A TREASURE TROVE OF EXPERIENCES AWAITS FOR THOSE WHO ARE EAGER TO EXPLORE. With its spectacular beaches, preserved colonial architecture and rich British and maritime heritage, Bermuda packs an impressive array of sights into its 21 square miles. And deciding how to tackle all there is to see here is likely to be your only vacation stressor. But thanks to the island’s diminutive size and convenient public transport, scooter rental and taxi services, it’s easy to buzz around Bermuda and hit many of the best-loved attractions during even a short stay. Go back in history with a walk along the cobbled streets of St. George’s, explore the walls and towers of Bermuda’s more than 90 historic forts, snorkel amongst colourful parrot fish in a quiet cove or just go for a sunset stroll along a pink-sand beach. Whether your itinerary is chock-full of activities or more relaxed and mellow, it’s all about making the most of your time in a destination that’s delightfully far from ordinary. Town Hopping Whilst there are no booming metropolises in Bermuda, the island does have three main “urban” areas worthy of a visit. Start by diving into the island’s fascinating history with a sightseeing tour of St. George’s, located on the far eastern tip of Bermuda, where a townscape of traditional merchant homes with lime-washed roofs make for postcard scenery in UNESCO-protected surrounds. St. George’s traces its roots back to 1609, when the Sea Venture wrecked just offshore, bringing the first settlers to Bermuda. St. Peter’s, Their Majesties Chappell, right near downtown’s main square, is the most important historical sight in St. George’s. The church dates to 1612 (rebuilt in 1713 after the original structure was destroyed in a hurricane) and is considered the oldest Anglican church in continual use in the Western Hemisphere. Be sure to walk through the surrounding cemetery to read interesting epitaphs on crumbling tombstones that pay homage to early settlers, then make the short walk uphill to see the Unfinished Church, a magnificent Gothic structure that was built (but never finished) in the 1870s to replace St. Peter’s Church. Just 10 miles away, Hamilton — Bermuda’s capital since 1815 and the island’s financial centre — is the place to go for shopping or café-hopping with the island’s international populace along Front Street and Reid Street. The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute in Hamilton offers a (dry!) Look under the seas, with activities and exhibits for all ages and the chance to see some fascinating artefacts recovered from Bermuda’s many shipwrecks. And you can catch a ferry from Hamilton to reach Bermuda’s far West End and Royal Naval Dockyard (aka Dockyard), where you can visit the National Museum of Bermuda, head out on a Jet Ski tour from Snorkel Park Beach or the Dockyard Watersports Centre, or indulge in some tax-free shopping at The Bermuda Craft Market, Dockyard Glassworks and Clocktower Mall. Fort Foray Before it was a vacationer’s paradise, Bermuda was a military stronghold for the British, with a coveted strategic position in the mid-Atlantic. And the island’s maritime and naval history runs deep, as evidenced by the more than 90 historic forts that dot the island. The largest fort in Bermuda is Fort St. Catherine, which dates to 1614 and is located just over the hill from St. George’s along a beautiful stretch of beach. The Sea Venture ran aground just offshore from here, and the crew first came ashore where the fort now stands. An impressive dry moat surrounds Fort St. Catherine, and the exhibits inside are well worth a peek. Also near St. George’s is Martello Tower in Ferry Point. With its unique cylindrical form, the fort dates to 1823 and is accessed by a drawbridge across a small moat. The walls, nine to 11 feet thick, are resistant to cannon fire. And on Somerset’s highest hill on Bermuda’s West End is Scaur Hill Fort and Park, built in the 19th century as a last-ditch defence for Royal Naval Dockyard. Here, you’ll get fine views of Dockyard and Great Sound in addition to the impressive limestone ramparts at Royal Naval Dockyard itself and Fort Hamilton in a pretty park setting. Watery Wonderland Remarkable pink-sand beaches and pristine coral reefs are the highlights of Bermuda, so pack your swimsuit and dive into the waters off our roughly 64 miles of coastline. For some excellent snorkelling, kick things off at Tobacco Bay Beach near St. George’s, where a calm cove is frequented by enormous rainbow-patterned parrot fish. Somerset Long Bay in Sandys Parish, with its fine white sands, is popular with picnickers and has a nice playground for kids. And also popular with families is Elbow Beach in Paget Parish, where the calm waters are sheltered by coral reefs. Bermuda’s most photographed beach and arguably the island’s most scenic one is Horseshoe Bay in Southampton Parish, which has good changing facilities and beautiful rock formations rising from sand the colour of rose Champagne. Joggers love Warwick Long Bay, a beautiful stretch of sand just east of Horseshoe Bay that sees fewer crowds. And if you’re out in Dockyard, there’s Snorkel Park Beach, a man-made crescent of sand, which even has a snorkelling path marked out in the water if you want to dive in and mingle with the fishes. Alternatively, you can stay dry with a visit to the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo (BAMZ) in Flatts Village to see more than 200 species of native fish in a 140,000-gallon tank that gives you a snapshot of a typical Bermudian coral reef, plus view over 300 birds, reptiles and mammals from oceanic islands in lush, naturalistic exhibits. BERMUDA EXPLORER Tel: 534-1797 E-mail: email@example.com Website: bermudaexplorer.com Boasting that they provide the island’s only authentically Bermudian tours, Bermuda Explorer is your No. 1 choice for