Bermuda Travel Guide
Her beaches are pink because of the shells and coral that are mixed in with the sand. Her waters are warm and clear, with plenty of opportunity for scuba diving and snorkeling amid coral reefs and colorful fish. Her limestone cliffs, 75 miles of coastline and pretty pastel houses make her look like she would be at home in the Caribbean, but she is Bermuda, hundreds of miles north of the Caribbean and offering short flights from most airports in the eastern United States. Bermuda is a rare gem that will stay in your heart for a lifetime.
Tourism in Bermuda is big business, with her many hotels, the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle, many things to do and beautiful beaches that beckon vacationers from all over the world.
Horseshoe Bay Beach is so named because of its crescent of sand, pink of course that curves around the blue waters. Johnson’s Cove is a sheltered beach that is surrounded by steep rocks that allow beach goers a smaller beach, but with calm waters and beautiful surroundings. Closer to the city of Hamilton is Elbow Beach, where people traveling to Bermuda find a gently sweeping 1.5 km long expanse of sand. This too is protected by coral reefs that allow for gentle waves and great opportunities for scuba diving, swimming and snorkelling. Sea Glass Beach is an out of the way tourist destination but a must see because of the lovely sea glass that litters the sand. Take a piece home as a souvenir or simply experience its beauty as you walk the shoreline. (Remember shoes, this beach is rocky!)
Bermuda is a country of forts, and you can visit one or all of them on your Bermuda vacation. One such fort is Fort Hamilton, built in the 1870’s to protect the Royal Naval Dockyard. Today it boasts beautiful views of Hamilton and its harbor and best of all, it is free, simply walk up to it and enjoy.
Kings Wharf is where the cruise ships to Bermuda dock, and is part of the aforementioned Dockyard which is a sprawling 24 acre complex. Built in 1814, the Royal Naval Dockyard used to serve as an outpost for the British Royal Navy, but today is a bustling place for tourists to enjoy. The Dockyard includes The Keep, now the Bermuda Maritime Museum, the Clocktower, and Dolphin Quest, a dolphin display and training center where Bermuda tourists can swim with these magnificent creatures. Glass blowing, crafts markets, pottery, art galleries, water sports of all description, glass bottom boat rides, catamaran rentals, fishing expeditions, stores and restaurants can all be found within the Dockyard, making it the place for Bermuda travelers to experience.
While all of this is going on above the surface, there is a whole lot going on under it as well. Bermuda has many caves, two such are the Crystal and Fantasy Caves which tourists to Bermuda can explore. Some 36m below the ground are spectacular formations of icicle like rocks and limestone. In the Crystal Caves is Cahow Lake which is a deep and crystal clear body of water that allows visitors to see all the formations that rise up inside. The Fantasy Caves have rare chandelier-like clusters of rock formations hanging from the ceiling that make for fantastic photo opportunities.
Back on land sits Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse, the oldest cast iron lighthouse in the world standing 117 feet tall. Built in 1846, this structure still is in service today showing the way for weary fishermen up to 40 miles away. With its 8 platforms and 185 steps, restaurant and gift shop, Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse makes for a great tourist attraction.
Bermuda’s tourism is built upon its beaches and water sports as well as plenty of golf courses and places to see. In the water is a plethora of things to do, like snorkelling amid the coral reefs, scuba diving around the many shipwrecks or taking an undersea walk. With Hartley’s Undersea Walk you can do just that with groups of tourists taking this fabulous helmet dive. Your hair and face stay dry and you breathe normally as you visit with fish up close while you traverse the ocean floor. For those who wish to stay completely dry, there is the world famous Bermuda Aquarium. This establishment has the only living coral reef exhibit in the world along with numerous fish, turtles, monkeys and birds.
On and around the water, Bermuda travelers can partake in glass bottom boat rides, catamaran and kayak tours and boat trips like the Bermuda Rum Cruise. Bermuda is famous for its rum and this cruise offers the history and culture of it as well as tastings of the different types that are produced on the island. Bermuda’s other history comes alive for Bermuda’s tourists when you take a tour of St. George’s. See Tucker’s Town, Spittal Pond, Palm Groves Garden and much more as you soak up the culture and history that makes Bermuda unique.
Traveling to Bermuda whether by cruise ship or plane makes for a wonderful vacation. Not very far from home for lots of people, yet a world away from the everyday.