Where sand and history collide on an island nation
If you happen to get trapped in the Bermuda Triangle on the way to another destination, it’s helpful to be armed with a list to pass the time. The island nation of Bermuda is at the centre of the triangle and if you happen to find yourself on this stunning island, 36 hours will whiz by fast. Located in the Atlantic Ocean, Bermuda is well known for some of the most stunning pink sand beaches and turquoise waters in the world. Beyond the beach, the friendly locals, historical buildings, great food and more will leave you thinking about spending more than just a weekend in Bermuda.
In the city
Tight and windy roads lead from L.F. Wade International Airport to the city of Hamilton. Located an easy two hour flight from Toronto or New York City, Hamilton, the capital, is located in the centre of this long, thin island. A city of quaint, historic streets that exude a feel of the colonial days gone by, the architecture of Hamilton is beautiful to behold. Bermuda is well known for bright and colorful, coral pink, electric blue and lemon yellow buildings capped with white roofs and Hamilton is full of them. A wander down the main drag in town, Pitts Bay Road is a step back in time. The ancient two story waterfront buildings that once housed banks and general stores are lovely to look at and the vibrant paint colours make for fantastic photographs. Be sure to have a look at the bird-cage, the traffic cop post perched at the junction of Front and Queen Street and then wander up Queen Street into Perot Post Office and hand over your postcards to the clerks sitting behind the original desks built in 1842.
Continue your immersion in Bermudian history with a visit to the Fairmont Hamilton Princess. A landmark in high class Bermudian society, the hotel in perched on the edge of the water in Hamilton Harbour with stunning views of million dollar yachts and coral bays. Grab a spot at the historic Heritage Court Bar in the lobby of the hotel and order a Dark and Stormy, made famous in Bermuda and done to perfection. Be sure to wander the halls of this ancient building and take the many historical photos on display that showcase the history of the island. Spending time in these hallways is a great education about the past.
Don’t drink too many Dark and Stormy drinks at the Heritage Court or you will be a little tipsy for your walk along the waterfront to Port O Call. This charming restaurant has been serving locals and tourists alike for years. Winning rave reviews and awards, like the Best of Bermuda Award, this ocean view spot is the perfect place to tuck in for fresh fish and seafood. The intimate restaurant offers fine dining and some of the finest cuisine in the city. Chef prepares inspired dishes focusing on locally grown produce and fish fresh from the sea. This, along with an impressive wine by the glass list, makes for a great dinner or lunch. Choose to dine inside if the weather is inclement or when the sun is shining, try to snag an al fresco spot on the ocean front terrace.
Beyond the city, the famous pink sands of Bermuda are calling so head to paradise for your final day on the island. You’ll need to grab a taxi from Hamilton or wait eons to grab a local bus. There are no rental cars on the island due to strict vehicle laws. Ask you driver to take you straight to Horseshoe Bay Beach. A drive south and straight through the centre of the island will get you there in under thirty minutes, passing historic homes, tiny patches of farm land and heaps of whizzing scooters. Once you arrive, you will never want to leave. Picture perfect postcard crystal waters and soft as silk pink sand stretch before you once you venture from the main road. Lather on your sunscreen and select the best sunning spot to take in the tranquil beauty of this place. With your favorite book by your side, you can easily pass away a whole day lying here in paradise.