Getting to Bermuda is a breeze. The 21-mile-long archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, famous for its pink-sand beaches, is just a two-hour flight from major U.S. East Coast cities. But before booking your flight, you may be wondering about the best time of year to visit. And the answer to that is easy—any time.
Bermuda is that rare, year-round destination with a mild climate and yet one that also has different appeals in every season. Whether you visit in January or June, you’ll find reasons to get out and experience the island’s nature and culture.
Sailing is the island’s lifeblood and visitors are invited to join in too. Experienced sailors can charter a bareboat yacht; if you haven’t spent as much time on the sea, then you can opt for one with a crew. You can also choose to improve your sailing skills with classes offered by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club or one of the island’s sailing schools. Opportunities to watch sailors compete include the Antigua Bermuda Race in May and June’s Newport Bermuda Race, another classic event, with celebrations at the finish for spectators and sailors alike.
For water sports on a smaller scale, any day is a good one to kayak or paddleboard in Bermuda. And while anglers can go reef and shore fishing throughout the year, May through October is the sweet spot for reeling in a big one on a deep-sea fishing trip. The scuba diving in the gin-clear waters is among the world’s best, and the island is especially popular with wreck divers. You can go diving (and snorkeling, too) every month of the year—in the colder ones, with the aid of a wetsuit.
Back on dry land, the scenic Bermuda Railway Trail, popular with both locals and visitors, runs for 18 miles (the length of the island) following the route of an old railway. Whether you choose to walk, run, or bike it, you’ll come across breathtaking North Shore views. To sweat it out with the locals in the name of a good cause, visit in May for the XL Catlin End-to-End when thousands of people walk, swim, bike, and even ride horses or canoe the length of the island to raise money for local charities. There are shorter routes as well so everyone can join in.
It’s easy to navigate the island on your own on a bicycle, but if you want to follow the lead of a local, Kristin White’s East End Bicycle Tours explore the cobblestone streets of the Town of St. George, a UNESCO World Heritage site. She’ll bring the history of the island’s original capital to life, and then when you have built up an appetite, stop at Wahoo’s, the Beach House at Blackbeard’s Hideout, or one of the other restaurants in town.
Feathered visitors also know that Bermuda makes for a good escape. From February to April a number of bird species stop en route to summer nesting sites in North America. At the 64-acre Spittal Pond Reserve, naturalists can attempt to spot both colorful tropical birds dropping by on their migrations and also the rare cahow, Bermuda’s national bird. One of the world’s rarest seabirds, they breed only on Bermuda—specifically Nonsuch Island. Botanists may want to schedule their visit to coincide with the AG Show, which takes place in April. The three-day festival includes floral displays as well as animal exhibitions and equestrian programs. Later in the year, Harbour Nights in Hamilton, the island’s capital, begins in early May and runs through late August. It offers summertime fun every Wednesday night, when Gombey dancers, artisans, and food vendors take over Front Street.
Whether you choose to follow the birds and fly in for one of Bermuda’s annual events or you visit simply because you’ve realized you need to spend a few days on island time, you’ll find a destination that’s appealing in every season.