5 Places To Visit in Bermuda
Bermuda is often misunderstood as being a part of the Caribbean chain of islands, but actually it’s a British Overseas Territory located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean
Bermuda is often misunderstood as being a part of the Caribbean chain of islands, but actually it’s a British Overseas Territory located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean! Because of this location, the climate is a lot milder than Bermuda’s neighbouring islands.
This archipelago is loved for its crystal clear turquoise water, pink-sand beaches, and a laid back British influence. The rich history coupled with the very best that nature has to offer makes Bermuda an eye-opening place to visit.
While its history may run deep, these days Bermuda is one of the hottest vacation spots in the world. In addition to the many museums and forts that you can visit, Bermuda also hosts world-class diving, stunning beaches, snorkeling, fishing, golfing and much more.
1. Horseshoe Bay Beach
If you hear a local tell you they are going to the beach, they are most likely referring to Horseshoe Bay Beach located in the Southampton Parish. And while it’s certainly the most popular and therefore most visited beach, you will still be charmed by the silky pink sand that trails into the bluest ocean you’ll ever see.
There are numerous rental facilities here along with change rooms and beachside cafes. If you’re looking for calmer waters, head over to Port Royal Cove.
Other beaches worth checking out nearby are Elbow Beach, Warwick Long Bay Beach, and John Smith’s Bay which is an excellent spot for swimming and snorkeling.
2. St. George’s Island
St. George’s Island is the birthplace of Bermuda. The English claimed the settlement of Bermuda in 1609 and today it remains the longest inhabited English settlement this side of the pond.
The town itself is a marvel to walk around and you’ll be blown away by the historical architecture, which features brightly painted stones and masonry buildings. In between the buildings you’ll find narrow streets with pretty names like Featherbed Alley.
St. George’s is also home to a plethora of historical sites such as St. Peter’s church — the oldest active protestant church in the New World. This Anglican church was built in 1612 and is still in use today. You can find it on Duke of York Street.
3. George’s Island Forts
If you want to get a glimpse of how the British defended Bermuda, then the forts on St. George’s island are a must-visit. Their beauty was officially recognized by UNESCO when they were added to the list of World Heritage Sites.
One of the highlights on the island is Gates Fort which was constructed in the 1620s and offers unique views of the Atlantic Ocean. After taking in the views, head over to Alexandra Battery where you can see a little beach littered with colorful sea glass.
4. National Museum of Bermuda
Just because you came for the beach doesn’t mean you won’t be marveled by the history laying within the walls of the National Museum of Bermuda. Located at the Royal Naval Dockyard (which is another must-see sight), this is one of the architectural highlights in Bermuda.
This large complex is situated in a huge fort which is divided from the rest of the dockyard by a beautiful moat. When you cross the drawbridge, you will walk into one of the most beautiful maritime museums in the world. It hosts eight historic exhibition buildings that showcase every chapter of the island’s history.
On the museum’s second floor you will find the 19th-century Commissioner’s House. Its aged furniture and the exhibits about Bermuda’s military history will make you feel as though you’re on the set of an old war film.
When you’re done, don’t just wander out the gate. Take your time to explore the 16-acre grounds and enjoy the panoramic views of the island. For those travelling with children, there’s a museum playground and playhouse to keep the little ones entertained.
The museum is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and there is an entrance fee of $15.
5. Crystal Caves
Many people forget that in addition to its history and exotic beaches, Bermuda’s limestone caves have been gaining the attention of visitors since as early as the 17th century. These days, modern infrastructure has been built allowing you to descend 120 feet below sea level to see the eye-popping crystal formations and a subterranean lake.
You can take an informative tour and will be guided across the bridge which crosses a lake. You’ll be wowed by the surrounding stalactites and crystallized soda straws every step of the way.
A new age lighting system has also been built to enhance the beauty of the formations, this truly is a remarkable place to visit and learn about nature. This is definitely one of the top places to visit in Bermuda.
The caves are a little pricier to get in ($22 USD) but well worth it. They are open daily from 9am to 5pm.