Visit Bermuda Activities Guide 2023/24

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Featuring Attractions, Watersports and Land Sports

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ACTIVITIES GUIDE
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Charles Anderson

10 SIGNATURE SURPRISES

Blushing beaches and cerulean seas rank high on the list of reasons people travel to Bermuda, but this destination has much more to offer than its beauty.

With a settlement that started with a shipwreck by Portuguese sailors in 1543 and Bermuda’s use throughout history as a base for both privateers and the military, the island boasts a lively past. Bermuda is comprised of seven main marine limestone islands and more than 150 islets and rocks, a formation that lends itself to curious geographic features. The island’s culture is a mash-up of British class and Caribbean spice, resulting in a diversity that’s given rise to notable

creatives and alluring works of art. Bermuda is undeniably unique, and there are many ways to experience each thread that makes up the fabric of the island. Here, we share unique island attractions that offer a window into the wide, wonderful world of Bermuda. Explore, enjoy, and prepare to fall in love.

WILD WONDERS

The Crystal Caves of Bermuda

The beauty of Mother Nature is on display almost everywhere you look in Bermuda, but the island’s Crystal Caves up the ante with a heavy dose of wonderment. The slow drip of erosion has carefully carved away the marine limestone that forms Bermuda, resulting in gleaming stalactites and stalagmites that inspire a sense of reverence for the natural world. The cave — at 1,640 feet long and 203 feet deep — is partially submerged, as about 66 feet of the cave’s depth is below sea level. Azure pools of water add allure to this incredible representation of natural artistry. Getting to the cave requires descending 88 steps, so be ready for a little exercise as you explore this otherworldly site.

Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo (BAMZ)

Come face-to-face with wildlife from around Bermuda — and from across the globe — all under one roof at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo. At the walk-through Islands of Australasia exhibit, you’ll see tree kangaroos, parma wallabies, and eclectus parrots; the tropical walkway at the Islands of the Caribbean exhibit will guide you through a flight cage that the scarlet ibis, Brazilian agouti, and golden lion tamarin monkeys call home. Don’t miss the Galapagos exhibit, where you and your little ones can take a photo with a giant Galapagos tortoise. Flamingos, whose pink plumage is evocative of Bermuda’s blushing sands, are another popular site at BAMZ.

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 THE SLOW DRIP OF EROSION HAS CAREFULLY CARVED AWAY THE MARINE LIMESTONE THAT FORMS BERMUDA, RESULTING IN GLEAMING STALACTITES AND STALAGMITES THAT INSPIRE A SENSE OF REVERENCE FOR THE NATURAL WORLD.
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Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI)

Explore the seas that surround Bermuda at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute just outside the City of Hamilton. You and the whole family can explore the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle at the popular Unlock the Secrets exhibit. Learn how the islands that make up Bermuda were formed, and marvel at John R.H. “Jack” Lightbourn’s impressive shell collection, featuring more than 1,200 specimens. A visit to BUEI is as informative as it is engaging.

TIME TRAVELLING

Gibbs Hill Lighthouse

Bermuda’s storied history offers several take-me-back-in-time experiences for modern-day visitors, and Gibbs Hill

Lighthouse is one such beacon of the past with an incredible view to boot. Constructed in 1846 and standing 117 feet tall, it’s the oldest cast-iron lighthouse in the world and one of only two still in existence. Climb the lighthouse’s 185step spiral staircase and not only will you be getting your steps in, but you’ll also be rewarded at the top with panoramic views of the South Shore beaches, Little Sound, the City of Hamilton, and Royal Naval Dockyard in the west. At just $2.50 per person, the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse is absolutely worth a visit.

Town of St. George

On Bermuda’s East End, the island’s one-time capital is today noted as the oldest continuously inhabited British town in the New World. The Town of

St. George, first settled in 1612, has earned the distinction of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to it being “an outstanding example of a continuously occupied, fortified, colonial town dating from the early 17th century. A stroll through the well-preserved town’s quaint streets is a must-do for anyone who’s curious about the Bermuda of yesteryear. Don’t miss the Tucker House Museum, an elegant 1750s colonial Bermudian abode complete with antique furniture and an archaeological exhibit.

Fort St. Catherine

The best example of the “fortified” portion of UNESCO’s Town of St. George description can be found at Fort St. Catherine, an impressive stone

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fortress with a well-preserved interior. This imposing structure is nestled on the northeastern tip of St. George’s and offers pretty beach views along with comprehensive exhibits and artefacts that provide a glimpse into life in the 17th century, when the fort was first constructed, along with towers, tunnels, ramparts, huge cannons, and even a drawbridge. Visitors can easily spend an hour or more here as they explore the period weapons, crown jewel replicas, and models of the fort’s evolution throughout the centuries.

St. Peter’s Church

As you amble along through St. George’s picturesque avenues, be sure to dedicate some time to St. Peter’s church, where history and stunning architecture go hand in hand. The oldest Protestant church in continuous use in the New World, this once-wooden church was rebuilt several times since its 1612 establishment, eventually in stone, and is known for being the birthplace of Christian worship in Bermuda. St. Peter’s is open to visitors Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a $2-per-person donation, and visitors are also welcome to attend the church’s worship services as well.

Unfinished Church

As the name of this destination might suggest, this church was never completed; but its dramatic weathered stone remains are captivating in their own right. Construction on this Gothic-style church began in 1874 as an intended replacement for St. Peter’s church, which had been badly damaged in a hurricane. Arguing amongst the parishioners and issues with funding stalled construction, and the last known work was completed in 1897, when the church’s roof was installed. Yet another hurricane came through in 1926, damaging much of the construction that had been done, though the haunting windowless Gothic arches remain.

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A STROLL THROUGH THE WELLPRESERVED TOWN’S QUAINT STREETS IS A MUST-DO FOR ANYONE WHO’S CURIOUS ABOUT THE BERMUDA OF YESTERYEAR.
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GET WILD IN BERMUDA

YOU’LL FIND PLENTY OF EXCITING NATURAL WONDERS HERE, AS WELL AS OPPORTUNITIES TO GIVE BACK.

NO MATTER HOW YOU INTERACT WITH NATURE, Bermuda delivers. From adrenaline junkies seeking new heights to more laid-back activities like bird-watching, experiencing the island’s natural wonders inspires a renewed appreciation for this beautifully unique destination.

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Admiralty House Park

Beaches and caves and cliff jumping, oh my! Get your thrill on by leaping from the cliff of your choice into the crystal-blue sea below, then explore the caves and tunnels that once offered discreet passage to British Royal Navy admirals who resided at a grand home here. Admiralty House Park is a great place to sightsee if you’re looking to get away from the crowds and simply appreciate Bermuda’s raw, natural beauty.

