There is so much to see on the islands of Bermuda that you’ll want to return again and again to explore it all. Whether you’ve arrived by air or ship, by now you have seen enough of Bermuda’s astounding beauty to be intrigued. This is no ordinary island; it is pure oceanic wonder: 21 square miles of mid-Atlantic paradise tightly packed with more history, culture and character than you can imagine. Though Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory and primarily English in its traditions, you’ll find an amalgamation of cultural influences, which can be traced to the island’s multinational past. Communities here date back to the 17th century, with many original buildings still intact and in use. Though Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory and primarily English in its traditions, you’ll find an amalgamation of cultural influences here, which can be traced to the island’s multinational past. Portuguese ties run deep because of the nearest island group, the Azores. And Bermuda’s proximity to the United States gives it that New World flavour in spite of its unbroken ties to the crown. In addition to the people of Bermuda, the territory itself will fascinate you. There’s no better way to see the island than to rent a bicycle or scooter and explore on your own. You’ll find a well-marked network of roads and trails traversing through valleys, hills and channels, providing magnificent views of rosy beaches, enigmatic bluffs and protected nature reserves. If you still crave more incredible sights after exploring the lay of the land, take your adventure below ground and delve into the depths of an underground cavern complex.Or explore the ocean surrounding the islands!Glass-bottom boat tours are perfect for observing marine life, and a whale-watching trip will get you up close with the gentle humpback whales that migrate through these waters. You can also stroll along the sea floor with a helmet diving tour and actually pet the fish that thrive in the reefs. Timeless Marvels Part of the fun of exploring a new setting Is discovering its past. Both Bermuda’s natural formations and historic buildings provide a unique peek into the lives of the people who made these islands what they are today. Devil’s Hole was Bermuda’s first bonafide tourist attraction. As the water rises and falls, eerie noises that emanate from the sinkhole near Harrington Sound spooked 19th-century tourists, who went away imagining they had heard the moans of Satan. Speaking of which, in the 17th and 18th century the devil seemed to be as busy in Bermuda as in the rest of the English colonies, as witchcraft mania swept across the islands. When you visit St. George, stop by the Old State House, where Gov. Josias Foster condemned Jeane Gardiner for blinding a woman using the dark arts. Gardiner was “thrown twice in the sea... She did swim like a cork and could not sink,” according to reports, but ultimately she was drowned.Other witches were burned at the stake on Gibbet Island, near Flatts Village. Almost any cottage or house in Bermuda that dates back more than 100 years can harbour a (friendly) ghost. Several have a literary bent. Noel Coward reportedly wrote his famed play Blithe Spirit based on his Bermuda encounters with a beautiful French ghost. Playwright Eugene O’Neill also reported “unusual events” whilst living in Spithead, a lovely old house built by 18th-century privateer Hezekiah Frith on Harbour Road in Warwick. In St. George, For generations the sea has sustained us by its bounty, enchanted us by its beauty, punished us by its fury and fascinated us by its enduring mysteries.It has played a vital role in Bermuda’s history, and will play an even greater role in our future. The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI) emphasises our maritime heritage through the investigation of shipwrecks.Especially interesting is the connection the infamous Titanic had with Bermuda through another shipwreck, the Caraquet. The Caraquet, an English passenger steamer bound from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Bermuda and the West Indies, sank north of Bermuda on June 25, 1923.It had the same deck windows and bench ends as the Titanic, and was built in the same shipyard. In addition, Bermuda is where Vincent Astor, son of John Jacob Astor IV (who died on the Titanic), built and owned Astor Hall on Ferry Reach. Besides the Titanic connection, BUEI looks at how shipwrecks have afforded Bermudians the opportunity to better their lives with salvaged goods, a tradition dating back to the islands’ original settlers. Regardless of their station in life, most colonists were involved with wrecking — even the governor. In 1619, The Bermuda Company sent Gov. Nathaniel Butler on the barque Warwick to Bermuda, and it wrecked in Castle Harbour. One of Butler’s first acts as governor was to build two cedar boats and search for Spanish shipwrecks. In 1621, he salvaged the San Antonio, which had been sailing from