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Best Bermuda Tourist Attractions

Bermuda tourist attractions include dozens of military forts, historic homes and churches, and the Royal Navy Dockyard.

Royal Navy Dockyard
Royal Navy Dockyard; © Bermuda Department of Tourism

1) Royal Navy Dockyard

Tourists can take a ferry ride from Hamilton to the Dockyards. They were used as a strategic outpost for the Royal Navy more than 200 years ago and were used to attack Washington D.C. during the War of 1812.

Besides military buildings, visitors can shop, eat at restaurants, watch glass-blowing demonstrations and interact with dolphins at the Bermuda Maritime Museum. It also is the island's largest fort.

2) Military Forts

Five military installations are among the most popular popular attractions. They are Fort Hamilton, Fort St. Catherine, Gates' Fort, Martello Tower and Scaur Hill Fort Park.

All are free and open to tourists year-round except for Martello Tower. It is open during the summer and by appointment only during the rest of the year. The highlight of Fort Hamilton is a series of underground tunnels dug out of solid rock in the 1870s that lead to a moat garden.

3) Crystal Caves

Photos alone offer enough temptation to visit the Crystal Caves. They are one of the island’s most popular natural attractions. Author Mark Twain was the first tourist to descend into the caves, according to the Bermuda Tourism Authority.

3) Pink Sand Beaches

Bermuda's famous pink sand beaches include Horseshoe Bay Beach, John Smith's Bay and Warwick Long Bay. Elbow Beach is good for snorkeling because of reefs that are close to shore; it also is close to Hamilton.

Fort St. Catherine, Bermuda
Fort St. Catherine, Bermuda. Credit: Wikimedia public domain

4) St. George's

St. George's, located on the northeast tip of the island, will richly reward tourists looking to get a taste of the island's history. Founded in 1612, St. George's is one of the oldest permanent English settlements in the New World.

5) Hamilton

Hamilton is the center of trade and shipping for Bermuda because it is the only container port on the island. As a result, cruise ship visitors get quick and easy access to the city.

When arriving, they first see Front Street, which lies along the edge of the water. It is the main road of Hamilton for restaurants and shopping.

6) Anglican Cathedral / St. Peter's Church

The Anglican Cathedral Tower at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity has a climb of 157 steps to a panoramic view of the area. It is located on Church Street in the city of Hamilton.

It is free and open daily, but the tower has a $3 entrance fee ($2 for seniors and students) and is open from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. St. Peter's Church is located on Duke of York Street in the town of St. George. It is free and open daily, with church services on Sundays.

7) Botanical Gardens

Highlights include The Formal Gardens, which has a Japanese Zen Garden, a 17th Century-style English Parterre Garden, a 12th Century-style Persian Garden and a Tudor-style children’s Maze Garden.

The gardens, which are free to the public, are located at 169 South Road. They are open sunrise to sunset with tours at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

8) Golf Courses

Bermuda is one of the premier golf course destinations among all of the islands that lie along the coastal United States, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.

9) Dolphin Quest

Dolphin Quest Bermuda is located at the National Museum of Bermuda in Dockyard on the westernmost end of Bermuda. It provides hands-on experiences with dolphins that include a variety of encounters in the water. Prices vary based on the program.

10) Historic Homes

The Carter House on Southside Road is considered to be the oldest structure in St. David's. It was built in 1640, is mostly in its original state and was recently restored.

The house is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, May through September; it is open Saturdays only from October to May. Admission is $2, while children under 12 years old are free. Telephone: (441) 297-1642

Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute

BUEI is both a science facility and a science museum. It is one of the most family-oriented tourist attractions on the island.

Snorkel Park Beach

Snorkel Park Beach is a small oceanside amusement park with snorkeling, restaurant, nightclub and water sports.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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December 30, 2017

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