With its pink sands and golden sunsets, Bermuda is one of the world’s truly undiscovered treasures. What’s more, this island paradise, which is only 21 miles long and lies in the middle of the North Atlantic, will play host to the 35th America’s Cup next summer after seeing off stiff competition from New York and San Francisco.
So, what better time to arrange a combined visit to see the world’s elite sailors up close and discover Bermuda’s enchanted shores?
With its mix of British, American, and Afro-Caribbean culture and tradition, Bermuda makes for a culturally rich holiday destination.
As a British Overseas, it has its own British governor and cricket is the national sport. The Queen even came to visit to mark the island’s 400th birthday back.
But given its proximity to the US East Coast and the key role it played in American, it also has a strong American influence.
There’s plenty to do from sailing in its turquoise waters and playing around on one of its seven golf courses to relaxing or fine dining at one of its many high-end restaurants.
Aside from its immediate charm, Bermuda also has some well-kept secrets including old smugglers’ coves, underground caves, and wild nature trails just waiting to be discovered.
Places to visit
The capital Hamilton is a good base to explore the rest of the island with its array of art galleries, parks, and cathedrals.
Among the pick are the splendid Bermuda Gallery at City Hall & Arts Centre, Sessions House, where the House of Assembly sits, and Fort Hamilton, from where you can get the best views of the city.
Outside the city, the Botanical Gardens offer some respite from the hustle and bustle of the capital. Within its grounds, Camden House, the official residence of Bermuda’s Premier, and the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art.
St George’s, in the island’s far east, is a UNESCO World Heritage steeped in old-world charm with its narrow streets and alleyways scattered with quaint old souvenir shops and restaurants.
If you fancy a different perspective, make a beeline for the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute in Hamilton to learn about the Bermuda Triangle and shipwrecks off the island’s coast.
Activities and attractions
Given its location, sailing is the sport of choice in Bermuda. To get on the water, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club runs sailing for £110 per person.
With one of the highest concentrations of golf courses per square mile in the world, there’s a different course to play every day of the week.
Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton is the island’s official PGA course when it was last played in Bermuda, but the Mid-Ocean Golf Club in Tucker’s Town and Tucker’s Point Golf Club are excellent alternatives.