Last Updated: October 13, 2016
Bermuda Attractions & Things To Do
If island destination is what you are looking for, perhaps you need to look no further than this nature's jewel. Bermuda is a cluster of islands on the north Atlantic with a total area of about 21 square miles. Several islands are joined to the main island with bridges. Being a sub tropical island, the weather is pleasantly warm for most time of the year (April to November) and people are even warmer.
There are many stunning beaches in the island and some with lovely pink sandy beaches. Snorkeling is excellent from several beaches while nearby reefs offer views of amazing corals and marine life. And there are lovely caves with awesome limestone formations and natural lakes, aquarium, numerous historical sites, museums, churches, historical forts and even nature reserves and parks.
Although the island is tiny, it offers numerous water and land based activities. You have choices like golfing in some of the word's best courses, horseback riding, kayaking, snorkeling, jet skiing, parasailing, paddle boarding, fishing and lot more. It's a paradise for scuba divers to explore shipwrecks around.
And there are many operators who offer guided tours - both land based and boating tours. Such tours operate both on groups (on per person rates) as well as on private charters.
Hamilton City located centrally is the capital of Bermuda. St. George at the eastern end and close to the airport is a UNESCO World Heritage Site steeped with history. And Royal Naval Dockyard at the west end is the main cruise port. Most shops, restaurants and bars are located at these places.
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. You can get around the island using air-conditioned public buses and ferries. Privately operated taxis and minibuses are also popular transports in the island.
Top Attractions & Things To Do
Listed below are the great attractions of Bermuda along with location and ordered by popularity.
Horseshoe Bay Beach
(Southampton Parish): A picturesque beach with pink sand and has a curvature of a horseshoe. It has adequate amenities including cafe, rentals, bathrooms etc.
Crystal & Fantasy Caves
(Hamilton Parish): Watch the amazing limestone formations as you walk over the wooden bridge laid over the lake inside. The cave complex offers guided tours.
Aquarium, Museum & Zoo
(Hamilton parish): Three attractions in one complex, the main one though is the Aquarium. Here you can see amazing marine life and fish of the north Atlantic.
: Group & private tours offered on motorized boats, sailing yachts and catamarans. There are tours including glass-bottom views showing stunning corals, fish and marine life, sightseeing tours showing coastline and water landmarks, Sunset sailing with cocktail or dinner, and lot more.
Tobacco Bay Beach
(St. George's Parish): This is a small but beautiful beach near St. Catherine's Fort. Beach facilities includes cafe, bar, water sport activities including snorkeling etc.
(Sandys Parish): This is a dolphin activity and training center located within the National Museum complex at Royal Naval Dockyard. Other than watching dolphins perform amazing stunts, you can participate in an interactive session of feeding dolphins and playing with them.
Warwick Long Bay Beach
(Warwick Parish): This is a half a mile stretch of lovely pink sand offering secluded areas and a sandy trail to several other beaches. Great for snorkeling & swimming.
(Paget Parish): Having a shape of an elbow, this a very popular beach for both tourists and locals. Amenities include a beach cafe & bar run by a hotel, water sport operator etc.
Gibbs Hill Lighthouse
(Southampton Parish): This is the oldest cast iron built lighthouse in the world and overlooking the Great Sound water area. The panoramic view from the top is awesome.
St. Peter's Church
(St. George): This is the oldest Anglican church in western hemisphere that has been in use from the beginning.
National Museum of Bermuda
(Sandys Parish): It showcases the rich history and heritage of Bermuda through numerous exhibits and artifacts, and is housed in a fortress. You will know about Bermuda's past including how the first settlement took place in the island, its slavery period, maritime past, why & how Royal Naval Dockyard was built, how the fortress was built to safeguard the dockyard, collections from Royal Navy, and lot more. The museum in located at Royal Naval Dockyard
Snorkel Boat Tour
: In offshore snorkel areas you can see amazing reef fish & marinelife, wonderful corals and even shipwrecks. Group and private snorkel cruises are offered.
Port Royal Golf Course
(Southampton Parish): Although green fees are very expensive, this course is a dream for all golfers around the world. It is a venue for PGA Grand Slam.
Hamilton City Tour
: A self guided tour to take you through all the key attractions in Hamilton which is the Capital of Bermuda and also the commercial hub.
South Shore Park
(between Southampton and Warwick Parishes): Walk along the 1.25 mile sandy trail or the waterline to visit some of the loveliest pink south shore beaches of Bermuda starting from Horseshoe bay beach, to Jobson's Cove, Stonehole Bay and all the way to Warwick Long Bay.
