When it comes to heaven on earth, paradise doesn’t get much closer than Bermuda. This British territory is famous for its pink-sand beaches and laid-back yet refined island vibe, popular with tourists but fiercely protective of its strong sense of identity. Bermuda’s vibe is entirely its own — upscale and fancy-free, artsy and naturally wild — Bermudians are notorious for their friendliness. By Skye Sherman
Despite its popularity with visitors, Bermuda is hardly touristy: tacky souvenir shops are few, and commercialised clutter like fast-food chains are banned (save for one pre-existing KFC that was grandfathered in). Head to this island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean to enjoy the old-world charm, fresh island fare, glorious weather all year long, and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
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Best Time to Go
Tourist season stretches from May to October when the weather is at its most balmy. The island can get surprisingly chilly in the fall and winter months.
Still, winter’s not a bad time to visit: January sees Bermuda Restaurant Weeks as well as the annual Bermuda Triangle Challenge Weekend, during which active travellers can participate in up to three days of runs, from a mile to a full marathon; in March, the Bermuda International Film Festival attracts some of the shining stars of the film industry.
Spring is another lovely time to visit Bermuda: plan an Easter trip to participate in one of the world’s most beautiful Good Friday traditions, the Bermuda Kite Festival, which fills the skies over Horseshoe Bay Beach with kites in various colours and styles.
Harbour Nights is another popular island tradition that begins each April (and lasts through early September): on Wednesday nights, the city of Hamilton hosts a pedestrian-only block party with local vendors, artists, activities, and traditional Gombey dancers. Bermuda Carnival takes place each June.
Check Bermuda’s Adventure Almanac for the best months to visit the island depending on which activities you hope to enjoy while there.
Things to Know
The currency used in Bermuda is the Bermudian dollar, which is a 1-to-1 conversion with the US dollar and can be interchangeably used.
Car rentals are not available in Bermuda in an effort to curb air pollution, overcrowding, and car accidents. However, two-seater electric vehicles are available to get around.
While often grouped together with Caribbean nations, Bermuda is an island in the North Atlantic about 900 miles north and about 600 miles from the mainland. This is why the weather can be a bit cooler in the winter months.
How to Get Around
Buses: Pink-and-blue striped buses connect most areas of interest across the island. Bermuda has 11 bus routes and 14 bus zones.
Ferries: Public ferry routes aboard the SeaExpress Ferry Service are a popular (and scenic) way to get around the island. All ferries depart from the Ferry Terminal on Front Street in Hamilton.
Pro tip: Buy a Transportation Pass (available for one, three, and seven days) for unlimited use of buses and ferries.
Taxis: Taxis in Bermuda can provide transportation directly from point A to point B but some drivers can also provide hourly sightseeing tours. All taxis are metered at set rates established by the government.
Car rentals: While you can’t rent a typical car in Bermuda, you can rent an electric two-seater. Just remember that in Bermuda, motorists drive on the left — and the maximum speed is 22 miles per hour.
You can also rent scooters and bicycles from various outfitters around the island.
St. Regis Bermuda Resort
Address: 34 Coot Pond Rd St. George’s GE, 05, Bermuda
Phone: (441) 543-2222
The Marriott brand returned to the island of Bermuda, where it has not had a presence since 1999, with the opening of the St. Regis Bermuda Resort in May 2021. Located on St. Catherine’s Beach, the hotel offers a luxurious retreat in a picturesque setting.
Aunt Nea’s Inn
Address: 1 Nea’s Alley, St George’s GE 05, Bermuda
Phone: (441) 296-2868
For an authentic on-island experience, stay at Aunt Nea’s Inn, a historic Bermudian guest house featuring original woodwork and craftsmanship from the 1700s. The inn’s period architecture is part of its charm, but modern creature comforts make it feel like home.
The Loren at Pink Beach
Address: 116 South Rd, Tucker’s Town HS 01, Bermuda
Phone: (441) 293-1666
A modern five-star hotel, The Loren is located in Bermuda’s East End and offers a boutique hotel experience.
Address: 90 South Rd, Bermuda
Phone: (441) 232-9000
Azura Bermuda soft-launched in 2020 but debuted its full expression in spring 2021, making it one of the island‘s newest — and most sought-after — places to stay. It’s located clifftop along a stretch of South Shore beach, yet is conveniently only about 10 minutes away from Hamilton, and has guest rooms, suites, and villas.
