BARS & NIGHTCLUBS
●LV’s – 12 Bermudiana Road (Hamilton); 011-441-296-3330; lv.bm; dim mood-lighting and low-slung sofas.
●Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort & Spa – 27 Harbour Road (Hamilton); 011-441-236-6060; newsteadbelmonthills.com; hosts weekly outdoor fiesta, with live band, on front harbor patio; try “dark & stormy” – rum & Bermuda stone ginger beer.
●Port O Call – 87 Front Street (Hamilton); 011-441-295-5373; portocall.bm; local powerbrokers hang at granite bar.
●Swizzle Inn Pub – Bailey’s Bay (Hamilton Parish); 011-441-293-1854; swizzleinn.com; oldest pub in Bermuda (300 years); order Rum Swizzle.
●Church Bay – Southampton; island’s prettiest snorkeling.
●Elbow Beach – Paget Parish; beautiful beach.
●Horseshoe Bay – beautiful beach.
●Warwick Long Bay – South Shore; pink sand.
●Blue Hole – at Eastern Blue Cut’s end; among Bermuda’s most pristine coral reefs; eagle rays, bright parrot fish, and spiny lobsters.
●Cathedral – overhangs and canyons that filter light dramatically give this reef its name.
●Constellation – 4-masted schooner that sinks off Bermuda in 1943; inspired Peter Benchley’s 1976 novel, The Deep.
●Cristobol Colon – largest wreck (sunk in 1936) off Bermuda; scattered over 500'.
●Hermes – wrecked in 1983; can safely explore intact interior; excellent visibility, intact condition, and large fish population.
●King George – dredger scuttled in 1930s.
●Mary Celestia – 1864 wreck known as 1 of “ghosts” of Bermuda Triangle.
●Montana – English schooner that sinks off Bermuda in 1863.
●Rita Zovetta – 70' down; 400' long; abundant marine life.
●Roanoke – location still subject to speculation; Civil War gunboat scuttled off Bermuda’s east-end in 1864; incredible story of this ship & political forces that led to its demise on view at Bermuda National Trust Museum.
●Virginia Merchant – only anchor remains; near swim-throughs and reef-life.
●Fairmont Southampton – 101 South Shore Road (Southampton); 011-441-238-8000; fairmont.com/southampton; great spa & free ferry to sister property in Hamilton.
●Mandarin Oriental at Elbow Beach – 60 South Shore Road (Paget Parish, at Mandarin Oriental); 011-441-236-3535 or 800-223-7434; mandarinoriental.com.
●Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort & Spa – 27 Harbour Road (Paget Parish); 011-441-236-6060; newsteadbelmonthills.com; tastefully decorated rooms with harbor view balconies or patios.
●Pink Beach Club – 116 South Shore Road (Tucker’s Town); 011-441-293-1666 or 800-355-6161; pinkbeach.com.
●The Reefs – 56 South Shore Road (Southampton); 011-441-238-0222 or 800-742-2008; thereefs.com; built around ruins of 17th Century farmhouse; cabana-style resort; renovated in 2008.
●Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa – 60 Tucker’s Point Club Drive (Hamilton Parish); 011-441-298-4000 or 866-604-3764; tuckerspoint.com; Bermuda’s newest resort.
●Waterloo House – 100 Pitts Bay Road (Pembroke Parish); 011-441-295-4480 or 800-468-4100; relaischateaux.com; Relais & Chateaux member; main building constructed in early 19th Century and subsequently added to in haphazard but charming style; terraces, interspersed with spaces cascade down to Hamilton Harbor; no private beach but access to private Coral Beach & Tennis Club with complimentary transport; 20 rooms and 10 suites (ask for Suite 20); rooms furnished with antiques; home to Wellington Room, award winning restaurant; dress formal and gentlemen required to wear jacket and tie; in summer, dinner on Poinciana Terrace on Hamilton Harbor; jacket is required but ties are not.
●Heritage Court – 76 Pitts Bay Road (Pembroke Parish); 011-441-295-3000; fairmont.com/hamilton; for white-table cloth tea; cucumber sandwiches, petits fours, and baked apricot and fig scones.
●Hog Penny Restaurant & Pub – 5 Burnaby Hill (Hamilton); 011-441-292-2534; hogpennypub.com; try Bermuda fish chowder.
●Lobster Pot – 6 Bermudiana Road (Hamilton); 011-441-292-6898; bermuda.com/lobsterpot; nautically-themed restaurant; try Bermuda fish chowder.