Tom Moore's Jungle
(Hamilton Parish): This is the only real forest in Bermuda where you can explore many plantations, mangroves, pond and several caves & grottos (where you can even swim).
Island tours by minibus
: Group or private tours are available on minibus taking you across the island, showing you many top tourist sites while giving you great photo opportunities.
Island Tours by Taxi
: Hire a taxi by the hour and tour around the island, enjoy the landmarks, lovely scenery, the beaches, visit historical sites and more. Several taxi drivers are also certified tour guides and can plan out a great island tour for you based on your time and interest.
Tour Historic St. George
: Self guided tour of St. George, the former capital of Bermuda where the first settlement took place in early 1600s. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and steeped with history.
(Paget Parish): Great art gallery with about 1,400 masterpiece collections of paintings and artwork. Located inside Botanical Gardens.
St. Catherine's Fort
(St. George's Parish): This is a historic British fort originally built in early 1600s and later rebuilt. It overlooks the ocean and is fringed by beaches on both sides.
(St. George's Parish): Construction of the church started in 1874 but was never finished mainly due to parish infighting. It is now part of the world heritage site.
Royal Naval Dockyard
: Being the largest cruise port in Bermuda and with large tourists influx, numerous attractions have come up in the dockyard including national museum, boat and island tours of all kinds, art & craft studios and galleries, boutique shopping mall, many restaurants & bars etc.
: Explore some of the nature trails and experience Bermuda's lovely landscapes, shoreline, reserves, parks and gardens. The 18-mile Railway Trail passing across almost the entire length of the island along the north shore is a lovely trail to explore.
Hog Bay Beach
(Sandys Parish): A 10-12 minute walk through Hog Bay Park would lead to this tiny beach on the western shoreline. The beach is available in low tide and remains free of tourists.
(Warwick Parish): A beautiful cove surrounded by large rocks keeping the water calm and making it great for swimming and snorkeling. It's located near Warwick Long Bay.
Rent a boat and explore islands
: Rent out a small motor boat, go off the coast line or into an inland water area like Castle Harbor, and explore many small and beautiful tiny islands. Some such islands have lovely sandy beaches which you can enjoy in privacy, have a picnic, swim out and even snorkel.
Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute
(Hamilton): You can demystify the underwater world through a series of exhibits and interactive systems. Few of the great attractions here are submarine and ocean simulators, treasure coins etc. There is also a great restaurant in the building.
: Great kayaking (canoeing) tours and know about the best operators. Some kayaks have glass bottom to view marine life and some fitted with LEDs for night vision.
: Know about the best standup paddle boarding tours and operators.
(Hamilton): Great fort overlooking Hamilton harbor and built in 1870s.
Shopping in Hamilton
: Hamilton is the main shopping center in Bermuda. Know about the great stores in Hamilton, what they offer, their location using a map, store hours and more.
Church Bay Beach
(Southampton Parish): A small but locals' favorite beach for snorkeling. Opposite the entry way is the beautiful St. Anne's Church - an Anglican parish church, another great attraction.
Sea Glass Beaches
: Several beaches offer magnificent sea glasses of different colors. Couple of them are located in Sandys parish, another one in St. George's parish.
Reef or Wreck Dive
: Bermuda has all the ingredients for unparalleled scuba diving, and even for beginners. Other than numerous reefs offering views of colorful and wide range of fish & corals, there are large number of shipwrecks in the waters here to explore.
(Hamilton): A popular island festival held in Hamilton City on Wednesdays during summer. Great opportunity to experience Bermuda's culture, traditions, local food and heritage.
Admiralty House Park
(Pembroke Parish): it has a lovely parkland good for picnics, a small beach surrounded by cliffs, and even a cave. An unknown gem which very few know and visit.
Spittal Pond Nature Reserve
(Smith's Parish): Walk the trail through Bermuda's largest nature reserve. It has a large pond, many plantations, unique wildlife, strange rock formations on the shore created by wave actions, and lovely views of the water. It's also a great bird sanctuary.
Eat the Bermudian way
: When you visit Hamilton City, you can see food trucks, vans and even carts at several places including one right near the Ferry terminal on Front Street. This is where you get cheap yet delicious Bermudian fares like Bermuda fish chowder, fish cakes, Jerk chicken, seafood prepared in Bermudian way, codfish brunch on Sundays and lot more. During lunch time many office goers can be seen eating out of the trucks.
: You won't find a Bermudian who is not habituated to traditional English afternoon tea which is served with sweets, finger sandwiches and homemade cookies. Experience this great tradition.
