Crystal & Fantasy Caves#8 in Best Things To Do in Bermuda
In 1907, the Crystal & Fantasy caves were accidentally discovered by two young boys. The story goes that Carl Gibbons and Edgar Hollis were playing an intense game of cricket when the ball was hit into a hole. One of the boys climbed down the hole to retrieve the ball, and alas, the caves were discovered. The caves covered in crystal formations surround a 55-foot deep lake. Today, bridges run throughout the caves allowing visitors to descend deep into the darkness and witness the magnificent beauty of the crystals while on a guided tour.
Recent cave explorers praised the informative tour guides and the breathtaking crystal formations. There is a lot of walking up and down stairs, so visitors highly recommend bringing comfortable walking shoes. And to avoid the crowds, plan to get there early in the morning; it also tends to be a bit cooler and less stuffy in the caves this time of day.
The caves are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with guided tours leaving every 20 minutes. Last tour leaves at 4:30 p.m. Admission to one cave costs $22 for adults and $10 for children ages 5 to 12; admission to both caves costs $30 for adults and $12 for children. Bus routes 1, 3, 10 and 11 from Hamilton or St. George's will take you to the caves. Visit the Caves' website for more information.
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#1 Horseshoe Bay Beach
Southampton parish's Horseshoe Bay is the most photographed (and famous) beach in Bermuda, making it hard to score a prime spot on the sand, especially if a cruise ship is in town. The blushing sand at Horseshoe is gorgeous at any time of year, but the water is chilly from September to May, so unless you enjoy a frigid dip, you should steer clear of the tide after Labor Day. But even in the colder months, Horseshoe is a great spot for a romantic stroll along the sand. And if you're in town during Easter you have to make a special trip to Horseshoe to see the beautiful handmade Bermudian kites flying high on Good Friday.
Recent Horseshoe Bay beachgoers said the views are stunning and the pink sand is breathtaking; some tout it as the best beach in Bermuda, which may be why many also complain about the heavy crowds. Travelers also warn that the ocean waters can be rough with a strong undertow. Luckily, you can rest easy with your kids playing in the waves because this beach employs lifeguards. Plus, Port Royal Cove offers an enclosed part of the beach that keeps the waves out. If you get hungry, there are plenty of beachside eateries to choose from.
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