Spittal Pond

The Spittal Pond Nature Reserve is a veritable treasure trove of Bermuda wildlife. A bird-watcher’s paradise, the pond attracts up to 500 species, whose distinct songs and frenetic energy make for quite the show. Don’t miss the “checkerboard,” a wide swath of eroded marine limestone where a geological occurrence called tessellated pavement gives it a checkerboard appearance. There’s also a plaque commemorating the first known human visitors to Bermuda — a group of Portuguese sailors who shipwrecked here in 1543, one of whom scrawled the year and the initials “RP,” possibly for King Rex Portugaliae, into a rock.

Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve

Travelling with a group presents certain challenges, especially when each member has their own vacation goals. Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve offers a little something for everyone. Walking trails, including a boardwalk that passes by a restored pond and salt marsh area, allow active travellers to enjoy Bermuda’s natural beauty whilst getting their steps in. The Wildlife Observation Tower provides nature lovers with a vantage point from which to spot migratory birds or even whales if they’re lucky. And there are a handful of beautiful beaches in the area, including Clearwater

Beach and Turtle Bay, where beach lovers can get their fix with soft powdery sands and calm turquoise waters.

Blue Hole Park

Blue Hole Park is home to beguiling natural features created from Bermuda’s marine limestone. Caves, grottoes, and mangroves are framed by a lush forest, making for a serenely beautiful setting. At the blue hole for which the park is named, you can plunge into the deep blue from the cliffs above. The water is cool and crystal clear, and crowds at this site are often minimal. Come for a quick trip to check “cliff-jumping into a blue hole” off your bucket list or stay a while and enjoy the area trails and the 12-acre Tom Moore’s Jungle where the blue hole is located.

Travelling with Intention

If you’re overwhelmed with gratitude for this special place that’s surely provided you with a fabulous getaway, why not return the favour with your time and talents?

The Bermuda National Trust boasts an extensive portfolio of important historic buildings, some of which you’ll likely visit during your trip; and volunteer help is needed in many areas. From nature conservation to gardening to marine or land cleanup, there are plenty of ways to give back with the BNT.

Habitat for Humanity

has a proven track record of doing good around the globe, and there’s an active chapter in Bermuda as well. Habitat Bermuda works to improve the living conditions of those who struggle to maintain their homes, resulting in unsafe or unhealthy environments.

Neighbourhoods are restored one at a time through renovation and refurbishment projects, and you’re invited to lend a hand.

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Royal Naval Dockyard

On Bermuda’s West End, Royal Naval Dockyard presents a seamless fusion of the island’s history and modernday attractions. Since the 1800s, when the British Royal Navy purchased the 200 West End acres, large land

reclamations transformed the area, which was developed by enslaved and free Bermudians, to include a working dockyard, victualling yard, and ordnance depot. Today, Royal Naval Dockyard beckons visitors with vast shopping, dining, and entertainment offerings. Shop

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UP TO OFFER THE BEST OF BERMUDA.

at Clocktower Shopping Mall, spend hours frolicking at the Longtail Water Park, and spark a sense of appreciation for Bermudian history, culture, and art at the National Museum of Bermuda. An 18-hole mini golf course, beach club, and an abundance of watersport opportunities round out this lively destination.

BERMUDA’S BUSTLING CAPITAL

City of Hamilton

Front Street in the heart of Hamilton is a hub of activity, where colourful building façades and colonial architecture make the perfect backdrop for those Insta-worthy vacation snaps. Along this waterfront thoroughfare, you’ll find upscale fashion and jewellery shops, souvenir stores, and some of Bermuda’s best bars and restaurants. Front Street and Reid Street are your one-stop shop for Bermuda shorts, luxury watch brands and fine gems, designer fragrances, cashmere knitwear, and Goslings rum, amongst other quintessential Bermuda mementos. Be sure to head to Hamilton on Wednesday evenings in the summer season for Harbour Nights, where Gombey dancers, local artisans, and street food vendors pair up to offer the best of Bermuda.

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CROWN POINT

Vacation

Photography

Tel: 705-0804

www.crownpointbda.com

Let Crown Point help you capture the memories and adventures whilst you’re on vacation in Bermuda by hiring one of their skilled local photographers. Their concierge will help plan your shoot, choose the right photographer whose style you connect with, and suggest some of the most beautiful spots islandwide. Their photographers specialise in shoots for family vacations, honeymoons, babymoons, proposals, girls’ weekends, romantic getaways, and more.

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THE CRYSTAL CAVES OF BERMUDA

8 Crystal Cave Rd. Hamilton Parish

Tel: 293-0640

www.caves.bm

Stunning natural beauty is on display more than 140 feet below the earth’s surface, where stalactites and stalagmites have been forming for millennia. Visitors can choose to encounter the Crystal Cave, the Fantasy Cave, or both. In the Crystal Cave, stateof-the-art lights glitter off the natural rock and visitors cross a beautiful lake via a

pontoon bridge that rises and falls with the tides. Meanwhile, the Fantasy Cave shows off a completely separate display of amazing rock formations.

FAMOUS HOMES & HIDEAWAYS CRUISE

Check in at Island Tour Centre Dockyard Watersports Centre

Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel: 236-1300

www.winsomebermuda.com

Join the friendly and highly entertaining crew of the MV Excellence on a two-hour journey and learn about Bermuda’s culture and experience

breathtaking beauty that you will only see from the water. Cruise along the shoreline, view charming pastelcoloured colonial homes steeped in history, and sneak a peek at the lives of the rich and famous Bermuda residents in the exclusive neighbourhood called “Millionaire’s Row.” On this very popular tour, you will listen to humorous personal stories about life as an islander and enjoy live entertainment from Captain Jamie, who will serenade you on the return cruise, leaving you wanting more.

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With so much to fill your itinerary, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for in Bermuda. Here are our top picks for what to see and do.

THE LILI BERMUDA PERFUMERY

Stewart Hall

5 Queen St., St. George’s Tel: 293-0627 / 800-527-8213

www.lilibermuda.com

The Lili Bermuda Perfumery is an internationally recognised couture perfume house that is open to visitors. Lili Bermuda fragrances for men and women, which capture the essence of Bermuda, are created on property at Stewart Hall in St. George’s and are sold in their retail stores at Stewart Hall and their Lili Bermuda store in Hamilton. The line is sold exclusively in Bermuda and makes a crowd-pleasing gift for loved ones upon your return home. The store and adjacent history room in St. George’s are open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the summer, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the winter.

