It’s both shocking and amazing that such an insanely beautiful tropical paradise is only a 90 minute flight from New York City. Bermuda is close enough that you can easily take a Summer Friday off of work and jet down to the island, but far enough that it feels like you’re in a totally different world. Anel and I had such a great weekend so I thought I’d share a little bit about our experience (similar to my Tulum Travel Guide).
On Friday morning, we woke up, blurry eyed, and excited, in Connecticut at 6am. By 8:30 we were on a plane heading south. In what felt like a blink of an eye, we started our descent towards turquoise waters and multi-colored houses. Anel took a really cool sped-up video of our arrival. A quick cab ride, and we arrived at the charming blue and white Rosedon Hotel (pictured below), our home for the weekend.
We hadn’t eaten much yet so we changed in about 0.5 seconds and were on our way to Elbow Beach (about 15 minutes away). We were greeted by this insane view. Anel took the photo below and we’re thinking of printing and hanging it at home. The colors were too perfect!
We sat on the water at Mickey’s Beach Bistro and sipped on dark & stormies, a drink made with dark rum and ginger beer (a must if you’re in Bermuda!) and ate freshly caught grilled fish sandwiches.
After lunch, we lounged, read, swam, and walked along the beach for a few hours and started to feel relaxed and island-y.
Cover up (under $50)
By the time we left, it was 6pm. We did an outfit shoot of my date-night look (post coming soon!) before heading to dinner at Portocall in downtown Hamilton. We could walk from our hotel which was really nice. On our way, we ran into this scene below which was the start of a big weekend celebration for Bermuda Heroes weekend. After our dinner of lobster, oysters, salmon, steak, and dirty martinis (yeah, we went all out), we joined the party, sipping on ice cold sweet Rum Swizzles (another Bermudian classic) as we danced to live music on the street. So not like us but so much fun!
The next morning we were up with light hangovers cured by the full English breakfast that was delivered to us by the pool. I think I could get used to that! Of course I tracked down Juice ‘n Beans, a smoothie/juice shop in Hamilton for a green smoothie followed by some shopping in town. We changed and crossed the street to the Hamilton Princess Hotel to pick up beach passes to their newly opened Hamilton Princess Beach Club. And woah were we in for a treat!
The light pink-hued sands surrounded a private cove with hammocks hung on palm trees and even in the water which was one of the coolest things I’ve seen at any beach club ever.
After some beaching and hammocking, we walked up to the open-air (but covered) restaurant at the club, barefoot and fancy-free. Another dark and stormy for each of us (I’m sensing a trend) with delicious freshly grilled fish tacos.
After lunch, I headed right to my favorite hammock for an afternoon siesta before finishing my book (All the Light We Cannot See).
It was the most blissful, special day. The weather was perfect, the food was amazing, and the beach club was impeccable. I will never forget it and will 100% be going back. We headed back to our hotel to cool off and change before heading across the street again for dinner at Marcus Bermuda (more on that experience in this post).
On Sunday morning, we had breakfast and read by the pool until it was time to catch our flight home. Before we knew it, we were back at JFK and the whole weekend felt like the best dream that I’d had in a while. We’re already talking about going back to Bermuda in September for our 3-year wedding anniversary!
Thank you to the Bermuda Tourism Authority for sponsoring our trip. As always, all opinions in this post are 100% my own!
Bermuda sounds and look amazing! Would love to go there! Just found your blog and I’m so glad I did! I also love your instagram!! Your feed is very inspiring!
Seems like y’all had a great trip! Bermuda looks so beautiful!
Oh my goodness! That looks like such a delightful trip!
I had no idea it was so close! I will remember that for future trips!
What a gorgeous trip!! And that flamingo skirt is stunning! Gorgeous 🙂
La Joie de Vivre
Sounds like a fantastic little trip! Love how close it is from the East coast – definitely have to plan a trip soon 🙂
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Oh my gee that first photo in the water hammock looks like a dream come true!
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Yeah, could fully handle this for a weekend. Need to research distance from Florida — love those quick trips so you can experience the weekend!
A mere 2 and a half hours! Flight leaves at 6:30 pm so you can be Swizzling Inn by 10! Pack your travel bag and saturate your spirit in turquoise waves! Bermuda is calling you!! 🙂
The photos look beautiful! <3 I love your outfits.
My mom has always wanted to go to Bermuda and I’ve been thinking about treating her to a long weekend. I didn’t know it was such a short flight from JFK!! These photos are unbelievable!! Sounds like an ideal weekend!!
Taffeta & Tulips
Loving everything about this post! Cute outfits and what a beautiful place to visit! Perfect weekend getaway.
So happy you had a wonderful time on your vacation! As a Bermudian, I’m happy that you both will be returning soon to experience more of our tiny island home.
Beautifully (Bermuda-fully) written and photographed, Julia and Anel! We are thrilled that you had a wonderful time during your visit to our magical island home! I often meet guests from Fairfield County; however, not many from my hometown of Stamford — please spread the word and do come and see us at The Reefs for your anniversary celebration!
What a lovely couple, glad you liked the island, you are always welcome back.