Havana with a Spanish treasure fleet. Butler’s notes do not mention treasure recovery, but for 10 days he and his crew weighed several cannons and miscellaneous cargo. BUEI exhibits artefacts found on the Warwick and the San Antonio. Salvaging remained important well into World War II. When the Spanish steamer Cristobal Colon sank on the northeast breakers in 1936, for example, much-needed metals from portholes, deck windows and engine room fittings were salvaged. Many artefacts from the past are still used today in Bermudian homes, from furniture to serving pieces, silverware and glassware.You can also see many of these items at BUEI, including treasure. (292-7219, buei.org) The Old Rectory welcomes a musical spirit rumoured to play an invisible harpsichord. In Camden, the official residence of Bermuda’s premier is where some have spotted the ethereal former wife of a government official strolling the grounds on moonless nights.Built around 1710 and especially interesting to students of American Colonial history, 301-year-old Verdmont has had plenty of time to collect ghosts. An exemplar of Georgian architecture still in pristine condition, it was used as a private residence until opening as a National Trust museum in1956. Virtually no structural changes were ever made. The former owners never even added electricity or plumbing. The house is renowned for its wonderful collection of antiques, including the pint-size furnishings and period toys that fill its upstairs nursery.An early 19th-century piano was imported from England, but many pieces are made of local cedar crafted by Bermudians. A fine china coffee service on display was supposed to be a gift from Emperor Napoleon to U.S. President James Madison, but was seized by a privateer and brought to Bermuda. Devonshire Parish offers views deep into Bermudian history. On Middle Road, Look for Old Devonshire Church. Its present foundation was laid in 1716, and its first incarnation dates back to 1624.An explosion on Easter 1970 destroyed the tiny building, but it was reconstructed and now serves as a national icon. Also worth a look is Palmetto House, one of the few remaining examples of an early 18th-century cruciform home. Don’t miss the Bermuda Railway Museum, in Hamilton Parish, with a nice collection of maps, photographs and memorabilia. It occupies a Bermuda Railroad station from the early 20th century, when trains rumbled through the landscape. Sometimes called Old Rattle and Shake, the local train service only ran from 1931 to 1948. What’s left of the line is now the Bermuda Railway Trail, a walking trail and bridle path divided into seven sections that each take a few hours to walk. Along the way, hikers enjoy the native flora, scenic views and warming sun. In Paget Parish, Waterville, now headquarters of the Bermuda National Trust, dates to 1725. It was home for the Triminghams, whose descendants operated the biggest department stores in Bermuda for more than Whales in the Wild If you are in Bermuda in March and April, your chances of seeing a humpback whale are excellent. Take a cruise along the south shore with Capt. Mike “Moby Dick” Heslop, who seems to know exactly when and where the whales will breach on their migration north past Bermuda. The baleen humpback whales typically travel up to 16,000 miles, making it one of the longest migrations of any mammal.These giant creatures reach lengths of about 40–50 feet and weigh about a ton per foot.Humpback calves are born about 12–16 feet long, weigh up to 3,000 pounds and have a diet of 120 gallons of milk a day. “The whales seem to stay all year-round now, though March and April is when you will see the majority of them,” says Kenny Dallas, owner of Fantasea Bermuda, which has three boats that go out every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. “We’re seeing more whales, sometimes as close as 5 feet from the boat.” The boats all are over 50 feet but have a limited capacity of 30 people. Passengers can stand on the top deck and see whales in clear water 100 feet down.You can take photos of the whales slapping their tails, and if you’re lucky, see them breach and blow a double stream of spray that rises up to 13 feet above the water. A humpback usually blows three or four times before diving and stays down for 10 to 15 minutes. One of the Fantasea boats, Looking Glass, has a reinforced- glass bottom so you can see the whales underwater. “The whales are quite a sight,” says Dallas.It affects people emotionally. It’s something you will always remember.” Reservations are strongly recommended during March and April.Visit fantasea.bm to book your next whalewatching tour. 150 years. Waterville’s drawing and dining rooms are full of antiques, china and art.Gracing the well-tended grounds is a lovely Victorian rose garden. Walking tours through the grounds and to Paget Marsh preserve offer information about traditional gardens and unusual plants. For a primer on Bermuda’s 400-plus years of history, stop