Hamilton Princess & Beach Club
Address: 76 Pitts Bay Road Pembroke HAMILTON, HM 08, Bermuda
Phone: (441) 295-3000
One of the premier places to stay in Bermuda, fully outfitted with all the modern amenities, the five-star Hamilton Princess is a hotel, beach club, and marina all in one. Its pink exterior has been an iconic sight on the island for over a century. Plus, it’s just a five-minute walk from downtown Hamilton.
Grotto Bay Beach Resort & Spa
Address: 11 Blue Hole Hill Hamilton, Hamilton Parish CR 04, Bermuda
Phone: (441) 293-8333
Grotto Bay Beach Resort is the only hotel in Bermuda that offers an all-inclusive option and sits on 21 acres along beautiful Bailey’s Bay. But the real draw is its spa: the hotel is home to crystal caves coated in 5,00,000-year-old stalactites and stalagmites with crystal-clear water beneath, one of the most awe-inspiring settings in the world for a massage.
Address: 95 Front St, Hamilton, Bermuda
Phone: (441) 292-4507
Helmed by chef/owner Jonny Roberts, Bolero’s dishes are deceptively simple and surprisingly delicious, an unpretentious deviation from typical Bermudian fare. The bistro’s unassuming entrance down a narrow alley proves that looks can be deceiving: some locals consider this the best restaurant on the island. Outdoor dining available.
Devil’s Isle Cafe
Address: 19 Burnaby St, Hamilton, Bermuda
Phone: (441) 292-3284
Mingle with locals at Devil’s Isle, both a speciality coffee shop with take-out options and a dine-in restaurant serving healthy, nutrition-conscious food. Outdoor terrace available; reservations welcome.
Flanagan’s Irish Pub
Address: 69 Front St, Hamilton, Bermuda
Phone: (441) 295-8299
The only traditional Irish pub in Bermuda, Flanagan’s serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and has a variety of beers from around the world. Located near the Hamilton Ferry Terminal, it’s a popular spot to kick back on the outdoor second-story patio and enjoy the view. Reservations accepted.
Lobster Pot & Boat House Bar
Address: 6 Bermudiana Rd, Hamilton HM 08, Bermuda
Phone: (441) 292-6898
If you’re on the hunt for good seafood in Bermuda, look no further than the Lobster Pot, a local staple for nearly 50 years. Here, patrons can expect a daily fresh catch and Bermudian-inspired fare. Patio dining available; reservations welcome.
Address: 76 Pitts Bay Rd, Hamilton HM 08, Bermuda
Phone: (441) 298-2028
Located at the Hamilton Princess, Marcus’ is operated by famed chef Marcus Samuelsson and offers one of the top fine dining experiences in Bermuda. Overlooking Hamilton Harbour, the restaurant offers not only a memorable meal but also unbeatable views. Outdoor terrace seating available; reservations recommended.
The Swizzle Inn Pub and Restaurant
Address: 3 Blue Hole Hill, Hamilton
Phone: (441) 293-1854
Home of Bermuda’s national cocktail, the rum swizzle, which was created here in the early twentieth century, The Swizzle Inn is Bermuda’s oldest pub. (Of course, you can try Bermuda’s unofficial national drink, the dark ‘n’ stormy, here too.) Laid-back, casual, and rustic, it’s a must-stop on any visit to Bermuda. Outdoor seating available; no reservations required.
Art Mel’s Spicy Dicy
Address: St Monica’s Road, North Shore Village, Bermuda
Phone: (441) 295-3965
Located off the beaten path near Hamilton, Art Mel’s Spicy Dicy is worth the cab ride if you’re seeking an authentic Bermudian meal. It’s also (arguably) the best place on the island to try Bermuda’s famously unique take on the fish sandwich, which consists of a deep-fried fish filet with tartar sauce on raisin toast. Locals promise: Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it.
Things to Do
Crystal and Fantasy Caves
Address: 8 Crystal Caves Road, Hamilton Parish CR 04, Bermuda
Phone: (441) 293-0640
One of the most awe-inspiring views, the Crystal Caves are a must on any visit. Visitors descend underground to deep, super-clear pools surrounded on all sides by stalagmites and stalactites, an otherworldly experience to be explored via floating bridges. Tours are given daily; reservations are not required.
Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse
Address: Lighthouse Road, St Anne’s Road, Cross Bay SN 01, Bermuda
Phone: (441) 238-8069
After a string of shipwrecks on Bermuda’s West End, where coral reefs extend 16 miles from shore, construction began on the Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse in 1844. Because steel was not a viable building material at the time, it’s one of the few lighthouses in the world made of cast iron. Today, visitors can climb its 185 steps for unbeatable views of Bermuda’s mind-blowing greens and blues.
Horseshoe Bay Beach
Bermuda’s beaches are among the main reasons to visit. There are many gorgeous beaches around the island, but the curved Horseshoe Bay Beach is one of the most popular in Bermuda, thanks to its iconic pink sands and azure water.
Address: Warwick, just off South Road
Another great snorkelling spot is Jobson’s Cove, a sheltered inlet just a few steps off South Road in Warwick (accessible via the walking trail from Warwick Long Bay Beach). Its waters are calm, more like a swimming pool, because of rocks that almost completely encircle the cove, making it a perfect spot to swim, snorkel, or just lounge on the picture-perfect pink sand.
Snorkelling at Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve
Address: St. David’s Island (southeastern tip of Bermuda)
Seeing Bermuda beneath the surface of its turquoise seas is a must on any visit, and Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve is one of the best places to do so. This 12-acre spot is as pristine as it gets, home to both beach and forest, with access to several public beaches, including Turtle Bay and Clearwater Beach at Annie’s Bay. Visitors can also hike, swim, picnic, or watch for birds and other wildlife.
Lili Bermuda Perfumery
Address: 5 Queen St, St.George’s, Bermuda
Phone: (441) 293-0627
The historic Lili Bermuda Perfumery was established in 1928 and has been sharing Bermuda’s story through scent ever since. Complimentary tours of the perfumery, which cover techniques of perfume-making and reveal where and how they age their perfumes, are held daily (except Sundays and public holidays) at 11 am and 3 pm. No reservation is required. Another fun activity at the perfumery, which provides a taste of the island’s British roots, is traditional afternoon tea, held on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons (reservation required).
Horseback riding with Watson Stables
Address: Warwick (Frithcote Lane near Belmont Golf Club and Blu Restaurant)
Phone: (441) 747-7433
Biking or hiking the Railway Trail is a popular activity in Bermuda, but exploring it on horseback is even better. Experience Bermuda’s rich equestrian culture for yourself with a sunrise horseback ride on the beach and beyond. Watson Stables offers group and private trail rides at flexible times through the back roads, old railway trails, tribe roads, beach paths, and beaches of Bermuda.
African Diaspora Heritage Trail
Address: Dockyard to St. George’s
The majority of Bermudians have African ancestry, with many descended from people captured and sold into slavery during the 1700s. Explore the African Diaspora Heritage Trail to learn their history and the legacies they forged in spite of intense persecution. Featured sites include the National Museum of Bermuda, the Bermuda Heritage Museum, Cobbs Hill Methodist Church, and various statues, sculptures, and historic homes.
Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute
Address: 40 Crow Lane, Pembroke, Bermuda
Phone: (441) 292-7219
The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute is an interactive museum and science centre with exhibits on marine life, history, and the Bermuda Triangle, ideal for families with children. Visitors can also enjoy a tram ride through Hamilton.
Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo
Address: 40 N Shore Rd, Flatts Village, Bermuda
Phone: (441) 293-2727
Founded in 1926, the seven-acre Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo is one of the oldest aquariums in the world and offers animal exhibits, environmental education, conservation projects, and research. The facility also offers whale watching tours in partnership with The Bermuda Zoological Society, allowing visitors a chance to spot migrating humpback whales in the open ocean (best in March and April).
Address: Somers Building, 11 Front St City of, Hamilton, Bermuda
Phone: (441) 532-1152
Blending both classic and modern, new and vintage, this two-story boutique is one of the most beloved shops. Here, you can find everything from locally made jewellery to items salvaged from shipwrecks to home goods, apparel, and accessories.
Address: 6 Clock Tower Parade, Bermuda
Phone: (441) 234-1709
The Clocktower Mall is one of the main retail destinations (its duty-free status certainly doesn’t hurt). A range of shops call the mall home, from perfume to glass to a wide range of arts and crafts.
