The main thing I had heard about Bermuda before I went earlier this year was that it’s dull. Just goes to show you should always make up your own mind because I loved it. And to be honest, I can’t quite put my finger on why. (It certainly wasn’t for the prices. Ouch!) I was there for a few weeks but you can pretty much “do” the whole island in a day (it’s only about 21 miles by 4 miles), however the Bermudians were utterly charming, the beaches fantastic, and all in in all it just has a seductive air that I totally fell in love with. There are places that I leave and say “nice but I won’t be back” and then there are spots that, as I’m taxiing down the runway, I’ll think “yes, not sure when, but I will return here” – and Bermuda is very definitely in the latter category.

Front Street Hamilton. Rush hour.

Front Street Hamilton. Rush hour.

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Hamilton, from the harbour

There are worse ways to commute!

There are worse ways to commute!

Hamilton harbour - in travel round ups you read about Sydney, Vancouver and Rio but when it comes to lovely, natural harbours I think Hamilton definitely makes the list.

Hamilton harbour – in travel round ups you read about Sydney, Vancouver and Rio but when it comes to lovely, natural harbours I think Hamilton definitely makes the list.

Tourists can't hire cars on Bermuda, so your options are ferry (limited, but fun), bus (affordable, but not that frequent, and not really practical at night), taxi (ubiquitous but not that cheap) or scooter. I'm not sure I can recommend the latter, given the number of wobbly Americans I saw getting confused about driving on the "wrong" side of the road. (Well, it is a British colony, old bean).

Tourists can’t hire cars on Bermuda, so your options are ferry (limited, but fun), bus (affordable, but not that frequent on all routes, and not really practical at night), taxi (ubiquitous but not that cheap) or scooter. I’m not sure I can recommend the latter, given the number of wobbly Americans I saw getting confused about driving on the “wrong” side of the road. (Well, it is a British colony, old bean).

Hamilton's beautiful cathedral

Hamilton’s beautiful cathedral

Now THIS is why people come to Bermuda

Now THIS is why people come to Bermuda

View from the ferry

View from the ferry

Royal naval dockyard

Royal naval dockyard

St George's

St George’s

Home of the run swizzle!

Home of the Rum Swizzle!

Horseshoe Bay

Horseshoe Bay

A Bermuda bus - at stops, a blue pole means the bus is going away from Hamilton, while a pink one means it's going towards

A Bermuda bus – at stops, a blue pole means the bus is going away from Hamilton, while a pink one means it’s going towards.

I think one of the best ways to enjoy Bermuda would be to combine the island with New York for a detox-retox break. (It’s only an hour and a half’s flight from the Big Apple, so with BA/American Airlines you could do a triangular London-New York-Bermuda-London route or vv). Don’t forget it’s NOT the Caribbean, so it’s not the best bet for winter sun. (I was there till early November, and after October 31st the tourism industry seemed to hang a big “closed till March” sign over the whole place). If you don’t want a big ritzy hotel, I would definitely recommend the Rosedon Hotel in Hamilton. Small and very friendly.