Bermuda https://www.bermuda.com/ Bermuda.com is the island's number one internet portal -- dynamically connecting visitors and locals with Bermudian businesses, products and services through innovation and technology Fri, 30 Sep 2022 18:55:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Chef Anne Burrell Speaks to Bermuda College Culinary Students https://www.bermuda.com/chef-anne-burrell-speaks-is-in-bermuda/ https://www.bermuda.com/chef-anne-burrell-speaks-is-in-bermuda/#respond Fri, 30 Sep 2022 16:40:15 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=27179 Chef Anne Burrell Speaks to Bermuda College Culinary Students Hamilton – September 30th, 2022 Food Network celebrity chef Anne Burrell is in Bermuda this week for the City of Hamilton’s Taste of Bermuda event, taking part in the tastebud-awakening weekend as the event’s official celebrity guest chef. Earlier today Mrs. Burrell spoke to a room

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Chef Anne Burrell Speaks to Bermuda College Culinary Students

Hamilton – September 30th, 2022

Food Network celebrity chef Anne Burrell is in Bermuda this week for the City of Hamilton’s Taste of Bermuda event, taking part in the tastebud-awakening weekend as the event’s official celebrity guest chef.

Earlier today Mrs. Burrell spoke to a room of culinary arts students at Bermuda College where she discussed her illustrious career and addressed student questions.

Mrs. Burrell spoke fondly of “immersing herself in the culture and kitchens of Italy” as a young aspiring chef and recalled her inspirational climb up the professional ladder in the restaurants of New York and of her experience at culinary school in the 1990s at a time when, she says, only ten per cent of students there were women.

Mrs. Burrell said of her time as a culinary arts teacher, “Before every lesson I would research every dish I was making – not only how to make the dish but also the ‘whys’ of the dish. It’s not about just being a ‘recipe chef’, it’s about learning how things behave and why; for example, ‘if you do this or add that, this will happen’. That’s when you get creative. Learning the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of doing things made me a better chef.”

As for any advice she would give Bermuda’s Culinary Arts students, Mrs. Burrell said, “Anytime you have a chance to travel or learn something new, I would say do it, especially at the beginning of you career when there is so much coming at you. Take what you can from every single place you go because you will have that knowledge forever. When you feel you are in a job where you aren’t learning anything new anymore, it’s time to move on from that job. Also, I would stress the importance of repetition – it’s through repetition that things become second nature to you and its when those things become engrained that the ‘soul’ comes into your flavours and you hone your technique and craft. There is no shortcut for experience.

“Hold onto the passion you have now, going into the business, and always carry that with you and remember that being a chef is ultimately about providing joy for other people.”

Students asked Anne a host of questions throughout the morning from, “What is your preferred dish to make?” to, “What was your favorite kitchen to work in?” and “Do you have any advice to give other female chefs?”

Culinary student Ashley Stephens, 19, said of meeting Ms Burrell today, “It was an amazing and inspiring experience to speak to a female trailblazer in an industry which I have a passion for. She was honest and encouraging and has given me a renewed excitement about the journey I am taking in the culinary arts, not only when it comes to career possibilities but also with regards to the many things there are to learn.”

Culinary Arts student Gideon Wheddon, 18, said, “It was so great to meet Chef Burrell today. She was very relatable and seemed genuinely focused on the students and interested in our questions. She definitely makes me want to keep going on my path and learn as much as I can right now.”

Mrs. Burrell said of her time with the students this morning, “It was my absolute joy to speak with the chefs of the future here in Bermuda this morning at the Bermuda College.”

On Sunday afternoon, Ms Burrell will be taking part in two cooking demonstrations at the City’s Tasting Village followed by a book signing. Fans interested in meeting Mrs. Burrell can purchase one of her cookbooks from the Bermuda Bookstore in advance of her in-person signing on Sunday October 2ndimmediately following her live main stage cooking demonstration at 4pm. Bermuda Bookstore is located on Queen Street near the Birdcage. A limited number of books are available for sale.

Anne Burrell is an American chef, television personality, and former instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education. She is the host of the Food Network show Secrets of a Restaurant Chef and co-host of Worst Cooks in America. She was also one of the sous chefs featured in the Iron Chef America series and appears on other programs on the network such as The Best Thing I Ever Ate. She was a contestant on the fourth season of The Food Network competition show, The Next Iron Chef Super Chefs and was also a contestant on the first season of Chopped All-Stars Tournament. In 2015, she won the fourth installment of the Chopped All-Stars tournament. She also hosted the series Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell from 2012 to 2013. Anne has worked at some of the top restaurants in New York and studied the culinary landscape and traditions of Italy. In 2011, she published her first cookbook, Cook Like a Rock Star, which earned a place on the New York Times Best Seller list. In 2013, Anne released her second cookbook, Own Your Kitchen.

For more information on Taste of Bermuda go to the City’s website here.

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Bolero Tapas Restaurant & Bar https://www.bermuda.com/bolero-brasserie/ https://www.bermuda.com/bolero-brasserie/#respond Fri, 30 Sep 2022 12:00:15 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=384 The very fact that our entrance is tucked down a narrow alley-way, gives Bolero Brasserie a sense of secrecy, a place that ‘only the locals know about’. When Fiona (my wife) and I opened Bolero In April 2007 we envisioned a neighborhood eatery, a restaurant full of warmth and charm. We wanted it to be

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Bolero Brasserie

The very fact that our entrance is tucked down a narrow alley-way, gives Bolero Brasserie a sense of secrecy, a place that ‘only the locals know about’.

When Fiona (my wife) and I opened Bolero In April 2007 we envisioned a neighborhood eatery, a restaurant full of warmth and charm. We wanted it to be a lively, bustling, friendly place, and a place where the staff are considered ‘family’. We wanted a mind-set in the staff that they work ‘with’ us not just simply ‘for’ us.

As in the time-honored concept of a Brasserie, we sought to restore an atmosphere that welcomes people from all walks of life, (at Bolero you will often see business people in suits dining next to locals wearing more casual attire) people that are simply out for good food and friendly efficient service and, overall, an enjoyable dining experience.

Our vision is now a daily reality and we continue to work by our ideals.

The dishes on the menu not only reflect typical Brasserie/Bistro fare but also reflect my classical culinary training. More importantly, our food is realistically priced, good, honest, and unpretentious.

The menu is extensive (in true Brasserie style) and changes four to five times a year; however some dishes have proved to be very popular both with our regular clientele and ‘newbie’s’ alike. These dishes, some of which have been on the menu since we opened and due to their popularity, have become Bolero ‘classics’ and will probably remain on our menu forever.

With the help of a very hard working and loyal team behind us, ( and a number of local awards under our belt) we are very proud to say, Bolero has grown from strength to strength and is now arguably (and I will argue!) one of the most popular and busiest restaurants in the City of Hamilton if not, Bermuda.

For reservations call 292 4507, or make reservations online at www.bolerobrasserie.com

Hours:
Monday to Saturday, Dinner, 6pm – 10pm
Tuesday to Friday, Lunch, 11:30am – 2:30pm
Tuesday to Friday, Dinner, 6pm – 10pm

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Phoenix Stores Ltd https://www.bermuda.com/phoenix-stores-ltd/ https://www.bermuda.com/phoenix-stores-ltd/#respond Thu, 15 Sep 2022 12:12:25 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=628 The Phoenix Stores Ltd. was established in 1902 and is Bermuda’s largest pharmacy comprised of eight major locations across the island: The Phoenix Centre, Collector’s Hill Apothecary, Paget Pharmacy, Warwick Pharmacy, Clarendon Pharmacy, Woodbourne Chemist King Street Pharmacy and Dockyard Pharmacy. Its commitment to providing quality products and outstanding service makes The Phoenix Stores Ltd.

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The Phoenix Stores Ltd. was established in 1902 and is Bermuda’s largest pharmacy comprised of eight major locations across the island: The Phoenix Centre, Collector’s Hill Apothecary, Paget Pharmacy, Warwick Pharmacy, Clarendon Pharmacy, Woodbourne Chemist King Street Pharmacy and Dockyard Pharmacy. Its commitment to providing quality products and outstanding service makes The Phoenix Stores Ltd. a market leader in a variety of retail segments including prescriptions, health and beauty aids and newsstand publications. Emergency prescriptions are dispensed on the spot and each location stocks an extensive range of over-the-counter medications, health and beauty aids, postcards, souvenirs, beach gear, sun-care products, mobile phone cards, snacks, beverages newspapers and magazines. All stores are open six days a week, while The Phoenix Centre, Collector’s Hill Apothecary, Paget Pharmacy, Warwick Pharmacy and Dockyard Pharmacy are also open Sundays and holidays.

Specialising in serving visitors to Bermuda, Dockyard Pharmacy is located in the heart of Dockyard, adjacent to popular attractions. Cruise ship and ferry passengers find Dockyard Pharmacy a convenient option when looking to fill a wide selection of European and American prescriptions and purchase over-the-counter medications, vitamins and health and beauty aids. Dockyard Pharmacy also stocks a vast array of local and foreign magazines, postcards, greeting cards, souvenirs, beach gear, sun-care products, snacks and beverages. Dockyard Pharmacy is open Monday – Sunday from 8am – 4pm.

The Phoenix Centre 

3 Reid Street, Hamilton HM 11. Tel 441-279-5451; Hours: Monday – Saturday 8am – 8pm Sundays & Holidays 12pm – 6pm

Collector’s Hill Apothecary 

2 South Road, Smiths FL 08. Tel: 441-279-5513; Hours: Monday to Saturday, 8am – 8pm; Sunday, 9am – 7pm

Paget Pharmacy 

Rural Hill Plaza, 130 South Road, Paget PG 06. Tel: 441-279-5511; Hours: Monday to Saturday, 8am – 8pm; Sunday, 10am – 6pm

Warwick Pharmacy  

49 Middle Road, Warwick WK 05. Tel: 441 279-5557; Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8am – 8pm Sundays & Holidays, 9am – 7pm

Clarendon Pharmacy 

31 Victoria Street, Hamilton HM 10. Tel: 441-279-5444; Hours: Monday to Saturday, 8am – 6pm Closed Sundays

Woodbourne Chemist 

1 Gorham Road, Pembroke HM 08. Tel: 441-295-2663 Hours: Monday to Saturday, 8am – 6pm; Closed Sundays

King Street Pharmacy 

38 King Street, Hamilton HM 12. Tel: 279-5101; Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 5pm Friday 8:30am – 4pm Closed Saturdays & Sundays

Dockyard Pharmacy 

Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys. Tel: 441-279-5410 Hours: Monday to Sunday, 8am – 4pm

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Do you know… That Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-reigning sovereign to date? https://www.bermuda.com/know-queen-elizabeth-ii-longest-reigning-sovereign/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 11:00:43 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=17953 Do you know... That Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-reigning sovereign to date? By Henry Ward, Foreward by Brigitta Wohlmuth At only 25, our now former H.M the Queen became monarch on February 6, 1952. She reigned for 70 years - considerably more than two thirds of her life! Canadian-Bermudian artist Henry Ward painted

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Do you know…

That Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-reigning sovereign to date?

By Henry Ward, Foreward by Brigitta Wohlmuth

At only 25, our now former H.M the Queen became monarch on February 6, 1952. She reigned for 70 years – considerably more than two thirds of her life! Canadian-Bermudian artist Henry Ward painted this portrait in her honor years past and we thought it would be appropriate to share it again.

About the Portrait
This portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II depicts Her as the Monarch and Patron of the British Red Cross. The portrait had dual functions – to celebrate Her Majesty’s six decades’ patronage of the charity, and to celebrate Britain’s longest serving Monarch. To do this I have included iconography central to The Queen and the charity. The Kokoshnik tiara, diamond earrings and bracelet were owned by Queen Alexandra who presented the first Royal warrant for the British Red Cross charity to the Privy Council through Her husband King Edward VII in 1905. Her Majesty wears the Garter Robes which would be worn for meetings of the Privy Council. In the background I have included a sculpture of the founder of the British Red Cross Henri Dunant, who looks at Her Majesty from the afterlife. The Royal iconography in the portrait bears testament the actual experience of working with Her Majesty, and includes iconography that attest to Her Divine status. In the medallions on the door there is the Sphinx, with the head of a man, wings of an eagle and legs of a lion – the highest embodiments of the natural world. Above this, the Swan defending its brood against the cuckoo – symbolic of Her Majesty as Defender of the Faith and Protector of Britain. To the left, the Lamb sits atop the Phoenix, an ancient symbol of rebirth and immortality. The Queen is thus depicted as the Lamb of God, incarnate throughout time. Her Majesty sits upon the dais which raises Her off the ground to immortality, whilst the pyramidal composition draws its reference from the Old Masters and depictions of the Virgin Mary, an ancient compositional device that represents piety and ascendance. The semicircular arrangement of carpet details is a tacit acknowledgement of Her Majesty’s role as Sovereign of the Realms – literally, the world at Her feet. The flowing blue velvet of the Garter Robes touches closely on a unique ‘Britishness’ of the Sovereign and Her island nation – a testament to our national anthem and ‘Britannia Rules the Waves’. The painting took 11 months to complete, and was painted in secrecy in the artist’s Canadian studio prior to being shipped to Windsor Castle for the private unveiling with The Queen on 14th October 2016.

About the Artist
Henry Ward came to Bermuda in 1987 when his father, the late Puisne Justice Martin Ward, was appointed to the Supreme Court of Bermuda. Henry’s mother is Bermudian and Bermuda has been Henry’s home for over 30 years. Henry’s artistic vision was forged in the vivid contrasts of the Bermudian landscape, painting ‘en plein air’ in St George’s, and in his portraits of various notable Bermudian subjects. Henry has held numerous solo shows here, and is represented in the permanent collection of the Bermuda National Gallery. Henry visits Bermuda regularly to vacation with his wife Tracy and their three sons Xander, Quinlan and Zachary. It is the place that he is proud to call home.

The legal services associated with the commission from the British Red Cross for Her Majesty’s portrait were generously donated by the Bermudian lawyer, Duncan Card, Managing Principal at the law firm of Bennett Jones ( Bermuda ) Ltd.
The above stamps feature photos of Her Majesty on her visits in Bermuda were released in 2017
Photo credits: Department of Communications, Kageaki Smith Photographer (left), Ms. Rosemary Jones (centre), AP/Chris Radburn/PA Wire (right)

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Sunken Harbour Club at Cambridge Beaches, Bermuda https://www.bermuda.com/sunken-harbour-club-at-cambridge-beaches-bermuda/ https://www.bermuda.com/sunken-harbour-club-at-cambridge-beaches-bermuda/#respond Tue, 06 Sep 2022 13:49:28 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=27098 A Completely Reimagined Culinary Experience, Sunken Harbor Club Nestled on a 23-acre private peninsula, this opening follows a complete reimagining and transformation for the iconic property by Dovetail + Co, an owner and creator of hotels, bars, and restaurants that promote exploration and discovery. This new chapter for the Cambridge Beaches, as it approaches its

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Sunken Harbor Club, Cambridge Beaches

A Completely Reimagined Culinary Experience, Sunken Harbor Club

Nestled on a 23-acre private peninsula, this opening follows a complete reimagining and transformation for the iconic property by Dovetail + Co, an owner and creator of hotels, bars, and restaurants that promote exploration and discovery. This new chapter for the Cambridge Beaches, as it approaches its centennial next year, unveils a new refined perspective, immersive dining experiences, and expanded amenities in collaboration with local Bermudian talent and creative collaborators from New York City.