Long Story Short
Address: 7 Water Street St. George’s GE, 05, Bermuda
Phone: (441) 705-1838
One of the most unique shops in Bermuda, Long Story Short is a must-visit. Owned by a Bermudian blogger and entrepreneur, the gift shop and tour centre — which she describes as “my dope emporium of wonderment” — is curated with a focus on social progress, the African Diaspora, women, and environmental sustainability, so you’ll find everything from books by women of colour to gifts from social enterprises to planet-friendly home goods. The store is also home to Salt Spray Soap Co, a local artisan skincare line, which has an in-house workshop.
Address: 12 Reid Street, Hamilton HM 11, Bermuda
Phone: (441) 704-8227
For authentic Bermudian clothing, including its famous shorts, shop at TABS, founded by a Bermudian who began selling her take on the perfect Bermuda short at Harbour Nights. Now, TABS Bermuda shorts come in more than 30 colours and are sold around the world.
Bermuda Craft Market
Address: 4 Freeport Rd Royal Navy Dockyard, Bermuda
Phone: (441) 234-3208
Even locals can’t resist the charm of the Royal Naval Dockyard Craft Market, where you can find local artisan crafts, jewellery, and souvenirs like cigars, rum cake, prints and paintings, and even rum swizzle mix. Situated on Bermuda’s West End, the market is located inside a former warehouse and barrel workshop originally constructed in 1831.
Coral Coast Clothing
Address: 15 Front St, Hamilton, Bermuda
Phone: (441) 707-7729
For quality clothing inspired by island vibes, head to Coral Coast. This Bermudian-designed label specialises in dress shirts, polos, swim trunks, athleisure — and, of course, classic Bermuda shorts. They also offer island-wide delivery if you don’t want to shop in the store.
Dockyard Glassworks & The Bermuda Rum Cake Company
Address: 19 Maritime Lane, Royal Naval Dockyard MA BX, Bermuda
Phone: (441) 333-8170
A glass studio sharing space with a rum cake bakery… They’re both handmade in Bermuda, so why not? Whether you’re looking for a unique work of delicate art or indulgence in the form of a swizzle rum cake (yep, the baked version of the island’s national cocktail), you can find it here.
Neighbourhoods to Know
Three main regions comprise Bermuda’s 21 square miles.
East End: Home to the historic town of St. George’s, Bermuda’s former capital and a UNESCO World Heritage site, the East End is beloved for its history, culture, and photo-worthy brick streets and British colonial architecture. However, there are natural attractions in addition to the manmade: be sure to check out the limestone formations of Tobacco Bay Beach, Tom Moore’s Jungle, the Crystal Caves, Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve, and Ferry Reach National Park, home to lush flora and rare birds.
Central Bermuda: Hamilton, the island’s capital, lies in central Bermuda and lends the area its more developed, cosmopolitan, and sophisticated global feel. If you’re looking for dining, shopping, and nightlife in Bermuda, the island’s more commercialised central section is where you’ll find it, especially along Front Street downtown. There are also beaches, botanical gardens, parks, and oceanfront golf.
West End: Here you’ll find the Royal Naval Dockyard (home to a major cruise ship port and a craft market, museum, and restaurants) and attractions like the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, the village of Somerset, and famous South Shore beaches. It’s a hub for sightseeing, shopping, dining, and entertainment.
The climate of Bermuda is mild; it doesn’t see the sweltering heat of the tropics nor winter freezes, so visitors can enjoy the outdoors year-round, with just slight variations between seasons. In addition, the difference between water and air temps averages two degrees, so the water seldom gets too cold to swim.
Expect southerly breezes June through August, which cool the evenings, and generally warm, sunny weather no matter the month. Hurricanes are possible between June and November during the Atlantic hurricane season, but big hits are rare for Bermuda (the island averages just over one per decade).
The following are average Celcius lows and highs by month. The average annual precipitation is 55 inches, but Bermuda has no official rainy season (though April typically sees the least rainfall and August the most).
January 15 – 20
February 15 – 20
March 15 – 20
April 17 – 21
May 19 – 23
June 22 – 26
July 25 – 28.8
August 25 – 29.4
September 24 – 28.8
October 22 – 26
November 19 – 23
December 17 – 21
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