Just returned from 6 nights in Bermuda with our 2 children ages 9 and 14. We rented a house off of "Bermuda Rentals" # C44 in South Hampton. Staying at that place was the best part of our trip. It was very comfortable and quiet and their enormous heated pool was amazing. We lucked out as the previous renters had purchased monthly bus passes that they left behind for someone else to use. We purchased groceries for breakfast and lunches along with a couple BBQ dinners. The prices of groceries there are insane, so be forewarned. I had brought items like cheese , bacon, frozen hash browns in a soft cooler on the plane with no problems. We loved Horseshoe Bay but we went around 5:00 pm on a Saturday, and it wasn't crowded at all. Jobson's Cove and John Smith's Bay also very fun because the water wasn't rough. We did venture out to Tobacco Bay and honestly could not believe how long it took to get there via bus from south Hampton. We saw many fish there and didn't need to rent the snorkels. Due to the travel time and how slow the buses were running, we never went to the nature preserve that we had planned on the next day. My kids and I were literally just sick of being on that bus for hours on end.
Church Bay beach was within walking distance of the rental house. Again we were there around 6:00 PM and we saw tons of fish. This was the roughest water of all the beaches, and again, no need for snorkel gear...you will be able to see them. HUGE parrot fish swimming in schools and we were standing not even knee deep in the water. They were extremely close to the shore, and apparently my husband was told by another person on the beach..."Yeah, they are always there." BRING WATER SHOES! I just used my flip flops and they stayed on for the most part. But I would not have been able to tolerate Tobacco or Church Bay without them. There were just too many rocks.
As for restaurants , we ate lunch at the lighthouse which was very good. Loved their strawberry Eton Mess dessert! We had climbed to the top the previous day, and even though I am terrified of heights, I was able to make it to the top. For anyone with a fear of heights...there are no slats to see through to the bottom, so it really isn't that bad. It is only one floor at a time, if that makes sense. We did the crystal caves and enjoyed that along with the dockyard museum on 2 separate days. Well worth your time to see both. La Trattoria in Hamilton on Wednesday evening when they have their street fair. Loved the Swizzle Inn for lunch across from the caves (Delicious Fish Sandwich) and The Frog and Onion Pub at the Dockyard across from the museum.
We had a problem with one of the bus drivers. She was very rude, and they aren't really willing to tell you exactly where you need to get off. Some of the passengers on that same bus were also really mean. That was our only bad experience, but it really tainted our impression of the people who live there. We did have a local guy come up to us after we got off that bus to try and help us figure out where we were trying to get to. There is extreme good and bad everywhere I guess.
It was very hot there. Bring sunscreen. We could not believe how many people we saw who were red like lobsters. Thank you to all the regulars on this forum who helped me plan this vacation for our family.