everything Bermuda has to offer. Customised tours, unique local experiences and their friendly customer service will ensure your visit to their island home is the vacation that you truly desire. Have you ever taken a trip and left feeling like you didn’t get to know the local culture? Bermuda Explorer offers several authentic cultural experiences including the opportunity to meet a local host family, learn how to make local cuisine and explore all their hidden gems just like the locals do every day. Go rock fishing or cliff diving with your local host family, make Bermudian kites and get a real taste of Bermuda’s island flavour. Whether you’re on island for a day or a week, let Bermuda Explorer help you build your dream getaway. Visit bermudaexplorer.com and meet them in paradise. THE BERMUDA ISLAND PASS Somers Building, 15 Front St., 2nd Floor, Hamilton Tel: 292-4071 Website: theislandpass.com The Bermuda Island Pass is Bermuda’s premier tourism VIP card, giving you incredible deals and discounts on the island’s top attractions and dining and shopping experiences. Whether it’s an adventurous horseback ride with the family or a casual business meeting on a par 5, The Island Pass provides savings for every experience. The Bermuda Island Pass is a must-have for your Bermuda visit. One Card, One Island, Endless Possibilities. BERMUDA NATIONAL GALLERY (BNG) City Hall & Arts Centre, 17 Church St., Hamilton Tel: 295-9428 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: bng.bm Did you know that Bermuda has a vibrant art scene? Visit the Bermuda National Gallery, conveniently located in City Hall & Arts Centre in Hamilton, beside the main bus terminal and a short walk from the ferry. With a permanent collection spanning several centuries and geographical regions, guests may be pleasantly surprised. Exhibitions include historical and contemporary artwork and provide the narrative on how the visual arts have developed in Bermuda. Admission is $5 for non-members; seniors and children under 12 are free. THE BERMUDA PERFUMERY Stewart Hall, 5 Queen St., St. George’s Tel: 293-0627 / 800-527-8213 Lili Bermuda Butterfield Place, 67 Front St., Hamilton Tel: 296-2885 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, which capture the essence of Bermuda, are created on property at Stewart Hall in St. George’s and are sold in their retail stores at Stewart Hall and their new Lili Bermuda store in Hamilton. The line is sold exclusively in Bermuda and makes a crowd-pleasing gift for loved ones upon your return home. The store and adjacent history room in St. George’s are open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in summer, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the winter. Their new Lili Bermuda store in Hamilton is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. DOLPHIN QUEST National Museum of Bermuda, Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel: 234-4464 / 800-248-3316 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: dolphinquest.com Dolphin Quest is a place where you can swim with beautiful dolphins in their ocean-water 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. Elbow Beach Bermuda Resort & Spa, 60 South Shore Rd., Paget Tel: 296-2300 E-mail: email@example.com 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. 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 best-kept 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. MASTERWORKS MUSEUM OF BERMUDA ART Botanical Gardens 183 South Shore Rd., Paget Tel: 299-4000 Website: bermudamasterworks.com Masterworks is Bermuda’s only purpose-built museum and 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, and the Artists in Residence programme sees international artists offer their interpretation of island life. Children’s art classes are available, and on one Saturday of the month, Super Saturday offers free art activities to all. The museum shop sells prints and original local art, and Homer’s Café serves baked goods, gluten-free goods and lunch items. The museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with Homer’s opening daily at 9 a.m. to serve a traditional breakfast. MV VENETIAN Tel: 704-3000 E-mail: email@example.com Website: venetian.bm The MV Venetian, a 100-foot Azimut- Benetti, is specially commissioned with attention to sumptuous detail, sybaritic culinary delights and privacy that only a yacht like this can command. Four spectacular staterooms, with en-suite bathrooms to pamper you at night. Entertainment options from the large and lavish to intimate dinners. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF BERMUDA 1, The Keep, Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel: 234-1418 / 234-1333 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: nmb.bm Explore 500 years of history at the National Museum, housed within the island’s largest fort. The 15-acre property includes British military buildings of the Keep citadel and the award-winning Commissioner’s House. Inside its limestone walls, learn about Bermuda’s links with the West Indies and the Azores; trans-Atlantic slavery; and the island’s defence through two World Wars. Don’t miss artist Graham Foster’s 1,000-square-foot Hall of History mural. On the lower grounds, visit Shipwreck Island, an exhibit showcasing Spanish gold and other artefacts. Kids will love the Museum Playground, complete with a slide and 70-foot moray eel. Open April through November from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission at 4 p.m.); December through March from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last admission at 3 p.m.). Free for children under 16. OLDE TOWNE RAILWAY TRAIN TOUR 1 King’s 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 Camber 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.
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