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Travel – Bermuda (Bahamas) – north of the Caribbean and along the Atlantic Ocean

Bermuda is a British overseas territory and is self-governing territory of Bahamas. It is to the north of the Caribbean islands and along the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of North America. It is to the east of North Carolina. This place is considered to be the last remains of the British colonial empire in North America. This is a 21-square mile spread tiny island.
There are 9 parishes of Bermuda are classified from east to west as:
– St. George’s Parish – This is located around the historic Town of St. George and the island of St. David’s across its harbor.
– Hamilton Parish – In this parish Crystal Caves and Bermuda Aquarium and Zoo are also located.
– Smith’s Parish – This is also a Home to Flatts Village, Spittle Pond Nature Preserve and Devil’s Hole Aquarium.
– Devonshire Parish – This parish is known to be the quietest of all.
– Pembroke Parish – the city of Hamilton is located in Pembroke Parish.
– Paget Parish – This parish also houses many resorts, Elbow Beach, Bermuda Botanical Gardens and Paget Marsh for bird watching.
– Warwick Parish – This parish has the Golf, horseback riding and the island’s best cliffs.
– Southampton Parish – The best beaches and Gibbs Hill Lighthouse are in this parish.
– Sandys Parish – The Royal Naval Dockyard fortress and shops, Somerset Village, Fort Scaur, Gilbert Nature Reserve and some fine beaches are housed in this parish.
Bermuda has one city and one town. The town municipalities are unincorporated and the cities in these municipalities are:
– Hamilton – This is the capital of Bermuda and is the only city.
– St. George – This is the old capital of Bermuda and the oldest surviving English New World town.
– Flatts Village – This village is the location of the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo.
– Somerset Village – This village is on Somerset Island in Sandy’s Parish.
– Baileys Bay and Horseshoe Bay Beach are other destinations that are popular in Bermuda.
Bermuda consists of about 138 islands and islets which are on an east-west axis and linked by road bridges. Bermuda has low hills separated by a set of waterways. Bermuda is said to have formed through volcanic action. This is on the south sector of a coral ring that was submerged. Hence most of the beaches are on the southern shore of Bermuda.
Bermuda’s first settlements were English colonists. The first economy of Bermuda includes fruit and vegetable cultivation that used to supply the early American colonies. Bermuda has a convenient location between British Canada and Britain’s Caribbean. It is a stopover point for the British Royal Navy’s Atlantic fleet. There was a large US air base built on these islands during Second World War which was open until 1995.
Tourism is now an important part of Bermuda’s economy. Tourists come here for business or for tours. It is an offshore financial centre now.
Attractions of Bermuda:
– Town of St. George: This town is scenic and is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the oldest and a continually inhabited British settlement in the New World. This town has many small winding streets which depict typical British Colonial architecture with fountains, gardens and squares, cobbled streets and plazas.
– Bermuda Maritime Museum, Pender Rd., and Royal Naval Dockyard: One can go for 1/2 a day to go to the Royal Naval Dockyard. During the American Revolutionary War, the island had naval loses. This island had been the British Royal Navy which relocated the headquarters of its Atlantic Fleet here from 1812 to 1957. The tourist attractions include The old limestone storage buildings, fortress which were redeveloped by the Bermuda Government. There are shopping centers too.
– Bermuda Aquarium, Museum, and Zoo, 40 North Shore Road, Flatts Village: The centerpiece of the aquarium is a 140,000 gallon replica coral reef which is special and there are Over three hundred birds, reptiles and mammals and 200 species of fish housed in this centre.
– Crystal and Fantasy Caves, Wilkinson Avenue, and Bailey’s Bay: These are two quite different caves to explore and watch for.
– Spittal Pond: This pond was damaged by Hurricane Fabian in 2003. The damage is still being fixed.
– Devil’s Hole Aquarium, Harrington Sound Road, Hamilton: It is a small aquarium but one can look for reef fish and turtles with bait.
– Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, 40 Crow Lane, East Broadway, Pembroke: This is just outside Hamilton which takes to underwater expedition.
– Bermuda National Trust Museum known as the Globe Hotel
– Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, St Anne’s Road, and Southampton: This is one of the oldest cast iron structures in the world which was first lit on May 1st 1846. It has 180 steps to the observation deck surrounding the lamp which can be reached and it offers magnificent views of the island and the surrounding waters. There is also a tea room for drinks.

