This Tropical Destination Is A Great Spot For An End-Of-Fall Vacation

The end of fall is officially upon us and before thoughts of winter snow and cold have a chance to creep in, it might be the right time to take a well-deserved vacation. When you're looking to swap out dropping temperatures for that summer feeling, there's no place quite like Bermuda. This British Overseas Territory sits over 600 miles off the North Carolina coast and is a place where you can fill up an itinerary with warm-weather fun, no matter when you happen to arrive.

As autumn comes to a close, you'll find a trip to Bermuda beckons with average daytime temperatures lingering in the tantalizing mid-80s. It's enough to encourage visitors in droves, with the Bermuda Tourism Authority's Q3 report for 2023 putting visitor numbers at over 240,000 in Q3 alone. The appeal is certainly vast, and much of that comes down to a refreshing combination of breathtaking scenery, great weather, and a wide variety of activities you can tailor to your personal travel preferences. Here, enjoying a picture-perfect tropical getaway is less a short-term vision and more a way of life — and you can get a taste of this life during your end-of-fall vacation.

On-the-water and shoreline adventures await

Bermuda and marine culture have long been intricately linked. When you travel this way, there's a good chance you'll spend as much time in the water as you do on the shorelines, even during fall. The appeal of the waves here is hard to deny, especially in a place that hosts its own Underwater Exploration Institute. If you find yourself longing to explore underwater, be sure to partner with Dive Bermuda. For over 35 years, they've been guiding up-close encounters with shipwrecks and host trainings for divers and instructors. Over 300 shipwrecks sit within diving reach of Bermuda, meaning the options for adventure are vast.

For a combination of exploration between land and sea, don't leave a stop at Blue Hole Park off your list. This landmark is found on the east side of Bermuda by Grotto Bay Beach Resort and is home to a deep-blue mangrove pond, grottos, and crystal caves to check out. It's a wonderful place to find yourself if you're looking to enjoy an afternoon of rock climbing, caving, snorkeling, and swimming.

If all you want to do is linger on the shoreline, soak up the sun, and admire the waves, that's an option in Bermuda as well. Head to Horseshoe Bay Beach or Elbow Beach for a picturesque lounge on Bermuda's iconic pink sand.

Embrace the best of culture, history, and shopping

If you're enthralled by historic architecture, a fall trip to Bermuda will inspire. Stroll through Hamilton Harbour to admire 18th-century homes highlighting island life of eras past. For a more in-depth look at historic living, make time to tour the Verdmont House Museum. The National Museum of Bermuda is another great destination to explore if you're interested in browsing a collection that spans over 500 years of Bermuda's rich history. The museum is located at the Royal Naval Dockyard, meaning plenty of emphasis on naval heritage across exhibits. A visit to St. George will have you experiencing one of the first English towns established in the New World and a UNESCO Heritage Site.

For fall shoppers in Bermuda, heading to Front Street is a must to pick up holiday gifts. This Hamilton destination is brimming with boutique shops, eateries, and bars that create a vibrant nightlife. To savor the very best views in Bermuda this fall, make time for a trip to Gibbs Hill Lighthouse. Once you've conquered the 185 steps to the observation deck, you'll be able to see over sand and sea for miles.

Don't leave Bermuda behind without enjoying at least one round of golf at the Port Royal Golf Club. This prestigious course was designed by Robert Trent Jones in 1970 and was fully refurbished as of 2009. It's a golf course that pairs an inviting challenge for experienced golfers with breathtakingly beautiful ocean views.