The Bermuda chapter of the renowned New York City cocktail bar, Sunken Harbor Club, takes its form at Cambridge Beaches as a dockside tavern and tropical cocktail bar overlooking Mangrove Bay with a unique dining experience created by longtime Executive Chef Keith DeShields. A diverse fusion of flavors with Caribbean and Portuguese notes influences the menu and celebrates roots cuisine based off recipes passed down for generations featuring truly Bermudian dishes such as shark hash, homemade callaloo pasta, and cedar smoked plantain stuffed wild boar loin.

Originally opened in 1923, Cambridge Beaches is the first of its kind on the island made up of unique, freestanding cottages positioned along the coast for maximum privacy and unparalleled ocean views. Kellyann Hee, former interior designer for Soho House Design Group, incorporated much of the property’s historical & architectural features into its redesign to create a new aesthetic inspired by its Bermudian heritage.

In addition to Sunken Harbor Club, the hotel also offers two additional new onsite restaurants by Chef Keith Deshields, Breezes and Pastel. The award-winning restaurant and bar, Breezes, features elevated island cuisine and handcrafted cocktails situated beachside for easy ocean access, prime sunset dining, and sightings of water animals and birds. Pastel, the property’s poolside restaurant for lunch and evening bar service, serves a lite fare menu focused on fish and seafood including poke bowls, salads, a selection of sushi, spritzy cocktails, and house-made rainbow sherbet. Created for locals and travelers alike, each restaurant is accessible by both land and water.

Cambridge Beaches offers an array of unique spaces to host events and celebrations. Specializing in destination weddings, the property’s location and backdrop of water views throughout makes for a memorable venue for events of all sizes. For large events, the Shoreline Terrace commands waterfront views of Mangrove Bay and moonlit nights, while intimate gatherings can be accommodated at Turtle Cove, Westerly Point, and the Sky Deck for maximum privacy complemented with charming views. Additionally, the exclusive Breezes Restaurant and Sundowner Lounge offers sweeping views of Long Bay and island sunsets.

The expansive property features 86 guest room accommodations, each complete with water views and large private outdoor patios. The restyled cottages provide fresh yet timeless spaces that offer a sense of tropical whimsy where floral prints and vibrant paint colors are met with curated collections of bespoke furniture and contemporary modern art by Bermudian artists. Select villa-style cottages feature private swimming pools overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and multi-room cottages and adjoining suite options are available for family and group travel.

For more or to book a reservation visit Cambridge Beaches

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Diamonds International Bermuda https://www.bermuda.com/diamonds-international-bermuda/ https://www.bermuda.com/diamonds-international-bermuda/#respond Tue, 06 Sep 2022 13:09:06 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=27084 Welcome to Diamonds International No trip to Bermuda is complete without visiting the largest display of Diamonds and Watches on the island at Diamonds International. Located in King’s Wharf Dockyard, Diamonds International offers a shopping experience that rivals the jewelry shopping experiences in New York, Hong Kong or Dubai! With over 8000 square feet of

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Diamonds International Bermuda

Welcome to Diamonds International

No trip to Bermuda is complete without visiting the largest display of Diamonds and Watches on the island at Diamonds International.

Located in King’s Wharf Dockyard, Diamonds International offers a shopping experience that rivals the jewelry shopping experiences in New York, Hong Kong or Dubai! With over 8000 square feet of retail space which includes a VIP Lounge, a kid’s room and full bar, there is something to do, for every age at Diamonds International!

The world’s most sought-after Diamond and jewelry brands are housed inside their stunning Flagship store showroom include De Beers Forevermark and the exclusive Crown of Light Diamond Collection.

Diamonds International developed its patented and world-renowned Crown of Light Diamond inside its diamond-cutting facility in Namibia. With 90 facets, Crown of Light is a stunning triumph of cutting expertise and ingenious design. Each diamond is measured to perfection by excellent craftsmen allowing the result to be breathtaking and offering a superior sparkle and fire. With over four thousand individual pieces of Diamond and Gemstone jewelry in store, you are sure to find the perfect piece to suit your style and budget.

World class watches are available in abundance with World renowned brands such as Breitling, Hublot, Tag Heuer, Zenith, Bremont, Pre-Owned Rolex and many, many more.

With an array of loose Diamonds and settings you can create your dream piece that’s truly one of a kind. Diamonds International has a Master jeweler is on site for all your customization and workshop needs.

Interest-free financing can make any purchase easier for American and Canadian citizens as well as generous layaway options are available for all Bermuda residents.

Diamonds International is proud supporter of both local and International charitable initiatives and will continue to contribute and donate to causes on Island and abroad.

Exclusive discounts and promotions for Visitors and Residents of Bermuda!

Address: Building 9, Royal Navel Dockyard, Camber rd, Sandys, Bermuda.
Website: www.diamondsinternational.com
Facebook: @diamondsinternationalbermuda
Instagram: @diamondsinternationalbermuda
Phone: 441-234-0500
Whatsapp: 441-705-1917

Hours:
Monday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Friday: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Shop Brands:
Breitling
Hublot
Mont Blanc
Zenith
Tag Heuer
Movado
Bremont
Bulova
Hamilton
Philip Stein
John Hardy
Forevermark
Crown of Light
Crown of Light Couture

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The Bird of Bermuda – The Iconic Longtail https://www.bermuda.com/a-symbol-of-bermuda-the-iconic-longtail/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 04:15:47 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=9189 A Symbol of Bermuda - The Iconic Longtail The White-Tailed Tropic Bird, or Longtail, is Bermuda’s traditional harbinger of spring and a beautiful feature of our coastline during the summer months. Longtails first appear in Bermuda between late February and the end of March when they arrive for the breeding season, and pairs of

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Bermuda Longtail by Pierangelo Lanfranchi

A Symbol of Bermuda – The Iconic Longtail

The White-Tailed Tropic Bird, or Longtail, is Bermuda’s traditional harbinger of spring and a beautiful feature of our coastline during the summer months. Longtails first appear in Bermuda between late February and the end of March when they arrive for the breeding season, and pairs of birds can be seen in aerial courtship, touching the tips of the long tail feathers together in paired flight, throughout April. They nest from April to August in holes and crevices of the soft limestone coastal cliffs and islands, safe from human disturbance and introduced mammal predators. The Longtail is the only native breeding seabird to have survived in numbers comparable to its primeval abundance on Bermuda.

The single purplish-red speckled egg is laid in April and hatches in late May. The chick takes approximately 65 days to fledge and departs to sea on its own in late August and September when the parents stop bringing it food. Longtails feed out on the open ocean where they plunge from a height onto unsuspecting fish and squid like a gannet. During the winter months, the population disperses throughout the Sargasso Sea and Western Atlantic and remains out of sight of land.
There are 3500-4000 nesting pairs in Bermuda and steps have been taken to protect the species. The number of Longtails steadily went into decline due to coastline development; increased disturbance from an expanding population; predation by illegal-stray dogs, cats, crows; and competition with pigeons and mourning doves for nests. Another factor is higher sea levels and increased coastal erosion. To reverse the decline, Longtail igloos were invented in 1997 as an emergency measure to provide alternative nesting sites.
Made of SKB roofing material, the igloos provide insulation and shelter from the sun, are light but strong, with a concrete covering that provides camouflage and holds the nest in place. Seventy Longtail igloo nests are in place on Nonsuch Island Nature Reserve and have been installed at Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve and on the ramparts of the National Museum of Bermuda in Dockyard. Over 1100 igloo nests are now in place along the island’s coast and have proved a success by increasing the number of breeding pairs.
From April to August you can watch a nesting Longtail with the Nonsuch Island Live Tropic-Bird Cam.​

Photos by Pierangelo Lanfranchi

Updated: 9/6/2022

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Royal Naval Dockyard https://www.bermuda.com/royal-naval-dockyard/ https://www.bermuda.com/royal-naval-dockyard/#respond Tue, 06 Sep 2022 04:12:19 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=489 Built by Royal decree to defend British superiority on the seas, today it is a resplendent place of discovery.

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Built by Royal decree to defend British superiority on the seas, the Royal Naval Dockyard is today a resplendent place of discovery. Within the walls of this nineteenth century fortress where troops once marched, there are now lawns, flower lined lanes, fine dining and a quaint Clocktower shopping mall.

Where once all was war readiness, now exists an invitation to adventure. Swim with dolphins, snorkel at the Snorkel Park, explore the historic National Museum of Bermuda or experience Dockyard through our daily events. By daylight or moonlight, there is so much to discover. For daily event information, please visit our website www.dockyardbermuda.com.

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History
When the British were defeated in the American War of Independence, the Royal Navy were left urgently seeking a new base and it was to a 21-mile long spec in the Atlantic Ocean that they turned.

Without a secure operational base between Halifax, Nova Scotia and the West Indies, there was a pressing need to identify a strategic mid-Atlantic location where a secure anchorage for the Navy’s fleet and a dockyard, victualling yard and ordnance depot to maintain the ships could be developed.

So, in 1809, two hundred years after the British first set foot in Bermuda, the Navy bought 200 acres of land at Ireland Island and started work on what was to become the North America and West Indies Station. It was a huge project that involved large land reclamations and the labour of thousands of convicts from Britain who were housed in appalling conditions aboard rotting hulks of former naval fighting ships.

Later renamed the Royal Naval Dockyard, it remained an important strategic base for a further 139 years. During the First and Second World Wars, it was a bustling, vibrant port with floating docks where ships were repaired for combat deployment. Nearly 600 vessels were repaired and put back into action. In addition, sea patrols from here escorted people from and to the UK and Canada, and German soldiers passed through Dockyard on their way to POW camps in Canada.

The Royal Navy left the main Dockyard in 1951, although the naval base was not officially closed until 1995. For the next two decades the area was largely abandoned until the National Museum of Bermuda was officially opened in the fortress known as the Keep and its success led government to begin to restore the Dockyard as a cultural tourism destination.

In 1982, Bermuda passed the West End Development Corporation (WEDCO) Act and more than $60 million has now been invested into Dockyard which has been carefully and thoughtfully restored with attractions added that complement its British history and the Bermudian culture.

Buildings, with walls two or three feet thick, have been carefully restored and have some peculiarly British names like the Chicane building; the Sail Loft and the Victualling Yard. Instead of naval stores or staff, they now host a huge variety of things to do – a Transport Museum, a British-themed pub, a glassworks studio and a shopping mall to name a few. The variety is enormous and history, culture and entertainment all intermingle seamlessly to provide a unique experience.

Dockyard is Bermuda’s most visited attraction and it will continue to evolve. It will, however, always have one eye on its past which will be carefully respected.

For more information regarding the Royal Naval Dockyard please give us a call at 441-234-1709 and let the Bermuda.com team help you!

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Top 10 Fall Experiences https://www.bermuda.com/top-10-fall-experiences/ https://www.bermuda.com/top-10-fall-experiences/#respond Wed, 31 Aug 2022 12:00:21 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=23773 There are so many ways to spend your time in Bermuda however we have chosen just 10 that you must experience before you go!

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Five Forts Golf Club, photo supplied

Top 10 Fall Experiences

There are so many ways to spend your time in Bermuda however we have chosen just 10 that you must experience before you go!

1. Discover Deep, Clear Underground Pools of Azure Blue Water Surrounded By Bermuda’s Famous Crystal Caves

An absolute must for the whole family!

They are an absolute must on your list of things to do in Bermuda! The Crystal & Fantasy Caves are Bermuda’s top visitor attraction for some very spectacular reasons. Deep, clear underground pools of azure blue water. Incredible formations of every size and shape imaginable. Cave ceilings adorned with rare chandelier clusters and delicate crystallized soda straws. Each cave is uniquely beautiful and is a new adventure to discover. Be sure to explore them both. It’s a not-to-be missed, favorite family activity in Bermuda.

Bus Route #1, #3, #10 & #11 St George’s-Hamilton all pass the Bailey’s Bay Location.

2. Discover What Might Be One Of The Most Enchanting Attractions You’ll Ever Explore

The impressive Gothic vestige that looms over the town of St. George’s was begun in 1870 as a replacement for St. Peter’s, which had fallen into a state of serious disrepair. Designed by William Hay, the Scottish-born architect who later drew the plans for Hamilton‰’s cathedral, the St. George’s church was abandoned in 1899 when near completion.

Bus Routes 1, 3, 10 and 11 that operate between Hamilton and St. George’s.

3. Paddle Your Way To Paradise

For just $30/hour ($15 per each additional hour) rent a paddle board or a few from Blue Hole Watersports and plan a day explore Castle Harbour and its islands, one of the most scenic forms of paradise in the world. This is a popular spot for locals especially on the weekends where you will find boats rafted up, a small beach cluttered with kids playing, adventure seekers cliff jumping and some of the most beautiful snorkelling spots around the island. The closest grocery stores are Market Place in Shelly Bay or Somers Supermart in St. George’s where you can pick up a few things to make a light picnic. You can also order a picnic box to go from Brumae Cafe in St. Georges.

4. Enjoy 18 Holes of The Tee Time of a Life Time

One of the bespoke recreational amenities of The St. Regis Bermuda Resort – Five Forts Golf Club welcomes golfers to a unique golf experience. Named after the rich heritage of St. George’s, former capital of Bermuda, the golf course is surrounded by the five forts neighboring including the largest and most celebrated in Bermuda, Fort St. Catherine, situated just steps from The St. Regis Bermuda resort. The reimagined golf course boasts 18 unique holes offering captivating ocean views from nearly every hole.

Five Forts Golf Club | The St. Regis Bermuda Resort | St. George Bermuda (marriott.com)

5. Spend A Magnificent Day Explore Bermuda’s Blues

Island Vibez of Bermudaful Charters is Bermuda’s newest charter boat and is absolutely perfect for getting out on the water and enjoying a little snorkeling, sunset cruising, cliff Jumping, or any excuse to get together a family, friends or coworkers.

6. Indulge In Local Cuisine With A Bermuda Food Tour

This 3-3.5 hour walking food tour is an absolute must if you love trying new cuisine. Bermuda Food Tours offer tours Monday thru Saturday. Call 441-704-0999 to book your day and time. Currently on offer are tours such as ‘Flavor and Flair’, ‘Sites and Bites’, ‘Culture and Cuisine’ or their evening tour ‘After Hours’.

7. Rent A Boat, Picnic + Explore Our Bermuda Blues

Bermuda Electric Boats is fairly new here in Bermuda and they have the cutest boats including one with its own water slide. They making renting a boat so easy. You don’t need a license and rentals start as low as $125/hr. Located in Hamilton Harbour, order picnic perfect meals to-go from Buzz Cafe, or Sushi from Coconut Rock on Reid Street. Drinks, desserts and anything else you might need could be picked up from Miles Market.

8. Book a guided tour with a local

Explore the real Bermuda that few tourists ever see with a customizable private guided Eco-Tour which can be adapted to the age and fitness level of any traveler.

Book one of three Year-Round Excursions to St. George’s and St. David’s Parish or customize your outing to visit the places you most want to see.

