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Bermuda for families

Bermuda is a wonderful destination for families to visit on holiday, as there are numerous things to see and do that will enthral young and old alike. Whether you want a chilled-out trip where you do little more than relax in the sun together or are keen to try a host of different activities, Bermuda can deliver.

There are stunning natural attractions, in addition to its many glorious beaches, as well as educational museums and interesting historical sites. As the island is relatively small, it's not difficult to get from one place to another - a great way for families to get around is by bike, and as Bermuda's speed limit is 20 mph, it's a safe place for cyclists.

Bermuda caters well to families, with a number of hotels offering excellent facilities, including kids' entertainment programmes and supervised children clubs. There are all inclusive resorts if you want to keep your expenditure to a minimum while you're away, giving you plenty of choice over how you plan your budget and your getaway.

Top family-friendly attractions

Among the best attractions for families to visit is the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo. Within this complex you'll find a wide variety of animals, including green turtles, harbour seals and a host of native Caribbean wildlife such as golden lion tamarins and acouchi.

If your little ones love wildlife, a visit to Dolphin Quest is another must. Here, you can interact with these intelligent marine mammals – and do everything; from a short swim to spending a full week as a trainer is on offer at this attraction.

For something educational in a different way, head to the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute in Hamilton. This has a host of fascinating interactive exhibits relating to everything from the Bermuda Triangle to the Titanic. You can even step into a virtual shark cage to find out what it's like to come face to face with these incredible ocean predators.

The Crystal Caves are another of Bermuda's excellent family-friendly attractions, with this series of underground caverns being the largest on the island. Amazing stalactite formations hang over a vast subterranean lake, creating an eerie and beautiful environment.

Enjoy days at the beach

One of Bermuda's biggest attractions for visitors are its beaches, of which there are many, owing to the island's 75 miles of coastline. These are wonderful for families, with many of the stretches of sand lapped by warm waters teeming with life.

The pink sands are enchanting on their own, but if you take snorkelling equipment you can see the vibrant world of coral reefs that lives just below the surface. Adventurous families can even try scuba diving, with plenty of exciting dive sites that are ideal for beginners and those with experience alike. There are many shipwrecks around Bermuda, some of which are only a few metres below the surface, so you can even see them when you're snorkelling.

Several of Bermuda's beaches have facilities such as toilets, changing rooms and restaurants nearby, making them ideal for parents with younger children. Horseshoe Bay Beach is one such example, and also one of the most picturesque beaches on the island.

Bermuda hotels for families

One of the great things about Bermuda is the variety of accommodation available, with excellent hotels and all inclusive resorts that cater well for families.

Many of Bermuda's hotels are packed with facilities like water sports centres, tennis courts, swimming pools and private beaches - everything you could ever need to keep inquisitive youngsters entertained while mum and dad enjoy some well-deserved rest and relaxation in the sun.

One of the best family hotels in Bermuda is The Fairmont Southampton, offering the best children's programme in the island and where children 17 and under can stay totally free of charge. If all this wasn't enticing enough, the resort also offers free dining for children aged 5 and under with a special children's menu. There is an onsite Explorers Camp for kids aged 5 and older while a family movie is played each day at the club at 9:00 pm.

Another Bermuda resort where children 17 and under also stay free (when sharing a room with the parents) is the Elbow Beach Hotel. The resort also offers specially designed children's menus, baby-proof rooms upon request and a fully staffed Camp offering a range of exciting activities for children between 6 – 12 years old.

Another family favourite in Bermuda is the Grotto Bay Beach Resort, boasting an excellent children's programme and with a natural pool made of natural rock and featuring subterranean caves to explore. Children 12 years old and under also stay free when sharing a room with parents and eat free from the kids' menu under the MAP meal plan.

Some of the hotels offer kids' clubs and are home to luxurious spas, so while the children make new friends and try fun activities, parents can unwind with a soothing massage or wellness treatment to invigorate them and give them renewed energy for the rest of their family holiday. All of the resorts I mentioned above offer this kind of spa and relaxation facility for busy parents in need of unwinding.

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