Where to go to enjoy your best summer ever!
POMPANO BEACH CLUB
One of the few upsides of the pandemic is that it forced many of us to play tourist here at home and we rediscovered what all the fuss about Bermuda was! While you might not be up for a full staycation, a day pass to Pompano Beach will go a long way to helping you feel restored. Included in each pass ($40 for adults, $25 for children) is access to the hotel’s beautiful white sand beach, its cliffside hot tubs and pool. Grab a lounger and order from the pool or beach bar – you don’t have to lift a finger all day if you don’t want to! Make a real occasion of it by taking that book you’ve been meaning to read forever and leaving your phone – and worries – at home.
LIVE MUSIC FRIDAYS AT AZURA
For a laidback evening cocktail or dinner, it’s hard to beat sitting outside in the summer air listening to the smooth stylings of Mia and James while you take in Azura’s stunning ocean views. A husband-and-wife double act, Mia and James’s acoustics are sure to help you shake off the cares of the week behind and put you in a weekend frame of mind. Happening each Friday from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. by the pool at Azura, it’s where all the cool kids will be.
BQ BEACH GRILL AT JOHN SMITH’S BAY
Get to this beach-shack style restaurant early to be in with a chance of staking one of their colourful picnic benches overlooking beautiful JohnSmith’s Bay. Whether you’re looking for a casual date spot or somewhere new to hang with friends, you can’t go wrong here. Grab a frosty beer or a Mango Madness (BQ’s signature drink made with a one-two-three punch of mango rum, mango liqueur and mango nectar) and a plate of chili-glazed shrimp and realise that you’re living the island dream.
HOG BAY BEACH
Hog Bay Beach is one of those places that even most long-timers don’t know about. Sat a way back from the road, this hidden gem requires a walk through Hog Bay Park (wear sensible shoes!) – which makes the day feel more like an adventure and deters the masses. With shallows that seer to stretch forever, this beach is perfect for a family snorkelling day.Birdwatchers are sure to get a kick out of the huge variety of feathered friends that call this part of the island home, too. Easy to reach by bus (Routes 7 and 8), it’s ideal for those without a ride or for visitors. Be sure to check the tide times on the Bermuda Weather Service’s website to ensure it will be low tide.
When you say “cricket” in Bermuda, we say Cup Match! But it’s worth remembering that there are more cricket matches in Bermuda than just that one game between Somerset and St George’s. In July and August, the island’s eastern counties play against each other at Bailey’s Bay and each match is a celebration with good company, good eats and – of course – Crown & Anchor to be played.
Visit www.cricketbermuda.com to find out more.
Photo by: Oliver Tucker
PINK BEACH CLUB AT THE LOREN
The culinary team at the Pink Beach Club offers a casual interpretation of The Loren Hotel’s commitment to seasonal locally-sourced cuisine. The restaurant’s breezy, relaxed atmosphere is the perfect setting to enjoy Bermuda’s premier burger and other dishes that delight and surprise. It’s hard to top the menu, but the spectacular view might just do it. The azure sea breaks gently on the reef before heading out to the far horizon. The light breeze both refreshes and evokes far-off lands. Add in a magnificent sky, sparkling pink sand and dramatic black rock, and it’s impossible to imagine a more perfect setting for friends, cool refreshments and fabulous food.
Call 293-1666 to make a reservation.
This tiny, tucked-away beach at the eastern end of the island is the perfect, picturesque picnic spot. Pick up mezze, cheese and wine at the Supermart in St George’s beforehand – or grab Chinese takeaway from Wong’s Golden Dragon if you’re feeling indulgent! – and spread your picnic blanket out with friends and family for a lazy weekend afternoon. For those looking to really step up their picnic game – particularly in honour of a romantic occasion – arrange a luxury picnic set-up with a company such as Eettafel. Word to the wise: Be sure to check the tide charts for low tide before you fix your plans in stone, otherwise you might find yourself with more rocks than beach!
PRINCESS BEACH CLUB
For just a few sweet months each summer, the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club opens its exclusive Princess Beach Club to the public for its beach dinner BBQ series. One of the island’s only true “on the beach” dining experiences, featuring a buffet of the hotel’s famous barbecue food, dreamt up and delivered by one of Bermuda’s rising culinary stars Chef Richard Zuill, it’s not to be missed! As the sun sets over Sinky Bay, enjoy the lights on the cliffs and take a walk along the beach where the water meets the sand.
Call the hotel’s reservation line at 298-2028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org