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 Thu, 26 May 2022 11:55:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Robin’s Paradise Bermuda Tours https://www.bermuda.com/robins-paradise-bermuda-tours/ https://www.bermuda.com/robins-paradise-bermuda-tours/#respond Mon, 23 May 2022 19:19:29 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=26693 Welcome to Bermuda – the Turquoise Paradise of the Atlantic! 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. Your host Robin Trimingham is a Bermudian author, artist, videographer, podcaster and a Bermuda Certified Tourism

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Welcome to Bermuda – the Turquoise Paradise of the Atlantic!

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.

Your host Robin Trimingham is a Bermudian author, artist, videographer, podcaster and a Bermuda Certified Tourism Ambassador. In addition to being a weekly columnist for The Royal Gazette, she is the author of “Under the Calabash Tree – The History of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club” and “The History of the Bermuda Mechanics Beneficial Association“.

She is also the co-author of “The Third Journey – Making the Most of Your Life After Work” and a unique series of Bermuda videos which can be viewed on YouTube.

Book one of these 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:

East End Excursion:

3 Hour Guided Sightseeing Tour of Old Bermuda buildings beaches and back waters in St. Georges Parish & Bailey’s Bay. Step back in time on this unique driving and walking tour of some of Bermuda’s oldest and least visited military forts and landmarks. Explore the island’s sub-tropical paradise along the old railway trail for glimpses of wildlife and breathtaking scenery.

Military Forts Tour:

3 Hour Guided Tour of Eight Historic Fortifications in St. Georges Parish. Natural Surroundings, breath-taking views and fascinating architecture at every turn. Includes visits to Gates Fort, Ferry Island Fort, Fort George and many more. You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy this unique driving & walking experience!

St. David’s Strolling:

3 Hour Guided Walking Tour of St. David’s & Cooper’s Island Nature Trails, Beaches & Forts. Get swept away on rustic coastal trails and surround yourself with Bermuda’s unspoiled beauty as you hike to Fort Popple and the Cooper’s Island Wildlife Observation Tower.

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

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May is Heritage Month in Bermuda https://www.bermuda.com/may-is-heritage-month-in-bermuda/ https://www.bermuda.com/may-is-heritage-month-in-bermuda/#respond Mon, 09 May 2022 13:02:22 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=26605 The Bermuda Day and Heritage Month theme is “Togetherness” and as indicated earlier, residents and visitors will be invited to participate in several community activities, including cultural lectures, entertainment shows and sporting events, and of course the most anticipated event, the Bermuda Day Parade, which takes place May 27. The full schedule of events: 12970 Heritage Month

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The Bermuda Day and Heritage Month theme is “Togetherness” and as indicated earlier, residents and visitors will be invited to participate in several community activities, including cultural lectures, entertainment shows and sporting events, and of course the most anticipated event, the Bermuda Day Parade, which takes place May 27.

The full schedule of events: 12970 Heritage Month Events.pdf

For more information on how to be a part of the Heritage Month and Bermuda Day activities, please email culture@gov.bm or call the main office at 292-1681.

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April Is Bermuda Dive Month https://www.bermuda.com/april-is-bermuda-dive-month/ https://www.bermuda.com/april-is-bermuda-dive-month/#respond Wed, 30 Mar 2022 13:38:35 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=26540 “With more shipwrecks per mile than anywhere else in the world, the island has been listed by National Geographic as an ‘unmissable diving destination.’ Bermuda Dive Month is the ideal opportunity to immerse yourself in our underwater culture.” Throughout April Dive Bermuda will offer a discounted $200 rate on its beginner diving programme, discover scuba

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“With more shipwrecks per mile than anywhere else in the world, the island has been listed by National Geographic as an ‘unmissable diving destination.’ Bermuda Dive Month is the ideal opportunity to immerse yourself in our underwater culture.”

Throughout April Dive Bermuda will offer a discounted $200 rate on its beginner diving programme, discover scuba diving, at the Grotto Bay Resort.

Meanwhile the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute will host special event nights on April 8, 14 and 22 where couples and friends can book a “dinner date” at the Harbourfront Restaurant, followed by a dive movie or panel at the BUEI auditorium.

The Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo is set to host a special sea-themed day on April 9 with divers discussing sea life with guests, food trucks, mermaids, pirates and a Dive Bermuda booth where children can try on Scuba equipment.

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Do you know about… the origin of Rugby Week, College Weeks, Spring Break and Bermuda’s Green Ticket? https://www.bermuda.com/do-you-know-about-the-origin-of-rugby-week-college-weeks-spring-break-and-bermudas-green-ticket/ https://www.bermuda.com/do-you-know-about-the-origin-of-rugby-week-college-weeks-spring-break-and-bermudas-green-ticket/#respond Wed, 30 Mar 2022 12:19:15 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=24415 Do you know about... the origin of Rugby Week, College Weeks, Spring Break and Bermuda’s Green Ticket? Apparently the tradition of American students going somewhere tropical during spring break began in 1935 when The Bermuda Athletic Association invited Harvard, Yale and Princeton’s rugby teams to come to Bermuda for a friendly scrum, offering

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Do you know about… the origin of Rugby Week, College Weeks, Spring Break and Bermuda’s Green Ticket?

Apparently the tradition of American students going somewhere tropical during spring break began in 1935 when The Bermuda Athletic Association invited Harvard, Yale and Princeton’s rugby teams to come to Bermuda for a friendly scrum, offering the students a $50 travel stipend. The spring break tradition of sun and sport was born. By the 1950’s Rugby Week became known as College Week, and later Spring Break.

In 1948 Life Magazine covered the Bermuda Rugby Week in a cover story proclaiming, “It is one continuous party for 500 US collegians.” Soon Bermuda became an annual springtime playground for elite Ivy Leaguers – and those who hoped to marry them.  But by the late 1950s rising college enrollment and affluence allowed the masses to crash the party and the seven days of revelry became known simply as College Week.

According to Life Magazine, the co-eds “got terribly tangled up riding bicycles in the left-hand Bermuda traffic. They got terrible sunburns, and most of them saw little of Bermuda. But for the tourist-conscious Bermudians, Rugby Week was sure to pay off. They can expect to meet at least one fourth of the collegians again – as honeymooners.” Many of them did.

During the 1950’s and 1960’s Bermudians and visitors alike were expected to adhere to a strict dress code and students here during college week often came into conflict with that idea. Police Officers were directed to tactfully issue a notice called a ‘Green Ticket’ to anyone they considered to be improperly dressed in public. For example if they felt that the length of a woman’s skirt was too short, or if her shorts were, well – too short!

In 1962 a U.S. newspaper reported that a Hamilton police constable, while measuring a young lady’s shorts, turned ruddy red right up to his helmet when she threw her arms around him and implored, “Henry, let’s get married right away.” And so the Green Tickets were largely ignored and instead became treasured souvenirs to hang on a sorority house wall. But not just short shorts were taboo. So were hair curlers. This calypso was commissioned by the Trade Development Board and supposed to rid Bermuda streets of tourist hair curlers:

In Bermuda, it’s taboo – Look out: don’t let the cops catch you. Keep your curlers out of sight Don’t let ‘em show in broad daylight. Pretty girls are super fine But no one loves a porcupine

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Top Photo: As this Bermuda Sun cartoon by John Miles shows, the Bermuda Police was rather uneasy about the annual arrival of College Kids.

Bottom Photo: Constable Robert Wooley measures the length of actress Eunice Gayson’s shorts in this publicity photo taken by the Bermuda News Bureau

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Whale Watching in Bermuda https://www.bermuda.com/whale-watching-in-bermuda/ Tue, 08 Mar 2022 13:00:20 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=11363 A trip to Bermuda in March or April just wouldn’t be complete without experiencing a once in a lifetime Whale Watching tour or even just learning a little more about the whales that migrate past our island...

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Photography by Andrew Stevenson

 

A trip to Bermuda in March or April just wouldn’t be complete without experiencing a once in a lifetime Whale Watching tour or even just learning a little more about the whales that migrate past our island. Two hundred miles surrounding the island is secured as the Exclusive Economic Zone which is protected under the order of the Fisheries Act, where whales of different species (humpback, blue, northern as well as dolphins) can be seen inhabit our waters. The whales are on their annual migration north, along the Gulf Stream, heading to the nutrient rich Arctic water. During this time, it is common to see them appear not just along the surface, but even flicking their tail as they dive into the depths or breaching spectacularly in the air.

To learn more about our whales and the work of Andrew Stevenson click here.

Photography by Andrew Stevenson

 

You can often catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures from land, specifically from Bermuda’s South Shore Coast we recommend West Whale Bay Park on Whale Bay Rd, click here for the mapThere are various points to stop along South Shore and you can access them on your Bermuda motor bike, Bermuda Car Rental or by riding the Bermuda bus. However, Whale-Watching by land would require much patience, not to mention a good pair of binoculars.

It is safe to say that the best way to see these beautiful creatures is on the water, where you can enjoy a safe and respectful whale watching tour.

There are various tours which take you off shore to see the whales in their natural habitat. An excellent option is with Island Tour Centre. With over 20 years of local experience, and a veteran whale watching crew, you can guarantee responsible wildlife viewing of the incredible humpback whale. Island Tour Centre are dedicated and adhere to internationally recognized whale watching guidelines and best practices. With three boats to choose from, from a 45ft custom motor boat to a 60ft power catamaran, Island Tour Centre provides amazing opportunities to see one of mother nature’s most glorious creatures.

For more information or to book a tour click here

For more information about whales in Bermuda click here

 

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5 Things You May Not Have Known… And Now You Do! https://www.bermuda.com/5-things-you-may-not-have-known-and-now-you-do/ https://www.bermuda.com/5-things-you-may-not-have-known-and-now-you-do/#respond Thu, 24 Feb 2022 01:00:06 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=26472 All three restaurants at Cambridge Beaches are accessible by land and water!! Cambridge Beaches has three waterfront restaurants that serve the freshest ingredients, and specialize in a variety of cuisines and island classics. All three are accessible by both land and water, Bermuda locals regularly dock their boats – or anchor and wade ashore –

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All three restaurants at Cambridge Beaches are accessible by land and water!!