Shelly Bay Beach
(Hamilton Parish): A family beach with shallows making it great for swims. Has a children's playground, and a long boardwalk along the shoreline leading to the famous Railway Trail
Cooper's Island Nature Reserve
(St. Davids, St. George's Parish): A great nature reserve with lovely views of the water. Located very close to Clearwater beach and Gombeys beach bar.
: Explore the trails along beaches and landscapes on a guided tour of horseback riding.
(Sandys Parish): A shopping mall located at Royal Naval Dockyard and full of boutique stores. It has a couple of restaurants as well.
West Whale Bay Beach
(Southampton Parish): A south shore beach with a parkland and the Whale Bay Battery making it a nice place to visit.
Queen Elizabeth Park
(Hamilton): A beautiful city park full of trees, flower beds and gardens. An ideal place to sit and relax, and even to have your packed lunch after a shopping spree in Hamilton.
City Hall & Art Center
(Hamilton): A central landmark of Hamilton, it's a venue for many important functions and exhibitions. It also houses Bermuda National Gallery.
(Sandys Parish): A glass blowing studio where artists make exquisite glass pieces using glass blowing technique. Located at Royal Naval Dockyard. It's co-housed with Rum Cake Company which too is another attraction. Rum Cakes are special and original to Bermuda.
(Paget Parish): Good place to explore Bermuda's flora. Full of flower gardens and plantations. Also has a cafe and a gift store. A free guided walking tour is offered on some days.
(St. George's Parish): A nice park for relaxing. It's named after Sir George Somers, the founder of Bermuda. His heart was buried at this park and body taken back to England.
(Sandys Parish): A historic fort with lovely parkland. The fort was built to protect Royal Naval Dockyard from possible land attacks from enemies.
(St. Davids, St. George's Parish): A great family beach with rentals and food available at Gombeys Beach Bar. Cooper's Island Nature Reserve here is an added attraction.
World Heritage Centre
(St. George): A great place to understand St. George's history and how it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They use movies, dioramas, panels etc to explain the stories.
(Hamilton): A nice park with many trees, lush lawns, flowerbeds and bushes. There is also an old ornate Band Stand here where open concerts are held.
Verdmont Historic House Museum
(Smith's Parish): An grand Georgian style house built in early 1700s. It's now a museum showcasing old furniture and household items of the period.
St. George's Historical Society Museum
(St. George): One of the oldest and unique houses in St. George which was built in 1730s. It retains the household items of the family who once live here. There is also an old printing press at the basement.
: Explore Bermuda's trails, historical sites, beaches, caves, forts, churches and lot more as you take self guided walks or join professionally guided walking tours.
Bermuda's Traditional Homes
(St. George's Parish): Set out to explore the old traditional houses of the island that still exist since centuries and appreciate the architecture.
Bermuda National Trust Museum
(St. George): A good place to know about settlement and subsequent development in the island, Bermuda's role in American Civil War, and many other interesting stories.
Stonehole Bay Beach
(Warwick Parish): A small scenic pink beach on south shore and free of crowd.
Achilles Bay Beach
(St. George's Parish): A small nice beach o one side of St. Catherine's Fort. There is a restaurant & bar accessible from the beach. A great place to watch sunset.
Train Trolley Tours
: A train like road vehicle. Available at Hamilton, St. George and Dockyard. Great relaxing way to tour several landmarks in the area and hear audio commentary.
Horse Carriage Rides
: A romantic way to see St. George and enjoy its charm as you pass by beaches, forts and historical sites. Also available at Hamilton and Dockyard.
Jet Ski Tours
: Guided tours on harbors and calm ocean areas showing you lovely sights from water.
(Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Parish): You can explore the dockyard attractions on these eco-friendly self-drive machines.
St. David's Lighthouse
(St. Davids, St. George's Parish): A great lighthouse on the eastern coastline and overlooking the ocean. It was built in 1879.
Tucker House Museum
(St. George): Another old house showing glimpses of early Bermudian life. Henry Tucker, a successful and influential person lived here.
Ferry Reach Park
(St. George's Parish): A 64-acre parkland with walking trail, forested area, lake and a beach. A great place for spending half a day with family.
Get a rejuvenating spa
: Relax and rejuvenate yourself with a delicate spa treatment or a massage on a lovely beach, or in a natural cave amongst spectacular limestone formations, or in garden setting.
Try Cliff Jumping
: This is a favorite Bermudian sport - jumping off the cliff into turquoise water, swimming back up to the shore, then climbing back up to the cliff top and jump again!
Bermuda Society of Arts
(Hamilton): Oldest art society in the island. Great collections of art work from local artists and college students. Located inside City Hall & Art Center.
St. Anne's Church
(Southampton Parish): Beautiful Anglican parish church located opposite the entry way of Church bay beach. So you can cover both attractions.
