Top Sightseeing Places in Bermuda
Although Bermuda is a tiny island and you can travel from one end to the other in about an hour by a taxi or scooter, the island is packed with so many amazing sightseeing places and tourist attractions. You can spend days travelling around the island exploring the great places of interests.
Where will you find such excellent aquarium that showcases the wide range of colorful reefs and deep sea fishes that are found in the north Atlantic surrounding Bermuda? And the complex has a museum and zoo combined with it. And the famous Maritime Museum (now the National Museum) in Royal Naval Dockyard exhibits the rich maritime history of the island since 17th century showing the important role the sea has played for the islanders.
And there are great historic forts built during the British colonial days, amazing natural caves & grottos with spectacular limestone formations, old lighthouses which were once used to help ships navigate out of the treacherous reefs in Bermuda's waters (you can climb to the top and get sweeping views of the island and ocean), and numerous magnificent churches some of which are oldest in this part of the world and have great historical significance. And there are lovely parks, gardens, nature reserves, lakes & harbors, and so much more.
And the best part is you can easily take a public transport like a bus or ferry (which are very convenient and offer formidable services), get around the island and reach out virtually to all tourist places. Of course the taxi service is great and comfortable as well. All public transports like bus, ferry, taxis are air-conditioned. Note that there are no car rentals allowed in Bermuda. However, you can rent a scooter or a moped.
Bermuda never looks crowded. There are no billboards or neon signs, and relatively few cars to spoil the wonderful countryside. The houses with gabled limestone roofs and pastel colors fit in beautifully into Bermuda's landscape.
Following are our best picks out of all the tourist sites and places of interest in Bermuda.
10 best Bermuda Sightseeing and Tourist Places
Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo (BAMZ): This is a wonderful complex along North Shore Road across Flatts Bridge in Hamilton Parish. BAMZ has more than 300 birds, reptiles and mammals from oceanic islands. The Aquarium houses more than 200 species of fish, and features the award-winning North Rock Exhibit.
Crystal & Fantasy Caves: There is a guided tour within the caves complex to experience the spectacular Crystal and Fantasy Caves. You will see some dramatic formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and a crystal-clear Cahow lake. Crystal caves is located in Hamilton Parish.
National Museum of Bermuda: Fascinating stories of Bermuda's history & heritage since the first settlement began in early 17th century are all captured in a 19th-century fortress known as The Keep at the Royal Naval Dockyard in Sandys Parish. This museum was earlier known as Bermuda Maritime Museum which featured mostly maritime history of the island. After major enhancements and new layout, and having added many new exhibits and collections, it has become The National Museum of Bermuda since December 2009.
St Peter’s Church: Located in St. George's Town, this is the oldest church in the western hemisphere. The church looks very simple from outside. Inside the candlelit chandeliers, the open cedar beams and unfinished look of the pillars make a unique ambience. There are two graveyards here - one for the black slaves and the other for the whites.
Gibbs Hill Lighthouse: This is the oldest cast-iron lighthouse in the world and located at Southampton parish. Climb the stairs, go up to the balcony at the top, and look around... the views are amazing. The view of the Great Sound, the many fishing and sailing boats, the landscapes are wonderful to watch. This was the lighthouse which helped many ships navigate safely through the treacherous water areas during 1800s and beyond.
St Catherine Fort: Located at the north-eastern tip of St. George's, the fort's historic exhibits & artifacts and well-preserved interior makes it our top choice of forts in the island. This is one of the oldest forts in the island built in early 1600s when the British settlement began. It was then an wooden fort. However it had to be renovated and rebuilt several times, and now made of stones.
Blue Hole Park & Walsingham Reserve: A Nature Reserve in Hamilton Parish spreading across 12 acres of land area. It's also known as the Tom Moore's jungle and actually the only real forest area in the island. It has amazing natural pool and hidden grottos & caves, nature trails amongst lush vegetation ... a perfect secluded exploration.
Dolphin Quest: A fantastic Dolphin center in Royal Naval Dockyard. If you have a dream to swim with dolphins, touch or feed them, there is no better place than the Dolphin Quest in Bermuda. We experienced it … it’s amazing. While it's quite pricey to take part in the dolphin activities like swimming and feeding, you can also just go and watch the great dolphin shows and learn how they are trained to perform.
Spittal Pond Nature Reserve: This is the largest and the most premium nature reserve of Bermuda covering 64-acres of land and is the best bird watching location in the island. This is located at Smith's Parish.