MASTERWORKS MUSEUM OF BERMUDA ART

Botanical Gardens

183 South Shore Rd., Paget Tel: 299-4000

www.masterworksbermuda.org

Masterworks is Bermuda’s only purpose-built museum and is home to over 1,600 works of Bermuda-inspired art, including famous names such as Winslow Homer, Albert Gleizes, and Georgia O’Keeffe. Every month, a cross-section of local artists displays their works in shows. The Arrowroot Gift Shop is home to a variety of local artisans’ handiwork, available for purchase. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF BERMUDA

1 The Keep Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel: 234-1333

www.nmb.bm

Immerse yourself in 500 years of history and culture at the National Museum of Bermuda (NMB), located in Bermuda’s largest fort in the historic Royal Naval Dockyard. Explore the extensive grounds of the museum, which are filled with exhibits on topics ranging from the discovery of Bermuda to connections with the West Indies and the Azores, enslavement in Bermuda, and the island’s defence heritage. Jawdropping ocean views, massive cannons, shipwreck artefacts, local watercraft, a stunning mural, contemporary art exhibits, and family activities make the museum fun for all ages. Kids will love the whimsical Museum Playground &

Playhouse, complete with fun interactives, a wooden 70-foot moray eel, and lighthouse to play in. Visit NMB, your Dockyard destination for history and culture. NMB is open April through November from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission at 4 p.m.), December through March from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission at 4 p.m.), and is home to Dolphin Quest Bermuda. Adults, $18; seniors, $15; free for children under 16.

OCEAN DISCOVERY CENTRE @ BUEI

40 Crow Lane, Pembroke Tel: 292-7219

www.buei.bm

Visit the Ocean Discovery Centre at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI). Perfect for all ages, BUEI is the home to one of the largest private shell collections in the world, a virtual shark cage, shipwreck

gallery, and so much more. With BUEI’s cutting-edge technology, you can explore the island’s reefs and beyond, take a virtual dive on the Blue Echo submersible, and unlock the secrets of the Bermuda Triangle. Complete your experience and enjoy the beautiful views of Hamilton Harbour at the on-site award-winning Harbourfront Restaurant and be sure to visit the Oceans Gift Shop for a special souvenir. The Ocean Discovery Centre is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission at 4 p.m.) and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last admission at 3 p.m.). All admission funds go to support the Ocean Discovery Centre’s nonprofit mission of providing education, experiences, and exploration of the ocean. To learn more about the Ocean Discovery Centre, visit www.buei.bm.

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OLEANDER CYCLES AND BERMUDA RENTAL CAR LTD.

6 Valley Rd., Paget

Tel: 236-2453

15 Gorham Rd., Hamilton

Tel: 295-0919

26 York St., St. George’s Tel: 297-0478

1 Maritime Lane

Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys

Tel: 234-2764

Cambridge Beaches Hotel

30 Kings Point Rd., Somerset

Tel: 234-0331 (ask for the cycle shop)

The Reefs Hotel

2 Tribe Rd. #3, Southampton

Tel: 238-2282 (ask for the cycle shop)

Grotto Bay Resort, Bailey’s Bay

11 Blue Hole Hill, Hamilton Parish

Tel: 293-1010

www.oleandercycles.bm

www.oleanderebikes.com

www.bermudarentalcar.com

Bermuda’s No. 1 scooter livery offers quality one- and two-seater scooters, electric pedal bikes, and fun, easy-tomanoeuvre two-seater cars, all at competitive rates. The new addition to their fleet — compact cars featuring A/C, Bluetooth stereo, and electric windows — means you can now travel around Bermuda in style and comfort. You will receive five-star service and a safety demonstration with their friendly staff. Oleander’s reputation is the best in Bermuda and has earned this since opening in 1964. They have locations at each end of the island in Dockyard and St. George’s plus two in the centre of the island, including Hamilton and Paget. Free delivery or transportation via

their courtesy vans to and from your hotel is available no matter where you are on the island. They are open seven days a week.

ROYAL NAVAL DOCKYARD

Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel: 234-1709

www.dockyard.bm

Built by royal decree to defend British superiority on the seas, Royal Naval Dockyard is today a resplendent place of discovery. Within the walls of this 19thcentury fortress now exists an invitation for adventure: attractions, watersports, dining, shopping, events, and more. By daylight or moonlight, there is so much to discover.

SMATT’S CYCLE LIVERY LTD.

Hamilton Princess & Beach Club

74 Pitts Bay Rd., Pembroke

Tel: 295-1180

www.smattscyclelivery.com

Smatt’s Cycle Livery is a mainstay of the rental cycle business in Bermuda. Originally a small momand-pop shop, the family business was one of the first cycle liveries on the island. They are well known for their friendly and helpful staff. For that reason, they enjoy many repeat customers who visit the island every year. Navigate Bermuda’s highways, byways, and hidden lanes on your scooter and discover Bermuda’s best-kept secrets. There are endless possibilities in Bermuda, and the best way to experience them all is on two wheels. The seat of a Smatt’s cycle is the best way to see the island — guaranteed!

Famous Homes & Hideaways Tour

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Discover tranquil hideaways only accessible by boat while being serenaded by Captain Jamie, one of Bermuda’s talented entertainers. This delightful two hour excursion along the island’s coastline will provide historical facts as well as lots of humorous personal stories about the island and its people. View colonial homes painted in pastel colors as well as an exclusive neighborhood known as Millionaire’s Row. You will see homes of celebrities such as Michael Douglas, William Denslow, Eugene O’neil, Charlie Chaplin and more. Come and join Captain Jamie on this informative and entertaining sightseeing cruise.

AQUATIC ADVENTURES

Bermuda has a rich and deep maritime history, which is unsurprising considering no matter where you are on the island, you ’re never too far from the sparkling azure abyss.

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From the traditionally built Bermuda sloops running trade across the open ocean to navigating vessels around the treacherous reef line that surrounds the island, the ocean has played a significant role in helping the island to flourish despite its seeming remoteness in the middle of the Atlantic. Here and now, though, any vacation to the island needs to include some form of aquatic adventure; and no matter what your fancy — whether relaxing, taking in the immeasurable undersea wonders, or participating in high-octane thrills — there is something for everyone on, near, or under the water.

