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Renowned beaches, year-round sunshine and a strong British culture make for a unique island holiday
Year-round sunshine, exclusive resorts and a charming seaside capital; Bermuda is an excellent choice for those seeking a truly relaxed atmosphere. The hook-shaped nation of Bermuda is a treasure trove of natural beauty, culture and historic sights made up of 181 islands, islets and rocky outcrops. Spend lazy days on pink sands, dive and snorkel, tee off in a variety of championship courses or explore the UNESCO site of St George’s.
- Its abundance of marine life – dive amongst shipwrecks and coral reefs or go fishing for snare marlin or Bluefin tuna
- An excellent choice for peaceful, relaxing holidays with a distinctly British feel
- Pristine coastlines with glorious pink sands – particularly on the well-loved Horseshoe Bay
- World-class golf courses with amazing scenery and stunning ocean views
- The capital City of Hamilton, featuring charming pastel-coloured houses and a popular harbour front which is home to an array of seafood restaurants
Best time to visit Bermuda
Bermuda enjoys a sub-tropical climate: May to mid-October see the hottest temperatures whilst high humidity is experienced from July to October. It is mild during early spring and autumn and winter. June to November is the hurricane season throughout the Caribbean and the Northern Atlantic.
Bermuda holiday highlights
British bobbies walk the beat, afternoon tea is a national institution and the locals have a love for cricket that is almost unrivalled world-wide. However there is something you may notice here that is distinctly un-British – a near perfect climate which includes almost year-round sunshine.
Bearing the name of a Spanish sea captain who spotted the island in the early 16th Century, the islands have a rich and important maritime history, part of which is believed to have inspired Shakespeare’s sea-faring tale of romance – The Tempest. In 1609 Sir George Somers and his crew were aboard the English sailing ship, the Sea Venture, bound for Jamestown, Virginia when they were caught in a storm and ship-wrecked off the coast of Bermuda. Miraculously they all survived and went on to form Britain’s second colony after Virginia itself.
The Bermuda you’ll find today features a unique blend of culture and is home to an eclectic mix of British, African, Irish, North American Indian and Portuguese descendants. Visitors from all over the world are greeted with polite British sensibilities – a ‘good morning’ or ‘good afternoon’ will go far here – and an island charm which is incredibly hard to resist.
The colourful, intimate and welcoming capital of Hamilton, which was founded in the late 18th Century, has a central island setting overlooking the bustling Hamilton Harbour. The city has been the centre of trade and shipping since the early 19th Century and today it is the port of call for a number of North Atlantic cruise liners. The vibrant Front Street is a perfect spot to enjoy a dark ‘n’ stormy, Bermuda’s national drink, and the charming narrow streets that lead off it are well worth a wander. The delightfully landscaped, cannon-scattered gardens of Hamilton Fort afford wonderful views of the city and harbour. There are also historic ramparts and fortifications to explore.
The centuries of history are almost palpable in the air of St George’s, Bermuda’s first settlement and the nation’s capital until 1815, is located at the nation’s northeastern tip. Seventeenth Century buildings stand almost unchanged from those early colonial days which began with the wrecking of the Sea Venture on the corals not far from these shores. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the town and its surrounding fortifications are a living museum and as you wander along the narrow lanes, many of which still featuring their original names, you may be forgiven for believing you have stepped into another age.
The island is paradise for nature lovers with a number of wildlife reserves, caves and grottos and marsh lands. In the north of Bermuda, not far from St George’s, you’ll find Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve, a once off-limits coastal park of approximately 12 acres. Numerous sea birds and giant land crabs can be seen here and a trip to the top of the wildlife observation tower is a must.
One of Bermuda’s unique attractions is its subterranean world of caves and grottos. The most famous of these complexes are the Crystal and Fantasy Caves which are located at the northern end of the main island, just a short hop from the airport. Discovered by two boys playing a game of cricket, the grottos are an incredible sight. Filled with water and with stalactites hanging from the roofs, they are criss-crossed by floating walkways. One of our featured Bermudian resorts, Grotto Bay, even features its own grottos and you can swim in the pools or even enjoy a treatment at the underground spa.
Another natural phenomenon the island is well known for are its pretty pink-sand beaches which are coloured by red marine organisms that live under the coral. The most popular of Bermuda’s beaches is undoubtedly Horseshoe Bay on the south coast. To avoid the crowds be sure to head here on a day when there are no cruise ships visiting the island. For a bit more of a secluded experience, Astwood Cove is well worth a visit. Tucked away on the south-west coast, the beach is surrounded by rugged cliffs and a rocky coastline and is reached by a rather steep, winding path.
For such a small island that sits in the Atlantic some 650 miles from the coast of North America, there’s plenty of activities for visitors to enjoy. From world-class golf courses to incredible dive sites, Bermuda is an island playground that offers more than just a beach escape. There are six golf courses here, a few of which are award winners. And if you enjoy fantastic sea views while you tee off, a round at the Mid Ocean Club Golf Course is highly recommended.
While the majority of diving in the Caribbean takes you to beautiful reef sites, some of Bermuda’s best diving locations are actually the many shipwrecks that are scattered around the coast. Highlights include the Mary Celestia, an American Civil War paddlewheel steamer, the diminished remains of the 17th-Century merchant ship which are scattered over beautifully coloured coral, and a 1940s American Navy ship. The island also has its fair share of vibrant reefs inluding Barracuda Reef and South West Breaker, the latter of which was the setting for Peter Benchley’s 1977 film The Deep.