Bermuda Cathedral of Holy Trinity: This church is a wonderful exhibition of Victorian architecture and located in Hamilton City. This imposing structure with its 143-ft tower is one of the most well known landmarks in the city and a very popular place of interest to tourists. Awesome architectural work and views from the top of the tower are its main attractions.
Complete list of places to visit in Bermuda
Well, there are many more great places to see in Bermuda and it's difficult to rank them all. So here is my complete list of all the places of interest in Bermuda that are also our close favorites. I have categorized them under different heads.
Museums and Historical Buildings - There are numerous museums, monuments and historical buildings that have exhibits and artifacts reflecting the four centuries old history and heritage of Bermuda. Some capture the history of marine operations, cultural evolution and even slavery period, while several old historical buildings reflect the British colonial rule and lifestyle of prominent British personalities of such time, and how it has evolved over time.
Great Churches - Bermuda is said to have more number of churches per square feet than any other country, from very small to very large, and belonging to different denominations. Architecture varies as some are based on old gothic style being built in early 1600s, some built on wooden structures, while some are quite modern.
National Parks, Gardens and Nature Reserves - Parks and reserves are wonderful places to explore the flora and fauna of Bermuda and its bird life. And there are plenty of them all across the island.
Historic Forts - There were over 90 forts built in Bermuda since the first settlement in 1612 till the time British garrisons were withdrawn in 1957. Out of them there are 16 mini-forts. Check out the above link to know about history of fortifications in Bermuda and many of the great forts that remained prominent in Bermuda's history.
Caves in Bermuda - There are some 150 known caves in Bermuda. Many of them are underwater caves and can be seen by the divers only. But there are several fabulous caves that are above the water surface and opened to tourists. Many of these have stunning crystal like mineral formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Check out the link to know about the best caves in Bermuda.
Art & Handicraft - Get to know about the local talents and skills in the island. Visit the top art galleries and watch the exquisite artwork or paintings by Bermudians artists, or the intricate handcrafted glass items made by local flame artists by blowing glasses right in front of you, or see the handmade bronze sculptures. They are amazing.
Lighthouses in Bermuda - Here are the lighthouses of Bermuda that played critical role in navigating ships that had to steer past the dangerous reefs in the North Atlantic.
Gibbs Hill Lighthouse: This is the oldest cast-iron lighthouse in the world and located at Southampton Parish.
St Davids Lighthouse Bermuda: The lighthouse stands on the highest point on the Eastern tip of the island and sends its beam 20 miles over the ocean.
Bermuda Lakes, Harbors and Water Areas
Hamilton Harbor: This is the Hamilton port area between Pembroke and Paget parishes where you will always see hundreds of boats in a picturesque setting. The harbor also has berths for cruise ships along the Front Street of Hamilton City.
Great Sound & Little Sound: Great Sound is a large water area in Bermuda that has formed a natural harbor. It has an opening to the Atlantic to its north east. Just below Great Sound is another smaller water area separated by two peninsulas and known as Little Sound.
St George Harbor: Located in St. George's Parish between St. George Island and St. David's Island, this is a port area having a cruise ship berth. There are many small islands scattered in the harbor.
Castle Harbor: A scenic water area surrounded by Hamilton Parish and St. George.
Harrington Sound: This is a scenic inland lake in Bermuda surrounded by Smiths and Hamilton Parish. It has a number of small islands in it.
Paradise Lake: An out of the world water area in Great Sound and surrounded by a number of tiny islands, many of which have historic significance.
Mangrove Lake: This is the largest pond measuring some 30 acres and located in Hamilton Parish towards the eastern side of the Harrington Sound. The pond is fringed by thick red mangroves and is home to killifish and diamondback terrapins.
Trott's Pond: It's located about half a mile east of Mangrove Lake and is the second largest pond in Bermuda measuring some 10 acres. About 90% of the lake is fringed with a band of thick red mangroves. It too is home to diamondback terrapins.
Other places of interest
Somerset Bridge: This is the smallest draw bridge in the world. It's located at Sandys parish in Somerset and was originally built in 1620. An wooden block needs to be removed to allow the mast of a sail boat to pass through.
Flatts Village: Located in Hamilton Parish, this picturesque sleepy village on waterside once used to be a busy port in Bermuda. Mark Twain spent his final few days here.
Bermuda Perfumery: Located on Queen Street of St George, this is one of the oldest and best perfume shops where you will be amazed to see how different kinds of scents are actually created.
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Bermuda Tourist Map
Before you start exploring the sightseeing places in Bermuda, go through The Bermuda Tourist Map to find out where all these places are located in the island.
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