• Long Weekend in Bermuda

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    Bikini swimsuit sz S (the top coverage is best suited for smaller busts), wired headband 

    In recent years, Bermuda has become the go-to babymoon capital for east coasters! It’s just a quick hop and a skip away (2-hour flight) from Boston, and even though it’s an island with white sandy beaches, it’s located well north of the Caribbean with no known risk of Zika. This was our first trip there, so I wanted to share some highlights from our short visit and also some things I wish we knew beforehand!

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    Sidenote, this BP scalloped tote bag (under $50) is back in stock this year! It makes a durable everyday work or travel bag (and I really load it up each time), especially on trips like this where I wanted something that can also withstand a little dampness if I took it to the beach or pool. The bag itself is lightweight and made of a faux “saffiano leather” that’s easy to wipe clean. See the size of this tote on me in this blog post.

    Getting Around on the Island

    There were so many little areas that we wanted to explore, like various beaches, caves, and other sights, but we didn’t plan ahead in terms of transportation. The island is small (~1 hour drive from end to end) but the attractions and major towns are fairly spread out.  If you’re a “sit on a beach all day with book & drink in hand” type of traveler, then this is no issue! But if you want to hit up several attractions around the island, then I recommend renting a means of transit for a day of exploring. Visitors cannot rent a regular car in Bermuda, so the choices for getting around are taxis (pricey due to gas being over $8 / gallon), public bus, ferry, or scooter / electric minicar rentals. We would’ve loved to rent a minicar, but they were fully booked for a month out!

    Attractions

    Some of the top spots everyone kept recommending to us include Jobson’s Cove Beach, Turtle Bay at Clearwater Beach, the Crystal & Fantasy caves (admission starts at $22 per adult), Aquarium & Zoo, and the Naval Dockyard. We didn’t make it to any of those, but did get to explore Admiralty House Park in Hamilton (a short $10 cab ride from our hotel), and thought it was a GEM! Almost all the locals we spoke to during our visit had fond memories of going to Admiralty with their families / friends and cliff jumping. There were cliffs of various heights for thrill-seekers, a shallow calm bay area where kids were swimming, and several caves to explore with striking vignettes like this one below. Note there are only a few port-a-potties there in terms of “facilities.”

    The caves (above) + cliffs (below) at Admiralty House Park

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    Shallow swimming area // When the paved path ends, the caves are to the left!

    Lodging

    We stayed at the Hamilton Princess on a press visit – thank you to the hotel for providing accommodations over the weekend. It’s located right in Hamilton (Bermuda’s capital) on the harbor, and within a 10-minute walk of the ferry, several restaurants, and some shops. The hotel has two pools on-premise and also a private beach club 20 minutes away (via a complimentary shuttle), so I’d recommend staying there if you want to have access to town and some nightlife options, and also a beach!

    Note most restaurants in Hamilton (especially by the waterfront) were pretty pricey. We ended up eating at our hotel twice on the harbor, and walked into town once for some yummy Indian food at Ruby Murrys (note this restaurant is pretty dark inside, ambiance-wise).

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    Express bikini top S + scalloped bottoms S on sale! (both are TTS); Le Specs sunglasses
    At one of the two pools at the Hamilton Princess main property

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    H&M dress (sold out online; sized up & added elastic to make it “maternity”), Etsy bag, Ann Taylor sandals sz 5.5, Baublebar earringsJanessa Leone hat with added ribbon

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    Breakfast, afternoon tea, and early evening bites at the hotel complimentary for Gold Club members
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    Crab & thai chili pasta at Marcus Samuelsson’s restaurant (one of the hotel’s 3 on-property restaurants)

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    Water hammocks at the Princess Bermuda beach club (accessed via complimentary shuttle)

    The hotel’s beach club is about 10 minutes down the road from the island’s most popular attraction, Horseshoe beach – it looked very busy when we drove by in the shuttle, so we didn’t head over. While at the beach club, we did follow some other guests on a walk along a little path (that goes behind the row of cabanas for rent) and found this spectacular view from above!

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    Those of you who’ve visited Bermuda, what areyour favorite beaches, restaurants, or hidden gems?

     

    23 thoughts on “Long Weekend in Bermuda

    • Reply Jandrew July 14, 2018 at 3:03 pm

      Fabulous post . I’m hoping to get to Bermuda one day . It’s just such a long trip from Vancouver . Your shots are great !
      Jandrew

    • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog July 14, 2018 at 3:31 pm

      What a great trip! The crab and chilli pasta you had looks delicious, and I love the scallop bag! Thank you for sharing your trip with us, Jean! 🙂 💕

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    • Reply Mireia July 14, 2018 at 4:01 pm

      I’d love to visit this place one day!

