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Last week, we sent ExpertFlyer staff blogger, Lisa Kaslyn, to Bermuda. She shares highlights of her adventure and ideas for you and your family to enjoy on your next trip to the Bermuda islands.
If you live in the northeast, like I do, it’s super convenient to take a cruise holiday from one of the three major cruise ports located in New York and New Jersey. I have two daughters ages 20 and 9, so a cruise works well for all of us. There are amenities, entertainment and activities that cater to a wide range of ages and interests. The best part is we can do things together… or not!
Despite some anxiety about surviving the Devil’s Triangle, we set sail for Bermuda from Bayonne, New Jersey’s port of Cape Liberty. Looking forward to fields of Bermuda onions, pink sand and endless supplies of long shorts, we were pleased to find many other attractions, charming natives and natural beauty that made it difficult to leave.
The Royal Navy Yard
We disembarked at the Royal Navy Yard, where we immediately took advantage of the low cost WiFi. Island Outfitters charges $15 for a three-day package on one device. While it was significantly cheaper than the ship’s WiFi, signals were in and out while onboard, but we made do.
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We visited the National Museum of Bermuda where the island’s history is well documented and visually impressive. Adjoining the museum is Dolphin Quest where visitors can enjoy a dolphin encounter. Not for the budget-conscious, a five-minute “experience” is about $60(US). That said, my daughter had no complaints and it will likely remain a treasured memory.
The Bone Fish Grill is a tiny little bar with big personality and ice cold beer – just what you need after a long hot day of loafing on the beach and shopping.
Horseshoe Bay Beach
After seeing many photos of the famous beach, this destination was on our priority list. We took a 30-minute bus ride from the Royal Navy Yard to Horseshoe Bay. The ride was an adventure in itself with lovely views, and narrow winding roads. Roundtrip bus fare is $8/adult; children under 10 are free.
The beach is lovely, but quite crowded – at least when we arrived at 1pm. Renting an umbrella ($13) is a must, as the sun is blistering during the summer months.
Famous for its interesting seascape, including unusual rock formations that jut from the water, we couldn’t resist taking a swim out to see them up close. A word of caution: swim at your own risk at Horseshoe Bay. We only saw one lifeguard and there were close to 1,000 people on the beach. The riptide near the rocks can be dangerous for little kids and folks who are not strong swimmers.
That said, the water was warm, crystal clear and relaxing – not to mention beautiful. Come back next week for part two of our series on Bermuda and learn more about what to see and do in Hamilton and St. George.