This gorgeous archipelago of 7 main islands and over 170 other small islands is truly a paradise. With a short flight from the US, you can escape to this tropical place with your family and enjoy white sand beaches, perfect sunsets, and tasty Caribbean food. Choose the best time to visit Bermuda and start planning your next vacation.
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Best Time to Visit Bermuda
The best time to visit Bermuda is in March or April, when the temperate weather becomes pleasant enough for beach bathing, although it can still be too cold for swimming. While the busy season is from May to October and prices go up, hotel prices during these months aren’t as high, which allows you to stay longer.
Summer months in Bermuda are perfect for the beach. Temperatures are from the high 60s to the mid-80s, and the weather is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and other water sports. If you wish to come to Bermuda at this time be prepared for higher prices, a bigger crowd, and to book at least 6 months in advance.
In the winter months, temperatures are below 60 degrees, and the water is too cold for most people. This is the time when people who like golfing visit the island. The prices of hotels and golf courses are lower and you can spend your time enjoying long walks on the beach, sipping on cocktails, and trying out local food.
If you want to spend Easter in Bermuda, you can find rooms at the steal at this time of the year. This is the best time for budget travelers to visit the archipelago, when not only the hotels are cheaper but also the tours and excursions. Except for Easter, which is very lovely on the island with locals creating handmade kites, it is also the time of the Bermuda International Movie Festival.
The fall in Bermuda is ideal for sightseeing. You can still swim as the water is still warm from the summer, but the temperature is more pleasant for going around and exploring these beautiful islands. This is perfect for those who like active vacations. You can go diving to discover over 300 shipwrecks around the islands, or you can go fishing, parasailing, and so much more.
Where to Stay in Bermuda with Kids
Bermuda is very much child-friendly with a lot of family activities in hotels and tour companies. You can get a resort or a cruise deal and enjoy pink and white sandy beaches with your little ones, make sandcastles, hunt for seashells, and go snorkeling.
Choosing the best location for your stay depends on what you are most interested in. Some travelers choose to be close to the beach, which most of the resorts offer, and some are for more unique adventures like horseback riding.
This area is an excellent choice for those who would like to experience the island’s laid-back lifestyle and historic charm. Start your exploration at the Bermuda World Legacy Center, which gives you an overview of the town, including its heritage and historical backdrop. You can enjoy theater, art, interactive movies, photos, and even a virtual reality experience.
It is a splendid place for all the history buffs, with its old English architecture, fortresses with weaponry, and monuments. The entire town is protected by UNESCO and it is declared a World Heritage Site. The town was founded in 1612 and served as a capital until 1815.
St George is located on Bermuda’s eastern coast. The parish contains two large islands of comparable size: St. George Island, which covers the parish’s northern and western areas, and St. David’s Island, which circles the parish’s south and east. The parish’s primary hub and where you’ll find all the charm is the town of St. George.
Warwick is famous for its south shore with pink sand beaches, national parks, and other wonderful natural attractions. It is located on the western side of Bermuda, between the parishes of Southampton and Paget. This is the place for all the outdoor lovers and a visit to this area is good at any time of the year.
If you are a golfer or enjoy horseback riding, this is the place for you. Beautiful equestrian trails are miles long, and you can even ride horses on the beach. One of the best and most popular beaches in the area is Warwick Long Bay. Because of these attractions, Warwick is the most touristy of the entire Bermuda.
The spectacular views, hidden coves at Astwood Park, Jobson Cove, and Chaplin Bay, and the gorgeous stretches of open shoreline are the main reasons why most people choose to come here. These are also excellent snorkeling spots, even for kids.
Those who like scuba diving and boating are in the right place when they come to Southampton. This small strip of land between the parishes of Sandys and Warwick near Bermuda’s lower western edge is all about having a good time at the beach.
There is something for everyone to do here, from sunbathing, swimming, or snorkeling and paddling. Southampton also has several great hotels and guesthouses with stunning views of the sea and easy access to the south coast beaches.
