Bermuda is Calling. Will you Answer?

I have been to the Caribbean more times than I can count. I have tried to visit as many of the Caribbean islands as I could. I have visited 28 islands there as of the date of this blog. The Caribbean is a major destination for Minnesota residents due to its proximity to the state and the warm climates that help us escape the cold winter weather. There are other island escapes that are not Caribbean and should be considered. They include the Florida Keys, Hilton Head, Galveston, and the subject of this blog  BERMUDA.

Bermuda holds a lot to offer the tourist. Bermuda has stunning pink beaches. Chaplin Bay Beach, located next to Horseshoe Bay Beach where Warwick and Southampton Parishes meet, is a relatively quiet spot for sunbathing but only a low tide because at high tide it disappears! You can get to the beach from South Shore Park or by walking from Horseshoe Bay.  Just don’t fall asleep on the beach or you might wake up swimming. John Smith’s Bay is another good beach to try. Even with nice public restrooms and changing facilities, it won’t be too crowded even in peak season. You’ll discover three beautiful, secluded beaches in Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve in the East End section of Bermuda.

You cannot rent a car on Bermuda. The cars are privately owned only. You can however, rent a scooter and many of the tourists do just that. You can also rent bicycles, walk or take a taxi or bus to get around.

Crystal Cave and Fantasy Cave offer spectacular views underground and they are the reason that many come to the island to see the spectacular beauty of these two very different caves. See the clear underground lake in Crystal Cave or the calcite mineral deposits of Fantasy Cave that look like ancient waterfalls. Hours are 9 to 5 every day with tours leaving 3 times per hour.

Water sports of every kind are available in Bermuda. Visit the wonderful world of the Atlantic Ocean in many ways. For the most fit, try SCUBA diving (certification required). You can visit most popular destinations such as the Cristobal Colon, a Spanish Luxury Liner sunk in 1936, the Mary Celestia, from the US Civil War sunk in 1864, or the Constellation schooner that sank in 1943. If you are not certified or planning to take a resort certification while there, go snorkeling. And if you are not a swimmer, you can always take a glass bottom boat to view.

Geocaching is big in Bermuda. This is searching for caches left for you to discover with a GPS. There are at least 20 locations on the island and most are fairly easy to get to and locate, according to the Geocaching site, though you may have to register for some of them.

Take a walk or bike along the Bermuda Railway Trail. Eighteen of the original 22 miles of this abandoned railway right of way are available for use to see the beauty of this amazing island. You can rent a bicycle to ride most of this trail, although some sections are better for hikers.

Golf Golf Golf. There are more than seven great 18 hole golf courses located on the island, most of them offering stunning Atlantic ocean vistas. Some of the courses have the ocean come into play on holes. Talk about a water challenge! Bermuda is a perfect spot for your gof foursome to go to. Check out the Belmont Hills (Par 70, 5263-6017 yards) , Ocean View (Par 71, 5186-6842 yards), or Port Royal golf course (Par 71 5186-6842 yards), three of the challenging but fun courses there.

You have your pick of different accommodations when you go to Bermuda. You can stay at a luxury hotel, B&B, boutique hotel, private villa, or a moderate priced hotel. Some are on the beach, some have golf courses on the property or nearby. For a luxury hotel, try the Fairmont Hamilton Princess. The owners, the Green family have recently renovated the property, spending $70 million renovating the hotel rooms and adding a new restaurant by the harbor operated by chef Marcus Samuelsson. And they rennovated their two penthouses to accommodate guests that came to Bermuda for the 2017 America’s cup. They have a beautiful new infinity pool overlooking the harbor and Atlantic, that I was tempted to jump into when I toured the property recently. And of course, you will find the typical Fairmont quality service at this hotel.

Or try the Grotto Bay Beach Resort. A great mid priced beach resort within minutes of two golf courses, but right on the beach near blue hole. As the name implies, there are underground caves right on the property. All rooms are either ocean front or ocean view, and very attractively priced.  We also recommend the Elbow Beach Bermuda. an ocean property with a half mile beach with four restaurants, tennis courts, and six private spa suites. All rooms offer bathrobes and Nespresso coffee makers. Contact us for more recommendations.

Getting there: There are currently no non-stops to Hamilton, Bermuda from Minneapolis. However there are several air carriers that connect to Hamilton via their hubs. This includes Delta (Atlanta), United (Newark), American (Miami) and Air Canada (Toronto).