Located a short flight from the East Coast of the US, a Bermuda vacation is a no-brainer for Americans looking for idyllic getaways offering sun, sand, and sea.
Though technically not in the Caribbean, this British Overseas Territory has the same cultural roots, island flavors, and powdery sands as its Caribbean counterparts.
So if you’ve always longed to visit this jewel of the Atlantic, here’s your three-day guide to things to do in this beautiful island archipelago.
Day 1 – Beaches and water
No Bermuda vacation would be complete without enjoying any of its stunning pink-sand beaches.
Hear the gentle waves ripple over the pink shores of Elbow Bay Beach, Jobson’s Cove, Warwick Long Bay Beach, or Horseshoe Bay Beach, one of the most photographed places in all of Bermuda.
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Sail to smaller islands within the archipelago with companies like Sail Bermuda, and experience centuries-old traditions in one of the world’s sailing capitals.
Bermuda is also a renowned diving destination due to its proximity to deep water and the prevalence of more than 300 shipwrecks, which offer many points of interest under the sea.
Day 2 ???‚¬?ˆ? Explore Nature
Since Bermuda is one of the few islands in the world that you can easily traverse in a day, biking its most scenic trail, the 18-mile Cross-island Railway Trail, is an excellent way to discover the island???‚¬™s rugged coastline, hidden coves, and cliffside views.
In addition, you???‚¬™ll pass many points of interest, including castles, caves, lighthouses, and churches. For convenient access to the trail, rent an electric bike or take a tour, such as the Harrington Sound Tour offered by Pedego Bermuda.
Head to Flatts Village for lunch at Village Pantry, an eco-conscious restaurant with a comprehensive menu of healthy food options like biryani bowls, avocado flatbreads, and kelp cakes.
Visit Spittal Pond Nature Reserve, the largest in Bermuda. Containing a wide variety of trees, plants, and flowers, the 64-acre wetlands is an excellent place for nature walks as well as spotting wildlife, such as the rare Bermudian skink lizard, and endemic and migratory birds.
For a unique food and nature experience, book a wild edible herbal tour with Wild Herbs n Plants of Bermuda, which specializes in foraging tours in nature and cooking classes where participants prepare intriguing culinary combinations.
Join the Walking Club of Bermuda every Sunday at 7 am for a three to five-mile walk, originating from many of Bermuda???‚¬™s top attractions, including Church Bay and Fort Scaur. The walk offers a great outdoor communal activity and is open to everyone.
Day 3 ???‚¬?ˆ? Enjoy Caves, Spas, and Pools
One sure way to enjoy your Bermuda vacation is to unwind at one of the many luxury spas in Bermuda. The most unique of them is the Serenity Cave Experience at Grotto Bay’s Natura Cave Spa, the only spa in the world that is located in a cave and in water.
The constant sound of trickling water and the beautiful backdrop of aquamarine pools and hanging stalactites create a spa atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else.
Among Bermuda’s most amazing natural attractions are Crystal and Fantasy Caves, two proximate caverns near Castle Harbour with spectacular limestone stalactite and stalagmite formations and subterranean waterways that flow into the ocean.
Though you can’t swim in Crystal and Fantasy Caves, you can swim at nearby Walsingham Nature Reserve and Blue Hole Park, a 12-acre mangrove forest with its own caves, natural pools, and underground tunnels.
Since most luxury hotels in Bermuda have heated outdoor pools, taking a dip in your hotel???‚¬™s pool provides instant relaxation.
One such hotel, the Hamilton Princess and Beach Club, has a stunning setting with a heated infinity pool overlooking the Hamilton marina.
Where to eat in Bermuda
The Hamilton Princess and Beach Club is also a wonderful place for health-conscious diners, as the hotel???‚¬™s 1609 and Crown & Anchor restaurants have several plant-based menu options serving items like Pan-Seared Jerk Cauliflower Steak and Calabacita Tacos.
Other great dining options in Hamilton include Devil???‚¬™s Isle Caf???©, which offers a variety of appetizing plant-based options from vegan banana pancakes to its Classic Harvest Bowl. The restaurant also offers a five-week body detox program.
Visit OM Juicery for a wonderful selection of cold-pressed juices, smoothies, kombuchas, and delicious plant-based items such as vegan burgers and smoothie bowls.
Best Bermuda Resorts
With a fantastic waterfront location in the heart of the capital, the Hamilton Princess and Beach Club is one of the island’s most historic addresses, first opening in 1885. The hotel has impressive artwork on display throughout the property, an Exhale spa, two outdoor heated pools, and a beach club at Sinky Bay in Southampton.
On the South Shore
Recent years have brought a number of high-end resorts to the island, including The Loren, which overlooks the gorgeous Pink Beach. Reminiscent of the art deco style of Miami’s South Beach, this luxury resort features modern spacious suites, villas, and residences, and two oudoor heated pools. Rosewood Bermuda is perhaps the island’s most exclusive hotel. Located within Tucker’s Point Club on 240 acres, the hotel has an 18-hole golf course, the Sense spa, the APEX360 fitness center, and the island’s largest private pink sand beach.
In St. George’s
One of the few luxury resorts in St. George’s, the newly opend St. Regis Bermuda is just steps from the soft white sands of St. Catherine’s Beach. The hotel also has one of the most historic locations at Gates Bay–the site where 150 English settlers first came ashore from the wrecked Sea Venture ship in 1609.
Have you taken a Bermuda vacation before? What are your recommended things to do? Tell us in the comments.