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8 Reasons to head to Bermuda this year

January 19, 2016 - Author: bdadmin

There’s lots more to Bermuda than a Triangle and shorts: Eight fantastic (and terrifying) reasons to head for the Atlantic island

St David's Lighthouse from Cooper's Island Long Bay

St David’s Lighthouse from Cooper’s Island Long Bay

  • Though many think it’s in the Caribbean, it’s actually near North Carolina
  • Bermuda is perhaps best known for its Triangle and shorts with suit jacket
  • However, there are plenty of adventures on offer on the small island nation

By George Glover For The Mail

Name an island in the Caribbean that begins with a ‘B’: Barbados or Barbuda… or what about Bermuda?

Bermuda begins with a ‘B’ and it really sounds as if it should be in the Caribbean (British heritage, palm trees, white beaches, warm blue waters) but it’s actually in the Atlantic some 600 miles to the east of North Carolina and offering a holiday experience in many ways quite different to the Caribbean.

It may be better known for its Triangle and its shorts (shorts with long socks and a suit jacket and tie – really?). However, Bermuda deserves to be more famous as a sweetly seductive travel destination.

One of the distinctive things about Bermuda is that while other Commonwealth nations were quick to separate themselves from British rule, Bermuda has been happy to stay more closely linked to the UK.

Nola shipwreck in Bermuda is on TV in UK.

The boiler of the 1863 Montana. *Photo supplied

Prior to its settlement by the British in 1609, Bermuda was unoccupied. The island has the honour of being the oldest and most populous remaining British Overseas Territory.

Its first capital, St George’s, was established in 1612 and is the oldest continuously inhabited English town in the Americas.

Here are eight great reasons to enjoy Bermuda…

1. Snorkelling

With waters clear down to a depth of 150ft, all you need is a mask, fins and snorkel for an amazing exploration of the undersea world. And what a colourful world it is. Discover coral-crusted shipwrecks from more than five centuries of nautical history and swim around the Atlantic’s largest and most beautiful coral reefs.

2. Whale watching

In March and April, Bermuda’s wild beauty comes to life when whales make their annual visit. Witness the migration parade of the humpback and other species. With the clear blue waters of the Sargasso Sea to the east, and the warm currents of the Gulf Stream just to the west, Bermuda is perfectly situated along the migration routes of whales as they travel to their northern feeding grounds each spring.

3. The Old Railway Trail

This provides the perfect route for exploring Bermuda. Converted into walking and cycling pathways the length of the island, the trail connects colourful villages, hidden coves, spectacular bluffs and historical sites as it crosses bridges and meanders through lush greenery. Walk the trail or cycle – bike hire (suitable for those over 12) is from £19pp per day.

Incidentally, bicycles, taxis, buses, scooters and ferries are the most common modes of transportation on the island. There are no rental cars available for visitors due to strict environmental laws.

4. Exciting excursions

Newport Bermuda 2014 Race.

2014 Newport/Bermuda race information for captains, crew and fans.

A range of new Bermuda experiences allow visitors to taste genuine island life with local people. For example, enjoy a Family Dining Experience where you spend an evening with a local family in their home, learning to prepare and cook traditional Bermudian dishes such as fish chowder, BBQ chicken or grilled red snapper. From £90.

5. Enjoy Bermuda and New York

Virgin Holidays is offering a flexible, two-centre holiday option for UK travellers, pairing Bermuda with a city break in New York, which is a two-hour flight from the island. The package is available all year and can include any combination of nights.

Fly from Heathrow this month and stay for two nights at the Martha Washington Hotel in New York, followed by five nights at the Grotto Bay Hotel, Bermuda, from £1,175pp. Based on two people on a room only basis.

6. Learn To Sail Programme

Bermuda is the home of the 35th America’s Cup next year, and the Bermuda Tourism Authority will be launching a new Learn To Sail Programme in association with the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club during the build-up to the big event.

