How to relax in style in Bermuda

Aimee Spicer / 10 November 2015 ( 08 February 2017 )

Travel Writer Julia Legge tells us how to make the most of a relaxing holiday to Bermuda.



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Soak up the atmosphere

This is one of the friendliest islands on earth – maybe it’s the laid-back pace of life or the balmy, subtropical climate (the average summer temperature is just below 30°C, and 18°C in winter, with the seasons matching the UK’s) but there’s definitely something in the water. 

Johnny Barnes embodies Bermuda’s welcoming vibe. The retired bus driver, 90, has been a fixture at Hamilton’s Foot of the Lane roundabout, greeting locals and tourists every weekday since 1986! 

Like the Falkland Islands, Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory, so cars drive on the left, and the post and phone boxes are a familiar shade of red. 

And with flight times around an hour and a half shorter than flying to the Caribbean, you can be there in just 7 hours 20 minutes.

Circled by a coral reef that attracts divers from all over the world, Bermuda truly deserves its title ‘Jewel of the Atlantic Find out more here.

Sit back with a Rum Swizzle…

…and watch the world go by! Enjoy the national drink*, ideally sat in the Rum Swizzle Inn near the airport so you can see all the comings and goings. 

Not that it gets especially hectic on Bermuda – the speed limit is roughly 20mph, there are no hire cars and residents are only allowed one car per household.

*A Dark ‘n’ Stormy made with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum, comes a very close second though. Try both then pick a side!

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Soup-er duper

Foodies will be spoilt for choice with a wide range of restaurants to choose from. Try a fish chowder Bermudan-style – this version is darker and richer than its US counterparts, and is traditionally served with fiery Outerbridge’s Sherry Pepper Sauce and a dash of dark rum.

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Rest and relaxation

With seven championship courses, Bermuda has more golf courses per square mile than anywhere else in the world. If tee time doesn’t appeal, pick a pale pink coral sand beach to relax on (try Horseshoe Bay or nearby Jobson’s Cove). 

Or take a unique view of the sea life surrounding you from a glass-bottom boat. 

And if you’ve fallen in love with the island by the end of your holiday, you’re in good company – as Mark Twain said: ‘You can go to heaven if you want, I’d rather stay here in Bermuda.’ We couldn’t agree more.

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