Although it is debatable whether Bermuda is technically part of the Caribbean, there is no doubt the country shares many similarities with its neighboring island nations to the southwest: beautiful beaches, tropical forests and a laid-back coastal vibe.
“Bermuda offers a variety of badge-worthy experiences year-round,” says Simon Boden, director of sales and business development for the Bermuda Tourism Authority. “One of my favorites is a food and culture tour offered through the Island Tour Centre. Attendees can fish with local fishermen, visit organic farms and taste delicious cuisine at our mom-and-pop food stands.”
Boden also recommends an area known to natives as Tom Moore’s Jungle. The 12-acre nature reserve includes a system of tunnels that connect aqua pools, grottos and craggy caves with the outside world.
One of the park’s signature spots is seeing the Blue Hole, a large aqua pool surrounded by mangroves and limestone rock formations. A visit to the nearby Crystal Caves pairs well with swimming at the Blue Hole.
Other popular options for groups visiting the 21-square mile island—which is reachable via short flights from many East Coast U.S. gateways—include riding the Railway Trail, touring the town of St. George and enjoying catamaran, jet ski or diving excursions.
“And, one of our best-kept secrets is that every year the humpback whales return to our island waters in February,” Boden adds. “If you are visiting then, book a whale-watching trip.”
Top photo: Bermuda sunset
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