Cambridge Beaches has three waterfront restaurants that serve the freshest ingredients, and specialize in a variety of cuisines and island classics. All three are accessible by both land and water, Bermuda locals regularly dock their boats – or anchor and wade ashore – to enjoy the alfresco culinary experience. To view the menus or find out more visit and you can call 441-234-033 to speak with a representative.

Hamilton Princess is celebrating Black History Month this week by honouring two incredible Bermudians and some delicious offerings by an award winning Bermudian Chef

Hamilton Princess is hosting Black History Month Celebrations this week while honouring two incredible Bermudians: Martha Dismont & Gary Phillips! Enjoy a delicious and indulgent dinner menu, curated by the honourees and a visiting award winning Bermudian chef, Jahdre Hayward and hear their stories. Immerse yourself in Bermuda at its best as Chef Jahdre incorporates local flavours, ingredients and influences throughout his menus. To learn more about this special offer visit or call 441-298-2028

The Five Forts Golf Club is the first of its kind and has a really cool tradition at the18th hole

The Five Forts is the first 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, the resort will saber a bottle of champagne on site for enjoyment after a party finishes the course. If done during the early evening, this is the most spectacular spot to watch Bermuda’s sunset. To learn more visit or call 543-6715

Rosewood Bermuda has a Sushi Bar and you’d better schedule in some time to enjoy it before the end of March!

Just off the lobby, the Conservatory Bar & Lounge is the place to enjoy handcrafted cocktails, with gin taking center stage. The cozy indoor lounge has twin fireplaces and overlooks Castle Harbour. Until March enjoy the fresh flavors of the “Oishii” Sushi bar for a casual or quick bite!!! To learn more visit or call 441-298-4000

Walk on the wild side this month indulge in a little oxtail, curried goat, jerk pork or even cow’s feet served fresh and flavourful in the bakatown

Fish & Tings is a full-service Caribbean traditional Jamaican cuisine, providing daily services and catering for our valued customers. We strive to provide fast, friendly service that leaves every customer satisfied. Our dishes include everything from fish to oxtail, but one thing is consistent across the board: they’re all tasty, seasoned and full of love. View the menu here and order now 441-292-7389

To view our February 22 – 27 newsletter featuring events and things to do in Bermuda click here

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It’s officially patio season in Bermuda. Think ocean breeze, scents of spring, stunning landscapes and delectable cuisine. https://www.bermuda.com/its-officially-patio-season-in-bermuda-think-ocean-breeze-scents-of-spring-stunning-landscapes-and-delectable-cuisine/ https://www.bermuda.com/its-officially-patio-season-in-bermuda-think-ocean-breeze-scents-of-spring-stunning-landscapes-and-delectable-cuisine/#respond Tue, 15 Feb 2022 13:24:18 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=26429 It's officially patio season in Bermuda. Think ocean breeze, scents of spring, stunning landscapes and delectable cuisine. This is our favourite time to patio and here's why. We can still dress in layers and turn our internal temp up or down, the scents of spring include freesias, blooming roses and the air is still crisp, in the

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It’s officially patio season in Bermuda. Think ocean breeze, scents of spring, stunning landscapes and delectable cuisine.

This is our favourite time to patio and here’s why. We can still dress in layers and turn our internal temp up or down, the scents of spring include freesias, blooming roses and the air is still crisp, in the distance at most of our favourite pattios is our captivating ocean and restaurants across the island turn it up a notch as they begin their decent to summer. Menu’s are bold, with plenty of fresh local ingredients and the best of the best imported for our feeding pleasure.

Lina at The St Regis (featured above)
Try Lina and sit on the patio overlooking Fort St. Catherine Beach. It’s just stunning and feels like a vacation. With the pool and outdoor lounge seating as well as ocean views, it will be just the mini escape you needed. The food is absolutely divine at Lina, simple dishes with a flavourful Latin twist. It’s also the perfect spot on a rainy day with full coverage and it’s dreamy landscape. more
For reservations call 441-543-2222

De Shields Pop Up Bistro at Cambridge Beaches
Dine under the moonlit sky amongst palms with waterfront views and experience something different with a new and unique menu curated by Executive Chef Keith De Shields highlighting authentic Bermudian fare and local ingredients. more
To make a reservation call 441-234-0331

1609 at Hamilton Princess
With uninterrupted Harbour views watch some of the most prestigious yachts that brace our shores cruise by all while enjoying open air dining and the masterpiece that is 1609. This is also a great place to bring the kids, and with a menu of their own they will be simply delighted. more
To make a reservation call 441-298-2028

Fish N’ Tings (take-out only) at 45 Angle Street, Hamilton
Pickup takeout and head to Elbow Beach or Admiralty Park, pack a blanket and some refreshments. This is the perfect date night idea, at Admiralty catch the sunset and loose your self in those crazy ocean hues. A great idea for you and a loved one, friends or the whole family.
See the menu here or call 441-292-7389 and place your take-out order.

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Just a treatment, an afternoon escape or a bring it on SPAcation… https://www.bermuda.com/spa/ https://www.bermuda.com/spa/#respond Tue, 15 Feb 2022 12:39:53 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=26446 Let's be honest, for most of us "Me time" gets pushed to the end of the day, the end of the week, the end of the month and then vanishes. This month we challenge you to schedule in your "me time" with just a treatment, an afternoon escape or "bring it on" SpaCation at one of our 5 favourite Spas participating in Spa month!

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Just a treatment, an afternoon escape or a “bring it on” SPAcation…

Let’s be honest, for most of us “Me time” gets pushed to the end of the day, the end of the week, the end of the month and then vanishes. This month we challenge you to schedule in your “me time” with just a treatment, an afternoon escape or “bring it on” SpaCation at one of our 5 favourite Spas participating in Spa month!

A Sense Spa at Rosewood

Sense has a special offer on this month! Their signature 60-minute Cedar Warming Aromatherapy Massage for just $99. We are also loving the CBD massage… You can see the full menu here.  To book call 441-298-4030

Exhale Spa at Hamilton Princess

We’re eying up the deep tissue facial and rum swizzle body scrub. If you click here, you can download the brochure and or price list and feast your eyes on some serious opportunities to loose yourself in some me time. To book call 441-298-6046

Spa at the The St. Regis

A warm stone muscle… or maybe a warm oil scalp massage? Or maybe both? Click here to have a look at the menu, it’s going to be a tough decision. Might have to make this a monthly thing so that we can try it all before the end of the year! To book call 441-543-2222

Ocean Spa at Cambridge Beaches

The Ocean Spa has a special on this month. The “Aroma Stone” Back Massage which lasts for 50 minutes is just $99. You can also book your sweetheart and experience this together the couples suite. February is love month after all! To book call 441-234-3636

The Natura Spa at Grotto Bay

Let your spirit connect with nature at Nutura. How does a four handed massage sound? Imagine the hands of two therapists working on you in perfect harmony, all while surrounded by natural caves. Honestly… there are no words. View the full list of services here but we stopped at 4 hands. To book click here

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BERMUDA ANNOUNCES NEW COVID TRAVEL PROTOCOLS https://www.bermuda.com/bermuda-announces-new-covid-travel-protocols/ https://www.bermuda.com/bermuda-announces-new-covid-travel-protocols/#respond Tue, 08 Feb 2022 14:26:28 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=26416 Bermuda Announces New Covid Travel Protocols Providing Safe & Simple Guidelines For Vaccinated Visitors Effective March 7, 2022, Relaxed Protocols Make it Even Easier to Enjoy the Year-Round Island Getaway (NEW YORK, NY – Feb. 7, 2022) –  Bermuda has announced updated COVID-19 protocols, offering new travel guidelines that will streamline the process for vaccinated travellers visiting

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Bermuda Announces New Covid Travel Protocols Providing Safe & Simple Guidelines For Vaccinated Visitors

Effective March 7, 2022, Relaxed Protocols Make it Even Easier to Enjoy the Year-Round Island Getaway

(NEW YORK, NY – Feb. 7, 2022) –  Bermuda has announced updated COVID-19 protocols, offering new travel guidelines that will streamline the process for vaccinated travellers visiting the island, by land or sea. Effective March 7, 2022, the revised guidelines will continue to ensure the safety of all residents and visitors, while making it even more convenient for visitors.

“We welcome visitors from around the world with travel guidelines that ensure their safety as well as their convenience, and our updated protocols will make visiting Bermuda even easier,” said Charles H. Jeffers II, Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA) CEO. “Our hotels and local businesses are open with the Bermudian hospitality for which we are known. There’s never been a better time to visit.”

Bermuda’s new guidelines will require all visitors to show proof of current vaccination status and a negative COVID-19 test result (both antigen or PCR tests are allowed) within two days of arriving on the island.

  • Travellers will need to complete the Travellers Authorisation form with this information 24 – 48 hours prior to arrival.
  • Up-to-date vaccination status is defined as having received a second dose within six months, or three doses of the vaccine.
  • No further testing will be required upon arrival. If country of origin requires a test to return, Bermuda will automatically schedule and provide return testing to travellers.

“Due to the overwhelming response we have seen to our recent Pink Sale promotion, we are extending this special offer for savings of up to 50% if booked before February 20,” said Douglas Trueblood, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. “People are ready to travel, and Bermuda is eager to welcome them back.”

For all Bermuda coronavirus updates and requirements, go to www.gov.bm/coronavirus.

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Bermuda Cuisine At It’s Best https://www.bermuda.com/bermudacuisineatitsbest/ https://www.bermuda.com/bermudacuisineatitsbest/#respond Sun, 06 Feb 2022 21:33:26 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=26401 Bermuda Cuisine At It's Best... If we had to choose 5 - this is it! BLT Steak House  34 Coot Pond Road, Town of St George You're going to fall in-love with everything about this conic steakhouse and it's modern yet contemporary setting. Click here to see the menu or visit their website for more infoBonefish Bar & Grill 6 Dockyard Terrace,

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Bermuda Cuisine At It’s Best… If we had to choose 5 – this is it!

