Insider Bermuda: 4 Locals Tell Us About Their Island Must‑Dos

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Bermuda is the kind of exotic paradise that travel dreams are made of, with the crystal-clear waters, pink sands, abundant sea life and verdant coasts that are some of the archipelago’s biggest draws.

We’ve put together a host of experiences led by locals who know Bermuda like no-one else. Here’s their take on their homeland and some of their favorite picks for what to see when exploring the islands.

Paradise Found On And Off The Water

Kristin White, writer, storyteller, emcee and tour guide

“I am in love with my island home. Bermuda is pure magic. The beauty. The people. The energy. It's indescribable. And once people travel here, they will keep coming back.

Most travelers will visit a beach, and it's equally a must that they get out on the water! Spending time on Bermuda's waves, swimming, drinking rum swizzle - nothing can match it.

Experience Bermuda's culture by exploring our music and Experience Bermuda's art scene on the Masterworks Curator’s Tour$55 per guest2 Hoursart scene.  We have incredible local bands, public murals, and world-class art galleries.

If you have the chance to attend one of our large festivals or sporting events, it's a must, too! These events give you the chance to experience Bermudian life. Enjoy the food and music. Cheer on the teams. And have a toast with us at the bar.”

When she isn’t writing or giving tours, Kristin is usually found at her bookstore in her hometown of St George’s, which she still adores after all these years. Scroll our Bermuda experiences for Kristin’s Cycle St. George's with an island insider $150 per guest3 Hourscycling and Take an insider tour through historic St. George's$80 per guest2 Hourswalking tours of the UNESCO-heritage town.

Into The Blue: From Hiking To Dining

Heather Macdonald, owner of Bermudian fashion and lifestyle store Atelerie

Atelerie, Hamilton

“I grew up in Bermuda where I now live full-time and run my concept store, and with New York being under two hours away, it’s easy for me to work and live between the two. Actually, the proximity to the US is a huge draw because it means you can diversify your trip by combining a city break and an island getaway.

Bermuda’s on a subtropical latitude, which means its natural beauty is unique. And every season has its perks. I personally prefer the shoulder seasons, especially spring/summer as the temperatures are milder and it tends to be less busy. But Christmas time, when people don’t really think of coming to Bermuda, is also magical because we really celebrate the holidays; there’s really good energy here around that time.

What stands out the most about Bermuda is the colors – the pink sand, the blue waters which, because the widest part of the island is just a mile long, you are always near to. It has this unique, loveable shabby-chic vibe and the island is really well-maintained, from the beaches and towns to the national parks.

The community of locals here is also really diverse, interesting and friendly

People have lived in lots of different places, bringing with them their experiences, languages and food. And Bermuda’s so small that meeting locals is easy.

My Bermuda must-dos have to be to Cruise the coastline in a luxury catamaran $3000 for 20 guests3 Hoursget out to Castle Roads (the main water channel) to see the ruins. The water of countless shades of blue is so clear out there. Take an immersive land and sea expedition with marine scientists$1700 for 10 guests4 HoursNotsuch Island is also a must. It’s a national park where birds come to nest and the nature is untouched and the colors vibrant. You can also walk in the sand for some distance and see plenty of sand dollar shells (which you can’t take because they are alive).

You should also hike from Warwick Long Bay to Horseshoe Bay. You come across jungle surroundings which feel far removed from the rest of the world. It’s full of pathways that all connect. It’s great to do in the morning.

Otherwise, I also like to go for dinner at The Loren Hotel, which is on the water, indoor/outdoor restaurant 1609 or Learn croquet at a private beach club$150 for 4 guests1.5 HoursCoral Beach members’ club. I like to order fresh local fish, simply grilled. I love to go to these places for the local ambiance, and of course, because you’re also immersed in the island’s natural surroundings with water all around you.”

Drop into Atelerie, Heather’s airy Hamilton-based concept store of highly curated apparel, jewelry, home ware, apothecary products and more, that are thoughtfully designed, handcrafted and sustainable. 

Nature Nurture Through Apiculture

Spencer Field, beekeeper and owner of Passion Fields: Maintenance and Beekeeping Ltd 

“I was born in Bermuda and even if I have traveled all over, I always come back here for the islands’ beauty. I tried my hand at several jobs before coming to bee-keeping, which I love. Bermudians have a real connection to nature and I like to be able to contribute to preserving what we have here. 

When I’m not doing beekeeping tours or teaching kids about bees in schools, I like to Fish Bermuda’s banks with a pro$1500 for 8 guests8 Hoursget out on the water to fish wahoo, snapper or tuna. You can easily abide by full-circle living principles here; you can lead a low-impact life. And actually the food here is generally pretty good, from roast chicken to fish chowder.

Otherwise, apart from fishing, one of the things you have to do when in Bermuda is drive across the island to see the bright, pastel colors of the houses here, which is iconic. You can come across 300 colors in one town. And then you have the brilliant colors of the ocean and of the lush foliage. It really is paradise – I can’t put it into words.

Actually, there’s a quote by Mark Twain that I feel resonates with me: “You die and go to heaven. I’ll stay here in Bermuda.” I feel very lucky to be from here because of the natural beauty and that behind-the-times feeling, like Bermuda is lost in time, and that definitely makes up a large part of its unique appeal.”

Spencer likes nothing more than teaching others about the key role bees play in Bermuda’s flora and fauna. Get a hands-on lesson in beekeeping, Bermuda-style$80 per guest1 HourBook a session with him now, which ends with an upscale honey-themed afternoon tea at the Relais & Chateaux Rosedon Hotel – and you get to take a jar of Spencer’s honey home as a keepsake.

Perfect Days (And Nights)

Heather Nova, singer and songwriter 

Heather Nova at home in Bermuda.See experience

“I grew up in Bermuda, and it's embedded deep in my soul. Even when I was first making records, living in London, I would always return home to write my songs, as I craved the connection I have to the natural world here on the island. Explore the mangroves on a paddleboard or kayak $110 per guest2 HoursBermuda’s nature is mesmerizing and I feel a spiritual connection with it. 

My music takes me to many places around the world, and the more I travel, the more aware I am that Bermuda is a truly unique and special gem of an island. Enjoy cocktails at a local Bermudian home$400 for 6 guests2 HoursThere is nowhere I would rather live.

A trip here would not be complete without a long walk along the south shore dunes, stopping along the way to Escape the crowds on an exclusive beach hideaway$55 per guest6 Hoursdip into the pristine ocean in one of the many little coves.

A sSwim with green turtles $485 for 6 guests3 Hoursnorkeling trip out to the reefs is another must. Just getting out on a boat and drinking in the incredible turquoise and blues of the ocean here is magical. A friend who visited me from the UK once, said she had no idea those colors actually existed, and assumed all the postcards had been artificially colored!

And my favorite date-night is Mike Hind performing with his ukulele at The Dock in Southampton (south Bermuda). He’s simply one of the best entertainers ever, and you get to watch the sun go down and sip on delicious cocktails. Win-win. (He even covers a few of my songs, and I love his versions!).”

Heather’s just released “Pearl”, her tenth studio album and is preparing for a European tour in the fall.

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