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    • Reply Charlie July 14, 2018 at 7:44 pm

      This looks like an amazing trip! I am glad you had a great time. And you and your bump are looking so adorable.
      XOXO
      Charlie
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    • Reply Roses for Fridays | by mia July 14, 2018 at 9:51 pm

      Beautiful photos of the trip! 🌷👍🏻🌷

    • Reply Olivia Schueller July 15, 2018 at 12:47 am

      You’re the cutest pregnant women! Love it!

    • Reply Jennifer July 15, 2018 at 1:56 am

      Horseshoe bay cove was really nice!

    • Reply Neeltje | Thoughts in Style July 15, 2018 at 4:59 am

      The photo of you in the cave is so beautiful with your bump! X
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    • Reply YZ Chan July 15, 2018 at 5:26 am

      Bermuda looks incredible! And the bikinis are super cute. 🙂

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    • Reply Kristin July 15, 2018 at 11:53 am

      Tobacco Bay Beach was amazing! It’s very small with a casual restaurant that makes great burgers and chicken sandwiches; as well as a spot to rent snorkeling equipment. Snorkeling there was one of the coolest experiences of my life!

    • Reply Jamie July 15, 2018 at 12:22 pm

      Tobacco Bay was spectacular!!!

    • Reply Brandi July 15, 2018 at 12:23 pm

      Beautiful photos! Im in hot humid Mississippi, that pretty blue water looks so refreshing 😅 You’ve looked fantastic this whole pregnancy, congratulations again! Best of everything to the 3 of you 😉

    • Reply Elizabeth T. July 15, 2018 at 3:24 pm

      Bermuda is soo beautiful! Love all of these great photos! 🙂 <3 Hope you had lots of fun! And that scallop bag is soo adorable!

      XO, Elizabeth T.
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    • Reply briana July 15, 2018 at 5:50 pm

      Looks beyond amazing! And you have super cute luggage!

      Briana
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    • Reply Dannie July 15, 2018 at 6:26 pm

      We loved Bermuda and especially loved that it’s only a 2 hour flight from Boston! We went in February so it was less crowded but still warm for us Bostonians. Your photos are amazing!

    • Reply Joylyn July 15, 2018 at 6:39 pm

      What a nice little getaway before baby girl is born! I have never been to Bermuda, but wouldn’t mind visiting if given the chance! Your photos are beautiful! I must say, you’re one of my favorite bloggers! I appreciate your detailed reviews and love how you speak and present yourself! A lot of other bloggers are short, superficial and vague, and you take the time to thoroughly test everything you try for your fans! I love you!

    • Reply Christina July 15, 2018 at 8:18 pm

      I know you have an Amazon recommended shopping list— could you make a post for things to look out for/what you recommend in light of the Amazon Price Day Shopping promotion that’s starting this week?

    • Reply Manish July 16, 2018 at 7:42 am

      Its really amazing to see these pictures of yours. So beautifully captured and you’re ready to experience the happiest moment of women’s life ever. All the best!!.

    • Reply Kelcy July 16, 2018 at 10:59 am

      Beautiful photos. I love the creativeness of the cave silhouette one. And the water is sooo blue.

    • Reply Maureen July 16, 2018 at 12:02 pm

      I have not been to Bermuda and would like to visit one day! These pictures are beautiful and your tips and reviews are always helpful. I will save this on my pin board for future use. You look amazing btw. Love that photo of you and your bump inside the cave. Such a stunning shot and one for the books!

      Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

    • Reply Lynn K. July 16, 2018 at 4:37 pm

      My husband spent 3 weeks in Bermuda in May and we absolutely loved it there! The beaches are incredible and the island is very lush. We travelled there so that I could spend time in the Bermuda National Library to research my family roots. Both my grandfather and great grandfather were born there and it was such an honour to find family records. We covered the entire island from tip to tip and we travelled by public transportation or by ferry. The roads are very narrow, winding and hilly and I would not recommend renting a scooter. For sure, for anyone travelling there, do spend try to see as much of the island as possible. And, hit the beaches early in the morning before the cruise ships some in! Have a bowl of the famous fish chowder with the sherry pepper sauce and black rum. Hubby loved it so much that he ordered it seven different times!

    • Reply Massy July 17, 2018 at 1:35 pm

      I always enjoy your blog. Your photos are top notch!

    • Reply Ashley Llanes July 27, 2018 at 10:00 am

      I love your simple style so much! I would love to see a post on how you edit your photos! They’re always so perfect!

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