BLT Steak House 
34 Coot Pond Road, Town of St George
You’re going to fall in-love with everything about this conic steakhouse and it’s modern yet contemporary setting.
Click here to see the menu or visit their website for more infoBonefish Bar & Grill
6 Dockyard Terrace, Sandys
From the best pizzas and pastas to fresh-caught fish, Bonefish will be a favourite, if it isn’t already!
Click here to see the menu or visit their website for more infoBoundary Sports Bar and Grille
Fairmont Southampton, 101 South Shore Road, Southampton
Did you know that Boundary is the only sports bar in Bermuda’s West End? Bold & artisanal, their chefs craft smoked-to-perfection and they have a fabulous special menu available for Restaurant Weeks!
Click here to see their menus and for more info

Crown & Anchor
76 Pitts Bay Road, City of Hamilton
Delicious cuisine, lively entertainment and an exceptional rum selection.
Click here for the menu or visit their website for more info

Island Brasserie
60 Tucker’s Point Dr., Rosewood Bermuda, Hamilton Parish
Step into a world of class here, with choice cuts from around the globe, local seafood, decadent desserts and table side presentation perfection.
Click here to see their menu or visit their website for more info

To see all participating restaurants click here

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Set amidst the charm and elegance of Bermuda’s coveted east end, Rosewood Bermuda graces 240 acres of secluded oceanside vistas shared with the island’s most luxurious hotel, Rosewood Bermuda. Sophisticated style and luxurious settings surround a generation of club members, craving an elevated quality of social life and active leisure, with an engaging array of activities, facilities and elegant spaces perfect for individuals, couples and families alike.

With ever evolving offerings and amenities, Tucker’s Point Club entices members through curated events and activities with an emphasis on fun, fitness, and social interaction. Elevated leisure facilities include: one of the island’s premier Golf Courses and Clubhouses, the legendary full service member-only Beach Club, Cliff Drysdale-managed four-court Tennis Centre, the Water Sports Centre with waterpark, sailing and non-motorized watersports, Explorer’s Children’s Centre offering Camp and evening activities, seven unique dining experiences, four swimming pools and Sense®, A Rosewood Spa, featuring inspired spa treatments, hair salon and a full Fitness Centre with fitness programs and wellness activities. Members of the Club receive discounted room rates at Rosewood Bermuda, in the numerous retails outlets and on drinks and dining across the resort Whether it is a world of activity you desire, or simply a peaceful respite from the everyday, Tucker’s Point Club has something for everyone to enjoy.

Categories include Full, Resort or Golf and one-year memberships start from $3,500 per year. For detailed information please visit https://www.tuckerspoint.com/membership-rates/  or call Tucker’s Point Club at +1 441 298 6976

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Simply Elegant, Unquestionably Luxurious

The first hotel built on Bermuda in decades, The Loren’s rooms and suites bring a new level of elegance and style to the destination. Whichever you choose for your stay, you’ll find a cool and contemporary design, embodying a Bermudian spirit infused with an understated, yet always luxurious, modern look.

Panoramic Oceanfront Views

The first hotel built on Bermuda in decades, The Loren has raised the bar among the island’s resorts. This includes its rooms and suites, which bring a new level of elegance and style to the destination. This seaside resort embraces the clean and modern aesthetic of an urban boutique hotel and the result is a set of sophisticated retreats with endless ocean views.

Whichever one you choose for your stay, you’ll find a cool and contemporary design, embodying a Bermudian spirit infused with an understated, yet always luxurious, modern look. Spacious interiors and private terraces make them a perfect place to escape while floor-to-ceiling windows offer expansive views—you’ll enjoy a stunning natural vista without leaving your room. Finally, marble bathrooms, Malin+Goetz amenities, and SFERRA towels and linens provide your hideaway on Bermuda the comforts of a luxurious private home.

Unparalleled Luxury on Bermuda’s South Shore

The Loren has set a new standard for contemporary luxury on Bermuda, and The Residence is perhaps the ultimate example. The six-bedroom home measures 10,700 square feet and sits on 5.5 acres adjacent to the resort. With its own private beach, tennis court, pool, chef’s kitchen, and media room, among other features, it is the ultimate vacation home.

Local Phone |  Toll-Free (US) 441.293.1666 | 1.844.384.3103

 

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5 Ways To Spend A Day In December https://www.bermuda.com/5-ways-to-spend-a-day-in-december/ https://www.bermuda.com/5-ways-to-spend-a-day-in-december/#respond Fri, 03 Dec 2021 02:04:03 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=26300 It's Christmas time in Bermuda, and just like many places around the world, Bermuda is a magical place to be during the holidays. During December, you'll want to experience an ocean side Bubbly Sundays with all the fixings, an afternoon frolic on a beach of your choice, Sunday Shopping in the Olde Town of St.

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It’s Christmas time in Bermuda, and just like many places around the world, Bermuda is a magical place to be during the holidays. During December, you’ll want to experience an ocean side Bubbly Sundays with all the fixings, an afternoon frolic on a beach of your choice, Sunday Shopping in the Olde Town of St. George’s is a must and on any given evening twirl around the City Christmas Tree in all her lights and glory after dark. We almost forgot, Christmas Day dinner, leave your kitchen and follow your senses…

Bubbly Sundays

The St. Regis Bermuda Resort, 34 Coot Pond Road, St. Georges GE03

Every Sunday, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Indulge in The St. Regis Bermuda Resort brunch experience. Elevate your Sundays with a delectable brunch at Lina while enjoying an array of classic brunch dishes prepared to perfection. For the ultimate experience, enjoy bottomless champagne, mimosas and cocktails.

$65 Brunch

$99 Unlimited Prosecco and Specialty Cocktails*

$135 Unlimited Moët & Chandon and Specialty Cocktails*

For reservations, call 441-543-2222 or email restaurants.bda@stregis.com.

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.

Shop N Stroll in the Olde Town

Join 19 shop, cafes and restaurants (and counting ) for a family holiday Shop N Stroll! Most businesses will be open between 12-4pm (with some open earlier or later!)
Come share some holiday cheer, get some great gifts and get the festivities started!

Make A Festive Holiday Wish At The City Tree

The iconic City tree stands tall and mighty during December at City Hall. End your day with a stop here and take in the radiant Christmas Cheer.

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Do you know About… The 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 Fri, 05 Nov 2021 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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Greenbank Guesthouse & Cottages https://www.bermuda.com/greenbank-guesthouse-cottages/ https://www.bermuda.com/greenbank-guesthouse-cottages/#respond Fri, 22 Oct 2021 04:30:23 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=602 Award-winning Greenbank Guesthouse and Cottages, run by the Ashton Family for more than 65 years, is a historic property beautifully situated at waters edge on the Salt Kettle Peninsula just minutes from the City of Hamilton in picturesque Bermuda. For more information, please visit www.greenbankbermuda.com

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Greenbank Guest House

Award-winning Greenbank Guesthouse and Cottages, run by the Ashton Family for more than 65 years, is a historic property beautifully situated at waters edge on the Salt Kettle Peninsula just minutes from the City of Hamilton in picturesque Bermuda.

For more information, please visit www.greenbankbermuda.com

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Sandpiper Apartments https://www.bermuda.com/sandpiper-apartments/ https://www.bermuda.com/sandpiper-apartments/#respond Fri, 22 Oct 2021 04:30:15 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=390 Sandpiper is situated on the Island's most scenic tourist route, in the midst of the major hotels and beaches. However, it remains only minutes away from popular restaurants and shopping in Hamilton. 1 Sandy Mount Lane, Warwick WK 10, Bermuda Tel: 441-236-7093

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Sandpiper is situated on the Island’s most scenic tourist route, in the midst of the major hotels and beaches. However, it remains only minutes away from popular restaurants and shopping in Hamilton.

1 Sandy Mount Lane, Warwick WK 10, Bermuda Tel: 441-236-7093

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Do you know… About the Transition from Flying Boats to Land Planes ? https://www.bermuda.com/do-you-know-about-the-transition-from-flying-boats-to-land-planes/ Wed, 20 Oct 2021 13:56:01 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=9645 by Horst Augustinovic On March 29th 1939 the Boeing 314 ‘Clipper No. 20’ made the first of 16 flights to Bermuda before joining Pan American Airways trans-Atlantic fleet as American Clipper. These flights to Bermuda were necessary as P.A.A.’s Bermuda Clipper could not cope with the additional demand following the loss of Imperial Airways’ Cavalier

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by Horst Augustinovic

On March 29th 1939 the Boeing 314 ‘Clipper No. 20’ made the first of 16 flights to Bermuda before joining Pan American Airways trans-Atlantic fleet as American Clipper. These flights to Bermuda were necessary as P.A.A.’s Bermuda Clipper could not cope with the additional demand following the loss of Imperial Airways’ Cavalier on January 21st 1939.

Between September 1st 1939 and December 27th 1945 P.A.A. Boeing 314 Clippers landed in Bermuda more than 1,100 times. Only twelve of these long-range flying boats were built – nine operated by Pan American Airways and three by the British Overseas Airlines Corporation. The 84,000 pound, four-engined flying boats were 106 feet long, had a wing span of 152 feet, a top speed of 199 miles per hour, carried 74 passengers and a crew of 10.

In January 1946 Kindley Field Airport, built by the U.S. military during World War II, opened just as long-range aircraft could cross the Atlantic non-stop and flying boats became obsolete. The first commercial plane to fly to Bermuda was the Boeing Stratoliner Flying Cloud, followed by the Lockheed Constellation which first landed in Bermuda on February 3rd 1946. A very popular aircraft, the Constellation affectionately became known as ‘Connie’.

In 1959 Pan American Airways introduced the first jet service to Bermuda, flying Boeing 707’s, and on August 1st 1970 again made aviation history in Bermuda when they introduced the Boeing 747 jumbo jets. While different versions of the mid-sized 707’s carried between 140 and 202 passengers, the wide-bodied 747 jumbo jets could be configured to carry between 416 and 660 passengers.

Meanwhile the British, French, Americans, and Soviets all wanted to develop a supersonic transport. Largely funded by their governments, Britain’s Bristol Aeroplane Company and France’s Sud Aviation were working on designs called the Type 233 and Super-Caravelle, respectively. Due to the high cost of prototype construction, the two companies decided to join forces. In 1967 the British Government changed the spelling of Concord to Concorde to match the French. This created an uproar, which only died down when a government minister stated that the suffixed ‘e’ was for excellence.

On October 17th 1983 a British Airways Concorde flew from Bermuda to Orlando, Florida, in 1 hour and 17 minutes and although a test flight from London to Bermuda in January 1986 was successful, no regular service to the island was ever initiated.

