4 days in Bermuda: crystal caves, maritime history & pedal power
Published on Thursday, April 20th, 2017 by Tristan RalstonTags: 48 hours in, Bermuda, Bermuda Activities, Bermuda Aquarium, Bermuda Attractions, Bermuda Beaches, Bermuda Hotel, Bermuda Map, Bermuda Resorts, Bermuda Restaurants, Bermuda Vacations, Bermuda Weather
There are hundreds of reasons to visit Bermuda, from the balmy climate, to the picture postcard beaches and rich maritime history. Located only 650 miles off the coast of North Carolina, Bermuda is a short plane trip away from many cities on the US east coast, making it the perfect long weekend getaway. Here’s our guide to 4 days in Bermuda…
DAY 1 | St. George’s & Crystal Caves
Cobblestone streets and quaint lanes crisscross the Town of St. George, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take a walking tour to discover historic architecture, colonial landmarks, and alluring shops and restaurants. St. Peter’s Church, completed in 1612, and the Bermuda Perfumery are popular stops. Nearby, visit the sprawling Fort St. Catherine to see interesting artefacts and incredible views. Heading west, descend into Bermuda’s Crystal Caves to witness otherworldly formations framing blue subterranean lakes. Cap the night with a rum swizzle at one of Bermuda’s inviting pubs.
DAY 2 | Hamilton & Sunset Sailing
The City of Hamilton, Bermuda’s capital, is a stylish harbour town buzzing with local and international businesses. Along Front Street, explore a pastel palette of shops, museums, galleries, restaurants, and bars as you soak up the harbour breezes. Down the street at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, you can step into a shark cage and dive in a virtual submarine. Nearby, uncover more mysteries of the deep at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo.
Other key area attractions include The Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art and the Bermuda Botanical Gardens. In the evening, enjoy a sunset sail and relax on Bermuda’s Great Sound. Then get re-energized by Front Street’s dining and nightlife.
DAY 3 | Ferry to Royal Naval Dockyard
Start your day with a SeaExpress ferry ride to the Royal Naval Dockyard and spend the day exploring this historic fortress-turned-hub for shopping, dining, arts, and entertainment. Get to know the island’s storied maritime history at the National Museum of Bermuda, which houses cannons, shipwreck artefacts, small watercraft, and artwork. Browse the colourful Bermuda Craft Market for locally made souvenirs, then shop the Clocktower Mall and Dockyard Glassworks.
At Dolphin Quest, you can touch or swim with dolphins. For a more water-themed adventure, take a jet ski tour. You’ll skim by historic sites and shipwrecks, explore coves and inlets, and try to spy creatures like sea turtles and stingrays.
DAY 4 | Bike or Hike the Railway Trail
Explore panoramic seascapes and historic landmarks from east to west along this multi-use nature trail that was formerly Bermuda’s one and only railway. If you are an adventurer at heart, you can self-guide your way on foot or bike through one or all of the nine trail segments. Pedal bikes are available to rent from most major cycle shops and detailed railway maps are available at any Visitor Information Centre. For a more curated experience, biking and walking tours are available to book.
For more information about Bermuda and vacation ideas visit GoToBermuda