Big things certainly can come in small packages. Just ask Bermuda, which packs in a sizable amount of unique experiences in just 21 square miles. Surprisingly, many think this little slice of heaven in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is only for golfers. And while there are six world-class golf courses here—more per capita than anywhere in the world—this year-round destination is also full of engaging history, pink-sand beaches and picture-perfect sunsets. Here’s a snapshot of what you could enjoy during three blissful days on Bermuda.
Begin the day in George Town, the island’s original capital, where a horse-drawn carriage takes you down winding brick lanes to get a true sense of the city’s history. After an Insta-worthy photo opp in the stockades of King’s Square, head to Hamilton, the island’s current capital, for fish chowder at the Lobster Pot, followed by duty-free shopping along Front and Reid Streets. Sip in the island’s British heritage in the afternoon with high tea, complete with finger sandwiches, scones and Devonshire clotted cream at the Hamilton Princess Hotel.
Set out early on rented bicycles to tour King’s Wharf at your own pace, discovering breathtaking views of the Great Sound, Gibb’s Lighthouse and the countryside along the way. Hop on the ferry, bikes included, to head back to the Royal Naval Dockyard for Bermuda’s largest crafts market and arts center, a rum cake bakery, dolphin experience and snorkeling beach. At night, reserve a beachside table at Coconuts Restaurant to savor the sunset and a five-course dinner by tiki light, all to the sound of waves lapping the rock-framed cove.
Arrive early to Elbow Beach, Bermuda’s most famous stretch of coastline, to watch the sun rise over the azure waters, gently lapping the glorious pink sands. Enjoy post-beach pampering at Bermuda’s super-luxe Tucker’s Point Club, choosing from facials, scrubs and wraps incorporating local botanicals and marine minerals. Feeling rejuvenated, stop in for a Rum Swizzle at the Swizzle Inn on Bailey’s Bay, where the national rum and juice cocktail was first concocted. Be sure to add your business card to the famous graffiti wall.
Royal Caribbean can help you make these dream days become a reality. Their five-night cruises—departing from northeastern ports including Baltimore, Cape Liberty (NJ) and Boston—include two full days in Bermuda, along with two days at sea to enjoy the most innovative ships at sea.
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