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The St. Regis Bermuda Resort https://www.bermuda.com/the-st-regis-bermuda-resort-2/ https://www.bermuda.com/the-st-regis-bermuda-resort-2/#respond Thu, 23 Sep 2021 10:26:58 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=26182 The St. Regis Bermuda Resort A haven of oceanfront elegance situated in the historic town of St. George’s, The St. Regis Bermuda Resort is just steps from the soft white sands of St. Catherine’s Beach. The calm turquoise water and stunning views create an iconic resort setting where lavishly appointed accommodations, exceptional amenities

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The St. Regis Bermuda Resort

A haven of oceanfront elegance situated in the historic town of St. George’s, The St. Regis Bermuda Resort is just steps from the soft white sands of St. Catherine’s Beach. The calm turquoise water and stunning views create an iconic resort setting where lavishly appointed accommodations, exceptional amenities and impeccable service combine for an unforgettable stay in St. George. Immerse in unparalleled leisure and wellness facilities during your time in Bermuda. Overlooking azure waters, the resort’s pool deck area features two swimming pools, luxuriant loungers and private cabanas for an exclusive retreat. Enjoy state-of-the-art cuisine at our flavorful all-day restaurant. Refined relaxation awaits at Iridium Spa, offering a comprehensive menu of unique personalized treatments using natural and precious elements. Younger resort guests are invited to enjoy enriching activities at The St. Regis Kids Club, while also creating lasting memories in St. George through meaningful family experiences.

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Favourite Accommodations For Fall in Bermuda https://www.bermuda.com/favourite-accommodations-for-fall-in-bermuda/ https://www.bermuda.com/favourite-accommodations-for-fall-in-bermuda/#respond Wed, 08 Sep 2021 14:33:54 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=26109 Here are just a few of our favourite accommodations for Fall in Bermuda Wether you'd like to experience living on the beach, find yourself tucked away in a cozy garden or run wild on your own private island Bermuda has limitless opportunity for finding the perfect accommodation to suit your needs. Experience

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Here are just a few of our favourite accommodations for Fall in Bermuda

Wether you’d like to experience living on the beach, find yourself tucked away in a cozy garden or run wild on your own private island Bermuda has limitless opportunity for finding the perfect accommodation to suit your needs.

Experience Living Right On A Beach

Elbow Beach is a wonderfully secluded boutique resort offering warm, personalized service in a breathtaking oceanfront setting.

  • Nestled on 50 lush, oceanfront acres in Paget Parish, Bermuda
  • Only seven minutes from the delightful capital city of Hamilton
  • 98 cottage-inspired rooms and suites with ocean or garden views
  • Three restaurants perfect for any taste and occasion
  • Luxurious Oceanview Spa
  • Half-mile of private pink sand beach
  • Sophisticated conference and banquet space for up to 150 guests
  • Free-form swimming pool
  • Golf Courses nearby

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Tuck Yourself Away in A Cozy Garden Setting, Conveniently Located right in The City

Surrounded by tranquil gardens on the crest of a hill overlooking Hamilton Harbour and the Great Sound, Rosemont Guest Suites offers a quiet, relaxing and remarkably affordable place to stay for business and leisure travelers seeking value without having to give up amenities and comfort.

  • From Garden and pool studio suits to penthouse options
  • Pool
  • Garden
  • Located in Hamilton
  • Walking distance to restaurants and activities

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Run Wild On Your Own Private Island

Oswego Island‘s Oswego House sits on it’s own tranquil private island showing off stunning views Smith’s Sound and Dolly’s Bay. The 3 bedroom house boasts high ceilings, a beautiful and functional kitchen, a games room and a light well that allows natural sunlight throughout.
  • Private Island
  • Comes with a boat
  • BBQ on site
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • Water toys for use
  • 2 docks

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Enjoy Bermuda Lobster During Lobster Season (September 1 – March 31) https://www.bermuda.com/enjoy-bermuda-lobster/ https://www.bermuda.com/enjoy-bermuda-lobster/#respond Tue, 07 Sep 2021 13:00:36 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=21612 The native Bermuda spiny lobster is a favourite local delicacy, available only in the winter months to protect the crustaceans’ population from over-fishing. Recreational fishermen with a license are allowed to snare lobsters in specific locations around the island while free-diving, and egg bearing females are out of bounds. Ensuring the local lobster population stays healthy means they are not always plentiful, so plan ahead for your lobster dinner by making a reservation at one of these restaurants and book your lobster in advance!

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Enjoy Bermuda Lobster during Lobster Season!!!

The native Bermuda spiny lobster is a favourite local delicacy, available only in the winter months to protect the crustaceans’ population from over-fishing. Recreational fishermen with a license are allowed to snare lobsters in specific locations around the island while free-diving, and egg bearing females are out of bounds.

This list is not a guarantee but just a guide to who offers lobster throughout the season.

Ensuring the local lobster population stays healthy means they are not always plentiful, so make sure to plan ahead for your lobster dinner by making a reservation at one of these restaurants and book your lobster in advance!

 

 

Bermuda Bistro at the Beach

103 Front Street, Hamilton 

441 292-0219

Coconut Rock

20 Reid Street, Hamilton

441 292-1043

Flanagan’s 

69 Front Street, Hamilton

441 295-8299

Lost in the Triangle (LITT)

13 Reid Street, Hamilton

441 296-0094

Port O Call

87 Front Street, Hamilton

441 295-5373

Bella Vista   

5 Port Royal Drive, Southampton

441 232-0100

Henry VIII

Lighthouse Rd, Southampton

441 238-1977

Harbourfront Restaurant

40 Crow Lane, Pembroke 

441 295-4207

Seabreeze Lounge

60 South Shore Road, Paget 

441 232-3999

Eliana’s 

106 Southside Road, St. David’s 

441 777-0555

Swizzle Inn

3 Blue Hole Hill, Bailey’s Bay

441 293-1854

White Horse Tavern

8 King’s Square, St. George’s

441 236-7459

Wahoos Bistro

36 Water Street, St. George’s

441 297-1307

 

 

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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, 01 Sep 2021 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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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. Sail Into The Sunset

On Thursday evenings from now until October, Board the Spirit Of Bermuda from 6pm-8pm and sail into the sunset. The tour costs $100 per person and includes unlimited bar and snacks.

The ‘Spirit of Bermuda’ is a purpose-built sail training vessel and National Icon that symbolizes Bermuda’s maritime heritage. Sailing aboard Spirit is an experience of a lifetime.

This is a Gosling’s sponsored event.

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! You can also enjoy live music on Thursdays and Fridays.

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Five Forts Golf Club, A Reimagined Golfers Paradise Overlooking Bermuda’s Shoreline 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 Mon, 23 Aug 2021 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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Five Forts Golf Club at The St. Regis Bermuda Resort https://www.bermuda.com/five-forts-golf-club/ https://www.bermuda.com/five-forts-golf-club/#respond Wed, 04 Aug 2021 16:08:17 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=25903 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,

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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.

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Did You Know… How Tennis Came to Bermuda? https://www.bermuda.com/know-tennis-came-bermuda/ Mon, 02 Aug 2021 14:28:53 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=15981 Did You Know... How Tennis Came to Bermuda? By Horst Augustinovic When Mary Ewing Outerbridge returned to her Staten Island home from a holiday in Bermuda in 1874, she had trouble getting through customs in New York. In her luggage the customs inspectors had found some curious objects – a long, narrow net, which did

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Did You Know… How Tennis Came to Bermuda?
By Horst Augustinovic

When Mary Ewing Outerbridge returned to her Staten Island home from a holiday in Bermuda in 1874, she had trouble getting through customs in New York. In her luggage the customs inspectors had found some curious objects – a long, narrow net, which did not look like a fishing net, and several implements with handles and webbed heads. Could they be rug beaters, butterfly catchers or perhaps snowshoes?

Miss Outerbridge explained that this was the equipment needed for a new outdoor game called Sphairistiké. A few weeks later this new game – clearly neither cricket nor baseball – was played at the Staten Island Cricket and Baseball Club. Across a net hung between two posts, gentlemen and ladies could be seen hitting a bouncing rubber ball with some sort of bat. Sphairistiké had come to America.

It was earlier in 1874, that Major Walter Wingfield had applied for a patent on “a new and improved portable court for playing the ancient game of tennis.” A British officer and avid sportsman, Major Wingfield claimed that the new “portable court” constituted a new game, as the “ancient game of court tennis” was an indoor affair with complicated rules where a ball could bounce off all four walls and still be in play. Major Wingfield’s game, on the other hand, was far simpler. All it required was a lawn, two posts and a net, and rackets to hit the ball with. It was much like badminton, with the important difference that in lawn tennis a rubber ball was used instead of a feathered “bird”, making for a much more energetic contest.

A classical scholar, Major Wingfield based the name of his new game – Sphairistiké – on a Greek word meaning ‘ball-playing’. For a popular game this was not exactly a great name. One wit wrote ‘I hear that Major Wingfield intends bringing out a game with a Greek name. The name, I understand, will not exceed ten syllables, and may be easily mastered in six lessons’. Since the new game was clearly descended from court tennis, it quickly became known as lawn tennis and Sphairistiké was soon forgotten.

Right to the end of the nineteenth century few ladies ventured on the court in anything but lawn-sweeping skirts and large hats. Only slowly short skirts – that is, just above the ankle – and small hats were introduced. Tennis dress for men, on the other hand, started out on the casual side with knickers, tam’o-shanters, long trousers, colorful cravats, and bright blazers. Gradually, white became the favoured color, and by the end of the century fashionable players were seldom seen on the court in anything else, however, long white trousers and a white shirt was to prevail for another half century.

Other paraphernalia of the game – nets, balls, and rackets – evolved slowly during the early years of tennis. There was little change in the net, a little more in the ball and most of all in the racket. In fact, the search has always been for a racket that would impart more speed to the ball with less effort, and this led to tighter stringing and metal frames. Yes, tennis is a great game and Major Wingfield and Mary Outerbridge deserve every tennis players’ thanks.

