Last Updated on June 22, 2020 by Amanda Stancati
Things to do in Bermuda
Voted Best Island in the Caribbean/Atlantic by Conde Nast Traveler readers 18 times since 1994, Bermuda has stolen our hearts with more than its pink sand beaches. Only two hours from Halifax and three hours from Toronto by air, visitors to this island, just over 50 square km in size, can enjoy a mix of activities from simply lounging beachside to exploring a range of cultural and historical attractions.
Ever wonder how Bermuda’s beaches got their famous pale pink hue? A calcium carbonate organism that lives under coral, called red forminifera, along with coral and shells that get washed ashore mix with the sand to give the beaches their blush colour. Possibly the island’s most celebrated, Horseshoe Bay Beach was named for its shape. It is located on the southern coast and is surrounded by rock formations, caves and coves waiting to be explored. West Whale Bay Beach is the place to spot humpback whales and go shore fishing, while Church Bay beach is renowned for its snorkelling.
Besides the beaches, adventurers can explore the Crystal Caves, the largest cave system on the island with a 50-foot-deep lake. For nature lovers, the Bermuda Arboretum is 22 acres of forest and walking trails with a bird sanctuary and beautiful plant species. Cooper’s Island, 12 acres of wilderness where you’ll spot seabirds, land crabs, and cedar trees, was re-opened to the public in 2011 after the U.S Military and NASA occupied the space. Bermuda also boasts the Walsingham Nature Reserve, another 12-acre natural paradise with blue pools and grottos, walking trails, snorkeling, and rock climbing; the Railway Trail that runs from end to end of the island; and the Spittal Pond Reserve, fantastic for birdwatching and spotting butterflies and rare lizards. For more natural wonders to discover, consult the Bermuda website or speak with an agent who’s been there.
From jetskiing to parasailing to kite surfing, Bermuda has it all. You can also take a “Hydro Bike” attached to a catamaran float out into the ocean. Sport fishing for marlin, tuna, and wahoo is also popular. In March and April when 10,000 humpback whales migrate to the Arctic Circle, whale watching is a popular attraction. Scuba divers can explore Bermuda’s more than 300 shipwrecks, colourful reefs, and varied fish. Dubbed the shipwreck capital of the Atlantic, you’ll find wrecks from the 1660s to 1997, including The Constellation.
Don’t miss a visit to Admiralty House Park with nature trails and small beaches. It’s where cliff jumpers and rock climbers test their adrenaline off the dock of Deep Bay and its nearby Admiral’s Cave. The most popular climb, Clarence Cove, is in Admiralty House Park, while the highest climb at 100 feet tall, Great Head Park, is in St. David’s Island.
Golf lovers will be pleased to learn Bermuda offers a myriad of courses, including Port Royal Golf Course, Tucker’s Point Golf Course, Ocean View Golf Course (9 hole), Turtle Hill Golf Club, and Belmont Hills Golf Club.
The island also boasts hiking and biking trails, beautiful spas, and lots of shopping. The City of Hamilton is the spot for shopaholics, specifically Front Street where you’ll find both independent and high-end international retailers for stylish wares. The Town of St. George and the Royal Naval Dockyard are shopping hubs for more locally made arts, souvenirs, and accessories.
For a night on the town, the City of Hamilton offers everything from upscale bars to lively nightclubs to laid-back pubs. Bermudian food is a fusion of British, Caribbean, African, Native American and Portuguese influences – but don’t miss out on all the fresh seafood dishes you can taste!
Culture, Arts & Sightseeing
The British founded a colony in Bermuda in 1609, so it’s no wonder the island has a fascinating history and abundance of historical sites.
In Hamilton, Bermuda’s capital city and business center, there is much you can do:
- Shop for art, jewellery, and unique gifts on Front Street. Don’t miss the Bermuda Book Store dating back to the 1930s, the Irish Linen Shop from 1949, and the more modern shops of Front Street. You can also pick up a pair of TABS (The Authentic Bermuda shorts).
- Families can enjoy the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo.
- The Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, Bermuda National Gallery
- Bermuda Botanical Gardens
- King’s Square (also known as the Town Square) is surrounded by the Town Hall, Bermuda National Trust Museum, Bank of Butterfield, Visitor’s Center, and hosts Market Nights with vendors and entertainment.
- Fort Hamilton was built to protect the Hamilton harbour
Royal Naval Dockyard is home to shops, restaurants, and maritime history museums. Visit:
- National Museum of Bermuda with collections on the island’s slave trade
- Bermuda Craft Market (souvenirs, candies, artwork)
- Clocktower Mall
- Dockyard Glassworks (glass blowing)
- Bermuda Rum Cake Company
- Bermuda Clayworks Ltd (pottery studio)
St George’s, Bermuda’s historic parish is a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Visit the town of St George, founded in 1612 for its architecture, landmarks, shops and restaurants.
- St Peter’s Church built in 1612
- Bermuda National Trust Museum built from stone in 1700
- St. George’s Historical Society Museum with early artefacts and documents from the island
- Enjoy a tour and samples at the Bermuda perfumery. They have been making, bottling, and aging perfumes since 1928.
- Unfinished Church started in the 1870s but construction was abandoned
- Fort St Catherine artillery fort dates back to the 19th century
- Close to St George’s is Tobacco Bay, national park and beach
Visit St David’s Island for a 360 degree view from the St David’s lighthouse plus a look at the oldest home in Bermuda, the Carter House, dating back to 1640.
You may also want to visit Gibbs Hill Lighthouse in the Southampton Parish. Built in 1846, you’ll have to climb 185 steps to get the view (it’s higher than the island’s only other lighthouse: St David’s).
The Verdmont Historic House and Garden is a beautiful ground to explore in Smith’s Parish, while Spicelands Equestrian Centre is located in Warwick Parish.
For more things to do in Bermuda, browse our day trips (they can be booked in advance).
Where to stay
Bermuda offers a wide range of accommodation options: apartments, cottages, hotels, bed and breakfasts, resorts, etc. Though there are some all-inclusive options, most visitors to Bermuda opt for a European plan (meals extra) so they can discover the island’s cuisine outside of their hotel. Use trip matchmaker to find the best Bermuda vacation package for you (flights, hotels, and transfers included) or speak with an agent who can create a customized package to fit your needs.
Bermuda has 11 bus routes with frequent schedules (buses are painted Bermuda pink) or four ferry routes for visitors to get around. You can also rent cars, scooters, bicycles, or take a taxi. Remember, Bermudians drive on the left side.