I have been hesitant to write about Bermuda. It is such an untouched gem that a big part of me does not want to share my secret with anyone...but hey, what's the fun in that? So here we go...Why Bermuda should be your next trip.
The first trip Adam and I ever took together when we first met was a short 72 hour getaway to Bermuda. Why would we fly all the way to Bermuda for barely a long weekend? Well, that's just it...it's not far. It's closer than a drive to The Hamptons on a Friday afternoon. It's closer than a flight to Miami. It's faster to get here than any beachy spot on the Jersey Shore. And what else? It's 1000% better than any of these spots. So that's why. With just a 1.5hour flight from NYC, you are transported to the most tropical, gorgeous, hidden little island. And hey bonus: NO ZIKA.
Ugh, look at this water. Real life. Or at least, real life in Bermuda. With turquoise, crystal clear water, white and pink sand beaches, rocks jutting out along the coastline it just doesn't get better than this. I gathered up a group of my girlfriends (+ bff Rob) and convinced them that Bermuda was in fact not grimy, cheesy and over run and we boarded our flight to paradise. I am happy to report that not a single one of them was even remotely disappointed and we proceeded to have the most magical and memorable 4 days. So what should know in advance before booking your paradise trip? I got you...
WHEN TO GO:
Ok, this is a big one. Bermuda can get a little overrun but not if you're smart about it. Their high season begins mid May-September. Bermuda is directly across the ocean from North Carolina so they share a very similar climate. Therefore, going anytime before May is going to be pretty chilly, with colder water (still beautiful views though!) and anytime closer to November/December it will also start to get a little colder. Another thing to note, since this is a tourist destination, a lot of spots close up on the off season. Definitely consider this when booking.
The first time we went, it was beginning of November and it was around the 70s everyday and the water was a little chilly. We still had the most incredible time though and the beaches were ALL TO OURSELVES. Seriously. We didn't see anyone on the beach once. The second time I went was beginning of May and it was perfect- highs around 79 everyday (it doesn't really drop at night...stayed consistent temps the whole day) and the water was great. We were early enough to miss the crowds but still have all the good spots be open for business. I'd say September/November or early May are the sweet spots for getting the most out of Bermuda before it becomes crowded.
WHAT TO DO:
Horeshoe Bay: (pictured above) One of the most beautiful beaches, hands down. With rocks jutting out, tiny secret coves to explore, and hiking trails that take you from one cove to the next, it's a must hang. Also, there is a little beach bar right on the beach serving up cheap Pina Coladas, crappy hamburgers and fries (heads up, no veg options other than some fruit) but the drinks are 👍🏽.
Boating: On my girls (+ Rob) trip, we rented our own pontoon boat with a Captain through Island Tours. We had 4 hours of this guy driving us around to ship wrecks, hidden coves full of hundreds of sea turtles (!!!) and fish and doing stops so we could snorkel. GUYS, take me back. It was incredible. When Adam and I went, we got a little sail boat and bopped around. There are also incredible catamaran tours you can do. Highly recommend the boat day.
Dinner/Dancing: It's hard to put into words the night we had with THE BIG CHILL. What we thought would just be a nice outdoor dinner at a resort with some live music turned out to be an unforgettable experience. Thanks to the band The Big Chill, we danced and sang on the beach all night. Look this band up. You can find them usually playing at one of these resorts, where you should make a dinner reso: The Fairmount Southhampton, The Reefs, and Elbow Beach.
Calico Jack's Floating Bar/Swimming Hole: I cannot rave about this place enough. This is an adult playground. It's everything my little heart has ever desired all in one- a giant pirate ship, floating in crystal blue waters, serving cheap rum swizzles, BYOFood, and a PLANK you walk on to jump off into said blue waters (about 12ft, no joke). You have to go. You just have to. Go and be 15 years old again and have the best time of your life. I also want to note the staff is incredible, personable, accommodating and down right chill. This place is aces.
Crystal Caves: Have a rain day? No probs. Hit up the Crystal Caves and DEFINITELY eat lunch there. The food was the most authentic we found on the whole island and delicious. We checked out Crystal Cave and it was pretty sweet. I hear you can skip out on Fantasy Cave but I didn't try it.
WHERE TO STAY:
I have to say, I've rented houses both times I've went and it was great. One through Airbnb and one through HomeAway. Other great spots to check out are these top resorts, which I also listed for dining spots: The Fairmount Southhampton, The Reefs, and Elbow Beach
$$$$$Food: So, this place is a tiny island...which brings they import majority of their food. You will pay for this. Even though flights are very cheap, you will make up for it in what you spend on food. But hey, vacation. The Resorts have pricy menus, even for lunches/breakfasts and there really is no way to avoid this. We thought by renting a house we'd grocery shop to cook some light meals and save $$ but NOPE. The grocery store was laughable....paying $15 for a half watermelon and $9 for a carton of eggs. So, heads up here- factor in extra cash money for food.
Jellyfish: So, these guys really only are out and about in the beginning of the season (early May) and usually only when a storm has brought them in...but no one likes to see a jellyfish. We saw quite a few of the Portuguese Men of War jellyfish while on Horseshoe Bay (only here though, on any other beach), however, fortunately, none of us were stung. Beware of these guys though.
Overall, Bermuda is top notch, the best, and probably one of my most favorite places. Get there fast and then take it reallllllll slow. It's definitely where you wanna go. 🌴