There are many legends and fables that define Bermuda. Keeping those aside, this self-governing British overseas territory is renowned for its gorgeous pink sand beaches, crystal-clear and shimmering deep-blue waters and vibrant & colourful colonial homes. This emerald archipelago is a sea-side holiday retreat as well as known for its illustrious heritage showcased through its many historical sites and informative museums around the islands.
Beach-a-holics would love to lounge around in Horseshoe Bay. Bermuda's most popular beach is a gorgeous piece of crescent pink sand meshing with the deep-blue sea. It is renowned to be a fantastic place for families who are travelling with little kids.
Spend some time at the island-nation's capital - Hamilton. It is the cultural and commercial hub of Bermuda. Marvel at the pastel-coloured colonial building that are laden in the streets. Some of the notable highlights include the Bermuda House of Assembly, the oldest parliament in the western hemisphere; the Hamilton City Hall and Arts Centre, where visitors are privy to the rotating displays at the Bermuda National Gallery and the Bermuda Society of Arts Gallery.
Don't forget to pay a visit to St. George's island, known to the birthplace of Bermuda. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to one of the town's most significant attractions - St. Peter's Church - built in 1612. Some of the museums here that talk about Bermuda's history are Bermuda National Trust Museum, the St. George Historical Society Museum, and the Tucker House Museum.
Drop by at Paget Parish to take a stroll along the beautiful and picturesque Botanical Gardens. Do wander about the magnolia trees at this remarkable 14.5-hectare (36-acre) haven. Delight yourselves at nature's paradise and soak in the island's extraordinary flora. Get ready to be mesmerized by Bermuda's Crystal and Fantasy caves where visitors can head over 37 meters below the earth's surface to sport a subterranean lake and remarkable crystal formations. Visitors can also admire the stunning stalactites and crystallized soda straws descending from the cave's ceiling.
Stop over at the Flatts Village to spend a day at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo (BAMZ). It is renowned to be one of the globe's most ancient aquariums as well as home to over 300 birds, reptiles and mammals from island habitats. The Aquarium houses more than 200 species of fish and marine invertebrates from Bermuda's marine ecosystems including live corals and huge species like black grouper, sharks, marine turtles, and harbor seals.
Bermuda is not known for being the 'wreck diving capital of the Atlantic' for nothing. It is one of the few places on earth where one can dive wrecks dating as far back as from the 1600s to the 1990s. Divers can head over to the Cristobal Colon, a luxury Spanish liner that sunk in 1936 is one of Bermuda's most popular sites.
When it comes to shopping, be on the look-out for local souvenirs such as hand-crafted gold trinkets, cedarwood gifts, perfume inspired by the island's flowers, traditional costumed dolls and the classic favourite - the famous Bermuda shorts. As for cuisine, do dig into local delicacies such as Hoppin' John (black-eyed pead and rice) and traditional Sunday breakfast - codfish and potatoes, served with red sauce, avocado and banana.
The stay options in Bermuda are abundant with the best luxury hotels, swanky rental apartments and cheap accommodations. The tourists can decide which kind to opt for depending on their budget and taste.
Bermuda experiences humid subtropical climate on the border of tropical climate. The peak tourist season is from April through October when the weather is warm and conducive for sight-seeing.