When thinking of Bermuda, the wonderful and unique beaches and sunshine are obviously the first thing that comes to mind, but there is much more to see!
Indeed, although it is an island paradise with wonderful beaches, there’s so much more to see than just spend all your time by the sea. Bermuda has so much to offer. It of course depends on WHO you are – and what you’re interested in. However, we thought it would be nice to do a ‘Top Ten Things To See And Do In Bermuda – For Culture Vultures’!
Whether you are a fan of history, have a passion for maritime things, like monuments or just curious to explore wherever you go, Bermuda is more than just a georgous tropical island. You should take the time to see its luxurious and fragrant gardens, such as the (1) Botanical Gardens in Hamilton.
Bermuda is defined by its history, a mix of British culture and African heritage, with slaves brought from Africa to the oldest British colony from 1684 to 1807. It was also a strategic place for the military defence of the North Atlantic Ocean and there are forts still standing. The (2) Fort St. Catherine is one of them, located north of the town of St. George’s. It has a museum and some of the best views of the Island’s shorelines.
On your way back, on the eastern part of the Island, have a wander on the (3) St Catherine’s beach – it’s amazing. Nearby, (4) the town of St George’s is a must-see. The former capital was founded in 1612 and is now a UNESCO World Heritage accredited municipality.
Churches are aplenty in Bermuda and some built in the early years of the British settlement can still be found.(5) Old Devonshire Church, in the Devonshire Parish, in the middle of the island, dates back to 1716 and stands on the grounds of a worship place built in 1624. Its silver plate was made in 1590 and is marked with the Tudor rose. Its interior suggests that at the time, ship builders and church builders were involved in both trades.
The Anglican (6) St. James Church, in Sandy’s Parish, is one of the most distinctive churches in Bermuda. Originally built in wood in the 1700’s, it was destroyed by a hurricane and rebuilt in 1789. A spire was added in 1880, destroyed by lightning in 1939 and replaced with a replica later!
Of course, the sea is at the heart of the Bermudian history and you can learn more in the (7) Maritime Museum at the Royal Naval Dockyard, the largest museum on the Island. There are over half a dozen lighthouses too, with two of them open to visitors.(8) St. David’s lighthouse was built in 1879 and is located on the island of the same name, in St George’s Parish. (9) Gibbs Hills, sitting on the highest point of the island in Southampton Parish, is from 1844 and is the oldest cast iron lighthouse in the world.
Even culture vultures need some respite – so getting back to the beaches – we must mention (10) Elbow Beach, on the southern coast of Paget Parish, considered one of the most popular in Bermuda And it’s also where our scooter, moped and rental livery are based…..which leads on to…….
Bonus! NO. (11) Elbow Beach Cycles!
The best way to see these top attractions in Bermuda is by Scooter! And we have some of the best scooters and deals on the island!
Booking a scooter with us could not be simpler. All you have to do is just let us know by booking online with our easy to use booking form, including the date and time of arrival, and our scooter delivery team will have your scooter ready and waiting for you when you arrive on the Island. Elbow Beach Cycles will have your scooter ready for you and even pick it up again when you are finished with it! Our scooter rental service is ideal for cruise ship passengers wanting to explore Bermuda – whether you are looking to book a rental for a few days or a week.