The Best of Bermuda

I cannot sing enough praises about my wonderful experience visiting the island nation of Bermuda to participate in the country’s first carnival.

Located in the Atlantic Ocean a mere 650 miles off of the coast of the state of North Carolina, Bermuda is a beautiful island with a moderate climate. Although the country is only 21 miles long (making it the fifth smallest country in the world), it is full of beauty, history, activities, and culture.

During my trip to Bermuda, I spent my days learning about the island’s history and culture, visiting some of their stunning beaches, and eating a lot of delicious food.

Bermuda has so many wonderful things to offer, and here are some of the best things to do during a trip to the country.


Horseshoe Bay Beach

Horseshoe Bay Beach Bermuda

Horseshoe Bay Beach Bermuda

One of my favorite places in Bermuda was the stunning Horseshoe Bay Beach, located in Southhampton Parish. With its beautiful turquoise water and pink sand, this public beach is one of the most famous in the country and has consistently ranked as one of the top beaches in the world.

* Pro Tip: If you are visiting this beach, bypass the crowded main beach and head past the rocks on the left end of the beach to find seclusion.

Location: Horseshoe Road off of South Road; the beach can be reached by car or Bus #7.

The Reefs

The Reefs Bermuda

The Reefs Bermuda

The beach at the Reefs was another one of my favorite places to spend the afternoon in Bermuda. This picturesque private beach is located in Southhampton Parish and offers free paddle boards, snorkeling gear, kayaks, and lounge chairs to guests.

*Pro Tip: Be aware of the jellyfish (Portuguese Man of War) that are prevalent in the waters in the area.

Location: 56 South Road; The beach is private, however I was able to access the beach after dining at the resort’s Coconuts Restaurant.

Tom Moore’s Jungle

Tom Moores Jungle Bermuda

Tucked away on a tiny road in the center of Bermuda lies a massive 12-acre tree-covered area known as Tom Moore’s Jungle. Filled with lush green plants and seemingly bottomless caves, Tom Moore’s Jungle is a great place to spend an afternoon or a day hiking, swimming, and having a picnic.

Rum Swizzles & Rum Cakes

Rum Swizzle Bermuda

Prior to visiting Bermuda, I only drank rum one or two times in my life. All of that changed when I visited the island nation and I ended up drinking (and eating) rum every single day.

Known affectionately as ‘Bermuda’s National Drink”, a rum swizzle is an alcoholic beverage comprised of Gosling’s Black Seal Rum,Gosling’s Gold Rum, pineapple juice, grenadine, orange juice, and bitters; and it is one of the most amazing drinks on earth (and yes, that is a rum swizzle in my hand at The Reefs pictured above).

While many people pay a visit the Swizzle Inn during their trip to Bermuda, I have personally found the best drinks were either homemade or served at the resorts, hotels, and beaches.

Bermuda Rum Cake

Rum cakes are moist and savory cakes comprised of flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, milk, eggs, and dark rum. They are produced in a variety of different flavors such as chocolate or coconut, but I stuck with the original.

There are several companies in Bermuda that are famous for their rum cakes including the Bermuda Rum Cake Company and Horton’s, which is the oldest existing rum cake business in the world.

Crystal Clear Water… Everywhere

Tobacco Bay Bermuda

Water near Tobacco Bay

Bermuda is surrounded on all sides by stunning crystal clear water in varying hues. No matter where you go around the country, you will be greeted with picture perfect views of the Atlantic Ocean and some of the bluest water in the world.

St. George

St. Peter's Church St. Georges's

St. Peter’s Church, St. George

St George Bermuda

St George Bermuda

The town of St. George, located on the eastern end of Bermuda in St. George’s Parish, is where the history of Bermuda began in the early 17th century. The first settlers on the island hailed from England and made St. George the capital of the country, which was a title that it held until 1815.

Today, the historic town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to many landmarks including St. Peter’s Church,the oldest Anglican Church in the western hemisphere; and Kings Square, the original main square of the town.

Looking for something to do in St. George? Check out this great guide by Bermuda Tourism.

Sunsets

Bermuda Sunset

Bermuda Sunset

Bermuda Sunset

After watching the sun set in numerous places around the world, I have found that some of the most memorable were in the Philippines, Santorini, and Bermuda.

The sunsets in Bermuda are incredible; they are the kind that make you want to stop time and just stare out at the sun forever.

Dark N Stormy Bermuda

In addition to experiencing all of the things above, I also ate Codfish and Potatoes, a traditional Sunday breakfast in Bermuda, experienced the amazing nightlife on Front Street in the city of Hamilton, and got a taste of the Caribbean influence on the island by participating in Carnival.

The experience was truly amazing and I can see myself returning to Bermuda time and time again in the future.

A special thank you to the Bermuda Tourism Authority by assisting me during my stay by providing transportation around the island.


 

Have you been to Bermuda before? What would you add to this list?

By | 2017-07-30T01:09:59+00:00 August 14th, 2015|Bermuda|41 Comments

41 Comments

  1. Francesca onegirl-oneworld.com Aug 14, 2015 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Omg! Wow! I honestly hadn’t ever considered Bermuda, I’m not sure why. I guess because it isn’t as famous as the other Caribbean islands like Jamaica and Bahamas. Glad I read this! It’s BEAUTIFUL and that rum cake and rum swizzle sound so good. Love how you added tips and history, it was a lot more compelling than just shots of the beach (although those made me want to go too!)

    Cute bathing suit btw ^_^

    • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Aug 17, 2015 at 12:34 pm - Reply

      Hi Francesca, thank you so much! Bermuda is such a beautiful place (and the rum is very good too!) Bermuda is actually located north of the Caribbean, a fact I learned when I was there!

