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Bermuda Goes Family-Friendly

Cedric Angeles Bermuda Busts Out

Photo: Cedric Angeles

Bermuda’s clear waters and high-service hotels were, until recently, largely the haunts of wealthy honeymooners and golfers. The 21-square-mile British dependency, a mere two hours by plane from New York, is far more affordable these days, thanks to the 2006 arrival of JetBlue, which forced all other airlines to come down in price. With a fresh influx of tourists, this supremely English island is bouncing back from its battering by Hurricane Fabian in 2003—and unbuttoning.

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Destinations: Bermuda · Paget · Southampton · Hamilton

Inspired by: Bermuda Busts Out! | T+L Family — by Meg Lukens Noonan, Published Jan. 2008

Hotels (6)

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    Fairmont Hamilton Princess

    Easily recognized by its bright pink exterior, the Fairmont Hamilton Princess is a resort overlooking the harbor. With British colonial décor, gues

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    Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa

    The 94-room Cambridge beaches may be the preppiest, most conservative place on the island (you’d swear you were at a country club), but the resort,

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    9 Beaches

    You no longer have to travel halfway across the globe to sleep in an overwater villa. 9 Beaches brings these chic and simple bungalows to Bermuda (

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    The Reefs Resort & Club

    The resort offers a variety of room options, including 62 rooms and suites nestled among pristine limestone cliffs with dramatic views of Bermuda's

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    The Fairmont Southampton

    Located on 99 acres of tropical gardens, the Fairmont Southampton is one of the largest, most inclusive resorts in Bermuda. The 593 guest rooms—som

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    Elbow Beach

    In the next few years, when the last stroke of clotted cream–colored paint is applied to the grand dowager duchess of Bermuda resorts, when the las

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Restaurants (7)

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    Portofino, Bermuda

    Famous for its calamari and garlic bread, Portofino Bermuda was designed 26 years ago by owner Cesare Maranza to be reminiscent of his hometown. Po

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    Lighthouse Tea Room

    After a ploughman's lunch, take in the panoramic view upstairs.

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    The Waterlot Inn

    Steak and chops are served in a cozy beamed room at this 17th-century dockside residence. Despite the grown-up setting, the waitstaff is amazingly

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    The Frog & Onion Pub

    The cavernous former barrel-making factory at the Dockyard attracts families who come for the very British fare (pasties, fish and chips, shepherd’

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    Rock Island Coffee Cafe

    Here’s the place for killer raspberry scones, paintings by local artists, and north-shore gossip, a block from the waterfront.

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    Paraquet Restaurant

    This diner-style hangout, within walking distance of the Elbow Beach hotel, has thick chocolate milk shakes, roast turkey sandwiches, and fish chow

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    Mrs. Tea's Victorian Tearoom

    Nibble scones with clotted cream under the gaze of British royals, whose portraits grace the walls of this storybook National Trust cottage.

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Activities (4)

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    Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute

    On a mission to educate the public about the ocean and marine wildlife, the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute sits in the Inner Harbour of t

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    Eve Cycles

    Open daily and offering island-wide pickup and delivery, Eve Cycles provides rental mountain bikes, automatic scooters, and cycle training. Eve Cyc

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    Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo

    Located in Flatt's Village, the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum, and Zoo (BAMZ) has exhibits on island geology, environments, and marine and animal life.

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    Spicelands Equestrian Centre

    Spicelands Equestrian Center offers guided trail rides and riding lessons for all skill levels. Guided tours give scenic views of Bermuda’s beaches

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    A mecca for golf- and pink-sand enthusiasts, Bermuda's location off the Eastern Seaboard (around the same latitude as Savannah, Georgia) makes it a much quicker trip than many Caribbean islands.

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    Bermuda, Negril, Vieques, Willemstad, Westpunt

    Powdery beaches, a harbor surrounded by candy-colored 18th-century buildings, and cultural vestiges from three centuries of Dutch rule make Curaçao a vibrant budget vacation spot.

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    Among the wealthiest isles on earth, this land of coral walls, pastel cottages, and pleasant locals in shorts hasn't changed much since Queen Elizabeth II first visited, in 1953. "It's a place that

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