If You Only Have Three Days in Bermuda
Collected by Marie Frei, AFAR Local Expert
A foreign accent you can't quite place. Cruising through the Bermuda Triangle. Sipping rum swizzle cocktails poolside. Paddleboarding out to one of the country's 137 islands and pretending you're a castaway. Noshing on grilled jerk chicken with locals. Bus stops built into rock walls. Brightly colored buildings and the bluest ocean water you've ever seen. This is the best of Bermuda experienced in a 3-day weekend.
The Hamilton Princess Bermuda, known for generations as the Pink Princess, opened its doors in 1885 and today—under management by the Fairmont group since 2001—remains one of the largest and most celebrated hotels in Bermuda. Soon...
Front St, Bermuda
Hamilton is the center of the island. The biggest town, this is where locals come to eat, drink and shop. In a tax free haven, pick up some souvenirs! Dine at local restaurants like Port-o-Call, Pearl and Mad Hatters. And FYI, Bermudians love...
29 Church St, Hamilton, Bermuda
Constructed of Bermuda limestone, Scottish granite, and French stones, the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity is a shining example of the melting pot that is Bermuda. This Anglican cathedral was designed in the tradition of grand European...
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...
Ireland Island North, Bermuda
Every Monday evening during the summer months, Bermuda’s Royal Naval Dockyard hosts the widely popular Destination Dockyard event. Local arts and crafts, glassblowing demonstrations, food, and the rhythms of colorful Gombey dance troupes come...
7, Walsingham Lane, Hamilton, Bermuda
A warren of rooms make up this cozy restaurant that some claim is the oldest on the island. The building itself was originally a private waterside home constructed in 1652—some 40 years after the first English settlers arrived to Bermuda...
48 Reid Street, Hamilton, Bermuda
Joy often starts her day at Rock Island Coffee, in the heart of Hamilton. A stop for breakfast here is the fastest way for any visitor to find out what is happening on the island—everyone has time to share tips on how you should spend your...
Horseshoe Bay Cove, Bermuda
When you see a photo of a Bermuda beach, it is probably Horseshoe Bay. Loved by snorkelers, swimmers, and shutterbugs, Horseshoe Bay is backed by limestone cliffs and fronted by coral reefs and crystal clear water rushing up to meet a...
St Monica's Rd, Bermuda
Art Mels is a local favorite that Joy is happy to share with visitors to the island. While Art Mels may be off the beaten path, their fish sandwiches have been described as the best on the island—even as the best sandwich in the world by one food...
Somerset Village, Bermuda
Travel along Middle Road toward Somerset Village and you’ll come to a small ocean channel crossed by an old stone bridge. This is Bermuda’s Somerset Bridge, which holds the distinction of being the world’s smallest working drawbridge. The historic...
101 South Shore Road, Southampton SN02, Bermuda
Rum is an important part of daily life on Bermuda, and locals have incorporated it all aspects of their culture. As a visitor though this locally made liquor is best served in the national drinks of Bermuda, the Rum Swizzle and the Dark ‘N’...
19 Burnaby Street, City of Hamilton HM 11, Bermuda
On weekdays, Devils Isle' restaurant and bar is filled with a lively mix of bankers and other young professionals from around Bermuda. On the weekends, it's the spot to go for family brunch. Here, you'll find a menu of small and large plates with...
Church St, Hamilton, Bermuda
Cabs are expensive in Bermuda. Not looking to spend $50 on a 20 minute cab ride to Hamilton from my hotel, I learned to use the bus. Sure, I had to wait at the bus stop for a short while, but hey, I was on island time. The buses run consistently...
Govnt.Hill Rd, St.George's, Bermuda
Moongates are of Chinese origin and thought to bring good luck to those who pass through them. You'll see moongates tucked all over the island of Bermuda, but a personal favorite is located in Somers Garden in St. George's. This particular...
5 Water Street, St.George's GE 05, Bermuda
Forget your beach read? No problem. Head to The Book Cellar, a tiny bookshop with a surprisingly large selection of literature to choose from. The shop itself is tucked below the 265-year-old Tucker House in the historic town of St. Georges. Not...
Water St, St.George's, Bermuda
Just Add Water makes it easy for you to live out your castaway fantasy on one of Bermuda's beautiful tiny islands in St. George's harbor. After lunch in the village, walk over to the surf shop and ask to rent a paddle board. Dangelo and the rest...
Tobacco Bay, Bermuda
Nothing says tropical beach destination better than trotting across the sand on an equestrian adventure. Get a unique vantage point of Bermuda’s cliffs, coves, and turquoise waters from the back of a horse. Both beginner and experienced riders can...
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...
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...
Church Bay, Bermuda
Nearby reefs and big boulders keep Bermuda’s beaches calm and colorful for snorkelers and swimmers. Both Tobacco Bay and Church Bay offer great snorkeling conditions along beautiful shorelines. With one in the east and the other in the west, you...
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