Click here to book online now: https://www.ptix.bm/Event/7236/Robins-Paradise

9. Explore Bermuda’s Historic Forts

There are approximately 90 forts scattered across the island of Bermuda. Some are easy to find and in picturesque areas – and the best part? You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy them. Most have been restored, some are in parks, but all have gorgeous views.

Click Here To Learn More About A Few Of Our Favourites

10. Relax + Unwind Under the Stars with Local Musicians

Lido Complex is located at Elbow Beach Resort. This is one of the most magical places in Bermuda especially during the evening when the sun is just setting. The picturesque open-air terrace shows off panoramic views of Bermuda’s South Shore Elbow Beach and the glorious Atlantic Ocean for miles into the distance. It’s a great spot to enjoy freshly made cocktails, an aperitif before dinner or drinks under the stars. Seabreeze also serves an extensive selection of tapas and sushi.

Call 236-9884 to book your table and get ready for an unforgettable evening!

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The Bermuda Sandcastle Competition https://www.bermuda.com/the-bermuda-sandcastle-competition/ https://www.bermuda.com/the-bermuda-sandcastle-competition/#respond Mon, 22 Aug 2022 23:07:23 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=27073 The Bermuda Sandcastle Competition returns on Saturday September 3rd 2022 at Horseshoe Bay Beach.  Sign up and entry is FREE with lots of space available, so gather your friends and family and sign up today at www.sandcastle.bm for a chance to win some amazing prizes.   Top prize,  open to all entries, is “Best on the beach” Sponsored

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The Bermuda Sandcastle Competition returns on Saturday September 3rd 2022 at Horseshoe Bay Beach. 

Sign up and entry is FREE with lots of space available, so gather your friends and family and sign up today at www.sandcastle.bm for a chance to win some amazing prizes. 

 Top prize,  open to all entries, is “Best on the beach” Sponsored by  Alexandra Mosher Studio Jewellery 

 Contestants in the ADULT, FAMILY, and TEENAGER categories will be competing for cash prizes of: 

1st – $500
2nd – $400
3rd – $300

Childrens category is being sponsored this year by Gorhams who will be offering gift cards in the above mentioned amounts to each winning team. 

Tourist prizes, Generously sponsored by the Hamilton Princess Hotel and Beach club, are as follows:

1st prize •   Two night stay in a Signature Room at Hamilton Princess & Beach Club
2nd prize •   90 minute Massage of your choice at Exhale Spa
3rd prize •   Champagne Brunch for two at Crown & Anchor

A very special Honorable mention Prize is being offered this year. Bermuda Sandcastle Competition is excited to be collaborating with The Butterfield Bermuda Championship who have offered  Complimentary tickets to the Bermuda Championship PGA Tournament at Port Royal Golf Course in October 2022. 

If you want to sign up but aren’t sure how to build the sandcastle of your dreams,  dont worry The Bermuda Sandcastle Competition is offering FREE WORKSHOPS: 

These FREE WORKSHOPS will take place at Horseshoe Bay Beach on the following evenings:

  • Saturday, August 27th – 5:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, August 31st – 5:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Thursday, September 1st – 5:30pm – 7:30pm

In these tutorials, participants will learn how to create masterpieces in sand, from past champions.  The workshops are offered not only for entrants needing a refresher course but also for anyone looking to try something new.  No experience or artistic ability required.

Anyone wanting to attend the workshops should send an email to hello@sandcastle.bm to reserve a spot.  We will have buckets and tools set aside for each registered group. Additional tools can be found at our sponsor Gorhams.  Check out there website at www.gorhams-ltd.com.

For those unable to make the workshops you can check out our Free tutorial video onhttps://www.sandcastle.bm/tutorial to see how it’s done. 

Competitors must check in between 9:30am and noon on the day of the competition and building will commence at 10am. Each team will be assigned a building plot of 10ft by 10ft and will be supplied with a mound of sand to work with to give them a head start. All entrants will receive free beverages on the day thanks to a long standing partnership with John Barritt & Son. All sandcastle building tools must be downed by 4pm, at which time the judges will arrive on the beach to commence judging. The panel of judges includes; Jamal Hart, Tim Morrison, Manager at the Hamilton Princess Hotel and Arden Vickers from The Butterfield Bermuda Championship .

The Bermuda Sandcastle Competition is a non profit event and relies wholly on the generous sponsorship of the following companies: EVEREN,  The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, Alexandra Mosher Studio Jewelry, Gorhams Ltd., the Butterfield Bermuda Championship and beverages are provided by John Barritt & Son. 

Quote’s from our sponsors:

Tim Morrison, General Manager of the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, said: 

We are delighted to be able to support the Bermuda Sandcastle Competition once again. This competition has become a staple for the Bermudian summer and year after year is a wonderful way for friends, families of both locals and visitors to celebrate the beauty of Horseshoe Bay beach while having some fun in the sun. We look forward to seeing the creative pink sand concepts that this year’s event will bring!”

“Alexandra Mosher, Owner of Alexandra Mosher Studio Jewelry, said: 

“Could there be a more beautiful place to create community art than Bermuda’s beloved Horseshoe Beach?  It’s wonderful to experience locals and visitors coming together to design sculptural masterpieces in pink sand, while soaking up the sun at the water’s edge. We’re thrilled to be sponsors of this incredible event and look forward to witnessing each design emerge on September 3rd.”

EVEREN Spokesperson, Gail Miller, commented “EVEREN is proud to continue our partnership and support of The Bermuda Sandcastle Competition.  The annual competition is a great way of fostering community spirit and cultural togetherness while also encouraging healthy good natured rivalry between competitors.

Creating a masterpiece in the pink sands of the beautiful Horseshoe Bay beach is a great way to bring the summer season to a close.  We encourage everyone to grab your buckets, sculpting tools and sunscreen and join with the community for the annual family friendly event that is the Bermuda Sandcastle Competition 2022.

Hannah Emmerson, Organizer of the Bermuda Sandcastle Competition, said: “We are so very grateful to our generous sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible. We hope that the public will join us on the beach for a fun event that the whole family can enjoy.

For more information, updates and inspiration please got to The Bermuda Sandcastle Competitions Facebook page or instagram @bermudasandcastle or our web page at www.sandcastle.bm. Any questions about the event can be sent to hello@sandcastle.bm

  

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Gombeys in Bermuda https://www.bermuda.com/gombeys-in-bermuda/ Wed, 10 Aug 2022 16:24:31 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=9281 Photo by Akil Simmons Gombeys in Bermuda Bermuda’s Gombey dancers are a cultural icon reflective of Bermuda’s blend of African, West Indian, Native American and British culture.. They appear in local neighbourhoods on holidays such as Boxing Day and Good Friday, and participate in the Bermuda Day Parade, unmissable in their vibrant costumes and masks,

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Gombeys in Bermuda

Bermuda’s Gombey dancers are a cultural icon reflective of Bermuda’s blend of African, West Indian, Native American and British culture.. They appear in local neighbourhoods on holidays such as Boxing Day and Good Friday, and participate in the Bermuda Day Parade, unmissable in their vibrant costumes and masks, accompanied by energetic drummers.

The Gombeys we see today are a result of talents and traditions passed down through the centuries, with multi-generational troupes connected to a particular parish or family. There are similar related traditions in the Bahamas, St. Kitts and other Caribbean islands; however the Bermudian Gombey was recognized as its own distinct Bermudian art form at a UNESCO Cultural and Conservation Conference in 1970.

The word Gombey is derived from an African word meaning rhythm or drum, and the drummers are an essential part of the performance, often accompanied by a beer-bottle fife. Each troupe has a captain who uses a whistle to instruct the dancers and often carries a whip; chiefs answer to the captain, carry tomahawks and instruct the warriors as they act out a Biblical story or dance solo or in pairs. The vivid costumes feature a tall headdress with peacock feathers, and the decorated capes are unique to each Gombey. If you are lucky enough to hear the drums and witness a Gombey troupe, remember to throw coins as a sign of appreciation.

Look for the Gombeys at the following venues:

Harbour Nights Street Festival – Front Street, Hamilton, 7 to 10 pm, Wednesdays, May through August.

Gombey Saturdays – Queen Elizabeth Park, Hamilton, 12.30 pm Saturdays, June through October.

Bermuda Gombey Revue – Pier 6, Front Street, Hamilton, 4.15 pm, Tuesdays, November through March.

Bermuda Day Parade – Hamilton, last Friday in May.

Boxing Day, December 26th – in local neighbourhoods.

Good Friday – in local neighbourhoods.

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Snorkel Bermuda’s Coral Reef & Marine Life https://www.bermuda.com/ks-watersports-snorkeling/ https://www.bermuda.com/ks-watersports-snorkeling/#respond Wed, 10 Aug 2022 12:53:40 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=22439 Snorkel Bermuda's Coral Reef and Marine Life with K.S Watersports Departing from 4 Convenient Locations across Bermuda. Snorkel By Boat Perfect for families, friends, couples and smaller groups who want to get out on the water and explore Bermuda’s amazing underwater marine life. Two-Stop Snorkel & Shipwreck Excursion Join us on an exciting

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Snorkel Bermuda’s Coral Reef and Marine Life with K.S Watersports

Departing from 4 Convenient Locations across Bermuda.

Snorkel By Boat

Perfect for families, friends, couples and smaller groups who want to get out on the water and explore Bermuda’s amazing underwater marine life.

Two-Stop Snorkel & Shipwreck Excursion

Join us on an exciting snorkel adventure! This “Snorkel & Shipwreck Adventure” will stop at two amazing offshore spots for guests to snorkel. One stop is at/near a shipwreck and the other will be at a vibrant coral reef that you can only get to by boat. You will be provided with top quality snorkel equipment (which includes mask, snorkel & flippers), to explore the underwater marine life and tropical fish commonly found in the Atlantic and Bermuda’s waters. Groups on the boat are smaller than what other tour companies offer, plus we can take the boat into shallower areas where the snorkeling is fantastic. Let us show you the best parts of Bermuda from above and below the ocean. Prices start at $95 per person. Excursion operates daily during the summer season.

Private Snorkeling Boat Charter

Enjoy a half day or full day of snorkeling Bermuda’s crystal clear waters and vibrant coral reefs, onboard K.S. WaterSports spacious and comfortable private snorkeling boats. These private adventures will take you and your guests on an amazing journey as you experience Bermuda the very best way imaginable, by water! Your dedicated boat Captain will customize your snorkeling adventure and tour to your groups liking. They know where all the best snorkeling spots and areas are to take you, and you’ll never be too far away from the things you want to see. Whether you choose to snorkel beautiful coral reefs, hover over sunken shipwrecks, swim with fish or explore the ocean floor for lost treasures, these private snorkeling adventures give you and your guests the unique opportunity to see Bermuda in all its beauty, from above and below the water.

K.S. WaterSports snorkeling boats are capable of taking up to 12 average size adults comfortably onboard, and has the ability to get out to some amazing secluded and shallow snorkeling spots where the reefs are amazing and you are never too far away from our coastline. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced snorkeler, their staff will help you set up your snorkel gear and teach you how to snorkel if you need assistance. All K.S. WaterSports captains are CPR and first aid certified and have several year’s experience on Bermuda’s local waters.

Snorkel By Jet Ski

Snorkel By Jet Ski

Perfect for families, friends, couples and groups who want to have some fun on the water and who are looking to explore Bermuda’s underwater Marine life.

Get ready for an exciting 2hr Jet Ski & Snorkel Safari which takes you and your guests around amazing parts of Bermuda’s coastline on a jet ski and to discover vibrant coral reefs and lots of underwater marine life. These Jet Ski Safari tours cover all the same things that their popular “Jet Ski Adventures” include, but with the added time and bonus of snorkeling at one of their many secret hideaways across Bermuda. Unlike larger snorkeling boats, jet skis can maneuver and go places that are secluded and more private, and this is where some of the best snorkeling can be located. Bermuda is surrounded by many beautiful coral reefs and shipwrecks, and has some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world. On good weather days you can see all the marine life and coral formations clearly below, a truly impressive sight to see. Advance reservations are highly recommended. All guests must be able to swim to participate on the Jet Ski & Snorkel Safari tours.

Things To Know:

  • The Jet Ski & Snorkeling Safari tours are suitable for ages 5 and up and all skill levels.
  • There is a 2 Jet Ski minimum requirement per booking for the 2hr Jet Ski & Snorkel Safari tour.
  • Tours can depart from K.S. WaterSports Dockyard, Southampton, Hamilton or St. George’s Locations. (Subject to availability)
  • Advance reservations are highly recommended for these popular snorkeling tours and excursions.
  • All guests must be able to swim to participate in the activity of Snorkeling. (Guests who cannot swim can still come onboard our snorkeling boats, but they will not be able to snorkel or go in the water).
  • Persons who cannot swim cannot participate on any of K.S. WaterSports Jet Ski & Snorkel Safari tours.

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5 Ways To Soak Up Summer https://www.bermuda.com/5-ways-to-soak-up-summer-in-bermuda/ https://www.bermuda.com/5-ways-to-soak-up-summer-in-bermuda/#respond Tue, 09 Aug 2022 14:00:44 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=25772 5 Ways To Soak Up Summer It's time to really zero in on things to do across the island that involve soaking in the sun, the ocean and enjoying refreshing indulgences before, after and in between. We've listed 5 main ideas with a few supporting tips for each. You can email us anytime if

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5 Ways To Soak Up Summer

It’s time to really zero in on things to do across the island that involve soaking in the sun, the ocean and enjoying refreshing indulgences before, after and in between. We’ve listed 5 main ideas with a few supporting tips for each. You can email us anytime if your looking for something specific to do.

You can also visit our Events Calendar here.

1. Paddle To Paradise

For just $30/hour ($15 per each additional hour) rent a paddle board or a few from Blue Hole Watersports and plan a day explore Castle Harbour and its islands, one of the most scenic forms of paradise in the world. This is a popular spot for locals especially on the weekends where you will find boats rafted up, a small beach cluttered with kids playing, adventure seekers cliff jumping and some of the most beautiful snorkelling spots around the island. The closest grocery stores are Market Place in Shelly Bay or Somers Supermart in St. George’s where you can pick up a few things to make a light picnic.

Surfing in Bermuda

2. Chill, Swim, Snorkel or Surf Horseshoe Bay Beach

Bermuda is home to 34+ sandy beaches and coves, with the ones along South Shore known for their stunning pink sand, great snorkeling spots and catching a little surf, Bermuda style. Horseshoe Bay is famous worldwide and the kind of beach you’ll want to make a full day experience of. Stop by Makin Waves and pick up everything from sunscreen, snorkel gear, SPF rashguards and more. For more info on surfing lessons in Bermuda click here.

Take Bus #7 to get to Horseshoe Bay.

Here are 6 more beaches we are loving this summer.

3. Hit The Water Park in Dockyard!!

Have you checked out the Longtail Floating Fun Park lately? They have a large water slide, as well as a floating obstacle course and a diving board from the 3rd deck! Longtail is open every day from 10:00-6:00 – tickets can be booked at @islandtourcenterbermuda for $27.50 or call 441-232-KIRK for more information! After you’ve soaked up enough sun and ocean, visit Cafe Amici for lunch! You’ll find them on the corner of the Clock Tower Mall. They have the best pizza in Dockyard and a great patio.  A perfect spot for the whole family.

