Bermuda Travel Guide
Introduction to Bermuda
Populated by America-bound colonists in 1609, getting shipwrecked on Bermuda was probably the best thing could have ever happened to them.
Sitting well outside the tropics, it is warmed by the waters of the Gulf Stream, giving it a delightful subtropical climate. Temperatures are moderated in winter and summer, keeping it refreshingly cooler than the American mainland in summer, and warmer in the winter.
In the latter season, it averages daytime highs around 20 degrees Celsius, while many places in neighboring North Carolina struggle to reach 10 degrees.
While the best time to visit is between the month of April to October, dropping by Bermuda at any point during the year will work fine as its natural attractions and rich history will give you plenty to discover here.
Currency: Bermudian dollars
Languages: English, Portuguese
What To Do in Bermuda
Start your sightseeing by paying a visit to the National Museum of Bermuda. Located at the Royal Naval Dockyard, this institution is the best place to learn about the history of Bermuda.
From the days of slavery to its key role in defending Britain’s interests during the First and Second World Wars, the National Museum of Bermuda covers everything you’ll need to know about this island territory. The exhibits here are detailed in their scope, with plenty of coins, maps, books, art and artifacts on display.
After several hours spent exploring Bermuda’s history, feel free to wander around the Royal Naval Dockyard. Once playing host to Britain’s naval fleet in the western Atlantic, it is now home to Bermuda’s primary cruise ship terminal.
As such, plenty of tourists land here, ensuring the presence of plenty of boutiques and artisan shops within its grounds.
Next, make your way to St. Peter’s Church in St George’s. Despite its humble exterior, St. Peter’s Church is the oldest Anglican church still in continuous use outside of the United Kingdom.
The interior of the church is made with Bermuda cedar beams. While it is beautiful enough on its own, the fact that this type of wood is exceedingly hard to find due to the near-extermination of this tree in the 1950’s makes them even more special.
If you are a fan of spelunking, make time in your travel itinerary to explore the Crystal & Fantasy Caves. Discovered in 1905 by a pair of boys looking for a lost cricket ball, they have since become one of Bermuda’s most well-regarded tourist attractions.
Those fearing getting dirty needn’t worry, as this attraction has been artificially lit and equipped with pathways to keep casual tourists high and dry. Looking to get more active? Sign up for a guided tour into the submerged portions of these caves.
Visitors looking for one of the best beach experiences on the island will want to start by spending an afternoon at Horseshoe Bay Beach. Often making top 10 lists compiled by various travel media publications, Horseshoe Bay is one of the most popular places to spend a beautiful day in Bermuda.
Active travellers will love the fact that this place is home to beach volleyball tournaments during the summer months, so be sure to work on your game before booking your trip here.
Pink sand beaches are another thing that Bermuda is famous for, and there is no better place to witness this than at Elbow Beach. Famous for its long lengths of empty sand outside of peak season, there is no better place on the island to enjoy a stroll at sunrise or sunset.
If you are looking for a great place to go snorkeling, you needn’t look any further than Tobacco Bay Beach. With rugged rock formations acting as a natural breakwater, it is a perfect spot to take young children.
What to Eat in Bermuda
If you are looking for a uniquely Bermudian appetizer, then be sure to order some Shark Hash. Consisting of minced shark liver that has been fried up with spices and served on top of toast, it is a unique dish that you won’t find anywhere else.
Those looking to eat the national dish of Bermuda will want to search for a place that serves Bermuda Fish Chowder. Dating back to the 17th century, Bermuda fish chowder consists of either cod, grouper or snapper that has been simmered with tomatoes, onions, black rum, and a pepper sauce made of sherry.
Some recipes also include celery, carrots, and other vegetables, but the prior mentioned core ingredients will be found in any Bermuda fish chowder you try.
If you are in Bermuda around Guy Fawkes Day, make an attempt to hunt down some Sweet Potato Pudding. Using this sweet root vegetable as its base, this treat also contains cinnamon, cloves and citrus juice, making it a wonderful accompaniment to any bonfire that you are attending.