Don’t let the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle scare you away from this Caribbean paradise. One of the most northerly nations of the Caribbean (as far north as the Carolinas!), the captivating shores of the island nation of Bermuda beckons visitors to get lost in a world of wonder. Bermuda is made up of more than 130 islands, each more stunning than the last. With villages, coral reefs, and plenty of uninhabited islands to explore, Bermuda is the perfect island getaway for those looking to feel as though they are in their own little world.
Bermuda Aquarium and Zoo
For all the animal lovers out there, you can spend part of your day at the Bermuda Aquarium and Zoo. You can see the tanks filled with local, tropical fish or the rainforest exhibits that feature various birds, monkeys, and even tropical wildlife from other areas of the globe. If you want to get an even better sense of the rich biodiversity in Bermuda, you can join one of the Museum’s many excursions, such as nighttime boat tours and snorkeling expeditions.
Fort St. Catherine
Many people don’t know this, but Bermuda once had a strong military presence, which you can learn about at Fort St. Catherine. In the earlier days of the British Empire, Bermuda served as a stopover point for the Royal Navy in between British Canada and the rest of Britain’s Caribbean islands. The base was so powerful, that George Washington’s army even attacked it during the American Revolutionary War!
Horseshoe Bay Beach
Of course, everyone comes to Bermuda for the pink sand beaches and Horseshoe Bay Beach is a great place to see this natural marvel! The subtle pink hues help separate Bermuda from the sugar-white beaches found elsewhere in the Caribbean. Jagged rock outcrops surround the beach and bay and create a sense of seclusion that helps make Horseshoe Bay a truly remarkable destination.
Crystal Caves of Bermuda
Crystal caves are one of the most remarkable natural attractions in Bermuda. Thousands of years old and tens of feet deep, these caves are awe-inspiring and a must-visit location in Bermuda. They are said to be an inspiration for many including Mark Twain and the co-creator of the Fraggle Rock television series and Bermudian artist – Michael Frith.
For those looking to enjoy the nightlife that this lively multi-island nation has to offer, head into the capital city of Hamilton. You’ll be able to find restaurants featuring a healthy mix of local and international flavors, local live music, and bars featuring that traditional Bermudian rum.
Thanks to the British control of the island, golf has quickly become a favorite past time for locals and tourists. With several golf courses to choose from, you’ll be able to rent yourself a set of clubs and take a class or hit the links for yourself. Even better, Bermuda hosts a golf tournament almost every on-season month, so chances are you’ll be able to see the pros and up-and-coming golfers try their luck and skill on the green.
For those looking for a taste of the fanciful, you can travel to Bermuda during the month of July for the Bermuda Fashion Festival. You’ll be able to see local and international fashion trends grace the many runways that pop up during this event of artistic prowess. You can even buy tickets to some of the special parties and maybe even get to meet some of the designers and models.
Bermuda Tourism Update
Bermuda borders are now open for tourists. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bermuda Government has put in place traveler protocols, which include the requirement for both visitors and residents to apply for a Travel Authorisation which gathers important information for the island’s health and immigration officials and a fee of $75 per traveller is required which includes the cost of Covid-19 testing in Bermuda. Bermuda requires all visitors to have a pre-departure test to travel to Bermuda if, in the 14 days before travel, they visited or originated from a country classified by the WHO as having community transmission of COVID-19 (this includes the US, UK, and Canada). As of 11 July 2020, such visitors without a negative pre-departure test result will not be able to obtain Travel Authorisation. You can apply for travel authorization from the Government of Barbados website. The Travel Authorisation process only allows access for 48 hours in advance of travel. Visit Government of Bermuda website for more information for travelers.
For those travelling long distances to reach the breathtaking nation of Bermuda, a flight is the optimal choice. Most major eastern North American cities will have a direct flight to Bermuda that will get you to the pink shores within 3 hours. Your best options for a flight from North America are going to be on American Airlines, Delta, or Air Canada. If you’re travelling from Europe, you are going to want to fly British Airways.
There are plenty of cruise lines that dock at Bermuda. Most of these cruises will be Bermuda-only cruises due to its distance from other islands, so you will get ample opportunity to explore this unique northern island. One of the more popular cruises is offered through Royal Caribbean.
Once you land on the sunny shores of Bermuda, you’ll be able to get a minibus from the airport to take you to where you need to go. Be sure to reserve one of these handy shuttles in advance. You can get more information on the Bermuda L. F. Wade airport website.