Except for excellent surfing, water skiing, and boarding experiences, in Southampton, you can also enjoy golfing and hiking. This is the location with the biggest accommodation capacity in Bermuda because it attracts so many people to spectacular views and beaches.
Located in the heart of Bermuda, Pembroke is the birthplace of Bermuda’s first hotel. Small cottages nestled in the trees yet close to the ocean are the island’s most iconic lodgings. This is especially good for individuals who want to be alone. As a result, the island is a favorite destination for honeymooners and weekend vacations. Wherever you stay you will be close to the beach and in a relaxing and quiet area.
Pembroke is home to the island’s capital, Hamilton. Here you will find various museums as well as beautiful architecture. This is the best place to stay for your first visit to Bermuda, especially if you like visiting attractions, parks, restaurants, and churches.
There are several fortresses still standing of Royal Naval heritage in Bermuda. Walking around them is like walking back in time. You will also find shops, pubs, motels, and restaurants downtown. The Bermuda National Gallery, Bermuda Historical Society Museum, Queen Elizabeth Park, and Bermuda Cathedral are the must-see landmarks in Hamilton.
How to get around Bermuda with Kids
Bermuda is safe and easy to explore by bus, boat, bike, scooter, taxi, or electric vehicle. Buses and ferries run year-round. This is how most of the locals and tourists get around the islands, and it is a terrific way of experiencing local life.
Sailing in Bermuda is a perfect way of exploring the surroundings. If you are not in a hurry to get somewhere, stay on the water until sunset to watch turquoise waters turn red. The same experience you will get on a cruise ship when it sails out of the port in the evening.
You can rent electric vehicles including motorcycles, bicycles, or small cars. There are chargers around the island and you can explore the entire island with these, and it is also eco-friendly. Other options are private or group shuttles, planes, and horse-drawn carriage rides.
How Much Time to Stay in Bermuda with Kids
Bermuda is a beautiful place that you would like to move to once you see it. But since we can’t just move somewhere, the best-case scenario is to stay there for at least 3 to 4 days. It is kind of a long weekend that will give you enough time to find your way around, see a few beaches, and maybe several landmarks if you organize your time well.
For those who get to enjoy Bermuda on their vacation, 7 days is just perfect, although 14 days sounds even better. The budgeting plays a vital role here, as this place gets pricey in the summer with rooms over $1000 per night.
Another way to explore Bermuda is on a cruise ship. You get to choose the excursion or go out on your own and explore the beaches, restaurants, and shopping areas. Cruise ships give you the least time on the islands, but the advantage is that you get to see other destinations too.
Things To Do in Bermuda With Kids
In a place like Bermuda, there is so much to do with your little ones, no matter what age they are. From museums and cultural-themed excursions to water sports and sunbathing, Bermuda offers so many landmarks and attractions that it is going to be hard to choose.
If you want to experience a beautiful pink sand beach, come to Horseshoe Bay. The color comes from small red organisms that grow on the bottom of the sea, below coral reefs. When they die their tiny bodies mix with sand and eventually end up on the beach.
This beach is easy to get to. It is located on the south shore and bus number 7 that goes from Hamilton will take you here. Or you can grab a taxi, scooter rental, or electric car. It is great for swimming but in the summertime, you might find it a little bit crowded.
Shelly Beach is a stunning sandy beach only 15 minutes drive north of Hamilton. The water is shallow and ideal for youngsters, and when you have enough of the sun you can relax between the trees surrounding the beach.
You can make a visit to this beach a full day excursion for your family. Follow a boardwalk on the western side of the beach to get to a small nature reserve. Nearby you will find a park with a playground and picnic tables where you can have lunch and let your kid play.
The Royal Naval Dockyard
One of the most popular destinations among the military and history buffs is the Royal Naval Dockyard. It is located in the West End, and it is nestled by the main cruise ship port. During the day it gets very busy when cruise ships dock here, because of so many shops, restaurants, and bars here.