4. Play Hide & Seek At The Unfinished Church, Then Take A Dip Near By At Tobacco Bay

The impressive Gothic vestige that looms over the town of St. George’s was begun in 1870 as a replacement for St. Peter’s, which had fallen into a state of serious disrepair. Designed by William Hay, the Scottish-born architect who later drew the plans for Hamilton’s cathedral, the St. George’s church was abandoned in 1899 when near completion. After your exploring adventures head to Tobacco Bay for a swim and late lunch or just a few summer cocktails with your toes in the sand!

Bus Routes 1, 3, 10 and 11 that operate between Hamilton and St. George’s.

5. Sail Into The Sunset With Captain Nathan Onboard Ana Luna

One of the best ways to soak up sun in Bermuda is to sail into the sunset onboard a catamaran like the Ana Luna with an experienced Captain like Nathan.
The Cost per person is $89, the cruise leaves from Grotto Bay Beach Resort and explores with commentary and the best sunset views on island from 6pm – 8pm.  There is a cash bar available and a drink may be included in purchase. For more information or to book your cruise visit here.

Disclaimer: Prices and availability are subject to change and we’re only accurate when this article was written. Please contact vendors for more information. 

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Harbour Nights in Bermuda https://www.bermuda.com/harbour-nights/ Mon, 08 Aug 2022 13:08:18 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=20052 Harbour Nights - Every Wednesday until August 31 For just about 30 years Harbour Nights has invited locals and visitors alike to mingle along Front Street from 7pm until the stars are twinkling into the night. Here you discover the islands most talented artisans, indulge in local cuisine and enjoy the best in our entertainment.

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Harbour Nights – Every Wednesday until August 31

For just about 30 years Harbour Nights has invited locals and visitors alike to mingle along Front Street from 7pm until the stars are twinkling into the night. Here you discover the islands most talented artisans, indulge in local cuisine and enjoy the best in our entertainment. It’s always a night to remember for all ages.

For more information click here 

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Carter House https://www.bermuda.com/carter-house/ https://www.bermuda.com/carter-house/#respond Fri, 05 Aug 2022 12:00:26 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=664 Carter House is one of the oldest homes in Bermuda built in 1640 by the descendants of Christopher Carter. So who was Carter? George Somers was the first who started the British colonization in Bermuda in 1610. When he started his sail towards Jamestown from Bermuda, he asked three men to stay back to continue

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Carter House is one of the oldest homes in Bermuda built in 1640 by the descendants of Christopher Carter. So who was Carter? George Somers was the first who started the British colonization in Bermuda in 1610. When he started his sail towards Jamestown from Bermuda, he asked three men to stay back to continue the British claim of Bermuda. Carter was one of those who stayed back. So why Carter out of the three who became so well known?
Carter was actually a rogue of a kind. He along with the other two found a huge amount of Ambergris on the shore. Ambergris is a waxy substance that is secreted by sperm whales. It was earlier used in making perfumes and was supposed to be very expensive.
When the three men found such a huge quantity of Ambergris that was washed ashore, they decided to smuggle it back to England. However on the final day when they all got into the boat, Carter lost confidence and instead handed over his two mates to Governor of Bermuda putting the entire blame on them.
So Carter survived and finally settled in Coopers Island in Bermuda. His descendants later built this house known as the Carter House in Bermuda. In 1700s, Carter’s great grand daughter Martha Hayward lived in the house for many years. The building is made of Bermuda stone. Upper floor can be reached by an outside staircase as you can see in the picture. There are large chimneys on the sides. It is a great example of Bermuda’s old vernacular architecture.
Bus Route: #6
(Carter House is located at the former U.S. naval base at St David’s of St. George Parish)

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Crystal and Fantasy Caves https://www.bermuda.com/crystal-and-fantasy-caves/ https://www.bermuda.com/crystal-and-fantasy-caves/#comments Fri, 05 Aug 2022 12:00:06 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=126 Crystal & Fantasy Caves are Bermuda's top visitor attraction for some very spectacular reasons.

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The Crystal Caves Of Bermuda Are Open!

Crystal & Fantasy Caves are Bermuda’s top visitor attraction for some very spectacular reasons. Deep, clear underground pools of azure blue water. Incredible formations of every size and shape imaginable. Cave ceilings adorned with rare chandelier clusters and delicate crystallized soda straws. Each cave is uniquely beautiful and is a new adventure to discover. Be sure to explore them both.

It’s a not-to-be missed, favorite family activity in Bermuda. No wonder they are the most famous caves in Bermuda and called “Bermuda’s True Hidden Treasures” by visitors and residents alike. They are an absolute must on your list of things to do in Bermuda!

Walk-ins are welcome, however wait times may vary. We advise booking in advance by phone – (441) 293 0640.

Fiddlestix Gift Shop is open daily 9 am to 5 pm.

 

Crystal and Fantasy Caves Hours:

Open Daily 9am – 5pm; Last tour leaves at 4:30pm; Guided tours leave every 30 minutes.

We are closed New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Crystal and Fantasy Caves Ticket:

Crystal Caves ticket prices: Adults – $24 Children 12 and under – $10 Children under 5 are free

Fantasy Caves ticket prices: Adults – $24 Children 12 and under – $10 Children under 5 are free

Combination ticket prices: Adults – $35 Children 12 and under – $12 Children under 5 are free

For more information, please visit www.caves.bm or follow on Facebook.

 

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Get Married in Bermuda https://www.bermuda.com/getmarriedinbermuda/ Thu, 04 Aug 2022 13:35:21 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=19119 Bermuda weddings require a few simple steps to make it all happen. Here are some helpful tips to get you a closer to your dream wedding in Bermuda. And don’t forget, as part of your wedding planning strategy, take advantage of the knowledge and expertise of one of Bermuda’s wedding professionals, to ensure you have

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10 ways to feel the love in Bermuda

Bermuda weddings require a few simple steps to make it all happen. Here are some helpful tips to get you a closer to your dream wedding in Bermuda. And don’t forget, as part of your wedding planning strategy, take advantage of the knowledge and expertise of one of Bermuda’s wedding professionals, to ensure you have the beautiful, stress-free wedding
you envision.

All marriages in Bermuda are handled by the Registry General Office.
The first step is to apply for a Marriage Licence.
To do this, submit a Notice of Intended Marriage

Once the Notice of Intended Marriage has been submitted, along with the fees for the Marriage Licence and Marriage Certificate, the Registry General publishes your notice in the official gazette. After a 15 day waiting period, you will be issued a Marriage Licence which is valid for three months.

Before the wedding, the Marriage Licence is given to the registered Marriage Officer who will perform the ceremony. Your marriage ceremony may be religious, performed by a registered Marriage Officer, or a civil ceremony, officiated by the Registrar General. Once the ceremony has taken place, the Marriage Officer completes the Particulars of Marriage Form, submits it to the Registry General Office, who then issue the Marriage Certificate.

Department of Registry General
Government Administration Building
30 Parliament Street
Hamilton HM 12, Bermuda
Registrar General Office phone numbers: 441 297 7709 or 441 297 7707
Email kminors@gov.bm

Fees
Marriage Licence $353.00
Marriage Certificate $40.00
Marriage Ceremony at Registry General’s Office $260
Marriage Ceremony performed by Registrar General at a public beach, park or Botanical Gardens $473

Note: All fees can be paid via wire transfer as well. The overseas persons can also pay via a Bank Cheque or Wire Transfer.

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Church Bay Beach https://www.bermuda.com/church-bay-beach/ https://www.bermuda.com/church-bay-beach/#respond Wed, 03 Aug 2022 00:24:06 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=26969 Church Bay Beach This boutique beach located on Bermuda's stunning South Shore is a favourite for snorkelling, adventuring in tide pools, evening bbs and more. Shallow reefs are close to the shoreline here and home of some magnificent marine life. Take bus #7 to get here.

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Church Bay Beach

This boutique beach located on Bermuda’s stunning South Shore is a favourite for snorkelling, adventuring in tide pools, evening bbs and more. Shallow reefs are close to the shoreline here and home of some magnificent marine life.

Take bus #7 to get here.

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Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve Bermuda https://www.bermuda.com/coopers-island-nature-reserve/ https://www.bermuda.com/coopers-island-nature-reserve/#respond Tue, 02 Aug 2022 18:12:01 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=22 Cooper's Island Nature Reserve Bermuda Cooper's Island Nature Reserve is located at the South-Eastern end of Bermuda, in St. Davids. This 12 acres of unspoiled and beautiful nature reserve is now part of Bermuda's National Parks. Until 1995, the area was restricted and occupied by the US Military. On its east is the Cooper's Island

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Cooper's Island Nature Reserve Bermuda

Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve Bermuda

Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve is located at the South-Eastern end of Bermuda, in St. Davids.

This 12 acres of unspoiled and beautiful nature reserve is now part of Bermuda’s National Parks.

Until 1995, the area was restricted and occupied by the US Military. On its east is the Cooper’s Island Road,

and on its west is the beautiful Castle Harbor. Clearwater Beach and Turtle Beach are two beautiful

public beaches located next to the reserve. These shallow water beaches are popular picnic areas for families

and can get quite crowded over the weekend. But, once you are inside the reserve, it’s quiet and serene.

There are nature trails through a vast stretch of woodland area. Although much of the reserve is filled with introduced

plantations like Brazil pepper, casuarinas and allspice, there are patches where you can find

heavy concentration of Bermuda cedars, palmettos and olivewoods.

How to get there…
There is no public transportation that will take you right to Coopers Island.
Take bus #6 from town of St. George for St. David’s Lighthouse.
Then walk along the Ruth’s Bay Road towards west.
Continue on Orange Hole Road along west.
You will see Cooper’s Island Road.

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On Any given day… 

Find a Bermuda Beach and claim it as your own…

From East to West there are approximately 34 sandy beaches and coves in Bermuda. Here are a few of our favourites and if you look closely you will find tiny traces of pink sand on some and handfuls of pink sand on others. If you’re interested in learning more about which beaches have which grades of sand and the various characteristics within, The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, also known as the Ocean Discover Centre at BUEI has a fabulous interactive touch display.

Clearwater Beach

There is a choice of beautiful beaches to choose from on St. David’s Island in the east end: Clearwater Beach is next to a playground and has a seasonal beach house; Turtle Bay is a lovely cove which is great for snorkeling, and the nature reserve boasts stretches of soft sand at the end of every path.

Bus 6 from St. George’s

Tobacco Bay

Famous for its stunning limestone formations – natural sculptures that emerge from the glassy water, this picturesque, sheltered cove is also a snorkelers’ dream. The short walk from the old town of St. George is well worth it. There is a beach house for rentals, food and drink, in the summer months.

Takes about 20 minutes to reach Tobacco Bay beach from Kings Square, St. George’s

John Smith’s Bay

Off the beaten track in Smith’s parish, this popular locals’ beach is a little less crowded than the western south shore destinations, but still boasts soft sand and great swimming and snorkeling. The Harrington Hundreds grocery store is just a few minutes away by moped if you want to make your own picnic.

Bus route 1

Shelly Bay

A parent’s dream beach, Shelly Bay boasts warm, shallow water, a soft sandy bottom and backs on to a playground and sports field. A favourite for kids and novice swimmers – and close to the bus stop.

Bus route 10 or 11

Febryary in Bermuda

Warwick Long Bay

To truly grasp the beauty of Bermuda’s south shore, walk the length of Warwick Long Bay and clamber across the rocks, or take a detour over the sand dunes, to Jobson Cove and Chaplin Bay. On a quiet day in the spring and summer you will see more longtails than fellow tourists. 

Bus route 7

Horseshoe Bay

A crescent of soft, pink sand, lapped by clear blue water, fringed by sand dunes and bordered with sandstone cliffs, garnished with swaying palms – Horseshoe, in Southampton Parish, is the mecca of the island’s beaches and a must for every Bermuda visitor. Rum Bum Beach House is open in the summer months.

Bus route 7

Church Bay

Swim with shoals of brightly coloured parrot fish among the pristine coral reef that pierce the water just yards from shore at this small south shore bay, widely revered as Bermuda’s best beach for snorkelers. 

Bus route 7

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EAST END

Munchies By The Sea

Located in St. George’s Square

Patio & Take-Out – Open

Reservations 441-261-5641

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White Horse Bermuda

Located in St. George’s Square

Patio & Take-Out – Open

Reservations – (441) 297-1838

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Wahoo’s Bistro & Patio

Located in St. George’s On Water Street

Patio & Take-Out – Open

Reservations – (441) 297-1307

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Wongs Golden Dragon Restaurant 

Located in St. George’s At 13 York Street (Chinese Food, Highly Recommended)

Take-Out – Open 

Order – (441) 297-0408

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Wharf Tavern

Located in St. George’s 

Patio & Take-Out – Open

Orders & Reservations – (441) 297-3305

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Swizzle Inn Bermuda 

Located in Bailey’s Bay (home of the famous Rum Swizzle, great patio, lots of charm)

Patio & Take-Out – Open

Orders & Reservations – (441) 293-1854

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CENTRAL

Fish n’ Tings

Located in Hamilton

Take-Out – Open

Reservations – (441) 292-7389

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Village Pantry 

Located in Flatt’s Village

Patio, Gazebo & Take-Out – Open

Reservations – (441) 478-2300

Menusclick here

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Speciality Cinema & Grill

Located on North Shore Road

Take-Out – Open

Reservations – (441) 236-3133

Menusclick here

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BUZZ 

Buzz West Hamilton, 69 Pitts Bay Road, Front Street

Buzz Hamilton Pharmacy, 17 Parliament Street,
Inside Hamilton Pharmacy

Buzz n Go, 66 Middle Road, Warwick Parish

Buzz Hamilton Pharmacy, 12 North Shore

Buzz n Go Collectors Hill

Buzz Beastro, Bermuda Aquarium and Zoo

Take-Out – Open

Reservations – (441) 495-2009

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Four Star 

Take-Out – Open

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Bolero Brasserie 

Located in Hamilton just off Front Street

Patio & Take-Out – Open

Reservations – (441) 292-4507

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Portofino Restaurant 

Located in Hamilton on Bermudiana Road

Patio & Take-Out – Open

Reservations – (441) 292-2375

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The Cottage Café & Bistro 

Located in Washington Mall

Take-Out – Open

Reservations – (441) 292-0880

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Pasta Basta Bermuda 

Located on Elliot Street in Hamilton

Take-Out – Open

Reservations – (441) 295-9785

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The Snug Cafe 

Located just off Front Street in Hamilton

Take-Out – Open

Reservations – (441) 295-8399

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Pickled Onion Restaurant & Bar 

Located on Front Street, great patio overlooking the Hamilton Harbour

Take-Out & Patio – Open

Reservations – (441) 295-8399

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Huckleberry

Located on the West end of Front Street

Take-Out & Patio – Open

Reservations – (441) 478-2256

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Coconut Rock and Yashi Sushi

Located just off Reid Street in Hamilton

Take-Out – Open

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Burger Shack Bermuda 

Located on Bermudiana Road

Take-Out – Open

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Harbourfront

Patio & Take-Out – Open

Reservations – (441) 295-4207

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Port O Call 

Patio & Take-Out – Open

Reservations – (441) 295-5373

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Divots 

Patio & Take-Out Open

Reservations – (441) 295-5373

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WEST END

Fourways

Located in Paget

Limited seating and take-out – Open

Menus – click here

Reservations – (441) 236-6517

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Golf Stream

Located in Southampton

Patio and take-out – Open

Menus – click here

Reservations – (441) 236-6517

Blu Bar & Grill 

Located in Warwick

Alfreso and Takeout – Open

Menus – click here

Reservations: (441) 232-2323
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Bella Vista Bar and Grill 

Located at Port Royal Golf Course

Patio and Takeout – Open

Menus – click here

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Bone Fish Bar & Grill 

Located in Royal Naval Dockyard

Patio and Takeout – Open

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The Lonestar 

Food Truck located in Somerset

Take-Out Open

Orders (441) 505-5511

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Frog & Onion

Located in Royal Naval Dockyard

Patio and Take-Out Open

Menus – click here

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Located in the West End, Café Amici is an Italian family style restaurant in the heart of historic Dockyard. It is a place for friends and family to gather and enjoy the spirit of Italian culture and cuisine – enjoying laughter, exceptional food and each other. Executive Chef and owner, Livio Ferigo, has created a menu with many of his favorite childhood dishes that he enjoyed while growing up in Italy.

