to be as active as you want.

And despite the stiff upper lip and usual British reserve that underlies these islands, the people of Bermuda add the right amount of spice and sizzle. Descendants of slaves, seafarers who’ve washed up ashore from all four corners of the globe, as well as second sons of the landed gentry looking for a place to make it in the world … all of these disparate and diverse personalities give the island a delightful lilt in language, and an outlook of life that’s welcoming.

It’s not the Caribbean, exactly; and it’s not Great Britain, exactly. It is Bermuda, exactly: a unique and beautiful little corner of the world that’s a joy to visit for the first time, or the tenth.

Quick Facts

English is the official language of Bermuda.

The currency in Bermuda is the Bermuda dollar, which is kept on par with the U.S. Dollar. US currency is generally accepted everywhere on the island.

The electrical current is the same as in the United States: 110v, 60Hz, AC.

Internet connections and WiFi spots are found throughout the country. Most major hotels provide good accessibility.

Residents of the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom do not require visas to enter Bermuda. A passport and return or onward air ticket is required. Other nationalities may require a visa, obtainable from the British consulate in their country.

Tap water is generally considered safe in Bermuda. Most fresh water is captured from rainfall and treated.

Bermuda is in the Atlantic time zone, -4 from GMT. When it is noon in New York, it is 1 p.m. in Bermuda.

The summer months (May through October) are considered high season in Bermuda. But the climate is generally mild year round. During winter (December through March), temperatures average 65-70°F; in summer, 75-85°F.

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Things To Do in Bermuda

Bermuda’s Beaches

Made up of more than 130 islands, Bermuda’s beaches are tucked into its rocky shoreline, offering private escapes, generally calm surf and that distinctive pink-hued sand. Some of the best beaches include Horseshoe Bay, Jobson’s Cove, Warwick Long Bay, Tobacco Bay, and West Whale Beach.

Crystal and Fantasy Caves

With islands made from porous limestone, Bermuda offers a subterranean maze of passageways and caves. This attraction near Hamilton allows visitors access to a subterranean lake and impressive crystal formations. Floating pontoons thread through the caves and provide great vantage points to see the well illuminated formations.

Spittal Point Nature Preserve

Bird watching, hiking trails and wildlife-rich wetlands highlight the Spittal Pond Nature Reserve, where hiking trails cross the 60-acre site along the coastline and through the forested area. Birders can spy some 30 native species, especially during the migration seasons.

Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art

Tucked in the lush Botanical Gardens, this museum contains an exciting collection of some 1,200 pieces of art. Rotating exhibitions include the works of local artists as well as a permanent collection of art from such luminaries as Georgia O’Keeffe, Winslow Homer and Albert Gleizes.

Wreck Diving

Scuba diving is a popular pastime in Bermuda, and one reason is the many shipwrecks scattered around these rocky, reefed islands. Several dive shops offer guided dives on these wrecks, now covered with brilliantly colored sealife.

Ferry Trip

Bermuda offers an efficient water taxi service back and forth across Hamilton Bay, as well as relaxing ferry trips. You can go round Hamilton Harbour, filled with boats of all sizes and shapes, or enjoy a longer cruise through the Great Sound stopping at Somerset Bridge, the rural village of Somerset, and the Royal Naval Dockyard.

Moongates

According to oriental legend, honeymooners should make a wish while walking through Moongates, circles of stone originally brought to Bermuda in the 19th century by a sea captain who had seen them on a voyage to China.

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