Bermuda beyond the Beach
Collected by Sandy Allen, AFAR Local Expert
Just steps from Bermuda's pink sand and sapphire surf, travelers will find walking trails, caves, wildlife, and historic sites. Going beyond the beach in Bermuda gives visitors a chance to check out lighthouses, quiet garden retreats, and the shopping options of sweet scents, Bermuda shorts, designer apparel, and island art. For a really unique experience beyond Bermuda's beaches, how about a movie in a tiny stone tavern?
40 N Shore Rd, Bermuda
Bermuda’s Atlantic Ocean address is a passing point for humpback whales on migration to feeding grounds in the north. Mid-March through the end of April is prime time for the viewing of these mammoth marine animals. Whale watching tours leave out...
8 Crystal Caves Road, Hamilton Parish CR 04, Bermuda
As stalactites drip from above and stalagmites rise from the floor, the caves found below the surface of Bermuda create an otherworldly wonder for kids. Discovered by two young boys in 1907, Crystal Cave has a 50-foot-deep subterranean lake full...
St George's, Bermuda
The first fortification to occupy this spot on the northern tip of Bermuda was built from wood in 1612; it was replaced just two years later by a stone structure. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this fort was rebuilt and expanded several more times...
Lighthouse Road, St Anne's Rd, Cross Bay SN 01, Bermuda
Built in 1846, this is one of the oldest cast-iron lighthouses in the world. It was visited by Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, shortly after her coronation. For spectacular island and sea views, trek up the 185 steps to the lighthouse’s...
5 Water Street, St.George, s, 5 Water St, Town of St. George, Bermuda
Owned by the Bermuda National Trust, the Tucker House museum in St. George is a tribute to the prominent family that lived there during the 1700s. Henry Tucker was president of the Governor’s Council and had connections to Colonial Williamsburg in...
17 Church St, Hamilton, Bermuda
Whether you choose a museum of national treasures and priceless artifacts or a gallery where you can purchase original works of art, visiting the local art scene is a great way to connect with a place. Since 1985, Windjammer Gallery has displayed...
40 Crow Lane, Hamilton HM GX, Bermuda
The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute is a great place to dive into Bermuda’s seafaring past. In addition to showcasing Bermudian contributions to oceanography, the museum offers special presentations and displays on shipwrecks, fish and...
Railway Trail, Southampton SN03, Bermuda
Grab the kids and take off on a walking or bicycling tour of Bermuda. A former NASA space shuttle tracking facility, Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve is now part of the Bermuda National Parks system. Its salt marsh habitat is home to birds and...
St.David's Lighthouse, Bermuda
St. David’s Lighthouse stands on the highest point on the eastern end of Bermuda at a total of 208 feet above sea level. Located on St. David’s Island, this stone structure is 55 feet tall and overlooks the South Shore. Built in 1879 to signal...
A.S.Cooper Building, Front St, Hamilton, Bermuda
Before you head out to try the best restaurants in Hamilton or grab a table to sip cocktails by the seashore, you may want an outfit for your culinary explorations. A.S. Cooper is a group of five main stores with several smaller outposts. The...
4 Freeport Rd, PO Box MA66, Sandys Parish SN 02, Bermuda
Joy’s cultural interests go beyond music and live performances. One of her must-do recommendations for visitors to Bermuda is to go to the movies. “For the experience of a lifetime, watch a movie in Dockyard's Neptune Cinema, if only because...
Hinson Hall, Bermuda
With four chimneys, three floors, and one of Bermuda’s finest cedar stairways, the Verdmont House Museum holds a collection of antique mahogany and cedar furniture as well as oil paintings, Chinese and English porcelain, and Georgian silver made...
Walsingham Lane, Bermuda
Walsingham Nature Reserve, known by locals as Tom Moore’s Jungle, is 12 acres of mangroves, caves, and pools of deep blue water. Within this area is the 1.5-acre Idwal Hughes Nature Reserve. Go hiking and birdwatching through forests of greenery...
Cedar Ridge Ln, North Shore Village, Bermuda
When you’re looking for a spot to relax in the shade, or just want to get away from the sun and sand for a while, take a stroll by the Bermuda Arboretum in Devonshire Parish. While not an organized garden, the Bermuda Arboretum has 22 acres of...
St George's, Bermuda
Take in a stylish and relaxing horse-drawn carriage sightseeing tour around St. George’s in Bermuda's east end. Crisp white interior seats are surrounded by rich wood tones as the horse’s hooves go clip-clop across cobblestone streets. One hour or...
3 Burnaby St, Hamilton, Bermuda
Sign up for a private or group stand-up paddleboard, or SUP, yoga session. SUP yoga is the same as regular yoga, but performed on a paddleboard on the water. Don’t worry about balance. Those boards are wide. If you can stand up, you can SUP. Trust...
If you want to meet the locals and get a feel for island life, try to plan a trip to Bermuda during one of its spectator sporting events. Race organizer Fat Tire Massive holds a variety of mountain bike and paddleboard races throughout the year....
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