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History of Cup Match in Bermuda https://www.bermuda.com/history-of-cup-match/ Mon, 26 Jul 2021 09:00:31 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=8074 Cup Match, a public holiday unique to the island of Bermuda, is a time in which 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

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Cup Match, a public holiday unique to the island of Bermuda, is a time in which 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, pale blue and dark blue for St George’s in preparation for the big event. The venue for the game changes yearly as each side takes a turn in hosting Cup Match; this year the honour falls to St. George´s.

The forerunner to Cup Match was introduced after the abolition of slavery in Bermuda. Men from Somerset and St. George’s met in friendly rivalry and held celebrations of Emancipation by holding annual picnics to mark the anniversary of the abolition of slavery. One of the highlights from the picnics was 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 held annually on the Thursday and Friday closest to 1 August. The first holiday, Cup Match, was renamed Emancipation Day in 1999 and continued the tradition of remembering the end of slavery. The second holiday, Somers Day, commemorated the arrival of Admiral Sir George Somers who colonized Bermuda in 1609. The two-day holiday became the annual two days of cricket for the cup – the Bermuda Cup Match.

However, Cup Match is so much more than cricket. Emancipation Day and the emancipation of slavery symbolizes one of the most significant moments in our history. Emancipation Day acknowledges a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. When the action was determined to abolish the practice of slavery we moved closer to the ideals of bringing our island community together.

The above is an extract from the CURE publication “Emancipation Day – A Day for Reconciliation & Reflection”, courtesy of the Department of Communication and Information.

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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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, 20 Jul 2021 13:16:44 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=25772 5 Ways To Soak Up Summer This Week As temperatures rise, 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

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5 Ways To Soak Up Summer This Week

As temperatures rise, 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.

At the bottom of this post we have listed the main events happening in Bermuda this week. 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. You can also order a picnic box to go from Brumae Cafe in St. Georges.

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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. If you want to rent a Surfboard for the day contact Isolated Surf Shop.

Take Bus #7 to get to Horseshoe Bay.

Here are 6 more beaches we are loving this summer.

3. Take A Pontoon Boat Out For The Day, Picnic + Explore

Book a Pontoon Boat with Island Tour Centre for a day of fun with up to 10 friends or family. Pick up everything you need for the perfect picnic spread from Miles Market. Choose from 9:00am-1:00pm for half day, morning, 2:00pm-6:00pm for half day, afternoon and 9:00am-5:00pm for full day. View information including prices or book your day and time here.

5. 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.

4. 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.

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Harbour Nights 2021 https://www.bermuda.com/harbour-nights/ Tue, 20 Jul 2021 13:08:18 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=20052 Harbour Nights - Wednesdays until August 25th Harbour Nights has been a staple of Bermuda’s summer calendar for just over 25 years. It is one of the biggest opportunities for Bermuda to showcase her culture, and offers the opportunity for visitors and residents to interact in an open, relaxed environment. The street comes alive with

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Harbour Nights – Wednesdays until August 25th

Harbour Nights has been a staple of Bermuda’s summer calendar for just over 25 years. It is one of the biggest opportunities for Bermuda to showcase her culture, and offers the opportunity for visitors and residents to interact in an open, relaxed environment.

The street comes alive with local vendors and music each Wednesday night. Here you’ll find everything from locally made crafts and stunning artwork to wholesome soul food and fresh baked goods.

Harbour Nights has something to offer everyone, even if it’s just the ambience. Come and find out what it is to be Bermudian at Bermuda’s longest running street festival!

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Bermuda Cup Match 2021 https://www.bermuda.com/bermuda-cup-match-2021/ Tue, 20 Jul 2021 13:00:29 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=8286 Bermuda Cup Match 2021 July 29-30, St. George's 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

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Bermuda Cup Match 2021

July 29-30, St. George’s

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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Idyllic Ocean Front Dining Even On A Rainy Day At The St. Regis Bermuda Resort https://www.bermuda.com/the-st-regis-bermuda-resort/ https://www.bermuda.com/the-st-regis-bermuda-resort/#respond Thu, 15 Jul 2021 09:02:23 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=25815 Idyllic Ocean Front Dining Even On A Rainy Day At The St. Regis Bermuda Resort With Bermuda’s unpredictable weather it can be difficult to get excited about a lunch date with a view but at The St. Regis Bermuda Resort, the experience was heightened and proved to be beyond magical. From the minute we

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Idyllic Ocean Front Dining Even On A Rainy Day At The St. Regis Bermuda Resort

With Bermuda’s unpredictable weather it can be difficult to get excited about a lunch date with a view but at The St. Regis Bermuda Resort, the experience was heightened and proved to be beyond magical.

From the minute we walked through the front doors we were greeted with an energetic vibrance and eyes that smiled behind the still mandatory mask. The upscale elegance quickly brought us to a stand-still as we peered around corners in awe. The subtle colours, exquisite décor with historical Bermudian accents throughout, created a gallery-esque experience as we were led through accent rooms to the dining area.  The ocean views are immediately captured through floor to ceiling windows and we felt invited to make ourselves at home as we were seated in the dining room. The beach being so close and children frolicking in the distant waves was so inviting that we asked to be moved outside so that we could join the scenery. The genuine Bermudian atmosphere hit us as we walked through the sliding glass door, it’s one you will want to sink into and just stay a while.

We ordered a few Bermudian classics as the menu hosted a great selection. Fruit punch, local fish sandwiches, local fish tacos, Bermuda Fish Chowder, Bermuda Rum Cake for dessert…

Our server offered us pillows and tucked them behind our backs; it added another level to the experience – that extra step to ensure our comfort. Straws for our drinks were presented in a triangle folded napkin that was not only cute, but appreciated as we remain cautious when dining.   We were graced by a few servers during our seated time dining at Lina, each were so attentive and kind, it’s hard to even remember masks – much like the front desk bellman, they smiled big and genuinely with their eyes.

Lunch was well-received, great portions and we recalled good price points during conversation.  Our plates arrived quickly and our food was at perfect serving temperature with all the fixings to complete our meal. We reveled over the jumbo shrimps and clams that framed the Bermuda Fish Chowder and dipped plump warm French fries into all of the dips to make sure that not one drop of flavor presented escaped our palettes.

As the rain poured, we stayed quite cozy under the perfectly designed awning. It truly was a magical afternoon; a perfect way to enjoy Bermuda at it’s best on a rainy day.

AMENITIES

Beach Front

Rooms with ocean, golf or lush garden views

Onsite restaurant and bar options with ocean view seating

Fitness Centre

An adults only pool with whirlpool and a family pool

An onsite Spa

Golf Course with ocean views

Close to the Town of St. George’s, local restaurants shopping and attractions

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Best Patio in Dockyard For Pizza, Laughter and Fun For The Whole Family.

We absolutely love Cafe Amici located on the corner of the Clock Tower Mall in the Royal Naval Dockyard. It’s a perfect place for a casual lunch/dinner especially when travelling with kids.

Known for their piping hot authentic Italian pizza, Amici has everything on the menu from a classic Margherita to a Chicken Tikka or how does a Sloppy Giovanni sound with hamburger, mozzarella and Cattleman BBQ sauce.

With 16+ types to choose from, you may not desire anything else but hold it right there because they also serve Italian favourites like Gamberetti Fradivola, Italian Bruchetta and Pollo Parmigiana – just to name a few.  You’ll also enjoy their hearty salads, sandwiches, paninis, homemade Gnocchi, local fish + chips and don’t forget to save room for dessert.

Executive Chef and owner, Livio Ferigo has created a menu with many of his favourite childhood dishes that he enjoyed while growing up in Italy. Livio also owns popular restaurants Bonefish Bar Grill, Dockyard and Bella Vista located at the famous Port Royal Golf Course home of the PGA Grand Slam when in Bermuda.

We ordered a Spicy Pepperoni Pizza, Classic French Fries and the Belleza salad which we highly recommend. It’s basically a bed of fresh spinach leaves, topped with juicy chicken, plump grilled jumbo shrimps, tender beef strips and tasty goats cheese. We also had a large bottle of sparkling water for our table.

Jaron, the general manager insisted I relax with a mid afternoon glass of chilled sauvignon blanc and it was just what I needed to truly relax and take it all in while the kids had the lunch of a lifetim and then ran it off in the field opposite the patio.

The main dining room has almost a vintage feel to it. Local art hangs and adds bursts of colour throughout along with an undeniable Bermudian touch, the space is pleasing and relaxing and just an all round lovely room to dine in.

The patio at Amici wraps the Clock Tower Mall overlooking a large grassy field followed by the docks where many boats line along side. It’s a perfect spot to relax and watch the kids run. Traffic doesn’t flow anymore near the restaurant so it’s fairly safe for play.

Did you know that there are two towers on the Clock Tower Mall, one telling the time and the other tells the current day’s high tide.

Cafe Amici also serves Traditional Bermudian Cod Fish Breakfast on Sundays from 9am-12noon. Make a day of it and let the kids run around at the sprinkler just outside of Snorkel Park when you finish breakfast. Remember to pack towels and a change of clothes.

For Reservations Call  441-234-5009

Café Amici Summer Hours (Apr – Oct)
Mon – Sun 9:00am – 10:30pm

Café Amici Winter Hours (Nov – Mar)
Mon – Thurs Sun 9:00am – 5:00pm
Fri & Sat 9:00am – 9:30pm

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Did You Know… That the 1609 Wreck of the Sea Venture changed World History? https://www.bermuda.com/did-you-know-that-the-1609-wreck-of-the-sea-venture-changed-world-history/ https://www.bermuda.com/did-you-know-that-the-1609-wreck-of-the-sea-venture-changed-world-history/#respond Sun, 11 Jul 2021 10:34:54 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=25277 Do You Know…That the 1609 Wreck of the Sea Venture changed World History?

Following two failed English attempts to establish settlements in North America – the Roanoke Colony in Virginia and the Popham Colony in Maine – the Jamestown settlement was established in Virginia in 1607. The following year two supply missions were sent from England, however, due to a lack of experience and resources, the colony was threatened by disease, starvation and warfare with Native Americans.

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Do You Know…

That the 1609 Wreck of the Sea Venture changed World History?

By Horst Augustinovic

Following two failed English attempts to establish settlements in North America – the Roanoke Colony in Virginia and the Popham Colony in Maine – the Jamestown settlement was established in Virginia in 1607. The following year two supply missions were sent from England, however, due to a lack of experience and resources, the colony was threatened by disease, starvation and warfare with Native Americans.

