With perfect conditions, spring ushers in peak sailing season in Bermuda, with an array of thrilling events taking place. Highlights include:
- The MOTH World Championships (March 21 – April 1)
- Bermuda International Race Week (April 28 – May 24
- Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (May 5-16)
- Antigua Bermuda Race (May 9-17)
- Annapolis Bermuda Ocean Race (June 8-16)
- Newport Bermuda Race (June 15-23)
Of course there are more than enough opportunities for you to set sail yourself whether its aboard a luxury yacht, a fast-moving catamaran or a glass-bottomed boat (great for checking out what’s happening beneath the waves). Check out some options.
Get Up Close & Personal With The Humpbacks
It might be Bermuda’s best-kept secret. The island is a primary location for whale watching in the early spring, when hundreds of 40-ton humpbacks pass through the waters here. There are several experienced outfitters who can take visitors out for a safe and respectful, up-close-and-personal humpback adventure. There are also plenty of spots on dry land where you can keep a lookout for the telltale spout – one of the best is West Whale Bay Beach in Southampton. Don’t forget to pack your binoculars!
Uncover The Wonders Of Bermuda’s Natural World
Whale watching is just one of the Bermuda eco-adventures available in the spring. On the southeast tip of the island, Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve was occupied for years by the U.S. military and NASA, only re-opening to the public in 2011. The Eco-Tour of this spot lets you explore 12 acres of pristine Bermuda wilderness. Meanwhile, a Hidden Gems nature hike takes you deep into the heart of the Walsingham Nature Reserve (Tom Moore’s Jungle to locals). You’ll hike though lovely green trails, swim in gorgeous blue waters and descend into subterranean caves.
Catch the Wind
Take part in an age-old Bermuda springtime tradition – go fly a kite! Every Good Friday (this year on March 30), Bermudians spend the day kite flying in open fields and on beaches such as at Horseshoe Bay Beach (and enjoying such island treats as codfish cakes and hot cross buns). These aren’t run-of-the-mill kites, however. They’re dazzlingly colourful, creatively designed and they soar in the skies with a distinctive “hum.” Bermudian Eugene O’Connor shows you how to make a beautiful kite in this tutorial.
- There’s more than one way to catch the wind in Bermuda. This spring, try kite surfing, the thrilling water sport where you use a steerable kite to zip across the water on a board.
Paddle Into The Unknown
Spring is a time of rebirth – so why not experience something new while you’re in Bermuda? With its beautiful waters and scenic coastlines, Bermuda is the perfect place to try Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP), the water sport that’s sweeping the globe. Expert guides at a variety of island outfitters can fit you for the correct size paddleboard, give you a detailed lesson on how to paddleboard using proper paddleboarding techniques. They can also hook you up with all the extra gear you might need on your SUP adventure – snorkels, masks, flippers, coolers for food and drink, and waterproof maps that will direct you to the best spots around the island.
Ironmen and Ironwomen from all over the world will arrive in Bermuda again next spring for the ITU World Triathlon event on April 27, 2019. But no matter when you visit the island, it’s a spectacular spot to get (or stay) fit – and see some incredible sights at the same time. Spanning the island from end to end, the Railway Trail follows an abandoned railbed that winds through tranquil landscapes and along stunning rocky coastlines. It’s an unforgettable place for a run or bike. Or how about an open-water swim? Bermuda’s own superstar triathlete Flora Duffy recommends Shelly Bay Beach, Clearwater Beach, Harrington Sound and Clarence Cove.
- Another amazing spring event for fitness fanatics is the Bermuda Triple Challenge. Each day's challenge offers a 3-10K challenge with varying obstacles suitable for all levels of fitness, challenging both strength and stamina for ages 13 and up.