Top places to visit in Bermuda
Best places to visit in Bermuda? Well, this is probably the most loaded question that I have ever faced and interestingly, this is one of the most frequent questions that has come to me from the travelers to Bermuda. So, what kind of places are you looking for? Beaches, Museums, Caves, Forts, Parks, or Scenic sights? You have them all here and in plenty. Are you ready to travel end to end across the island to experience best of the best that Bermuda offers?
Or, are you wanting to see whatever is best available near about the place or the parish where you would stay in Bermuda. My answer will vary widely depending on this and more so depending on the type of things you actually like to see. After all not everyone likes everything. Also, my answers will probably be a bit biased based on what my family and I have liked the most in Bermuda over the years, and have been loving to visit every time we are here in the island.
Let me first assume that you have no restrictions in travelling around the island. Then I'll come to parish specific places to visit. Here are the best of the best in Bermuda, of course to our rankings.
Which are the best Bermuda beaches?
There are some unbelievable pink sandy beaches in the island. Some of them are fairly large expanses of sand and some are wonderful tiny coves. While most beaches are beautiful, some are relatively more secluded and unknown than the others, few have spectacular sea glasses on them, while some are excellent for swimming and snorkeling. To know which is best for what and why, visit Bermuda Beaches.
To get a quick snap shop of the top 20 beaches and their locations, visit Bermuda Beach Map.
Which are the best sightseeing places in Bermuda?
There are many sightseeing places in Bermuda. Some of them are simply fantastic and unmatched anywhere in the world. Check Top Bermuda Sightseeing places to know about the best places to visit in Bermuda including Museums, forts, lighthouses, caves, national parks and gardens, churches and lot more.
Which are the hot spot places in Bermuda to visit?
While there are many attractions in Bermuda, there are few places in the island which are always bustling with visitors. That's probably because they offer a mix of everything including things of interests, restaurants, shops, activities, nightlife and a lot more. Here are those hot spots in Bermuda:
Hamilton City, Bermuda: Being the port capital of Bermuda, Hamilton city is really the heart of the island. Starting from all the glittering shops and restaurants, to some of the finest hotels and sightseeing, are all here. Find out here all about the best of Hamilton city. I have also created a Hamilton city tour guide in this section.
Dockyard at Kings Wharf: With all the large cruise ships docking at Kings Wharf, this place has developed into a major tourist attraction. Once a British Naval Dockyard, it is now become a complex that houses some of the top places to visit in Bermuda including museums, fort, beaches, art & craft centers, Dolphin training center and lot more.
St. George's Town: Located at the eastern end of Bermuda, the town of St. George is a World Heritage Site and has a lot of historical significance. This is where the first human settlement in Bermuda began way back in 1609 when George Somers arrived on a ship along with his crew members. If you are interested in history of Bermuda, like to wander about the olde town along the narrow alleyways, take a look at the quaint shops selling many different items including local artworks, and dine as you soak in the wonderful view of the harbor, then this is the place to go.
Apart from the above places there are few other attractions that have remained extremely popular with tourists and most would have them in their agenda while visiting Bermuda. Here they are:
Crystal & Fantasy Caves: Two stunning caves located in Hamilton Parish. The caves have underground lovely lakes and stunning formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Walk over a pontoon bridge and watch the wonders of the nature.
Aquarium: This is where you can see the colorful marine life and corals which the scuba divers can see in the Atlantic around Bermuda. The complex also has a museum and a small zoo.
Bermuda National Museum: The museum located at the dockyard showcases numerous exhibits and artifacts which depict the early maritime life in Bermuda as well as the island's centuries old history.
How to find all the best places to visit in a Parish of Bermuda?
There are nine parishes or districts in Bermuda. They are like counties. Depending on the Parish where you would stay, you can choose one of the links below. It will tell you all about the parish including all the great places to visit within the parish. You can walk or rent a scooter to get around and visit the places.
Sandys Parish: This is the western most parish in Bermuda where the Dockyard is located. If you are visiting by a cruise ship, you are likely to be docked at the western tip of the Parish in an island called the Ireland Island. National Museum of Bermuda along with Dolphin Center, Art Center, Glassworks, Clayworks etc are located at the dockyard itself. Some great beaches like Snorkel Park, Sea Glass Beach, Daniel's Head Beach are also located here. Dockyard also has several nice restaurants, bars & pubs, plus the Clocktower Mall. Lot's of tours including boating, sailing, snorkeling, island and other tours and watersport activities operate from the dockyard.
Southampton Parish: This is also a western parish and is located adjacent to Sandy's. Southampton is home to the famous Horseshoe Bay beach, Gibbs Hill Light House and several other attractions.
Warwick Parish: Known for great hotels, sightseeing attractions and some of the best beaches of Bermuda. It is to the east of and adjacent to Southampton. Warwick Long Bay Beach, Jobson's Cove etc are located here.
Paget Parish: is centrally located with many of the best hotels. The famous Elbow beach is located here.
Pembroke Parish: The central parish where Hamilton City, the capital of Bermuda is located. The parish and the city are full of historical buildings, churches, parks and great restaurants & hotels.
Devonshire Parish: It has flourished base on farming. Has beautiful landscapes and other attractions.
Smith's Parish: The parish offers delightful country rides and charm. It has its boundaries on north shore, south shore as well as on the southern part of Harrington Sound.
Hamilton Parish: This is an eastern Parish of Bermuda connected to St. George by a causeway. This parish is home to the well known attractions such as the Aquarium, Crystal & Fantasy Caves etc.
St George Parish: St George parish is located at the eastern end of Bermuda and is by itself an island. St George's town, a UNESCO world heritage site is located in this parish and is steeped in history because this is where the first settlement began in Bermuda in early 1600s. It's full of historical buildings & forts, centuries old traditional homes, some of the lovely beaches like Tobacco Bay Beach, St. Catherine Beach, Clearwater beach in St. Davids, St. David's Light house etc.
Click Bermuda Parish Map to know location of the parishes. Click on a section of the map to see great detailed map of a parish itself.
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