ABOVE THE BLUE

The island is a veritable playground for saltwater lovers, and one way you can get out on the ocean is with the aid of an experienced captain on any variety of vessel. With seafaring in their blood, there is no shortage of knowledgeable mariners to show off the island’s coastal delights. Maybe under sail on a 65-foot catamaran with a glass of champagne in hand is your pleasure of choice. If you’re more inclined to spend time in the water, charters can be organised with a variety of water toys such as kayaks, paddleboards, and snorkel gear. Or, if you’d prefer to see the wonders down yonder without getting wet, a trip aboard a glass-bottom boat might be more your pace.

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 ANY VACATION TO THE ISLAND NEEDS TO INCLUDE SOME FORM OF AQUATIC ADVENTURE.
WITH SEAFARING IN THEIR BLOOD, THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF KNOWLEDGEABLE MARINERS TO SHOW OFF THE ISLAND’S COASTAL DELIGHTS.
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With Bermuda’s temperate climate, there are year-round ocean-going offerings that will certainly delight just as much as a mid-summer’s sunny day. In March and April, humpback whales pass through the Sargasso Sea as they migrate north. During their passage, they often spend time playing along Bermuda’s south shore — oftentimes less than a mile offshore — so it is well worth a trip out to catch an aweinspiring glimpse of them. On a smaller scaler and a little closer to shore, though no less mesmerising, the sight of glow worms, which can be spotted dancing just under the surface of the water a couple of days after the full moon, can add a little sparkle to an evening cruise.

Bermuda’s waters are also teeming with marine life and game fish from wahoo to amberjack and tuna (both blackfin and yellowfin and, if you’re lucky, a rare giant bluefin) to blue and white marlin. Fishing charters are available year-round for half-day, three-quarter-day, or full-day trips; and no matter what your experience level, you’ll have no trouble getting hooked up with the wealth of knowledge from Bermuda’s fishing captains.

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Those wishing to explore Bermuda’s bays and beaches on their own can head out in a rented boat, and most watersport outlets have a variety of vessels, whether you’re heading out with a larger gathering on a 23-foot pontoonstyle boat or you’re looking to dip in and out of some of Bermuda’s hidden coves and beaches on a 13- to 16-foot Boston Whaler.

ADRENALINE RUSH

For those who prefer to get their blood pumping, take a ride on the wild side on a banana boat adventure or zip around on a Jet Ski tour. Visitors can also use Bermuda’s prevailing winds to their advantage and speed along on adrenaline-fueled board sports,

including wind foiling and windsurfing. You can also take a spin high above the Great Sound on a parasail, where you’ll catch panoramic views of the island and spy reefs, pink beaches, forts, and the colourful buildings that make the island of Bermuda so unique. Or maybe you want to take part in one of Bermudians’ favourite pastimes: cliff jumping.

To kick it up a notch and get a little more physical whilst enjoying the water, there’s no better way to explore the

harbours, coves, and inlets than by kayak or paddleboard. Kayaks with glass bottoms can also be rented to really get a glimpse of the undersea life.

THE WONDERS OF THE DEEP

If you prefer to get up close and personal with the underwater environment that surrounds the island, whether snorkelling or with a certified PADI diver, you can explore from closer to shore or go a little deeper by heading out on a charter boat. Several beaches across the island provide concession stands where you can rent snorkels, and you won’t have to swim too far before you are surrounded by yellow and black–striped sergeant majors, multicoloured neon parrotfish, and angelfish; and, if you’re lucky, you

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might even spy a sea turtle munching on seagrass or an octopus hiding out amongst the swaying purple sea fans. There are plenty of other wonders to delight in, including a profusion of vibrant corals. Take a tour out to one of Bermuda’s most epic coral reefs, North Rock, on the most northern edge of Bermuda’s reef platform 10 miles off the shoreline. There, you’ll get the chance to see some of the Bermuda water’s grander fish species and ancient undersea formations with the tops of the reef just a few feet below the water.

Outside of natural undersea wonders, Bermuda is considered the “wreck capital of the Atlantic,” laying claim to more than 300 shipwrecks that have succumbed to the island’s treacherous reefs that ring much of the island. There are about 40 of these iconic sunken ships, some dating back to the 1600s, that are worth exploring on a dive, including the Hermes, the Mary Celeste, the Cristóbal Colón, and the HMS Vixen

JET SKI ADVENTURES

PARASAILING

• Rated #1 in Jet Ski Tours by visitors and locals alike. (Several Jet Ski Adventures to choose from + private tours)

• Charter your own private boat with Captain (23ft to 65ft) Swim, snorkel, cruise, watch a sunset, visit a beach, & more

• Parasail in Bermuda

• Bike Tours and Kayak Eco Tours

• Plan your own adventure on one of our Boston Whaler Boats or Pontoon Boats - Quality boats at great rates

• Snorkeling Tours

• Banana Boat Tubing for ultimate fun

• Reservations are advised

• Open daily from 8am-7pm

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With so many sporting adventures to fill your itinerary, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for in Bermuda. Here are our top picks for what to do.

BDA WATERSPORTS

Robinson’s Marina, Somerset Bridge

Middle Rd., Somerset Tel: 234-0914

www.bdawatersports.com

At Bermuda’s longest-running watersport facility, they offer a vast array of waterbased activities that are bound to quench your thirst for adventure. Whether it’s traversing Bermuda’s turquoise waters at high speeds on their tailored Jet Ski tours, cruising the mangroves on a self-driven

pontoon boat, or getting close to nature on one of their iconic clear kayaks and paddleboards, the choices are endless. Join them and bring the whole family for an experience you’ll be talking about for years to come.

CAPTAIN KIRK’S CORAL REEF ADVENTURES

Dockyard Watersports Centre

Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel: 232-KIRK (5475)

www.kirksadventures.com

Captain Kirk’s Coral Reef

Adventures offers a huge range of boat tours and private charters. Daily tour options in the summer include snorkelling, glass bottom and sightseeing, fishing, evening cruises, and even a brandnew water park onboard the MV Longtail. These tours all depart from Royal Naval Dockyard, and there’s an option for any budget or any type of traveller. The fleet is also available for charter; with nine different boats to choose from — including a

brand-new 65-foot catamaran, Good Vibrations; a 55-foot glass-bottom motor cruiser, Bottom Peeper; and, of course, for the royal treatment, step aboard MV Elizabeth Her simple elegance sets it amongst the most luxurious destinations in Bermuda, and she is equipped to make your experience both magical and memorable — your options are endless. Their smaller boats are perfect for intimate settings, and their larger boats come equipped with a

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full bar, stereo system, lights, and an upper- and lower-deck dance floor for a great party atmosphere. These boats are perfect for celebrating your special events like birthdays, weddings, themed parties, and even whale watching. Get in contact to start arranging your dream tour or charter today.

