Breathtaking Bermuda

bermudaWith breathtaking pink-sand beaches, iridescent turquoise waters and friendly people, Bermuda takes some beating. Bermuda, only 7 hours from the UK, was officially the Bermudas or Somers Islands and is a British overseas territory in the North Atlantic Ocean. Located off the east coast of the United States, it’s nearest landmass is Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, about 1,030 kilometres (640 mi) to the west-northwest. It is about 1,373 kilometres (853 mi) south of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and 1,770 kilometres (1,100 mi) northeast of Miami, Florida, USA. Its capital city is Hamilton.

Bermuda may seem like one continuous landmass to visitors, but is actually made up of 181 islands, islets and rocks. Most of these are uninhabited, but eight of the larger ones are linked by bridges and one causeway that form the subtropical paradise visitors cannot resist.

Bermuda’s pink sand beaches and clear, cerulean blue ocean waters are popular with tourists and many of Bermuda’s hotels are located along the south shore of the island. In addition to its beaches, there are a number of sightseeing attractions. Historic St George’s is a designated World Heritage Site. Scuba divers can explore numerous wrecks and coral reefs in relatively shallow water (typically 30–40 ft/9–12 m in depth) with virtually unlimited visibility. Many nearby reefs are readily accessible from shore by snorkelers, especially at Church Bay.

Bermuda’s most popular visitor attraction is the Royal Naval Dockyard, which includes the Bermuda Maritime Museum. Other attractions include the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo, Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, the Botanical Gardens, lighthouses, and the Crystal Caves with its impressive stalactites and underground saltwater pools.

It is not possible to rent a car on the island; however, visitors can hire scooters for use as private transport, or use public transport.

Climate and Culture

bermuda-cruisesBermuda has a humid subtropical climate warmed by the nearby Gulf Stream, due to the westerlies, which carry warm, humid air eastwards over Bermuda, helping to keep winter temperatures above freezing.

Bermuda’s culture is a mixture of the various sources of its population; Native American, Spanish-Caribbean, Irish, and Scots cultures were evident in the 17th century, though ultimately eclipsed by the dominant Anglo Saxon culture. Today, the only language other than English that is spoken by any substantial part of the population is Portuguese.

We cannot leave Bermuda without mentioning the shorts, according to Wikipedia, “Bermuda shorts originated with the British Army for wearing in tropical and desert climates and they are still worn by the Royal Navy today.”

So, after reading this, if you haven’t yet discovered beautiful Bermuda go and see for yourself and become one of the many who return year after year to enjoy the pristine beaches, outstanding hotels, year-round sunshine and warm friendly people. At just 21 miles long and 1 mile wide, with no winter season the crystal clear azure sea reaching an inviting 29 degrees in summer, lush green parks and pastel houses the islands are well worth a visit.

And if lazy days on the beaches are not enough, Bermuda boasts a fascinating history as Britain’s oldest colony, dating back to 1612.  The island is dotted with forts & colonial buildings and still enjoys a rich heritage of customs and traditions. Bermuda also lays claim to having more golf courses per square mile than any other country.

Go on, treat yourself.