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Over the Canada Day long weekend my boyfriend Tom and I had the pleasure of visiting the pristine island of Bermuda. I really thought we were going to do some back country camping in an Ontario Provincial Park considering we had just bought what seemed like half the MEC store but apparently he had other plans for us!

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Lunch at the Fairmont Southampton

My spontaneous (and romantic) boyfriend thought a weekend in the tropics was just what we needed, and so we went. Did you know a direct flight from Toronto to Bermuda is less than three hours? Depending on your carrier you can save yourself checked baggage fees by taking carry on luggage only. We used Medium MEC Duffel Bags and had room to spare. These babies will hold more than enough clothes, shoes and snacks for a 4 day getaway with room for duty-free goodies to bring home. We knew we’d be doing some sight seeing on our last day and wanted something we could carry vs. roll.

Now I’ll be honest, Bermuda is not the most economical vacation you’ll ever take. But the island is incredibly charming with luxury amenities, incredible restaurants and of course, picturesque pink sand beaches. And for the golfers out there, Bermuda has more golf courses per capita than any other place on earth. So go on, and treat yo self.

We booked last minute and were lucky to find accommodations available, we stayed at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess, located in Hamilton (which locals call ‘Town’). If you’ve stayed at a Fairmont before then you know the level of service you can expect during your stay. The rooms were a bit dated but we heard that massive renovations will be taking place later in the year. But the service was impeccable and there’s a really convenient ferry between the two Fairmonts on the island, saving you about $25 each way in cab fares.

Our four days on the island were pretty busy and we managed to squeeze in a two tank dive with the crew at Dive Bermuda conveniently located at the Fairmont Southampton. If you have the slightest chance of becoming seasick (or if you normally get motion sickness) do yourself a favour and bring Dramamine (or Gravol). I forgot to and I paid the price, I couldn’t even go on the second dive and it was a real bummer.

I would also suggest buying a multi-day transit pass at the ferry terminal in Hamilton as its the best way to get around the island and it includes fares for both ferrys and buses. Spend a morning at the Dockyard and be sure to see St. George as well. Don’t forget to stop by the crystal caves right beside the airport, they were really cool (but literally very hot and humid).

We’d go back in a heartbeat, this was such a convenient getaway for us, here are a few highlights of our long weekend.

Horseshoe Bay after the crowds have left.

Horseshoe Bay after the crowds have left.

Shipwreck diving!
Shipwreck diving!

At the Crystal Caves

At the Crystal Caves

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