This self-guided walking holiday is the perfect mix of gentle walking and independent exploring allowing you to discover the quintessential island paradise of Bermuda at your own pace. Warmed by the temperate Gulf Stream, this sub-tropical gem, seemingly adrift in the North Atlantic Ocean is a stunning archipelago of 181 islands and islets, the eight largest of which form the fishhook-shaped mainland. Famed for its stunning turquoise waters in a whole rainbow of blues, incredible pink sands and coral reefs home to hundreds of colourful fish, Bermuda is a beach-lover's heaven and, as Britain's oldest colony, it is packed with history too. Beyond the postcard-worthy bays, the islands offer a lush interior alive with a multitude of birds and flowers, making it perfect to explore on foot. As Mark Twain commented, 'You go to heaven if you want. I'd rather stay here in Bermuda'.
Lots of opportunities for independent exploring
Colourful flowers, birds and fish. Also look out for humpback whales
Discover a pocket-sized paradise of sugary pink sands, secret turquoise bays, sea grottoes and pastel villages
Gentle traffic-free trails, spectacular coastal paths, lush woodland tracks
Luxurious hotel with swimming pool, tennis court, panoramic ocean views and outstanding cuisine
Arrive In Bermuda
Coco Reef Resort
Your base in Bermuda for the next 14 nights is the exclusive 64-room 4H-rated Coco Reef Hotel, staying in a Deluxe Ocean View Room (with either balcony or terrace). The hotel is just 15 minutes from the capital, Hamilton and perfect for independent exploring.
The Walking Routes
Bermuda is the perfect destination for a mix of relaxation and gentle walking. We provide six detailed walking routes to help you discover the historic, cultural and natural highlights of the island, but there's no set itinerary so you're free to choose when and where to walk - you are on holiday after all!
To help you get around, a 14-day travel pass is included, allowing unlimited access to the modern and efficient bus and ferry networks. Our local partner, Tim Rogers, has a wealth of knowledge about Bermuda's flora, fauna and history, and will brief you about how everything works.
You're free to choose when and where to walk:
Somerset and Ireland Island 7km/4.5mi/2hr or 8km/5mi/3hr
Begin at Somerset Bridge, the world's smallest drawbridge, and follow the Railway Trail lined with unusual screw palm and cedar, reaching C19 Fort Scaur, with stunning views to Hamilton. Onwards to sleepy Somerset Village for lunch by pretty Mangrove Bay, you then follow a coastal track out along Ireland Island to Bermuda's most westerly end.
Exploring the East End 11km/7mi/4.5hr
You start the day in charming St George, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There's time to explore the tangle of colourful streets and pretty harbour, before a dazzling path lined with prickly pear and casuarina leads to Gates Bay where Sir George Somers first came ashore in 1609. You continue along a herb-scented coastal track to Ferry Reach, with its C17 forts and Corsican tower.
St David's and Cooper's Island 4km/2.5mi/2hr or 5km/3mi/2.5hr
At tranquil St David's, fragrant hibiscus scents the salty ocean air as you visit Red Hole bay. Then it's on to St David's Battery, with cliff views stretching infinitely across the ocean, before heading over to Cooper's Island, Bermuda's newest nature reserve, a truly isolated and unspoilt area.
Sights of the South Shore 13km/8mi/3.5hr
From Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, balcony views span the entire west end across the azure waters of Great Sound, dotted with white sailboats. From here you descend to the sugary pink sands of the South Shore Trail, a string of nine gorgeous bays linked by a scented path of flowering morning glory and oleander. There's time for a dip at Chaplin Bay before a shaded path leads past cassava fields to the hotel, in time for a dip in the hotel's pool.
Coast and Caves 12km/7.5mi/4.5hr
Colourful prickly poppies dot the sparkling coastal route towards Flatts Village, where friendly locals cast their nets into the azure expanse of Harrington Sound, an inland lake littered with sea grottoes. It's then onwards with views over the northern shore to reach Blue Hole Park, a tiny treasure trove of caves filled with aquamarine waters. Maybe savour a Dark 'n' Stormy cocktail after visiting the fascinating Crystal Caves, then take the bus back to the hotel.
Botanical Gardens and Spittal Pond 5km/3mi/1.5hr or 4km/2.5mi/2.5hr
Alive with the noisy chatter of yellow kiskadee, a gentle allspice-scented trail brings you to Paget Marsh, a wetland oasis, home to herons and warblers. Then it's on to the Botanical Gardens - John Lennon's Double Fantasy album is named after the purple flower he spotted here - before heading to Spittal Pond; maybe spot herons, egrets and flamingos before following the coastal path, vibrant with sea lavender, looking out for humpback whales basking in the warm Atlantic waters.
There's plenty to see and do for the remainder of your stay, with the hotel's private beach an obvious attraction! The island boasts many other beautiful beaches, such as Elbow Beach and Horseshoe Bay, and several excellent golf courses too.Pay a visit to the island's capital, Hamilton, and stroll along the harbour where pastel-coloured colonial buildings mix with high-end shops. Perhaps visit the stone Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity and climb the tower for glorious city views befroe relaxing in one of the many harbour-side cafes for a spot of people watching.The Royal Naval Dockyard is also well worth a visit: once the largest naval base outside the UK, the beautifully restored buildings now house a museum that offers a fascinating glimpse into the UK's and Bermuda's naval past. Nearby you'll also find the National Museum of Bermuda where you can discover more about the island's history and wildlife and pay a visit to Dolphin Quest to learn more about these fascinating animals, while the Bermuda Aquarium and Zoo on the shores of Harringston Sound, offers the chance to see seals, turtles, fish, monkeys, birds, and the first living coral reef exhibit in the world.
The British Airways flight leaves in the early evening, so you have most of
the day at leisure.
You stay at either the Coco Reef Resort or the Grotto Bay Beach Resort. The Coco Reef is on the edge of the best private beach on the island and just 15 minutes from the capital, Hamilton. The Grotto Bay Beach Resort sits within a lush tropical estate, with 3 private beaches and a wealth of excellent facilities. Room upgrades: Available on request, please ask for details. All prices are based on 2 persons sharing, so if there is an odd number of people travelling in your party or you are travelling alone, there will be a compulsory supplement for a single room for the tour duration. For a solo traveller there is an additional charge to cover transfer costs.
This holiday is on a Room Only basis however buffet breakfasts and evening
meals can be paid for in advance as a supplement.Bermudian cuisine is based
around seafood, not surprising given its location. A real speciality is the
fish chowder; a divinely thick soup made with rockfish or snapper and
flavoured with a splash of sherry pepper sauce or local rum. Other
traditional dishes include ‘Peas and Plenty’ (black-eyed peas with
onions, pork and rice), paw-paw casserole and Hoppin’ John (peas and
rice).Fish is often served as a main course and rockfish or wahoo have to be
tried! They are both ‘meaty’ white fish with a delicate flavour. Cod
fishcakes are popular too as well as ‘johnnycakes’ (cornmeal griddle
1cakes).Rum is the local spirit of choice and has been blended on the island
by Gosling Brothers since the 1860s. Two local specialities made from dark
rum are the ‘dark ‘n’ stormy’ (rum mixed two-to-one with ginger beer)
and the ‘rum swizzle’ (rum with pineapple and orange juices and
grenadine). As a general rule, dark ‘n’ stormy is considered the
‘national’ tipple favoured by locals and the rum swizzle generally
preferred by visitors! Why not try both and make up your own mind?!