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5 Reasons why Bermuda Should be on Your Bucket List

Bermuda: white sandy beach.

Set in the North Atlantic Ocean, Bermuda is a true island treasure. With pristine beaches, unbelievable weather and a whole host of things to do; it shouldn’t be difficult to catch the wanderlust bug. If you haven’t already got Bermuda on your travel bucket list, you soon will. Here are five reasons why you should pack your bags for an adventure of a lifetime in Bermuda. 

The Beautiful Beaches 

Arguably the thing Bermuda is most known for, it’s beaches. It’s not hard to picture what a beach in Bermuda looks like. Simply imagine pristine white sands and glistening turquoise seas. 

However, get yourself over to the south side of the island and you’ll be treated to an unusual site; pink sands. The coral just offshore is home to red foraminifera, a marine organism that gives the sand its pink colour. Head to the beach at sunset and prepare to be amazed as the sun bounces off the sand in just the right way giving the beach an even deeper pink hue. 

Elsewhere on the island, West Whale Bay is also worth a stop. The beach, which earns its name quite literally, is the best place to spot a wild Humpback whale. The whale’s pass the beach as they migrate to feeding grounds in the North over the summer; and there is a perfect grassy bank to sit on to catch a potential sight. 

If you’re looking for something even more remote, Astwood Cove will give you a real island paradise. The cove, which is hidden within a steep cliff, makes for a quieter beach experience for that desert island vibe. 

The Crystal Caves 

Not to be missed, the crystal caves on the island are breath-taking. First discovered in 1907 by two teenagers, the caves are now the island’s biggest attraction. On your 45-minute long tour, you’ll be wowed by delicate stalactites and in awe over frozen waterfalls. Led along a pontoon walkway over sparkling waters, this really is an unforgettable way to get out of the midday heat. 

The Cultural Cuisine 

Bermuda: grilled fish on a plate.

Bermudian dishes typically consist of fish with both fish chowder and broth being national dishes. Similarly, lobster, rockfish and yellowfin tuna are all common at eateries on the island. This is all often helped down with a sweet serving of black rum cake.

With a varied history, Bermuda offers up a culinary delight to any foodies out there. With a fusion of Caribbean, British, American, African and Portuguese, food in Bermuda is a haven of flavours and colours. 

The Diving 

If you’re an experienced diver, then Bermuda will not disappoint. Renowned for its shipwrecks, diving experts, PADI, suggest you have completed the Wreck Diver Specialty course to fully enjoy your experience. 

Top shipwrecks to explore on a dive trip here include the Mary Celestia, Hermes, Constellation & Montana, Minnie Breslauer and the Two Tugs.

If you’re a less experienced diver, don’t worry, there’s still plenty to see. The sea surrounding Bermuda is also home to lively reefs such as the South West Breaker as well as the Tarpon and Hangover Hole. Here, you’ll get a chance to experience the hustle and bustle of a tropical reef and play guest to countless different species of colourful marine life. 

The Nature Reserves 

If you’re more comfortable on land, then make sure to visit the nature reserves in Bermuda. Tom Moore’s Jungle is a particular favourite giving you the chance to dive into natural swimming pools and hike along woodland trails. You’ll also be able to adventure to Blue Hole Park; a former dolphin show lagoon

Once you’ve had your fill of exploration by foot, cool down by jumping from 12-15ft high cliffs into deep, aquamarine waters lined by mangroves and lush greenery. 

While the travel time from the UK might be quite long, it’s more than worth it when you get there.

If you’re thinking of planning a trip to Bermuda, the only airport in the UK to offer direct flights, Gatwick is your best bet for getting to Bermuda. This, paired with the fact you can get one train to Gatwick from London, makes for an easy and hassle-free journey. 

 

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