With outdoor adventure, a surprising history and a distinct way of life, Bermuda offers exceptional museums, boutiques, restaurants and stunning natural beauty in an easily accessible and safe 21 square miles. Connect with experienced and informed locals at any of our three, official Visitor Services Centres; explore and manage your own bucket list on a memorable solo adventure.
MorningStart the day at the Bermuda Botanical Gardens, 35 acres dedicated to the island’s flora. The South Road entrance is a shaded passageway, canopied by trees. Take a walk through the native palmettos, fragrant herb gardens, greenhouses filled with orchids and succulents and marvel at the fibrous Banyans that inspired American painter Georgia O’Keefe who spent time on the island in the 1930s.
The renowned artist took a therapeutic trip during dark times. It is said that she found plenty of colour out here. One of her pencil and ink sketches, The Banyan Tree Trunk, can be found at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art at the heart of the gardens. Book an archive tour for a view of rare works by O’Keeffe, Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth.
AfternoonThe Sweet Mysteryroses, frangipani and flowering hibiscus are known to stir the senses. They’ll leave a mark invaluable for your next adventure – a fragrance workshop with Master Perfumer Isabelle Ramsay-Brackstone at the Bermuda Perfumery in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St. George’s. To get to the east end, catch a safe and comfortable bus – the number 1 or 3 from a blue stop (the pink ones lead you back to central Bermuda). Set in the historic Stewart Hall, Isabelle expertly guides guests through the enigmatic process. Formerly in the banking industry, she revived the institution with modern scents and a fresh look with luxury candles and buttery soap-on-a-rope. You will leave with your own custom scent in a Lili Bermuda signature bottle.
Built in 1906, the Rosedon Hotel, a Bermudian Relais & Châteaux boutique hotel in the City of Hamilton, completed renovations at the start of 2019 under female general manager Nagma Walker. Have dinner on the covered porch at Huckleberry, a Sea and Farm to Table restaurant, surrounded by towering palms. Start with a signature gin cocktail or a glass of organic wine from the extensive list. Order the day’s catch for a taste of the island or the moreish, Asian-inspired chopped cabbage and kale salad.
Next - lunch. Heading east along North Shore, grab take out fish sandwiches from Seaside Grill, owned and operated by a mother and her fisherman son. Know your order before you arrive – with tartar sauce on raisin bread with lettuce and tomato.
Start the day in perfect alignment at Shamana Circle Studio, a movement studio in the heart of the City of Hamilton. Housed in the bright blue, white-trimmed John S. Darrell building, a model of Bermudian architecture, the airy Front Street loft space with traditional beams offers yoga, pilates and a range of blood pumping, heart-opening classes across from Hamilton Harbour.
From Front Street to Reid Street, their retail spaces reflect their personalities. Jewellery designer, Alexandra Mosher’s flagship boutique is a pink, pastel wonderland with magical details that pay tribute to her pink sand and sculptural collections. Joanna Stapff of 1609 Design has a bohemian cellar space that marries well with her whimsical artwork and accessories.
Scandinavian-Bermudian gift and design store, & Partners, sells a range of locally made products from glassware to prints, rugs, jewellery and homewares. Bermudian-designed swimwear can be found at Resort in the Hamilton Princess. Naked Zero is an eco-focused general store with natural lotions, haircare and body oils by Bermuda brands.
With an empty wallet and a stomach to match, Nakia Smith’s Sip and Savor food tour will give you a true taste of Bermuda’s favourite eateries. Stroll and sample fishcakes, conch chowder, local ice cream using seasonal ingredients, Portuguese custard tarts, wahoo fish nuggets, sushi and classic Bermuda cocktails.
You’ll have little room for dinner, so opt for cocktails and nibbles at a private Bermuda home for a touch of signature architecture and warm hospitality, bookable through mobile app, Winnow. The co-founder, and former filmmaker, Alison Swan created the business to make outstanding local experiences available to all, from swimming with turtles to foraging for wild edibles, paddleboarding through mangroves, beekeeping and more.
Get acquainted with the narrow streets and alleyways, stopping at stand out boutiques such as Salt Spray Soap company on Water Street, Merch at the edge of King’s Square and Davidrose, a fine jewellery boutique owned by husband and wife team Avrel Rose and David Zuill. As well as custom engagement and wedding rings, the pair have created a collection of modern heirlooms influenced by Bermuda.
At the centre of Water Street you’ll find Long Story Short, a bookstore in the cellar of Tucker House. Owner Kristin White’s inventory focuses on works by women of colour and LGBTQ authors with local art, food and housewares for sale. The historic building is part of the African Diaspora Heritage Trail. Former enslaved Joseph Rainey operated a kitchen barbershop before moving back to the US to become the first black congressman. You’ll learn that tale and more on one of her tours, by foot or by bicycle. More than a tour guide, White is a storyteller. She has a way with words that incites excitement over everything she describes, and her food-focused excursions feed you in more ways than one.
Head further west to the Royal Naval Dockyard. The National Museum occupies several historic fortifications, including the Commissioner’s House, Casemates Barracks and The Keep, Bermuda’s largest fort. Female museum director Elena Strong, has strengthened the programmed to really tell Bermuda’s shipping story, dedicating the former prison building entirely to research. Browse gold bars, jewellery and other treasures recovered from centuries-old shipwrecks and then absorb every detail in the Hall of History. Graham Foster’s awe-inspiring mural tells Bermuda’s story in vibrant colour.
Cool down with gourmet fresh fruit popsicles by Duch Pops. Rickeisha Burgess’ frozen dessert truck offers refreshing blends such as of cucumber and lemon, dubbed the Whistling Frog. Her signature blend is a kaleidoscope of mixed berries, pineapple, kiwi, peach and mango.
Late Afternoon into Evening
Book a tour with Wanderlust Explorers, a mother-daughter team with a mission to get visitors exploring like born locals. They’ll take you along the South Shore by minibus to Glass Bay Beach, snorkelling off Church Bay, swimming through Horseshoe Bay and Warwick Long Bay where you’ll find the island’s pinkest sand sipping ice cold ginger beer.