Bermuda Explorers: A Guide to Bermuda
August 23, 2017
Outfit 1: Dress: Club Monaco Sandals: Gucci Bag: Anthropologie (old, also like this style) Necklace: Kiel James Patrick Bracelet: Kiel James Patrick 1,2 Glasses: Karen Walker
Outfit 3: Dress: After Market Bag: kate spade c/o Keychain: kate spade c/o Earrings: Nicola Bathie c/o
Today I’m sharing our Bermuda itinerary. There are so many things to see and do that I think I would need to visit the island several times in order to cover everything. It really is a special place with gorgeous beaches, colorful architecture, and exotic terrain. I’m excited to visit again in the future.
We stayed on the island at the Hamilton Princess Hotel and Beach Club, the official host of America’s Cup. The hotel is located in the parish of Pembroke and is a five minute walk from downtown Hamilton (the best place for shopping on the island). Every half hour the hotel’s jitney service provides a free twenty minute ride to the hotel’s private beach club located on the beautiful South Shore. We found the hotel location ideal for getting the most out of the island over a short period of time. I always love when a hotel is within walking distance from town.
If you don’t feel like making the trip to the South Shore for a swim, the hotel has two pools including one gorgeous infinity pool (featured) that overlooks Hamilton Harbour. It’s a great spot to relax and watch the boats pass by.
When Kiel and I travel we usually rent a car to explore our destination. On Bermuda cars are not available to rent, only mopeds and recently electric mini cars. Even if I wasn’t pregnant, I don’t think I would feel safe renting either of those. The streets are really winding and narrow. Taxis are the main source of transportation on the island. Be prepared to spend a good amount of money on taxi cab fares. For such a small island it can be expensive to get from one end to the other.
Kiel and I did not take advantage of sampling the local cuisine on this trip. The first couple of mornings we ate at the Crown and Anchor, located at the hotel. The restaurant has basic breakfast offerings such as eggs and toast, pancakes, etc. The food was good and it was a convenient place to start our day before heading to the Beach Club. On the last two mornings we enjoyed a short walk into town for breakfast at Bouchee. It’s a French Bistro with a delicious brunch menu and a cozy environment. I highly recommend it. Another great spot if you want good coffee and a pastry is Rock Island Coffee. It’s right in town and great for a quick breakfast or afternoon pick me up for those who live for that second and third cup of coffee each day.
On this trip I was determined to get as much beach time as possible. We spent most of our afternoons at the beach club and always ended up getting lunch at the restaurant, Marcus’ on the Beach. Guests have the option to be served food and drink on the lounge chairs. We loved the jerk chicken cobb salad and cheeseburgers and fries. The cocktail menu looked amazing! While I really wanted a Rum Swizzle, I enjoyed my mango lemonades and virgin pina coladas.
For dinner we at ate the Hamilton Princess hotel’s premier restaurant Marcus’. The food and environment are top notch. We enjoyed our meal in a spacious booth overlooking the ocean. The chef, Marcus Samuelsson, uses the freshest local ingredients. Everything on the menu looks amazing and the meal lived up to our expectations. The hardest part was narrowing down our selections.
On our last night we enjoyed an al fresco dinner at the Dining Room. The Dining Room is located in the former lighthouse keeper’s cottage at the foot of Gibbs Lighthouse, close to the beaches along the South Shore. The views of the island from the lighthouse are spectacular. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a meal while watching the sun go down. I would recommend calling ahead of time for a reservation. The popular restaurant has limited space.
Places we visited:
Bermuda Aquarium, Zoo, and Museum:
It’s been a while since we visited our local zoo and this sounded like a fun way to spend an hour or two. It’s a small location but there are many great exhibits to experience. The flamingos were my favorite part!
The zoo is located in the picturesque Flats Village, more than a few miles from town. After visiting the zoo, take a walk around the village to admire the colorful buildings.
Bermuda Botanical Gardens:
The gardens are really close to downtown Hamilton. I saw a few images online of the beautiful grounds and had to see it in person. I would not recommend visiting in August as the heat and humidity make walking through the 36 acre park less than ideal, especially if you are getting dropped off for a couple of hours. We took a quick driving tour with our taxi driver, who we hired for the day to show us some of the island’s best spots. He let us out to walk around some of the attractions including the Governor’s House and one of the hibiscus gardens. Our taxi driver, Harvey, knew the name of every type of flower and tree on the island! It was an educational ride.
One of my favorite places on the Island! This stunning cove is perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Sheltered by the rocky outcrops, the water is calm, crystal clear, and shallow in most parts. The weathered staircase going down the rocky cliff adds character to the beautiful scene.
Horseshoe Bay Beach:
The most popular beach on the island and probably the most photographed. Pinks sands and turquoise waters make for a beautiful backdrop. When we visited it was very crowded. I’ve been told the best time to go is in the morning.
On Bermuda’s west coast, near the Royal Navy Dockyard, lies a beautiful beach of sea glass. It was created by years and years of pounding hurricanes and shipwrecks along Bermuda’s 70 mile coastline. Taking the glass from the beach is illegal. Many pieces have been taken over the years but it is still a must see. The sound of the twinkling glass as it clinks together against the crashing waves creates the most magical sound.
Admiralty House Park:
The former site of a grand home built for admirals in the British Royal Navy. At this park visitors can explore walking trails, ruins, limestone cliffs, and a secluded beach. Our taxi cab driver recommended the park as an off the beaten path must see. Kiel and I walked down one of the trails towards the water for an incredible view of the cliffs and beach. There were quite a few people cliff diving into the lagoon like waters.