Bermuda: Main Sights
Heaven on Earth
• Relax on the beach
While you are in Bermuda you must spend some time relaxing on one of its stunning pink sandy beaches and swimming in its warm waters. Bermuda has a beach for every type of visitor – from shallow bays ideal for families to hidden romantic coves for couples. Top beaches include Elbow Beach, Horseshoe Bay and Warwick Long Bay – but there are many more to choose from.
• The Town of St George
Designated as a World Heritage Site in 2000, this is the oldest continually inhabited town in the New World. Although it is nearly 400 years old the old town centre of St George retains much of its old-world charm even in the 21st century. Here you will also find St Peters Church (built in 1612) which is thought to be the oldest Anglican church in the western hemisphere.
• Royal Naval Dockyards (including Bermuda Maritime Museum)
The Royal Naval Dockyards can be found on the tip of Ireland Island and can be easily reached by ferry. The well preserved dockyards date back to 1809 and give a fascinating glimpse of Bermuda’s maritime history. You’ll also find the Bermuda Maritime Museum home to some amazing maritime artefacts as well as The Keep, Bermuda’s largest fort.
• Crystal and Fantasy caves
The Crystal Cave was discovered in 1905 by two local boys and has some amazing rock formations. The caves are down a steep stairway some 3.657 meters below the surface. As well as the stalactites and their mirroring stalagmites formations there is a deep lake in this subterranean cave. Crystal’s sister, the Fantasy Cave, was renovated in 2001. The walls in this cave are covered walls covered in calcite mineral deposits resembling frozen waterfalls and other rare rock formations.
• Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo
Here you will find all manner of animals and sea life from sea lions to blue iguanas. The Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo is in the waterfront in Flatt Village. The Aquarium has a good selection tropical fish from around the world as well as a floor-to-ceiling fish tank has a living coral reef, sharks and creatures from the sea.
• Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute
Recently opened; the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute is in Hamilton and aims to give each visitor a better understanding and appreciation of our oceans as well as the plants and creatures that live in them. The Institute use of multimedia exhibits to help teach visitors about the ocean environment and how we can protect it.
• The Botanic Gardens
This impressive 14.5 hectare landscaped park in Paget Parish houses some fine examples of sub-tropical plants. At The Botanic Gardens you’ll find hundreds of clearly labelled flowers, shrubs and trees along the numerous paths through the park. The gardens have a good collection of hibiscus plants and an aviary – there is even a garden for the blind.
• Fort St Catherine
This is one of the oldest, dating back to 1614, and most fascinating forts on Bermuda. The fort is situated above the site where the crew of the Sea Venture’s (the ship that washed up on the shores of Bermuda and lead to its creations as a colony) came ashore. The museum gives visitors a good insight into life with the naval regiments that served in Bermuda during the 19th century.