CASTAWAY CHARTERS

Tel: 505-0855

www.castawaybermuda.com

Join a tour or book a private charter. Castaway Charters offers regularly scheduled group snorkel tours, and they are available every day for private charters. They operate in the East End of Bermuda and frequent the secluded beaches and sandbars of Castle Island, an area that may be considered the most beautiful place in Bermuda.

Experience snorkelling on pristine reefs and shipwrecks inside the Nonsuch Island nature preserve or enjoy sunsets whilst hanging out with the turtles in Bailey’s Bay. Please call them for more information or to make a booking.

HAKUNA MATATA

CHARTERS

Tel: 505-1611

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Welcome to Hakuna Matata Charters, Bermuda’s top charter boat. A 51-foot custom Carolina, Hakuna Matata will get you out to the fishing grounds fast and in comfort. With over 55 years of experience between Captain Scott Barnes and his father,

Michael Barnes, their team knows how to get you on the fish! Hakuna Matata Charters also offers cruising charters, birthday parties, booze cruises with friends, office parties, or just a fun day out on the beautiful waters of Bermuda. Hakuna Matata will give you the best day on the water with the best crew and on the best charter boat in Bermuda. Hakuna Matata: it means no worries!

ISLAND TOUR CENTRE

Dockyard Watersports Centre

Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel: 236-1300

www.islandtourcentre.com

This is Bermuda’s No. 1 provider of recreational sightseeing tours, activities, and charters. With over 25 years of local tour experience, countless options, easy

online reservations, and a conveniently located booking office, Island Tour Centre is the first stop for your best Bermuda vacation experience ever. Choose from unbeatable snorkelling opportunities, awardwinning eco- and adventure tours, leisurely sightseeing excursions, informative island explorations, and boat cruises to suit every taste imaginable. If you prefer to explore on your own, their knowledgeable staff can assist you with boat rentals and private charter options — from pontoon boats to yachts, they have it all. Visit their website, call, or drop by their booking office, which is conveniently located within walking distance of the bus, ferry, and Dockyard cruise ship terminals.

cocktail cruises

glass bottom tours

snorkeling fishing

shipwreck snorkel

sunset cruises

catamaran sailing

private parties

sightseeing weddings

floating water park

speedboat rides

booze cruises

call: 441-232-KIRK info@kirksadventures.com

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K.S. WATERSPORTS (TOURS, RENTALS & CHARTERS)

Dockyard Watersports Centre

Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys

Tel: 441-238-4155

Waterlot Inn Dock

Middle Rd., Southampton Tel: 441-236-4155

Hamilton Princess & Beach

Club Marina

76 Pitts Bay Rd., Pembroke Tel: 441-232-4155

On the waterfront at the White Horse Pub & Restaurant

8 King’s Square, St. George’s Tel: 441-297-4155

www.kswatersports.com

Get ready to have the time of your life with K.S. WaterSports, Bermuda’s No. 1 watersports company for fun and adventure and awarded the Tripadvisor “Travellers’ Choice” award eight years in a row. They offer Jet Ski tours, parasailing, boat rentals, private boat charters, kayak and bike ecotours, snorkelling excursions, banana boat tubing, and more out of four locations across Bermuda.

Jet Ski Tours and Safaris: Experience a thrill of a lifetime on their amazing Jet Ski Adventures, rated one of the best tours and fun activities to do in Bermuda. Their friendly, fun, and knowledgeable guides will show you shipwrecks, historic landmarks, beaches, and more. Some of their Jet Ski tours explore hidden coves to spot sea turtles, snorkel vibrant coral reefs and underwater marine life, or take you to popular cliff jumping spots around Bermuda’s coastline. With the best Jet Ski rates in Bermuda, several exciting Jet Ski adventures to choose from daily, plus two-hour and threehour private Jet Ski tours available, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Instructions are provided to

all participants to ensure a safe and memorable experience. All ages welcome. Must be 16 years or older (by law) to drive a Jet Ski.

Parasailing: Experience the high-flying thrill, panoramic views, and pure excitement of parasailing. Soar over Bermuda’s crystalclear waters aboard the Thrill Seeker. This powerful winch boat allows you to take off and land without getting wet, unless, of course, you request a dip. The professional

crew assures you of a safe and memorable experience. Suitable for ages 5 years or older.

Banana Boat Tubing: Looking for the ultimate thrill ride? Hop aboard the inflatable banana tube and be pulled by a high-speed boat around the Great Sound. You’ll be surrounded by spectacular views and turquoise waters, but you’ll probably be more concentrated on holding on tight whilst your banana boat bounces on the waves

and twists and turns on this adrenaline-packed ride! Fun for all ages and great for groups and families looking for adventure.

Snorkelling Excursions: Join one of their popular two-stop snorkelling boat excursions, offshore snorkelling adventures, or two-hour Jet Ski and snorkel safaris. All great for beginners and experienced snorkellers who want to explore Bermuda’s amazing underwater marine life and coral reefs. Private

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snorkelling tour and charter options are also available. Quality snorkel gear is provided, and group sizes onboard are mostly smaller compared to other tour providers, giving you a more personalised snorkelling experience.

Kayaking and Biking Ecotours:

Join one of their popular kayaking tours or bike tours where adventure and discovery of Bermuda’s history and uniqueness are at the forefront. Whether paddling around the coves and bays on a double kayak or pedalling the railway trails and paths to see key landmarks and hidden gems, these tours give you and your family a fantastic way to experience and learn about the many wonders of Bermuda. Suited for all ages and skill types.

Pontoon and Boat Rentals:

Plan your very own adventure by renting a brand-new 13-foot or 16-foot Boston Whaler boat or a larger 23-foot premium pontoon boat. Whether half- or full day, beginner or experienced driver, their instructors will have you up and ready to captain your own boat in no time so you can head out on the water and explore Bermuda at your own pace and leisure. A detailed map with routes and points of interest to see is provided. Enjoy quality boats at the best rates, from multiple locations.

Private Boat Charters:

Are you looking for that amazing Bermuda on-the-water experience? Then privately charter one of their premium charter boats ranging from 23 feet to 65 feet long, which are perfectly priced for groups, families, and friends who want to relax, cruise, and explore Bermuda’s waters, islands, and beaches in style and comfort. Swim, snorkel, cliff-jump, tour the coastline, picnic, spot sea turtles, enjoy a sunset, and more. Your dedicated captain will customise your charter experience to suit all your needs.

