Justin and I spent four wonderful days on the gorgeous island of Bermuda. To say that we fell in love with Bermuda is an understatement. From the sights to the people to the food, we had an incredible getaway. For those in the eastern parts of Canada and the USA, Bermuda should definitely be on your radar for a vacation. Located east of the South Carolina in the Atlantic Ocean, Bermuda is a quick flight, especially for those living in Toronto or New York City. If you’re considering planning a trip to Bermuda, here’s how we spent our time there. This is our Bermuda 4 Day Itinerary.
Day 1: Arriving and Exploring
We flew in to Bermuda aboard an Air Canada plane from Toronto Pearson Airport. From there, we took an airport taxi to our hotel, the Fairmont Hamilton Princess. As we were fairly tired from waking up so early for our flight (we took the earliest one to maximize our time in Bermuda), we mainly took this first day to relax and explore our surroundings: the hotel property, and places within walking distance of our hotel.
The Fairmont Hamilton Princess (76 Pitts Bay Road, Hamilton)
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess. The hotel was in a fantastic spot, located along the Hamilton Harbor. This meant that we were able to walk into the main downtown area of Hamilton, and we could easily take public transportation wherever we wanted on the island – the bus terminal was in Hamilton, as was a main ferry port. The hotel had two fantastic restaurants and we were able to walk to other places to eat in Hamilton. Our suite was clean, had an awesome balcony, and we were very comfortable there. The Hamilton Princess had an infinity pool that was great for sunbathing and swimming.
Exploring Front Street
After we had settled in at our hotel, we set out with our cameras to explore Front Street. Front Street is the main road in Hamilton that runs along the harbor. There are many brightly colored buildings, boutiques, and restaurants there. You can see many of our photos at our Photo Essay of Front Street.
Cafe Eden (41 King St, Hamilton)
Cafe Eden is a smoothie bar and cafe nestled inside a small health food store, attached to the Seventh-Day Adventist Church book store. They serve breakfast and lunch, and conveniently update their menu daily on their Facebook page. We ate veggie burgers and tasted some of the most delicious tropical fruit smoothies. It is an all-vegetarian cafe so if you’re vegan, vegetarian, or love healthy foods, this is the place for you. You can discover all of the vegan and vegetarian options in Bermuda at our Vegan Guide to Bermuda.
We walked back to the hotel and while Justin had a nap, I read a book at the infinity pool. It was very relaxing. I also made sure to take a dip in the pool and the hot tub.
1609 Bar and Restaurant (Located at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess)
We enjoyed a delicious vegan meal at 1609 that was prepared specially for us by the chef. I’m sure you would have no problems requesting a vegan meal if you called in advance. Make sure that you book a reservation here as it is quite a popular place amongst tourists and locals alike.
Day 2: An Eco-Tour of Bermuda
Hidden Gems Eco-Tour
We embarked on a seven-hour tour of Bermuda with Ashley of Hidden Gems Bermuda and claimed that it was the best tour that we’ve ever taken. We were taken to many off the beaten path destinations in Bermuda by a local who has lived in Bermuda all of her life. It was an all-inclusive, fully interactive, island eco-tour, and I can’t say enough good things about it. Some of the places we visited: Tom Moore’s Jungle, the Blue Lagoon, Subway Cave, Walsingham Cave, the Black Horse Tavern for lunch, St. David’s Lighthouse, Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve, Long Beach, and Admiralty House Park.
Intermission Restaurant (at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess)
Intermission is a restaurant inside of the Fairmont Hamilton Princess where we ate another delicious vegan meal. The chef and hotel staff came up with a few suggestions of meal ideas that sounded great to us. They were incredibly accommodating in making sure that we had vegan meals to enjoy!
Day 3: Beach Day
You can’t visit a place like Bermuda without enjoying the beaches! We decided to try something completely new to us: surfing! If surfing isn’t your thing, you can try stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, jetskiing, or snorkeling. There are so many water activities to try in Bermuda. You can also visit one of the numerous beaches in Bermuda.
Jasmine Lounge (Fairmont Southampton)
We enjoyed a light lunch at the Jasmine Lounge inside the Fairmont Southampton Hotel. From the Hamilton Princess, we took a complimentary ferry ride across to the Fairmont Southampton that was located close to Horseshoe Bay Beach. We took a complimentary shuttle from the hotel to the beach.
Surfing with Isolated Surfboards (Horseshoe Bay Beach)
Justin and I had a blast surfing with Isolated Surfboards. We met up at Horseshoe Bay Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches that I’ve ever seen. It was the perfect place (with ideal conditions!) to try surfing as there were varying sizes of waves crashing to shore. Though I did plenty of falling on my face, it was a lot of fun to try a new sport. Justin ended up being quite good at it!
Frog & Onion Pub (Royal Naval Dockyard)
We worked up quite the appetite after surfing and had lunch at the Frog & Onion Pub after a taxi ride to the Royal Naval Dockyard. The veggie burgers, fries, and onion rings really hit the spot!
Bermuda Fun Golf (Sally Port Lane, Sandys Parish)
Our main reason for visiting the Royal Naval Dockyard area was to play mini putt at Bermuda Fun Golf. It was one of the greatest mini golf courses we’d ever played at. The holes were modeled after professional golf course holes. It was really fun!
Red Steakhouse and Bar (55 Front St, Hamilton)
Two vegans going to a steakhouse sounds really funny, but we had an incredibly tasty vegan meal prepared by the head chef. I’m sure this is something that you can request by calling in advance. Highly recommended! The restaurant was also a quick walk from our hotel.
Day 4: Renting a Scooter
If it isn’t windy or raining outside and you’re comfortable with riding a scooter, I highly recommend that you rent one and ride it around the island. Tourists aren’t able to rent cars, but you can easily get around with a scooter and a map. If you aren’t comfortable with renting one and don’t want to spend a small fortune on taxis, there are many public transportation options in Bermuda that are easy to use.
As it was really windy on our last morning in Bermuda, we opted to take the public bus and visit Crystal Caves.
Crystal Caves (8 Crystal Caves Road, Hamilton Parish)
There are actually two caves at this site – the Crystal Cave and the Fantasy Cave. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to visit both caves, but you should check them both out if you get the chance. This is one of the top tourist spots in Bermuda and I can definitely see why – the cave is magnificent!
There are many scooter rental places in Bermuda. We used the one located right next to our hotel – Smatts Cycle Livery. You can rent them by the day. We only used ours for a couple of hours, but we could see how this was the best option for exploring Bermuda on our own.
We threw everything into our suitcases and took a taxi ride to the airport. The airport is so small that it was a breeze getting through customs and security.
Hopefully you have a great holiday in Bermuda as we did. Please feel free to ask any questions that you might have about Bermuda in the comments section below and I’ll try my best to answer them all!
Here’s an awesome travel map put together by our friends at Travelabulous! It’s quite possibly the best way to plan travel itineraries as every spot is visually represented on a map. You can see most places that I mentioned above on this map, which makes it a lot easier to imagine getting from point A to point B, and so on.