BermudaBermuda... the most mysterious and fascinating island in the Caribbean and Atlantic, arguably most famous for the Bermuda Triangle and around 350 wrecks that surround the islands. Blessed with all-year-round comfortable climate, fun-in-the-sun lifestyle, friendly, willing and hospitable population and abundance of nature's charm, including beautiful pink sandy beaches, turquoise warm waters, fantastic coral reefs harboring hued colored tropical fish, as well as unique enjoying opportunities and a plethora of activities to experience, Bermuda is a dream destination for a delightful vacation.
Bermuda beckons sport enthusiasts and active vacationers with a variety of good sports on land and in water, from swimming with friendly dolphins to enjoying 18 holes on a championship golf course to biking through parks. Bermuda boasts excellent choice of accommodation options to suit any taste and budget where visitors will fully maximize their vacation experience. The island is also known as a honeymoon destination and a great vacation spot for families and friends. Once you are in Bermuda you will fall in love with these islands with a dream to come back again and again.
Ideally rising out from the Atlantic Ocean and with the average height of nearly 260 feet from sea surface, the 21-square-mile fishhook-shaped Bermuda archipelago, consists of around 180 coral islands and islets, the majority of which are deserted and uninhabited. The islands are hilly and covered with lush vegetation. The geography of Bermuda is full of diversity, featuring volcanic mountains covered with corals, coral lagoons, as well as underwater reefs encircling the islands. The diversity is also reflected in its climatic conditions, tempered by the warm Gulf Stream with temperatures hovering between 17°C and 26°C. There are several main islands, connected by bridges or causeways, the largest of which is Great Bermuda Islands.
Located 650 miles off the coast of North Carolina and covering an area of 21 miles, Hamilton is the hustling and bustling capital of Bermuda, dotted by narrow winding roads and pastel-colored houses and boasting fine shopping, traditional dining and vibrant nightlife. History-loving guests will enjoy the wise range of historical buildings. Top places to visit in Hamilton include City Hall and Arts Center, Bermuda National Gallery, Bermuda Cathedral, Victoria Park, Albuoys Point, City Market, Waterfront square, Bermuda House of Assembly and much more. Most of these highlights can be explored on foot, or else you can get horse carriages on Front Street. Hamilton also serves as the Bermuda's principal transportation hub, as here you will find the central bus and ferry terminals.
Bermuda is famous for its rich culture and is a unique mixture of colonial history and African heritage. African influences are mainly found in dance and music, especially in the rhythm of the famous Gombeys, a magnificent dancing and drumming troupes that often take to the streets. Island cuisine offers traditional dishes like Peas and Plenty, reflecting the coastal access to premier local seafood, including wahoo and the ubiquitous rockfish.
Things to do in BermudaOne of the most beautiful and sought-after vacation destinations in the world, Bermuda warmly welcomes adventure seekers, nature lovers and water sports enthusiasts from all over the globe to enjoy its gorgeous countryside, pink sand beaches, enigmatic bluffs, protected nature reserves and a plethora indoor and outdoor adventures found nowhere else on earth. Bermuda vacation package offers incredible enjoying opportunities from world-class scuba diving and snorkeling to relaxing on the beach in a beautiful resort to swimming with dolphins. If you are a shopping enthusiast, Front Street in the harbor town of Hamilton is right for you, featuring glittering shops and fine restaurants offering international and local cuisine.
Bermuda Attractions: Bermuda boasts an abundance of natural and man-made attractions, including historic forts, aquariums, caves, parks, museums, gardens, lighthouses and more There is so much 'to see' in Bermuda that you will need to visit the island more than once to cover them all. Here's my pick for some of the best.
Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo, situated in the picturesque village of Flatts, is one of the top tourist highlights, featuring interactive exhibits including a 140,000 gallon tank with a diver's-eye view of Bermuda's coral reefs and marine ecosystem. Here you will learn about 300 species of birds, mammals and reptiles, over 100 species of native fish. Its latest exhibit, 'Islands of Australia' includes tree kangaroos, wallabies, lemurs and others.
Botanical Garden: Open daily from sunrise to sunset, Bermuda Botanical Garden is a stretch of 36 acres of land featuring trees, flowers and shrubs. You can find a palm garden boasting native palmetto trees, a flowering hibiscus garden, a rose garden and an abundance of fragrant flowers and aromatic herbs. Around the area there are picnic tables where you can relax in the shades and enjoy your lunch.
The Town of St. George's: Do not forget to visit historic St. George's, a designed World Heritage site, boasting small winding streets, colonial-style architecture, pink sandy beaches and beautiful nature.
