Stay Away From Horseshoe Bay! The Perfect 12 Hours in Bermuda
Why head to the most crowded beach on the island when you can have this little nook all to yourself? (Photo: Jo Piazza)
Twelve hours. That was all the time I had to spend in Bermuda after a brief Celebrity Cruise down from New York City. Determined to make the most of it, I reached out to my one Bermudan friend from college, who told me very simply to start my day on a boat. She did not steer me wrong.
Get on a boat as early in the day as possible. (Photo: Jo Piazza)
The Rising Son II is owned by Captain Steve and is a favorite of tourists and locals alike. No matter how old you are, it would be impossible not to have fun on Steve’s three-hour tour, which departs conveniently from the same dockyard as the cruise ships.
From there, Steve and his devilishly handsome (and funny) crew whisk you away to a hidden cove that is perfect for snorkeling, kayaking, and paddleboarding away for the next two hours. Don’t worry, mom and dad: There is also a plentiful cash bar. Try the rum swizzle … it won’t be your last of the day. The swizzle is Bermuda’s national drink — a combination of Gosling’s Black Seal and Gold Rum with fruit juice.
“We have enough rum aboard to kill your entire cruise ship,” Steve promised.
Steve’s first mate explains how to use a snorkel. (Photo: Jo Piazza)