Kayaks and Paddleboard Rentals:

For something a little slower paced and still very fun and exciting, try renting one of their brand-new kayaks or paddleboards, which are perfect for all ages and skill levels.

LONGTAIL WATER PARK Heritage

Wharf

Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel: 747-2204 / 234-2193

www.kirksadventures.com

Spend a day aboard the MV Longtail floating water park on Heritage Wharf. With three waterslides, a brand-new floating obstacle course, and, of course, a three-storey diving board, what’s not to love. The kids will have endless fun all day long. They also offer a full cash bar, so the adults can stay hydrated, too! Fun for the whole family. Need a breather for an hour or two? No problem. Check out the rest of Royal Dockyard and what it has to offer, have a bite to eat, then head back and enjoy even more fun. Your entry ticket is for the day, and you may go back and forth as much as you please. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., May through September.

SNORKEL PARK BEACH CLUB & NIGHTCLUB

Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel: 705-2582

www.snorkelparkbeachbermuda.com

Conveniently located one block or two minutes from the Dockyard cruise ship port. Spend an amazing, relaxing day sunbathing, swimming in beautiful turquoise waters, or snorkelling in the crystal-clear lagoon. Dip into the shallow reefs as you explore undersea marvels, including sunken British cannons and a variety of colourful fish and sea life. Enjoy their DJs and/or live music, games, and attractions for both kids and adults of all ages. Snorkel Park Beach Club truly is your destination for everything you need for the day — from beach bars serving a variety of local specialities and exotic refreshments

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THRILLING RACES

THE BERMUDA SAIL GRAND PRIX IS ONE OF THE EVENTS NOT TO BE MISSED.

AFTER SPECTACULARLY OPENING the third season of the international racing league SailGP, Bermuda will host one of the final events of season four as the championship nears its concluding stages in May 2024. One of the events of the year and not to be missed, the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix sees the island transformed into a giant event village for the week, with a host of corporate and public events and, of course, the most exciting racing on water in front of packed shorelines

on the weekend of May 4–5, 2024. Racing takes place in the turquoise waters of Bermuda’s Great Sound, and the event is presented in cooperation with the Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA), an official host and partner.

Season four starts in June 2023 with the Rolex United States Sail Grand Prix at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Nine national teams representing Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Great Britain, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland,

and the United States will battle in identical hydrofoiling F50 catamarans, capable of speeds of 100 km/h. Bermuda is just one stop on a worldwide tour that also visits destinations like Sydney, Saint-Tropez, San Francisco, and many more.

SailGP remains committed to offsetting its carbon footprint at each event as a climate-positive sports and entertainment competition. Bermuda has agreed to the league’s Climate Action Charter and is committed to local impact projects focusing on clean energy and ocean conservation. A portion of all tickets sold for this event will be donated directly to the U.N.’s renewable energy project.

Additionally, SailGP is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion through the Women’s Pathway, designed to highlight female involvement in the competition. The SailGP Inspire programme gives

young people from diverse backgrounds access to the sport and career opportunities within the maritime industry.

For those looking for an island getaway, you can purchase spectator tickets to this thrilling event. Spectators can select waterfront access with spectacular viewpoints of the adrenaline-fueled action or on-water experiences for the closest vantage point to the races. If you can’t make it in person, you can watch the twoday, worldwide live-televised event or catch all the action via real-time video feeds on the SailGP app.

As an island territory in the mid-Atlantic Ocean, Bermuda’s sailing legacy is integral to its 400-year-old history. The 21-square-mile seafaring nation invented the iconic Bermuda Rig, which is still used on sailing yachts around the world today. This makes Bermuda and SailGP a perfect partnership for 2024 and beyond.

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and restaurants with delicious food to watersports, beach rentals, and restrooms. Open daily. At night the party really starts, as Snorkel Park transforms into a massive outdoor nightclub on the beach, with drinks and dancing for the 18+ crowd. Featuring the hottest DJs and entertainers from Bermuda and worldwide. Welcome to paradise!

Come early, stay late! Snorkel Park Beach Club is a part of the BBL Group of Restaurants & Bars, which includes the famous Tobacco Bay Beach Club & Bar and White Horse Pub & Restaurant, both located in the east.

TOBACCO BAY BEACH

& BAR

1 Coot Pond Rd., St George’s Tel: 297-0484

www.tobaccobay.bm

CLUB

Rated the No. 1 snorkelling spot in Bermuda and No. 1 beach in St George’s, voted the best tourism attraction multiple times, and being the 2022/23 winners of the “People’s Choice” award, Tobacco Bay Beach is truly a gem in the east. This beach boasts tranquil turquoise waters, stunning limestone rock formations, incredible reefs that house a wide variety of sea life, and fantastic amenities and rentals. With a full-service bar and kitchen, you won’t have to move all day as you soak up the sun and get your fill of delicious food and tropical beverages. Tobacco Bay Beach Club has the perfect local beach bar to lie back and experience a true local vibe. The facility itself has free Wi-Fi, new bathrooms, showers, beach rentals, local friendly staff, an outdoor pool table, live entertainment, and an open deck to enjoy. Open seven days a week, Salsa Sundays, and Friday night happy hour.

TRAVELER CHARTERS

BERMUDA

Tel: 705-6326

www.travelerbermuda.com

Packing an exclusive mega yachting experience into their classic 50-foot cruiser, Traveler is the perfect choice for cruising Bermuda’s waters in comfort and style. Formerly owned by a local Bermudian head of state, Traveler

is no stranger to intimate, quality entertainment on the water. She is the ideal selection for discerning couples, friends, and families that include seniors and/or children. Beautifully crafted details and classic design set the stage for a magical escape that treats all senses. Charters are fully customisable. Race Jet Skis, explore on crystal-clear SUPs,

snorkel local shipwrecks, and, if brave enough, chance some cliff diving. One can even try a bit of reef fishing in preparation for lunch! Romantics will enjoy majestic sunsets whilst savouring luxurious cocktails and canapés, all followed by an amazing chef’s table dinner. Book a charter aboard Traveler and experience the difference.

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ADVENTURES ON LAND

Bermuda may be small, but it’s packed with adventure waiting to be discovered on solid ground. Whether by foot, bike, or car, there are plenty of ways to explore the island’s 21 square miles.

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If you’re looking for an active vacation, Bermuda has plenty of options to get your blood pumping. You can hike scenic trails, bike through charming neighbourhoods, or rent an electric car to explore the island’s hidden gems. Prefer spectating? Bermuda hosts fantastic events featuring PGA icons, rugby stars, and local cricket and football sensations. No matter how you spend your time on land, Bermuda is the perfect destination for a thrilling and memorable vacation.

