A picture-perfect island getaway destination, Bermuda is an emerald archipelago that is perfect for a range of exhilarating water and land based activities. Beloved for its picturesque pink sand beaches, colorful colonial-style houses, and idyllic blue waters, Bermuda boasts a unique combination of unspoiled landscapes and historical significance. From diverse underwater marine life to world-class golf courses and UNESCO World Heritage sites, discover the top things to do in Bermuda.
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Soak in the beauty of Horseshoe Bay Beach
The most photographed and famous beach in Bermuda, Horseshoe Bay Beach boasts breathtaking curvature views of its impressive pink sand and gorgeous blue waters. A hot spot for water sports, it is also a great family destination and for those looking to go on a romantic stroll. Nestled between two boulders of volcanic rock, visitors will be mesmerized by soft hues of pink that come from the crushed corals along its shore.
Stroll the Historic St. George
A UNESCO World Heritage site steeped rich in history, St. George is a charming area that dates back to the early decades of the 17th century. One of the first English towns established in North America, St. George boasts resemblance to its colonial roots where visitors can explore the Town Hall, Old State House, and King House that were used hundreds of years ago. Highlighting historical significance of Bermuda’s first European settlers, visitors can explore where shipwrecked crews and famous founders walked the streets while watching live re-enactments of these historical tales.
Tour the Royal Naval Dockyard
One of Bermuda’s top attractions, the Royal Naval Dockyard was once the principal base of the Royal Navy in the Western Atlantic Ocean, housing the British Royal Navy and playing a major role in the War of 1812 and World War II. Today, visitors will find a handful of fun-filled attractions including museums, art studios, craft markets, and an abundance of waterfront restaurants and bars attracting visitors from around the world.
Play a round at Port Royal Golf Club
A dream destination for golfers from around the world, the Port Royal Golf Club is a venue for PGA Grand Slam. Encompassed by crashing waves, panoramic ocean views, and challenging holes, both vacationing celebrities and PGA greats have tried their hand at this course. Boasting re-sewn fairways and tee boxes, a new irrigation system, and luxurious clubhouse, the $14.5 million renovations made this legendary course even more iconic. The course features 18 challenging holes and a signature crescent-shaped 16th hole that is considered one of the greatest par threes in golf.
Visit the 400-year-old St. Peter’s Church
A unique historical attraction in the heart of St. George’s, St. Peter’s Church was completed in 1612 and is the oldest Anglican church site in continuous use in the Western Hemisphere. With simple architecture from the 17th century, the church’s hand-carved altar is composed of red cedar and is one of the oldest pieces of woodwork in the country. Visitors can also explore its beautiful interior with exposed wood beams with a 900-year-old baptismal font, and a 300-year-old churchyard filled with headstones.
Go underground at Crystal & Fantasy Caves
Accidentally discovered in 1907 by two young boys, the Crystal & Fantasy Caves allows visitors to take an adventure 55 feet below the earth’s surface. Here visitors will find otherworldly views of a subterranean lake and crystal formations and explore through bridges and walkways on floating pontoons in order to descend into the darkness and catch a glimpse of unique stalactites and crystallized soda straws that hang from the ceiling. An impressive lighting system illuminates the area as informative tour guides share details of the area’s history and geology.
Unwind at Elbow Beach
A family-friendly beach destination, Elbow Beach has Bermuda’s trademark sun-kissed pink sands alongside its safe, secluded waters perfect for the little ones. Located at the southern edge of Paget Parish, Elbow Beach boasts towering palm trees and sun umbrellas perfect for snorkeling and relaxation, lined with charming seaside restaurants in walking distance to recharge. Set against the rugged cliffs, visitors will be awestruck by the pristine turquoise waters shimmering in Bermuda’s year-round sunshine.
Explore diverse wildlife at Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo
Boasting three attractions into one large 7-acre complex, the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo allows visitors to explore a range of impressive marine life of the North Atlantic. Fuchsia-pink flamingos, loggerhead turtles, 300 types of birds, 200 species of fish, and a colorful living coral reef, the well-regarded Aquarium is one of the world’s oldest aquariums and considered a must-see attraction in Bermuda. Alongside the Aquarium is the family-friendly natural history museum, where visitors will find hands-on and interactive educational exhibits with a focus on Bermuda’s unique geology and ecosystem.
Explore remains of the Unfinished Church
Towering above St. George’s, the appropriately named Unfinished Church is a historic structure that dates back to the middle of the 19th century. Settlers to the area began construction in 1870, but due to poor planning, funding issues, and local disagreements, it was never finished. Fast forward to present day and visitors come to explore its grounds to find stunning Gothic architecture with half-finished windows, towers and arches, coupled with a unique and eerie atmosphere.
Go bird-watching at Spittle Pond Nature Reserve
An ideal attraction for nature lovers, the Spittle Pond Nature Reserve boasts an incredible set of hiking trails, bird watching points, and wetlands filled with diverse wildlife. One of Bermuda’s largest protected areas and a national park, the 60 acres of the preserve has winding forest area with a range of diverse habitats including freshwater ponds, picturesque plantations, and a bird sanctuary. In addition to its 30 species of birds and spectacular ocean views, the area is also the location of the historic Spanish Rock carved by shipwrecked Portuguese sailors in 1543.
Get a bird's eye view at Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse
Standing tall at 354 feet above the sea level, Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse is the oldest cast iron built lighthouse in the world. Built in 1846, the lighthouse was built to create a safer area, as the waters nearby were known for shipwrecks. Overlooking the Great Sound water area, visitors come to ascend the 185 steep steps for the chance to soak in the breathtaking panoramic views of Bermuda and its pristine shoreline. During springtime, visitors might even catch a glimpse of the passing migrating whales.