Bermuda street scene

Bermuda International Airport (BDA)

Bermuda's past is as colorful and rich as its scenery, and it shows. For a speck of land in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Bermuda has a ton of historic sites that add to its charm and allure. There are countless quaint old cottages and more forts per square mile than any other place on Earth (around 100 total). Many of those have been restored and are open to the public.

Though Bermuda's pink sandy beaches and bays and warm blue water are no doubt the main draw, don't discount some of the amazing sightseeing. Explore the Crystal Caves, the historic Bermuda Maritime Museum, the all-in-one Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo and the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse where 180 steps takes you to the observation deck. Definitely make time to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site in the town of St. George, which boasts small winding streets and British Colonial architecture with fountains, gardens and squares, cobblestone streets and plazas.

King of the Beach

There are close to twenty beaches and bays spread throughout the island, all with Bermuda's signature pink sandy beaches. Some of the most picturesque and popular are Horseshoe Bay and Elbow Beach. If you've got some kiddos, Shelly Bay has lots of shallow water and a large playground.

Foodies, bring your appetites — British, French, Italian, Portuguese, American, Caribbean, Indian, Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisine options are abundant. When you're not grabbing a bite in between beach activities, venture out to Hamilton or St. George for some of the most delicious (and least touristy) restaurants on the island. Have some lobster in one of five cozy rooms at Tom Moore's Tavern. Surprise your palate with a chilled banana soup with rum at Ascots. And if you don't mind shelling out the big bucks, a four or five-course meal at The Point is sure to please. Roughly 80% of Bermuda's food is imported, so as far as ordering, the most important tip is to look for local ingredients. Of course, seafood like lobster, crab, oysters, mussels, red snapper, rockfish, tuna and wahoo are all exceptional. Local farmers have begun growing seasonal fruits and vegetables as well.  Be sure to wash down a meal or two with either a Rum Swizzle or a Dark 'n' Stormy — both popular Bermudan drinks.