Bermuda is about 180 islands and islets — located 650 miles east of North Carolina — that offer couples a tropical getaway that’s close to home and a cinch to navigate. Offshore, abundant coral reefs and the numerous shipwrecks have earned this British colony the nickname “Isle of Devils.” On shore, verdant Bermuda is blanketed in blooms including freesia, bougainvillea, passion flower, bird of paradise, royal Poinciana, frangipani and many varieties of hibiscus.
Before You Go: Need-to-know info
Entry requirements: Passport
Flight time: 2 hours from New York City; 9 1/2 hours from LA; 3 1/2 hours from Chicago; 6 hours from Dallas
Getting around: You can’t rent cars, but you can easily get around by taxi, bus, ferry, moped or bike
Entry requirements: Passport and return or onward ticket
Currency: Bermudian dollars (US dollars are also widely accepted)
When to Go: Bermuda at its best
Best weather: May to November. Year-round temperatures range from the mid-60s to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. October receives the most rain, though rainfall is fairly consistent throughout the year.
Best prices: November to March (other than Christmas and New Year’s); exact dates vary by hotel. Hurricane season swirls from June to November (September is the trickiest).
What to Do
Golf: Bermuda has more golf courses per square mile than any other country in the world. Best courses: Mid Ocean Club, Port Royal Golf Course and Riddell’s Bay Golf & Country Club.
Diving: They don’t call it “The Bermuda Triangle” for nothing. A fantasia of more than 400 wrecks awaits divers beneath the cerulean sea near Bermuda. Explore the Cristobal Colon, a 499-foot Spanish luxury liner that sunk in 1936, or dive a stacked wreck!
It’s pink!: Twenty-one miles of pink beaches encircle this otherwise green island. The coast takes on its powder-pink hue thanks to waves battering and breaking down tiny, calcified pink animals attached to the surrounding coral reef. Homes, buildings and churches are also painted in every shade of pink imaginable and are topped with white, rippled roofs, offering a brilliant contrast to the deep blue sky.
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