Things to do in Bermuda

More About Bermuda

Spaniard Juan de Bermudez discovered this island of turquoise waters and pink sand beaches in 1503. However, Bermuda was not officially colonized until 1612 when the British arrived. The Union Jack has flown here for more than 300 years, and Bermudians are proud that theirs is the oldest British colony with an assembly elected by the people. Entwined with images of Bermuda-shorted vacationers sipping Bermuda rum, the British influence is strongly felt — tidy cottages line the clean streets, and high tea is still served in the island's guesthouses. Many of London's large department stores have branches here, made even more attractive by duty-free prices. A trip to Bermuda encompasses the best of both worlds. After a day of touring the Royal Naval Dockyard or snorkeling among the coral reefs, a visitor can enjoy world-class live entertainment and a gourmet meal that mixes traditional flavors with the fresh fish and fruits of the island.

Things to do in Bermuda

Bermuda is known for...

Five of Bermuda's most unique features and characteristics.

1. Bikes & Buses:

Cars were not even allowed on the islands of Bermuda until after World War II, and even today they're only permitted to residents. But worry not, you'll have no trouble getting around, and may even find the absence of automobiles refreshing. Bicycle, motorized bike rentals, and golf carts are the most common modes of transportation for visitors. These can offer an extremely fun and surprisingly efficient way of exploring the area, but watch out for saddle sore or "road rash." Bermuda also has a remarkably well-connected, constantly-running public bus system for those who prefer to sit back, relax, and let someone else do the driving.

2. Beaches:

It may seem a touch obvious to say that an island is known for beaches, but it would be a disservice to the pristine shoreline of Bermuda not to drive the point home: these beaches are paradise. The sands are pink and the water is warm and clear. Horseshoe Bay Beach is arguably Bermuda's most popular, and most photographed. With its many tunnels and resident sea life (think sea turtles, not sharks) it's a must-see, just be aware that it can get quite crowded (cruise ships often disembark here.) Shelly Bay is the ideal choice for families with younger children; the waters are shallow, and there are numerous playgrounds nearby.

3. Golf:

What island paradise would be complete without a well-rounded selection of golf courses? Bermuda comes fully-loaded with options, as it has a higher concentration of golf courses per square mile than anywhere else in the world. Spectacular, tranquil views of Bermuda's landscape and the surrounding seas can be deceptively relaxing in the face of some of the most challenging golf conditions on the planet. St. George's is perhaps the most highly-trafficked and renown of the golf courses in Bermuda, though Port Royal is notable for being both highly regarded and a public course.

4. History:

Settled in 1609 by the English, Bermuda is the oldest and most populous remaining territory of Great Britain overseas. The entire town of St. George's, as the oldest continually populated British settlement in the world, is a worthy historic site in its own right. There you'll find spectacular attractions like the State House, the Tucker House, the Bermuda National Trust Museum, and St. Peter's (the oldest occupied Protestant church in this hemisphere.) Throughout the island at large are more than a dozen forts that were erected between 1612 and 1957, many of which still feature original equipment and some great displays.

5. Cricket:

Cricket is indisputably the most popular sport among locals on the islands. If your visit happens to fall on the weekend just before the first Monday of August, be warned: this is Cup Match, the four-day weekend celebration surrounding the cricket game between St. George's and Somerset. The entire island more or less shuts down and you'll see tents lining roadsides and beaches alike. This is arguably Bermuda's most popular national holiday, and it can be a blast to witness and participate in. During the regular season, if you get the opportunity to attend a match, you won't regret it.