Nearby are popular beaches, Horseshoe Bay and Warwick Long Bay. You can climb up Gibbs Hill Lighthouse for panoramic views of the South Shore. Another attraction is the village of Somerset, which has calm bays, candy-colored churches, and a picturesque drawbridge.
The Dockland Glassworks
If you are looking for a fun and extraordinary experience for your family, this might be the one. The Dockland Glassworks is led by Venetian trained, skilled Maestro Stephen Zawistowski. You will see how he and his teammates create hot sculptured art pieces and classic blown practical glass.
You can buy plates, glasses, little glass sculptures, and everything else they make in front of your eyes. And the best part, they are also selling traditional rum cakes, perfect as gifts and snacks.
Tom Moore’s Jungle and the Blue Hole
The incredible nature of Tom Moore’s Jungle and the Blue Hole will be a highlight of your trip. You can walk through the forest, swim in translucent blue waters, and explore subterranean caves. The reserve was named after the Irish poet who favored the area for writing. The official name of this 12-acres reserve is Walsingham Nature Reserve.
It is a great place to spot local wildlife, including mangroves, and several bird species. The Blue Hole Park is located within the reserve and it has natural swimming grottoes like the famous Blue Hole. The reserve is home to a real gem, Bermuda’s oldest restaurant, Tom Moore’s Tavern – housed in a 17th-century estate at the edge of the reserve.
Things to Eat in Bermuda
Trying local food is part of the experience. Do not miss out on unique tastes and dishes you can’t try anywhere else. Bermuda is famous for its restaurant scene and fresh seafood. You will find international restaurants as well as local dishes in all tourist areas.
The Codfish Breakfast
Codfish breakfast is a popular Sunday morning dish among locals, but you can find it in many hotels and restaurants. It’s made out of boiling and salted codfish, boiled potatoes, bananas, boiled eggs, and sometimes avocado slices. It goes with onion or other types of sauce.
Bermuda fish chowder is a national dish. It consists of fish, tomatoes, and onions, that are seasoned with black rum and Sherry peppers sauce, a Bermudian condiment.
Bermuda Fish Cake
This cake can be found in many restaurants, and the recipe includes cod fillets, onion, garlic, lime, potatoes, eggs, hot sauce, and fresh parsley. Sometimes it is served with boiled potatoes or a salad, but it can be combined with different side dishes as it goes well with anything.
The Fish Sandwich
The fish sandwich is the favorite fast food on the island and it is hard to determine which place serves the best one. You will find some variations to the recipe, but the basic ingredients are fried fish fillets covered in tartar sauce and served with raisin or whole-wheat bread. Some additions to it can be lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, cheese, hot sauce, and coleslaw.
The base of Hoppin’ John is black-eyed peas and rice, but every island in the Caribbean has its own version of “add ons”. Usually, the recipe includes chopped onion, and sliced bacon, seasoned with salt.
Black Rum Cake
Bermuda’s traditional dessert, rum cake, can be bought anywhere. The original recipe consists of Gosling’s black seal rum which is something like Bermudian’s gold. Do not leave Bermuda without trying the cake or the rum that is their national pride.
September to March is a spiny lobster season in Bermuda and locals are waiting for this time of the year with great excitement. They are cooked with onions and garlic, but they are served with various side dishes, depending on the restaurant.
Rockfish (Black Grouper)
This is the base of many meals in Bermuda and this fish can be found on the menu of almost all the restaurants. It is usually fried and served with bananas and Gosling’s Black Seal Sauce.
A favorite Christmas dish for Bermudians, Cassava Pie, is a combination of chicken, pork, eggs, and perhaps brandy in a sweetish but meaty layered pie. Bermuda Honey is unique to the island and very special.
Whether it’s a family holiday or a honeymoon, deciding on the best time to visit Bermuda can be difficult. Everyone is different and managing everyone’s expectations can change the time of your trip, but consider what works best for everyone and enjoy all the fun summer activities with people you love.