From the East Coast, a flight to Bermuda is less than 3 hours. For our first trip with Kennedy, that was perfect! 6 years ago, Nick and I took our first trip together to Bermuda. 6 years later, we brought Kennedy back for her first trip. Bermuda will always hold a special place in our hearts. It is such a beautiful, small island (21 square miles) and you can really adventure around and see a little bit of everything.
Traveling with a 6 month old made the trip much different than any of our previous ones! Everything is at a much slower pace, scheduled and you have to be prepared to stop what you’re doing every 3 hours (or less!) to feed a hungry baby. Fortunately, we can eat all the time, so it worked out! haha. I think the hardest part of the trip was trying to figure out what to pack…preparedness is so important (and also makes for a really heavy diaper bag; you never know when you might need something…anything)! I packed for everything! Making a list was so helpful…I make to-do lists for my to-do lists. Another difficult part was trying to find hot water all the time to mix with the baby formula. Thankfully, I brought along a few containers of pre-mixed formula (in the boxes), so I could easily feed Kennedy if I couldn’t find water anywhere and if it was just a hassle to mix (i.e. on the airplane). Being prepared made our trip so enjoyable! Kennedy was great and we had an amazing time, while taking a million pictures…you’ve been warned :) Also, I included a lot of links to hotels, restaurants we tried and different attractions that we visited at the very bottom of this post. I hope some find it helpful! :)
She did great for her first flight!
Where we stayed, ate, and visited…
HOTELS: There are 2 large resorts in Bermuda: The Fairmont in Southampton and the Fairmont Hamilton Princess.
- Fairmont Southampton: We stayed at the Southampton one almost 6 years ago on our first visit to Bermuda. This one has so many beautiful beaches that are only a short shuttle bus ride away. The hotel offers free transportation to their beach so you don’t have to walk…unless you’re looking for a good workout. The walk is steep, but it is scenic right on the golf course!
- Fairmont Hamilton Princess: We’ve stayed at both of them and preferred the Hamilton Princess this time with a baby. There are several restaurants on the property and the city of Hamilton is only 5 minutes away; you can easily walk there (and bring your baby along)!
- The Pickled Onion (in Hamilton)
- The Lobster Pot (in Hamilton)
- Flanagan’s Irish Pub (in Hamilton)
- 1609 Restaurant (in Hamilton at the Fairmont)
- The Frog & Onion (at the Royal Naval Dockyard)
- Bonefish Bar & Grill (at the Royal Naval Dockyard)
- The Royal Naval Dockyard: There are so many shops and restaurants here right on the water.
- Horseshoe Bay Beach: It’s located in Southampton and there are a few ways to get there. You can take a ferry from the dockyard in Hamilton to the Royal Naval Dockyard; then, take a 30 minute taxi ride to the beach (it will save you some money this way if you’re already in Hamilton – Bermuda is expensive!). If you’re in Southampton, you can take the free shuttle bus from the Fairmont down to the beach. Or, you can just take a taxi from wherever you are…or take your moped! We drove mopeds all around the island on our visit there. You can really see some hidden beaches this way :)
- City of Hamilton (the capital city of Bermuda)
- Parish of St. George’s
- Tobacco Bay: Located in the St. George parish, this beach is known for the amazing limestone structures that jet out of the shoreline.
- Gibb’s Lighthouse: It’s located in Hamilton, near the Fairmont hotel, and you can easily walk there…but, there are no sidewalks and the roads are very narrow. Sadly, when we visited this time, it was closed due to renovations. Bermuda was hit with 2 really bad hurricanes last October and there are so many places that are being renovated and rebuilt.
- National Museum of Bermuda: Located in the Royal Naval Dockyard, this museum used to be a fortress! There are beautiful remnants of stone walls and secret pathways all around the grounds.
You could really drive (take a taxi or moped) all of Bermuda in one day! It’s only 21 square miles. There are so many beautiful beaches along the coastline…it will definitely take longer than a day. :)