The Beauty of Bermuda
Flatts Village is the site of the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo ($10); it has one of the most diverse collections of creatures I've seen in one place.
No Bermuda trip would be complete without taking in the outdoors, even in winter.
To appreciate the sand and salty air, visit the absolutely stunning Horseshoe Bay and walk the miles of secluded coves and bays to be discovered nearby on the South Shore Park Trail.
Fortified SightsFor four centuries, Bermuda -- England's sole remaining colony -- played a central military role in defending the interests of British merchants and the Royal Navy, especially against Americans, Spaniards and pirates. Today, many of the island's parks are former forts. At the island's far east end, near St. George, is Fort St. Catherine, which dates to 1614. Aside from the eye-popping vistas atop the ramparts, the fort has a maze of tunnels, a drawbridge, five 18-ton muzzleloader guns and a quirky museum ($5). Nearby is the lively and affordable pub Blackbeard's Hideout, which is located on a bluff above Achilles Bay, a great place to enjoy a seafood dinner and sunset. At Bermuda's far northwestern tip is the gigantic Royal Naval Dockyard, the costliest military installation ever built for imperial Britain, begun shortly after the American Revolution. Today, Dockyard is a major tourist draw, home to the massive Bermuda Maritime Museum ($10). Two other buildings, the Cooperage and the Clocktower, have been converted to shopping centers. Because of Dockyard's remote location, the fastest route is via ferry.
Luxe LodgingsLodging in Bermuda falls into four categories: resorts large and small, boutique hotels, cottage colonies and bed and breakfast inns (check out the Department of Tourism for booking rooms).
|Wallowing at the Willow Stream Spa|
Travel TipsSeven U.S. airlines operate daily flights to Bermuda, mostly from East Coast cities. The cruise line companies that haul hordes of tourists from the U.S. don't operate in the winter months (what a relief). In a recent policy change, U.S. visitors are required to possess passports for entry. U.S. currency, both bills and coins, is accepted and is equal in value to the local currency, the Bermuda dollar. Bermuda has a strong cultural identity and conservative norms. Modest attire is required; many restaurants expect men to wear jackets and ties at dinner, even in the blistering heat of summer.
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