Of these four, which one does not relate to Bermuda? Pink sand beaches, Bermuda Triangle, Caribbean Island, or Bermuda shorts. If you guessed Caribbean Island, you are correct. Bermuda is a 21 square mile lovely island with an amazing 75 miles of coastline. It lies 650 miles off the coast of the Carolina’s, in the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of this Travel Specialists favorite all time destinations and I am delighted to share a bit more in hopes that you have the urge to venture there yourself someday.
Bermuda was settled back in the early 1600s when a ship from England carrying supplies to Jamestown, Virginia---was wrecked on Bermuda’s treacherous reef. It is the oldest and most populous British overseas territory and there is much to enjoy all. A few great historical sites not to miss are: Royal Naval Dockyard complex, UNESCO World Heritage Site, museums, century old churches and this country boasts the world’s highest concentration of historic forts. Due to its British beginning, you will find many business-men wearing Bermuda shorts on any given day. Another flavor of life from Britain would be pubs serving Fish N Chips.
The beauty of Bermuda is amazing. According to the locals, Bermuda’s sand has a faint rosy hue because it’s so romantic here that even the beaches blush. However, scientists say the coloring is from calcium carbonate and crushed bits of coral. Whatever the reason, the beaches are so worth experiencing. When on the island, you are never more than a mile away from a beach. The waters surrounding the island are shade of light and deep turquoise and what is below those beautiful waters can be equally enjoyable. You can snorkel, dive or even take a “walk” underwater with strange equipment that allows you to descend 10 feet under for some face time with reef and fish.
Golf anyone? Bermuda is a renowned golfing destination and the courses are as scenic as the island itself. But, don’t let their pretty appearance fool you. Many have holes by the sea or atop ocean-side bluffs, so wind and that big water hazard (aka-the Atlantic!) can play havoc with even the best players. There are nine golf courses to choose from on the island, each with distinct characteristics. For the non-golfer, ideas to spend a day away from the beach or greens are: Natural Reserves, Botanical Gardens, Bermuda Museum Aquarium & Zoo and so much more.
Because Bermuda is in the Atlantic, it’s not warm and tropical all year like many Caribbean Islands. High season is April through October, when the sun shines brightest, warm waters beckon and the island is teeming with activity. Off-season is November-March and this time of year is perfect for golf, tennis or uncrowded beaches. The pace is slower during this time as well and the hotel prices drop. Winter temperature is normally 70’s during the day, so it’s lovely year round.
You can arrive by cruise ship or by air from the states and if flying, accommodation options are plentiful. Everything from apartment rentals to all-inclusive resorts and anything in between are available. No need to rent a car as mopeds or local bus transit is the norm. I highly recommend the moped, but do keep in mind you drive on the left.
If you are interested in much more detailed information, a great website is out by the Bermuda Tourism Board: www.bermudatourism.com. 3D Cruise and Travel would love to get you there. I hope you have enjoyed this small bit of Bermuda.