Bermuda has many hidden gems. Get out there and explore them all!
Shopping in Bermuda
Rosedon is perfectly located just on the outskirts of Bermuda’s commercial hub, Hamilton City. Just a five-minute walk finds you wandering Technicolor streets filled with small family-owned shops such as A.S Cooper’s and the Island Shop. Bermuda prides itself on hospitality and customer service, so don’t be shy; take a look in the Island Shop and ask Mrs. Brown about their beautiful selection of hand-painted pottery, or get your fix of American staple brands at A.S Cooper.
Explore Hamilton's Food scene
Whether you’d like to adventure far from home or stay close by for dinner, Bermuda’s culinary scene will be sure to impress. A one-minute (across the road!) walk takes you to celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson’s new restaurant. Five minutes more leg work and you’ll find yourself at Little Venice: expect Italian vibes that will have you forgetting which vacation you’re on. A short drive brings you to Beau Rivage, a restaurant with the most beautiful harbor views and a menu to match.
Bermuda has the best beaches in the world. Bermuda's famous pink hues are created by tiny red organisms mixing with sea coral which, when washed up on shore, dissolve into sand. Et Voila! Pink sand and fifty shades of Bermuda blue water await. Take a towel and your favorite bottle of wine down to the shoreline and have yourself a Bermudaful picnic afternoon.
Bermuda Fast Ferries
Short for time? See the whole island in one day on one of our colorful Fast Ferries. The fast ferry is a relatively new addition to Bermuda’s ever-expanding public transportation, and is perfect for those who wish to explore the outermost points of Bermuda. Take a fast ferry from Hamilton to Dockyard or St. Georges and explore a myriad local artist shops. Find a colorful keepsake for a loved one back home.
Bermuda began as a Naval Base for the British Royal Army, and its hub was located in Somerset, known as Royal Naval Dockyard. Today, Dockyard is a booming cultural city with so much to offer. Walk along the waterfront until you reach the clock tower, where you might enjoy a Haagen Dazs cone while perusing the colorful selection of local artistry. When you’ve had your fill, take a stroll on the grass to the Glass Blowing workshop and watch workers fire up vases and other crafts. You’ll sleep well!
St. George's, Bermuda’s first town and capital, originally established by Sir George Somers, is one of the most culturally rich and diverse areas on “the rock”. Spend your day weaving in and out of quaint cobblestoned streets dotted by small local shops; enjoy the afternoon flea markets; get your hands on Bermuda’s best fish sandwich at Art Mel’s and top it off with homemade Gelato from across the street; sample uniquely Bermudian fragrances at the Bermuda Perfume Factory.
Visit Flatts Village and the Aquarium
Visit Flatts Village and the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo. Flatts is one of the earliest settled areas in Bermuda and is one of the most picturesque locations on the island. Enjoy a picnic on a bench or make a reservation at Rustico or one of the other restaurants in the village or in the Aquarium.
Bermuda Historic Forts
After the first official British settlement in 1612, Bermuda’s then-Governor set up forts all across the island to protect against possible Spanish attacks. Because the British uncharacteristically decided on stone forts instead of wood, today many of the forts are still completely standing. Some forts definitely worth visiting are: Fort Scaur; Fort St. Catherine; Fort Hamilton; Castle Island forts. Take the bus, a taxi, or a local ferry and find your inner historian!
The Bermuda Lighthouse
There’s no escaping the fact that Bermuda is a truly tiny place. While this might make living here a little trying at times, visiting is always interesting. It also means that sky-high views are downright breath-taking. Take a trip to the Southampton Lighthouse, where just a few stairs stand between you and seeing the whole island from a bird’s eye view. Go around mealtime and enjoy the newly renovated Dining Room underneath the lighthouse.
One of Bermuda’s many identifiers is the staggering amount of old Churches across the island. One of the most famous is Bermuda’s unfinished Church, which stands in St. Georges and provides a unique look at the island’s history. Devonshire church (left) was built in 1624 and is a true reflection of original Bermudian architecture. Visitors can tour any day between 10 and 2pm.
Recently, Bermuda has marked itself as one of the top destinations for thrill seekers. As Bermuda is made up of one big main island and hundreds of smaller islands, one of which is aptly named “Diving Board Island,” we have plenty of places for you to quench your thirst for adventure. Not to be outdone by our beautiful crystal caves; “crystal” stone formations created over millions of years give these caves a uniquely historic feel. You can even swim in some of them! Ask the front desk for more information.
We offer an array of cruises to choose from, depending on what ails you. Whale watching in the spring; Cruise-and-kayak tours; glass bottom boat tours, private chartered cocktail cruises on catamarans such as the beautiful Chelonia or Zara. Just tell us what you’re in the mood for, and let us handle the rest!
Take the ferry or bus to Somerset Village for lunch at one of the restaurants or pubs. Explore the old village shops and beaches near Mangrove Bay.
Smallest Drawbridge in the World
Visit Somerset Bridge, the smallest working drawbridge in the world. The original drawbridge was built in 1620, and was cranked open by hand to allow a sailing mast to pass through. The width measure 32".
Bermuda Dinghy Races
Dinghies, small sailing boats, are constantly racing around Hamilton sound. The boats have been popular on the island since the 1880s. The first dinghy race in Bermuda, chartered by the British Army and Royal Navy, took place in 1853, and is known as the “St. George Regatta.” Today, dinghy racing is popular among young Bermudians as an after-school sport. The dinghies provide a charming view of “Old Bermuda”. Charter a catamaran during the day and enjoy a first class view.
Golf Courses in Bermuda
Bermuda’s Golf courses are world renowned: having played host to top Golf pros, and on numerous occasions, host to Presidents George Bush and John F. Kennedy; Bermuda’s golf courses are, without a doubt, the most scenic places to enjoy a round in the world. Ask the front desk to organize a tee-time at the famous Port Royal Golf Course, or the equally beautiful Belmont Hills, Tucker’s Point, or Mid-Ocean Courses.
Jet ski tours in Bermuda
Trying to get in touch with your wild side? Experience Bermuda from offshore at 50 miles an hour on a one hour or two hour guided Jet Ski tour around the island. Ask the front desk for more information.
Another great way to see the island from off shore. Experience all our marine life has to offer and get in a great workout by touring reefs and chasing sea turtles on a like-no-other Kayak Tour.
Eager to try something new, or are you a seasoned Vespa rider? Zip around the Island on a rented moped from the conveniently located Smatt’s Rental place across the street. Be careful, though! Bermuda’s roads are not for the faint of heart.