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As you may know my husband is one of eight children so when the holidays roll around we do a lot of entertaining, especially since we host Thanksgiving at our home every year. It’s always a treat to spend time with family which usually involves long dinners and game nights. This year, Casey and I booked a trip after Thanksgiving to enjoy some R&R before the hustle and bustle of the next holiday! We partnered with JetBlue (seriously one of my favorite airlines) and hopped on a very short flight to Bermuda! It was the perfect winter weekend getaway.
Most folks that I talked to didn’t realize that Bermuda is located off the east coast — about 600 miles east of North Carolina. It’s the most a two to three hour flight from almost anywhere on the East coast and you can expect tropical weather due to the Gulf Stream. In late November, we experienced temperatures in the mid 70s and full sun! Bermuda has beautiful translucent waters and pink-sand beaches. Horseshoe Bay (right next to our hotel) is probably one of my favorite beaches that I’ve ever visited! The views were incredible. If you watched my Instastories then you’ve seen first hand the blue waters and pink sand beaches!
There are a few things that you should know before you pack your bags!
- You will need a U.S. Passport to gain entry into the Island.
- The currency in Bermuda is a Bermudian Dollar which is equivalent to a U.S. Dollar. Most taxis accepted U.S. Dollars however.
- The Island does not offer rental cars. However, they offer scooter rentals and mini electric car rentals known as Twizys. The cars are fully electric and seat 2 people. We ended up renting on of these cars from Current Vehicles and it was the best way to get around the Island!
- Bermuda is in a different time zone (AST). It’s a one hour difference from EST.
Day One. We arrived just in time for lunch! We took a taxi from the airport and headed to our hotel, Fairmont Bermuda. I really enjoyed the luxury hotel — it was in the perfect location and I loved the classic Bermuda pink facade! We upgraded our room to the Club Level to enjoy complimentary breakfast and hor d’oeuvres — which was definitely worth the extra cost. We unpacked our bags and enjoyed a casual lunch at their restaurant, Jasmine. I sipped Rosé and ate the Chicken Tostadas (these were seriously delicious!). Then we were off to explore the city of Hamilton for some holiday shopping! After picking up a few gifts, we sipped on cocktails while overlooking the water at The Pickled Onion.
For dinner, we opted for a more formal dining experience at the Waterlot Inn. Wow — this restaurant was such a great experience. First, the building was built in 1670 and has loads of history and character. The staff and food were both incredible, I’d definitely recommend their signature steaks and to enjoy a post-dinner cocktail outside on the dock. It’s right across the street from the Fairmont Bermuda and you can hop on a shuttle back to the hotel when you’re ready to retire for the night.
Day Two. Casey and I decided to wake up early and eat breakfast on the balcony in the Club Lounge. Then I explored the property and the nearby beaches while Casey went to the fitness center. I’d definitely recommend heading to Horseshoe Bay first thing in the morning to beat the crowds. I was one of the very few people on the beach and it was the perfect way to start the morning. The bay is just right next to the hotel so I just hopped in the shuttle (less than five minute ride) to the Beach Club. Then I found a lounge chair with a blue + white umbrella and Casey and I relaxed all morning on the beach. The only time that we got up was to snorkle and eat lunch at the Cabana Bar. Bermuda is well known for its Swizzle which is a lot of rum mixed with Pineapple and Orange juice with a Grenadine and Angostura Bitters — so of course we had to try one (or two) during lunch!
After a very relaxing afternoon, we decided it was time to go out and explore the Island. Before our trip, I researched the best spot to watch the sunset and I learned that it was in St. George. So we rented the Twizy (mini electric car) and headed to St. George. It was raining off and on during the last 10 minutes of our ride and when we arrived we caught the most amazing rainbow over the crystal clear water! St. George is a UNESCO world heritage site and it was here that Bermuda Sir George landed in 1609 after their ship wrecked. If you enjoy history (and shopping) like me then St. George is a must-do in Bermuda. Since we were visiting Bermuda in the off-season, the town was quiet which was a treat because we didn’t feel rushed to explore. We then watched the sunset perched on a cliff at Tobacco Bay. Wow. I don’t think that Casey and I will ever forget the views and that sunset.
After the sunset, we drove back to our hotel to get ready for dinner. We opted for local cuisine and headed about five minutes down the road from our hotel to Gulfstream, an Italian restaurant located on South Road. The hotel has live music on the weekends so we went back to the lobby after dinner and enjoyed cocktails by the fire.
Bermuda was such an easy spot to travel to and it was truly relaxing and breathtakingly beautiful. I can’t wait to go back and I know that my husband feels the same! I booked my trip to JetBlue because it’s a one stop shop for hotel and flight. We didn’t have any flight delays and we enjoyed our ‘even more space’ seating.
I hope that you find this mini guide helpful for your next trip to Bermuda! We certainly had a blast and I would definitely recommend this beautiful Island for your next tropical getaway.
Photography by Lavin Label