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Always been curious about the tiny island in the middle of the North Atlantic? Now’s the time to finally check it out: Bermuda boasts some of the world’s best beaches, lays claim to the invention of the Dark ’n’ Stormy and offers prime sailing (and sunbathing) conditions. It’s a quick two-hour flight from JFK (that’s closer than Miami, people), and early spring is an ideal window to visit before peak season. Here’s everything you need to know for the perfect weekend escape.

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Courtesy of the Loren at Pink Beach

Stay

Bermuda may be famed for being the tip of the mysterious Bermuda Triangle, but the only disappearing you’ll be doing here will be of the self-inflicted variety (aka avoiding work emails). For the classic Bermudan experience, book a room at the Hamilton Princess, a stately, historic property in downtown Hamilton, the island’s capital. The sprawling property is painted a cheery pale pink (millennial pink, if you must) and features an infinity pool overlooking the harbor and an impressive array of contemporary art, with pieces by Banksy, Jeff Koons and Keith Haring. Plus, it’s walkable to the many bars and restaurants on nearby Front Street. If a secluded getaway is more your style, opt for the newly opened Loren at Pink Beach (from $450). Perched on the southern shore, the resort’s sleek look, luxury villas and on-site beach club mean you’ll never want to leave your deck chair.

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Eat

Put those fears of bland, overpriced resort food to rest with a stop by Marcus Bermuda, helmed by none other than Harlem chef extraordinaire Marcus Samuelsson. The menu takes a few cues from local seafood dishes (fish chowder bites) and includes Harlem favorites like the Fried Yard Bird. If summer blazers and surf and turf are what you’re after, head to the Waterlot Inn. The oceanside chophouse, housed in a 17th-century sailor’s cottage, boasts incredible sunset views and an equally impressive 52-ounce tomahawk rib eye for two.

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Drink

Rum is the liquor of choice in Bermuda—not surprising, as Goslings and Bacardi are both headquartered here. Swing by the Swizzle Inn, an 85-year-old roadhouse that mixes a strong rum swizzle (the national drink, usually made with pineapple and orange juices, Falernum or grenadine and a dash of Angostura bitters) and serves pub fare to tourists and locals alike. And your trip won’t be complete without a Dark ’n’ Stormy, a blend of the local Goslings Black Seal rum and ginger beer, at any hotel bar or local haunt: The now-ubiquitous libation was invented in Bermuda.

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Explore

We promised beaches, so here you go: Plan a day at Horseshoe Cove, a pink-sand beach with otherworldly rock formations, hidden coves and water that’s so blue, it doesn’t seem real. Your likes will skyrocket when you post the obligatory #vacationlife ’Gram—Tripadvisor even called it one of the top ten beaches in the world. For an offshore experience, charter a catamaran to sail among the 181 islands that make up the territory. When you’ve finally had enough sun, tour the Crystal Caves, where white stalactites crystals dangle like chandeliers above turquoise-tinted pools.

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