If you aren’t yet ready to say goodbye to summer, then you’re not alone. But now that September’s here and school’s back in session, we’re running out of time to enjoy the simple pleasures summer brings with it. So join us as we revisit all of the best aspects of summertime just one last time. Here’s what you need to do before the season is over.
1. Go for a September Swim!
In the thick summer heat, we know that in Bermuda the ocean is the only place to be. We can cool down in crystal clear waves, playing endless rhapsodies in blue and turquoise. The only problem is deciding where to take a dip since we have at least 34 beaches (public and private), and that doesn’t include docks and rocks to jump off! But not to worry, we have helped you out by picking our top ten favourite spots from east to west. In all cases you can access the water without cutting your feet on rock, reach deeper water without wading for miles, and in general enjoy Bermuda’s best medley of sun, sea and sand.
2. See Bermuda from Sea Level in a Kayak
Kayaking is one of the best and most rewarding ways to see Bermuda by water. Go at your own pace and explore the bays and coves that larger vessels are unable to manoeuver into. Here are our top picks for where to go kayaking in Bermuda.
3. Bodysurf the South Shore
You probably haven’t been body surfing since you were a kid. It was the only reason to ever go to a beach back then, to conquer the waves and let yourself be lifted up and crashed back into the water again. You can get all the fun of body surfing without any equipment at all, but if you’re really looking to play in the waves, bring along a boogie board or a skim board. Some of the best beaches for bodysurfing include Warwick Long Bay, Elbow Beach and John Smith’s Bay.
4. Go in Search of Glow Worms
As the water surface temperature increases, so does the likely of spotting mating glow worms. But keep in mind, they stick to a very strict schedule: You can only see their spectacular green light show in the water three days after the full moon and 56 minutes after sunset. The worms usually live on the sea bottom, but rush up to the water’s surface to mate. The females let off a glowing green whirl of eggs, and the males see the light with special cells in their eyes and let their gametes go into the water too. You can see glow worms in any sheltered bay, and some of the best places are Ferry Reach, Mangrove Bay, and Higgs and Horseshoe Island. For more information on glow worms, look here!
5. Watch the Sunset at Whale Bay
Watching the sunset waterside with a lover is a scene synonymous with summer. The dreamiest setting is Whale Bay in Southampton. When the tide is low, bury your feet in the sand and watch the sun set – could there be anything better?
6. Go Rockpooling
Bermuda plays host to an array of creatures that you can find living on the shoreline. Ocean spray and large waves often fill up tidepools with water, providing sea urchins, anemones, and snails like nerites, periwinkles, and top shells with a sheltered habitat. You might also see shrimp, blennies, sally lightfoot crabs, and sergeant majors, too!
If you get the chance to look around a boating dock, you’ll be able to see a lot of marine life without getting your feet wet. The dock’s surface is covered in caulerpa, algaes, and hydroids. It also provides a shady cover for fish to hang out under. Here, you might see porcupine pufferfish, snapper, barred hamlets, grunts, bream, chub, hogfish, and more. For our full guide to rockpooling, click here.
7. Try Our 5 Poptails Using Chloe’s Frozen Fruit Bars
Before you pack away the cooler and hang up your sun hat, try one of our poptail recipes (that’s a popsicle and cocktail combination!) using Chloe’s popsicles -fruit pops made with just fruit, water and cane sugar; no stabilizers, no additives and nothing artificial. You can either alternate between licking your pop and sipping your drink or submerge your pop in your cocktail and let it melt and blend – the choice is yours but we promise, indulging in one of these sweet treats is the perfect way to bid adieu to summertime.
Here’s One for a Coconut Margarita – Combine with Chloe’s Mango Frozen Fruit Bar
3 ounces coconut milk
2 ounces tequila
1 ounce triple sec
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
Honey for garnish
Coarse sea salt for garnish
Toasted coconut for garnish
Additional lime slice for garnish
Pour coconut milk, tequila, triple sec and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add a handful of ice. Put the top on the shaker and shake vigorously for about 15-30 seconds.
Spread the honey on a plate and the sea salt and toasted coconut on another plate. Dip the serving glass in honey and then in the sea salt and toasted coconut. Add ice to the glass and strain the shaken margarita into the glass. Garnish with a lime slice.
Chloe’s Fruit Pops are available in grocery stores island-wide.
For more information regarding each product, visit www.chloesfruit.com