The most popular vacation activities in Bermuda
Beaches: Bermuda boasts 34 fabulous either public or private beaches, famous for their rosy sands created by tiny coral reefs and all with their own charm and features. Some of the beaches are have cafés, showers, restrooms, lifeguards in summer as well as snorkel and kayak rentals. The top beaches in Bermuda include the stunningly beautiful Horseshoe Bay Beach in Southampton parish perfect for body surfing, Tobacco Bay Bermuda great for snorkeling and with mesmerizing views of the colorful marine life along with corals, the half-mile-long Elbow Beach Bermuda, located at Paget parish, featuring reefs close to the shore and popular with kite surfing and windsurfing, and Johnson's Cove, a tiny and secluded beach tucked between limestone steep cliffs and clear pool of water. All Bermuda beaches are picture postcard and truly beautiful, so do not forget to take your cameras.
Swimming with Dolphins in Bermuda: Seeking something unique? Look no further, as swimming with bottlenose dolphins is the best adventure that the island offers, a not-to-be-missed activity without which your vacations will simply be incomplete. With the unique opportunity to see them incredibly close, touch and feel these wonderful creatures, and most of all to play with them, your holidays in Bermuda will turn into unforgettable experience. Dolphin Quest Bermuda offers a variety of programs for guests to meet dolphins from just five minutes to an hour-long adventure.
Fishing: Fishing in Bermuda comes in three options, Shore Fishing, Deep Sea Fishing and Reef Fishing and no permit or license is required. One of the best ways to experience Bermuda fishing is to take a fishing charter boat. Typical catch includes bonefish, rainbow runner, marlin, wahoo, little tunny, yellow tail snapper and Bermuda chub.
Vacations in Bermuda are very popular with singles, couples, honeymooners and families in search of crystal clear cerulean ocean waters, spectacular beaches and all-year-round temperate climate.
Bermuda Cruises: Bermuda, a dreamscape paradise where your days will be filled with simple island pleasures! With attractive pink sand beaches, crystal clear turqoise waters, an outstanding array of interesting activities ashore, busy nightlife, not-to-be-missed historic sites, gourmet dining options and great shopping opportunities, Bermuda is certainly a lovely place to go on a cruise, as, in recent years, sailing by ship has become by far the most economical way to visit the island. Most cruises to Bermuda last seven nights, so you have plenty of time to explore and discover the island at its best. The season for Bermuda cruise season hovers between April and November and unlike Caribbean cruises, it will not be steamy in summer. Whether you are single, a honeymooner, friends or a family with kids, Bermuda cruises will provide the opportunity to have fun and enjoy your trip. Leave away the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy your Bermuda cruise vacation to the fullest!
Although Bermuda is isolated in the Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Caribbean destinations, it is served by all the major cruise lines, including Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Princess Cruises and others. And as far as Bermuda is only some 650 miles east of North Carolina, this makes it perfect for cruising from home ports of the Eastern US cities, like New York, Boston, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
- Carnival Cruise Line: Seeking attitude, spirit and lavish Vegas-style entertainment? With more than just a vacation, a Carnival cruise is an ideal choice. From the fun-filled activities and sumptuous gourmet dining to awesome night shows and fabulous floating resorts, Carnival offers amazing itineraries while on board. Known for its festive-yet-casual atmosphere, each ship boasts three swimming pools, a full gambling casino, a 'Nautica Spa,' kid's programs and everything for all ages to keep you entertained. Carnival Cruises are an experience not-to-be-missed.
- Celebrity Cruises is one of the world's leading cruise lines, offering excellent destination-oriented itineraries in elegantly-appointed ships where you will find outstanding amenities, authentic dining options, world-class highly personalized on-board service and a plethora of activities to keep you bust and entertained.
Bermuda cruise vacations are really perfect as they allow passengers to explore this lovely British territory. Scuba diving along reefs and shipwrecks in crystal-clear waters, trekking underground to view wonderful stalactites and stalagmites in t5he Crystal Caves, surfing, swimming with dolphins, parasailing, shopping and relaxing on a pink sand beach are just some of the things you can do in Bermuda once you arrive on a cruise.
Hotels and Resorts in BermudaAccommodation options vary widely in Bermuda ranging from simple cozy bed and breakfast to stunning full service resort hotels, offering the utmost conveniences to cater the needs of even the most discerning travelers. If you are looking for quietude and tranquility, the Harmony Club is the right choice, featuring spectacularly beautiful lush gardens and historical elegance. If it's pampering you seek, the spas or soothing sanctuaries in Bermuda, such as Grand Oasis or the Spa at Elbow Beach Bermuda are some of the best you will ever experience, offering a multitude of therapies in first-rate salons. And if your idea of the perfect vacation involves fun in the sun, head to the Reefs Hotel & Club, a fantastic getaway renowned for secluded pink sand beaches, fine dining and legendary hospitality.
