A weekend in Bermuda

July 14, 2015 in Caribbean,Places

In interesting facts: Bermuda is only a two-hour flight from New York City! I’ve always imagined that Bermuda is part of the cluster of Caribbean islands just south of Florida: Dominican Republic, Puerto Rica, Jamaica and so on. But it’s actually off the coast of South Carolina, a little oasis of soft sand and palm trees plopped right down in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean. Unlike the chilly water off the Northeast Coast, the Gulf Stream keeps the water warm and full of coral reef and colorful fish.Coral Beach Club in Bermuda

And because of said two-hour flight, Bermuda is actually a pretty awesome weekend destination. You can spend twice that in traffic to the Hamptons, and triple that heading back to California. And because it is located so far north, it’s best in the summer–although it doesn’t freeze over, the temperatures do drop into the low 60’s during the winter (not exactly ideal swim, tan, repeat weather). So! My boyfriend and I headed out to Bermuda a quick little weekend getaway: we left early Friday morning and flew back on Sunday afternoon, and filled that roughly 48 hours in between with swimming, rum swizzles, stand-up paddle boarding and as much sun as we could stand.

Coral Beach Club in BermudaCoral Beach Club in Bermuda

One thing I want to note before anything else: we were absolutely blown away by Bermudian hospitality. Everywhere we went, people were SO friendly. We went on a little wander so that I could take a photo of some colorful houses (sadly, the lighting never cooperated so I didn’t get any great shots!) and a man pulled up in a car on a residential street. I moved to get out of his way, and he stopped the car, rolled down his window and said–you’re taking a photo of my house, I might as well say hello! And then he went on to give us a bunch of awesome local tips on restaurants, beaches, activities. Another time, we had a near miss in a car with a case of missed turn signals: in New York City, it would have been cause for some serious road rage or, at the very least, an expletive. But both drivers rolled down their windows, quickly apologized, and moved on. Coral Beach Club in Bermuda

We stayed at the Coral Beach & Tennis Club, and absolutely loved it. There were some elements of Commonwealth holiday glamour: think croquet, tennis, a dress code in the dining room. But the beach was absolutely fantastic, the staff was so helpful, and our room had the most incredible balcony overlooking the ocean.Coral Beach Club in BermudaIn all honesty, I think my favorite part was that there was no shortage of activities! We played so many rounds of ladder golf on the beach, went snorkeling and played a round of croquet. There was a giant chess board, and if the weather had cooperated: I would have loved to get down on the tennis courts!

Coral Beach Club in BermudaCoral Beach Club in Bermuda

Even with all of those options, we spent a fair amount of time reading our books (my boyfriend just started Comanche Moon, and can’t put it down) and sipping on a swizzle (or dark and stormy!) while enjoying the sound of the ocean and this view. Never disappointed!Aerial view of BermudaChristine Amorose doing SUP Yoga in Bermuda

And possibly my favorite thing about the entire trip: I finally tried SUP yoga! I’ve been wanting to try it for ages, and it didn’t disappoint: although it was MUCH harder than I anticipated. Bermuda was such a beautiful location for it, and my teacher Kallie (of Kinetix) was SO sweet and helpful! Highly recommend checking it out with BermudAdventureCoral Beach Club in BermudaCoral Beach Club in BermudaThe view from our balcony was incredible, and let me tell you: the blueberry pancakes might have been the most delicious I’ve ever had. Such a wonderful start to the day before we had to head to the airport! Coral Beach Club in BermudaChristine Amorose in Reformation dress in Bermuda

On Saturday night, we had dinner at Mickey’s Beach Bistro: it was a short walk down Elbow Beach, and it was so wonderful to be right outside on the water. I finally had an opportunity to wear a new dress that I just splurged on from Reformation, which made me so happy! Also making me happy: the red snapper catch of the day with pineapple and mango salsa. It reminded me so much of family vacations to Hawaii! Coral Beach Club in BermudaHere’s a video of the weekend if you’re interested!

Special thanks to the Bermuda Tourism Board for so kindly hosting me and my boyfriend! We’re so grateful for the opportunity to explore Bermuda. As always: all opinions are my own. 

  • Erin

    My grandfather, an Austrian immigrant, and my grandmother, daughter of a very traditional Irishman, used to stay at the Coral Beach Club every year – Commonwealth holiday glamour was totally their jam 😉 I went with them a couple times when I was young and have so many great memories, particularly of the pink cottage they stayed in just up from the beach and, as you mentioned, Bermudian hospitality. And, so happy to see from your video they still have a parrot! Haha. Lovely post, thanks for conjuring up memories past :)

  • Wow, what an absolutely amazing trip! Bermuda looks beautiful and it looks like you got to do a lot of fun things! I’ve never been there but now I really want to look into it! And a random question but where is your blue dress from? It is STUNNING!

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  • you look lovely in that dress! i’m always jealous when someone can pull off a dress top like that — love the look and totallyyy doesn’t work for me. also: the umbrella shot is great. so much weather & color in one photo :).

  • Shireen

    These beach photos are soooo amazing! Wow

  • See, THIS is where I want to try SUP yoga! Not a dirty river! Ha. We are going to Bermuda as part of a cruise next year, but I totally forget how close it actually is to Philadelphia. This might be a good Spring Break option for me (grad school’s break is ridiculously early)…I’ll have to check prices!

  • Lauren @BonVoyageLauren

    Two hours from NYC?! I had no idea! What a fabulous weekend. As always, your photos are amazing. Thanks for sharing!

    Happy travels :)

  • carissa

    Beautiful bluish photos :)

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  • Anđela Ćenan

    I hope I get to visit at least three (or even one??) of all these wonderful places you’ve been writing about one day!! :) that dress is amaziiiiing :)

  • Gorgeous photos! And that breakfast…. wow! Love your new dress too, great color!

  • Love that yellow umbrella shot and the new dress! Had no idea Bermuda was so close to the East Coast!

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  • camorose

    The dress is from Reformation! And yes–Bermuda was FANTASTIC! Highly recommend!

  • camorose

    Oh I love that so much!!! Yes, the parrot is still there and everyone wore the Bermuda shorts! Thanks so much for letting me know, I love hearing stories like that :)

  • camorose

    Haha yes–having not much up top works really well for dresses like that! And thanks–we felt like it was about to pour all day on Friday with all of those clouds, but it floated right over us. So lucky!

  • camorose

    Thank you! :)

  • camorose

    Yes! You totally should! It’s super easy to get to. And on the SUP yoga part–YES. I’ve been wanting to do it in New York, but I feel like doing it for the first time in Bermuda totally spoiled it for anywhere else :)

  • camorose

    Yes! Isn’t that crazy?! So much closer than I ever imagined!

  • camorose

    Thank you!

  • camorose

    Haha thanks Andela! You totally will!!!

  • camorose

    YES–those blueberry pancakes were actually probably the best I’ve had anywhere. So delicious, and the view certainly didn’t hurt!

  • camorose

    yes! I totally thought it was in the Caribbean–so surprised to learn that it was right off the coast of South Carolina!

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