Measuring just 21 square miles in area, Bermuda maximises the land to provide some of the best sports activity facilities in the world. From golf and cricket to sailing and Jet Skiing, Bermuda has it all.
For cyclists looking to hit the pavement, many resorts provide bikes, which Bermudians refer to as “pedal bikes,” to differentiate from those with motors. Whilst the terrain is mostly bike-friendly, there are a few hills and climbs that can prove to be quite challenging to cyclists. If you need the extra push up the hill, Elbow Beach Cycles Ltd. offers hybrid electric bikes.
Golf is one of the primary sporting activities in Bermuda. The island’s fairways and greens have attracted luminaries of the sport, celebrities and even politicians. Though most of the courses are private, all will accept visiting players with advance notice. A private club experience awaits visitors to Bermuda at The Mid Ocean Club, situated in Tucker’s Town. Built in 1921, it is rated as one of the world’s greatest courses and is testament to the genius of its world-renowned architect, Charles Blair Macdonald. Or call a public course like Port Royal Golf Course and Ocean View Golf Course to schedule your tee time. You can also get the whole family putting a round at fun miniature golf establishments, like Bermuda Fun Golf in The Royal Naval Dockyard or Bermuda Golf Academy & Driving Range located in Southampton.
Despite its small size and suburban appearance, trail riding is available. Moran Meadows Bermuda Horse Trail Ride offers historic and scenic trail and beach rides along the northeast coast of St. George’s. Reservations are required. All rides in Bermuda are accompanied by qualified instructors. Horses cannot be hired due to strict laws regarding riding in public areas.
The rugby season runs from October to April, with fans and players able to enjoy two types of rugby: league rugby for professional players and rugby union for amateur teams. International rugby on the island began in 1972, and its most important competition, the World Rugby Classic, started in 1988. In 2017, the event takes place November 4–11.
One of the easiest ways to exercise and take in all the beauty of Bermuda is by running through its trails. One easy trail to explore is the famous Bermuda Railway Trail. Following the path of the old railroad, you can potentially see Bermuda from end to end, with a total of 18 miles of path. If you’re looking for a more organised event, check out the Walking Club of Bermuda, which meets every Sunday morning for a six-mile walk.
With about 100 courts on the island, options for playing tennis are many. It has been a popular sport in Bermuda since its introduction from England in the late 19th century. Most resorts feature courts available to guests, and many permit non-guests to use them. There are also public courts for hire.
Land Sports for Spectators
Watching a sporting event is a great way to experience Bermudian culture. And no matter the season, you will find numerous opportunities to pull out your air horn or drown your sorrows right alongside local residents.
Summer in Bermuda means cricket. There are league games every Sunday at cricket clubs across the island, plus special tournaments called “County Games.” Grab a Dark ’n Stormy from the club bar and settle in for a full day of wickets, catches, drops, runs, run-outs, pace, spin and “howzat!” The biggest celebration of the summer is Cup Match, and although the four-day weekend includes fun beach parties, concerts and boating raft-ups, the main event is a two-day cricket game between the St. George’s and Somerset Cricket Clubs. This match, part of Bermuda’s emancipation celebrations, has been played for over 100 years and is said to be the only holiday in the world for cricket. If you are lucky enough to be in Bermuda during Cup Match, visiting the field for the game and placing a bet at the Crown & Anchor gambling tent is a must.
If you arrive after the cricket season, you’re just in time for football. (No, we won’t call it soccer; and you shouldn’t either.) Football runs through the fall and winter, and you’ll see games being played by all ages every weekend. The main league games are played every Sunday afternoon, but there are night games as well, so be sure to check the Bermuda Football Association schedule so you can catch a match.
Need help booking a tour or want further information or advice? Contact Island Tour Centre in Hamilton or The Royal Naval Dockyard at 236-1300, or contact a Visitor Information Centre: Dockyard, 296-9400; Hamilton, 295-1480; and St. George’s, 297-0556. And Bermuda Explorer specialises in customised tours and authentic Bermuda experiences (534-1797).