- Coastline Castaway cays
- Coast life Pink sands and pastel houses
Marooned in the Atlantic Ocean, several hundred miles off the coast of South Carolina, Bermuda blends British colonial roots with island time for its own signature style, characterised by plenty of sun and the occasional afternoon gin and tonic.
First settled in the 17th century by shipwrecked colonists, the smattering of islands known as Bermuda may have gained more fame for the fabled Bermuda Triangle, but its friendly culture, pink-sand beaches and bright-blue waters will convert even the most cynical skeptic to its idyllic island life. Here, time slows down, and there's not much more to do than swim, boat, hike and bask – and that's the way everyone likes it. If you must move a little faster, the capital of Hamilton has its share of nightlife, but we'd prefer to wander the well-preserved streets of historic St George, one of the oldest remaining British colonial settlements.
Do go/Don’t go
Bermuda is commonly misconceived as having a Caribbean-like climate; in fact, its temperatures are much more similar to the southern United States. April to October are the warmest months, with July and August being particularly hot and humid. However, the island maintains a temperate clime year-round and, while the water gets cold between November and March, the weather is still pleasant and there are significantly fewer tourists.
Planes LF Wade International Airport (BDA; www.bermudaairport.com) in St George’s Parish is the island’s only airport, and serviced by several major airlines offering non-stop service from major cities in both the US and Europe.
Automobiles Only locals are permitted to drive on the island, so you’ll have to leave the motoring to them. Taxis are readily available at the airport and convenient to hire from your hotel.