Bespoke Tailor Made holidays & honeymoons to Bermuda.
Sitting around 650 miles off the coast of North Carolina in the United States of America, Bermuda is not geographically in the Caribbean, but still comes into the ‘regional’ category! It’s proximity to the US coastline at just under two hours flying time, makes it an ideal two centre holiday destination in North America. Bermuda certainly has a Caribbean feel to it and sitting on the Gulf stream with it’s tropical vegetation and pink sandy beaches, it offers a fabulous climate and a variety of beach water sports options for your holidays. This is an archipelago of 120 islands and is a mecca for scuba divers who can explore more than 300 shipwrecks dotted around the reefs. White washed roofs and pastel painted homes are surrounded by perfumed, exotic plants and gorgeous beaches.
In 1609 a British ship, the Sea Venture, was wrecked on these treacherous reefs and there were no indigenous residents on the islands. The passengers and crew who had been bound for Virginia, had to remain there and forge a living. This started a strong link with Bermuda and Great Britain and they are still members of the Commonwealth.
Bermuda is Britain’s oldest colony and has a great wealth of heritage. Discover the history of the island in St Georges, the former first city and the Royal Naval Dockyard with a 19th century fortress and Maritime Museum. Explore the many forts, churches and museums around the island. Other sights on interest include the Botanical Gardens, the Underwater Exploration Institute and the Crystal Caves – there are 110 listed caves on Bermuda, one of the highest concentrations of limestone caves in the world. If you don’t dive but still want to enjoy the huge variety of marine life, try snorkelling or view fish via helmet on an ‘Undersea Walk’.
The capital, Hamilton, is a welcoming port with plenty of bars, restaurants and shops. If you enjoy golf there are eight courses, some are private but there are public options. As with other Caribbean destinations, Bermuda loves to party and dance! The single most important cultural expression of African heritage is expressed through Gombey Dancing – portraying stories from the bible. The Bermuda Annual Music Festival takes place in October.
Keen birdwatchers will enjoy Bermuda with over 360 bird species recorded here, the island being on the migration route from Canada to South America. Beaches here really are ‘pink’, due to the mix of finely ground shells and coral. One of the best places to enjoy is the mile long strand at Elbow Beach where coral reefs protect the bay. If you enjoy horse riding, there are two stables on the island.
As one of the most densely populated destinations in the world, Bermuda strictly regulates cars – one car per household – and tourists cannot rent cars. The most popular method of getting around is via moped, or use taxis and buses.
The hottest part of the year is May through mid-October, when temperatures hover between 23 – 29C. During the winter months, temperatures average a balmy 21C while summer months are somewhat drier, but rainfall is spread relatively equally throughout the year.