Beautiful Bermuda has a lot to offer any tourist. But nature lovers will be especially enchanted by its landscapes and plant and animal life. Don’t miss these five nature-heavy highlights.
Go below Bermuda’s surface—literally—and prepare to be awed by its dazzling natural underground caves. The crowds of stalactites and stalagmites seem almost artistically arranged. Even the crystal-clear pools of deep water are lined with these calcite mineral deposits. The caves are well lit and easy to navigate, thanks to the installation of steps and boardwalks. An expert guide is on hand to discuss the history of the cave formations.
The Spittal Pond Nature Reserve is the largest of Bermuda’s 13 conservation areas. A trail through this 64-acre coastal area takes you past marshland, through forest and along a stunning rocky shoreline. With such a variety of habitats, you’re guaranteed to come across a wide range of plants and animals. Spittal Pond is well known for attracting birds, which is why birdwatchers tend to flock here too.
Want to get up close and personal with hundreds of sea and land creatures at once? The Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo features more than 200 marine species, including one of the largest live coral collections ever displayed in an aquarium, and more than 300 other kinds of animals. Many are unforgettable, like the noisy flock of pink flamingos and two lumbering Galapagos tortoises.
Glass-Bottom Boat Tour
Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Bermuda boasts the most northerly tropical coral reef system anywhere in the Atlantic. You can get a good look—and learn more about these fascinating life forms—by going for a glass-bottom boat ride, offered by tour groups at the Royal Naval Dockyard. You’ll likely catch glimpses of tropical fish and even sea turtles on your tour, not to mention Bermuda’s beautiful beaches.
Nonsuch Island was once the site of a quarantine hospital, and even housed a prison in its past. Today, this isolated island is a sanctuary for endangered native birds and animals like the Cahow (a seabird) and the Bermuda skink (a lizard). Many specimens were brought here as part of a restoration project dating back to the 1960s. Visitors aren’t allowed here on their own, but guided tours are available in spring and fall.
Why Summer is the Best Time to Visit Hamilton in Bermuda
Bermuda's capital city is both an urban and beach destination. Visit in the summer to take sailing lessons at Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, sip a rum swizzle cocktail on a patio, attend a lively street festival or watch a game of cricket at the annual Cup Match.