Captain John Smith implored the Virginia Company in London to “…send but thirty carpenters, husbandmen, gardiners, fishermen, blacksmiths, masons and diggers up of trees, roots, well provided; than a thousand of such awe have: for except wee be able to lodge them and feed them, the most will consume with want of necessaries before they can be made good for anything.”

London obviously took note of Captain Smith’s plea and decided that the third supply mission would be larger and better equipped than the two previous missions. They even decided to construct a new purpose-built emigrant ship – the Sea Venture – at a cost of £1,500. Displacing 300 tons, the Sea Venture differed substantially from contemporary ships – her guns were placed on the main deck rather than below, which was then the norm.

This meant that the Sea Venture did not have double-timbering and her hold could be sheathed and equipped for passengers. When the ship was launched in 1609 and sent on her maiden voyage to Jamestown on June 2, she may have had a critical flaw: her timbers had not yet set. This proved disastrous when on July 24, the fleet of nine ships ran into a strong storm – probably a hurricane – and the ships were separated.

After fighting the storm for three days, the caulking of the Sea Venture was forced from between her timbers and the ship began to leak rapidly. Although everyone aboard was bailing, the water in the hold had risen to nine feet and both passengers and crew gave up all hope of survival. It was at that point when Admiral Sir George Somers, at the helm of the ship, saw land and deliberately sailed the Sea Venture onto the reefs to prevent her from foundering and allowing all 150 people aboard to get on land safely.

The survivors were fortunate to salvage parts and timbers from the Sea Venture and soon built two new ships, the Deliverance and Patience. While building the two ships, the longboat of the Sea Venture was fitted with a mast and sent to find Virginia. Unfortunately the boat and crew were never seen again. On May 10, 1610, the Deliverance and Patience finally set sail with all survivors and laden with supplies such as salted pork, leaving behind only two mutineers.

On arrival in Jamestown on May 23, the survivors’ ordeal did not end, however, as only 60 of the 500 settlers were found alive and the settlement of Jamestown was considered unviable and hopeless. On June 10 everybody was boarded onto the Deliverance and Patience and the two ships began to make their way back to England. As they sailed down the James River, they were met by the arrival of yet another relief fleet – three ships under the command of the new military governor, Baron De La Warre.

With new hope, Jamestown was granted a reprieve and the settlers were re-landed. Under strong leadership, the settlers’ fate soon changed for the better. They found food, improved their security and soon began to plant tobacco, producing the first profitable crop by 1614 and securing the success of the colony.

Had the Sea Venture sank in that 1609 hurricane, would Jamestown have survived without the leadership of Admiral Sir George Somers, Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas Gates, Captain Christopher Newport, Sylvester Jordain and William Strachey? Probably not.

So the wreck of the Sea Venture not only began Bermuda’s 400 years of permanent settlement, but altered the fate of Jamestown, England’s first successful foothold in the Americas, changing the New World forever.

The Bermuda Post Office has issued two sets of stamps regarding the Sea Venture. Shown here is the fleet of nine ships leaving Plymouth, England, and the flagship Sea Venture wrecked on Bermuda’s reefs.

‘Ventura ad Marem’, the figure head of the Sea Venture, was the symbol of venture at sea. A mythical animal with the head of a hound and the scales of a fish, this ancient Sea Dog was used as a talisman by Phoenicians as early as 700 B.C.

Officially the Coat of Arms of Bermuda features a red lion holding a shield showing an earlier shipwreck. I’d like to think that it is a Sea Dog and the Sea Venture that are featured on Bermuda’s Coat of Arms.

‘Quo Fata Ferunt’ appropriately translates as ‘Whither the Fates Carry Us’.

Horst Augustinovic is a Historian and Writer with a number of books available on Bermuda History. If you have any comments on the above article. Please email Horst here.

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Whether your in Bermuda looking for something to do or planning your trip, these ways to get out and enjoy Bermuda can be ticked off your list anytime this summer. 

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5 Ways To Get Out And Enjoy Bermuda

Whether you’re in Bermuda looking for something to do or planning your trip, the following ways to get out and enjoy Bermuda can be ticked off your list anytime this summer.

1. 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.

2. 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’.

3.  Snorkel Bermuda’s Reefs

There are so many places to snorkel in Bermuda but we recommend going on a tour or in the very least having a guide if it’s your first time. Captain Kirk’s Coral Reef Adventures offers tours every Wednesday and you can also book a charter that will take you out to explore the Reefs. It’s a relaxing experience when your guided to all the right places and once you get comfortable you can plan other locations around the island to explore. Contact 441-242-KIRK to learn more.

4. Head out for a round of golf

Did you know that Bermuda hosts the highest concentration of golf courses in the world for a country of its size. Many of Bermuda’s golf courses are award-winning and the Port Royal Golf Course hosted the PGA Grand Slam twice and is home of the famous 16th hole. If you’re not a serious golfer but you do like to put around, Bermuda Fun Golf is perfect and bonus it’s a great activity for the whole family.

5. Sail Into The Sunset

On Thursday evenings from now until October, Board the Spirit Of Bermuda from 6pm-8pm and sail into the sunset. The tour costs $100 per person and includes unlimited bar and snacks.

The ‘Spirit of Bermuda’ is a purpose-built sail training vessel and National Icon that symbolizes Bermuda’s maritime heritage. Sailing aboard Spirit is an experience of a lifetime.

This is a Gosling’s sponsored event.

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Are you prepared?

The desire to getaway for a vacation has been swelling and Bermuda will see the return of repeat visitors and many first time travellers.

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1. Bermuda Is Closer Than You Think

Bermuda is just 2 hours from the U.S. East Coast and 6 hours from London. Once you’re here, choose your mode of transport: electric car, scooter, e-bike, ferry, taxi, or bus. Pre-clear US customs and immigration in Bermuda when you depart. For more information about traveling to Bermuda and restrictions click here.

2. Bermuda Is Stunning

No matter where you go, Bermuda’s natural beauty constantly reminds you that you’re somewhere special. Preview our beaches, parks and gardens, golf courses, forts and more here. Bermuda offers many

3. Bermuda Offers Adventures Tailored To You

Regardless how you define adventure, Bermuda has something to meet that desire. From exploring old forts and trails, to snorkelling shipwrecks or parasailing; simply choose your adventure. Browse adventures here.

4. Bermuda Is A Food Paradise

Bermuda’s cuisine is diverse to say the least. From sophisticated gourmet meals to authentic local fish sandwiches (our specialty). Explore our menu options, you won’t be disappointed.

5. In Bermuda, You’re Surrounded By Good People

We’re friendly, polite and some of us are quite entertaining. Oh, and don’t try to figure out our accents, it’s complicated.

 

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Bermuda History: The Age of the Bicycle

by Horst Augustinovic

With its narrow roads, getting around was never easy. However, with the increasing number of visitors in the late 1800s, Bermuda had to offer sightseeing and ‘attractions’ not just in Hamilton, but across the island. Livery stables offered carriages for day trips to St. George’s and Somerset, and ferries and row boats were available to carry tourists across the harbor, some of whom then walked to the South Shore beaches.

In 1886 Marriott Morris, well-known photographer and relative of Bermuda’s Perot family, brought his bicycle to Bermuda and soon the livery stables offered bicycles for rent. Tourists quickly discovered their new mobility which was advertised as ‘Faster than a horse and cheaper to look after!’ Driving and Cycling Road Maps showing the hundred or so miles of roads were soon published and a number of guide books listing hotels, guest houses, livery stables and Bermuda itineraries were being printed.

Having banned all automobiles in 1908, Bermuda remained a horse-drawn society with bicycles the favourite mode of transportation of both Bermudians and visitors. With a population about 25,000 in the 1930s, there were around 16,000 bicycles and 550 horse drawn carriages licensed in Bermuda.

Visit our Transportation section to see all the ways you can get around Bermuda today!

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Cruisers Bermuda Guide 2021 https://www.bermuda.com/cruisers-bermuda-guide-2021/ https://www.bermuda.com/cruisers-bermuda-guide-2021/#respond Wed, 02 Jun 2021 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 for more information on bus rates.

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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Tales of Rum Swizzle & The Queen of Bermuda https://www.bermuda.com/tales-of-rum-swizzle-the-queen-of-bermuda/ Tue, 25 May 2021 15:47:08 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=9986 By Candice Dickinson Swizzle has been around since the 18th Century. In the early days the popular cocktail was basically watered down rum, served one part rum and six parts water.  With time, swizzle sticks were introduced serving as a primitive blender. At about six inches long with several little spikes at the bottom these

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By Candice Dickinson

Swizzle has been around since the 18th Century. In the early days the popular cocktail was basically watered down rum, served one part rum and six parts water.  With time, swizzle sticks were introduced serving as a primitive blender. At about six inches long with several little spikes at the bottom these handy accessories came from a tree called Quararibea Turbinate also referred to as The Swizzlestick Tree.

Some things never change

Many sources claim that the world’s first cocktail party was held in London England, circa 1924 and that Swizzle was the drink of choice.  Other sources say that the first cocktail party actually occurred at the home of Mrs. Julius S. Walshe Jr. of St. Loius, Missouri in May 1917.  The first cocktail recorded at this time was also rum base but included ice and fruit juice.

Swizzle Inn, Swagger Out!

In 1932 Bermuda’s famous pub The Swizzle Inn opened and served the first Rum Swizzle in Bermuda’s history. Since that date hundreds of thousands of business cards and graffiti have been pasted all over the walls, making the old pub a hub of history leaving memories of visitors from around the world.  Today, Swizzle Inn has two locations with their newest addition on South Shore Road.

So what’s in a Rum Swizzle?

The famous drink is usually created with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum, Gosling’s Gold Rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, Angostura bitters and Bermuda falernum, a mix of almond, lime, ginger and clove. The cocktail is mixed with crushed ice, shaken vigorously until a frothing head appears and strained into a cocktail glass then garnished with a slice of orange or a cherry. Many bartenders use Grenadine to give the popular drink a rich orange colour and sweeter taste and some also use Apricot Brandy or Cointreau. Taste testers might find that different bartenders across the island and around the world for that matter make their own versions but most stick to the basic guidelines of “lots a rum and juice to taste”.Some make swizzle well in advance of events and gathers, letting the flavours get to know each other!

