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10 ESSENTIAL THINGS TO DO IN BERMUDA

Probably at this point, you may have heard us say more than once, that Bermuda is one of our favorite places on Earth. For many reasons, this group of islands has many things to become the ideal destination, both to live, and to spend a vacation. Today we tell you 10 Essential Things to do in Bermuda.

1. Take a boat trip to one of its many beaches and go snorkeling. The water is so crystal clear that sometimes it is not necessary to snorkel to enjoy the great variety of fish on the island. Without doubt an unforgettable experience.

Snorkeling
Photo: carnival.com

2. Say hello to Johnny Barnes when you pass by him. Johnny is a place that has been waving for more than 25 years and saying that he loves all those who pass by his side. From 3:45 am to 10 am, rain or shine, Johnny is always at his roundabout, rewarding those who pass there with his smile and love. In this video you will get to know this great man better.

Johnny Barnes
Johnny Barnes and his statue
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Bermuda's Johnny Barnes

3. Visit the rum factory and try the Rum cake, or rum cake. They have tasting of all the biscuits. A delight! In this factory you can also see how the glass is worked in an artisanal way. It is located at Royal Naval Dockyard and is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. And when there are cruises in the port, they open until 9:00 p.m.

Royal Naval Dockyard
Royal Naval Dockyard
Gosling Rum
Gosling Rum

4. Talk to a local and ask why they wear shorts with high socks. You will be surprised by the answer. Let's not forget that they are an English colony.

The “Bermuda rig,” or formal men’s outfit, includes a blazer, shorts, and knee socks—and its origin dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, when British military officers stationed on the island found that wearing long trousers in the hot tropical climate was almost unbearable. They were given permission to snip their uniform pants off at the knee, and thus the Bermuda short was born. Tailors on the island took note, and by the 1920s the trend had taken off. But, in keeping with the air of English formality, the shorts came with a few strict rules: Bermudas couldn’t be more than six inches above the knee and they had to be worn with knee socks—while a jacket and tie was the only suitable way of dressing them up for business.

Bermuda Shorts
Bermuda Shorts Photo: bernews.com

5. Visit the Hog Penny pub one night , ask for a Rum Sizzle and enjoy the voice of rocker Will Black.

The Hog Penny is Hamilton’s oldest licensed establishment and interestingly is the original inspiration for the Cheers pub in Boston.

Their 50-plus year history gives them a delightful patina of age that you just can’t replicate. Gourmet Magazine exclaimed “it was love at first sight for us, as well as the throngs who flock here!” This great institution is hard to beat for a truly authentic experience. Featuring fantastic, hearty, pub-style comfort food that has won countless ‘Best of Bermuda’ awards, the Hog Penny continues to be a favorite spot for generations of locals and visitors alike!

Hog Penny Pub
Hog Penny Pub Photo: bermuda.com

6. Visit Crystal Caves. The beauty of this place is indescribable. Underground lakes of crystalline turquoise water adorned with formations of stalactites and white stalagmites. They are located in Bailey's Bay in the Hamilton Parish district, about 36 meters deep. It opens from 09:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and offers tours every 20 minutes. No reservation needed

Crystal Caves
Crystal Caves

7. Visit the Museum of Natural History, Zoo & Aquarium. It opened in 1926 and is located in Flatts Village. Despite being a small place, they have more than 300 different species of animals, among which we can find: turtles, seals and exotic birds. It opens every day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (except Christmas Day). Price : Adults $ 10, Children (5 to 12 years) $ 5

Museum of Natural History, Zoo & Aquarium
Museum of Natural History, Zoo & Aquarium Photo: gotobermuda.com

8. Enjoy a pink sand beach.  As you can see in this place everything is pink, even the sand of its beaches and this is due to the erosion of the corals. The most outstanding are: Horseshoe Bay, Stonehole Bay and Astwood Cove.

Horseshoe Bay
Horseshoe Bay Photo: gotobermuda.com

9. Enjoy the local dance of the Gombey dancers and their colorful clothing. The African and Caribbean influence that this English colony possesses is shown in the dances and clothing of the Gombey . It reminds me a lot of the Carnivals of my land.

Gombey dancers
Gombey dancers Photo: westjetmagazine.com

10. Know the man of your life. Did you know Bermuda is the place in the world with the best chance of marrying a millionaire?  Fun fact, which I read in my travel guide during my first visit to the island. It is a destination where expatriates predominate, mostly men between 25-35 years of English nationality who are dedicated to the banking or insurance sector.

Hamilton
Hamilton