If you want to rent a car to get around the island, keep in mind that in Bermuda, everybody drives on the left because it is a British territory. Not only that, but the speed limits in Bermuda are notoriously low to help maintain a safe atmosphere for locals and tourists. So, with that in mind, you will be able to get yourself a rental car at the airport. If you’d rather travel by bike or electric scooter, like many of the locals do, most hotels have rental services on their premises.
When on vacation, you may want someone else to do the driving. You can make use of the various taxi services on the island or instead hop on one of the buses operated by the local public transportation office. When you want to visit another one of Bermuda’s islands, you can buy yourself a ferry ticket and explore the high seas.
Those looking to explore a more “natural” side to Bermuda can visit the quiet Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve. Whether you’re hoping to see some marine life, such as whales, or some birds of paradise, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful wildlife. You can either enjoy a 360-degree view from atop the Wildlife Observation Tower or go for a leisurely walk along some of the nature trails that wind through the Reserve.
For the adventurers out there, a day trip to the Crystal and Fantasy Caves are a must-see and do. Caves are a rather unique feature to the region, so the Crystal and Fantasy Caves are that much more special. Whether you want to see some bizarre and unique rock formations, such as their chandelier clusters, or you want to see some crystal blue underground pools, there is so much beauty wrapped up in these caves you’ll be in awe at nature’s wonder.
Everybody wants to escape to paradise. Even though you’ll already be in paradise in Bermuda, you can make your experience even that more tropical and luxurious with an excursion to the Bermuda Botanical Gardens.
Dame Lois Browne-Evans DBE JP – became Bermuda’s first female barrister in 1953. Was also the first black woman elected to the House Assembly of Bermuda and later became the first woman to serve as Bermuda’s Attorney-General. She currently has a Bermudian holiday in her honor.
Many Bermudians grow up playing cricket, and so it is no surprise that not only Bermudian cricketers are launched to local fame and stardom, but many of them go on to play for teams around the world.
History buffs out there will delight in a day at the National Museum of Bermuda. This indoor/outdoor museum sits on the Royal Navy Dockyard. You can learn all about the cultural, military, and some of the natural history of the island. You can even tour the Commissioner’s House and the landscaped grounds.
If you want to enjoy some of the finer things in life, you can spend part of your day at The Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art. Located near the Botanical Gardens, this international art museum features works from some of the biggest names in art, such as Georgia O’Keefe. You’ll even be able to see art created by local Bermudian artists to get a true sense of the feel of the island.
Because of Bermuda’s position in the Atlantic rather than in the Gulf of Mexico or the Caribbean Sea, whale watching is a big draw to the island. March and April are the best time to see the migrating humpback whales in their natural habitat. There are plenty of companies that offer tours and you may even be able to arrange an outing through your hotel.
Bermuda was once a hub for piracy and naval operations. As a result, there are plenty of shipwrecks off the coast that have been deemed safe for diving expeditions. You can sign on with a diving school or company to go explore these unique underwater time capsules. If the idea of exploring sunken ships is a little too heavy, you can instead enjoy the diving or snorkeling above the coral reefs.
On the northeastern reaches of Bermuda, you can explore the natural haven of Nonsuch Island. While tours are only held during non-peak travel times and under strict permissions, you can arrange with the local zoological society to get special permission and guidance onto the island. The government of Bermuda works hard to maintain the natural ecosystems of Nonsuch Island, and if you’re lucky, you just might get to see a truly untamed tropical island.
Just like every other Caribbean Island, Bermuda is well poised for tropical natural disasters, such as tropical storms and hurricanes. To help the island prepare for these eventual events, you can donate to the local Bermuda Red Cross.
One of the biggest draws of the captivating Caribbean islands, such as Bermuda, is their unique wildlife. In many cases, the wildlife found on one island is endemic, meaning it is only found on that island. Luckily enough, there are organizations such as The Bermuda Audubon Society that work to keep these unique wildlife species safe. You can donate to help further their cause!
Capital: Hamilton Population: 65,000 Language: English Currency: Bermudian dollar Religion: Protestant National Bird: Pterodroma cahow National Flower: Sisyrinchium bermudiana National Dish: Codfish and potatoes Motto: Quo Fata Ferunt à Whither the Fates Carry Us The National Flag:The flag has a red background with the British Union flag in the top left corner and the Bermudian coat of arms covering most of the right half. The Union flag symbolizes British rule whereas the coat of arms differentiates it from other British territories.