THERE IS SO MUCH TO SEE ON THE ISLANDS OF BERMUDA THAT YOU’LL WANT TO RETURN AGAIN AND AGAIN TO EXPLORE IT ALL. Dive into the island’s fascinating history with a sightseeing tour of St. George’s. 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 site 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 the roughly 64 miles of coastline. For some excellent snorkelling, kick things off at Tobacco Bay Beach in 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 fish. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: bermudaexplorer.com Bermuda Explorer provides visitors to the island with the unique opportunity of experiencing Bermuda the way locals do. Have you ever taken a trip to a country and left feeling like you really did not get to know the local native people and their culture? Bermuda Explorer introduces you to vetted local families that welcome you to their home where you learn their traditional ways of cooking local cuisine, and then you get to eat with the family as they tell you about their island home and heritage. Some families may even take you fishing, “Bermuda style, off de rocks,” then take you back home to cook up the fish you just caught and enjoy some Bermuda Rum Swizzle. Or maybe you prefer to have a traditional afternoon tea at a cosy Bermudian home. Tell them what sort of an experience you are looking for and they will customise it for you. This truly will be an unforgettable experience as you meet new friends and create memories of a lifetime with these friendly and hospitable locals. BERMUDA NATIONAL GALLERY (BNG) City Hall & Arts Centre 17 Church St., Hamilton Tel: 295-9428 E-mail: email@example.com Website: bng.bm Did you know that Bermuda has a vibrant art scene? Explore art everywhere; start at the Bermuda National Gallery. With a permanent collection spanning several centuries and geographical regions, you may be pleasantly surprised during your visit. Exhibitions include historical and contemporary artwork, with The Ondaatje Wing dedicated to the narrative on how the visual arts have developed in Bermuda. The Bermuda National Gallery is conveniently located in City Hall & Arts Centre in Hamilton, beside the main bus terminal and a short walk from the ferry. Admission is $5 for non-members; seniors and children under 12 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Lili Bermuda store in Hamilton is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. THE CRYSTAL CAVES OF BERMUDA 8 Crystal Cave Rd., Hamilton Parish Tel: 293-0640 E-mail: email@example.com Website: caves.bm Stunning natural beauty is on display over 140 feet below the Earth’s surface, where stalactites and stalagmites have been forming for millenia. Visitors can choose to encounter the Crystal Cave or the Fantasy Cave, or both. In the Crystal Cave, stateof- the-art lights glitter off the natural rock and visitors cross a beautiful lake via a pontoon bridge that rises and falls with the tides. Meanwhile, the Fantasy Cave shows off a completely separate display of amazing rock formations. 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. Be inspired and make a difference. Your Dolphin Quest participation supports marine mammal education, conservation and scientific study. 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: 236-1300 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: islandtourcentre.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 purposebuilt 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.?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 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with Homer’s opening Monday through Saturday at 9 a.m., and 11 a.m on Sundays. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF BERMUDA 1, The Keep, Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel: 234-1418 / 234-1333 E-mail: email@example.com 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. 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. SPIRIT OF BERMUDA Bermuda’s Iconic Sail Training Vessel Tel: 737-5667 E-mail: email@example.com Website: bermudasloop.org Facebook: bermudasloopfoundation Twitter: @SpiritofBermuda Instagram: SpiritofBermuda Spirit of Bermuda, the island’s only sail training vessel, spends two weeks on sail training voyages with local students, then a week of maintenance, then two more weeks of sail training, and so on throughout the school year. On weekends throughout the year and during maintenance weeks, Spirit is available for charters and is perfect for birthdays, family reunions, corporate events and other special occasions. Learn about Bermuda’s maritime history, their sail training programme and the island. Spirit has a capacity for 50 passengers/ guests, and food and beverage can be arranged by the charterer or can be provided by special arrangement. They offer two- or three-hour daytime or sunset sailing cruises around the Great Sound. Cruises can start from either Dockyard or Hamilton, and rates start at $3,400 for the twohour cruise, which includes the ship and crew. Spirit was voted “Best Charter Boat” in this year’s Best of Bermuda Awards. Create your own unique experience and find out for yourself how enjoyable a day or evening on the water can be! VISTA VIEW, BERMUDA LTD. Located through the gates of Snorkel Park Beach Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel: 335-0570 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: vistaviewbermuda.com Vista View, Bermuda Ltd. Is a futuristic simulated theatre and entertainment experience in Bermuda’s historic Royal Naval Dockyard. Vista View features Knobby’s Aerial Tour, which is a breathtaking virtual voyage of the island. Along with Knobby’s Aerial Tour, Vista View also offers state-of-the-art games and thrilling rides to experience. Vista View is an amusement complex that is fun for all ages, families, locals and tourists alike. Their aim is to create a one-of-a-kind experience that celebrates Bermuda’s history and culture with a little zest.
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