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A Serious Sport on the High Seas

On the brink of the world’s most high-profile sailing race, Oracle Team USA has the island of Bermuda buzzing again

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 GOLF: The Mid Ocean Club

Golf enthusiasts are likely familiar with Bermuda’s claim to fame: It has more courses per square mile than anywhere else in the world. If you’re going to play one, though, go with the Mid Ocean Club. It’s the course of choice for Michael Bloomberg and Michael Douglas, both of whom own homes on the island. themidoceanclubbermuda.com

DRINK: Swizzle Inn

Sipping on a syrupy rum swizzle—Bermuda’s “national drink”—at the Swizzle Inn is a rite of passage for visitors. Located in a 17th-century roadhouse, it’s the island’s oldest pub, dating back to 1932. The drinks are as strong as they are sweet, which is probably why they’re served in a glass that barely holds six ounces of liquid. swizzleinn.com 

 HOTEL FOR ADULTS: Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa

There is perhaps nothing more quintessentially Bermudian than the pink cottages with white limestone roofs sprinkled throughout Cambridge Beaches. It’s not the swankiest property in town—the rooms are rather simple—but it’s arguably the most authentic. Plus, the hotel is located on a 30-acre peninsula with postcard-perfect views and stretches of private beach. cambridgebeaches.com


Like its heritage, the island’s local cuisine represents an amalgamation of cultural influences. So it’s fitting that Marcus Samuelsson—an Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised, New York–based restaurateur—would be the first bona fide “celebrity chef” to make his mark on Bermuda. His namesake restaurant opened in the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club this past May. The airy space has an open kitchen where rockfish (a local favorite) is charred on a wood-burning grill. marcusbermuda.com

 HOTEL FOR FAMILIES: Rosewood Tucker’s Point

Tucker’s Point, a 20-minute drive from the hustle and bustle of Hamilton, feels like a secluded world of its own. The aesthetic is decidedly British Colonial, but the hospitality is five-star modern: You won’t find a single blade of grass or cabana cushion out of place. A robust family program keeps kids entertained with cooking classes and outdoor activities. rosewoodhotels.com 

BEACH CLUB: Princess Beach Club 

Travelers who appreciate the simplicity of a stunning pink-sand beach adore Horseshoe Bay and Elbow Beach, which have long been considered the island’s best. But those seeking a more “full service” experience need look no further than the newly opened Princess Beach Club. There, you’ll find water sports, killer food, hammocks, outdoor showers and—best of all?—WiFi. thehamiltonprincess.com

 PRIVATE CLUB: The Coral Beach & Tennis Club

You’ll feel as if you’ve been plucked out of New England and placed gently into the Atlantic at this preppy beachfront club. While membership is by introduction only, Coral Beach has a surprisingly unpretentious vibe (a “house parrot” greets guests in the lobby). For those not in the market to join, spa appointments and squash lessons are open to non-members. coralbeachclub.com

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