We were in Bermuda at the end of June on our seven-night, Grandeur of the Seas cruise and, thanks to the help of Trip Advisor, managed to have a wonderful time (despite the rain).
Our first full day in port, we purchased a bus/ferry pass and headed out to the South Shore beaches, even though the skies were threatening. On our way to Horseshoe Bay, the rain began and by the time we got to beach it had started pouring. The beach was crowded, and many of us ran to the large rocks on the side of the beach to seek shelter. Looking out, it reminded me of the final scene in Point Break, where Keanu Reeves is at that beach in Australia and...well, never mind. I digress. Finally, as the rain let up a little, the two of us began to hike along the footpath to the other, lesser-known beaches that dot the south shore of the island.
Gina, another passenger on our ship, had recommended we try Warwick Long Bay Beach, which is about a mile walk from Horseshoe. She promised it would be worth the effort. We quickly discovered it wasn't really feasible to walk along the shoreline without possibly slipping and breaking a leg, so we headed inland a little bit and found the path. It lead us to Chaplin Bay (a bathroom is there, just in case you need one), and Jobson's Cove, two very beautiful, smaller beaches, before we ended at Warwick.
Warwick is absolutely stunning and, if the sun is right, does look pinkish. The sand is incredibly soft and easy to walk, and there's a small drop-off as you wade into out the water. There are no amenities there, so keep that in mind if you plan to go. Because of the weather, we were the only (crazy) ones there, which was cool.
On the second (and final) full day there, we had booked an excursion with Heidi of Byways Tours. We are seasoned travelers and frequent cruisers, and we have learned over the years that using the cruise line's excursion(s) is not necessarily a good use of our time or hard-earned money. If you do your homework ahead of time, using Trip Advisor, it is possible to plan things on your own that will save you serious bucks. Please understand that there are times when we felt it necessary to book tours through the cruise line (especially in certain ports in Europe), but for a place like Bermuda, it's really not necessary.
Anyway, Heidi definitely lived up to her hype! She took us, in a small, airconditioned van, all over the island, and we got to see places your normal tours just don't visit. For details, you can see my review of Byways Tours.
Some of the must-sees for first-time visitors are: Gibbs Hill Lighthouse (fairly easy to climb and definitely worth it for the view), the south shore beaches, St. George's---which we liked more than it's glitzier sister, Hamilton---and the run-down but picturesque Admiralty House Park.
Even though the weather was awful (which was great for the islanders, as they use cisterns to collect the much-needed rainwater), we thoroughly enjoyed our visit!