Written by Molly Brunette.
Known for its pink sand beaches, turquoise water and lovely pastel buildings, Bermuda is paradise just waiting to be discovered. Mark Twain once said Bermuda was “the right country for a jaded man to loaf in”. Beautiful Bermuda island is actually a series of islands connected by bridges and is located 650 miles off the coast of North Carolina. My husband and I visited Bermuda on our anniversary and immediately put it on our list favorite destinations.
To sit and relax on one of Bermuda’s numerous beaches tempted us, but there are so many things to see and do that makes sitting still difficult. For sports lovers, there are world class gold courses, more than 100 tennis courts and of course water activities such as snorkeling, wind surfing, scuba diving, water skiing and cave exploration. There is also horseback riding, parasailing and cycling – the choices are endless.
Transportation in Bermuda is simple and convenient. A rental car however, is not an option as only residents of Bermuda are permitted to drive automobiles. Tourists in Bermuda can take taxis, the pink public buses or – our personal favorite – rent a moped. Personalized tours are abundant, such as Horse and Carriage Tours or a Taxi Tour where your driver will share the history, legends and lore of Bermuda.
Shopping in Bermuda is a real treat. There are many upscale boutiques in Hamilton, Bermuda’s capital, featuring fine quality imported clothing, china, crystal and perfumes. Bermuda is an active trade partner with Great Britain, France and Italy. Its international flair is reflected in both its tourist population and the wares it imports. Part of the grand scheme to fortify Bermuda as the “Gibraltar of the West” was the building of the Royal Naval Dockyard that began in 1809. Today the meticulously restored Dockyard is an entertainment and shopping complex with restaurants, craft markets and art centers.
Travelers to Bermuda are drawn by the semitropical climate. At its warmest in May through November, the average high is in the low 80’s. The winter months are perfect for golf with the daytime high averaging in the high 60’s to low 70’s. Many visitors find November through March the most appealing season of all. In summary, Bermuda is a destination that just should not be missed!