7. Cliff diving

Thrill-seekers cannot resist taking a jump off Bermuda’s limestone cliffs into the sparkling waters below – and rockclimbers love it as well. To get to many of the best cliff-diving spots, you have to scale the cliff first – be very careful up there!

John Smith's Bay Beach - South Shore Bermuda

John Smith’s Bay Beach – South Shore Bermuda

8. Eco adventures

Learn about Bermuda’s volcanic origins, shipwrecks and the mysteries of the ‘Triangle’ at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, the science and marine history museum. Entrance is £9 for adults, £5 for children. Visit Find out more about the island’s environmental conservation at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo, which has recently been renovated and is set in picturesque gardens. Entrance is £10 for adults, £3 for children. Go to


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Bermuda tops Nat Geo list of best trips

January 12, 2016 - Author: bdadmin

National Geographic Traveler presents the New Year’s must-see places. Whether it’s Botswana’s Okavango Delta or Brazil’s beaches, these 20 go-now destinations will get you packing.

Because Life Is Shorts

Warwick Long Bay Beach

Warwick Long Bay Beach

“I love you! God loves you!” repeats Johnny Barnes, a 92-year-old Bermudian who waves at passing scooters and cars each weekday morning at a roundabout in Bermuda’s capital of Hamilton.

“We may seem very proper,” says taxi driver Larry Rogers, “but we are also an eccentric island.” Indeed, scratch the immaculately gardened surface of this British overseas territory, and you’ll find a place brimming with personality. Every year, participants in the Non-Mariners’ Race vie to construct the shoddiest vessels to see who sinks fastest; descendants of Native Americans proudly hold powwows; and policemen and businessmen insist on wearing knee-high socks with their shorts, no matter what the rest of the world may think.

You can beat the crowd headed to Bermuda for 2017’s America’s Cup by going now, and don’t forget to say hello to Johnny. —Chaney Kwak

Travel Tips

When to Go: March and April for whale-watching; May through September for beaches and festivals; November through April for lower rates and fewer tourists (April through November is peak cruise ship season)

How to Get Around: Ride the pink and blue Bermuda Breeze buses and the public SeaExpress ferries. Tourists can’t rent cars, but motorized scooters and hybrid electric bikes or mountain bikes are available.

Where to Stay: Cambridge Beaches Resort and Spa is Bermuda’s first and most famous cottage colony. Founded in 1923, the resort has four private pink-sand beaches and 87 luxurious rooms and suites in its classic pink cottages (including a restored 17th-century sea captain’s home). Guests ages 13 and up are welcome.

John Smith's Bay Beach - South Shore Bermuda

John Smith’s Bay Beach – South Shore Bermuda

What to Eat or Drink: Spiny lobster season (September through March) is Bermuda’s culinary equivalent to Christmas morning. In season, try the clawless (the meat is in the tail) spiny lobster either stuffed or served in creamy tomato sauce at Wahoo’s Bistro and Patio in St. George’s. The rest of the year, order the signature wahoo (mild white fish) grilled, beer-battered, on salads, or in tacos and chowder.

What to Buy: Island-made products and crafts—pepper jams, hand-turned cedar bowls and candlesticks—and Bermuda rum cakes are sold in the shops at Clocktower Mall, located in the Royal Naval Dockyard.

What to Watch Before You Go: Based on the best-selling novel by Peter Benchley, the 1977 underwater thriller The Deep (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2003) is set in Bermuda and includes several scenes shot on the island.

Cultural Tip: The unwritten island dress code is a more formal take on casual (e.g., no swim attire beyond the pool or beach and collared shirts instead of T-shirts). When in doubt, wear a pair of TABS (The Authentic Bermuda Shorts).

Fun Fact: Submerged off the coast of Bermuda are over 300 shipwrecks, including a Confederate blockade-runner. The side-paddle-wheel steamer was built in England and smuggled guns and other supplies into Wilmington, North Carolina. In 1864, she hit a reef and sank near the island’s south shore. Today, divers who visit the site can see the steamer’s two paddle wheels: one standing upright and the other lying on the ocean floor.


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