Barrels & Barrels of Gosling’s Rum

In the beginning, Swizzle Inn would make their swizzle with bottles of Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and Gosling’s Barbados Rum. Today the popular drink features Gosling’s Gold rather than the Barbados Rum and shipments of rum arrive in Barrels from Gosling’s rather than bottles. That’s a lot of rum! Gosling’s also makes gallons of rum for use in rum cakes and cruising rum for the tour boats specifically used for making their swizzle. Conveniently all that is required to complete the tasty cocktail using these mixes, orange juice, pineapple juice, grenadine and bitters!

The Queen of Bermuda

Famous for making rum swizzle in a washing machine, the late Sheila Gosling born in 1916 to the West family married into the Gosling family in the 40’s. Always an entertainer and centre of the party Sheila was the type of lady that would do the splits in the middle of the dance floor and would often be the last one standing when the sun came up.  #1 in Bermuda for tennis and golf, Sheila was also a mother of 3 and devoted grandmother. In the 60’s Sheila was hosting a party after a big tennis competition at her house on Radner Road in Shelly Bay. She was expecting about 300 people and didn’t have anything to serve her Rum Swizzle in. Fortunately she had just purchased a brand new Hoover washing machine and it was delivered that afternoon so she decided to use it for the swizzle. It was such a hit that she later purchased a separate washing machine to make her swizzle for all of her future parties. Holding about 16 gallons, the Hoover washing machine became a popular party accessory. Sheila attracted guests from all over the world including the famous Orpheus group who traveled to Bermuda and played at her parties. She once took the washing machine on a cruise and mixed swizzle while crossing the Atlantic. Sheila grew up in a segregated time but every walk of life was welcome at her house Westholme in Shelly Bay, from Dolly Pitcher, Sir John Swan, Dame Lois Brown Evans and many others from across the island. When Sheila turned 80, she held another popular party but this time she rented 300 tea cups and everyone pranced about drinking swizzle from their tea cup. In 2011 when Sheila was 94 she passed on, her family and friends enjoyed the most amazing celebration of her life.

Today the tradition continues 

Weston Hatfield, grandson of Sheila, is often spotted at big events across the island, serving up rum swizzle made in his Grandmothers washing machine. From the PGA Grand Slam of Golf to weddings, the washing machine is always a big hit. Once upon a time there was actually a pump that poured  the swizzle directly into ones mouth. Just this past summer Weston brought the old washing machine to a wedding and set up jugs of swizzle on all of the dinner tables. Guests were quite pleased with themselves as Weston kept the big jugs replenished throughout the night. The legacy lives on and if you haven’t had the pleasure maybe one day you will taste swizzle mixed in the old washing machine and have a chance to cheers Sheila.

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Do You Know How Bermuda’s Caves Were Formed? https://www.bermuda.com/do-you-know-how-bermudas-caves-were-formed/ https://www.bermuda.com/do-you-know-how-bermudas-caves-were-formed/#respond Sat, 22 May 2021 15:15:35 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=20919 Do You Know How Bermuda’s Caves Were formed? By Horst Augustinovic   Some 30 million years ago volcanic eruptions on the floor of the Atlantic formed a mountain approximately 13,000 feet high, reaching the surface of the ocean. Marine life and coral reefs began to inhabit this submarine mountain and during Ice Ages, when the

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Do You Know How Bermuda’s Caves Were formed?

By Horst Augustinovic

 

Some 30 million years ago volcanic eruptions on the floor of the Atlantic formed a mountain approximately 13,000 feet high, reaching the surface of the ocean. Marine life and coral reefs began to inhabit this submarine mountain and during Ice Ages, when the sea level dropped, sediments calcified and eventually formed the limestone hills of Bermuda. Located in the older rocks close to the current sea level, Bermuda’s caves were formed during periods of low water levels during glaciation cycles of the current Ice Age. These cycles occur on 40,000 to 100,000-year time scales and we are now in an interglacial period following the end of the last Ice Age some 10,000 years ago.

Sea level changes during various Ice Ages formed limestone caps interbedded with red soil. In time the chemical reaction between the limestone and water created channels and caves, the largest of which are in the Walsingham Formation located between Harrington Sound and Castle Harbour.

 

The original hole, which led to the discovery of the Crystal Cave.

 

Bermuda probably has more caves per square mile than anywhere else in the world. As we are between Ice Ages at this time, the sea level is high and many of Bermuda’s caves have lakes in them, resulting in stalagmites, which originally grew on the cave floor, now being underwater.

 

 

When two boys playing cricket discovered the spectacular Crystal Cave

Searching for a lost cricket ball, two twelve-year-olds, Carl Gibbons and Edgar Hollis, in early 1907 made the discovery of a lifetime –the subterranean wonder now known as the Crystal Cave. Searching for the ball, one of the boys discovered a small hole, which had at one point been covered with stones, possibly to prevent farm animals from stumbling into the crevice. Unable to move the bigger rocks, the boys fetched their parents who managed to widen the hole to about two feet by four feet to allow one of the men to squeeze through. Lowering himself on a rope he found that for fifty feet or so the hole did not expand, but then opened into the spectacular world of stalagmites and stalactites.

The owner of the property, Mr. Julian Wilkinson, only found out about this discovery when he saw another boy playing with a broken off stalactite and was led to the opening of the cave. After surveying the entrance he sent his two sons into the cave to investigate and, on their enthusiastic return, decided to enlarge the hole to allow the construction of a staircase.

Although electricity had not yet come to Bermuda, Mr. Wilkinson also installed a lighting system based on acetylene gas.  As there was a large pool in the cave, a boat was built inside to ferry visitors around the subterranean lake, but as the Crystal Cave became more popular with visitors, a pontoon bridge was finally built.

 

After purchasing several adjacent properties on top of the cave, Mr. Wilkinson in 1914 decided to create a new entrance from the foot of the hill, making access easier and eliminating the flight of winding stairs. Two years in the making, this tunnel and the improved electric lighting made Crystal Cave one of the finest of its kind in the world and one of Bermuda’s favourite tourist attractions.

Enquiries: Horst Augustinovic

More History Articles You Might Enjoy  

History Of The Bermuda Easter Lily 

Did You Know… That the 1609 Wreck of the Sea Venture changed World History?

 

 

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The Unfinished Church https://www.bermuda.com/the-unfinished-church/ https://www.bermuda.com/the-unfinished-church/#respond Fri, 21 May 2021 09:00:18 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=455 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

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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.

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Did You Know…that per mile, the Bermuda Railway was the most expensive railway ever built? – Part 1 https://www.bermuda.com/railway-trail/ https://www.bermuda.com/railway-trail/#respond Thu, 20 May 2021 20:02:32 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=25329 Did You Know…that per mile, the Bermuda Railway was the most expensive railway ever built? – Part 1

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Did You Know…that per mile, the Bermuda Railway was the most expensive railway ever built? – Part 1

By Horst Augustinovic

Getting about Bermuda has always been somewhat of a problem, due mainly to the extremely elongated geography of the many coral islands. With public transportation limited to a few ferries plying their trade between the islands, and horse-drawn carriages providing a rather uncomfortable and unreliable service along the narrow and twisting roads, Bermuda’s land transportation problems were the cause of many debates during the late 19th century.

In 1875, keeping the islands’ defences and other military considerations in mind, the Governor, Major General John Henry Lefroy, asked London to provide a light railway for Bermuda. This project was eventually abandoned because the causeway was considered too narrow and flimsy to accommodate the tracks. By 1904 the Bermuda Electric Light, Power and Traction Company, Limited was formed and granted a concession to not only provide electric power, but also a transportation system. At the same time a number of buses appeared on the colony’s roads and the company decided to concentrate their efforts on light and power services.

The buses, meanwhile, operating whatever route they wished, without timetables and unregulated by Government, caused much resentment amongst both Bermudians and tourists. Several petitions were soon presented to the Legislature, urging the prohibition of all automobiles. One of these petitions, presented by 112 American guests of the Princess and Hamilton Hotels, drafted by Woodrow Wilson and signed by Mark Twain, undoubtedly carried much weight. Two months later, the 1908 Motor Car Act temporarily ended the career of the automobile, and Bermudians and tourists alike had to again rely on horse carriages, bicycles, and their own feet for transportation.

Against the backdrop of banned buses and the introduction of electricity, the Bermuda Trolley Company made its appearance in 1910. Proposing an electrified tramway system that would link Hamilton to both St. George’s and Ireland Island, the scheme was devised by Canadian railway mogul Sir William Mackenzie. At a cost of £200,000, the system was to basically follow the existing roads, which were to be widened, thereby minimizing the impact on land holdings. Opposition to the proposed trolley system was swift. Arguing that the technology was inappropriate, spoiling the quiet life which drew tourists to the island; and above all against the “audacity” of a company organized in Quebec calling itself a Bermuda company, the opponents soon defeated the proposal.

In 1912, a Government-sponsored report on the inland transportation problems recommended that a railway, built along its own right-of-way, would “best serve the demand for rapid and frequent communication between the extremities of the island.” No action followed this report until 1924, when a proposal was finally made to build such a railway. By then there were some 1,000 carriages and 7,000 bicycles on Bermuda’s roads. The population was about 32,000. Opponents of the scheme promptly submitted a proposal to form a motor bus system and the debate centered around the relative merits of both schemes. Although a variety of vehicles such as ambulances, fire engines, tractors, and mobile stone crushers were allowed on Bermuda’s roads, various petitions for motor cars were consistently refused – in 1928 a petition from doctors, in 1929 a petition from the Post Office to import four mail vans, and in 1931 a petition from the Governor to import and use an automobile.

The petition to build a railway was finally approved, and Bermuda Traction Limited was formed. After untold delays in purchasing land for right-of-ways, construction commenced in 1926. Difficulties were immediately encountered because of the rolling contour of Bermuda, and the many road and water crossings that had to be spanned. In all, some 10% of the track was spanned with 22 steel bridges and 34 timber trestles. The 22.5 miles of track formed a single line, divided into 15 sections, with 14 two-lane loop stations allowing “up trains” to pass “down trains,” and 44 scheduled stops.

