As a kid, I was fascinated with the unexplainable. Conspiracy theories, UFO sightings, and unsolved crimes were among topics I often explored, but none of these were more beguiling than the stories surrounding the island of Bermuda. The Bermuda Triangle, or Devil’s Triangle as some call it, is a region in the North Atlantic Ocean where a number of aircraft and ships are said to have mysteriously disappeared – either by paranormal or extraterrestrial means, of course.
No one can fully confirm or deny the existence of unexplainable happenings – yet it’s the mysteries of Bermuda that prompted my first visit to the island last summer and it’s my curiosity that continues to make Bermuda a destination I continue to visit. While I can whet my curiosity with underwater shipwrecks and historical reenactments, the mysteries I encounter now are bit more soluble, albeit still as fascinating, like “which of the 181 Bermudan islands should I visit this afternoon?” or “should we go shopping in Hamilton or take flyboarding lessons instead?”
Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Well it’s not!
Dreaming about a much deserved getaway? Bermuda is 21 square miles of paradise with a work-hard-play-hard mentality just waiting to be discovered. Skip those horrible, long traffic jams to the Hamptons or the packed trains down to Cape Cod – because Bermuda is a short two- or three-hour flight from almost every major East Coast city (only 90-minutes from New York City, y’all!).
Not convinced yet? Readers of Condé Nast Traveler have voted Bermuda the best island in the Caribbean 18 times since 1994. Considering Bermuda is actually in the Atlantic and not the Caribbean, I’d say that’s a lot of praise!
Hills and valleys and coves and quarries house homes exploding with color. Deep reds, minty greens, and sky blues sit side-by-side in uninterrupted harmony. The hotels are absolutely magical – colorful interiors and ornate decor offer a cheeky, but timeless ambience, making it the perfect setting for a quick weekend away. Between dinners at hot spots like Princess Fairmont’s 1609 Restaurant or Mickey’s Beach Bistro at the Elbow Beach Resort, explore the island and take in some sun on the beautiful private beaches just steps from vintage-inspired cocktail bars.
If Bermuda isn’t currently on your bucket list, it’s about time you added it. The island is an absolute must-see – and, again, it’s only a short 90-minute flight from New York City. So c’mon embrace the island life and <Bermuda . Your biggest problem will be saying goodbye. On my last trip, I kept wishing that the mystery and magic of the island would keep me stranded. Even weeks later, the beauty of the island had me holding on to that wish.
Scout Sixteen is a lifestyle blog from Justin Livingston. Justin grew up in Mississippi but relocated to New York City in 2008. On Scout Sixteen, Justin shares his passion in fashion, travel, food and drink, and mental wellness.