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11 Reasons Bermuda Is The Easy Getaway You Need In 2015

January 12, 2015 - Author: bdadmin

It was nice to see this article at the Huffington Post today!

11 Reasons Bermuda Is The Easy Getaway You Need In 2015

Bermuda Holidays from the UK.

Travel to Bermuda and see the beautiful pink beaches.

The Huffington Post | By Suzy Strutner

When the weather outside is frightful, there’s only one thing to do: escape to an exotic isle. (Well, first you should make a melty skillet cookie. But then it’s time for a exotic isle.)

And while you’d think prices would be painfully high for an island vacation, the truth is they are not… if that island is Bermuda, at least. Just a hop, skip and puddle jump from the East Coast, this beautiful, 24-mile paradise in the Atlantic offers delicious food, postcard-worthy beaches and friendly locals.

In short, it’s the greatest escape we can possibly think of at a time like this. Here are a few reasons to put Bermuda on your winter to-do list.

1. It’s easy to get to, and decently cheap.
That’s right: After about a 120-minute flight from the East Coast, the view out your plane window goes from gray and dreary to festive pops of blue water, green trees and pink-and-yellow Bermudian beach houses. Never has there been an easier commute to paradise. (Flight prices are generally reasonable in wintertime, too.)

Travel from Britain to Bermuda.

Travel to Bermuda from the United Kingdom.

2. The beaches are utterly pristine.
The water is warm and turquoise blue, everything you’ve wanted in a beachy destination. Bermuda is famous for its assortment of hidden coves and islets.

3. Fish chowder is the yummiest winter meal… even if you’re eating it in total sunshine. This is not your grandma’s clam chowder — it’s something you’ll have to go only to Bermuda to taste. With fresh fish, Worcestershire sauce and a rum kick, it’s a yummy (if unexpected) winter meal.

4. You can trek, spa and swim to your heart’s content.
Whether a walk around the island, a hot stone massage at one of plentiful spas, a game of tennis or simply a swim, there’s plenty to do on this island of happiness.

5. Flanagan’s Irish Pub is a little slice of the U.K., without trekking to the U.K.
This Irish bar on busy Front Street has beers on tap, live music and a clientele that loves cricket matches. It’s everything you need to remember you’re in a British overseas territory.

Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity (Church Of England) Hamilton, Bermuda.

Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity (Church Of England) Hamilton, Bermuda.

6. Bermuda is home to some of the best island golf.
Golfweek has consistently named The Mid Ocean Club as one of the top golf courses in Mexico and the Caribbean. (We know, we know: Bermuda is not technically part of the Caribbean, but many choose to ignore this.) Port Royal and Rosewood Tucker’s Point also have excellent holes, with views of the Atlantic Ocean to boot.

7. Oh, and it’s also home to some of the world’s best alcohol.
Gosling’s Black Seal rum is the prized ingredient in both Rum Swizzle (a local specialty) and the Dark ‘n’ Stormy (an internationally famous cocktail in its own right, which got its start in Bermuda). Bacardi is headquartered here, too, so you know the drinks are always prime.

8. Bermudians are some of the nicest islanders out there.
Visitors hail Bermuda as one of the friendliest places in the Caribbean (again, we are aware that it’s not technically in the Caribbean). Controversy or not, it seems like everyone is always smiling here — especially during their many island parades.

Gosling's Black Seal Rum from Bermuda. Main ingredient in Dark & Stormy and Black & Coke.

Gosling’s Black Seal Rum from Bermuda. Main ingredient in Dark & Stormy and Black & Coke.

9. They also have a secret way of gambling, and it’s totally addictive.
Historically, gambling is not allowed in Bermuda (though that may change soon), but it doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to make some side cash. Try a round of Crown and Anchor, a dice game played during the annual cricket tournament called Cup Match.

10. The hotels are all top-notch.
From beach clubs to hotels to inns, there are options both right on the sand and a “stone’s throw” away, with ocean views. They’re all utterly beautiful — especially The Reefs, ranked one of the world’s top hotels.

11. And what’s better than pink sand during a white winter?
Crushed coral and shells give the sand on Bermuda beaches an impressively pink color… which totally beats sludgy gray snow any day!

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Bermuda’s Beaches are Safe for Cruise Passengers

April 25, 2014 - Author: bdadmin
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22 April, 2014

Bermuda’s Beaches are Safe for Cruise Passengers Despite Advisory


(11:30 a.m. EDT) — Bermuda’s beaches are safe for swimming, according to a statement from the Bermuda Tourism Authority. An advisory, issued by the U.S. Consulate in Bermuda on April 15, has raised concerns about potential beach contamination by sewage in Hamilton, fairly close to where cruise ships dock in King’s Wharf.

The advisory says “ongoing discharge of raw sewage off Bermuda’s south coast causes intermittent contamination of the waters along the island’s south shore beaches, creating a public health hazard.” However, the study that found these issues was conducted in early 2013, and the conditions that cause them — strong winds and waves in a south-southeasterly direction — are highly specific.

It goes on to mention that risks to swimmers include gastroenteritis, ear infections, respiratory illnesses, staph infections, Hepatitis A, eye infections, and typhoid, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control currently has no travel notices on its site related to Bermuda.

South shore beach, John Smith's Bay - sometimes affected...

South shore beach, John Smith’s Bay – sometimes affected…

“No cruise calls have been impacted, there have been no reported illnesses and, in fact, there have been no beach closures caused by the issue,” reports Terence Gallagher, executive vice president of Lou Hammond & Associates, which oversees public relations for the Bermuda Tourism Authority.

In its statement, the tourism authority points out that the Bermuda Department of Health tests water samples from its beaches on a weekly basis, and the results continue to meet U.S. standards for swimming.

Although contamination is possible with the right combination of infrequent weather patterns, the tourism authority says conditions improve on their own within hours as soon as the weather changes.

“In the meantime, the Bermuda government is working diligently on long-term solutions to ensure the issue is fully rectified,” the statement says.

Cruise lines with upcoming calls on King’s Wharf include Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Princess and Norwegian. None has yet made changes to itineraries as a result of the advisory.

–By Ashley Kosciolek, Copy and Ports Editor

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