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10Best Goes to Beautiful Bermuda
Stunning Natural Beauty and Environmental Awareness
Residents of Bermuda, a collection of 181 islands and islets located a short flight from the eastern coast of the United States, appreciate their country's abundant natural beauty. In fact, Bermuda was the first place in the world to instate environmental laws way back in the 1600s.
Bermuda, the oldest British colony in the world, was first colonized after the Sea Venture shipwrecked there in 1609 when it was en route to Jamestown, Virginia. Today, the capital city of Hamilton retains much of its British character, including an accent that can be traced back to Elizabethan English. Celebrity guests, like Mark Twain, Elanor Roosevelt, John Lennon and Prince Albert of Monaco have vacationed here.
With temperatures hovering between 68 and 84 degrees year-round, Bermuda makes an excellent vacation destination any time of year. If you want to enjoy the waters and pink sand beaches – beaches made from crushed coral and seashells rather than sand – you should come during summer when water temperatures reach 85 degrees.
The British aren't the only ones to have found Bermuda's stunning shores. The population of about 64,500 people are descendents of West Indies and African slaves, Irish explorers, Portuguese immigrants and American Indian prisoners. The traditional Gombey folk dance, seen during island festivals, reflects this blend of cultures.
It is interesting to note that Bermuda is one of the world's premier destinations for wreck diving. You'll find a barkentine, paddle-wheeler, French frigate, luxury liner, steamer and cargo ship, all teeming with colorful fish and marine life. Perhaps we have the Bermuda Triangle to thank for the abundant underwater sightseeing.
There's just as much to do on the surface of Bermuda's waters as there is underneath. In March and April, head to the South Shore for whale watching just past the reef line. Boaters and yachters from around the world drop anchor here, and adrenaline junkies can let a kite whisk them across the surface of the azure waters of Elbow Beach or Somerset Long Bay, the best kite surfing spots in Bermuda. Kayaking, parasailing, windsurfing and water skiing are also on offer.
The cultural melting pot in Bermuda yielded another tasty consequence, a rich regional cuisine starring fresh seafood from the surrounding waters. Don't leave without tasting the island's specialty: fish chowder. Locals get their fix at the Lobster Pot & Boat House Bar in Hamilton.
Bermuda has more golf courses per square mile than any other place on earth, so if you're looking for a beautiful destination to play a round of 18, it doesn't get much better than this. The seven courses, five of them championship caliber, are known for their ocean vistas as sometimes challenging wind conditions. A series of underground limestone caves cause the fairways and greens to undulate beautifully.
Whether you're in Hamilton, St. George or somewhere in between, you'll be passing plenty of historic buildings and monuments. One of the best ways to see all the island has to offer is to rent a bike and cycle from one end to the other, completely doable in a day. Don't miss Fort St. Catherine, the Royal Naval Dockyard, St. Peter's Church and Verdmont mansion.
British colonizers brought their favorite spectator sports to Bermuda. Tennis was brought to the United States from Bermuda, and you can hit the courts yourself at the Fairmont Southampton. In St George, stop in to watch a game of cricket. During the annual summer Cup Match – a public holiday – the entire island shuts down to watch the matches.