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If island destination is what you are looking for, perhaps you need to look no further than this nature's jewel. Bermuda is a cluster of islands on the north Atlantic with a total area of about 21 square miles. Several islands are joined to the main island with bridges. Being a sub tropical island, the weather is pleasantly warm for most time of the year (April to November) and people are even warmer.
There are many stunning beaches in the island and some with lovely pink sandy beaches. Snorkeling is excellent from several beaches while nearby reefs offer views of amazing corals and marine life. And there are lovely caves with awesome limestone formations and natural lakes, aquarium, numerous historical sites, museums, churches, historical forts and even nature reserves and parks.
One of the most popular and photographed of Bermuda’s pink-sand beaches is Horseshoe Bay Beach, which is bordered by rocky areas great for snorkeling. A lifeguard is on duty here from May to September, making this a good choice for families. Tiny Jobson’s Bay Beach is surrounded by jagged, picturesque rocks. Warwick Long Bay boasts Bermuda’s longest stretch of sand, and at West Whale Bay Beach you can see humpback whales in April as they migrate north. If you’re in search of seclusion, head to Astwood Cove.
Bermuda Hotels and Resorts
You’ll find a few different types of accommodations in Bermuda: B&Bs; efficiency units, including cottages, suites and apartments that come with kitchen facilities and are good options for families; small hotels; and resorts that offer fine restaurants, spas, pools and more. Another more unusual option is Bermuda’s collection of cottage colonies, a series of cottages with a central clubhouse for socializing, drinking and dining, plus a pool or beach. Luxury accommodations abound; finding bargains is more of a challenge.
Bermuda Restaurants and Cuisine
The most famous local dish is fish chowder served with a splash of Sherry Pepper sauce. Other traditional dishes include Peas and Plenty (black-eyed peas with onions, salt pork and rice) and Hoppin’ John, another pea and rice dish, which should not be confused with Johnny Bread, which is pan-cooked cornmeal bread. However, you also can find restaurants serving everything from curries to pasta. In addition to restaurants in resort hotels, there are large concentrations of eateries in Hamilton and St. George Town. Wash meals down with a Dark and Stormy, a mix of ginger beer and local Gosling's rum.
Bermuda Culture and History
Settled by the English in 1609, Bermuda became a self-governing colony in 1620. West Indian indentured servants, then slaves from Africa, later arrived. Slavery was abolished in 1834. After the American Revolution, the Royal Navy built a dockyard in Bermuda to guard its Atlantic shipping lanes. In the early twentieth century, Bermuda became a popular destination for rich tourists. Bermuda’s British heritage is found in its architecture; African influences are mainfest in dance and music, especially the Gombeys dancing and drumming troupes.
As a general rule, nightlife is not big on Bermuda. Since rental cars are not allowed on the island, many visitors prefer to hang out in their hotel lounges and bars rather than travel via scooter (or take an expensive taxi) at night. However, Hamilton has a number of fun bars, including Hubie’s, which showcases local musical talent. The island also is known for its collection of authentic English pubs, such as the Frog and Onion, Henry VIII, and the George and Dragon.
Hot Nights: Bar Hopping in Dockyard
As the sun begins to melt its way toward the horizon, painting everything a soft pink, restaurants and bars in Dockyard start to fill with friends old and new, drawn together for conversation and a drink or two.
The Dark ‘n Stormy’s flow at The Frog and Onion Pub, a cosy bar and restaurant with floors covered with Oriental carpets that’s housed inside the mid-19th-century Cooperage building, just a 5-minute walk from the ferry dock and King’s and Heritage wharves. There’s live music during the daily happy hours here and quiz nights during the week, too. And you can pad your belly against the pints with authentic English pub meals such as fish and chips, bangers and mash and Balti curries.
Beer lovers will want to beeline it for Dockyard Brewing Company — the only on-site brewing company in Bermuda, located within The Frog and Onion Pub — which brews up five different and delicious homemade brews that include an IPA, wheat beer, amber ale, light lager and a porter.
One of the newest dining experiences at Dockyard is Bone Fish Bar & Grill, which has become known as much for its flopping fresh seafood and well-edited wine list as for the happening weekly entertainment lineup that includes salsa dancing, karaoke, DJs, deck parties and live bands at various times throughout the week. The outside patio is usually packed after sunset, particularly during the summer months, with people enjoying the alfresco ambience and comfortable temperatures.
And for real partiers who like to whoop it up whilst still keeping things toes-in-the-sand casual, Club Aqua at Snorkel Park Beach is an open-air nightclub where an under-the-stars, alfresco party really gets going on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights — with special events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights — with DJs and video DJs (for ages 18 and up). Dance with your toes in the sand till the wee hours with an international crowd of revellers.
Right next to Snorkel Park Beach is Bermuda Fun Golf, open seven days a week till 10 p.m. Here you’ll find Caddyshack, their on-site bar, offering happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. daily. Sip on a Frozen Dark ’n Stormy or putt a round after the sun sets with their unique “Glow in the dark” night golf.
And be sure to keep an eye out for regularly scheduled events organised by WEDCO that bring out both locals and tourists to the North Lawn at Dockyard. Everyone settles in for a festive ambience that usually includes a mix of live music, island craft and food vendors and, without a doubt, sparkling views of Great Sound. For information on ongoing and special events throughout the year, visit thewestend.bm.