The Best of Bermuda
Collected by jenna mahoney, AFAR Local Expert
It's only 22 miles long, but Bermuda fits a lot into one small island with attractions from underground caverns to its famous pink-sand beaches. Historic architecture reflects four centuries of British rule, while shops cater to today's visitors with everything from rum—and rum cakes—to local crafts.
60 South Shore Road, Paget PG04, Bermuda
As is true of many stretches of sand on the island, Elbow Beach is named for its shape. The half-mile expanse sits in front of one of Bermuda’s most iconic hotels, the tony Elbow Beach Resort. Thanks to an offshore reef, the crystalline...
Queen St, St George's, Bermuda
From the outside, with its whitewashed facade and louvered windows, this Anglican house of worship in the center of St. George’s is a postcard British-colonial church. Its founding dates back to the earliest months of English settlement on...
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...
The Keep, Maritime Ln, MA 01, Bermuda
Set within the sprawling Royal Naval Dockyard complex, this ode to Bermudan history occupies 16 acres. The property extends from the island’s largest fort to old abandoned barracks. Within those ancient walls is a mazelike museum that...
Point Finger Road Pharmacy, 16 Point Finger Rd, DV 04, Bermuda
Bermuda's Botanical Gardens, established in 1898, sit on 36 acres in Paget Parish and are home to hundreds of flora species. There’s an impressive collection of orchids, along with hibiscus, fruit trees, and a palm garden. Site highlights...
7 Camber Road Royal Naval Dockyard BM 01, MA MA01, Bermuda
Brilliantly hued ceramics line the Jon Faulkner Gallery (formerly Bermuda Clayworks), a boutique and working collective studio in the Royal Naval Dockyard. Many of the items are salt-glazed; all are expertly crafted by local artisans. The main...
19 Maritime Lane, Royal Naval Dockyard MABX, Bermuda
Rum cakes, so the story goes, were once hard biscuits that got dunked in the daily serving of black liquor provided to sailors of yore. Whatever the origin, the recipe has improved over the years, and you can taste the newer—and...
8 Crystal Caves Road, Hamilton Parish CR 04, Bermuda
Along with pink sands and green golf courses, these subterranean grottoes are among Bermuda's iconic sites. First discovered in 1907 by the same family who still owns them, the caverns have spectacular crystal formations, crystalline pools, and...
17 Barry Rd, Bermuda
The beaches of Bermuda are justifiably famous, but this strand in St. George’s owes its fame to its awesome expanse of sea glass. Sitting under the Alexandra Battery, a fort constructed in the 1860s, the entire stretch of coast is...
3 Burnaby St, Hamilton, Bermuda
For yogis, practicing while on vacation is a must-do. On Bermuda, a pretty sea view can be a bonus with every eagle, warrior, and downward-dog pose. On the west side of Hamilton, practitioners can take their poses on the water with SUP (Stand-Up...
11 Front St, City of Hamilton, Bermuda
This chic shop on Front Street in Hamilton is an assemblage of urbane-rustic goods curated by owner and style setter Nicole Golden. The housewares-heavy collection includes vintage, repurposed, and locally made items; popular offerings include...
Railway Trail, Southampton SN03, Bermuda
Until 1948, a train traveled the length of Bermuda from east to west, some 22 miles. Just over 15 years later the process of converting the rail lines into a paved path for bikers and walkers began, and now 18 miles are open to the public. It is...
Cooper's Island Road, Cooper's Island, Bermuda
Birders, hikers, and all manner of nature lovers score big with a visit to this former NASA tracking station and U.S. naval base on the northeast coast of Bermuda. Despite its name, Cooper's Island is no longer an island, having been connected to...
183 South Rd Paget BM DV04, 183 Southside Rd, Bermuda
29 Church St, Hamilton, Bermuda
With soaring arches, stained-glass windows, and details carved from stone imported from France, Bermuda's Anglican cathedral is a bit of Gothic grandeur in the heart of Hamilton. Scottish architect William Hay was responsible for the design and...
33 Front St, City of Hamilton, Bermuda
There are few things as Bermudan as sailing, shorts, and rum. And this brand, which has been owned and crafted by the same family for seven generations, is the island go-to for the sugar-based spirit. It’s the key ingredient in the...
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