(St. George's Parish): It was built in early 1600s to protect the narrow channel through which the ships & boats entered St. George's harbor. Great views of the harbor and the channel.
Alexandra Battery & Beach
(St. George's Parish): A British fort overlooking the eastern water. The beach here is full of sea glass. So two attractions in one place.
Spanish Point Park
(Pembroke Parish): A lovely park with lush lawns and great view of Hamilton harbor. You can also see the remains of a floating dock on water (like scraps) that was one brought in to the island from England but could never be later discarded out of the island.
(Hamilton): A structure once police used to control traffic, now a landmark.
(Hamilton): This is the House of Assembly where parliamentary sessions are held.
(Hamilton): Meeting place of Bermuda's cabinet ministers.
(St. George): Replica of the historical ship that was built in Bermuda in early 1600s by Sir George Somers and his men to continue their journey to Jamestown.
North Rock Brewing Company
(Smith's Parish): A traditional pub serving freshly brewed local beer of different flavors. Once it was also a brewery. The food here is good too and portions are large. The brewery has been consolidated with Dockyard Brewery
, which too is worth a visit.
(Hamilton): Has a waterside park with great views of Hamilton harbor which is usually full of boats. Pick up snacks from a lunch wagon parked here. Toilets available. Located near ferry terminal.
Desmond Fountain Art Exhibition
: Bronze sculptures from arguably the greatest artist Bermuda has ever produced. His artworks are on display at several museums and galleries across the island.
Bermuda Arts Centre
(Sandys Parish): Great creative workshop and art gallery of local artists. It's located at Royal Naval Dockyard.
(Paget Parish): Nature Reserve to explore Bermuda's native plantations including cedars as you take the boardwalk that goes through heavy plantation area. There is also a large pond.
(Devonshire Parish): Lovely manicured garden and pool.
Somerset Long Bay Beach
(Sandys Parish): A beach and associated nature reserve mostly used by locals and remain secluded. There is also a children's playground.
(St. Davids, St. George's Parish): Built in 1640 as a private home in vernacular architecture, the building has survived the passage of time. It is now a museum. There is also a replica of a dwelling hut of early settlers at the grounds of Carter House.
(St. George): One of the oldest private homes with a nice garden setting.
The Birdsey Studio
(Paget Parish): A studio which belonged to a famous painter of Bermuda.
Bridge House & Gallery
(St. George): One of the oldest houses in Bermuda which has been very well maintained. There is an art gallery at the ground floor.
(St. George's Parish): One of the oldest forts on north shore built in early 1600s.
(St. George's Parish): A cylindrical tower like fort built in early 1800s by the British.
(Inside Botanical Gardens, Paget): Official residen of Bermuda's Premier although he doesn't live here. Visit the house which is built in grand Georgian architecture amidst sprawling lawns and gardens. You can see many interesting and valuable exhibits & items inside.
(St. George's Parish): A nice shopping and dining complex by the waterside.
Bermudian Heritage Museum
(St. George): Know about Bermuda's dark days of slavery through many exhibits and artifacts of the period.
Cobb's Hill Methodist Church
(Warwick Parish): Built by slaves and free blacks to finally have a place of worship. Construction work mostly took place in moonlit nights when slaves had free time.
Black Watch Pass and Well
(Pembroke Parish): A drammatic pass with towering limestone rocks on both sides of the road. At the end there is a well which was dug up to cater to poor during a drought. The well is now capped and no longer visible. But the pass is of course worth a visit.
which is the capital of Bermuda and the hub of business, shops, restaurants & bars also has several great tourist sites like City Hall & Art Center, Cathedral of Most Holy Trinity, Hamilton Fort, Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, Front Street overlooking Hamilton Harbor which is also the venue of the famous Harbor Nights street festival.
Royal Naval Dockyard
(i.e. Kings Wharf port area) at west end has developed into a large complex with many tourist attractions including National Museum, art & craft, restaurants & bars, Clocktower Mall with boutique stores, and many water & land based tours & activities
Most historical sites are located in St. George's Town
which was the former capital of Bermuda and where the first settlement took place. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The town and its surrounding areas have many quaint shops, historic forts, several great beaches and churches.
The whole island is divided into 9 parishes or counties. Many great attractions are scattered all across the island in different parishes. For example the great south shore pink sandy beaches are located along the southern coastline of Southampton, Warwick and Paget parishes, famous Crystal caves, the Aquarium and Tom Moore's jungle are in Hamilton parish etc.
Go through the links below to know each parish in details along with all the attractions and activities they have including dining options, tourist sites, things to do, shops and lot more.
: Has several nice parks, beaches, churches etc other than dockyard.
