Last Updated: January 4, 2017
Top 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.
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.
: Wonderful group & private tours offered on motorboats, 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, snorkel cruises and 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 is 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 at the bottom for night vision.
Top Attractions by Category
Horseshoe Bay Beach
: Picturesque pink sandy beach in Southampton parish with a curvature like that of a horseshoe. This is the most popular beach in the island and therefore most crowded.
Tobacco Bay Beach
: Small & lovely sandy beach in St. George with a sheltered bay which is surrounded by rocks & cliffs. Great beach for snorkeling and swimming.
Warwick Long Bay Beach
: Half-a-mile long beautiful pink beach in Warwick parish which remains relatively less crowded.
: A lovely elbow shaped sandy beach in Paget parish favorite to locals and tourists.
: Beautiful small beach surrounded by large rocks making the water calm and great for snorkeling. It's located in Warwick parish next to Warwick Long Bay.
Top Island Tours
Great self guided tours
: Explore the great attractions of Bermuda including beaches, caves, forts, historical sites, parks & reserves etc using public buses and ferries.
Island tours by taxi
: You can book a taxi on hourly rate. Experienced and knowledgeable drivers double up as excellent guides and can take you around the island. They can create a personalized tour for you based on your interest and let you know a lot about the island and its people on the way. If you are in a small group like 4 to 6, this can be quite affordable as well.
Island Tours by minibus
: Several operators offer group as well as private tours in their minibuses which can usually accommodate up to 15 persons. Here too the driver is usually a great guide and knowledgeable about the island and its history. Group tours work on per person rates and are usually available for half or full day in set tour packages.
Top Sailing & Water Tours
Swim & Snorkel Boat Tours
: Group tours operating on per person rate take you to offshore water locations where you can snorkel and see beautiful corals, fish and even shipwrecks.
Glass Bottom Boat Tours
: If snorkeling is not your cup of tea, you can hop into a boat with glass bottom view to see lovely underwater corals and fish, and even a partially submerged shipwreck.
Sunset & Sightseeing Cruises
: Get a wonderful view of the coastline and many islands from a sailboat or catamaran, and watch the sunset as you sip a cocktail and listen to the captain about the island.
Top Museums & Historic Buildings
National Museum of Bermuda
: A large museum spanning across 15 acres of land in Royal Naval Dockyard in a fortress. The museum has rare exhibits and artifacts showcasing Bermuda's maritime & slavery history, traditions & culture, architecture, art & craft, music & dance and lot more.
: Located in St. David's, this is one of the oldest farm houses in the island and now a museum showcasing history & culture of residents of St. Davids.
Fort St. Catherine
: A large historical British fort overlooking the ocean located in St. George. It houses a museum that showcases weapons & artillery of old British army in the island.
Museum at BAMZ
: A museum at Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo complex in Hamilton parish with exhibits showing Bermuda the way it was before settlement took place and the developments.
Great Caves & Grottos
Crystal & Fantasy Caves
: Both these stunning caves are located in the same complex in Hamilton parish and have lakes with footbridge. They have beautiful limestone formations hanging from ceiling as well as rising from the bottom.
Caves at Tom Moore's Jungle
: Also known as Blue Hole Park, this is a nature reserve located in Hamilton parish and has numerous caves & grottos with great limestone formations. Several of such caves have water fed by the nearby Castle harbor and are great for cave swimming.
Great Historic Forts
Fort St. Catherine
: This fort was built by the British in 1600s to protect St. George which was then the Capital of Bermuda. It's now a great museum with exhibits of old artillery & weapons.
: It's located in the outskirts of Hamilton City. The fort was built in 1870s to protect the Hamilton harbor which was then heavily used by navy ships.
: Located in Sandys, this inland fort was built in 19th century to protect Royal Naval Dockyard from land based attack by the enemies.
Top Water Sports
Top Snorkeling: Beachside & By Boat
: Bermuda has some of the best beaches and offshore water areas in the world for snorkeling. You can see magnificent corals, many colorful fish and myriad of other marine life, and even shipwrecks.
: Several operators offer guided Jetski tours from Royal Naval Dockyard, Hamilton and even St. Georges showing you wonderful harbors, islands and marine life along the way.
: Guided group kayak (canoeing) tours are offered by several operators in the island exploring the coastline and calm water areas. There are single and double kayaks, and even ones fitted with LEDS at the bottom to watch marine life & corals after sunset.
: One and two-tank dives are offered by experienced and well equipped dive centers to explore few of the many great historic shipwrecks, magnificent reefs and marine life.
: Walk on the sea floor amongst amazing marine life as you wear a special helmet and breathe normally through a hose pipe. No need to know swimming.
Great Parks & Nature Reserves
: This large parkland is located in Paget and full of plantations of different types including Bermuda's native plants and flowering gardens. A free guided walking tour is offered.
This is a large 64-acre nature reserve in Smiths parish with lush vegetation, central brackish pond, view of coastline and strange geological formations. The reserve is excellent for bird watching.
Cooper's Island Nature Reserve
: A 12-acre nature reserve located at St. David's with view of rocky coastline, offshore islands and several great beaches nearby.
Ferry Reach Park
: Located in St. George's parish, this is a large park area with a forested land, walking trail, a beach and several historic forts.
Great Walking Trails
Bermuda Railway Trail
: The trail stretches for 18kms across the island and has several sections. It was originally the track route for Bermuda's railways and now converted into a lovely nature trail with scenic views of the north shore at various sections.
South Shore Beaches & Park
: Walk the south shore trail of 1.25 miles and visit some of the top pink sandy beaches including Horseshoe bay beach, Jobson's cove and Warwick Long Bay Beach.
St Peter’s Church
: Located in St. George, this is the oldest Anglican church in western hemisphere. There are graveyards in the church premises.
Cathedral of The Most Holy Trinity
: This Anglican church is located in Hamilton and built in Neo Gothic architecture. View of the city from the top of the tower is awesome.
St. Anne's Church
: This is an Anglican church in Southampton Parish. It was originally built in 1600s.
Great Art & Craft
Bermuda Art Center
: Different types of artwork are created and sold here. Located at Royal Naval Dockyard.
: Large collection of local craft work. Located at Royal Naval Dockyard.
Architecture & Traditional Homes
: Bermuda's houses mostly follow the Stuart Architecture with pastel colors and gabled limestone roofs, and many have chimneys, while several churches are designed on Gothic architecture. This trend had set in from the end of 17th century.
Great Traditional Homes
: Visit some of the great traditional homes in Bermuda to explore the architecture and traditional lifestyle.
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.
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, Queen Elizabeth Park and more. Front Street
overlooking Hamilton Harbor is the main street in Hamilton full of popular restaurants, bars and stores of all kinds. It is also the venue of the famous summer street festival Harbor Nights
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 tourist sites, things to do, dining options, 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, Clocktower mall and 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.