Know before you go!
Region & Time Zone: Mid Atlantic, Atlantic Time Zone (GMT -4)
Passport Required: Yes
Languages Spoken: English
Tap Water: Safe to drink
Currency: Bermuda Dollar
Power: Standard US plug
A little background
Home to countless pink sandy beaches, beautiful golf courses, and even an UNESCO world heritage site, Bermuda is located 640 miles off the east coast of the United States - and is just a two hour flight from New York and Boston. Bermuda's beaches are famous for their pink sand - a natural color which comes from the breakdown of harmless micro-organisms which call the reefs near Bermuda home. As a British Overseas Territory, the island enjoys a refined atmosphere while at the same time maintaining a relaxed island vibe synonymous with vacation and good times. With an average year-round temperature of about 71 degrees, Bermuda enjoys a more moderate climate than other vacation destinations - and might just become your new favorite vacation spot.
Both popular and beautiful, this beach gets its name from its horseshoe-like shape. The pink sand at Horseshoe Bay is particularly intense, and makes for some spectacularly beautiful pictures. As an added benefit, Horseshoe Bay is one of the few public beaches in Bermuda with a lifeguard on duty during the day.
John Smith's Bay Beach
Although off the beaten track, this beach is one of Bermuda's best-kept secrets. Even though it is small, the beach offers phenomenal snorkeling opportunities, with a large reef only 200 yards offshore. This is a much lesser-known tourist spot, so mostly locals enjoy this cozy beach.
Owned and operated by the Bermuda National Trust and Bermuda Audubon Society, this beautiful nature reserve spans 25 acres and is home to the last surviving endemic forest of Bermuda palmetto trees. Additionally, the preserve is home to many native species of birds that frequent the mangrove ponds. Boardwalks run through the park and are great for exploring or hiking on your next Bermuda getaway.
Royal Naval Dockyard
If you find yourself needing a break from the pink sand beaches and clear, cool water, head over to the Royal Naval Dockyard. Once the base of operations for the Royal Navy in the Western Atlantic Ocean, today the docks serve as both a marina and a neighborhood, catering to both locals and tourists. Pubs, restaurants and boutique shops line the shore - although there are some great hidden attractions here as well.
Each year, the entire country of Bermuda celebrates the game of cricket with a game between two rival teams. This year, the festivities kick off on July 30th and end on August 2nd. Besides the actual match, the festivities include all kinds of unusual and fun events: late-night beach parties, food fairs, and exclusive parties that celebrities have been known to attend. It is worth noting that during Cup Match, all of the island's tourist sites and most stores (besides restaurants, bars, and supermarkets) are closed. However, the celebrations are like no other and are definitely worth experiencing.