  2. Erika Aug 17, 2015 at 8:40 am - Reply

    Wow, your pictures of Bermuda are beautiful! And those Rum Swizzles sound delicious!!!

    • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Aug 17, 2015 at 12:34 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Erika! The rum swizzles are so delicious – if you ever visit Bermuda, don’t leave without trying one!

  3. Stéphanie Sep 2, 2015 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    The pictures….. Woah.. ?
    I added this on my bucket list ? thank you for the tips!

  4. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Oct 7, 2015 at 6:49 am - Reply

    I definitely recommend it Jenn – it is amazing!

  5. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Oct 7, 2015 at 6:50 am - Reply

    One of my favorite things about Bermuda: the rum swizzles, which were VERY refreshing Kita 😀 I have never seen water so clear in my life, it is definitely worth traveling for!

  6. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Oct 7, 2015 at 6:51 am - Reply

    Jaime, everything about Bermuda was just amazing – I cannot wait to get back 😀

  7. Sage & Simple Oct 7, 2015 at 7:55 am - Reply

    Bermuda looks like a wonderful place! I’ve never been and probably won’t ever go now that I live in Europe. When I lived in the States, I dreamed of traveling in Europe, now that I’m in Europe, I miss having easy access to the tropics.

    • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Oct 7, 2015 at 11:56 am - Reply

      Well if you ever decide to leave Europe to travel, you should definitely consider visiting Bermuda – you will not regret it!

  8. melissa Oct 7, 2015 at 11:10 am - Reply

    This looks like a beautiful place to visit.It looks like you had a great time! All of these pictures make me want to get away right now! I love your bathing suit too, it is gorgeous!

  9. Joann Woolley Oct 7, 2015 at 11:39 am - Reply

    The water and the beaches there are pristine! Your photos make me want to pack my bags right now. I never really thought about adding Bermuda to my travel bucket list before but now I feel like I have to go and experience Tom Moore’s Jungle, it is so unique and intriguing. Thank you for sharing those insider tips too – who wants to be where all the tourists are when there are hidden gems to be enjoyed?

    • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Oct 7, 2015 at 11:58 am - Reply

      I agree Joann! I really like getting ‘off the beaten path’ and avoiding crowds (I get enough of those living in NYC). I had put off Bermuda for WAY too long and I am glad that I made the decision to finally visit 😀

  10. Kathy Oct 7, 2015 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    I have never been to Bermuda before. Those photos are very beautiful. It sounds like it’s a very lovely place to visit. I’d love to go someday.

  11. Mariamichelle117 Oct 7, 2015 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for bringing back the fabulous memories I have of Bermuda. I absolutely loved it there and plan to return. I thought Horseshoe Beach was gorgeous and your photos are amazing. I ate at a restaurant right next to it that had fantastic views. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Nancy Oct 7, 2015 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    OMG your one-piece swim suit is freaking GORGEOUS. I think I need that in my life. I love a nice orange/red. Okay okay… back to your Bermuda post – I can’t get over the scenery there. I mean, it’s like white sandy beaches but all colours of blue water out there. Sooo gorgeous. I think my parents went to Bermuda… lol, well before I was born (aka Ages ago)

    • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Oct 8, 2015 at 9:21 pm - Reply

      Thank you Nancy! I got it from Topshop about a year and a half ago! Bermuda is seriously amazing and every photograph I took was better than the one before; an absolutely stunning place!

  13. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Oct 9, 2015 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    Yes Keisha, I had SOOOO much fun, and I found it was the perfect girl’s trip too 😀 Enjoy your next international trip!

  14. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Oct 9, 2015 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    Thanks Nicole! Yes! Definitely add Bermuda to your list – it was superb! 😀

  15. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Oct 9, 2015 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    You’re welcome Carin and thank you! You should definitely go there 😀

  16. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Oct 9, 2015 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Thanks Nicole and if you get a chance, you should definitely go 😀

  17. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Oct 9, 2015 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much Staci Ann, I did not have to do anything but take the photographs, it was just so beautiful. I actually had no idea it was in the Addam’s Family, I will have to go back and watch it again! 😀

  18. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Oct 9, 2015 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much Kasi, and yes everything is just so beautiful there 😀

  19. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Oct 9, 2015 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    It was stunning! I haven’t been to the Caribbean yet either (as Bermuda technically is in its own region), but I hope to get there as well! 😀

  20. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Oct 9, 2015 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much Mimi! The next time she goes, you should go with her, it will definitely be worth it 😀

  21. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Oct 9, 2015 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    You should Deidre, it is so wonderful 😀

  22. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Oct 9, 2015 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much Christine! I would love to get to T&C one day! Would love to hear your suggestions after your trip! 😀

  23. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Oct 9, 2015 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    I am glad that this post was inspirational BreAnna to adding to your to-do list 😀 (and the rum life is always a fun life) ~

  24. Valerie Robinson Oct 9, 2015 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    Such vivid, beautiful photos! I honestly overlook Bermuda, but now I want to go!

  25. Holly Oct 11, 2015 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    Your bathing suit is cute. Love the crystal clear water.

  26. Karneisha Cummings Oct 11, 2015 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    I’ve never been to Bermuda but would love to go! I’m sure these beautiful pics does it no justice!

  27. Tanay Michele Oct 12, 2015 at 10:09 am - Reply

    These are amazing pictures! And I love that bathing suit!

  28. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Nov 1, 2015 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    Thank you Camesha and I cannot wait to get back myself – such an amazing place 😀

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