Bermuda was home for me for 6 years of my life, and recently I made my first trip back to the island for a vacation. It was a little different seeing Bermuda as a tourist rather than an expat living and working there. Even though Bermuda is so small, there were a few places that I had never been before (crazy I know) that I was lucky enough to explore for the first time. So, let me tell you a little about a few special secluded places and hidden gems you can go and spend some time away from the hectic tourist spots.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nLong Island \u2013 You will need a boat to get you here but this was one of the first places I visited once back on island. Long Island is located in the southeast of the Great Sound and used to be a prisoner of war camp during the Second Boer War from 1901-1902. There is a small graveyard for those who died there as well as some who were sent there with Yellow Fever and subsequently also died on the island. There are a couple of viewing platforms that were built for watching the Americas Cup that still remain, a perfect place for a little photoshoot or picnic! Just remember to take your litter with you!\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWalsingham Nature Reserve \u2013 If you don\u2019t want to do the tourist caves like Crystal and Fantasy (which can get really busy during peak season) then why not check out the other lesser known ones that you can explore? It\u2019s best to take a guide, as I did. I was lucky enough to get a VIP tour from \u00a0Weldon Wade who is Bermuda\u2019s local (and friendliest) Scuba Diving Expert and Ocean Advocate, and is much recommended as it\u2019s easy to get lost in the nature reserve. He can also give you loads of info about the history of the caves and make sure you stay safe. Taking a jump into the Blue Lagoon is a must, and if you ask nicely he may be your photog\/videographer too for the tour\u2026.just remember to leave him a tip. You can check out his amazing Bermuda pics on his Instagram @weldonwade, in case you needed a little incentive to visit!\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAdmiralty Park \u2013 This is a popular spot with locals but a little more difficult for tourists to get to unless you have your own transport. I learnt to scuba dive here but only just discovered the caves here on my recent trip! A great spot for a photoshoot, snorkeling, picnic or for having a safe swim if you have kids. There is plenty of parking and only a couple of minutes from Hamilton. I wish I had spent more time here when I used to live around the corner!\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSouthlands Beach\u2013 If you are wanting a quite beach that is just as beautiful as the other more popular beaches on South Shore then check this one out. It is a little more difficult to find but once you do you will be so glad you made the effort. Basically, you will probably have the beach to yourself. Great for taking some beach pics without having everyone in the background ruining our pics. Some of my beach picture on my Instagram (@helen_turner_ ) were taken here and I have some lovely memories.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBotanical Gardens \u2013 This is Bermuda\u2019s biggest park and is centrally located but is sometimes forgotten about. It\u2019s a great place to meet friends for a picnic, especially if you have children with you. Evenings are nice and quiet and it\u2019s easily accessible from the bus and has car\/bike parking if you have transport. If you have had enough of the beach why not come chill here for a few hours and explore Bermuda\u2019s plant life. I used to have lunch here quite frequently when I worked at the hospital (right next door just in case you need it) but it\u2019s also great in the evening time too. Or if you want a safe place to go for a run (the roads can be a little dangerous sometimes)\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nDaniel\u2019s Head \u2013 I love to spend a couple of hours\u2019 paddle boarding every now and again and had my own paddle boards when I lived on island. If you are lucky enough to be able to get hold of some boards why not check out Daniels Head for during the day? You can paddle out to the Vixen ship wreck which sticks up out of the water and enjoy some time with the big fish that live around the wreck. The water is nicely sheltered and quite safe for less experienced paddlers.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRailway Trail - the railway trail has been extended quite a lot in the east of the island and now has some amazing walkways and bridges for you to explore, it\u2019s especially nice around sunset as it\u2019s on the North Shore and gets some amazing sunset views. Perfect for some evening photoshoots or relaxing moments by the sea.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nMy Favorite Places to Shop in Bermuda\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nJon Faulkner Gallery, - This is one of my favorite store in Bermuda full of locally made pottery. I\u2019m lucky enough to own some of their pieces myself. A must visit if you are in Dockyard. Make sure you save a little room in your suitcase!\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nNaked zero Bermuda \u2013 This little shop is a little hidden but feel free to ask any locals for assistance in finding it if you are in Hamilton. Located down a little side alley this small store is full of green beauty products and zero waste options for your daily life! They also have some workshops and events regularly so make sure to check them out in advance so you don\u2019t miss out!\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nDavidrose Jewelry, \u00a0St. George\u2019s \u2013 This beautifully designed store right on the waterfront in St. George\u2019s harbor is such a gem! Literally, it\u2019s full of stunning Bermuda inspired jewelry that is perfect if you want to have something special to remind you of Bermuda once you have returned home. Make sure you stop by this store if you are in St. George\u2019s.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nI hope this has provided you with a few amazing off the beaten track ideas for your trip to Bermuda. Whatever you end up doing, you will have a wonderful time I\u2019m sure.