Permanent Vacations: Why Bermuda Should Be Your Next Home
When you think of Bermuda, what springs to mind? Overcast skies, frigid cold, snowstorms, boots, coats, hats, smog, traffic and noise? Not a chance! Just the opposite, in fact: tropical sunshine, pink-sand beaches, palm trees, gentle sea breezes and a pace of life that has been ratcheted down from “frenetic” to “no worries, we’ll try to get to it tomorrow…or next week.”
So instead of asking, “Why should Bermuda be my next home?” it might be better to ask, “Why shouldn’t Bermuda be my next home?” If you’re still not sure whether you’d like to live in such a tropical utopia, see your doctor right away. Or read on. Maybe the following will cure you.
“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air”
Ralph Waldo Emerson got it right. If your days are filled with sunshine, sea and fresh air, you’re well on your way to a life most people only dream of. And Bermuda has copious amounts of all of them.
A quick look at a climate chart for Bermuda is enough to make about 90 percent of the world’s population envious. Although the islands sit at approximately the same latitude as Savannah, Georgia, it enjoys a much more moderate climate. The weather is always mild, with an overall average annual temperature of 76° F. Overcast days are rare, especially during summer.
As for Emerson’s second ingredient – sea – the islands of Bermuda boast an impressive 64 miles of coastline. And although it’s situated in the Atlantic Ocean, a full 1,000 miles north of the Caribbean, the proximity of the Gulf Stream means that Bermuda’s beaches and warm coastal waters rival anything in that stretch of ocean. In fact, the islands’ legendary pink sand beaches, such as Elbow Beach and Horseshoe Bay, are as postcard-worthy as anything in the Caribbean. If you love to swim and tan, you’ll be very happy on Bermuda. And for divers and snorkelers, there are coral reefs, underwater caves and shipwrecks just waiting to be explored.
It’s Safe, Friendly, Clean and Uncluttered
If you’ve had a chance to visit other tropical islands, you know that the reality is not always what the picture on the travel brochure shows. The tourist crunch has made many island destinations uncomfortably crowded. And recent news reports leave some wondering if an island vacation is even safe at all.
Bermuda presents a refreshing contrast. The crime rate is relatively low. The people are warm, open, relaxed and friendly. Racial tension is practically nonexistent. People smile easily. There is a pleasant mix of British, Caribbean and American culture, and the inhabitants mingle easily and comfortably throughout the islands. Uncrowded, old-world colonial charm is the pervading atmosphere.
Bermuda has also successfully resisted the invasion of fast-food restaurants that has overtaken so many other places, so there are no golden arches or bell or burger signs cluttering up the scenery. There is only one off-shore fast-food restaurant in all of Bermuda, which was opened before the Prohibited Restaurant Act was passed in 1997.
Two more remarkable features of Bermuda are the absence of billboards and neon signs, and the fact that it is not possible to rent a car anywhere on the islands. This last detail is significant, as 650,000 people visit Bermuda each year; just imagine if even half of them rented a car. With no car rentals, both traffic and pollution are kept to a minimum.
You Won’t Be Bored
If you have the impression that island life would quickly become boring, think again. Although Bermuda’s total land area is just a smidge over 20 square miles, there is plenty to keep an active person busy. Lots of great dining, shopping and nightlife options are sprinkled throughout the islands. Golfers can play the same world-class courses that such notable figures as George Bush, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Winston Churchill have played, and the spectacular views and unpredictable Atlantic breezes make every round something special.
And of course, Bermuda is a water lover’s paradise. Swimming, diving, snorkeling, boating and kayaking are all – quite literally – just a short walk away. Take off in a boat and explore the many small islands and isolated beaches. Descend beneath the waves to discover fascinating marine life or any of the more than 300 shipwrecks that surround the islands. It never gets old.
And you won’t have to cram it all into a two-week vacation. Because Bermuda is home.
After considering all that Bermuda has to offer, you simply have to agree with Mark Twain when he said, “You can go to heaven if you want. I’d rather stay in Bermuda.”