The five-star Elbow Beach Bermuda is a well known resort style hotel, on Bermuda's beautiful South Shore and belongs to the Mandarin oriental Hotel Group. Recently luxuriously refurbished, the hotel's 98 very classy looking guestrooms and suites, overlooking either the majestic gardens or the aqua blue ocean, offer the utmost amenities and facilities to make your stay a comfortable experience. Room amenities include air conditioning, cribs (infant beds) available, premium TV channels, in-room safe, mini-bar, multi-line phone, bathrobes and high-speed internet access. Hypo-allergic bedding is also available.
The hotel boasts fine on-site dining, spa facility; climate controlled outdoor pool, on-site beach, banquets and meetings facilities, bars, fitness centre and much more. Recreation activities include nearby golf, tennis, hiking and biking, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving and jogging. Only a five-minute drive from Hamilton, the bustling historical capital of Bermuda, the Elbow Beach Bermuda welcomes guests with classic Bermudian elegance and warm friendly hospitality.
The award-winning five-star Reefs Hotel & Club in Southampton, Bermuda is another luxury getaway, situated on limestone cliffs with views of its own secluded pink sand beach on Christian Bay, boasting top-notching service and warm hospitality. Accommodations at The Reefs come in Room, Club Residences, suites and Cottage options, all with dramatic ocean views and modern amenities and facilities. The hotel offers 65 well appointed air conditioned guest rooms with private patios, a multitude of dining options, a freshwater infinity pool with the feeling as if you are in the ocean, fitness center with Cybex equipment and a lounge on the secluded pink sand beach. Active pursuits in this stunning hotel include golf, sport fishing, scuba diving, parasailing, jet skiing, horseback riding, glass bottom boat cruises, kayaking and snorkeling. After all that exercise you may need to relax with a traditional Thai massage in the hotel's spa, La Serena.
Resorts in Bermuda come in the form of luxury properties and oceanfront cottages. Below are some of Bermuda's best resorts featuring elegance, romance, solitude, plus a little of the best deals around.
Surrounded by sparkling blue waters, endless views and gorgeous beaches, the Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa is a dreamscape paradise where relaxation and exhilaration are the only concerns of the day. The resort boasts four private beaches where you can laze away the days on sun beds, lush beautiful gardens, an infinity-edge pool and gourmet restaurants, a private water sports marina, Spa and wellness centre, live entertainment, fitness centre, concierge and gift shop. The well appointed 94 cottage-style rooms and suites with pastel-pink exteriors feature air conditioning, 24-hour room service, luxury bath amenities, luxury linens, bathrobes, high speed internet access, cable/satellite TV and everything to make your stay more than comfortable. Activities that will keep you busy all day long include bicycling, fishing, boating, golf, tennis, scuba diving, snorkeling, yoga, bird watching and kayaking. In the vicinity you can find historic sites and many attractions. Leave away the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy your stay to the fullest.
Formerly Stonington Beach Hotel the Coco Reef Resort Bermuda is one of the most delightful and most talked about resorts in Bermuda, offering ultimate luxury vacation and unforgettable experience in a casually elegant setting. Through the property you can find elements of Bermuda's history, including exotic statues, antique furniture and a number of specially chosen original period paintings reflecting the days of Spanish Colonial rule. The resort feature 64 totally refurbished rooms featuring wicker furniture and intricately trimmed balcony or patio with stunning views of the Caribbean and lush gardens. This charming, family friendly boutique beach resort boasts on-site restaurant, 2 bars, elegantly designed outdoor pool, 2 tennis courts (lit), live entertainment, barber shop and handicap facilities. Here the guests will be treated to delicious cuisine, top notch service and warm friendly hospitality.
Grotto Bay Beach Resort is another unique getaway, set in 21 acres of landscaped gardens, boasting 201 newly refurbished spacious rooms in 11 cottages. Within a walking distance you can find some of the most popular attractions, including Hibiscus Dining Room, Bayside Bar & Grill, complete water sports centre, in-house movies, live nightly entertainment and much more. Diving, golf and tennis facilities are also available. Grotto Bay Beach Resort also features half a million year old natural underground cave where adventure seekers can explore and swim right on the property. There is also a nearby beach perfect for snorkeling.