Malcolm D. Griffiths 2014-04-21 23:16:33
From the moment you first view the island from the plane the impact of seeing those sparkling blue waters contrasting against the pink sandy beaches and coral reefs immediately tune your senses to what awaits. Bermuda has just two seasons: summer, from April through November, and “not so hot,” from December through March. There is no actual rainy season, and rainfall usually ranges between 45 and 50 inches a year. This lush, temperate climate sustains an interesting mix of endemic greenery, as well as a number of thriving plants that have made a home in Bermuda. Plants native to the island include Bermuda’s national flower, the beautiful Bermudiana (Sisyrinchium bermudiana). Blooming in spring, its purple flowers and yellow throat add a heady splash of colour to the island. The national tree, commonly called the Bermuda cedar (Juniperus bermudiana) is actually a juniper. The venerable Bermuda palmetto (Sabal bermudana) is an indigenous palm that grows more stately as it reaches maturity. This fan palm is easily recognised by the distinct yellow arrow-head shape between the leaf and the stem, or petiole. While those well-recognised plants are intimately intertwined with Bermuda’s identity, others have also made their indelible mark on the landscape. In early summer, the floriferous royal poinciana tree (Delonix regia) creates a striking reddishorange canopy, while the roadside oleander (Nerium oleander) hedges bloom in a predominantly pink palette — though they also come in red, white and yellow. Likewise, hibiscus flowers (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) festoon spring and summer on the island with colours ranging from vibrant reds and pinks to delicate whites. Bermuda National Gallery (BNG) City Hall & Arts Centre Church St., Hamilton Tel: 295-9428 Bermuda National Gallery East (BNG East) Bridge House, St. George’s Tel: 297-9428 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: bng.bm Why not take in some art while on island? Visit the Bermuda National Gallery in Hamilton or their new satellite location of the Bermuda National Gallery located in St. George’s. Exhibitions include historical and contemporary artwork and provide the narrative on how the visual arts have developed in Bermuda. Admission is free. The Bermuda Perfumery Stewart Hall, 5 Queen St., St. George’s Tel: 293-0627 / 800-527-8213 E-mail: email@example.com Website: lilibermuda.com The Bermuda Perfumery is an internationally recognised couture perfume house that is open to visitors. Lili Bermuda fragrances for men and women that capture the essence of Bermuda are created on property and sold in the retail store at Stewart Hall in St. George’s. The line is sold exclusively in Bermuda and makes a crowdpleasing gift for loved ones upon your return home. The store and adjacent history room are open Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in summer, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the winter. CEO Transport Limited Tel: 234-4366 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: limobermuda.com CEO Transport Limited offers a wide variety of tours with their certified tour guides. They are happy to customise tours for their guests or can do a preset tour, which you’ll enjoy as well. They can show visitors St. George’s, Bermuda’s original capital in the East End and all it has to offer, or visit Hamilton city centre, or take a trip to the West End to Royal Naval Dockyard and visit many historical buildings. Leave it to them and enjoy the ride. Dolphin Quest National Museum of Bermuda Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel: 234-4464 / 800-248-3316 E-mail: email@example.com Website: dolphinquest.com Dolphin Quest is a place where you can swim with beautiful dolphins in their oceanwater safe haven, within the old stone fortress now home to the National Museum of Bermuda, one of the world’s most extraordinary naval history museums. Feel the thrill of a lifetime as you touch, swim with and even kiss a dolphin. Enjoy a wide range of encounters for adults, children, families and groups. Dolphin Quest is open daily all year round from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reserve your encounter online or by phone. Elbow Beach Cycles Ltd. At Elbow Beach Bermuda Resort & Spa 60 South Shore Rd., Paget Tel: 296-2300 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: elbowbeachcycles.com Why follow the crowd when you can discover Bermuda’s hidden coves and dazzling pink-sand beaches for yourself? And in high style. Pick from the island’s newest and most advanced rental fleet, and then put yourself in the laid-back island mood with their industry-leading YouDrive™ tuition. For the widest choice of gas scooters, electric scooters, hybrid electric bikes and mountain bikes, and the most reassuring safety record on the island, book online or call today. Excellence Famous Homes and Hideaways Cruise Tel: 234-2193 / 238-0663 E-mail: email@example.com Website: famoushomesandhideaways.com Excellence offers the most informative and highly entertaining sightseeing cruise in Bermuda. Their tour will give you a wealth of researched historical facts, as well as lots of humorous stories about the island. Learn about Bermuda’s history and see over 50 points of interest. Cruise along the shoreline to view homes of the rich and famous, such as Michael Douglas and Catherine zeta-Jones, Eugene