Café Amici offers a friendly intimate atmosphere with its casual attire and simple, uncomplicated and affordable Italian cuisine. Visit us for a full Italian fare and don’t forget about our Bermuda Cod Fish and Potato Breakfast every Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m

Café Amici Hours 
Daily 9:00am – 10:00pm

For more information, please visit www.bonefishgroupbermuda.com

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Chaplin Bay https://www.bermuda.com/chaplin-bay/ https://www.bermuda.com/chaplin-bay/#respond Mon, 01 Aug 2022 18:12:26 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=679 Chaplin Bay Located between Horseshoe Bay and Stonehole Bay in Southampton Parish this small but secluded beach almost completely disappears during storms or particularly high tides.

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Chaplin Bay

Located between Horseshoe Bay and Stonehole Bay in Southampton Parish this small but secluded beach almost completely disappears during storms or particularly high tides.

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Jobson’s Cove Beach https://www.bermuda.com/jobsons-cove-beach/ https://www.bermuda.com/jobsons-cove-beach/#respond Mon, 01 Aug 2022 18:12:26 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=676 Jobson's Cove Beach Jobson's Cove may be tiny but this sheltered cove, surrounded by steep jagged rocks, is arguably one of the most visually stunning beaches in Bermuda. Take a moment to listen to the waves lap at the pink sand. Put your feet in the calm, stunningly clear waters. This spectacular spot is located

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Jobson’s Cove Beach

Jobson’s Cove may be tiny but this sheltered cove, surrounded by steep jagged rocks, is arguably one of the most visually stunning beaches in Bermuda. Take a moment to listen to the waves lap at the pink sand. Put your feet in the calm, stunningly clear waters. This spectacular spot is located on South Road in Warwick Parish.

How to reach Jobson’s Cove Bus #7 (which runs between Dockyard and Hamilton) stops at Warwick long Bay beach (about 40 minutes from Dockyard). There is a short sandy pathway from the main road to the beach and from there a sandy trail towards west (i.e. toward right as you face the water) leads to Jobson’s Cove. It’s hardly 200 meters walk. There is also a paved pathway from the main road at the western end of Warwick Long Bay beach. At the end of it there is a car park and you can take a short walk from there to Jobson’s Cove towards west.

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Fish & Tings https://www.bermuda.com/fish-n-tings/ https://www.bermuda.com/fish-n-tings/#respond Mon, 01 Aug 2022 18:12:19 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=504 Specializing in Jamaican Cuisine, Fish N' Tings is an island favorite. With fast, friendly service at a great value. Offering the most delicious Jamaican cuisine on the island, it's no wonder that Fish N' Tings is one of Bermuda's most popular spots for authentic Caribbean food! Located in the heart of “bakatown” (North Hamilton) on

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Fish N' Tings

Specializing in Jamaican Cuisine, Fish N’ Tings is an island favorite. With fast, friendly service at a great value.

Offering the most delicious Jamaican cuisine on the island, it’s no wonder that Fish N’ Tings is one of Bermuda’s most popular spots for authentic Caribbean food!

Located in the heart of “bakatown” (North Hamilton) on Angle Street, we offer a wide range of flavourful Jamaican dishes. From oxtail, curried goat to jerk pork, cow foot and much, much more. Our extensive menu is one of the reasons our customers keep coming back!

In addition to food, we also carry refreshing juices and an impressive selection of energy drinks for those who need a boost!

We specialise in Catering for all occasions, call Patrick on 537-3996.

Fish N’ Tings Hours:
Open six days per week for breakfast and lunch (Monday to Thursday) from 6.30am-10pm Friday & Saturday 6.30am to 11pm

Fish N’ Tings is YOUR spot when you’re craving truly authentic West Indian cuisine!

For more information on Fish N’ Tings, or to view their menu, please visit www.fishntings.bm

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Port O’ Call https://www.bermuda.com/port-o-call/ https://www.bermuda.com/port-o-call/#respond Mon, 01 Aug 2022 18:12:15 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=372 Amid the hustle and bustle of front Street, Port O Call is an oasis of fine cuisine. This intimate restaurant is one of the most popular spots for lunch or dinner in Bermuda. The innovative award winning contemporary menu features fresh local fish, homemade pastas and the best Bermuda produce - all at pleasantly modest

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Amid the hustle and bustle of front Street, Port O Call is an oasis of fine cuisine. This intimate restaurant is one of the most popular spots for lunch or dinner in Bermuda. The innovative award winning contemporary menu features fresh local fish, homemade pastas and the best Bermuda produce – all at pleasantly modest prices.

Experience a comfortable casual atmosphere with professional service whilst you enjoy our signature dishes. Combine with our extensive Wine Spectator award winning wine list featuring over 40 fabulous wines by the glass, and you are sure to have a meal to remember.

Dine inside or on our al fresco harbour view terrace – either way you are sure to love the experience of superb service and a masterful menu in an elegant setting.

Lunch
From 12 noon to 2:30pm we would like for you to join us for a delicious a la carte luncheon in our main dining room. Invite a friend or two and experience the refined atmosphere and cuisines of Port O Call.

Dinner
Return for dinner and let us pamper you with first class service, delicious wines and fine cuisine. Unwind in a sophisticated atmosphere and enjoy the company of those around you.

Private Parties in our elegant Private Dining Room
Gather up to 16 of your closest friends and have an exclusive party in our elegant private dining room. Featuring a fifty-inch plasma screen TV with a surround sound system, personalized butler service and an assigned chef. Enjoy fabulous wines, your own customized menu, signature cocktails and deluxe desserts.

Six plasma screen TVs, in three different locations!

Port O Call Lounge | Pearl Sushi Restaurant | Private Dining Room

Celebrate Happy Hour in “The Lounge” at Port O Call
From: 4pm – 7pm
Monday – Friday

All Beers – $6
Selected Wines – $6
Specialty Cocktails – $6
House Vodka, Gin & Rum – $6

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Clearwater Beach https://www.bermuda.com/clearwater-beach/ https://www.bermuda.com/clearwater-beach/#respond Mon, 01 Aug 2022 18:12:04 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=94 Located at the east end of the island, Clearwater Beach and Coopers Island Nature Reserve were once part of a US military base and the NASA tracking station. Today the wide expanse of Clearwater Beach is home to Sunjammers Beach Bar, there is also a great playground and you can rent kayaks, snorkel and hydro-bikes

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Clear Water Beach

Located at the east end of the island, Clearwater Beach and Coopers Island Nature Reserve were once part of a US military base and the NASA tracking station. Today the wide expanse of Clearwater Beach is home to Sunjammers Beach Bar, there is also a great playground and you can rent kayaks, snorkel and hydro-bikes and more. Coopers Island is a protected nature reserve featuring wetlands, rocky shoreline and best of all more pristine stretches of white sand beaches. It’s worth the walk to explore. The former NASA radar tower serves as a viewing platform, providing a vantage point for watching birds and wildlife.

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Horseshoe Bay Beach https://www.bermuda.com/horseshoe-bay-beach/ https://www.bermuda.com/horseshoe-bay-beach/#respond Mon, 01 Aug 2022 18:12:02 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=33 Horseshoe Bay Beach is probably the most photographed beach in Bermuda and has been rated the No. 8 beach in the world by Trip Advisor! From small children, to senior citizens, its wide appeal makes Horseshoe Bay a must see when visiting Bermuda. With an adjacent kiddy beach, and its low tide, Horseshoe is definitely

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Horseshoe Bay Beach is probably the most photographed beach in Bermuda and has been rated the No. 8 beach in the world by Trip Advisor!

From small children, to senior citizens, its wide appeal makes Horseshoe Bay a must see when visiting Bermuda. With an adjacent kiddy beach, and its low tide, Horseshoe is definitely a spot for the entire family.  The expansive horseshoe-shaped beach is bordered by natural limestone cliffs and large reefs where snorkellers can explore the large variety of fish and sea life.

Not a fan of water activities? Go for a jog, play volleyball or just kick back on the sand. When hunger strikes you, do not fret.  There is a concession stand fully stocked with a variety goodies.  Horseshoe Bay is also home to BeachFest the country’s largest beach party which takes place every summer as part of Cup Match celebrations.

Address: Horseshoe Road, Off South Road, Southampton Parish, Bermuda

Traveling by Bus: Choose route #7

Want to learn more about Horseshoe Bay Beach? Contact the experts at Bermuda.com at 441-295-1189 and we will be able to help explore the Bermudas!

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The Somers Wharf Shopping & Dining Complex https://www.bermuda.com/somers-wharf-shopping-dining-complex/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 14:36:54 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=4664 The Somers Wharf Shopping & Dining Complex Somers Wharf, one of the most picturesque locations is waterfront perfection in the historic Town of St. George's. Developed in 1978, Somers Wharf Dining and Shopping Complex includes the rugged Coal Sheds, Longhouse and the Hunter Building all built in the late 1700’s and the newly refurbished

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The Somers Wharf

The Somers Wharf Shopping & Dining Complex

Somers Wharf, one of the most picturesque locations is waterfront perfection in the historic Town of St. George’s. Developed in 1978, Somers Wharf Dining and Shopping Complex includes the rugged Coal Sheds, Longhouse and the Hunter Building all built in the late 1700’s and the newly refurbished Wharf Tavern Restaurant and Bar serving Bermudian specialties and an enticing variety of scrumptious edibles including sushi to please every palate.

Ideally situated in the heart of St. George’s, within easy walking distance of bus, ferry and cruise ship terminals and boasting a large selection of boutique stores with stylish apparel, beautiful gift ware, home décor, knitting goods and crafts, souvenirs as well as a nail salon.

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Historic Forts https://www.bermuda.com/explore-bermudas-historic-forts/ https://www.bermuda.com/explore-bermudas-historic-forts/#respond Mon, 01 Aug 2022 07:30:56 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=24264 There are approximately 90 forts scattered across the island of Bermuda. Some are easy to find and in picturesque areas – and the best part? You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy them. Most have been restored, some are in parks, but all have gorgeous views.

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Explore Bermuda’s Historic Forts

There are approximately 90 forts scattered across the island of Bermuda. Some are easy to find and in picturesque areas – and the best part? You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy them. Most have been restored, some are in parks, but all have gorgeous views.

Below are five of our favourites…

Martello Tower

Martello Tower

Ferry Reach, St. George’s

The egg shaped fort was built in 1823 and features a moat, 9-11 foot thick walls of Bermuda stone, and a drawbridge. It is located on a hill at Ferry Reach Park, near Whale Bone Bay, a section of the Railway Trail and other coastal defence sites. Outside viewing only.

30 minute walk along Ferry Road, St. George’s, from bus route 1, 3, 10 or 11.

Whale Bay Battery

Whale Bay Battery

Whale Bay Road, Southampton

Whale Bay Battery and West Side Fort defended Hog Fish Cut from the 1700s through WWII. Today you can explore gun emplacements and the magazine, enjoy superb ocean views from the top of the fort and picnic in the adjacent parkland.

Bus 7 or 8 to Whale Bay Road and then a 20 minute walk.

Fort Hamilton

Pembroke

Enjoy magnificent views over the City of Hamilton and its harbour. The upper levels and battlements have been landscaped with lawns, which make a fine place for a picnic. Entry is across a wooden bridge over the deep dry-moat and there are plenty of cannons and ramparts inside.

If walking from Front Street head east and take a left towards King Street. Walk up the steep incline of Kings Street and turn right to Happy Valley Road.  Fort Hamilton is on your right.

Fort St. Catherine

St. George’s

Packed with historic exhibits, artifacts, and a well preserved interior, this stone built fort houses a museum and is one of Bermudas most impressive structures and in the old artillery store there is an exhibit of the fort’s development over four centuries.

From Kings Square take Duke of York Street, take a left at Somers Super Market towards Duke of Kent Street. Keep going and you will reach Tobacco Bay. Fort St. Catherine is a 5 minute walk from there.

Scaur Hill Fort & Park

Somerset Road, Sandys

This fort was built to defend the Royal Naval Dockyard against the Americans during the war of 1812. Then in the 1940s, American guns defended the fort during WWII.  While exploring, look for the deep gun pits and galleries which go deep into the hillside. The ramparts offer spectacular views of Ely’s Harbour and the Great Sound.

Bus 7 or 8 (operated between Dockyard and Hamilton)

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20 Things You Might Not Have Known About Cup Match in Bermuda https://www.bermuda.com/20-things-you-might-not-have-known-about-cup-match-in-bermuda/ https://www.bermuda.com/20-things-you-might-not-have-known-about-cup-match-in-bermuda/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2022 00:12:56 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=26936 20 Things You Might Not Have Known About Cup Match The roots of Cup Match lie in the abolition of slavery in Bermuda on August 1, 1834 when men from Somerset and St. George’s met in friendly rivalry to celebrate Emancipation. In 1901, during a cricket match between the two Friendly Societies, an agreement was

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20 Things You Might Not Have Known About Cup Match

  1. The roots of Cup Match lie in the abolition of slavery in Bermuda on August 1, 1834 when men from Somerset and St. George’s met in friendly rivalry to celebrate Emancipation.
  2. In 1901, during a cricket match between the two Friendly Societies, an agreement was made to play for an annual trophy. Members of the Friendly Societies and Lodges raised funds and in 1902 a silver cup that was played for annually was introduced.
  3. The original cup was ordered from England by the Albert Cann of Somerset Cricket Club.
  4. The first official Cup Match took place on June 12, 1902 at the Royal Naval Field – which is directly opposite Somerset Cricket Club.
  5. Initially the games were played at Garrison Field in St George’s and the Royal Naval Field in Somerset.
  6. The inaugural year of Cup Match in 1902 saw three one-day matches played over three months. The first was in Somerset on June 12, the second in St George’s on July 10, and the third in Somerset on August 21.
  7. In the early years of Cup Match the victorious side would retain home advantage the next year. That later changed so that the winning team could only play at home for two years in succession. But today the venues alternate on a yearly basis.
  8. Cup Match was at the Wellington Oval for the first time in 1921, while Somerset Cricket Club hosted its first Cup Match in 1949.
  9. The first Cup Match at Wellington Oval was played on red clay. Cinder replaced the clay in 1923 and concrete replaced the cinder in 1924.
  10. The concrete wicket was covered in coconut matting— which would be laid out at the beginning of play and then staked down to prevent it moving.
  11. Cup Match was first played on a turf wicket in 1971 in Somerset.
  12. Fans were not charged admission to Cup Match until the early 1920s – before then the sporting spectacle had been free to the public—
  13. Walter Darrell, a tailor, selected St George’s colours of blue and blue. They were based on the English universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
  14. Cup Match was first televised in its entirety for free in 2008 . Previously highlights of the game were shown in the morning and evening on ZBM. Prior to that the game has been covered on the radio since the 1950s.
  15. Wicketkeepers Dennis Wainwright and Woodgate Simmons hold the record for most catches in Cup Match. They both pouched 26 victims. Wainwright also represented Bermuda on the football pitch in the 1967 Pan-American Games while Simmons is the oldest living Cup Match player.
  16. Cup Match has played host to a string of imaginatively nicknamed cricketers over the years. Those who have done battle including: Bummy, Bunny, Friday, Dicty, Bunkers, Bo Jangles, Johnny Cake, Poach, Tit, Beaver, War Baby, Boar, Red, Jigger, Champ, Buller, Bosun, Pig’s Ear, Porgy, Shark-Eye, Cocky, Piggy, Tubby, Bubber, Fleas.
  17. The youngest players to have ever played in Cup Match are Tre Govia for St. George’s in 2008, and Joshua Gilbert for Somersetin 2009. Both were aged 15 when they took to the field.
  18. William Bassett of Somerset has the ominous honour of being the first batsmen to get a Cup Match duck in the 1902 game.
  19. When it comes to records St George’s hold all the cards. Charlie Marshall holds the record for the top run scorer while swing bowler, Clarence Parfitt, is the top wicket-taking tree. What’s more Calvin ‘Bummy’ Symonds is the most successful Cup Match captain, The St George’s skipper was unbeaten — winning eight and drawing one — between 1961 and 1969.
  20. The game of Crown and Anchor has its roots in the days when the Royal Navy were based in Bermuda.

