By Megan Murphy
Updated: May 03, 2019
The Reefs Resort & Club

Whether your ideal island getaway includes lounging on breathtaking beaches, snorkeling among vibrant reefs rich with marine life, indulging in luxurious spa treatments, or feasting on world-class cuisine (or maybe a bit of everything), Bermuda has it all.

And thanks to its sub-tropical climate, Bermuda weather is generally mild year-round so there’s never a bad time to visit. An abundance of blue skies and bright sunshine is typical, while gentle trade winds temper the summer heat and create some of the world’s best sailing conditions.

If you’re traveling with your family, your friends, or your special someone, a Bermuda vacation offers no shortage of unforgettable things to see and do. Here are some of our favorites.

Grab a Twizy and Hit the South Shore

Bermuda is well known for its moped culture, but now there’s a fun new way for visitors to explore the island: By renting a Twizy. Standing for “twin” and “easy,” the two-seater electric Twizy is designed by Renault’s Formula One racing team and can travel up to 50 miles on a single charge. But don’t worry if you plan to cruise all day — you can power up at your hotel or various “Oasis Points” around the island. This compact, zero-emissions vehicle is designed to be safe and easy to handle. Plus, it’s super cute!

Take an Underground Cave Excursion

Bermuda’s spectacular scenery doesn’t stop at the beaches. Go on an underground guided tour to discover the otherworldly beauty of Crystal Caves, located in Hamilton Parish. Formed during the Ice Age and discovered in the early 1900s, this fascinating subterranean world features dramatic limestone formations (hanging stalactites and protruding stalagmites) surrounding a deep, crystal clear lake. The awe-inspiring cave system is unlike any other in the world.

Fun facts: According to the Bermuda Tourism Authority, celebrated author Mark Twain was the first tourist to descend into the Crystal Caves in 1908. The caves also inspired Jim Henson’s beloved 1980s series, Fraggle Rock!

Reel in a Fish Sandwich from Art Mel’s

From local dives to fine dining restaurants, the fish sandwich is a menu staple at Bermuda’s eateries, but none has a cult following quite like the legendary fish sandwich from Art Mel’s Spicy Dicy in Hamilton. Stop by this tiny takeaway joint for an exceptionally tasty — and oversized — version of the local favorite: Well-seasoned, delicately-fried fish piled high with tangy coleslaw on fluffy raisin bread. Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson has raved that it’s “the biggest and best fried fish sandwich I have ever had.” (Insider tip: Drizzle on local hot sauce (if you dig some heat) and wash it down with a ginger beer.)

Trek Along the Bermuda Railway Trail

Spanning from one end of the island to the other, the Railway Trail follows eighteen miles of abandoned railbed that winds through picturesque landscapes and along rocky coastlines. Explore the trail by foot or rent bikes at the Royal Naval Dockyard and head south on a leisurely ride full of breathtaking views and natural wonders. As you make your way through the South Shore, stop to discover the postcard-worthy beaches, secluded coves, and lush nature reserves along the way.

Enjoy Afternoon Tea at Lili Bermuda

This famed perfumery offers intoxicating fragrances evoking the island's natural beauty — all handcrafted on site. At the historic St. George’s location, guests can experience Bermuda’s British heritage with a traditional afternoon tea service, offered every Wednesday and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Relax in a flower-filled garden as you indulge in a selection of fine teas served with finger sandwiches, fresh pastries, and petit fours made by local bakery, Sweet P.

Shop Along Hamilton’s Front Street

Whether you’re searching for unique souvenirs, local art, home décor, or stylish fashions, you’re bound to find fantastic shopping in Hamilton. Bermuda’s capital city is the main hub for charming boutiques and studios from the island’s creative artisans.

Wander down Front Street, Hamilton’s bustling waterfront promenade, to find something for every type of shopper. Two of the most popular picks include pink sand necklaces from Alexandra Mosher Studio Jewellery and colorful TABS (The Authentic Bermuda Shorts) from A.S. Cooper & Sons: Man on Front Street. Added bonus: There’s no sales tax when you shop in Bermuda.

Zip Around the Island on a Jet Ski

Jet skiing is one of the greatest ways to experience high-speed thrills on the water and see remote parts of a destination, but it’s especially exhilarating in Bermuda because you can explore the Great Sound — a serene body of water bordered by land on three sides and open to the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll glide through Hamilton Harbour and past impressive yachts and sailboats on the Straits of Paradise. As you zoom over the crystal clear waters, you’ll get a glimpse of the extravagant homes dotting the shores on Millionaires Row and can travel along the America’s Cup race course route.

Go Wild at Awesome Animal Attractions

One of the island’s top family-friendly attractions is the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo (BAMZ) located in Flatts Village, where you can get up-close-and-personal with playful seals, fascinating sharks, and many other creatures housed in naturalistic habitats. Or get your flippers wet at Dolphin Quest, an interactive adventure where adults and children can touch, swim with, and even kiss friendly bottlenose dolphins. You’ll also learn about the role humans play in conserving their marine home.

For more aquatic action, pay a visit to the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI), a 40,000-square-foot science center. The simulated dive experience takes you 1,200 feet below the surface of the sea, where you’ll encounter whales, sharks, and more.

Belly Up to the Bar at Yours Truly

From the Rum Swizzle to the Dark and Stormy, cocktails are an essential part of the island’s rich culinary culture. When it’s time to unwind, venture to Yours Truly, a speakeasy hot spot in Hamilton that offers an experience unlike any other in Bermuda. Expect handcrafted libations using local ingredients and house-made syrups, bitters, and infused liquors. The dedicated mixologists concoct new cocktail recipes weekly and even hand carve the ice. Cheers! (Insider tip: There’s no signage outside Yours Truly — just look for the red door.)

Check Out Art at the “Pink Palace”

Imagine an art museum inside a hotel. That’s what you’ll find at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club. Known as the “Pink Palace” because of its rosy facade, the iconic resort underwent extensive renovations and now has an impressive collection of Pop and Modern Art. Magnificent work from Andy Warhol, Banksy, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, and other well-known names is displayed throughout the hotel for guests to enjoy — a must-see for art lovers! Guided tours are offered every Saturday at 10 a.m. through the hotel. (Insider tip: While at the Hamilton Princess, stop by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson’s restaurant Marcus’ for inspired island fare and spectacular harbor views.)

Unwind at a Spa in a Cave

As previously noted, Bermuda is home to some magically beautiful caves. But did you know that you can get pampered in one? The rustic Natura Spa at Grotto Bay Beach Resort offers signature spa treatments inside the property’s natural Serenity Cave, which was discovered in 1609. Imagine getting a relaxing massage while gazing down into the cave’s mesmerizing sapphire mineral waters (ahhh…). This truly one-of-a-kind experience invites you to connect with nature while recharging your spirit.

Discover Hidden Gems on a Local Tour

Delve into Bermuda’s only jungle with an all-inclusive eco-tour from Hidden Gems. This sensational adventure includes a jungle hike, subterranean cave explorations, and cliff jumping into sparkling turquoise water. You’ll also be treated to sweeping views at St. David’s Battery, one of the island’s highest points, before snorkeling and unwinding on the pink sands of secluded Cooper’s Island beach. Even better, the tour includes all necessary gear, plus lunch, snacks, and bottled water — making this excursion a no-brainer.

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