The route of the Bermuda Railway is indicated in red on this Railway Map of the early 1930s. The railway’s primary rolling stock consisted of 6 Motor Coaches, 2 Motor Freight Locomotives, 2 Double Motor Truck Locomotives, 6 1st Class ‘Pullman’ Chair Cars, 6 Covered Passenger Cars and 2 Trailer Box Cars.

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Bermuda Patio & Take-Out Guide https://www.bermuda.com/takeout/ https://www.bermuda.com/takeout/#respond Wed, 21 Apr 2021 18:22:24 +0000 https://www.bermuda.com/?p=25305 Let's support all of the local restaurants who have opened up to serve a delicious variety of patio and take-out offerings across the island.

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EAST END

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

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Speciality Cinema & Grill

Located on North Shore Road

Take-Out – Open

Reservations – (441) 236-3133

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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

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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

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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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Support Our Local Restaurants And Order Take-Out This Week!

EAST

White Horse Bermuda Follow them for info and updates

Wahoo’s Bistro & Patio, St. George’s Follow them for info and updates

Wongs Golden Dragon Restaurant  Follow them for info and updates

Wharf Tavern Follow them for updates and info

Swizzle Inn Bermuda  Follow them for info and updates

CENTRAL

Village Pantry Follow them for info and updates

Speciality Cinema & Grill Follow them for info and updates

BUZZ Follow them for info and updates

Four Star Follow them for info and updates

Bolero Brasserie Follow them for info and updates **BBQ Weekends Only

Portofino Restaurant Follow them for info and updates

The Cottage Café & Bistro Follow them for info and updates

Pasta Basta Bermuda Follow them for info and updates

The Snug Cafe Follow them for info and updates

Pickled Onion Restaurant & Bar Follow them for info and updates

Huckleberry Follow them for info and updates

Coconut Rock and Yashi Sushi Follow them for info and updates

Burger Shack Bermuda Follow them for info and updates

Harbourfront Follow them for info and updates

Port O Call Follow them for info and updated

Divots Follow them for info and updates

WEST

Blu Bar & Grill Follow them for info and updates

Bella Vista Bar and Grill Follow them for info and updates

Cafe Amici Ristorante Bermuda Follow them for info and updates

Bone Fish Bar & Grill Follow them for info and updates

The Lonestar Follow them for info and updates

Embark on a 3D Tour of Bermuda National Gallery

This is pretty cool, you can visit here and go on a 3D tour of the gallery. Anytime!

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

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

Set Out With Take-Out and Enjoy It In A Garden

The parks are also open this week and while it’s been nice getting to know the 1k that surrounds our dwellings it’s time to get out and enjoy the island again but remember it is still against the law to mix households.

Queen Elizabeth Park, Queen Street, City of Hamilton

This haven for relaxation within the city commemorates the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth. See sculptures from the Bermuda National Gallery’s collection displayed throughout the grounds.

Palm Grove, 38 South Rd, Devonshire Parish

A well manicured private estate with beautiful gardens and a unique pond with a map of Bermuda.

Botanical Gardens, 183 South Rd, Paget Parish

Lovely gardens featuring introduced, endemic and naturalised Bermuda flora, ornamental gardens and a butterfly garden.

Somers Garden, Government. Hill Rd, St. George’s Parish

A quiet garden that features a moongate, native and introduced plants and is named to honor Admiral Sir George

5 City Hall Garden, City of Hamilton

Stop and admire the plants and flowers for a beautiful, peaceful and tranquil moment.

Round Up The Troops & Explore Some Of The Coolest Forts

There are approximately 90 Forts in Bermuda, here are 5 that you can get out and explore this week.

Martello Tower, 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 once you reach St. George’s

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.

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.

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.  20 minute walk from Whale Bay Road

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.

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On Any given day… Find a Bermuda Beach and claim it as your own… https://www.bermuda.com/on-any-given-day-find-a-bermuda-beach-and-claim-it-as-your-own/ https://www.bermuda.com/on-any-given-day-find-a-bermuda-beach-and-claim-it-as-your-own/#respond Mon, 12 Apr 2021 12:00:48 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=20904 From East to West there are approximately 34 sandy beaches and coves in Bermuda.

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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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Easter Traditions In Bermuda https://www.bermuda.com/easter-in-bermuda/ Thu, 01 Apr 2021 14:00:37 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=11097 Easter Traditions In Bermuda Good Friday In Bermuda For most Bermudians and residents, Good Friday is a time for tradition.  We build and fly our Bermuda kites, we make codfish and English style hot cross buns and we spend time with family and friends. This year will look a little different with various restrictions

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Easter Traditions In Bermuda

Good Friday In Bermuda

For most Bermudians and residents, Good Friday is a time for tradition.  We build and fly our Bermuda kites, we make codfish and English style hot cross buns and we spend time with family and friends. This year will look a little different with various restrictions in place due to Covid but we will certainly make the best of it!

Fun kite fact: Flying kites originated in Indonesia 3,000 years ago. Much later, it reached Bermuda when British Army troops used them to plan telegraph poles!

Originally, kites were not flown until after 3pm here in Bermuda however these days if you can get your kite up, it stays up all day and only comes down if it rains. Bermuda kites have long cloth tails and are in different colors of paper tissue, wood and string. Some are huge, in exquisite patterns and require several men to get them airborne. Some are deliberately made to emit a humming or buzzing sound, with a hummer made from glued paper. Another variation of the Bermuda kite is the traditional Somerset brown paper kite. It is made of brown paper, cross sticks with a hummer behind the head stick. Bermudians take their kits very seriously.

If you’re a visitor or new to the island, try finding an open area to fly your kite and somewhere that you can keep an eye on it id you decide to let it linger in the sky with the rest.

Bermuda Codfish Cakes 

While these by themselves are not uniquely Bermudian, their development as a uniquely Bermudian dish, is worthy of special note.

The dish was once only found seasonally but nowadays, Bermuda codfish cakes are not just a tradition on Good Friday and Easter Sunday but an island inspired dish found on local menus all year round.

In Bermuda, when made with care from imported salted codfish and given special local treatment, the dish is absolutely delicious!

You can buy them across the island leadning up to Easter at places like Miles Market, Glaze Bakery, Harrington Hundreds and more.

Click here for a recipe to try on your own.

Hot Cross Buns

A direct import from the United Kingdom, Hot Cross buns are much favored in Bermuda. They are available from commercial bakeries such as Sweet Sak or Glaze or as home-made batches, sold or given away by family matriarchs who love to make them from scratch.
They are square-shaped sticky buns, which vary in size, with icing sugar applied to them in the shape of a cross.
Hot Cross Buns:
  • 2 + 1/2 lbs flour or 10 cups
  • 3 oz brown sugar (6tbsp)
  • 3/4 oz dry yeast (3 packets)
  • 3 cups warm water
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (6oz)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbs cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbs allspice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 lb raisins
  • For the Glaze
  • 2 + 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • water as needed

Recipe:

  • Mix together the yeast, water and sugar and set aside a few minutes until the yeast starts to foam.
  • Mix together the flour, spices and salt.
  • With a mixer, or by hand, mix the flour, butter and eggs into the yeast-water mixture.
  • Now add the raisins. The dough will be somewhat sticky but should pull away from the sides of the bowl and form a ball. If not, add a little more flour.
  • Cover with a towel and let it rest in a warm place until it doubles in bulk. (Be sure it is in a bowl large enough to accommodate its new size).
  • Punch down the dough and cut into small 2 ¼ ounce pieces. Roll into balls and place on a baking sheet several inches apart.
  • When all are lined up cover again with a towel and put in a warm place away from draughts and allow to rise 15-20 minutes. You will need more than one baking sheet.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°.
  • Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until golden.
  • While they are baking, make the glaze by mixing together the icing sugar and as much water as needed to make the glaze spreadable.
  • Allow the buns to cool on a rack then brush with the glaze.

Bermuda Easter Lilies

Many Bermudians and others associate Easter lilies with Bermuda, and at one time the unique Bermuda variety were world famous. It is not generally known that the Easter Lilly did not come to Bermuda until the 1870s, by accident instead of design.  A ship, with a supply of bulbs, limped into Bermuda for emergency repairs and in the process, the bulbs arrived here too. The Bermuda grown variety usually open around Easter, but it is not uncommon for many to blossom and bloom before Easter. Some plants have a flower, which lasts about 10 days, while some stems may have as many as 6 separate flowers. A local tradition is that a finest selection is always sent to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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Bermuda Tree Frogs https://www.bermuda.com/bermuda-tree-frogs/ Thu, 18 Mar 2021 12:55:10 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=9276 If you've been to Bermuda, you are familiar with the whistling night call of the infamous Tree Frog. Only about the size of a thumbnail, the tree frogs are slight in stature but big in presence. If you are lucky to see one, you will be surprised to discover that such a big noise can

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If you’ve been to Bermuda, you are familiar with the whistling night call of the infamous Tree Frog. Only about the size of a thumbnail, the tree frogs are slight in stature but big in presence. If you are lucky to see one, you will be surprised to discover that such a big noise can come from such a small amphibian.

There are two species of Whistling Frogs (Tree Frogs) in Bermuda. The Eleutherodactylus johnstonei and Eleutherodactylus gossei, the first of the two is more common and smaller while the other has almost disappeared. Both are brownish, nocturnal, living in trees near the ground and by day hiding under stones and leaf litter.

They are one of the most characteristic night sounds of Bermuda between April and November. They can be heard island-wide when the weather is warm enough but are most common in the Parishes of Devonshire, Paget, Pembroke and Warwick.

They are not indigenous – both were introduced accidentally sometime prior to 1880, most likely on orchids imported from the Lesser Antilles. They can be found elsewhere in temperate and sub-tropical regions, but mainly can be found singing loudly at night.

Many visitors are not used to the whistling song, a loud bell-like chorus, of these tiny and harmless creatures. Some visitors say it disturbs their sleep but others love it because it adds a unique sound to the atmosphere. Their song is the sound of males trying to attract females.

Whistling frogs do not require standing water for breeding but pass through their tadpole stage within the egg itself. Clusters of eggs are laid in damp situations among rotting vegetation or under stones.

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A Symbol of Bermuda – The Iconic Longtail https://www.bermuda.com/a-symbol-of-bermuda-the-iconic-longtail/ Thu, 18 Feb 2021 14:15:47 +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

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