With its year round balmy climate and enchanting pink sand beaches, it’s not surprising that Bermuda is widely known as the “Jewel of the Atlantic”. Americans are particularly fond of this British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic. It could be because it’s a quick two-hour flight from most east coast cities. However, Bermuda’s historic sites, amiable locals, and countless activities might be the real charms.

Visiting Bermuda in March and April is ideal for a few reasons. First, it costs less than it does in the busier season (May through October). Also, the temperate weather becomes more pleasant for sunbathing. Whale watching is another popular reason for a March or April vacation. Every year about 15,000 Humpback whales migrate across the Atlantic Ocean after breeding in the Caribbean. Bermuda rests on an isolated sea mount in the Atlantic, and the areas to the southwest of the island provide ample whale watching opportunities.

West Whale Bay, a popular whale-watching beach (if you didn’t catch that from the name!), is also an ideal picnic spot. Snorkel Park Beach in Somerset Village is a lure for families. Rent inflatables and loungers, and enjoy great snorkeling just off the beach. Popular with visitors and locals, Horseshoe Bay provides a crescent of soft sand edged with sandstone cliffs. Kite boarding, beach volleyball, and diving are just a few things to keep you busy on and off the bleached sands of Elbow Beach.

The island’s British heritage is mirrored in the colonial architecture. Pastel hued buildings of the Bermudian skyline create an Instagram worthy canvas for many activities throughout the island. Don’t miss a stroll through St. George’s, Britain’s oldest surviving town in the New World. This World Heritage Site is like stepping back in time. Gates Fort and Fort St. Catherine echo a bygone era when St. George’s was Bermuda’s bustling capital for newly settled British colonists.

Bermuda also boasts the highest concentration of golf courses in the world. This 22 square-mile paradise provides awe-inspiring vistas from any course. Just make sure to stash your camera in your golf bag! From upscale Italian cuisine to roadside local seafood cooked to perfection, dining options in Bermuda are incredibly varied. Savor a meal at Little Venice, Bermuda’s first and most prominent Italian restaurant. Menu selections like Frutti di Mare Calamarata and Branzino al Forno, dessert options like Torta Caprese, and an extensive wine list make for an unforgettable meal.

For casual island fare that is popular with the locals, consider Black Horse Tavern. Fish chowder, curried conch stew, and a variety of pub favorites tempt your palate, and likely draw you back for a second meal.

Places to base yourself while on Bermuda are as diverse as the dining. You’ll find everything to fit your budget – from posh resorts and roomy hotels to romantic inns and charming villas.

If you like to golf and love to eat, Bermuda is a great bet. Excellent beaches, historic treasures, and lots of outdoor activities are other lures here.