Bermuda is simply put, one of the best islands in the world. That said, the best of Bermuda is obviously something that is different for each person as every person has a different experience. However, after two great visits to Bermuda I believe I have a pretty good feel for the best of Bermuda…or at least MY best of Bermuda!
Beaches are the best of Bermuda, period. There are a hundred different beaches and they are almost all fantastic. Some have pink sand, some are surrounded by rocks and some are simply little private inlets that are just glorious. While Bermuda is not known for its cheap holiday deals, the beaches are free to visit and they are fabulous.
My favorite beach in Bermuda is Elbow Beach. It basically has everything a beach should have and it has less tourists than Horseshoe Bay Beach; which is also fantastic but can get pretty crowded if a cruise ship or two are in port.
Elbow Beach has long stretches of pink sand with the backdrop of the gorgeous Elbow Beach Hotel. There is a public area and a private are for the hotel. No matter, they are both excellent.
Rent a Scooter
The best and really the only convenient way to get around Bermuda is via scooter. Almost all tourists rent scooters at some point during their stay and you will see them all over the island.
Bermuda is bigger than you’d expect it to be. It is not a small Caribbean island, it can take about an hour or so to cross the island and you will almost definitely get lost from time to time on the little side roads-but that’s part of the fun.
Having a scooter allows you to easily park and see the majority of the island; including the less visited areas past the airport. Plus gas is a lot cheaper than if you have to fill up for a car. But the best thing is truly just being able to ride freely and feel the warm island air as you move about Bermuda. Trust me, it’s the way to go.
One other piece of advice about scooters, if you rent them in Hamilton, the capital town, or book ahead online you can save some money as the hotels will charge a premium and so will the services they send you to.
Bermuda is not a cheap place. It is a stunningly gorgeous, pristine island but bargains are tough to come by for hotels. This was again my second trip to Bermuda. The first time I was in Bermuda I stayed at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess in Hamilton. This time I stayed at the Fairmont Southampton; which is on the other side of the island near Horseshoe Bay Beach.
The Fairmont Southampton is very nice and the service is stellar. The rooms are what you’d expect from a Fairmont and there are a bunch of restaurants and bars to choose from within the hotel grounds.
For me, the location near the beach is why I liked it. The Fairmont also has its own private beach; which is crowded with guests but not as crowded as you’ll find at Horseshoe Bay Beach or even at the Fairmont pool where all the kids are.
I also highly recommend the Elbow Beach Hotel. It is very luxurious and a gorgeous property. The price tag is quite high but in line with top hotels on Caribbean islands. Not to mention the beach, bars and restaurants are fantastic at Elbow Beach.
So that’s my take on the best of Bermuda. Bermuda is one of my favorite islands, anywhere. It is an amazing place and on your visit you will develop your own best of Bermuda. And worst comes to worst, you’ll just find yourself singing ‘Kokomo’ by the Beach Boys over and over!