If you’ve ever wondered about the best things to do in Bermuda or are planning a trip to this little island, you may be pleasantly surprised at how much this island has to offer. Bermuda is a little island in the middle of the North Atlantic, when you think of Bermuda, what comes to mind? The Bermuda Triangle? Bermuda Shorts? White sandy beaches? Either way, all of those thoughts are pretty accurate, but Bermuda was a much more exciting destination than I had anticipated. The chain of islands make for some stunning backdrops and scenery, and the people are some of the friendliest I’ve met. Kind of feels like island living with the comforts of home – the best of both worlds!
Visit Elbow Beach
If you initially thought of white sandy beaches, then Elbow Beach is definitely one you don’t want to miss. It’s that pristine, white sand that everyone craves, with crystal clear blue water lapping on the shore. There are some rock structures in the water that make for some gorgeous variety in the water, and good places to stand for photos (if it’s calm enough). Just be careful if you are going in the water, most of the rocks are submerged and could cause injury if you were to trip on one. I’d recommend using Elbow Beach as a place to play in the shallows and enjoy the sandy beaches rather than trying to body surf.
Walk the Pink Sand Beach of Horseshoe Bay
White sandy beaches don’t sound appealing? How about a pink sand beach! Horseshoe Bay boasts a pink beach like the ones you’ve only seen on instagram. The beach is pink and sandy, but is not nearly as pink as those photos make it look – unless you’re seeing it at sunset. I wouldn’t get your hopes up too much envisioning a hot pink beach, but I’ll tell you what – this was one of the most stunning beaches I’ve ever seen in my life, pink or not. If there’s a cruise in town, it can be absolutely packed, but if you walk way down the beach, you’ll come to some rocks that you can walk through/around and it instantly is less crowded. We had our own little private grotto to enjoy the sun and the water all to ourselves! There’s areas that you can see people climb up some of these huge rocks, but there *is* a “Do not climb” sign – I’ll let you make of that what you will. Either way – we spent quite a bit of time at Horseshoe Bay, and I would highly recommend taking a visit when you go to Bermuda!
Explore Hidden Caves
A spot you definitely don’t want to miss is up by the Swizzle Inn, and is home to not one, but two incredible caves. The Fantasy and Crystal Caves were discovered by two little Boys playing ball in their yard many years ago. Crystal Cave is the smaller of the two, but offers a walking tour over the water that resides in the cave, which is a neat way to see a cave that has little to no shoreline. Fantasy Cave, the sister cave, is much larger, and definitely one you don’t want to miss. I’d recommend doing the Crystal Cave first, then the Fantasy Cave – it was eye opening that way. When you book a tour for both caves, you are given a tour guide to walk you through and teach you all about the caves, the foliage around the property, and may even let you try some of the wild cherries that grow on the trees! Fantasy Cave has a pretty neat entrance after walking through their garden, and even cooler fun facts. Something like – one of Beyonce’s music videos was shot in that cave!
Visit the Famous Swizzle Inn
After your adventures through the caves, you’re just close enough to the famous Swizzle Inn to grab a bite to eat and one of their famous Rum Swizzles! Definitely a place not to miss if you want to experience one of the places Bermuda is known for! Not to mention, that Rum Swizzle was one heck of a good cocktail.
Try a Native Bermuda Cherry
It may sound silly encouraging you to try a native fruit, but the Bermuda cherry (also known as the Surinam Cherry) is only found in certain regions around the world. Try to indulge in the local cuisine to see how the locals live, and learn a bit about sustainable farming practices from the locals! You can even plan a trip to a local farm and learn about the sustainable farming that helps feed the island.
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Explore Bermuda’s Homes and Nature Spaces
There’s an area with a little grassy park that is right across the street from the Bermuda Aquarium, and is a great place to sit and watch the water in the late afternoon before you venture back to watch the sunset. The colorful houses frame a hill and the crystal clear water runs through the bridge at a surprisingly fast pace. It’s not somewhere you could spend the whole day, but is a great place to sit and enjoy the scenery and take a few cute photos. How can you beat colorful houses all adorned with white roofs?
Fun fact – the best and only way to get around the island with your own vehicle as a visitor is by renting a moped/scooter. The roads can be super narrow, but speed limits are low around the island.
Shop the Streets of Hamilton
In the city of Hamilton, there is a hotspot of nightlife, shops, and restaurants to explore, especially on Front Street. This street overlooks the beautiful harbor, and is great for shopping. Find some of your favorite designers, or meander into a shop that sells Bermuda shorts (yes, they’re actually a thing in Bermuda). The street is lined with buildings of every color. Check out Terrace for great food and craft cocktails, or head to one of the many bars for some live music and entertainment, and keep your eyes open for festivals that may be happening. Regardless of what you choose, Front Street is a great walkable area to explore.
Explore the Quaint Streets of St. George
Designated as a UNESCO Heritage Site, St. George is perfect if you’re looking for something a little more quaint than the bustling city of Hamilton. The cobblestone streets and historic structures are perfect for a quieter getaway on Bermuda. This little island is still just as colorful as the rest of Bermuda, but with a lot more charm than some busier parts.
Visit the best viewpoints in Bermuda
If you want the best view of the entire island, you’ve got to venture up to the top of a hill over near Horseshoe Bay and Elbow Beach. Located in a little neighborhood, the view is one of the best on the island. From there, you can see nearly the entire island, and the sunset up there is incredible I’m sure. We saw it mid-day, which made the water look even more blue than I could have imagined. If you see a spot that looks like it has a nice view, don’t hesitate to pull over and take it all in!
Drive around the island and find lots of hidden viewpoints – the ragged coast offers tons of stunning views of the island, ocean, and more!