Limestone cliffs, pink-sand beaches, secluded trails, epic caves, gorgeous reefs, rum traditions — Bermuda exists in the zeitgeist as a tropical haven for a reason. The island (technically, there’s 181 of them) sits directly east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, in the wild waters of the Atlantic, toying with the definition of tropical: The island has mild winters and mild summers, meaning there’s no wrong time to visit.

When you’re here, explore the 20-square-mile island as deeply as you can. Watch for herons and eagles on Cooper’s Island, dive to the site that was the inspiration for Jaws, ride a hydrobike along the beach, go spelunking — and be sure to toast it all with a glass of Goslings Black Seal Rum.