Wherever you look in Bermuda, you see beautiful colors. From the pink sand beaches to the turquoise waters and the buildings painted in pastel hues, the island offers the perfect place to escape. With Bermuda only being a two-hour flight from the Northeast, it's an easy destination even for a long weekend.
Where to stay
The Reefs: Perched over secluded pink sand beaches, The Reefs is the ultimate relaxation spot. The resort has been around since 1947 and accommodates romantic vacations as well as family gatherings. There's something for everyone here -- including those looking to invest in real estate. If you're thinking of making Bermuda a permanent vacation spot, The Reefs has now expanded to offer condominiums.
The Rosedon: For a more intimate stay, visit The Rosedon. Once an old mansion, the hotel offers a smaller, more quaint stay. Each morning, call the front desk to order your breakfast -- every day it's a new dish -- and they'll serve it to you either on the front deck, your personal balcony, your room or by the swimming pool. The hotel is a 10-minute walk from the main town of Hamilton, which offers a variety of shopping, restaurants and bars.
What to do
Check out the capital
Located on the north side of Hamilton Harbor, Hamilton is the capital of Bermuda and the island’s financial center. The city has long maintained an architectural limit, where no building may obscure the Cathedral of St. Theresa’s.
Spend an afternoon walking through Hamilton, especially on the waterfront, to get a feel of everyday Bermudian life. Stop in one of the many bars for a Rum Swizzle or shop at one of the many stores for a pair of traditional Bermuda shorts.
What to see
Crystal and Fantasy Caves
The beaches are gorgeous and the sunsets are stunning, but one of Bermuda’s biggest treasures is underground. Visiting the Crystal and Fantasy Caves is a must. Two 12-year-old boys searching for a lost cricket ball accidentally discovered the caves in 1905. What the boys found were spectacular stalactites, stalagmites and deep, crystal-clear pools of azure blue water. The guided tour deep into the caves is breathtaking.
What to drink
Rum Swizzle: Summer in a glass
Don’t leave Bermuda without trying what’s often referred to as the national drink. A Rum Swizzle is rum based with fruit juice (lime, orange and pineapple) and grenadine.
Weather the storm
Bermuda seems to have escaped the worst of Tropical Storm Leslie, as the storm is headed toward Canada. The island saw more than 4 inches of rainfall, but the Bermuda Police Service said there were no reports of any major damages or injuries. As of yesterday, Bermuda’s airport remains open.
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