When I first traveled to Bermuda in 1964, I never dreamed I’d be back so many times. I certainly never expected to return 25 times, but there is something about the Bermuda Islands that entices you to return time after time.
So breathtaking are the glorious beaches, from aquamarine pools and sandy bays to the famous pink sands at the South Shore beaches. My favorite beach is John Smith’s Bay, with soft sand and great swimming and snorkeling. No, it’s not where most first-time cruisers go to the beach. You just have to know about it, and once you do, you’ll enjoy the calm seclusion of an almost private little hideaway.
The most pristine coral reefs in the world set the stage for world-class snorkeling. Just float on the surface while brightly colored fish gently swim about the reef among lobsters, sea turtles and more. This is a dazzling display you’ll never experience in a doctor’s office fishtank. Twenty-nine protected marine areas also offer some of the most dramatic, high-visibility diving areas in the world.
When in Hamilton, the capital, don’t miss the Hog Penny on Burnaby Hill, just off Front Street. The Hog Penny is the original inspiration for the Cheers Pub in Boston. With their 50-plus year history, the Hog Penny is my favorite spot for “to-die-for” pub style food. Their Bermuda fish chowder tastes of authenticity.
Bermudians are always smiling and welcoming. How interesting to see men wearing jackets, ties and Bermuda shorts riding through the streets on their mopeds. So many reasons to return. I will be cruising back next year to again experience the Bermudian people and their hospitality.
While many popular Caribbean island destinations are still recovering from colonial rule, Bermuda remains a part of Great Britain. Everyone speaks English, driving is on the other side of the road and tea time is still a thing – and something worth experiencing. After 150 cruises all over the world, I can always find a reason to sail back to Bermuda.
Here are twenty ways to enjoy Bermuda:
- Relaxing on the beach
- Water skiing
- SCUBA diving
- Stand-up paddleboarding
- Touring historic forts
- Searching for pirate treasure
- Climbing up a lighthouse
- Strolling art galleries
- Horseback riding
- Hiking and biking
- Riding a moped
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Enjoying high tea
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