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The Globe Museum & Trustworthy Gift-Shop, Bermuda https://www.bermuda.com/the-globe-museum-trustworthy-gift-shop-bermuda/ https://www.bermuda.com/the-globe-museum-trustworthy-gift-shop-bermuda/#respond Wed, 27 Jul 2022 13:54:18 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=26927 The Globe Museum & Trustworthy Gift-Shop Built in 1699, the Globe is one of Bermuda’s oldest buildings, home to an early Governor and later a hotel patronized by Mark Twain. Here you can learn about the Bermudian ‘Rogues and Runners’ who played a role in the US Civil War, and browse the Trustworthy Gift Shop

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The Globe Museum & Trustworthy Gift-Shop

Built in 1699, the Globe is one of Bermuda’s oldest buildings, home to an early Governor and later a hotel patronized by Mark Twain. Here you can learn about the Bermudian ‘Rogues and Runners’ who played a role in the US Civil War, and browse the Trustworthy Gift Shop for locally made crafts, souvenirs and gifts. 

32 Duke of York Street, St George’s                

For opening hours visit www.bnt.bm  or email palmetto@bnt.bm  

Call (441) 236-6483 

 

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Tucker House Historic Home, Bermuda https://www.bermuda.com/historic-tucker-house/ https://www.bermuda.com/historic-tucker-house/#respond Tue, 26 Jul 2022 13:00:26 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=662 Tucker House Historic Home Historic Tucker House offers an intriguing window back in time to old Bermuda. Built around 1752, the museum features an extensive collection of antiques including fine porcelain, portraits and Bermuda cedar furniture. The old kitchen was once a barber shop run by Joseph Rainey, who was born into slavery and went

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Tucker House

Tucker House Historic Home

Historic Tucker House offers an intriguing window back in time to old Bermuda. Built around 1752, the museum features an extensive collection of antiques including fine porcelain, portraits and Bermuda cedar furniture. The old kitchen was once a barber shop run by Joseph Rainey, who was born into slavery and went on to become the first Black US Senator. The basement holds a fascinating exhibit of items from an archaeological dig under the house. 

5 Water Street, St George’s                                

For opening hours visit www.bnt.bm  or email palmetto@bnt.bm 

Call (441) 236 6483 

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Waterville

Located on the water’s edge at the end of Hamilton Harbour, known as Foot of the Lane, Waterville is the headquarters of the Bermuda National Trust. This elegant house was built c. 1725 by the Trimingham family, and was the site of the first Triminghams store, which opened in 1842. The reception rooms provide an interesting look into life in early Bermuda. The charming grounds include the Bermuda Rose Society’s showcase garden of old roses and the Mary-Jean Mitchell Green Memorial Garden and Gazebo.

For opening hours visit www.bnt.bm  or email palmetto@bnt.bm  

Call (441) 236-6483 

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Verdmont Historic House and Gardens Bermuda https://www.bermuda.com/verdmont-historic-house-and-gardens/ https://www.bermuda.com/verdmont-historic-house-and-gardens/#respond Tue, 26 Jul 2022 13:00:11 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=271 Verdmont Historic House and Gardens Bermuda This fascinating and beautiful old house is one of Bermuda's most significant historic buildings. Built c. 1710, Verdmont is a unique example of early Georgian architecture, and has remained virtually unchanged for 300 years. The museum features an extensive collection of antiques including Bermuda-made cedar furniture, portraits, English and

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Verdmont Museum

Verdmont Historic House and Gardens Bermuda

This fascinating and beautiful old house is one of Bermuda’s most significant historic buildings. Built c. 1710, Verdmont is a unique example of early Georgian architecture, and has remained virtually unchanged for 300 years. The museum features an extensive collection of antiques including Bermuda-made cedar furniture, portraits, English and Chinese porcelain and a child’s nursery. The gardens contain an assortment of herbs, old roses and fruit trees; and the sweeping view of South Shore is spectacular.

For opening hours visit www.bnt.bm or more info email

Call (441) 236-6483 

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How many of Bermuda’s Roads are named in honour of Cricket? https://www.bermuda.com/historical-stories-how-many-of-bermudas-roads-are-named-in-honour-of-cricket/ Fri, 22 Jul 2022 15:24:39 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=8292 By Horst Augustinovic Photo by Akil Simmons Cricket, a centuries-old game that originated in England, was first brought to Bermuda in the 1840s by soldiers of the British Army. A match played in St. George’s between the Army Garrison team and members of the Royal Navy at Dockyard started to make cricket the popular sport

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By Horst Augustinovic

Photo by Akil Simmons

Cricket_Player Cricket, a centuries-old game that originated in England, was first brought to Bermuda in the 1840s by soldiers of the British Army. A match played in St. George’s between the Army Garrison team and members of the Royal Navy at Dockyard started to make cricket the popular sport it is today. In 1855 the Bermuda Cricket Club was founded in St. George’s and the first game was played against the Army Garrison team.

As Bermudians of all backgrounds fell in love with the game – but still lacked proper cricket gear – substitutes were made. Oleander trees were particularly good to carve a bat and a stone wrapped in cloth made a suitable ball. And the game was on. On one such occasion a number of boys playing in Somerset were approached by a group of Naval officers who asked if they could join in the game. The batter was no other than HRH Prince George, later to become King George V!

And it wasn’t just cricket gear which was lacking early on, proper ‘cricket pitches’ were also not available to most players. According to William Zuill in ‘Bermuda Journey’, Johnny Fox of St. David’s came up with a novel method to keep his field in order. He built a big wire cage, something like a fishpot, with a door large enough to admit a goat. Once inside, the goat began to crop grass and continued the good work until the cage was moved to another spot. This way the ground was always ready for play with a minimum of effort.
It wasn’t until the formation of the all-black Bermuda Militia Artillery in 1890 that Bermudians were able to play regularly with proper cricket gear against British Army and Royal Navy teams. Being selected for any of these Inter-Service matches soon became a distinct honour for Bermudian cricketers.

Forty years after the abolition of slavery in Bermuda on August 1st, 1834 – Emancipation Day – Captain J. Moresby of the Royal Navy began an unofficial two-day sporting tradition with cricket matches played between two fraternal lodges from the opposite ends of the island.

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These matches between the two lodges of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows were so popular, that following the 1901 game at which one team won by only one run, it was agreed that a Cup should be played for annually. In 1902 three two-innings games were to be played in June, July and August, with the Cup going to the winner of the best of the three games. Unfortunately the 1902 game had to be abandoned in a brawl.

It was then decided that as of 1903 there would only be one game and the winner was to hold the Cup until it was won by the other side. This ‘winner–take-all’ concept worked well when both teams were relatively balanced, however, when one side had a string of victories – like Somerset in the 1930s and 1940s – and the Cup was played at the same club for a number of years, the opposite side began to feel the resulting loss of revenue. It was therefore decided that the game could not be played for more than two years at the same club. Even this proved unsatisfactory and the decision was finally made to alternate on an annual basis, regardless of which side held the Cup.

While initially only the first day of Cup Match – now Emancipation Day – was a public holiday, absenteeism from work on the second day became such a serious problem, that in 1947 the two-day public holiday was introduced. And ever since Bermuda is the only country in the world where everything comes to a grinding halt for two days every summer, and almost everyone’s attention turns to the game of cricket.

So how many of our roads are named in honour of cricket? By some accounts there are four – Fielders Lane in Smith’s Parish, near the Flatts Victoria Cricket Club, as well as three in Sandys Parish – Bat’n’Ball Lane, Cricket Lane, and Grandstand Lane, all near the Somerset Cricket Club. If you know of any others, I’d like to know.

 

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Touch BDA Mobile Spa Company

Touch Bda is a luxury mobile spa company that transforms your space, into a spa space.
Touch Bda can be a great add-on to a beautiful evening on the beach, in-room massage and spa treatments, girls day, chair massage for corporate events, birthday parties, spa parties!

Available: Monday- Saturday 9am- 8pm
Sunday: available upon request
Appointments before 8am $50 early bird fee

441-777-2556
info@touchbda.com
www.touchbda.com

 

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Hartley’s Helmet Diving https://www.bermuda.com/hartleys-helmet-diving-2/ https://www.bermuda.com/hartleys-helmet-diving-2/#respond Thu, 21 Jul 2022 12:40:06 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=26882 Hartley's Helmet Diving If you’re looking for a perfect adventure this summer for the whole Family (kids must be 5+) Hartley’s Helmet diving is the safest and easiest way to visit Bermuda’s undersea world!! Unlike snorkeling, you do not know how to swim. Diana the Bermuda angelfish, George the blue striped grunt, Gollum the squirrelfish

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Hartley's Helmet Diving

Hartley’s Helmet Diving

If you’re looking for a perfect adventure this summer for the whole Family (kids must be 5+) Hartley’s Helmet diving is the safest and easiest way to visit Bermuda’s undersea world!! Unlike snorkeling, you do not know how to swim. Diana the Bermuda angelfish, George the blue striped grunt, Gollum the squirrelfish and Herb the hind await, out in the wild, ready to perform their magic. Some you actually pet or hold, some pose for photos, a few do tricks, and others simply hold you in awe, by their grace, beauty, and fluidity.

A little History

Helmet diving as a boat tour was started by the Hartley family in 1947. This shore excursion is not really a water sport because it is so easy and effortless. Our undersea walk is in 8-10 feet of tropical water, less than 2 miles from Bermuda’s western shore. The dive is about 30-40 minutes long and the trip is 3-4 hours depending on how many divers we have. With the return of ships, dive vessel, Rainbow Runner will again use the dock adjacent to the Heritage Wharf, up in Dockyard. The price is $138 per person and includes photos with said Celebrity Fish, with a short video. It is an excellent value, where money is involved, but not the central issue. Our aim is to give you an inspiring, educational, entertaining, new, different, yet awesome experience. With Hartley’s Undersea Walk, your head stays dry and you can wear glasses, while you connect with tropical, marine life in Bermuda, all while having loads of fun.

Book Now:

Toll Free number: 1-866-836-3989

US:  1-321-256-1841

It is always better to plan ahead. Calling at the last minute because you were waiting to see what the weather will be like often backfires.

If you have just found us when on island then call the  Local: (441) 234-3535

If you can not find us and the boat is about to leave, call Greg at cell 334- 7607

Our mailing address:

Hartley’s Under Sea Adventures Ltd.
P.O. Box SB 194
Somerset Bridge SB-BX
Bermuda

Booking Your Bermuda Undersea Walk – (by email)
Email: hartley@logic.bm

 

 

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Accessibility in Bermuda https://www.bermuda.com/accessibility-in-bermuda/ https://www.bermuda.com/accessibility-in-bermuda/#respond Tue, 19 Jul 2022 17:43:50 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=26877 Transportation & Support Access Bermuda Disable Transit Keith Simmons: +1 (441) 295-9106, keithsimmons@logic.bm Bermuda Ferry Service Bermuda's public ferries are easily accessible from the Hamilton Ferry Terminal, the ferry dock at Royal Naval Dockyard, and the Rockaway ferry point in Southampton. There is also limited accessibility for the dock at St. George’s – see crew for assistance.

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Accessibility in Bermuda

Transportation & Support

Access Bermuda Disable Transit

Keith Simmons: +1 (441) 295-9106, keithsimmons@logic.bm

Bermuda Ferry Service

Bermuda’s public ferries are easily accessible from the Hamilton Ferry Terminal, the ferry dock at Royal Naval Dockyard, and the Rockaway ferry point in Southampton. There is also limited accessibility for the dock at St. George’s – see crew for assistance.

For further information, call the Hamilton Terminal at +1 (441) 295-4506

Please note: Bermuda’s public buses do not have wheelchair access.

Accessible Beaches

  • Tobacco Bay
  • John Smith’s Bay
  • Horseshoe Bay
  • Snorkel Park

Accessible Attractions

  • Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI)
  • Bermuda National Gallery
  • Bermuda Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity
  • Fort St. Catherine
  • Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo (BAMZ)

 

 

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Bermuda Cup Match 2022 https://www.bermuda.com/bermuda-cup-match-2022/ Sat, 16 Jul 2022 13:00:29 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=8286 Bermuda Cup Match 2022 July 28-29, This year Cup Match is hosted by Somerset Cricket Club During Cup Match, a public holiday unique to the island of Bermuda, the community enjoys a two day celebration of camping, boating, swimming and - most importantly - cricket. Every year before the start of the Cup

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Bermuda Cup Match 2022

July 28-29, This year Cup Match is hosted by Somerset Cricket Club

During Cup Match, a public holiday unique to the island of Bermuda, the community enjoys a two day celebration of camping, boating, swimming and – most importantly – cricket. Every year before the start of the Cup Match holiday, rival fans can be seen donning their team’s colours – red and navy for Somerset, sky blue and navy for St. George’s – leaving no question as to which team they support.

The forerunner to Cup Match was introduced to mark Emancipation Day, which took place on August 1st, 1834. Bermudians from Somerset and St. George’s marked the anniversary of the abolition of slavery by holding annual picnics, with the highlight being a friendly cricket match played between lodges from the east and west ends of the island.

In 1901, during a cricket match between two major Friendly Societies, an agreement was made to play for an annual trophy. Members of the Friendly Societies and Lodges raised funds, and in 1902 a silver cup that was played for annually was introduced. Cup Match was officially born.

