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Things to do in Bermuda include wandering the capital of Hamilton and the Unesco world heritage town of St George, discovering the numerous natural attractions including the spectacular Crystal Caves, and – of course – relaxing on a famous pink sand beach.
Much of what goes on in Bermuda takes place in the capital of Hamilton, whether it’s politics, shopping or nightlife. Take a stroll down Front Street, a harbourfront road lined with pastel-coloured Victorian buildings, or take a horse-and-carriage ride along the picturesque waterfront. Then when it’s time to eat you’ll be spoilt for choice, as more than half of Bermuda’s restaurants are found in town.
In the rest of the country, you can wander quaint towns – from pastoral Somerset Village to Flatts Village with its Bermuda Railway Museum, as well as the sublime Royal Naval Dockyard which has been transformed into an attraction full of shops, restaurants and things to do.
Explore a wealth of marine attractions, from hanging stalactites in seawater filled Crystal Cove near Blue Hole Park, the Bermuda Aquarium, and snorkeling in Church Bay. Meanwhile, some of Bermuda’s finest beaches lie along the South Shore (including Warwick Long Bay) and Horseshoe Bay is where you’ll find a beautiful crescent of pink sand.
Take long walks amidst formal gardens, lawns and plant collections in the Botanical Gardens and Camden, the official residence of Bermuda’s Premier; and spot birds in the wetlands of Walsingham Nature Reserve and Spital Pond Nature Reserve.
St George was the first permanent settlement on Bermuda and is today recognised as a world heritage site. Located at the ‘East End’ of the island, many of the old stone buildings still stand and the names of public areas such as King’s Square, Old Maid’s Lane, and Featherbed Alley conjure images of the past. It is an easy town to walk, though you may wish to relax for a while at one of the delightful harbourside restaurants. Some of Bermuda’s oldest and most impressive forts are located in this part of the island; visit Fort St Catherine to learn about Bermuda’s history.
There was once a railway stretching from one end of the island to the other. Built between 1926 and 1931, it fell into disrepair after the second world war – but following its path is still possible. Take a leisurely walk along the trail, and stop along at many attractions along the way, from the panoramic view points to parks and nature reserves. Cars are prohibited from the track, leaving you free to explore at a relaxed pace without interruption.
This subterranean cavern is full of spectacular limestone formations, and stalactites hang above. Walk the pontoons and gaze into the azure waters below – the crystal clear waters are so pure you can see the formations on the sea floor – at least 50 foot below.
Located at the western tip of the island, the Royal Navy Dockyard was opened in 1809. Now decommissioned, it has been turned into an attraction, its beautiful buildings hosting the National Museum and the Maritime Museum, alongside numerous restaurants and shops.
Golf is serious business in Bermuda and a large percentage of the 65,000 residents living on the island regularly take to the fairways. Visitors are encouraged to head out for a round and, with eight courses on the island (more than any other per capita in the world); there are plenty of opportunities to play while you’re on holiday.
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