Explore a local’s guide to Bermuda’s lush nature and marine life. Look no further to ensure a bit of awe and adventure during your next visit to our beautiful island.
Located about six miles off Bermuda’s North Shore, you can only get to this amazing coral reef by boat. So, if you are looking into boat excursions and are a keen snorkeler or diver, make sure to ask about options to visit this very special spot, considered to be one of the crown jewels of Bermuda’s reefs. With coral heads often just feet from the surface, get an up-close look at our incredible marine life – and maybe one of the nearby shipwrecks like the famed Sea Venture. Eastern Blue Cut is protected from all fishing, which means fish are bountiful here; on the best days it’s like swimming in an aquarium! (Photo Credit: Gavin Howarth)
Discovered by two young boys playing with a cricket ball more than a century ago, the Crystal and Fantasy Caves are underground wonders hidden 120 feet beneath the surface. In Crystal Cave, you’ll see floating pontoon walkways spread out across an amazing underground crystal sea. There are regular tours of the caves where you can hear the history of the spot and the science behind the countless otherworldly stalactites projecting from the ceiling. There’s a delicious café, Café Olé, open daily, and walking distance from Bermuda’s famous Swizzle Inn and Bailey’s Bay ice cream parlour.
Once upon a time, a railroad snaked its way across the entire island of Bermuda. The train – known as ‘Old Rattle and Shake’ – was shut down more than 70 years ago, and the old railway bed has since been converted into a 21-mile pedestrian and bicycle path. Broken into nine noncontiguous sections, the trail meanders through the island from end to end, at times providing spectacular views of the coast and straying inland past native fruit trees, flowers, vegetation, and even an old drawbridge. It’s ideal for shady day hikes or longer bicycle rides. (Photo: Flatt’s Railway Trail)
Any mention of Bermuda evokes images of pristine white or pink sand beaches, swaying palm trees and crystal-clear water. While all of that is true, don’t restrict yourself to only what’s within 50 yards of the shoreline. At Tom Moore’s Jungle (also known as Blue Hole Park and Willingham Nature Reserve), you can explore 12 acres of plantations, mangroves, ponds, caves, grottos and a blue hole swimming area. You’ll love jumping off the low cliffs into the clear water and chasing turtles through the mangroves. (Photo Credit: BTA)
Until 1995, Cooper’s Island was a restricted area occupied by the U.S Military and later used as a NASA space tracking station. Today, this peaceful 12-acre nature reserve is adored by locals and visitors alike. The nature trails and shallow-water beaches, Clearwater Beach and Turtle Bay, are perfect for a stroll, quick swim or picnic. Spot seabirds, turtles, land crabs, and ancient Bermuda cedar trees, and if you’re up for it, climb the Wildlife Observation Tower for stunning panoramic views of the land and sea – a great place to spot whales during the season!
This was once the location of Admiralty House, the official residence and offices of the Royal Navy senior officer. The house now sits as a historic building, and the land serves as a beautiful park with underground tunnels, ruins, and nature and hiking trails. Walking down the pathway leads to the secluded beach called Clarence Cove, and if you keep going, you’ll face a grassy hill area, which is the real local hotspot. The hill leads to the cliff top, a legendary Bermudian jumping spot. If cliff diving isn’t your thing, the views alone are worth a visit. (Photo Credit: BTA)
Visit one of the island’s largest and most untouched open spaces to spot numerous resident and migrating birds, as well as plants like Bermuda Cedar, olivewoods and spice trees. Spittal Pond Nature Reserve is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Bermuda and encompasses 64 acres of wetlands along the South Shore, with winding walking trails throughout.
For a fun and educational outing, head to the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo in picturesque Flatt’s Village. You’ll see harbor seals, Galapagos tortoises, ring-tailed lemurs, an alligator, sharks, an outdoor turtle tank, and more than 200 different species of colorful tropical fish. The Zoo also displays over 300 birds, reptiles and mammals from oceanic islands in lush, naturalistic exhibits with coastal walkaways and beautiful water vistas. This truly is a top attraction for all ages! Nearby and within walking distance, finish your afternoon with lunch at Rustico’s or Village Pantry. (Photo Credit: BTA)
Often overlooked for the famous Horseshoe Bay, Warwick Long Bay is Bermuda’s longest beach on the same stretch of South Shore. A half-mile of paradise, with gentle waves and coral reefs surrounded by bright blue parrotfish, ideal for snorkeling. Typically, much less busy than other more well-known beaches and home to the charming Jobson’s Cove, a tiny family-friendly bay surrounded by steep rocks and cliffs – a local favourite! If you feel like having a more athletic day, begin at Horseshoe Bay and walk the paths at the end of the beach that will lead you east along many more private coves on South Shore, ending at Warwick Long Bay.
As you travel through Bermuda, you’ll no doubt notice circular stone gateways that adorn the entrances of many homes and gardens. These are called Moon Gates, and they were introduced to the island by Chinese immigrants around 1860. They have since become an important part of Bermudian culture and are said to bring good luck to those who walk through them. So, make a game out of it with your kids – see who can spot the most Moon Gates as you go to different places on the island. Stop and take pictures in these quirky doorways, it’s sure to be a good luck charm!