Your Perfect Bermuda VacationJune 21, 2018
Tucked away in the shimmering waters of the Sargasso Sea, roughly 665 miles east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, lies a string of picturesque islands encompassed by fabled reefs and dotted with pastel-colored houses.
And, with Aircraft Services Group, this group of low-forming volcanoes that boasts some 64 miles of magnificent coastline and an incomparable cultural melange of British, North American, African, Portuguese and West Indian influences is more accessible than ever with a little help from the incredible Bermuda Travel Packages our charter team put together.
Bermuda Travel Packages
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A quick flight into Wade International Airport (formerly Bermuda International Airport) will find you in the lush parish of St. George, just 7 miles northeast of the capital city, Hamilton.
From there, the choices are as boundless as they are unforgettable…
Storm the Beach!
Bermuda is world famous for its pink sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. Though even among its celebrated peers, the crescent-shaped Horseshoe Bay Beach in Southampton Parish continues to be a favorite among both locals and tourists alike. USA Today named it one of the Caribbean’s Top 10 beaches (even though Bermuda isn’t technically in the Caribbean…), and it only takes one step onto its shores to see why.
That being said, there are over 30 other beaches worth exploring.
Swimmers will find Clarence Cove’s lagoon-like setting (and year-round accessibility) particularly attractive, while snorkelers will find paradise at Church Bay Beach, where the close-to-shore reefs provide both shelter from waves and a home for a kaleidoscope of marine life.
Those looking for more adventurous affair should make their way to Admiralty House, for a bit of rock climbing and cliff jumping…
*Pro Tip: In Black Bay, on Ireland Island, there are three tiny beaches that disappear completely during high tide. Go during low tide, and you’ll find an ideal picnic spot.
Take to the Sea!
The jury is still out as to whether the pristine waters of Bermuda are cerulean or turquoise, cobalt or azure. Regardless, their brilliance beckons aqua-enthusiasts from around the globe.
Scuba divers can explore more than 300 amazing shipwrecks — including The Constellation, the basis for Jaws author Peter Benchley’s The Deep — and vibrant coral reefs teeming with a rainbow of fish. Just head to the country’s only five-star PADI diving outfit, which operates out of the Grotto Bay Beach Resort and caters to divers of all abilities.
Seafarers can take advantage of the bounty of sailing tours available (include one on a replica of the 19th-century sloop the Spirit of Bermuda), or bask in a sunset cruise in the Great Sound. Meanwhile, adrenaline junkies can kite surf at Elbow Beach or try their hand at “flyboarding,” which lets one soar 35 feet above the water.
But whatever you end up choosing, take the time for a whale watching tour to see majestic humpback whales make their annual trip through area waters. With their tendency to breach, slap their fins, and wave their tails, these mammals that can weigh up to 40 tons and measure as long as 60 feet are a breathtaking sight to behold.
*Pro Tip: If you want to experience the ocean but stay dry, the hands-on exhibits at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute are as educational as they are entertaining.
Explore the Island!
Whether it’s the stately mansions and their step-like white roofs, draped in fragrant frangipani and bougainvillea, or the popular Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda is a bustling feast for the senses.
In spite of its 20-square-mile diminutiveness, the island also features an abundance of museums and art galleries that one can lose a day in, and centuries-old forts, which continue to lure history buffs both professional and amateur.
Still, Bermuda’s most glorious attraction may well be the Crystal Cave.
It was discovered, accidentally, in 1907 by two teenagers who were searching for a lost cricket ball, but now a 45-minute tour can take you across its pontoon walkway, over shimming waters and through its maze of stalactites, frozen stone waterfalls, and underground saltwater pools:
*Pro Tip: You can interact with dolphins up-close and help support marine mammal conservation and education by taking a trip over to Dolphin Quest.
Sample the Cuisine!
The cuisine of Bermuda is an exquisite mash-up of flavors and techniques from England, the Caribbean, the U.S., and South America. However, no matter the influence, the main ingredient is almost always seafood, much of which is harvested from nearby waters.
Including, and most especially, spiny lobster; a national obsession…
One of the best spots to take in the scenery while gorging yourself on a Mediterranean take on this national pastime is Bone Fish Bar & Grill, where chef and owner Livio Ferigo delights guests on his expansive patio, which has sweeping Great Sound vistas. Or, for a panoramic view of the harbor, patronize the 1609 Bar & Restaurant and their considerable outdoor terrance.
If you really want to sample the local cuisine though, find one of the many food trucks lining the streets, which can serve everything from big traditional breakfasts to late night snacks.
*Pro Tip: On Sunday mornings, locals all over the island enjoy a hearty, classic codfish breakfast: a heaping plate of boiled or steamed salt cod with boiled potatoes, onions and sliced bananas, topped off with a hard-boiled egg and avocado.
Hit the Links!
It wouldn’t be a trip to Bermuda without a visit to one of six world-class courses. Offering year-round play, these photogenic landscapes are as much a sight to behold as they are places to play.
Port Royal is one of the island’s most beloved, with undulating greens and an infamously challenging 16th hole that was a favorite of Jack Nicklaus himself. Nevertheless, many can’t help but flock to the contoured par 70 course at Belmont Hills Golf Club to take in the more than 6,000 acres of fairway situated amongst the Great Sound and Hamilton Harbor.
There’s also always Turtle Hill, the par 54 course whose heavily bunkered greens and water hazards will have you focusing on accuracy rather than power (and cursing your short play game).
*Pro Tip: Ocean View Golf Course is a 9-hole, public course with many elevated tees overlooking the ocean (hence the name).
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