1 COOPER’S ISLAND NATURE RESERVE
It’s one of Bermuda’s most beautiful spots, but for decades not even Bermudians could see it. Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve, on the southeast tip of the island, was occupied for years by the U.S. military and NASA, only re-opening to the public in 2011. Now, you can explore its 12 pristine acres, home to seabirds like herons and kingfishers, ancient Bermuda cedar trees and giant land crabs.
Scenic Spot: The Wildlife Observation Tower at the far end of the peninsula offers spectacular views of the Bermuda coastline and is an ideal place to spot whales and migratory birds.
Scenic Spot: Take the winding path to Portuguese Rock for stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. In the spring, you might even see migrating humpback whales breaching close to the coast.
Scenic Spot: The Blue Hole itself is a fish-filled, clear-blue mangrove pond that you have to see to believe. Bring your swimsuit – a dip here will lead you to gorgeous caves and grottos.
Spanning 2.5 acres, this secluded nature reserve is maintained by the Bermuda Audubon Society is a hidden gem tucked away in Southampton Parish.
With views of farmlands and hillside forests surrounding the pond, it’s a great spot for a picnic or a romantic rendezvous.
Birdwatchers can spot egrets, sandpipers, herons, and kingfishers.
Scenic Spot: Settle in on the pond’s shores to enjoy the silence and the peaceful, natural panorama.
At this leafy nature reserve, take a stroll down a shady, wooden boardwalk that winds past a serene pond, mangroves, palmettos, and forests.
The 25-acre Paget Marsh and Boardwalk offers a glimpse of the original Bermuda – it’s been the same since the first settlers arrived on the island, and its thriving eco-system seems untouched by human progress.
Scenic Spot: Stop awhile at David’s Pond to spot some wonderful native birds, including the white-eyed vireo.
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