Mark Twain the American author once famously declared that he would bypass the eternal pleasures of heaven for a stay in Bermuda. The island’s beauty has long been recognised: it was protected by the world’s first environmental laws in the 17th century. Today Bermuda continues to enchant visitorsand many millionaires make it their second home.
The island is fringed by clear waters that contain coral gardens and shipwrecks harbouring tropical fish: it’s perfect for snorkelling and diving as well as enjoying other watersports too. Yet it’s not all about getting wet: numerous golf courses stud the island fascinating colonial towns contain museums pretty pastel houses provide a splash of local colour historic forts pepper the landscape hiking trails lead you off into the lush interior and fine dining options welcome you back again to your resort. Welcome to Bermuda!
Areas & Neighbourhoods in Bermuda
Bermuda actually consists of about 138 islands and islets that are connected together by road bridges. Yet it is referred to simply as ‘the island’ and covers just 21-square miles.
Hamilton – The capital and only city of Bermuda offers attractions such as the best shopping on the island an aquarium zoo many fine museums and the Crystal Caves. The Royal Navy Dockyards boast several interesting places to explore and in the summer months Victoria Park’s bandstand springs to life with daily concerts.
St. George – The historic capital is the oldest surviving British New World town that is so well preserved it has been made a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Southampton Parish – On the south of the island you will find the best beaches all calm waters and pink sand. Of particular note is Horseshoe Bay Beach whose rose-coloured sands are fringed by rocky areas that are perfect for snorkelling and also offer impressive sea caves and tunnels.
Warwick Parish – For golf courses horseback riding opportunities and romantic strolls along the stunning cliffs it is hard to beat Warwick Parish.
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The pink sand beaches and huge rubber trees that so entranced Mark Twain continue to beguile visitors but a snorkelling boat trip or a scuba dive can reveal the many more pleasures that await beneath the surface. There are many historic shipwrecks lying submerged that today provide artificial reefs for the abundant marine life. At the Royal Navy Dockyard you can imagine you still hear the echoes of the lash but St. George paints a prettier picture with its pastel houses resolute churches and winding lanes.
Things to Do in Bermuda
Shop till you drop in Hamilton and then revive yourself at the concerts in its Victoria Park. Take a boat out to watch the whales beyond the reefs of South Shore during March and April surfacing in the distance but make sure you don’t drift too close to the Bermuda Triangle! Take in a round of golf or take off on a walk around the Bermuda Railway Trail for spectacular views and the chance to encounter the historic forts. Most of all though relax in a spa chill on the beach and then dine heartily in the excellent restaurants that span international cuisine and local fare such as codfish breakfast fish chowder seasoned with sherry pepper sauce and dark rum shark hash or sweet potato pudding.