In 1947 two official national public holidays were introduced and are now held annually on the Thursday and Friday closest to August 1st. The first day of the Cup Match holiday was named Emancipation Day in 1999, and continues the tradition of remembering the end of slavery. The second holiday, Somers Day, commemorates Admiral Sir George Somers, whose ship, the Sea Venture, was on its way to the Virginia settlement when it wrecked in Bermuda in 1609. This shipwreck led to the island’s permanent settlement by the British in 1612.

The two-day holiday became the annual two days of cricket played between the St. George’s Cricket Club and Somerset Cricket Club for the cup – Cup Match.

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Bermuda Car Rental https://www.bermuda.com/bermuda-car-rental/ https://www.bermuda.com/bermuda-car-rental/#respond Fri, 15 Jul 2022 19:28:45 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=21019 Bermuda Rental Car is Bermuda's most trusted electric car rental agency, offering the highest quality electric cars available on-island to locals and visitors alike. We have rental locations Island-wide including King's Wharf and Heritage Wharf Cruise Terminals both at The Royal Naval Dockyard. Whether you need a rental, sale, accessories, Bermuda Rental Car is the

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Bermuda Rental Car is Bermuda’s most trusted electric car rental agency, offering the highest quality electric cars available on-island to locals and visitors alike. We have rental locations Island-wide including King’s Wharf and Heritage Wharf Cruise Terminals both at The Royal Naval Dockyard.

Whether you need a rental, sale, accessories, Bermuda Rental Car is the only place in Bermuda to turn. We’re proud of our reputation – built on word of mouth – and consistently strive to meet the needs of our customers both Bermudian and international.

Mini Car Rental Information
All Drivers must be 25 years or older and have a valid Car Drivers License.
We do not accept overseas insurance or credit card coverages.

Anaig-Quick

  • $115 per day
  • $40 Onetime charge – Third Party Risk Fee (Mandatory and Non-Refundable)
  • Optional $15 per day CDW (Collision Damage Waiver) – Reduces liability of vehicle damage from whole vehicle replacement of $10,000 to $500. Maximum charge to customer is $500.00.

Tazzari -Zero Junior

  • $150 per day
  • $40 Onetime charge – Third Party Risk Fee (Mandatory and Non-Refundable)
  • Optional $25 per day CDW (Collision Damage Waiver) – Reduces liability of vehicle damage from whole vehicle replacement of $20,000 to $2,000. Maximum charge to customer is $2,000.00.

Keep battery charged over 50%. Rates subject to change without notice.

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Guarantee yourself a fun-filled vacation by renting a comfortable, well-maintained cycle from Oleander Cycles Bermuda.

For decades, Oleander Cycles has been Bermuda’s most trusted moped rental agency, offering the highest quality bikes and scooters available on-island to locals and visitors alike. We have rental locations Island-wide including Kings Wharf and Heritage wharf Cruise Terminals, Dockyard Bermuda.

With 6 convenient locations island wide, we also retail new bikes, offering sleek, fuel-efficient models from top quality brands like PGO, Kawasaki and TGB. as the authorized dealer we represent the entire Kawasaki Jet ski line. Every Oleander cycle is clean and reliable and all of our scooters are easy to ride. You do not need a driver’s license, only common sense, if you can ride a bicycle, you can easily ride an Oleander scooter.

Whether you need a rental, sale, accessories, basic servicing or general repairs, Oleander Cycles is the only place in Bermuda to turn to. We’re proud of our reputation – built on word of mouth – and consistently strive to meet the needs of our customers both Bermudian and international.

Oleander Cycles Bermuda also have a wide range of pedal bikes available to rent, please come and take a look today or visit www.oleandercycles.bm to see the full line of products.

Oleander Cycles are open from Monday to Sunday 8.30am to 5.30pm.
6 Valley Road, Paget PG 06 441-236-2453

Other locations:
26 York Street, St. George’s GE 05 Tel: 441-297-0478 Hours: Monday to Sunday 9am – 5pm
Grotto Bay Hotel, 11 Blue Hole Hill, Hamilton parish CR 04 Tel: 441-293-1010 Hours: Monday to Sunday 9am to 5pm
15 Gorham Road, Hamilton HM 08 Tel: 441-295-0919 Hours: Monday To Saturday 8.30am to 5pm
The Reefs, 56 South Shore Rd., Southampton SN 02 Tel: 441-239-0189 Hours: Monday to Sunday 9am to 5pm.
9 Camber Road, Dockyard MA 01 Tel: 441-234-2764 Hours: Monday to Sunday 9am to 5pm

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Do you know about Mark Twain’s 8 trips to Bermuda https://www.bermuda.com/do-you-know-about-mark-twains-8-trips-to-bermuda/ Sun, 10 Jul 2022 17:48:23 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=13791 Do you know... about Mark Twain’s 8 trips to Bermuda and a cat called To-be-or-not-to-be-that-is-the-question-Jackson? By Horst Augustinovic Mark Twain’s first trip to Bermuda in 1867 was almost accidental as it came as a 4-day stop-over at the end of a 5-month excursion to the Holy Land on the steamer Quaker City. In Innocents Abroad, the

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Mark Twain

Do you know… about Mark Twain’s 8 trips to Bermuda

and a cat called To-be-or-not-to-be-that-is-the-question-Jackson?

By Horst Augustinovic

Mark Twain’s first trip to Bermuda in 1867 was almost accidental as it came as a 4-day stop-over at the end of a 5-month excursion to the Holy Land on the steamer Quaker City. In Innocents Abroad, the book Mark Twain wrote about the trip, he described his first encounter with Bermuda as such: “Days passed—and nights; and then the beautiful Bermudas rose out of the sea, we entered the tortuous channel, steamed hither and thither among the bright summer islands, and rested at last under the flag of England and were welcome. We were not a nightmare here, where were civilization and intelligence in place of Spanish and Italian superstition, dirt and dread of cholera. A few days among the breezy groves, the flower gardens, the coral caves, and the lovely vistas of blue water that went curving in and out, disappearing and anon again appearing through jungle walls of brilliant foliage, restored the energies dulled by long drowsing on the ocean, and fitted us for our final cruise—our little run of a thousand miles to New York—America—HOME.”

Our Friends, The Bermudians

An illustration from ‘Innocents Abroad.’

It was ten years before Mark Twain returned to Bermuda, this time with his friend the Reverend Joseph Twichell on the steamer Bermuda. They arrived incognito, their names even misspelled on the passenger list. In Rambling Notes of an Idle Excursion, Mark Twain describes their arrival: “We went ashore and found a novelty of a pleasing nature; there were no hackmen, hacks or omnibuses on the pier or about it anywhere, and nobody offered his services to us, or molested us in any way. I said it was like being in heaven.”

Having planned to stay at the Hamilton Hotel, which unfortunately had just closed at the end of the winter season, they decided to stay at Mrs. Kirkham’s Private Boarding House on Cedar Avenue. During the afternoon they began exploring the outskirts of Hamilton on foot and, stopping at a cottage to get a drink of water, they were asked us to sit down and rest. The conversation soon turned to the neighbourhood cats and Mark Twain and the Reverend Joseph Twichell realized that Bermudian cats came with some rather fancy names. One was called ‘Hector G. Yelverton,’ another ‘Sir John Baldwin.’ Deacon Jackson’s cat was ‘Hold-The-Fort-For-I-Am-Coming Jackson’, or perhaps it was ‘To-be-or-not-to-be-that-is-the-question-Jackson.’ Mark Twain used both in Rambling Notes of an Idle Excursion which appeared in four installments in the Atlantic Monthly, greatly increasing Bermuda’s popularity as a travel destination.

It would be 30 years before Mark Twain returned to Bermuda for a three day visit in 1907, again with the Reverend Joseph Twichell. Unfortunately things were not as idyllic as in 1877 and as soon as getting back to New York, he booked another trip to Bermuda – minus his friend. Returning again in 1908, he dined with Woodrow Wilson and his friend Mary Peck.

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Mark Twain in Bermuda in 1908.

Mark Twain felt that Bermuda was rejuvenating his health and was sorry that his dead wife Livy never had the opportunity to share Bermuda with him. He wrote, “It grieves me, and I feel reproached, that I allowed the physicians to send Mrs. Clemens on a horrible ten-day sea journey to Italy when Bermuda was right here at hand and worth a hundred Italies.”

Another trip to Bermuda followed, this time for 47 days. Accompanied by his secretary Isabel Lyon and Elizabeth Wallace, dean at the University of Chicago with whom he formed a friendship during an earlier Bermuda trip. Socializing with Mrs. Peck, it is interesting that Isabel Lyon referred to her as ‘a snare for men folk’ and Elizabeth Wallace saw in her ‘a little restless look of unfulfilment about her eyes and mouth that gave grounds for romantic speculation.’

In November 1909 Mark Twain returned to Bermuda for twenty-six days but unfortunately his health began to decline. Returning to New York after the sudden death of his daughter Jean on Christmas Eve, he once again sought solace in Bermuda. This final trip lasted ninety-five days and he died just 10 days after returning home. Altogether Mark Twain spent 187 days in Bermuda.

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Cruisers Guide https://www.bermuda.com/cruisers-bermuda-guide-2022/ https://www.bermuda.com/cruisers-bermuda-guide-2022/#respond Wed, 22 Jun 2022 16:57:11 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=25404 Welcome To Bermuda!!! We are absolutely thrilled to see Cruise Ships at Port again and can't wait to show you around our Island.  The following Guide is a start to understanding where you are and where you'd like to go. We have included maps, tips and info on just about everything we think you

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Welcome To Bermuda!!!

We are absolutely thrilled to see Cruise Ships at Port again and can’t wait to show you around our Island.  The following Guide is a start to understanding where you are and where you’d like to go. We have included maps, tips and info on just about everything we think you should do and see during your time in Bermuda!

Royal Naval Dockyard

How do I travel from Dockyard to Hamilton and St. George’s?

Transportation passes give unlimited access to all public buses and ferries. One day, $19, two consecutive days, $31.5, three consecutive days, $44. One way bus or ferry token is $4.5 and are available from the Visitor Information Centre (VIC).

Click here to view the bus schedule.

What is the fastest way to Hamilton?

The Ferry, and it takes approximately 20 minutes. You will arrive on Front Street, the main strip of Hamilton where you will find plenty of shopping and restaurants to choose from.

Where else does the ferry go from Dockyard?

BLUE ROUTE Hamilton ORANGE ROUTE St. George’s

Click here for the ferry schedule and fare information.

Which bus routes are recommended for me?

ROUTE #7 DOCKYARD – HAMILTON (via South Shore Beaches, Gibbs Hill Lighthouse & The Swizzle Inn on South Shore)

ROUTE #1 HAMILTON – ST. GEORGE’S (via Tucker’s Town, Crystal & Fantasy Caves, Baileys Ice Cream and The Swizzle Inn Baileys Bay)

I would prefer to take a taxi or minibus.

If you’re looking for private transportation or want to accommodate a group, just ask taxi and mini bus drivers directly for an estimate. Most offer full travel benefits including commentary.

I just want to go to the beaches.

There is a Horseshoe Bay Beach Shuttle Bus $16 round trip, tickets available at the (VIC). The #7 bus departs Dockyard for the South Shore beaches. Horseshoe Bay Beach is a 30 minute ride and this route includes Church Bay, Jobson’s Cove, Warwick Long Bay and Elbow Beach. Once you arrive in St. George’s there is a St. George’s Beach Bus “Hop on Hop Off” for just $6 a day and kids under 12 ride free. This shuttle visits east end beaches, forts and watersports.

Tip: Visit the Dockyard Visitor Information Centre next to the Ferry Terminal for helpful maps, schedules and pamphlets about Bermuda.

Royal Naval Dockyard Highlights

The National Museum Of Bermuda 441 234 1418, 10am – 5pm

Dolphin Quest 441 234 4464, 9:30am – 4:30pm

Bermuda Craft Market 441 234 3208, 9am – 8pm

Snorkel Park Beach 441 234 3100

Bermuda Clayworks 441 234 5116, 9am – 6pm

Bermuda Fun Golf 441 400 7888, 10am – 10pm

K.S. Watersports Wildcat Adventures, Jet Ski Tours, Parasailing, Pontoon Boats, Boston Whaler Boat Rentals, Kayaks, Paddleboards 441 238 4155, 8am – 7pm Reef Comber

Glass Bottom Boat Tours 441 234 2193

Coral Princess Sightseeing 441 747 2204

Banana Boat A Crazy Fun Ride For The Whole Family  441 747 2204

Bonefish Bar & Grill 441 234 5151

Frog & Onion Pub 441 234 2900

City Of Hamilton

I only have time for one attraction in the City of Hamilton!

The City Hall & Arts Centre is home to The Bermuda National Gallery, Bermuda Society of Arts, Earl Cameron Theatre and City of Hamilton head office. Enjoy a walking tour with Town Crier Ed Christopher weekdays from 10:30am at the City Hall steps.

Where should I stop for a bite to eat in the City of Hamilton?

Flanagan’s Irish Pub serves traditional Codfish & Potatoes breakfast or stop by The Pickled Onion, both are located on Front Street overlooking Hamilton Harbour.

I’d love to pick up a few souvenirs!

Onion Jacks and Brown & Co are both on Front Street or enjoy the fabulous collections at Flying Colours on Queen Street.

TIP: Visit the Hamilton Visitor Information Centre next to the Ferry Terminal on Front Street for helpful maps, schedules and pamphlets about Bermuda. The Central Bus Terminal is located on Church Street in the City of Hamilton. About a 7 minute walk from the Ferry Terminal.

City Of Hamilton & Surrounding Parishe Highlights

Bermuda National Gallery 441 295 9428, Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm Sat 10am – 2pm

Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute 441 292 7219, 10am – 5pm

Cathedral Of The Most Holy Trinity 441 292 4033 Mon – Sat 10am – 4pm

Fort Hamilton 441 292 1234, 9am – 5pm

Johnny Barnes Statue Crow Lane Roundabout

Pickled Onion Restaurant & Bar 441 295 2263, Mon – Sun

The Lobster Pot Mon – Fri Lunch & Dinner, Sat – Sun Dinner Only 441 292 6898

Flanagan’s & Outback Sports Bar 441 295 8299, Open Daily

Does Bermuda have an aquarium or zoo?

Yes! The Bermuda Aquarium Museum & Zoo is located in Flatts Village. You would need to take bus #10 or #11 from City of Hamilton or St. George’s

Does Bermuda have a national drink?

We sure do and after visiting the Crystal Caves you can walk 5 mins to Swizzle Inn and sip on a famous Rum Swizzle or enjoy a Dark n’ Stormy.

Where is the airport?

The L.F. Wade International Airport is in the east end of the island and has direct flights to Boston, NYC, Philadelphia (all under two hours), Washington, Charlotte (two hours), Toronto, Atlanta, Miami (three hours) and London (under 7 hours).

Why are roofs white?

We collect rainfall on our roofs for our water supply, so the roofs must be kept clean.

No, I didn’t know that…

Bermuda is the oldest British Colony, has the most churches and golf courses per capita of any location in the world and Bermuda also has one of the highest concentrations of limestone caves in the world.

Must Do Highlights

While travelling to or from St. George’s, stop off and explore Crystal & Fantasy Caves. Feeling the heat? Let a nice ice cream cone come to the rescue at Bailey’s Ice Cream Parlour (cash only). There is a walkway between the caves and Bailey’s perfect for a quick journey and suitable for the whole family. Great place to get a few nice photos too! Swizzle Inn is located across the road from Baileys Bay Ice Cream Parlour.

