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1, 2, 3: Bermuda Destination Guide

Less than a two-hour flight from the major East Coast airports, Bermuda’s rosy sands and aqua waters await the unsuspecting tourist. Whether you’re looking for a beach vacation or hoping to dive deeper into the history of the island, prioritize these must-dos for a well-rounded experience. Read our “1, 2, 3: Bermuda Destination Guide” below, written by travel journalist & former resident, Jillian Dara (@jilliandara).

TO STAY:

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St. Regis, Bermuda (@stregisbermuda):

Bermuda’s newest luxury hotel offers 120 rooms, two infinity pools, and a private beach that frame the turquoise waters of Gates Bay.

TO DINE:

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1609:

For sunset cocktails and a harborside dining experience, pop into happy hour at one of The Hamilton Princess (@princessbermuda) bars, before moseying over to 1609 for a leisurely dinner. The restaurant’s raised platform permits the prime setting to view the sun melting into the deep waters of the harbor as the golden hues usher yachts back to their berths.

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Swizzle Inn (@swizzle_inn):

Bermuda’s infamously strong rum punch is made with three different types of rum and a variety of fruit juices. Every local has their own recipe, but will also likely point a finger to this inn for a true local’s experience. Don’t forget to order a fish sandwich on raisin bread, an island classic.

TO VISIT:

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Bermuda’s Beaches:

It goes without saying, but a trip to Bermuda’s beaches is a must. The island’s unique topography positions the south shore as a haven of powdery-sand beaches. The pinkest sand and private coves are found at Warwick Long Bay, the best snorkeling at Church Bay, while Horseshoe Bay is the most famous

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Gibbs Hill Lighthouse:

The 185 steps to the top of the beacon are worth it for one of the best views of the island.

Bermuda’s Three Main Towns:

There are nine parishes in Bermuda, and while all of them offer a unique charm, there are three you can’t miss. The west end of the island beholds Dockyard, a part of Somerset, and a historic naval base; the east end of the island offers St. George, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and at the center of the island is Hamilton, or “town” as the locals refer to it, the capital of Bermuda.

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