By Laurie Reich
Located some 600 miles off the coast of North Carolina, Bermuda is a British territory. With its pastel houses with white limestone roofs (used to collect rainwater), pink beaches, turquoise waters, rich history, and pubs serving it’s fabulous Goslings Black Seal Rum drinks, it’s no wonder Bermuda is a destination where tourists flock to year after year!
Bermuda is only 20.54 square miles. It has more golf courses per square mile than anywhere else in the world. Most people get around the island on mopeds since only one car is allowed per household. Mopeds are fun for tourists too, but if driving on the left side of the road is a little too scary – stick to the pink public buses that take you anywhere you want to go on the island.
The city of Hamilton is the capital. It’s Bermuda’s government and business center, full of shops, history, restaurants and parks. To the east end of the island is where you’ll find the town of St. Georges. Here is where you’ll enjoy Bermuda’s cultural and historic side. There are reenactments to be seen and some beautiful beaches to be visited near St. Georges. On the west end of Bermuda is the Royal Naval Dockyard, or King’s Wharf, as many call it. It’s where most of the cruise ships now dock. There is shopping all along the port area, as well as the Clock Tower Mall adjacent to the ships. You can sample local rum cakes, watch glass blowing art come to life, as well as snorkel at the nearby snorkel park. Just outside of the King’s Wharf area, you’ll find the world’s smallest drawbridge!
You’ll want to spend some time exploring the many beautiful beaches of Bermuda. There’s the popular Horseshoe Bay Beach, as well as many other large, small, busy, and deserted beaches as well. You can climb Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse for a stunning view of the island. You can hike the old Railway Trail to get an up close look at Bermuda’s beautiful foliage.
Keep an eye out for the millionaires – Bermuda’s homes belong to some very wealthy families. Pick out a house that you would like to dream of as YOURS! Keep an ear out for Bermuda’s tree frogs – they whistle in the evening and bring the island to life! Do try a Goslings Dark and Stormy drink or a Rum Swizzle at the Swizzle Inn!
You can visit the perfumery and see how Bermuda takes it’s beautiful flowers and turns them into scents you’re glad are bottled up and ready to take home!
But Bermuda’s beauty is not limited to what you can see above ground – there are also crystal caverns you can explore with clear pools and ancient stalactites and stalagmites. Some people even get married down there!
Bermuda is a destination that NO ONE should miss, whether it’s hopping on a 2 hour flight from the east coast, or on board a cruise ship with its course set for Bermuda! Now is the time to book for 2018, don’t miss out! Bermuda’s main tourist season is from April through November. You are going to fall in love with Bermuda and wonder why you waited so long to visit!