O’Neill and William Denslow. Cruise by the home where John Lennon spent his last summer in “paradise” in 1980. Discover tranquil hideaways only accessible by boat. Whilst on board, enjoy a Bermuda Rum Swizzle or Dark ’n’ Stormy from the cash bar. Also, an assortment of beer, soda and water are available. Hidden Gems of Bermuda Ltd. Tel: 704-0999 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: bermudahiddengems.com Come along for a fun-filled day on tour with Hidden Gems of Bermuda Ltd. Their mission is to provide an experience of a lifetime exploring Bermuda’s bestkept secrets. Travel with them to exquisite locations offering a sense of excitement for individuals with an adventurous spirit and passion for the great outdoors. They promise to take you on a journey to some of the finest places that nature has to offer, including entering into the island’s one and only jungle, exploring caves off the beaten path, interacting with tropical fish and much more. Get ready for an exclusive experience learning about Bermuda’s natural habitats and geological formations. The Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art Botanical Gardens 183 South Shore Rd., Paget Tel: 299-4000 E-mail: email@example.com Website: bermudamasterworks.com The Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art is Bermuda’s only purpose-built museum. It is home to over 1,400 works of Bermuda-inspired art by such famous names as Winslow Homer, Albert Gleizes and Georgia O’Keeffe. Local artists are also on display throughout the year. The Artists in Residence programme sees international artists offer their interpretation of island life. The gift shop sells prints and original local art. Homer’s Café serves baked goods, gluten-free goods and lunch items. Museum and café open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MV Venetian Tel: 704-3000 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: venetian.bm MV Venetian is luxuriously equipped to ensure that any event, ranging from a private social soirée to a fancy corporate affair, is a spectacular success. Lavish, wellappointed staterooms and state-of-the-art communication systems provide the perfect setting for a relaxing day cruise or an overnight voyage. The well-established catering service offers the finest cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, supported by the best crew available in Bermuda. Olde Towne Railway Train Tour 1 Kings Square, St. George’s (behind the stocks) Tel: 297-5001 E-mail: email@example.com The best way to see the old Town of St. George in 30 minutes is with the Olde Towne Railway Train Tour. Their skilled drivers and friendly staff are eager to reveal the amazing story of this English settlement in the New World. By the end of the tour, you will understand why the historic Town of St. George and related fortifications is designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO). Oleander Cycles Valley Rd., Paget • Tel: 236-2453 Gorham Rd., Hamilton • Tel: 295-0919 York St., St. George’s • Tel: 297-0478 Cockburn Rd., Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys • Tel: 234-2764 Grotto Bay Resort, Bailey’s Bay • Tel: 293-1010 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: oleandercycles.bm Bermuda’s No. 1 scooter livery offers quality scooters at competitive rates. You will receive five-star service and a safety demonstration with their friendly staff. Oleander’s reputation is the best in Bermuda and has been earned since opening in 1964. They have locations at each end of the island in Dockyard and st. George’s, plus two in the centre of the island, including Hamilton and Paget. Free delivery or transportation via their courtesy vans to and from your hotel is available no matter where you are on the island. They are open seven days a week. They accept cash; however, a major credit card is also required. The Onion Patch E-mail: email@example.com Website: theonionpatch.com Planning a Bermuda vacation and need a local’s perspective? Check out The Onion Patch, the site that brings locals and visitors together to share opinions, experiences and more. Plant your questions and watch your answers sprout! Sign up for FREE to access AppBermuda online, one of the island’s most comprehensive guides featuring all you need to know about this tropical paradise. Use their interactive maps, browse through hundreds of photos and even create your own itinerary. Go on by, even just to say hi! The World Heritage Centre Penno’s Wharf, St. George’s (next to Penno’s Cruise Ship Terminal) Tel: 297-5791 Website: stgeorgesfoundation.org At The World Heritage Centre visitors can proceed to the orientation gallery, the Gateway to Bermuda exhibit, and upstairs to more exhibits and the theatre. The centre provides a walk-through of Bermuda’s early history from the Age of Discovery to the U.S. Civil War. Interpretive panels and audios describe Bermuda before the English arrived, when New World explorers used Bermuda as a navigational marker, when mariners dubbed the island the “Isle of Devils” and when castaways explored its fruitful shores. Bermuda’s historic links to Jamestown and the first settlers are illustrated. Upstairs there’s a “time tree,” interactive touchscreens featuring World Heritage Site info, fortifications, military bases and much, much more. The centre is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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