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Beloved for its pink sands, turquoise waters and quintessential British charm, the mid-Atlantic island of Bermuda offers an easy escape in just a 90-minute flight from NYC and a two-hour flight from most East Coast cities. Thanks to its convenient location, the fishhook-shaped isle is a choice destination for those seeking a getaway that feels worlds away from the Atlantic Coast in the fall: crowds dissipate, temperatures cool ever so slightly, but you can still swim well into November. Read on for a few reasons to go this season.
1. Go for… British Culture Mixed with Island Life
Anglophiles rejoice: the sandy isle of Bermuda offers distinct British sensibility, with hotels serving afternoon tea and cricket fields aplenty. But at 21 square miles and with 65,000 residents, Bermuda has the warmth of a small town. Here, local influence pervades everything from the décor found in luxury hotels to the architecture to the cuisine.
2. Go for… History Above and Below the Water
Thanks to the UNESCO World Heritage Town of St. George, complete with architecture dating back to the 17th century, and the island’s storied colonial past (this is Great Britain’s oldest existing colony, after all), Bermuda’s 400-year history is in plain sight. Curious travelers and history buffs should walk through the Royal Naval Dockyard, which contains cannons and other artifacts and provides a glimpse into Bermuda’s rich trade and maritime history. There are also several museums to choose from such as the Masterworks Museum, which showcases works inspired by the landscapes of Bermuda (from artists including Georgia O’ Keeffe). Plus, the island is surrounded by more shipwrecks per square mile than anywhere else in the world, and scuba diving through the mysterious wreckage sites is an experience not to miss. The Crystal Caves, a spooky and stunning natural formation that served as inspiration for the creators of Fraggle Rock, is also a must.
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3. Go For… Resorts with a Glam Factor
With an historic grande dame, a newly-renovated five-star mainstay and a modern boutique oasis, Bermuda has upped its glamour quotient. The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, or ‘Pink Palace’ as it is more affectionately known, is a staple on the Hamilton waterfront, with sophisticated guest rooms, an Exhale spa and Marcus’, a restaurant by Marcus Samuelsson. The Rosewood Bermuda is a luxury property, which, following a major renovation in early 2018, counts a gorgeous beach club, seaside golf course and exquisitely designed rooms (almost all with an ocean view) on its list of attributes. Don’t miss dinner at The Point, sure to be the culinary highlight of a trip. For those in search of a more intimate setting, The Loren, the decidedly modern, 45-suite retreat, is located just a quick drive from Tucker’s Town, St. George’s and Hamilton. Hawkin’s Island, a private island complete with a full-service villa (including a dedicated chef and water sports instructor), is ideal for travelers in search of a castaway-style beach vacation.
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4. Go For… Plenty to do Beyond the Beach
Between sports—including biking, tennis, golf, rugby, horseback riding and hiking—and countless water activities on offer, Bermuda is a great choice for beach and sport lovers. But the island packs a punch with its robust foodie scene and cocktail culture. Rum enthusiasts should sample the famous local rum, Gosling’s, found in Bermuda’s signature cocktails (including the Dark ‘n Stormy®) or take a rum-tasting cruise around the harbor. Foodies will revel in the cuisine, which is just as unique as it is delicious. Bermuda’s myriad cultural influences, including Caribbean, African, Portuguese, American and British, make for delicious fusion cooking (think Creole spices, English breakfast, Portuguese donuts and the island’s signature dish: spicy fish chowder). And yet another reason to visit in the fall: October brings the Gombey Festival, a spectacle of dance, music and colorful costumes across the island.
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