●Mickey’s Beach Bistro & Bar – 60 South Shore Road (Paget Parish, at Mandarin Oriental at Elbow Beach); 011-441-236-9107; mandarinoriental.com/bermuda; great outdoor dining.
●Ocean Echo – 56 South Shore Road (Southampton, at Reefs Hotel); 011-441-238-0222; thereefs.com; sea food; ask for seat near window.
●Ocean Grill – 36 Pompano Beach Road (Southampton, at Pompano Beach Club); 011-441-234-0222; pompanobeachclub.com/oceangrill.html; well-prepared food & big-windowed views over some of Atlantic’s most dramatic seacoast; cutting-edge & trendy; a la carte seafood dishes.
●Port O Call – 87 Front Street; 011-441-295-5373 (Hamilton); portocall.bm; stick to specials (fresh local fish).
●Rustico – 8 Northshore Road (Flatts); 011-441-295-5212; primaverarestaurant.com.
●Seahorse Grill at Elbow Beach – 60 South Shore Road (Paget Parish, at Mandarin Oriental); 011-441-236-3535; mandarinoriental.com.
●Somerset Country Squire – 10 Mangrove Bay Road (Somerset) 011-441-234-0105; just okay; not worth special trip but not horrible either.
●Waterloo Inn – 101 South Shore Road (Southampton, at Fairmont Southampton); 011-441-239-6967; fairmont.com/Southampton.
●Bluewater Divers & Watersports – Robinson’s Marina (Somerset Bridge, Southampton); 011-441-234-1034; divebermuda.com; try diving Constellation & Montana, 2 separate wrecks.
●Eve’s Cycles – 110 Middle Road (St. Georges); 011-441-236-6996; evecycles.com.
●Smatt’s Cycle Livery – 74 Pitts Bay Road (Pembroke Parish); 011-441-295-1180; smattscyclelivery.com; scooter rentals.
●Triangle Diving – 11 Blue Hole Hill (Bailey’s Bay); 011-441-293-7319; trianglediving.com; arrange night dive on King George wreck (only available from June through October).
●Book Cellar – Tucker House Basement, Water Street (St. George); 011-441-297-0448; architectural, historical, and nautical books.
SIGHTS & SITES
●Bermuda Botanical Gardens – 169 South Road (Camden); 011-441-236-4201; bgci.org/garden.php?id=852.
●Bermuda Maritime Museum – Hamilton; 011-441-234-1333; bmm.bm; includes Royal Naval Dockyard; park with concert bandstand, Terrace Pavilion, and Victorian street lighting; vendors push carts filled with dry goods, food, and local crafts; full-service marina with clubhouse, floating docks, and showers.
●Bermuda National Trust Museum at Globe Hotel – 32 Duke of York Street; 011-441-297-1423; bnt.bm; original Governor’s Mansion; includes admission to Tucker House & Verdmont.
●Bermuda Railway Trail – 8 Front Street (Hamilton); 011-441-295-1480; bermudarailway.net or gotobermuda.com/blog/Discovering-The-Bermuda-Railway-Trail; 40 years after Bermuda Railway closed, Bermuda Government transformed remaining right of way into trail for walkers & cyclists.
●Crystal Caves – 8 Crystal Caves Road (Hamilton Parish); 011-441-293-0640; caves.bm; must see.
●Fort Scaur – 107 Somerset Road (Dockyard); 011-441-234-0908; among 90 different forts.
●Gibbs Hill Lighthouse – Lighthouse Road (between South Shore & Middle Roads); 011-441-238-0524; bermudalighthouse.com; world’s oldest cast iron lighthouse; beautiful views.
●Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art – 183 South Road (Hamilton); 011-441-236-2950; bermudamasterworks.com.
●St. George – St. George Parish; entire town is UNESCO World Heritage Site; narrow streets and quaint names.
●Spittal Pond Nature Reserve – South Shore Road; 011-441-236-6483; bnt.bm/Places_to_Visit/spittal_pond.php; Bermuda’s 3rd largest pond, surrounded by Bermuda’s largest wildlife sanctuary; located close to Smith’s Parish’s Atlantic coast; brackish, thus often discolored and malodorous; major transition area for migratory birds crossing Atlantic; waterfowl ranges from geese to flamingoes.
●Thomas Moore’s Jungle – Blue Hole Park Hill; worth special trip.