at the Bermuda Historical Society Museum, on Queen Street in Hamilton, to see artefacts from the life of Admiral Sir George Somers, who led the settlers. The museum also houses an impressive collection of antique Bermudian silver and cedar furniture.Whilst on Queen Street, pop in at the Perot Post Office, headquarters of 19th-century Postmaster William B. Perot, who produced the first Bermudian postage stamp. Only 11 of these “Perot Provisional” stamps are known to exist, and each is worth more than $100,000. Sessions House, an 1815 Georgian-era building with a striking clock tower, is where The House of Assembly and Supreme Court meet. Visit the Parliament Street landmark Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 2 to 5 p.m. In the downstairs court, Bermudian judges still wear wigs and red robes, carrying on a tradition that dates to the 17th century. In Sandys Parish, Scaur Hill Fort and Park affords visitors majestic views of Great Sound and Ely’s Harbour. The British Army built the fort from the 1860s to the 1880s to protect against feared American attacks.The park is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Designed in London and opened in 1846, the cast-iron Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse — 117 feet tall and 362 feet above sea level — still towers over Southampton Parish. The modern 1,000-watt lamp can be seen 40 miles out and by planes 10,000 feet above. The 185 stairs to the top are challenging, but the panoramic views of Bermuda are well worth the effort. After the American Revolution, Royal Naval Dockyard became the headquarters of the British Navy in the western North Atlantic.It now houses shops, cafés, recreation, attractions and the National Museum of Bermuda, located within Bermuda’s largest fort, The Keep. Open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., this museum is home to the most extensive collection of maritime and other artefacts. A walk along the ramparts also offers panoramic views of the ocean and coastline. For visitors interested in military history, there are three can’tmiss structures on Bermuda in addition to the National Museum: Fort St. Catherine, which includes a museum and towers over the beach where the Sea Venture survivors washed ashore in 1609; Fort Hamilton, a 19th-century fort offering great views of Hamilton and its harbour; and The Keep, the largest fort in Bermuda, at Royal Naval Dockyard. Cultural Melting Pot Over the centuries, Bermuda has been at a crossroads of culture, amassing a large collection of music, art and literature, with elements from Great Britain, Africa and the Americas. The Bermuda National Gallery, located in the City Hall and Arts Centre in Hamilton, provides ample evidence of the islands’ multicultural history with both temporary and permanent art exhibits.The gallery believes art is for everyone, so admission is free. Join free tours each Thursday at 10 a.m. Call to confirm. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed on public holidays. The Masterworks Foundation and Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art concentrate on Bermuda-inspired works. Besides Winslow Homer and Georgia O’Keeffe, visiting artists have included Marsden Hartley, Albert Gleizes and Charles Demuth, whose works are amongst 1,200 in the museum’s growing collection. An artist-in-residence programme spotlights visiting artists through exhibitions and selling shows, and there’s a new Homer Café on-site where visitors can enjoy a cup of tea or a sandwich. Learn more about Bermudian art, culture and history by perusing the shelves of the Bermuda National Library in Hamilton.Amongst its collections are rare books and current periodicals from Bermuda and abroad. Natural Highs For nature lovers, Bermuda has preserved several beaches, bays, ponds, parks, gardens, caves, forts, lighthouses, scenic overlooks, and hiking trails. The Bermuda Railway only operated in the 1930s and 1940s, but it left a fabulous recreational resource, the Bermuda Railway Trail.Reopened in 1984 as a scenic pathway for walking and riding, the trail offers spectacular views, stunning seascapes, lush gardens and exotic flora. Quiet stretches amble through nearly every parish, but the best parts are from Paget west. Points of interest along the way include historic Fort Scaur, in Sandys. Sign up for a walking tour, or catch a bicycle tour to cover more territory, and get some colour commentary along with the beautiful scenery. If you enjoy hiking, check out the four-mile walking trail from Dockyard to Somerset. The path crosses Gilbert Nature Reserve and passes the Royal Naval Cemetery, which dates to the 19th century.The hike allows ample opportunities to take dips in the ocean along the way and enjoy fabulous views of Great Sound. A way to commune with nature whilst learning some history, flora and fauna is on walking tours. Join locals for an informal six- or seven-mile walk on a Sunday morning with the Walking Club of