Trying to decide which island to visit? Each island I’ve visited has a bit of a different personality, so if you are trying to decide if Bermuda is for you, here are 11 things to do in Bermuda that will make you wish you could be there tomorrow.
Elbow Beach and Horseshoe Bay Beach are two of the most beautiful beaches I’ve seen. Crystal clear waters and powdery pink sand make these unique beaches worth visiting. Consider staying at Elbow Beach resort right on the beach, or at least plan to spend a day hanging out on the sand. The water at Elbow Beach was a warm 82 degrees and so calm and clear I could see my toenail polish when I was there in August 2014. With over 30 different beaches in Bermuda, there is something for everyone.
The shallow, calm water in Bermuda is ideal for snorkeling. You can snorkel in calm waters right off the beach in many locations, or you can take a guided snorkeling tour to reefs or shipwrecks. We snorkeled in the corals on Elbow Beach and loved how many fish we could see just 50-100 feet off shore. Check out this website for more suggestions on where to snorkel in Bermuda.
For those interested in a more active vacation, scuba dive to one of the hundreds of shipwrecks in Bermuda. Or enjoy stunning swimthroughs or coral reefs. Several dive operators work in Bermuda, and we had an excellent experience with Dive Bermuda. Do you want to see if scuba diving is for you? Dive Bermuda offers a Discover Scuba Diving course for those who are not yet certified. Spend the afternoon getting training and do a shallow dive to try it out.
Golfing in the islands is a favorite pasttime, and there is no where better to golf than in Bermuda. Bermuda has a higher concentration of golf courses per square mile than anywhere else in the world. Check out Port Royal Golf Club or The Turtle Hill Golf Club.
Tour a Lighthouse
Take an Eco Tour
Spend the day exploring the island with an expert guide through Hidden Gems Island Eco Tour. Explore caves and jungles, go cliff jumping and swim in a cave. Enjoy the view of the island from the top of St. David’s Lighthouse. Snorkel with tropical fish around a preserved coral reef island. Finish your day with homemade ice cream at a locally owned and operated ice cream shop offering 30 flavors of ice cream.
Enjoy water sports
Jet ski, parasail, kayak, or take a sunset cruise. If you are feeling adventurous, navigate around the island in your own Boston whaler like we did. When you rent a Boston whaler from Somerset Bridge Watersports, you control your destiny. Picnic at secluded beaches, explore a shipwreck, snorkel at your leisure, and motor by private islands.
Tour Crystal Caves of Bermuda
Explore the underwater world of Bermuda in Crystal and Fantasy Caves. These beautiful caves were discovered in 1907 when two boys playing cricket lost a ball down and hole and followed it down. These caves are now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bermuda. You can see both caves in a couple of hours. Stop for homemade ice cream after your tour at Bailey’s Ice Cream right next door.
Explore Historic St. George
The historic town of St. George is listed as a UNESCO National World Heritage Site. Founded in 1612, St. George’s is the oldest English town in the New World. Visit St. Peter’s church, the State House, Fort St. Catherine, or the Unfinished Cathedral.
Visit Royal Naval Dockyard
Most people make a trip to Royal Naval Dockyard at some point when they are in Bermuda. I was underwhelmed by the shopping and craft markets, but I am not a shopper. However, we loved the National Musuem of Bermuda and would highly recommend a stop there if you are interested in the history of Bermuda. You can also swim with the dolphins at DolphinQuest at the Bermuda National Museum.
Try Ginger Beer
There are so many things to do in Bermuda that you might forget to look for ginger beer. My husband loves Barritt’s Ginger Beer, which has been brewed in Bermuda for five generations. This non-alcoholic soft drink has a spicy kick of ginger that gives us a unique flavor and is fun to enjoy in Bermuda.