Olde Town Of  St. George

Why is a visit to St. George’s an absolute must?

Because there is just so much to do!

Visit Tobacco Bay Beach

Tobacco Bay offers amenities that you won’t find elsewhere. The best part is how well you’re taken care of! This east end beach favourite has all the comfort of lounge chairs and full service cabana boys without the annual membership. Enjoy a full spectrum of authentic Bermuda beach experiences. Cool out at the beach bar & deck with signature frozen Dark n’ Stormy cocktails, delicious bar snacks, world-class snorkeling and fun water sports activities. Fridays feature inspiring Happy Hour Bonfires from 4pm till sunset with live guitar performances, Saturdays feature a Caribbean theme while “St Gorgeous Sundays” goes all out with live entertainment, local beach lounge DJs & cocktail specials. To get away from it all, explore the surrounding limestone rocks and observe paradise on earth.
Mon – Thu 10am to 6pm Fri – Sun 10am to 8pm
Contact: 297-2756 or 705 7263, Info@Tobaccobay.bm
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Alexandra Battery

Alexandra Battery is a fortification built in the 1860s. Just below the fort, is Buildings Bay, well known for its colourful sea glass that washes ashore (please don’t take these precious treasures). Drew’s Bay is another east end hidden treasure. Snorkeling is good and a wonderful place for a family picnic. Take the Beach Bus!

Fort St. Catherine

Fort St. Catherine is a must explore and contains cannons, guns, military exhibits and more, not to mention stunning panoramic views of the east end shoreline. Gates Bay, the gorgeous palm strewn beach alongside this historic fort and serviced by the operators of Tobacco Bay is complete with sun loungers, snorkeling, cold beverages and quick snacks from the new Cannon Bar concession. Take the Beach Bus!

The Beach House at Blackbeard’s Hideout

Located at Achilles Bay, is in the shade of historic Fort St. Catherine, the most easterly point of the Bermuda islands. .
A perfect stop for a cold drink, lunch or a stunning sunset dinner. Take the Beach Bus!

The Old Towne St George’s

is the main town in the east end of Bermuda featuring some of the most fascinating history on the island and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is where Sir George Somers and his men & women landed in 1609 after their ship Sea Venture was wrecked at a nearby reef. While they later continued their journey to Jamestown, three men were left behind. Later in 1612 the official settlement began in Bermuda. The Town St. George was the capital of Bermuda until 1815 when Hamilton City became the new capital.

Guided Walking & Fort Tours

Experienced tour guides will take you to the historical sites from the VIC in King’s Square with a range of fun, informative and interactive daily tours. Walking Tours through the Old Towne are Mon through Thurs and Sat at 10:30am until October. Adults $12, under 12 $5. St George’s Fort Beach Bus Tours include Ft St Catherine, Gates Fort & Alexandra Battery for incredible cultural, historic and scenic attractions on Mon & Thurs from 1pm to 3pm for $25. St David’s Island Beach Bus Tours include the famous 1879 lighthouse, St David’s Battery, Cooper’s Reserve, 1600’s Carter House and replica settler’s dwelling on Wednesdays from 1 to 3pm for $25. Tickets are available at the (VIC).

TIP: Visit the Visitor Information Centre on King’s Square for maps and directions. DON’T MISS: The re-enactment
of a public punishment for gossips and nags takes place in King’s Square at 12:30noon on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

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Munchies By The Sea

Nestled in the dreamiest setting just slightly East of the St. George’s Town Square overlooking visiting anchored yachts, you’ll find a fun, unique, eclectically designed harbour side eatery featuring authentic Bermudian food, delicious juices and the official home of Richard’s all beef Jonny Dog.

Fish sandwiches, fish nuggets (wahoo), shrimp, fish chowder, Gombey specials (combo’s with seafood), fish cakes, chicken tenders (home-made), hamburgers, chicken burgers, veggie burgers, chicken & fish wraps, macaroni & cheese, peas & rice, Jonny Dog’s, fried apple pie, veggie, chicken and steak patties all made with Jonny Bread, desserts, drinks and more…

Munchies By The Sea is owned and operated by St. George’s native Richard Cain Burchall (head chef) and his lovely wife DeVeene. Richard and DeVeene’s passion as restaurateurs shines brightly from the minute you arrive and seat yourself on their memorable patio. With big smiles and even bigger hearts, the atmosphere welcomes all. With the harbour breeze, music playing and water trickling near by from the patio water fall, this is a place where you can leave everything but your appetite and desire for a good time at the door.

Munchies opened just one year ago and despite the uncertainty with the pandemic still lingering, Munchies has thrived and a year later has a team of two full time chefs and two servers including chef Ernesto Ysip and server Janet Brown.

You might remember Richard from Black Horse Tavern in St. David’s in the later years before it closed, Wahoo’s Bistro on Water Street, or even Sunset Catering. All amazing efforts that led Richard to living his dream of opening his own space.

Munchies is family and pet friendly, they also offer wheel chair access through their main entrance. Parking is available right outside in the main lot just behind the square.

Consider Munchies for your next special event or the perfect place for a kids birthday party.

Richard and DeVeene have dreams of expanding and offering children a fun and safe place to watch big screen movies on weekend nights upstairs on their sky view patio, while adults enjoy a bite downstairs. She envisions games, colouring contests and plenty of fun to keep kids engaged and loving their time at Munchies as they grow up. DeVeene also plans to host Old St David’s Story Telling evenings, in an effort to reveal the history of St David’s, its beloved characters and the secrets of the good life, successes, shenanigans and more.

On Sundays, ask about Richard’s pancake balls. Richard loves to experiment and while you can enjoy simple classics, he invites you to live on the edge and try something new too.

Visit by foot, car, bike, bus, taxi or boat and enjoy quality authentic Bermudian fare made with love by Bermudians.

Munchies By The Sea

Phone 441-261-5641
Address 50 Water St, St.George’s GE 05, Bermuda

Hours
Monday – Thursday 11:30am – 8:30pm
(Thursday night is BBQ Night 5:30pm – 8:30pm)
Friday 11:30am – 10:30pm
Saturday 9am – 10:30pm
Sunday 9am – 3pm

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Five Forts Golf Club https://www.bermuda.com/five-forts-golf-club-a-reimagined-golfers-paradise-overlooking-bermudas-shoreline/ https://www.bermuda.com/five-forts-golf-club-a-reimagined-golfers-paradise-overlooking-bermudas-shoreline/#respond Wed, 01 Jun 2022 14:47:38 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=25958 Five Forts Golf Club, A Reimagined Golfers Paradise Overlooking Bermuda's Shoreline

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Five Forts Golf Club, A Reimagined Golfers Paradise Overlooking Bermuda’s Shoreline

34 Coot Pond Road, St. Catherine, St George’s

Bermuda’s tranquil shoreline scatters gracefully across the backdrop of the newest golf club on island. Formally St. George’s Golf Course, Five Forts Golf Club of The St. Regis Bermuda Resort has been reimagined and designed. Inspired by five surrounding forts the 18-hole course represents a different theme at each hole with a focus on Hole 1 Fort Victoria, Hole 4 Fort George, Hole 15 The Unfinished Church, Hole 17 Fort Albert, and Hole 18 Fort St. Catherine. Hole 12 is the shortest hole of the course but the 180-degree oceanside views make up for that. It’s the spot to relax and know that you’ve reached a little further than halfway of this epic golf journey.

Bermuda Longtails glide above and songs are sung by local birds. Kiskadees can be heard calling every few minutes and colourful ocean life can be seen grazing the shoreline. These accents create the paradise palette that has become Five Forts. Almost all 18 holes of this lush landscape have bragging rights to ocean views, and those tucked further inside the course show off Bermuda’s other side, her charming pastel homes, unique flora and fauna and a glimpse of the very forts for which the course found its name.

Five Forts offers a truly unique experience with all the best of Bermuda surrounding. Golfers will tee off at Hole #1 Fort Victoria and during their journey throughout the 4,043-yard course they will find themselves absolutely captivated by the Bermuda experience until they reach the 18th hole Fort St. Catherine.

Many golf courses take approximately 4-6 hours to complete however Five Forts being a boutique course takes about 3.5 hours on average. The club also boasts state-of-the-art GPS golf carts and rentals are available inside the pro shop where everything you might possibly need to enhance your golf experience exists. From trendy golf attire and accessories to a fully stocked fridge for cold drinks to pack into your caddy cooler and enjoy on the go. Lessons or simply someone to play with can also be booked.

Five Forts is the first Golf Club for the St. Regis properties and carries a St. Regis tradition at the 18th hole. On request overlooking the crystal-clear turquoise shoreline while birds sing, and marine life graze, a party can arrange for the resort to saber a bottle of champagne on site for enjoyment after finishing the course. If done during the early evening, this is the most spectacular spot to watch Bermuda’s sunset. The perfect way to end a day of golf and a great idea for any special occasion.

18 holes

4436 yards

Par for course:62

Open daily 7am – 6pm

Call Today 441-543-6715 or visit online for more information and to book a tee time or email for more info on becoming a member.

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Discovery of Bermuda https://www.bermuda.com/do-you-know-about-the-discovery-of-bermuda/ https://www.bermuda.com/do-you-know-about-the-discovery-of-bermuda/#respond Wed, 01 Jun 2022 12:49:08 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=21619 Above: The wreck of the Sea Venture Do you know About... The Discovery of Bermuda An Irish monk known as Saint Brendan the Navigator lived from 484 to 578 and according to legend was the first to discover Bermuda when he and 17 other monks set off on a seven-year voyage to the west where

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Discovery of Bermuda
Above: The wreck of the Sea Venture

Do you know About… The Discovery of Bermuda

An Irish monk known as Saint Brendan the Navigator lived from 484 to 578 and according to legend was the first to discover Bermuda when he and 17 other monks set off on a seven-year voyage to the west where they may have reached Iceland, the Canary Islands, the Azores, as well as the Western Hemisphere. Saint Brendan claimed to have discovered the ‘isle of birds’ after sailing forty days westward from the Azores. Sadly, there is no evidence that St. Brendan discovered Bermuda more than 1,000 years before the wreck of the Sea Venture in 1609, however, the earliest descriptions of Bermuda all mention the Cahow birds which showed no fear of man and made cries like human speech. Is it therefore not possible that St. Brendan and his fellow monks were the first to set foot on the islands of Bermuda?

The Sea Venture, flagship of nine vessels heading in 1609 with 500 settlers to Virginia, found herself alone after the fleet ran into a hurricane near the Azores. With Admiral Sir George Somers in command and Sir Thomas Gates, Governor of Virginia on board, what happened is best described by William Strachy:

“The clouds gathering thicke upon us and the winds singing and whistling most unusually, a dreadful storm and hideous began blow which swelling and roaring as it were by fits, at length did beat all light from heaven which like an hell of darkness turned black upon us so much the more fuller of horror . . . surely as death comes not so sudden nor apparent so he comes not so elfish and painful as at sea. For four and twenty hours the storm was fury added to fury.”
-William Strachy

Above: Building of the Deliverance

After five days and with everyone on board utterly despaired and about to face their death, Sir George Somers shouted “Land” and was able to guide the Sea Venture hard on the reef to allow the entire company to debark safely. It was Friday, July 28th 1609.

A month and a day after the wreck of the Sea Venture, the keel was laid for a new ship to take the survivors to Virginia. With the Sea Venture still high on the reefs, most of the material for the new ship was salvaged from her. When the new ship was towed to the water William Strachy wrote “When she began to swim upon her launching, our Governor called her The Deliverance.” Meanwhile Sir George Somers decided to build a second, smaller, ship and called her The Patience.

On May 10th 1610 both ships were ready and set sail for Virginia, laden with salted pork and other supplies from Bermuda. On reaching Jamestown, they found the 60 surviving settlers desolate and starving. Thinking of the plentiful supply of hogs, fish and turtles, Sir George Somers decided to return to Bermuda and bring additional food to Jamestown.

Sailing back on The Patience, Sir George again encountered heavy storms and died of exhaustion on November 9th, 1610, at the age of fifty-six. After burying his heart in what is now called Somers Gardens in St. George’s, the body of this great adventurer was taken back to England on The Patience – the ship he helped to build only a year earlier.

The illustrations featured below are of two Dioramas created by the Belgian artist Emil Antoine Verpilleaux and the Polish sculptor Andre Bohomolec.

Above: Sir George Somers

Comments: Horst@Bermuda.com

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Munchies By The Sea Bermuda https://www.bermuda.com/munchies-by-the-sea-bermuda/ https://www.bermuda.com/munchies-by-the-sea-bermuda/#respond Mon, 30 May 2022 17:22:28 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=26746 Munchies By The Sea Munchies By The Sea is located in St. George's just East of the Square. It's right on the water and has a great patio overlooking St. Georges Harbour where sailboats and yachts anchor during their stay. Munchies features Bermudian cuisine, including fish sandwiches, fish nuggets, shepherds pie, macaroni and cheese, peas

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Munchies By The Sea

Munchies By The Sea is located in St. George’s just East of the Square. It’s right on the water and has a great patio overlooking St. Georges Harbour where sailboats and yachts anchor during their stay. Munchies features Bermudian cuisine, including fish sandwiches, fish nuggets, shepherds pie, macaroni and cheese, peas and rice, chicken and they are home of the original all beef Jonny Dog. Munchies is kid friendly, pet friendly offers wheelchair access and is a great place for a casual bite or entertaining a group for a private function.

Reservations: takeout, special events or catering 441-261-5641
Address: 50 Water St, St.George’s
Hours:

Mon – Thurs : 11:30 – 8:30 pm
BBQ Thursdays 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Fri: 11:30 -10:30 pm
Sat. 9:00 – 10:30 pm
Sun: 9:00 – 3:00 pm

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Bermuda Day https://www.bermuda.com/bermuda-day/ https://www.bermuda.com/bermuda-day/#respond Thu, 26 May 2022 11:55:08 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=26642 Bermuda Day is a public holiday in the islands of Bermuda. This year it is celebrated on Friday May 27, 2022. Bermuda Day is widely considered the first unofficial day of summer and the culminating event of our annual Heritage Month. Bermuda Day is traditionally the first day of the year that residents will go

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Bermuda Day is a public holiday in the islands of Bermuda. This year it is celebrated on Friday May 27, 2022. Bermuda Day is widely considered the first unofficial day of summer and the culminating event of our annual Heritage Month.

Bermuda Day is traditionally the first day of the year that residents will go into the sea. It is also traditionally the first day on which Bermuda shorts are worn as business attire (although in recent years, Bermuda shorts are increasingly worn at any time of the year). Many people also see Bermuda Day as the first day on which they can go out on the water after the winter — consequently there is always a rush to get one’s boat ‘in de water’ before Bermuda Day.

To celebrate the holiday, there is a parade in Hamilton, Bermuda, and a road race from the west end of the island into Hamilton. For the first time, in 2015, the race started from St George’s and into Hamilton. These events are popular with spectators, and residents are known to stake out particular sections of the pavements to enable them to watch the runners and the floats. Ways of marking out one’s family’s section can include roping it off (frowned on as people have been hurt walking into them the night before), marking it off with tape with one’s name on it, or sleeping there overnight.

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