Bermuda. Though its primary purpose is exercise, members of the club can range from insurance executives to directors of art galleries. In other words, you’ll be in good company with locals who’ll surely impart a thing or two about the island.Bring your water bottle, sunscreen and walking shoes. Find a schedule at walk.free.bm To see Bermuda as the early settlers did, pay a visit to Paget Marsh. The 25-acre preserve is a palmetto and cedar forest with distinctive mangroves. An elevated wooden boardwalk takes you past the pond and its peat marsh. It also gives you an opportunity to see a wide array of wildlife and birds. The Botanical Gardens, in Paget Parish, are simply magnificent. Species range from lush, subtropical foliage and ferns to cacti.Established in 1898 at Camden House, the garden is open without charge from dawn to dusk. Orchid lovers should take time to explore Firefly Nature Reserve and Freer Cox Memorial Reserve, in Devonshire, home to many animal species as well. Blue Hole Park, part of Hamilton Parish’s Walsingham Nature Reserve, is known for its palm groves and a veritable carpet of elephant ears. Like the humans, many species of birds Islands of Bermuda Although many people assume that Bermuda is one island, it is actually an archipelago.Six main islands joined by bridges compose most of the territory, of which the aptly named Bermuda is the largest. But there are approximately 138 islands in total, ranging from islets to minute rock formations. Below are some details of the six main islands of Bermuda. Boaz Island. Located toward the west in Sandys Parish, it formerly housed the Royal Naval Air Station during World War II Ireland Island. This is the West End of Bermuda, in Sandys Parish, where Royal Naval Dockyard, its two cruise terminals and Clocktower Mall are located. Somerset Island. Also toward the west of Bermuda in Sandys Parish, this island is home to Somerset Village and is connected to the main island via the Somerset Bridge — the smallest working drawbridge in the world. Main Island of Bermuda. About 14 miles long, this is where the majority of the population resides. It was named after the first European to discover the islands, Juan debermudez. St. David’s Island. The easternmost island in the chain, this mostly suburban outpost was historically isolated from the rest of Bermuda. As such, its residents, mainly descendants of American Indian indentured servants and slaves, have a unique culture and a distinct accent. St. George’s Island. The first island settled by the English, and home to the historic Town of St. George. Migrate from North America to spend their winters in Bermuda, so birdwatchers flock to Spittal Pond Nature Reserve, on the south coast of Smith’s Parish. The 34-acre reserve features trails and footpaths through wetlands and along the south shore. The woodland habitat hosts a great variety of resident, migratory and rare birds. It is also where you find the oldest evidence of human activity on the island. Along the coastal path, look for Portuguese Rock.Carved on it are the initials “RP” and the date “1543,” believed to be carved by a Portuguese sailor who had wrecked on the reefs 66 years before the first English settlers. While the herons and egrets are roosting at Spittal, the great blue herons are found along Great Sound. Pied-billed grebes settle around many ponds, and double-crested cormorants fish the inshore waters. The National Audubon Society of the United States has held a Christmas Bird Count for over 100 years, and the Bermuda Audubon Society has taken part since 1974, averaging 90 species per count, totalling 200. Grab the binoculars and look up. Learn about the local wildlife by visiting the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo (BAMZ) located at 40 North Shore Road in Flatts Village. It is one of the oldest continuously operating aquariums in the New World, exhibiting native fish, local reptiles, pink flamingos and a giant replica of a living coral reef. Get a glimpse of the deep oceans at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, on the harbour east of Hamilton.Sophisticated multimedia demonstrations teach about hereto foreunknown creatures. “The more information visitors have about the ocean environment, the more we are able to protect it,” says Director Wendy Tucker, daughter of famed undersea archaeologist Teddy Tucker. Go ahead and pet the friendly fish and explore other magnificent sea life at Hartley’s Under Sea Adventures. Fun for the entire family, the shallow-water helmet diving is the safest undersea adventure yet devised, but everyone — even certified divers — finds the experience exhilarating. Need a break from the sun? Then go underground. The limestone that capped the islands’ volcanic origins left them crisscrossed with caves and caverns. Each of the 150 caves found under the islands has its own impressive display of stalactite and stalagmite formations. Two great places to learn about underground Bermuda