One of a number of claimants to the mythical position of '51st state' due to its seemingly unstoppable position as a US tourist draw, balmy Bermuda is a tropical millionaires playground, full of extravagant, upper class resorts that’ll pamper ‘til you drop. Cosmopolitan Hamilton mixes the colonial and the trendy, where you can sample grilled rockfish and sip world-class wine before celebrity spotting along the waterfront mansions, or take a horse drawn carriage down cobbled streets and explore the depths of the dungeons below the weighty cannons and wooden walkways of Fort Hamilton. St George is equally charming, if a little less modernized, and has a serene pace about its aging churches and cobbled streets.
The Royal Naval Dockyard offers up another grandiose taste of Bermuda’s maritime past, with a massive and detailed museum to take you through it all, as well as the old stone buildings and a cooperage still to explore. The extensive Scaur Hill Fort, tiny Somerset drawbridge and cast-iron Gibbs Hill Lighthouse are also tastes of a heady maritime past well worth exploring.
If you came to Bermuda, though, you’ll certainly want to spend some time on the beach. The pink sand of Horseshoe Bay is one of the most picturesque spots, with a gentle forested backdrop and large boulders spattered across the sands at low tide. Elbow Beach is a more stereotypical tropics beach, with white sand, palm trees and a long line of big-ticket resorts tucked away behind swimming pools to the back. Bring some serious bucks if you're planning to dine out, though the fresh seafood cuisine will more than make up for wallet damage.
For the wilder breed of traveler, you might not go missing in the triangle sense, but there are more than enough natural wonders to keep you going. The Crystal Caves are a distinctive diving destination, where you can explore the underwater expanses or trot peacefully along the bridges and stare dreamily at the divers below. If snorkeling is more your scene, Tobacco Bay’s underwater garden of coral and limestone is equally stimulating.
For all its big-name celebs and high-end hotels, you can make what you like of Bermuda. Wacky underwater adventures and old-world seaside towns give the island a whole different aspect to its charms, and the beaches… well they’re every bit as good as the postcards.