Thinking of an island getaway? Vibrant blue waters caressing soft pink sand are just two good reasons to consider spending some off time in Bermuda. Its mild climate is less humid than islands in the Caribbean, and its remote location in the Atlantic between the U.S. and Europe fosters an island culture uniquely its own. Best of all, you can go from sitting in your living room to wiggling your toes in the sand in just a few hours!
A snowflake’s chance in Bermuda
Bermuda lies 1,000 miles north of the Caribbean, but you won’t find snow on any of its 138 islands. The weather resembles the tropics in August, when temps soar to the mid-80s with humidity nearly as high. Although nights dip into the mid-60s in the cool season, days are ideal for sunning on a secluded stretch of sand at Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve. Climb its observation tower to watch for whales and other wildlife.
Hit a few balls
With seven golf courses spanning the 21 square miles of Bermuda’s main island, it’s no wonder that it’s called the Golf Capital of the Atlantic. Each of the courses offers club rentals, so there’s no need to lug your golf clubs through the airport. Want a challenge? Head to Turtle Hill Golf Club where strong sea breezes and substantial elevation changes test your short-game mettle on a par-3 course stretching just 2,684 yards.
Soak up the culture
From tidy colonial homes to stone walls draped in flowering vines, Bermuda’s identity as a British territory is obvious. You won’t find any casinos, but you will find plenty of hotels, eateries and churches catering to almost every faith. Another great way to experience Bermuda’s culture is through a festival—visit during the summer to catch the Harbour Nights street parties or Dockyard Sundays, which feature live music, handmade goods and food vendors.
Shop ’til you drop
Shop unique stores in St. George or Hamilton situated in historic buildings or cottages. Take a tour of the Bermuda Perfumery and bring home the scent of the islands with Lili Bermuda perfume. Tantalize your taste buds with a black rum cake from Horton’s. You’ll be hooked, so arrange to have some shipped home—they keep for up to a year. Don’t forget to outfit yourself in authentic Bermuda shorts. Find them at Tabs in Hamilton.
A weekend getaway
Wishing for an island escape but only have a long weekend? Bermuda is just over a 2-hour flight from New York City or Boston. You’ll need a passport to enter the British territory and return to the states. Take the effort out of planning by booking an all-inclusive, 3-night package. Golf with a view of the ocean on the island’s highest point at Fairmont Southampton, or explore sea caves and forest preserves at the Grotto Bay Beach Resort.