are Crystal Caves and Fantasy Caves, at Bailey’s Bay in Hamilton Parish. Crystal Caves opened in 1908 after two children stumbled upon the cave system looking for a cricket ball. In Fantasy Cave, startling white crystal formations are viewed from a walkway floating above underground lakes. Other caves accessible to the public are Prospero’s Cave and Cathedral Cave, beneath Grotto Bay Beach Resort in Hamilton Parish. Regular “cave crawls” take place for interested guests. Prospero’s beautiful underground lake alone is worth the visit. Walk on the Wild Side Beyond Bermuda’s turquoise waters and pink beaches are hidden trails and treasures that will awaken your senses and imprint forever on your soul. Hog Bay Park Despite being one of the Bermuda’s largest nature reserves, this little-frequented park in Sandys Parish presents an uncommon opportunity for solitude in a spectacular setting. Its underdeveloped nature and mix of habitats attract many bird species, including warblers, birds of prey and shorebirds. Hikers will pass through swatches of farmland before reaching the wooded hillside where, among maturing trees and shrubs, sit the silver trunks of old Bermuda Cedars killed by an insect epidemic.Down the path toward the west is a breathtaking view of the ocean. Close to shore, young sea turtles and queen conchs graze on lush seagrass beds, and colourful fish find refuge in rocky outcrops. It’s a great place to snorkel. During low tide, a secluded beach hugs the coast for a just few hours until it disappears again. Alfred Blackburn Smith Nature Reserve This eight-acre gem in Paget boasts one of Bermuda’s last undeveloped hillsides. Managed by the Bermuda Audubon Society, it supports unique native plants. A precipitous cliff offers mesmerising sounds and scents, with a bench at the top from which you can watch for whales in April or cliff-nesting longtails in summer. The coastal trail down to the rocky shoreline brings you to a limestone ledge with dramatic views: turquoise water seething over boiler reefs, and surf crashing against the cliffs and scalloped bays. Walsingham Nature Reserve Also known as Tom Moore’s Jungle, this popular spot offers both both peaceful walks and exhilarating treks. Off the main path, a trail passes through outcrops of 1.6 million year- old rock to one of the greatest concentrations of underground caves in the world, where formations of crystalline limestone blanket the cave ceilings. The 22-acre reserve also hides inland ponds and sinkholes. Walsingham Pond is home to a number of birds and marine life, including a large sea turtle named Tom. Somerset Long Bay, Spittal Pond, Abbots cliff, Stokes Point and Coopers Island are just a few other special places to visit. It is comforting to know that these ecological gems are protected in perpetuity. There are so many hidden treasures in Bermuda — don’t be afraid to step off the beaten track! Bermuda National Gallery City Hall and Arts Centre, Church Street, Hamilton Tel: 295-9428 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: bng.bm Located at the City Hall and Arts Centre in the heart of Hamilton, the Bermuda National Gallery is at the centre of the islands’ vibrant arts scene. Each year, BNG shows several temporary exhibitions, with the Ondaatje Wing committed to telling Bermuda’s rich, multicultural history through its fine and decorative arts. The gallery believes art is for everyone, so admission is free. Join free tours each Thursday at 10 a.m. Call to confirm. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4p. M., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed on public holidays. The Bermuda Train Company Tel: 236-3130 E-mail: email@example.com Website: bermudatrain.com On the tour of Royal Naval Dockyard are highlighted such areas as Lagoon Park, Royal Naval Cemetery, Somerset Village and Bermuda Maritime Museum. Learn how the Clock tower building, built in 1857, initially contained the naval store offices, secretary cashier offices and the office of the captain-in-charge of Dockyard. The walls are three feet thick and the towers are 100 feet tall. The southern tower originally contained a clock made in 1856 by John Moore & Sons in London. The face on the eastern side of the northern tower had a single hand, set daily for the time of high tide, to the nearest quarter hour. Hear about the old Royal Naval Hospital, its epidemic of yellow fever, Bermuda’s largest fort and Dockyard as it was in the 1800s. Sit back in the train and be transported through time. A Hamilton tour high Highlights the City Hall, Parliament, Bermuda Cathedral, Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute and Botanical Gardens. Learn how a house is built in Bermuda, including details like how to catch rainwater on the roof and store it in tanks beside or under the house.The above is just a fraction of the historical facts and stories you learn during the 60-minute tour of either Dockyard or Hamilton. Dolphin Quest National