Bermuda: Top 10 Sights and Activities

Ask me why I hadn’t previously considered Bermuda for a long weekend trip and I’d have no real answer. I’ve done D.C., Boston, Raleigh; heck, I’ve even hightailed it to San Francisco and back in four days, just for a much-needed change of scenery. But two weeks ago I had the opportunity to make a break for Bermuda (all expenses paid!) and I realized what a no-brainer it is, especially for New Yorkers. Two-hour flight: check. Secluded beach: check. No half-naked college kids: check.

Here, my top 10 list for the beautiful British-flavored island:

1. Bailey’s Ice Cream Parlour

To say I simply “checked this place out” would be a gross understatement. I was there twice. Per day. (It’s still sticking to me.)

2. Swizzle Inn

http://www.swizzleinn.com/

The oldest pub in Bermuda serves up the nation’s official drink, the Rum Swizzle, with a hefty dose of island attitude. (The staff’s t-shirts read: Swizzle Inn, Swagger Out.)

3. Crystal Caves

http://www.caves.bm/pages%20folder/crystal.html

Awe-inspriing underground formations backlit by a pristine lagoon: a must-see. Forget the “getaway,”—you’ll feel like you’ve traveled to a whole other world.

4. Elbow Beach

A mile-long stretch of pale pink makes this one of Bermuda’s most popular beaches. Get there early to stake out a prime spot.

5. The Messaround

http://www.fishandfun.bm/

If waking up at 5am is acceptable, a deep sea fishing excursion is worth a try. We didn’t catch anything, but the captain and first mate of the Messaround were a delight.

6. Tom Moore’s Tavern

http://www.tommoores.com/

Irish poet, Tom Moore, used to frequent this tavern, and though the house still has its 17th century English charm, the menu is quite up-to-date (albeit pretty pricey). The catch of the day was Rockfish, a Bermudian favorite, which might be my new favorite.

7. Wahoo

This restaurant in St. George’s opened two weeks before I was there, and although it seemed like the locals still weren’t in on the secret, the food was amazing. Grab a seat on the deck for a fantastic view of King’s Square and the ocean.

8. Dockyard Glassworks

http://www.dockglass.com/

Great gift shop in the Royal Naval Dockyard housed in what used to be a ship repair yard. Handblown class items at one end, and a “microbakery” at the other!

9. Fort St. Catherine

The first settlers came ashore at this spot in 1609.  Though I didn’t visit the museum inside, the seaside fort is impressive just to look at. And the picturesque beach right next to it will be my go-to next time I’m there.

10. Bermuda Maritime Museum

http://www.bmm.bm/

Explore Bermuda’s largest fort, filled with artifacts, maps, maritime art, models and cannons. The enclosed Commissioner’s House, once the British colonial government’s equivalent of the White House, is extremely well-preserved.

Crystal Caves

St. George's

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