Few islands are as blessed with as inviting a climate, year-round, as Bermuda. That’s because of its location in the mid-Atlantic, at about the same latitude as North Carolina. Ocean breezes cool the island in the summer, and even in the middle of winter, most days bring spring-like temperatures. Here are five favorite activities to include on your itinerary whatever month of the year you choose to visit this 21-square-mile playground of subtropical bliss.

Once you have decided it’s time for an island escape, check out the itineraries created by the members of AFAR’s Travel Advisory Council that capture what Bermuda has to offer in every season of the year at AFAR Journeys.

Go Underground

Perhaps one of the most unexpected aspects of Bermuda for first-time visitors is the many interesting caves waiting to be explored. The most popular are the Crystal and Fantasy (link to: http://www.gotobermuda.com/Crystal-Caves/- Caves, both of which feature glittering underground lakes and incredible geologic formations. But there are many others around the island, like the Cathedral Cave on the grounds of the Grotto Bay Resort, where you can swim in the underground pool, or the grottoes in Tom Moore’s Jungle, best seen as part of tour with Hidden Gems.

Instead of exploring the reefs with mask and snorkel, take advantage of the subtropical topside weather by going on a long bike ride. The Bermuda Railway Trail offers 18 miles of pathway for biking and hiking, and you can ride as much or little of it as you like. Interesting points along the trail include the Somerset Bridge, the world’s smallest drawbridge, and the stretch through Southampton Parish, which passes the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse and offers stunning views of Great Sound and Black Bay.

Trade Snorkeling for Bicycling

Instead of exploring the reefs with mask and snorkel, take advantage of the subtropical topside weather by going on a long bike ride. The Bermuda Railway Trail offers 18 miles of pathway for biking and hiking, and you can ride as much or little of it as you like. Interesting points along the trail include the Somerset Bridge, the world’s smallest drawbridge, and the stretch through Southampton Parish, which passes the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse and offers stunning views of Great Sound and Black Bay.

Get Artsy

Bermuda is home to a thriving art scene, with impressive art collections at the Bermuda National Gallery and the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, including pieces from Georgia O’Keeffe, who visited the island in March 1933 and was so taken it with Bermuda, she returned the following spring as well. You can also see contemporary pieces and meet with local artists at the Bermuda Arts Centre (replace this link with the Royal Naval Dockyard Link) in the Royal Naval Dockyard. And if you feel like getting creative yourself, the Bermuda Arts Centre also offers workshops on everything from silk screening to plein-air painting.

Spot Migrating Whales

A highlight of spring in Bermuda is the arrival of some of its most famous visitors. Around March and April you can spot magnificent humpback whales frolicking in the water just offshore. Join a local whale-watching trip to get an up-close look at these marvelous, school-bus-size marine mammals as they breach, spy hop and fin slap along their migratory route.

Enjoy Crowd-Free Beaches

Another perk of visiting Bermuda in the winter and spring is the chance to experience the island’s iconic pink-sand beaches practically to yourself. Beaches that are busy with swimmers and sunbathers in July take on a different atmosphere after the end of summer and you can enjoy marvelous scenery as you hike the trails along the island’s south coast. You’ll spot Bermuda longtail birds floating on the breeze as you stroll the shoreline at idyllic Horseshoe Bay Beach, one of Bermuda’s most famous pink-sand beaches