Post # 1
I just booked our Bermuda honeymoon in late June. It’s a cruise and we’ll be docked in King’s Wharf for 3 days…I’ve never been to Bermuda or anywhere tropical for that matter! What are the must see’s and do’s for this gorgeous part of the world!!
Post # 3
Bermuda is a fantastic place! Definitely check out the Royal Naval Dockyard – it’s basically a historic fort that has a bunch of shopping in it too. The beaches are fantastic, and have pink sand! (Well, flakes of pink in the sand, but it’s still cool!). The shopping in Hamilton is really good. It’s so beautiful, you’ll just want to lounge around and soak it all in!
Have a fantastic trip!
Post # 4
There is (was?) a light house (Gibbs, is the name I think) with great views of bermuda in South Hampton.
Crystal caves is also worth a look. It is fully of staglitites and stalagmites. And beautiful.
I haven’t been to Bermuda in a few years, but I used to go there in the summers with my friend who was Bermudian.
Post # 5
I’m from Bermuda, though I currently live in the US (getting married in Bermuda in October). The Gibbs Hill Lighthouse is still there, and still offers great views of the island. I took the picture below (sorry for the large size) from the parking lot on Christmas Eve last year. Dockyard and St. Georges are also both great for little shops and “old town” Bermuda feel. Public transportation is really easy to use, especially the ferry for a cheap way to experience being out on the water. The South Shore beaches are my fav, and Church Bay (second pic below) has the best snorkeling. Bermudians are generally friendly and the island is pretty safe, as long as you don’t leave your common sense at home! I travel back 2-3 times a year and my family is all there, so feel free to message me if you have any questions!
Post # 6
We went to Bermuda on our Honeymoon (sounds like it may be the same cruise as you OP. NCL?) and we had the time of our lives! The island is incredible and we actually want to move there now. Never in my life have I met nicer people than the Bermudians. A lot of places hate tourists but they LOVED us. Probably because we fuel their economy but still. It was nice to not feel like a stupid foreigner.
I HIGHLY suggest taking a private tour of the island. We arranged ours beforehand (PM me if you’d like our guides info, he was fantastic!) but the drivers are always waiting right at the end of the pier for those who want to be a bit spontaneous. Our tour was 4 hours long (it was the first thing we did when we got off the boat on the first day) and we got to see the ENTIRE island. Our tour guide was a life long Bermudian so we got to see the ins and outs of the island and explore off the beaten path.
Horsehoe Bay Beach is their most popular beach as it’s one of the top 10 in the world. The water is crystal clear and just sand as far as out as you can walk. We bought expensive water shoes to wear in but there was no need. You’re able to see schools of fish swimming around your feet as you’re in the water. So cool! If you walk all the way down to the end it will be as if you have the whole ocean to yourself. The parts of the beach closer to the entrance were pretty busy but if you keep walking for a few minutes it’s really private. We set up camp next to one of the coves and went exploring a bit. That was a lot of fun. Honestly, we spent about a day and a half at that beach and never wanted to leave.
I highly suggest taking the ferry to get from place to place. There’s a pick up/drop off right in Dockyard and it goes to Hamilton & St. Georges. The sites that you see while on the ferry are really cool. Some of the houses right on the water are INSANE.
We spent a full day in Hamilton since it’s supposibly the shopping center of the island but we didn’t buy much. A lot of the shops were very expensive so we pretty much stuck to the touristy joints. We went to St. George briefly but we plan to go back there the next time we’re in Bermuda.
In dockyard I suggest checking out Glassworks (I think thats the name?). We bought our moms their souvineurs in there. Oh, and you HAVE to get some Bermuda rum cake. It’s expensive but oh, SOOOO worth it. If I wasn’t on a diet I’d have already ordered a few and had them shipped to me.
Ok, now I really want to go back. Next time we do though, we’ll be flying in and staying at a resort. We had such a great time when we were there but we did feel a bit disconnected from the island since we were staying on the ship. Still the time of our lives though. Have fun, OP, and PM me if you have any questions!
ETA: Just saw this was from a month ago. Oops. I hope the OP actually comes back to check this.
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@UpstateCait: Well, I really appreacite your post even if the OP doesn’t come back. We just started considering Bermuda!
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@lauraminn: Happy I could help. 🙂 If you have any questions, let me know! I’m certainly no expert but I am in love with the island.
Post # 9
We went to Bermuda sailing from NY two years ago. It was awesome. We sailed on the Dawn from NCL. We ended up renting scooters (against the advice of everyone!) and it was amazing. We toured the entire island visiting all the beaches, snorkling, shopping and experiencing the island totally. You’ll love it!
Post # 10
Thanks for all the advice ladies! We are just back and had a great time. Bermuda was indeed beautiful but I agree that going there on a ship made us feel a bit disconnected. I never set foot on the island after dark because there was always something going on on the ship. Next time, I’ll be sure to fly down! We didn’t get to Horseshoe Bay but made it to Tobacco Bay in St. George’s which was picture perfect. I wanted to rent scooters but my hubby wouldn’t go for it. Next time. 😉
Post # 11
Where did you ladies stay on Bermuda? We are looking at Reef’s and Pompano, but leaning toward Reef’s. Just wish it was SO expensive.
Post # 12
love this thread. We are going on a cruise to Bermuda in October. Love all the suggestions! I can’t wait!!
Post # 13
Great thread!! I hope some more ladies who have been to Bermuda can chime in (and bonus if it was by cruise boat)!! This is so far the #1 choice for our mini-moon!!
Post # 14
@b2b5412: ooooh ! love Bermuda, the chowder is amazing! food is expensive so budget for that. I loved the turtle fishing (dont worry it doesnt hurt them they basically just bite food and if you are realllly strong you can pull them up. Also watching the sunrise over the water will change your life. Have soooo much fun!
Post # 15
We did a celebrity cruise to Bermuda and stayed docked for 3 days and it was great going to the different beaches everyday. the beaches are amazing and the water is beautiful. We lounged on a different beach everyday all day and toured the island a little bit. The shopping was mostly exspensive. Everyone that lives there is really friendly and helpful. Their transit is very easy to use, we bought a 2 day pass and used it as much as we want to get on and off the public transportation. This has always been one of my favorite vacations that I have experienced so far.
Post # 16
@SoBlessed: Glad to hear that you had a good time … as Bermuda is on the SHORT LIST for Mr TTR and I (he’s been before and it is one of his favourite island Destinations).
I take it you enjoyed the Celebrity Cruise… that would most likely be what we’d do as well. I LOVE Celebrity, our Caribbean Honeymoon last month was with them (most likely the same ship too)
I don’t think there is a better honeymoon for the money than a cruise… so luxe… all that geat food, wine, entertainment and pampering. Plus you unpack once, and can do as much as you like / dislike each and every day… and see exotic places too boot (in our case, a new island each and every day). It is a wonderful way to spend a winter vacation IMO