Things to do:
Bermuda has lovely pink sandy beaches:
– Horseshoe Bay Beach, Southampton Parish: This is a pink sand beach which is surrounded by rocky areas. This beach is suitable for snorkeling. It is most popular in Bermuda and cruises also stop here. Beach rentals, food, bathroom facilities are available on the beach. There are sea caves and tunnels that need to be looked for.
– Elbow Beach, Tribe Road #4, and Paget Parish: This is another beautiful pink sand beach that is between Coral Beach, Elbow Beach and Coco Reef hotels.
– Tobacco Bay, St. George Parish: It is a boulder-sheltered, shallow and a swarm-water beach and can be reached by foot from St. George square. There are shuttles available. There is nearby a Fort St. Catherine that can be reached by foot. Rest rooms, food concession, beach rentals are available.
– Achilles Bay / St. Catherine’s Bay, Northeastern St. George Parish: This bay also can be reached on foot from St. George square and shuttles are readily available. This bay is just beside the Fort St. Catherine. Rest rooms, food concession nearby, beach rentals are also available on this beach.
– Clearwater Beach / Turtle Beach / Turtle Bay / Long Bay / Well Bay / Soldier Bay: This is near the east end of the airport in St. David’s. It is situated on former US Air Base lands that were used for NASA tracking station at Cooper’s Island. Rest rooms, food concession and bar are available on the bay along with the Children’s playground.
– John Smith’s Bay Beach, Hamilton Parish: This is another nice pink sand beach.
– Shelly Bay, North Shore Road, Hamilton Parish: This bay has lots of shallow water. It also has a large playground ideal for families with small kids. It is not far from Flatts Village and the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo are also nearby. This bay also has Restrooms, beach rentals, food concession.
– Chaplin Bay / Stonehole Bay / Warwick Long Bay, South Road, Warwick Parish: This is a very large beach but not popular like the other large beaches because of its steep sand slope, and strong undercurrent. Chaplin and Stone hole bays, along with Jonson’s Cove are very picturesque and made up of small and medium sized sandy inlets.
– Snorkel Park, Royal Naval Dockyard: This is a limestone tunnel through the keep’s wall which is on the beachfront and right for snorkeling or water sports. People from cruise ships enjoy this place.

Bermuda has several golf courses and driving ranges:
– St. George Golf Course, St. George Parish, north of the Town of St. George.
– Tuckers Point Golf Course / Mid Ocean Golf Course, St. George Parish, near Tucker’s Town.
– Ocean View Golf Course, Devonshire Parish on northern shore.
– Horizons Golf Course, Paget Parish south-west. (9 holes)
– Belmont Hills Golf Course, Warwick Parish east.
– Riddell’s Bay Golf and Country Club, Warwick Parish west.
– Fairmount Southampton Princess Golf Course, Southampton Parish east.
– Port Royal Golf Course, Southampton Parish west.
– Bermuda Golf Academy and Driving Range, Southampton Parish west.
Other explorable sites:
• Bermuda Railway Trail: This trail was dismantled after 17 years in 1948. It is now a public walking trail from St. George Town in the east end, through Pembroke Parish near the City of Hamilton and on toward Somerset Village in the west end. On the way one can find trestle houses, station houses and railway ties and views of the island and waters.
• Bermuda Forts: There are large forts and smaller batteries on the island. They were built from 1612 to 1957. Almost 100 fortifications are built on this island. The larger ones are restored while some are on displays. Some can be reached by boat. The forts in Bermuda are:
1. Fort St. Catherine , St. George Parish north (has displays and dioramas and replica Crown Jewels)
2. Gates Fort, St. George Parish east (guarding Town Cut channel entrance)
3. Alexandra Battery, St. George Parish east
4. Fort George, St. George Parish (overlooking the Town of St. George)
5. St. David’s Battery, St. George Parish east
6. Martello Tower / Ferry Island Fort, St. George Parish west (at Ferry Reach)
7. King’s Castle / Devonshire Redoubt / Landward Fort, St. George Parish south (on Castle Island, accessed via boat)
8. Fort Hamilton, Pembroke Parish (overlooking the City of Hamilton)
9. Whale Bay Battery, Southampton Parish west.
10. Fort Scaur, Sandys Parish (overlooking the waters of the Great Sound)
11. The Keep at the Dockyard, Sandys Parish (within the Maritime Museum)

Best time to visit / climate:
The best time to visit Bermuda is from spring through to autumn. The warm waters of the Gulf Stream give it a quasi-tropical atmosphere. In overall, Bermuda has a mild, humid subtropical maritime climate and strong winds are common in winter. The hurricane season is from June to November. It is best to avoid this time of the year.

Location on Google Maps:

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How to get there:

By plane: Bermuda International Airport is the airport operating in Bermuda and is located in St. George’s parish which is beside to Castle Harbor. This airport has daily flights from Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Newark, New York, Philadelphia, Toronto and Washington, together with less frequent flights from other US and Canadian cities. British Airways flies from London (Gatwick) to Bermuda.
By boat/yacht: The cruise ships operate from the ports of Baltimore, Boston, Bayonne, New York, Norfolk, Miami/Ft Lauderdale, and Philadelphia on the eastern seaboard of the United States.

Get around:
• Public transportation: There are bus services to Hamilton. There are passenger ferries too from Hamilton Harbor and the Great Sound, the Dockyard and St. George.
• Taxis: One can take a taxi too to go around. They charge by a meter.
• Cycle Rentals: One can rent a cycle. Car rentals are not available on the island but own cars are permitted.

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers):

• http://wikitravel.org/en/Bermuda#Eat
• http://wikitravel.org/en/Bermuda#Sleep
• http://www.experiencebermuda.com/
• http://www.bermuda4u.com/Hotels/bermuda_hotels_hotels.html

Blogs / Sites about Bermuda:

• http://www.expat-blog.com/en/directory/north-america/bermuda/
• http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-country/Bermuda/tpod.html
• http://www.travelblog.org/North-America/Bermuda/
• http://www.blogcatalog.com/country/bermuda

Images and photos of Bermuda:

Google Search
• http://www.imagesofbermuda.com/
• http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotos-g147255-Bermuda.html
• http://www.olympics.bm/bermudaimages.htm

Youtube videos:

Bahamas Cruise:

Nassau Bahamas Cruise:

Bahamas The Secrets THEY Don´t Want You to Know About

Tour Old Nassau – The Bahamas – History & Travel

Crystal Caves – Bermuda

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