Roughly 650 miles off the coast of North Carolina lies the beautiful island paradise of Bermuda. Far north of the Caribbean Sea, its temperatures fluctuate more than islands closer to the equator, but that only adds to the pure magic of this unique place in the Atlantic. While often thought of as a summer destination, its year-round charm and flare are enticing.
The island’s daily high temperature is an average of 70 degrees in the winter. Golf courses and attractions are less crowded this time of year, including Bermuda’s world famous beaches, which still invite toes to explore the pink sand and stunning blue water no matter the season. For a unique experience on the water, enjoy a whale watching trip in March and April when 10,000 humpback whales migrate past the island. Exciting festivals that celebrate cuisine, sports and arts provide plenty of excuses for a weekend getaway when the weather turns chilly across the U.S.
Here are some of the best reasons to fly into Bermuda.
Art lovers will enjoy the fusion of historic and modern creativity in the island’s robust art scene. From visual art to live music and everything in between, Bermuda’s art scene remains lively throughout the winter months.
Festival of the Performing Arts – January through March
Performing artists from all over the world participate in events around the island. Experience world-class vocalists, dancers, musicians, drama, and musical theater.
Bermuda International Film Festival – March
This exciting weeklong festival attracts some of the world’s leading filmmakers and stars to the island.
Bermuda Beach Art Festival – March
Artists create magnificent artwork on the sand in celebration of the beauty of Bermuda’s beaches. The intricate designs last only until the next high tide washes them away.
Art Walk Bermuda – October
The art scene comes alive in the historic Town of St. George, host of this annual interactive street fair held each October. Explore the works of local artists including pottery, paintings, weaving, and woodcraft while enjoying live music and performances.
Bermuda Fashion Festival – October
If the world of fashion interests you, don’t miss the week-long celebration of the island’s fashion scene. From formal to edgy, you’ll find exciting runway shows, events and nightlife celebrating the island’s eclectic style.
Bermudian cuisine represents a global influence, with menus featuring unique and innovative fare. Several events throughout the fall and winter feature opportunities to experience exciting dishes.
Bermuda Restaurant Weeks – January/February
This annual celebration of the island’s unique culinary scene features chefs at many of Bermuda’s top restaurants. Enjoy Bermuda inspired menus and diverse culinary dishes that feature a mix of British, Caribbean, African, and Portuguese influences.
City Food Festival – September
Food and wine lovers won’t want to miss the City Food Festival in the City of Hamilton. Enjoy diverse Bermudian cuisines and multicultural delicacies from many of the local restaurants. This delicious event includes wine tastings, walking tours, and a three-day chef competition.
Discover new holiday traditions and enjoy the festivities with a Bermudian twist.
National Trust Christmas Walkabout – December
Get into the holiday spirit with a visit to historic St. George, where lavishly decorated homes and re-enactors in period garb take you back to another era. Tour homes dating back to the 17th century and enjoy classic carols in the candlelit streets for a unique holiday experience.
Kite Festival – Good Friday Each Spring
The skies over Horseshoe Bay Beach fill with colorful kites as part of this annual Good Friday tradition. Kites are often handmade in the traditional Bermudian way with tissue paper, sticks, and glue coming together in beautiful creations. Participants are awarded prizes in categories including most innovative kite, best-looking kite, and more.
Well known as a premier setting for international sailing races and exciting competitions that occur year-round, Bermuda also provides exciting events for sports enthusiasts of all kinds throughout the year.
Moth World Championship – March/April
See the “sailboats that fly” as the best foiling sailors in the world go head-to-head in the waters of the Great Sound, quickly becoming known as one of the pre-eminent sailing locations in the world. Experience the speed of these vessels as they race above the water.
ITU World Triathlon Bermuda – April
Join ITU World Champion Flora Duffy for the first World Triathlon Series event. Start your tri season in perfect warm conditions, swim in the crystal clear Atlantic, bike over hilly terrain, and run along picturesque colorful buildings.
World Rugby Classic – November
Players from all over the world compete for the trophy in this exciting event. Enjoy the festive atmosphere where you can often mingle with players from Bermuda, England, Wales, Scotland, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, the U.S., and many more.
Goodwill Golf Tournament – December
Not only can you golf year-round in Bermuda, you can also enjoy the Bermuda Goodwill Golf Tournament. The oldest Pro-Am tournament in the world is hosted by some of the island’s best golf courses and features international teams.
Steeped in history, yet modern in every sense, the island is also highly regarded as an international hub for business. In fact, the World Bank rates it as one of the top four jurisdictions in the world for Gross National Incomes per capita, providing unique business and financial opportunities to companies around the world.
Bermuda by season offers plenty of experiences. Learn more at gotobermuda.com.
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