We just returned from a week in Bermuda and had a fabulous time. Who wouldn't? The island is beautiful, the people are friendly, and there is plenty to do. Here's some of the highlights:
Lodging - We booked the waterfront W01 apartment near Somerset Bridge through Bermuda Accommodations. What a view--directly overlooking the Great Sound! Very nice outdoor space with several terraces, lots of perfectly manicured grass, and a romantic table for two on a small overlook. We ate breakfast outside every morning, plus several dinners. The interior of the 1 BR/1 Bath unit was immaculate and very spacious with a large living room and formal dining room. A full size eat-in kitchen with high-end appliances and all the cooking gear one would need. Even had a laundry room. It was in a great location for exploring the island--adjacent to the Railway Trail with bus service at the end of the lane. Within walking distance of a grocery store, but no restaurants nearby. Renting an apartment saves $$ as you don't have to pay the 7.25% Bermuda Government occupancy tax.
Food - Since we had such a great kitchen, we did most of our own cooking and made lunches to take with every day. The nearby grocery store (Arnold's Market) was okay--somewhat on the small side. We went to The Supermarket on Front Street in Hamilton once--very nice and lots of selection. We knew groceries were going to be expensive and we spent around $200 for the two of us. On our last night we ate at Coconuts at The Reef and it was amazing. We had a table for two on the Water Deck overlooking the crashing waves at sunset. We also ate at Swizzle Inn one night and really enjoyed it. We ate lunch at the Lemon Tree in Hamilton and enjoyed the patio overlooking the city park . Had iced coffees at Juice and Beans on Front Street in Hamilton--very delicious. The last day we ate lunch at Somerset Country Squire and really didn't care for it.
Activities - We rented a Boston Whaler for six hours from Somerset Bridge Water Sports and had a fabulous day--beached the boat and sun-bathed, anchored and waded ashore for an island lunch; anchored and snorkeled/jumped off the boat to swim. We snorkeled at Church Bay (rough surf) and Tobacco Bay (calm and lots of fish). We ate a picnic dinner at Warwick Long Bay and had the beach to ourselves. Went to Horseshoe Bay--too many cruise shippers. Went to Crystal Caves--interesting, but a bit pricey. Went on the free Hamilton walking tour with the town crier. Went to Dockyard---too touristy for us! Could have spent more time in St. George. Walked the Railway Trail almost every day--very nice! Shopped a little bit in Hamilton--bought Bermuda shorts at the English Sports Shop. Went to the Bermuda Perfumery in St. George for Lili Bermuda Pink perfume.
Transportation - We bought seven-day bus/ferry passes and rode all over the island. It takes time riding the bus, but you get to talk to locals, see the sights. We rode the ferry from Hamilton and to/from St. George. It is a LOT of walking to bus, to beach, to grocery, to restaurants, around town, trails, etc. You will need very comfortable tennis shoes--brought sandals/flip flops and didn't wear them. Took metered taxi to/from airport to the apt in Somerset--would not recommend attempting to travel with luggage on bus--not allowed and too crowded!
Wonderful trip--beautiful memories!