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How to Experience Bermuda Like a Local

Ariana Dickson

Known for its pink sand beaches, turquoise waters, and candy-colored 18th-century buildings, Bermuda is a tropical island that’s a lot of things to many people. Only a two-and-a-half hour flight from New York and no more than three hours from most East Coast cities, it’s a dreamy spot to whisk away to for a weekend getaway or, if you’re lucky, a bit of a longer vacation. Despite its reputation of being a preppy, pastel, and not-so laid-back destination, there is another side to this colorful island and its tourism scene is rapidly revitalizing.

Craving sun-kissed skin and a place where you can venture beyond a luxury resort? Here’s your guide to having an authentic Bermudian experience.

Image Courtesy of Amanda Dickson

Wander Through St. George’s

While the capital city Hamilton seems to get most of the island’s visiting guests’ attention, the history and postcard-perfect scenery of St. George’s is well worth checking out. With its colorful, European-influenced architecture, curated (and adorable) book shops, like Long Story Short, and loads of charm, it feels like a step into another destination all its own. A visit to Bermuda wouldn’t be complete without wandering down these cobblestone lanes and stumbling into their quaint coffee shops.

Indulge in the Local Cuisine

For a taste of locally foraged ingredients and mind-blowingly delicious vegan food (that you truly won’t believe is vegan), book an experience with chef Doreen Williams-James. Her gluten-free and health-focused cuisine highlights everything that Bermuda’s land has to offer. Afterwards, treat yourself to a Bermudian swizzle at Wahoo’s.

Image Courtesy of Amanda Villarosa

Sail the Day Away

Charter a catamaran with Sail Bermuda to get a true perspective of Bermuda’s beauty and its surrounding crystal clear waters. Before getting back on land, make the most of it and grab a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) or hop into a clear kayak to go off on your own adventure. The crew will you take you where you want to explore and make sure that you end the day having fell head over heels in love with the island.

Photo Courtesy of Ariana Dickson

Visit the Island’s Natural Wonders

Whether you head to Tobacco Bay or one of the island’s most popular natural wonders, the Crystal Caves, Bermuda offers beauty that goes well beyond the Instagram famous pink-sand beaches. If you want to experience a place on the island that feels unspoiled and untouched, head to Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve. After even a short visit here you may begin to consider canceling your return flight and staying forever.

Pack Bermudian-Chic Attire

Bermuda is a colorfully chic destination, and Bermudians own their individual senses of style. You’ll fit right in with anything bright and true to your personality. Must-pack pieces include: 

Just be sure to leave some room in your suitcase for a bit of local Bermuda honey — a sweet treat for everyone back home that didn’t get to have as sweet of a time as you.