TAKE A SWING

Golf is serious business in Bermuda. With an ideal year-round climate for perfecting your par and more courses per capita, it’s a not-to-miss spot for golf lovers.

The island’s seven (eight if you count a mini golf course) courses offer challenges for locals and visitors and are consistently ranked amongst the best by prestigious publications like Travel + Leisure, The New York Times, and Golf Digest One standout is Turtle Hill Golf Club, recognised as one of the “Best Places to Play Golf” by Golf Digest in 2019.

Designed by some of the masters of golf course architecture, including Robert Trent Jones and Charles Blair Macdonald, the island’s greens feature demanding course designs and unpredictable coastal winds to make for an exhilarating game. For example, the 16th hole at the renowned Port Royal Golf Course features a shot that requires you to hit the ball across the cliffs and places the Atlantic Ocean as a hazard. Add in the stunning vistas and a round of golf in Bermuda becomes a memorable experience.

Those who have tread Bermuda’s greens include rising stars such as Seamus Power and golf greats including Luke Donald and John Daly, who have previously swung it out at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship, a four-day championship and one of the PGA Tour events to grace the island’s shores. In 2023, the fifth instalment of the championship will take place November 6–12 at the Port Royal Golf Course.

There are other ways to get in on Bermuda’s great golf action, including the Goslings International Invitational taking place November 27–30; the pro-am 71st Goodwill Tournament, which is set for December 3–6; and Bermuda Black Golfers

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Week, which takes place in Spring 2024. Bermuda’s black golfers have historically been vocal advocates for inclusivity in the sport. Along with these important conversations on diversity, visitors can participate in the Louis Rafael “Kid” Corbin Golf Tournament.

If you’re looking for a more relaxing, family-friendly match, Bermuda Fun Golf in Royal Naval Dockyard is an 18-hole mini golf course designed as replicas of some world-famous courses from the U.S., Bermuda, and Scotland. Test your skills on Pebble Beach, California’s iconic par-3 hole 7 or Scotland’s Gleneagle’s par-4 hole 13. And just like on the 19th hole of a traditional golf course, after your hole-in-one, you can celebrate with a locally brewed craft beer at the Caddy Shack Bar & Grill and enjoy panoramic sunset views.

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From September to June, visiting runners will find a full calendar of events to participate in; and Bermuda is an excellent destination for an active holiday. The highlight is the Bermuda Triple Challenge, which takes place January 12–14, 2024, and includes race lengths of one mile, 10K, and a half or full marathon. Those really hoping to push their athleticism can take on the full challenge to participate in all three days of events.

Bermuda is also home to an active cycling and triathlon community and regularly hosts events, including the World Triathlon, featuring Bermuda’s own Dame Flora Duffy, who was named Female Triathlete of the Year in 2022 and currently holds the Olympic gold medal in the sport.

HIT THE TRAILS

For those who don’t need to compete, Bermuda’s terrain is perfect for hitting the pavement or trails, on foot or bike.

The Bermuda Railway Trail — what is now left after a short-lived railway that was built in 1931 as an alternative form of transportation when cars were banned from the island — has been repurposed as an outdoor path that snakes along the length of the island and features scenic routes, many off the main roads, through all nine parishes with extensive, unobstructed views of North Shore and the Great Sound.

For an inside exploration of the trail, take a Pedego e-bike tour of the trail’s

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ISLAND GOLF COURSES

FIVE FORTS GOLF CLUB

34 Coot Pond Rd., St. George’s Tel: 543-6715 / 543-2222

www.marriott.com/en-us/ hotels/bdaxr-the-st-regisbermuda-resort/experiences/ five-forts-golf-club

The former St. George’s Golf Course reopened in 2021 at The St. Regis Bermuda Resort. The new ocean-view Five Forts Golf Club is named for the five forts that surround it, including the largest and most celebrated in Bermuda, Fort St. Catherine. 4,436 yards / Par 62 / 18 holes

THE MID OCEAN CLUB

1 Mid Ocean Dr., Tucker’s Town, St. George’s Parish Tel: 293-0330

www.themidoceanclub.com

Highlights: Designed by Charles Blair Macdonald in 1921 and

modified to its current design by Robert Trent Jones.

6,530 / Par 71 / 18 holes

NEWSTEAD BELMONT HILLS GOLF CLUB

25 Belmont Hills Dr., Warwick Tel: 236-6060

www.newsteadbelmonthills.com

Highlights: Bermuda’s only double green at 14,000 square feet. Entirely renovated in 2002.

6,100 yards / Par 70 / 18 holes

OCEAN VIEW GOLF COURSE

2 Barkers Hill Rd., Devonshire Tel: 542-4360

www.oceanview.bm

Highlights: Features 18 different tee positions that are set for a tricky par 70 so you can better your front nine on your second round.

2,940 yards / Par 35 / 9 holes

Play the Iconic

Eighteen Holes, Five Forts, One Destination

Breathing new life into a historic landmark, the bespoke Five Forts golf course at The St. Regis Bermuda Resort offers 18-holes and a premier golf experience, captivating ocean views and exceptional service. Challenge or immerse yourself at Five Forts Golf Club.

For reservations or more information, please visit fivefortsgolfclub.com or call 441.543.2222.

The St. Regis Bermuda Resort, 34 Coot Pond Road, St. Georges GE03

PORT ROYAL GOLF COURSE

5 Port Royal Rd., Southampton Tel: 234-0974

www.portroyalgolfcourse.com

Highlights: The longest and most picturesque course in all of Bermuda, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and ranked amongst the world’s best public courses.

6,842 yards / Par 71 / 18 holes

TUCKER’S POINT GOLF COURSE

60 Tucker’s Point Dr., Hamilton Parish Tel: 298-6970

www.tuckerspoint.com/club/golf

Highlights: Originally designed by Charles H. Banks in 1932, enhanced by Roger Rulewich in 2002.

6,203 yards / Par 70 / 18 holes

TURTLE HILL GOLF CLUB

101 South Shore Rd., Southampton

Tel: 239-6952

www.fairmont.com/ southampton-bermuda/ activities/golf

Highlights: Winner of Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play Golf,” designed to take your short game to new heights.

2,873 yards / Par 54 / 18 holes

MINI GOLF COURSE

BERMUDA FUN GOLF

Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys

Tel: 400-7888

www.fungolf.bm

Highlights: Features 18 challenging holes designed after famous golf courses in the U.S., Scotland, and Bermuda. “Glow in the dark” night golf is also offered.