: Famous horseshoe bay beach and several other pink sandy beaches are located here. South shore park starts from this parish and stretches towards east to Warwick.
: Well known for Elbow beach and several great beachside hotels.
: Other than Hamilton City, there are several attractions here including Admiralty Park with caves and beaches, several churches and parks etc.
: Known for John Smith's beach and few other attractions.
St. George's Parish
: Lovely forts, beaches and parks other that St. George's historic town itself.
This section will let you know what you can do in Bermuda each month so that depending on your travel date, you can plan your activities and visits accordingly. Not everything is open every month. For example during winter (November to March), most tour operators close down and swimming or snorkeling too are not usually possible due to low water temperature.
However before getting into things to do on a month, there are few things to note. Bermuda celebrates 10 Public Holidays
in a year. And many outfits and attractions are closed on that day including shops and restaurants. Buses and ferries ply on a reduced frequency and taxis are scarce. So if your visit includes such a day, then use This guide to plan for such public holiday
Now here are what you can do on a month:
May to October:
This is the summer time and the high tourist season. All sites of tourist interest
remain open including all the public beaches, All land based and watersport activities
operate in full swing such as Swimming, Snorkeling, Diving, Sunset & Sightseeing Cruises, Sailing,
Boat Rentals, Kayaking, Paddleboarding, Jetskiing, Parasailing, Flyboarding, Golfing, Tennis, Spa, fishing, Hiking & Cycling, Horseback Riding, Bird Watching, Cliff Jumping & Rock Climbing, island & boat tours etc.
, a popular street festival takes place weekly on Front Street at Hamilton and usually between May to September. Many vendors set up food stalls and performers take to the street. Many other festivals and events take place in the island in summer. Visit Fetivals & Events
to know them all.
Additionally Glow Worm
cruises take place between May to November. And the month of May is the only month in summer when kitesurfing can usually be done before its season ends.
November to April:
This is the winter time and unfortunately due to lack of tourists, many operators do not operate their tours and several attractions remain closed. However all public beaches remain open although swimming and snorkeling would be difficult without wetsuits.
But, some great attractions do remain open like national museum, clockyower mall along with several others in dockyard, and also the aquarium, crystal caves, botanical gardens etc. Bermuda Tourism Authority initiates a host of art & cultural programs and guided tours during winter some of which are free. All these programs and tours are excellent for family entertainment.
Several great Annual Events & Festivals
take place in winter such as Bermuda International Film Festival, Bermuda Festival of Performing Arts, Christmas Boat Parade, Beach Art Festival and lot more.
The concentration of most restaurants in the island are in Hamilton City. Front Street is lined with restaurants and bars of all sorts. Most nightlife options such as dance clubs, night clubs, sports bars, pubs and lounges are also in Hamilton. Royal Naval Dockyard and St. George are the other two locations where you can find several choices of restaurants. Other locations or parishes would have relatively smaller dining choices unless you like to dine in an in-house restaurant of a hotel.
The guide to great restaurants & bars would let you know about all the great restaurants & bars in the island by location and category (i.e. budget, mid range or upscale). You can get to know the details about each restaurant including their cuisine, signature dishes, service and ambience.
The best budget eateries will let you know about the best cheap restaurants in the island including their cuisine and the best dishes to try.
Try the food trucks to get a taste of real Bermuda and the local food Bermudians love. They serve mobile food from trucks and vans at various locations serving hot local food like jerk chicken, shark hash, fish cakes, fish sandwiches, pulled pork, hot dogs and lot more.
Guide to best beach bars will let you know the best on-beach bars and ones with great ocean views along with the food they offer.
Cafes and Bistros are another segment of popular choices when it comes to dining in casual ambience while having great food with beer or coffee.
Afternoon tea has been a long tradition in the island. Almost all islanders would take tea served in a pot of china along with finger snacks like cookies, sweets, finger sandwiches etc.
When it comes to handcrafted items, it's quite surprising that Bermuda has such a large pool of talents. Starting from exquisite handmade glass items, jewelry & charms on longtails and pink sands to rag and banana leaf dolls, there are plenty of items to shop in Bermuda that are all made in the island. Other items include artwork, pottery, authentic Bermuda shorts, dress materials, accessories etc.
Front Street, Church street, Reed street in Hamilton and their alleyways are great places to find the stores of all types. Visit Hamilton shopping
to know them all and their locations.
St. George's too has several quaint stores. The Somer's Wharf
and the shops along Water Street are some of the best places to shop. Somer's Wharf has a collection of stores and restaurants.
In Dockyard, The Clocktower Mall
is the one to explore. There are many boutique stores in the mall.