There are plenty of unique things to do in Bermuda, with miles of pink-sand beaches, lush tropical nature trails, gorgeous parks, spectacular water adventures, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and lovely Bermuda traditions waiting to be explored and enjoyed.
These are some of the most fun things to do in Bermuda during your vacation.
1: Hike or Bike the Railway Trail
Get an unparalleled view of Bermuda’s exquisite natural beauty by following the Bermuda Railway Trail, an abandoned railway trail that meanders along most of the island. Whether you bike, hike, or leisurely walk the trail, this is one of the most fun things to do in Bermuda.
The trail, which follows the original route of the Bermuda Railway that began operating in the early 1930s when cars weren’t allowed on the island, shows off the island’s stunning landscapes. Terrain varies and includes flat, paved stretches, hilly places, old bridges, and beaches. Along the way, you’ll pass lush plants, fragrant trees, and colorful flowers.
Since there are multiple entrances to the trail throughout the island, including one within walking distance of the Royal Naval Dockyard, it’s easy to walk or bike parts of the trail and exit where convenient.
2: Create Your Vision in Glass
Show off your artistic side at a jewelry-making or glass-blowing class at Studio 8. At this glass- fusion studio and school located at Bermuda’s spectacular Clocktower Mall, learn to create a sun catcher from hand-blown glass pieces and watch local artisans show off their glass-blowing skills. Fashion a floating glass locket filled with Bermuda’s beautiful pink sand to wear as a memento of your Bermuda vacation.
If you’re more of a looker than a do-er, check out the in-house and guest glass artisans at work at Dockyard Glassworks, also located in the Clocktower Mall. Find one-of-a-kind pieces and talk with the artists who crafted them.
3: Climb the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse
Climb the 185-step spiral staircase of Gibbs Hill Lighthouse and be rewarded with spectacular vistas of land and sea. The lighthouse, located just about mid-island, overlooks South Shore and Little Sound and offers views of the capital city of Hamilton, its lovely pastel-colored white-roofed buildings, and the Royal Naval Dockyard.
Built in 1846 by British Royal Engineers, the 117-foot tall lighthouse is one of the first in the world to be made of cast-iron and is now only one of two of this kind still in existence.
Reward yourself a second time with a pizza or burger at the restaurant on the lighthouse property that was once the home of the lighthouse keeper.
4: Take High Tea
Experience one of Bermuda’s most revered traditions during high tea, when the country’s British roots shine.
Choose the formal venues of the island’s large hotels, where tea is poured from silver pots into royal china, and assorted tea sandwiches, miniature pastries, and scones are presented on tiered silver trays.
For a more relaxed atmosphere, visit one of the pastry shops around the island that also serve a late lunch and heartier fare, or enjoy a two-for-one visit to a perfumery that serves afternoon tea in the elegant gardens of historic Stewart Hall in St.George’s.
5: Explore the Crystal and Fantasy Caves
Cool down on a guided tour and descend 120 feet below ground to explore the subterranean world of the Crystal Cave. The cave, discovered by two boys in 1907, is one of Bermuda’s premier attractions and is estimated to be at least one million years old.
Be amazed at the breathtaking stalagmites and stalactites formed since the Ice Age. Walk across a pontoon bridge over a hidden crystal-clear lake within the cave that rises and falls with the sea tides. Hear about the underground amphitheater that was only recently discovered.
Explore Crystal Cave’s little sister, Fantasy Cave. Smaller and more compact than Crystal Cave, it has a deeper lake within the cave and walls with eons-old mineral deposits that resemble frozen waterfalls.
6: Scuba or Tank-Dive at Devil’s Isle
Hop on a cruise craft and speed through the water to the area known as the Shipwreck Capital of the Atlantic for a PADI Certified 2-Tank Dive. See two historic shipwrecks at your first dive site complete with lively commentary, then cruise to a second site and dive at a reef surrounded by coral and colorful fish.
Snorkel at a secluded beach area during a catamaran cruise that takes you past Devil’s Isle, the infamous Bermuda reefs that have threatened seafaring vessels for centuries. From a small beach area, you can also paddleboard, kayak, or just unwind on the beach. Summer is the best time to visit Bermuda for water activities, when tour operators run several tours per day.
7: Take a Selfie on a Pink Sand Beach
The best beaches in Bermuda come in hues of pink, and they are as beautiful as they are legendary. Don’t pass up an opportunity to spend time at Horseshoe Bay Beach, the island’s most popular and one of the world’s most Instagrammed beaches.
The hue of this pink sand beach is due to a microscopic type of coral in the reef off Bermuda’s coast that washes up on the shore. The movement of the sea washing up on the shore breaks down the coral and mixes with the sand. Over time, it results in a sensational pink shade.
Beach equipment rentals are scattered along the beach. There’s also a casual cafe and more upscale restaurants nearby.
Baby Beach, a section of the beach separated by a large rock formation, offers calm, clear waters and a shallow shelf, making it a great family beach.
8: Jump off a Cliff at Admiralty House Park
Cliff-jumping at the former British naval station, Admiralty House Park, is now counted among the most unique things to do in Bermuda.
A park encompasses the grounds of what was once a stately home for British Royal Navymen in the 1800s. Its hiking trails, hidden beach, and man-made caves that held British convicts make it a popular site to visit. The overhanging cliffs reached by a rocky path and stairs leading to the open ocean are the stars of the show.
Once you’ve climbed the stairs, you can decide whether to jump into the calm, teal-colored water right from the stairs or find a spot from the rocky cliff. Either way, it’s an exhilarating experience that you won’t soon forget.
9: Catch a Colorful Sunset on a Catamaran
To enjoy one of the fun things to do in Bermuda in the evening, board a sleek catamaran and sail into the sunset. The captain of this offbeat catamaran cruise encourages guests to dress in all white for a fun and festive evening that includes a spectacular sunset and rum cocktails or champagne.
Relax to the sounds of lively music and listen to tales of Bermuda told by your genial hosts. See the lights of the island twinkle on as you sail back into the harbor.
10: Segway to the Sights
Hop on a Segway (a two-wheeled, self-balancing, eco-friendly vehicle) and take a guided tour through the Royal Naval Dockyard. During the War of 1812, on a British ship sailing from the Dockyard, an American prisoner of war, Francis Scott Key, wrote the Star Spangled Banner.
Hear more fascinating facts from your tour guide after a quick balancing lesson, then start a journey through the Dockyard. See the National Museum of Bermuda, the Commissioner’s House, and the Clocktower.
Stop to shop for one-of-a-kind, handcrafted, and imported items at the large stone building, once a naval warehouse, which now houses the Clocktower Mall.
11: Visit the Island’s Oldest Pub
Party like a local on a pub crawl that ranks as one of the most unique things to do in Bermuda. Nowhere else would you be able to order a Rum Swizzle, one of the island’s two unofficial national drinks, where it was first created. The Swizzle Inn, Bermuda’s oldest pub, opened in 1932 in a 17th-century roadhouse.
In Hamilton, order a Dark ‘n’ Stormy, the island’s other national drink, with a colorful and speculative history. It’s made with local Gosling’s Black Rum and ginger beer and garnished with a slice of lime. The bartender’s likely to give you his or her version of how the drink got its name.
With so many unique and fun things to do, you’ll be glad that Celebrity’s Bermuda itineraries include three lovely days ashore to explore and enjoy this magical island.
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If you’re ready to book one of Celebrity’s Bermuda cruises to explore all the unique things the island offers, browse itineraries online or call one of our cruise vacation specialists at 1-800-852-8086, who can help you reserve your stateroom, arrange flights, and even make specialty restaurant reservations all at the same time.