When you return from a trip to some place new, there’s that inevitable greeting, how was it? Friends and family are naturally curious for details and stories from your getaway. They want to travel vicariously by understanding what you felt, smelled, ate, heard—how your senses interacted with this foreign place and space. That was certainly the case when I got back from AFAR Experiences Bermuda at the end of April, and when I think about my time there, three words come through loud and clear.
First off, Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory with a governor appointed by the monarch (yes, none other than Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth). It has a small but very diverse population and a lovely accent that sounds part British, West Indian, and North American. In fact, it’s an Atlantic island (not in the Caribbean Sea) and much closer to North America than to the rest of the Caribbean. So close that it's only a 90-minute flight from New York City. Yes, Manhattanites, you could get to Bermuda quicker than getting to the Hamptons. Now isn't that a pleasant surprise?
For an Insta-worthy afternoon, walk along Front Street in Hamilton, taking in the shops and storefronts in vibrant pinks and yellows. And make a point to step off the main strip for a slight detour to Reade Street.
If you have a little more time, hop in a cab or, better yet, catch the ferry to to St George's, my personal favorite (check timetables for ferry season). This historic town and UNESCO World Heritage site is even more vivid, with attractive architecture and cobblestone streets that will have you charmed.