When my friend asked me to help her plan for her bachelorette getaway, I gladly jumped on it and created a google doc and all. We originally planned for Florida. But, we procrastinated and the prices kept jumping up.
Bermuda was purely by accident. We saw a deal and it was cheaper than Florida, only $250 from NYC to be exact. We didn't know much about Bermuda except vaguely for the Bermuda Triangle.
We did some googling. Pictures of the white sand with turquoise water was all we needed to book our flight to paradise.
Here is how we spent three days in Bermuda with 4 things you shouldn't miss!
There were six of us so it was cheap to grab a taxi. Our taxi driver even gave us a little tour of the island. Offshore is big in Bermuda so expect to see many colorful mansions. We were just giddy when we saw the turquoise water.
We booked a cottage in Paget. Let's just say the owner was intrusive. Message me privately if you're curious where we stayed and possibly avoid it.
We got food before we hit the beach. We ate at Paraquet Restaurant. Nothing too impressive. It was expensive which is like the rest of the food scene there. We were hoping for cheap and fresh seafood.
Sadly, we ended up eating a lot fried food. It makes sense because 80% of food is imported.
1. Chill in Elbow Beach
Elbow Beach was not crowded and felt like our own private paradise. It was postcard perfect.
There were no amenities near the beach except for two porta potty toilets. Bring water, sunscreen, and snacks. Tap water is also safe to drink.
We spent the rest of the afternoon just swimming, relaxing, and being sunkissed.
2. Eat, Drank, & Party in Hamilton
For dinner, we ate at Flanigan's Irish Pub. It was comparable to eating at one of those TGI Tuesday Bees restaurant except it was more expensive. We initially went to a restaurant recommended by our taxi driver, Pickled Onion. But, it costed even more.
The Front Street of Hamilton is where the party scene is at. But, don't expect too much. It's about three blocks long.
We were strolling along the Front Street and heard dope live jazz coming from the Chewstick's Neo-Griot Lounge. It is a creative space for artists, writers, rappers, and musicians to perform. It was cool listening to folks jamming out.
Then, we went to Café Cairo for hookah and dancing. It turned into a nightclub later in the night, attracting a mixed crowd. There were grandpas in white linen pants to the barely legal tweens with a little too much to drink.
Our last stop was at the Cosmopolitan Ultra Lounge and Nightclub. We walked through an alleyway and up to the stairs. It was packed and thank goodness for AC.
After our homemade egg sandwich and tea, we were excited to check out the pink sand at Horseshoe Bay Beach.
3. Horseshoe Bay Beach
Horseshoe Bay Beach was beautiful. Make sure to walk further down to get away from the crowd. Especially in the afternoon when the cruise ships unload tons of people.
There were many nooks and crannies to explore or find shade to get a break from the sun. We climbed a cliff and there was a perfect view of the beach and beyond.
There was a guy who jumped off the cliff and encouraged us to take the plunge. It looked so much fun but nope. I rather not.
4. Sunset at Gibb's Hill Lighthouse
An old fellow told us to take a trolley to the Gibb's Hill Lighthouse. Make sure you greet the driver first with a "good afternoon" before you bombard him with questions. He was kind enough to drive out of his way to drop us off by the lighthouse.
We ate at The Dining Room. The view was breathtaking. Somehow, we snatched a table right outside. Later, we found out that they've mistaken us for another party of six. I recommend to make a reservation first to get a good view and catch the sunset.
By day three, we were all sunburnt and hurting all over. Some of the girls want to keep it low-key and avoid the sun as much as possible. We took a taxi to Hamilton to take the ferry to the Royal Naval Dockyard.
The Dockyard was the base in the Western Atlantic between American Independence and the Cold War. Now, it is a center for pubs, artisan shops, the Bermuda Maritime Museum, and the Dolphin Quest attraction. Half of the girls checked out the shops and I went snorkeling. It wasn't the best snorkeling experience because the water was not clear. Though, I did get to see school of fishes.
If there was one thing I could change about the trip, it would be the last day. I would check out St. George and the Crystal and Fantasy Cave instead. Nonetheless, it was an amazing trip with the girls celebrating my beautiful friend #adulting in life.
I love Bermuda for their turquoise beaches and how close it is to NYC. What are some of your favorite weekend getaways? Comment below with where I should check out next.