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eastern section that features Harrington Sound and Tom Moore’s Jungle. Pedal and electric bikes can also be rented through Pedego or Oleander Cycles to go further afield and create your own tour. The island can also be discovered by horseback, including along the trails and beaches, which gives a unique perspective of the island.

GAME ON

If you’re looking to perfect your serve, Bermuda has several tennis courts, including the government-run W.E.R. Joell Tennis Stadium on the outskirts of the City of Hamilton. There are eight courts, including five hard courts, three clay courts, and one practice wall. Pickleball courts are available at several locations, including Pompano Beach Club, which recently converted three courts to pickleball and offers non-guest access for $25/hour.

Bermuda has a vibrant sporting community, with most weekends filled with regular football, rugby, and cricket games across the island. One of Bermuda’s cultural highlights is the annual Cup Match in mid-summer and celebrates emancipation on the island. The two-day cricket game sees rival teams, St. George’s Cricket Club and Somerset Cricket Club, battle it out. Every year the game switches between Wellington Oval in St. George’s and Somerset Cricket Club, and the grounds are filled with spectators and festivities celebrating the long holiday weekend. The Cup Match will take place August 3–4, 2023, at St. George’s Cricket Club.

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CONGRATULATIONS, DAME FLORA DUFFY

The record-breaking athlete lands another title.

Continuing to make waves on the world stage, Bermuda’s Dame Flora Duffy recently achieved a feat no female triathlete has accomplished after landing her record-breaking fourth WTS World Triathlon title during a thrilling competition in Abu Dhabi in November 2022.

“You are without question the greatest female triathlete the world has ever seen, and you are an inspiration to us all here in Bermuda,” said Premier David Burt about the 35-year-old Duffy, who was born and raised in Bermuda. Duffy made the island proud when she landed Bermuda’s firstever gold Olympic medal during the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo after winning the women’s triathlon.

Duffy’s many other accomplishments include being a two-time ITU World Triathlon Series Champion, a two-time ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion, a six-time winner of the XTERRA World Championships, and a Commonwealth gold medallist.

“Your dedication, fearlessness, and strength of character represent the true champion that you are,” said the Premier on behalf of the proud Bermudians.

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BERMUDA FUN GOLF

World’s No. 1 Miniature Golf Course

Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel: 400-7888

www.fungolf.bm

Situated on an acre of oceanfront property, Bermuda Fun Golf features 18 challenging holes whose design was inspired by famous holes in golf courses in the U.S., Scotland, and Bermuda. With incredible ocean views and the Caddy Shack Bar & Grill, this mini golf course is a casual gathering place for golfers, non-golfers, or those that simply appreciate great food. Enjoy the island’s best views of Bermuda’s spectacular sunsets from their elevated terrace. After dark, play a round of “glow in the dark” night golf. Putt a round of miniature golf with them today or stop by the best 19th Hole in Bermuda for a bite to eat and a locally brewed craft beer. This is the perfect outing for golf enthusiasts and families. Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. from April to October. From November to March, it’s only open on weekends. Bermuda Fun Golf is located next to Snorkel Park Beach through the common archway.

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FIVE FORTS GOLF CLUB

34 Coot Pond Rd., St. George’s Tel: 543-2222

www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/bdaxr-thest-regis-bermuda-resort/experiences/fiveforts-golf-club

One of the bespoke recreational activities of The St. Regis Bermuda Resort, the Five Forts Golf Club welcomes golfers of all levels to a unique golfing experience. Named after St. George’s rich heritage in the former capital of Bermuda, the golf course is surrounded by the historical five forts, including Bermuda’s largest and most celebrated Fort St. Catherine, which is situated just steps from The St. Regis Bermuda Resort. Wherever you play on this course, you will be enchanted by the natural splendour and panoramic ocean views of Five Forts Golf Club.

PEDEGO ELECTRIC BIKES BERMUDA

4 Penno’s Dr., St. George’s Tel: 533-8687

www.pedegoelectricbikes.com

Pedego Electric Bikes Bermuda is the very best way to experience St. George’s and beyond. They offer several bike tours for adults and kids. Their Town of St. George tour is perfect for those who have an interest

in Bermuda’s history. Discover many historical sites, buildings, and natural parks. Learn about the first shipwreck that brought settlers to the island, explore the Unfinished Church, and visit Tobacco Bay and Fort St. Catherine’s. Pedego’s Harrington Sound tour explores nature reserves such as Tom Moore’s Jungle and visits John Smith’s Bay as well as caves, parks, and the old Bermuda railway trails. On their Cooper’s Island tour, you will tour the sites like St. David’s Lighthouse and St. David’s Battery Park. For the more adventurous, try their e-tour and discover trails, forts, and graveyards off-road on a fun fat tire e-bike. Whichever tour you choose, you are guaranteed to have the most fun and memorable activity. Tours can be customised and last between two and four hours. You have the freedom to see more in less time. Daily rentals are also available.

PORT ROYAL GOLF COURSE

5 Port Royal Rd., Southampton Tel: 234-0974

www.portroyalgolfcourse.com

RESERVE A TEE TIME

1 (441) 234-0974

www.portroyalgolfcourse.com

Walk in the footsteps of champions at the Port Royal Golf Course, host of the PGA Grand Slam. Their golf course features 18 championship holes over 6,842 manicured yards and was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. Port Royal Golf Course is ranked amongst the world’s best public golf courses by Golf Digest and named Bermuda’s finest course by The New York Times. Their course is the longest and most picturesque course in all of Bermuda, and you will not be disappointed! They welcome players of all ages and all levels. Book a tee time now online or by phone and enjoy a round of golf that you will be talking about for years.

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With so many sporting adventures to fill your itinerary, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for in Bermuda. Here are our top picks for what to do.
BERMUDA APP Find useful information at your fingertips. AVAILABLE FOR FREE ON THE APP STORE OR GOOGLE PLAY Bermuda Scan Me and much more! RESERVE A CAR OR SCOOTER Zip around the island in style BOOK A SIGHTSEEING CRUISE Get ready to see the sights GET DIRECTIONS Find your way around the island CHECK OUT LOCAL ATTRACTIONS Discover what to see and do RESERVE A TEE TIME Have a sporting good time BOOK A TOUR Explore the island’s top adventures ACCOMMODATIONS ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES BUSINESS & REAL ESTATE DINING & ENTERTAINMENT ROYAL NAVAL DOCKYARD SHOPPING & SPAS TOWN OF ST. GEORGE TRANSPORTATION USEFUL INFORMATION WEDDINGS
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