Bermuda’s appeal lies in its special blend of cultures, a Bermuda-shorts-and-knee-socks-meets-reggae-and-calypso melange of colonial history and African heritage. When you start thinking about traveling to Bermuda, keep in mind that the weather is relatively cool in winter and spring. As a result, Bermudas peak travel season (when prices and demand are highest) is May through August, the opposite of the Caribbean (which Bermuda is not technically part of).
Bermuda Activities and Attractions
Renting a moped to tour the island is an absolute must, as is strolling through the historic towns of St. George (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Hamilton. You will also want to check out the Bermuda Maritime Museum at the Royal Naval Dockyard on Ireland Island for a glimpse into Bermuda’s maritime past. Sailing, golfing and tennis are other popular activities.
One of the most popular and photographed of Bermudas 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 Job sons Bay Beach is surrounded by jagged, picturesque rocks. Warwick Long Bay boasts Bermudas longest stretch of sand, and at West Whale Bay Beach you can see humpback whales in April as they migrate north. If you are in search of seclusion, head to Astwood Cove.
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. Bermudas British heritage is found in its architecture; African influences are manifest in dance and music, especially the Gombeys dancing and drumming troupes.
Bermuda Events and Festivals
In 2007, for the first time, the PGA Grand Slam will take place in Bermuda. The four winners of the year’s Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship will complete from Oct. 16 to 17, 2007. The event is hosted by The Mid Ocean Club and The Fairmont Southampton. Additionally, the World Rugby Classic will take place in November, and the Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts, featuring performances by international classical, jazz, and pop artists, and major theatrical and dance companies, is scheduled for January and February.
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.