Trade Wind Tidings: Visiting Bermuda
This British territory has a rich history going back hundreds of years reflected in everything from the makeup of the residents to the very terrain itself. Blessed with appealingly mild temperatures, lovely flora and a whole undersea kingdom to explore, it is no wonder folks from all over the planet flock to this corner of the North Atlantic all year-round.
The ocean is the big draw here and all things seem to revolve around it. Beaches stretch for miles, many with stunning pink sands and overhanging bluffs to add that much more to the scenery. Tanners lie lazily on their blankets while swimmers frolic in the gentle surf. Venturing further into the sea might mean a little kayaking or perhaps charting a fishing cruise or sunset yacht trip. Those seeking to go deeper into Neptune’s realm can explore via scuba dives or more casual snorkeling as they skim along the placid surfaces. Whether you are whale watching from the comfort of a tour boat or diving into one of the legendary shipwrecks in the shallow waters, those with aquatic tendencies will love it.
Back on land, trekkers and strollers alike have plenty to traverse under their own guiles. The Bermuda Railway Trail is a must-see for bicyclers and hikers alike with the abandoned train tracks running for miles along the coast, through forests and even making stops in the cities. If you’re looking for something a little more rewarding and challenging, places like the Crystal Caves offer subterranean wonders while the Walsingham Nature Reserve offers up a true ecotourism delight. And then there are the historic sites. Chief among them is the Royal Naval Dockyard, built in the early 19th century to deal with the threat of the American colonies! Another option is Scaur Hill Fort which still sports its original canons and provides some of the best views on the whole island.
Once you’re done exploring the natural world and the big sites, time to take in some culture. St. George is the largest city and has plenty to see and do. Music plays in the streets and in clubs. Tropical drinks are plentiful on open-terrace restaurant seating. Fresh fish is consumed prodigiously, often paired with colorful fruits. Shopping can land visitors local crafts and goods from the world over. Colonial-era buildings will surround you as you stroll, and historic walks will take you back in time. There are pubs to partake of and museums to muse within. Bermuda offers no end of diversions, all happening in a most relaxing setting.