I’ve spent the past couple of weeks planning the itinerary for our Thanksgiving trip to Bermuda. With only three full days in Bermuda, I’m not sure we’ll have time for everything, but here are some of the activities I’m most excited about.
1) Helmet Diving: This looks awesome. I mean, freakishly awesome. Unfortunately, there’s a good chance we won’t be able to get into the water. Most of the snorkeling and diving outlets close shop by the beginning of November because the water gets too cold, but occasionally, the warm weather sticks around and maybe — maybe — we’ll be able to try our hand at helmet diving. So what the hell is helmet diving? Good question. It’s pretty much exactly how it sounds. You wear a helmet with a pipe attached that pumps fresh air into your helmet. Your head stays completely dry and you can even wear prescription glasses. Like I said, it looks awesooooooome.
2) Royal Naval Dockyard: All the way in Sandy’s Parish, the Royal Naval Dockyard was the principal base of the Royal Navy in the Western Atlantic between American independence and the Cold War. The area now hosts museums, shops, restaurants and other activities. You can learn about Bermuda’s history, watch glass blowers hard at work, swim with dolphins (if you’re willing to fork over a ton of money), watch bakers make Bermuda rum cakes (whatever that is), rent bicycles and other stuff.
3) Somerset Bridge Bermuda: This is a little silly, but how can I turn up an opportunity to see the world’s smallest drawbridge? Duh. I can’t.
4) Bermuda Railway trail: Bermuda’s old railway has been turned into a 22-mile long trail for walking, running and biking. The trail winds its way from the east end of the island to the west, through picturesque towns along both coastlines. This website has extensive maps and photos.
5) Grotto caves: Sure, you can see caves anywhere, but these caves are a stone’s throw from our hotel so I’m putting it on the list.
6) St. George: St. George is a historic town on Bermuda’s east end. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 2000, it was founded in 1612 and served as Bermuda’s capital until 1815. Today, it contains much of the island’s colonial history.
7) Glass bottom kayak tour: I found a company that offers a three and a half hour tour in glass bottom kayaks. I can work on my arm muscles while I admire coral reef, colorful fish, and turtles. Sounds like a win-win.
8) Pink sand: Bermuda is famous for its pink sand, and since I’ve never seen a pink beach, I’m putting it on our to-do list.
There probably won’t be time for all of this, but I like to know my options. What am I missing?