You can spend all your time on Bermuda’s beautiful beaches — and no one could blame you for that — but sightseeing and learning opportunities abound. The following five Bermuda attractions give you options for spending your vacation time somewhere special.
Bermuda attractions and must-sees
1. Crystal Cave
“Bermuda’s oldest living treasure,” The Crystal Caves of Bermuda are treats for underground explorers. There are two caves to roam: Crystal Cave and Fantasy Cave.
You can save $14 on the price of admission by visiting both caves with a $30 combination tour ticket (adult admission). Otherwise, it’s $22/cave for adults and $10/cave for kids under 12. Admission is free for children younger than 5.
Walk on a floating pontoon in Crystal Cave, on 55-ft depths of gorgeous teal and azure water. There are stunning stalagmites and stalactites, chandeliers, soda straws and pipe organs in these incredible limestone caverns.
Tip: Drip water that falls on you is otherwise known as “cave kisses” and it’s believed each one brings you luck, so load up on these slobbery smooches.
2. The Historic Town of St. George
A UNESCO World Heritage site, The Town of St. George is one of the first English urban settlements in the New World. It will have you travelling back in time while strolling down narrow alleys and gazing at ancient architecture.
Free guided tours depart from King’s Square at 10:30 a.m., Monday to Thursday during summer. And on Wednesdays and Saturdays from November to March.
While touring about, you’ll learn about Juan de Bermudez, the Spanish sea captain and navigator who discovered the uninhabited islands of Bermuda in 1505.
Hop aboard the replica ship Deliverance ($3/admission for adult. $2/children). English castaways who shipwrecked off St. George’s coastline built the original ship in 1610. They were on their way from England to Jamestown of Virginia and built a new ship to continue their voyage to the U.S.
3. The Royal Naval Dockyard
Cruise ships dock at The Royal Naval Dockyard and it’s the formal naval base where you can shop for souvenirs and browse local wares for a sense of culture.
The Clocktower Mall is a good place for comparison-shopping and getting great bargains. For example, I bought a lovely painted glass ring for $3.50 at The Bermuda Triangle Shop. You can also find island art, crafts, jewelry, clothing, fragrance and more at duty-free prices.
You can also visit the National Museum of Bermuda and Dolphin Quest. Or see crafts in the making at the glass-blowing shop at Dockyard Glassworks or the Bermuda Craft Market.
4. The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute
Go for the insights into Bermuda’s underwater character and see fascinating exhibits, stay for the dazzling and diverse Lightbourn Shell Collection.
The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute is filled with unique shells from all over the world, including pretty and poisonous shells like the Conus Marmoreus with its alluring black and white patterns.
5. Harbor Tour
Bermuda’s landscape might be best observed from a boat. So hop on the “M.V. Destiny,” a 78-ft motor boat that departs from Albouy’s Point and cruises in the Hamilton Harbour ($40/tour).
You’ll hear about how Bermudians once set fires at night to mimic lighthouses, luring ships to the rocky shores. Once shipwrecked, helpful natives would rescue the castaways and then rob them. You’ll float past islands that were used to quarantine sick Bermudians and, on a brighter note, gaze at dreamy seaside homes.
There are plenty more Bermuda attractions to explore so choose activities that capture your interest and you’re bound to have a great time.
Note: This trip was sponsored by The Bermuda Department of Tourism and partners.