ULTIMATE GUIDE BERMUDA

Ready to enjoy your trip to Bermuda?

Did you know that Bermuda is only a two-hour flight from New York?

Get ready to relax on a few of the world’s best beaches, socialize with some of the most incredibly kind people on the planet, and of course, enjoy the famous Bermuda Rum Swizzle.

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In my mid 20's I took a two-week trip to Bermuda and it completely changed my life. Yes, I know, so basic. Truth be told, Bermuda stole my heart before my mind even knew it and I continue to return year after year. There's something about the beautiful pastel colored homes, all with white roofs of course, mixed with the incredible colors of the ocean that instantly calms my mind and lifts my spirits.



 

Fun facts About Bermuda:

  • Bermuda is NOT part of The Caribbean.

  • Bermudians are incredibly nice.

  • As a tourist, you cannot rent a car, but you can rent a motorbike or a Twizzy.

  • They drive on the left side of the road.

  • It's the most expensive place in the world to live.

  • CHICKENS!! Due to hurricanes destroying many of the chicken coops, a lot of chickens have escaped. Now, they’re roaming the island free as a bird. Pun intended.

  • White rooftops. You will immediately notice everyone has a white roof. This is part of their water collecting system. And yes, the water is safe to drink.

  • People love to drink on da rock!

  • Bermuda beverages on the island are the ‘Rum Swizzle’ and ‘Dark n’ Stormy’.

  • If you love history, you will love Bermuda. Make sure to check out all the forts and The National Museum of Bermuda.

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Is it safe? Yes. Now, don’t get me wrong, Bermuda is just like any other place in this world. The most common crimes are theft of items in motorbikes, theft of unattended bags, and recreational drugs. As always, it's important to be aware of your surroundings, make sure you lock your bike up, and avoid leaving your things out in plain sight. As a solo female traveler, safety is always at the top of my list. If you’d like to read more of my personal safety tips for travelers, click here.

Just watch out for that triangle.

Beaches

Honestly, every single beach is amazing. Here are a few of my favorites:

Warwick Long Bay Beach is my number one favorite. It's located close to Horseshoe Bay Beach, which is known for bringing in many tourists. Leaving Warwick Long Bay less crowded, just how I like it.

Admiralty House Park has something for everyone. You can explore the caves both above and below the ground, go cliff diving, snorkel, have a picnic, cookout, or just soak up the sun on one of the two beaches. You can also swim around to deep bay. Ironically, there is a shallow area where the catamarans come in with tours.

West Whale Bay Beach offers up a secluded feeling and it is a great spot for whale watching around Easter.

Church Bay is great to spend afternoon soaking up the sun, swimming, or snorkeling.

Clearwater, Turtle Bay, and Long Bay Beaches are all located next to one another right before Cooper's Island Nature Reserve. Beautiful beaches and during the summertime there’s a bar.

Horseshoe Bay Beach is a must-see beach and is often been ranked in the top 15 best beaches in the world. Beware: during high tourist season expect this beach to be packed with people.

There’s an amazing part of the beach all the way to the right that will make you feel as if you're in your own private location. Bask in the sun, swim, and let your inner adventurous child come out to climb all over the rocks.

There’s a bar and restrooms at this beach. After a long hard day of being in paradise, it’s location to grab a drink and relax to the lovely sound of the ocean.

Caves

The Fantasy & Crystal Cave tour is an excellent way to learn about the caves and their history. Last time I was there the prices were: $22 each or $30 for both caves.

Cathedral Cave (Free) is located on Grotto Bay Resort property. You'll notice that the entire island of Bermuda is a very at your own risk place. So, proceed with caution. Once you park, walk towards the water and stay towards the left. You’ll eventually see a small warning sign, that's the entrance. Careful on the steps, a flashlight would be helpful, and the water will be cold.

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+ Not sure where you want to go? Click explore destinations above the map and search the world.

+ The calendar loads flight fares for months at a time and the cheapest flights will be in green.

+ Place a comma between airport codes to search multiple airports at the same time five is the maximum.

ex ORD, NYC, LAX

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Example of multiple airports being searched and the green text to signal cheapest prices.

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+ The calendar is completely color-coded making it easy to find the cheapest dates to fly.

+ Even after selecting dates they will show you price differences for outbound and return flights.

+ Momondo has data for just about every single airline in the world and they automatically provide prices from nearby airports for you.

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Example: Momondo shows a savings of $47 by flying out the next day.

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Blue Hole Hill (Free) is such an amazing spot! It can be a little tough to find without a local. Coming from the airport, it is on your left side as soon as you cross over the bridge aka The Causeway. If you hit Swizzle Inn, you've gone too far.

Go on a crazy adventure, follow all the paths, enjoy nature, caves, and some cliff jumping if you wish.

Tourist Spots

Royal Naval Dockyard is a very area to spend a few hours walking around and a few more hours exploring the museum and live dolphin training.

Gibbs Lighthouse was built in 1846 is the second cast iron lighthouse ever made in the world. You can purchase a ticket from the gift shop for $2 and then climb up 185 steps to enjoy one heck of a view. There’s even a door at the top that opens so you can walk around the outside of the lighthouse.

Are you a history lover?

If yes, you must visit the Forts. You will find them all over the island and they are free. Scaur Hill Fort, Fort Hamilton, Alexandra Battery, Devonshire Fort, Ferry Island Fort and Burnt Point Fort, Fort Cunningham, Fort People, Fort William, Gates Fort, King’s Castle, Martello Tower, and St. David’s Battery.

The Unfinished Church is one of my favorite locations on the island. The Unfinished Church is in St. George's and is a UNESCO world heritage site. It’s the perfect spot to stop before visiting St. Catherine's and Alexandra's Battery.

Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI) is cool, informational, and a great place for children to learn. Their latest exhibit, Bermuda Triangle: Unlock the Secrets!!

Railway Trail is a great way to get out and move outdoors while being surrounded by nature. It is exactly what you think, old railway trails, turned into trails for you to walk or run. You can find them all over the island and they all come with beautiful Bermuda views.

Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo may appear to be full of fish and animals but, it is so much more. In 2026, it will be 100 years old and is one of the oldest aquariums in the world! They go above and beyond offering classes, camps, and field trips for children. Aid in numerous science research projects, ocean conservation projects, internships and scholarships for college students, and so much more.

Logistical Tips

You’ll notice that the entire island is a Monday – Friday 9a–5p operation. Most businesses are closed on Sunday's. The exception to that rule is of course bars, restaurants, gas stations, and a few groceries.

US dollars and cards are accepted almost everywhere.  1USD = 1BDA

Tipping: Double check your bill to see if gratuities were included. As I bartended my way through college, I still add a few extra dollars in cash.

It’s hard to say exactly why this 21 square mile island will keep you returning year after year. But, if I had to guess I’d say it’s a combination of the calming turquoise waters, fun colored houses, and most importantly, the incredibly nice Bermudians. Or it might be the sound of the lovely tree frogs that sing you to sleep every night.

When you return to Bermuda it's not ‘Welcome back’, it’s ‘Welcome Home’ and man I can’t wait to go home again.

 

Enjoy your trip to Bermuda! 

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