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Picnic Perfect

Ditch your proper place settings for a little sea breeze with that sandwich.

With verdant open spaces sprinkled with shady poinciana trees, the Botanical Gardens, on Middle Road in Paget, make a peaceful inland setting for a picnic. The gardens have a few picnic tables and plenty of benches, plus spacious lawns where you can spread a blanket. Bring your own supplies, as there's no on-site café.

Clearwater Beach in St. David's is one of Bermuda's nicest picnic spots, with tables near to and on the beach. You can pick up picnic supplies at the grocery store about ¼-mile away or order lunch to go from one of St. David's casual eateries.

Just west of popular Warwick Long Bay, tiny, tranquil Jobson Cove beach is backed by the dramatic cliffs and greenery of South Shore Park. There are no tables and no snack bars, and often no people—perfect for a private picnic on the sand.

If you want a tried-and-tested picnic spot, head to John Smith's Bay in Smith's Parish. The wooden picnic tables beneath the trees make it a popular spot for locals. Get there early if you want a good spot overlooking the beach.

Adjacent to a Bermuda Audubon Society nature reserve, Somerset Long Bay Park in Sandys has a semicircular beach, fluffy spruce trees, and shallow water. It's also a terrific place for birding: it borders on an Audubon Society sanctuary. You can find tables under the trees near the beach, and a grocery store less than ½-mile away.

Updated: 2014-03-11

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