Museum of Bermuda, Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel: 234-4464 / 1-800-248-3316 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: dolphinquest.org 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. Lady Boat Charters Tel: 236-0127 E-mail: email@example.com Website: ladyboats.com See breathtaking views of Bermuda’s shoreline while cruising in total luxury. Celebrate weddings, anniversaries and birthdays like never before. Invite a couple hundred of your closest friends, or keep it intimate with just you and someone special.Lady Boats may be the largest and most experienced charter company in Bermuda, but the staff of the family-owned-and-operated fleet still believe it is the personal touch that counts. Let them work for you. Marquis Ranch Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel: 505-5575 E-mail: marquisranch@ yahoo.com Website: marquisranch.com Slow down and enjoy the dynamic, scenic Royal Naval Dockyard by travelling on Bermuda’s original form of transportation. Climb aboard a charming horse-drawn carriage with Marquis Ranch. Enjoy the peaceful sound of horse shoes as you leave Dockyard and head out to Bermuda’s only lagoon.Experience views of old Bermuda cottages and learn how the locals harvest fresh rain water.Photograph some of Bermuda’s most intimate and secluded beaches. Carriages operate when cruise ships are in port. 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 soiree to a fancy corporate affair, is a spectacular success. Lavish, well appointed 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. Oleander Cycles, Ltd. Valley Road, Paget Tel: 236-2453 Gorham Road, Hamilton Tel: 295-0919 Middle Road, Southampton Tel: 234-0629 York St., St. George’s Tel: 297-0478 Cockburn Road, Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel: 234-2764 E-mail: email@example.com Website: oleandercycles.bm Bermuda’s No. 1 scooter livery offers quality scooters at competitive rates. You receive friendly five-star service and safety demonstration in a private practice area.Oleander’s reputation is the best in Bermuda, earned over years of serving visitors. Free delivery or transportation to and from your hotel is available, depending on your location.Shops are open daily. No security deposit is required; however, a major credit card must be on file. Quality Transport Tel: 505-1584 (Cyrus Ratteray) / 505-4604 (Yusef Bean) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com This is a small company big on service, catering to singles, couples and large groups, deploying a network of reliable, courteous and experienced drivers, offering prearranged airport transfers with 24-hour notice. Use Quality as transportation for weddings, dine-arounds and personal island tours, as well as general sightseeing, beach excursions, golf, shopping, luncheons and tourist attractions. For same-day service, contact Cyrus or Yusef directly via the cell-phone numbers above.Prearranged appointments can be booked via e-mail or phone. Wheels Cycles Moped and Scooter Rentals 117 Front St., Hamilton Tel: 292-2245 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: wheelscycles.com When visiting Bermuda, the only way to see and enjoy the true beauty our tropical island has to offer is on a scooter from Wheels Cycles. Our cycle rentals allow you to explore Bermuda at your own leisure.The quality of product and excellent service record has earned Wheels Cycles a reputation second to none with visitors around the world. All drivers and passengers are given comprehensive instructions and personal training in the handling of our scooters before you are allowed to set out on your journey. We at Wheels Cycles want all our visitors to experience a safe and happy vacation as well as return home with fond memories of this paradise we call Bermuda. World Heritage Centre Penno’s Wharf, next to Penno’s Cruise Ship Terminal, St. George’s Tel: 297-5791 Website: stgeorgesfoundation.org The World Heritage Centre offers a bright, welcoming space with a large reception desk.Visitors can proceed to the orientation gallery, the Gateway to Bermuda exhibit, and upstairs to more exhibits and the theatre.Large photo installations illustrate the splendours of St. George’s and its fortifications.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 Bermuda the Isle of the Devils, and when castaways explored its fruitful shores. Bermuda’s historic links to Jamestown and the first settlers are illustrated. There is a scale model of the town based on illustrations from the 1626 John Smith map and other research, which includes the original State House, St. Peter’s Church, stone and wood dwellings, small bridges, model ships in St. George’s Harbour, and early forts.Upstairs, there is a “time tree,” interactive touch-screens featuring UNESCO World Heritage site info, fortifications, military bases and much more, open Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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