Things to Do While In Bermuda
A trip back into the past
Bermuda is located in the North Atlantic Ocean and is a British Overseas Territory. The first European to discover the island was Juan de Bermudez after whom the island has been named. The island harbours a history of more than 400 years and is home to some of the oldest architecture which will definitely please the lovers of history as well as anyone who appreciates old-fashioned architecture. There is more to Bermuda than rose coloured beaches and turquoise waters.
Bermuda’s original capital is the UNESCO-designated town of St. George’s which has a colonial feel to it. Its old fashioned, crooked lanes are sure to make you feel like you are taking a journey into the past. Sir George Somers and his men were shipwrecked on the island of Bermuda in 1609 and there is a statue of him which you should definitely see along with a copy of his vessel before you move on to King’s Square. King’s Square is the centre of the town from where you will start your tour of the town of St. George.
Aware of the importance of Bermuda, the British protected it from 1612 to 1956. This is the reason why this small country has the world’s highest concentration of historic forts. You can check out the list at the National Museum of Bermuda: the centre piece of the Royal Naval Dockyard is actually a converted fortress. Another fort that you must definitely see is the Fort St. Catherine which is a 17th century building.
Being host to the first African Diaspora Heritage Trail (ADHT) Conference, Bermuda is actively involved in the conservation of black culture and their sites. If you go on this trail, it will take you to 11 sites related to black Bermudians. The highlights of this trip include the slave graveyard at St. Peter’s Church and Cobb’s Hill Methodist Church which was built specially for the blacks before emancipation.
Bermuda, which is well known as a golfing destination, has golf courses as picturesque as the island itself. Not only the game but the surrounding view will also prove to be a spectacular experience for the travellers. But do not get carried away as many golf courses have holes by the sea or on top of ocean-side bluffs from which the wind and water of the Atlantic Ocean can seriously mess with your game.
One of the most splendid golf clubs on the island is Mid Ocean Golf Club in Tucker’s Town which was established by Charles Blair MacDonald in 1921. It is a classic golf course where, if you have the right contacts in the right places, you can come across celebrities such as Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, who reside in the exotic Bermuda Island.
Another popular gold course is the Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton Parish. It is an affordable public property and it has just undergone a $14-million make-over. It is a Robert Trent Jones design and Jack Nicklaus’ favourite. Also, it has Bermuda’s famous hole (the sublime 16th) which has been photographed for various golfing magazines.
Designed by Ted Robinson, the Fairmont Southampton Golf Course is an 18-hole par-3 executive course which is located on a hillside. The challenging terrain makes for a daring game and a good warm up before you play in Bermuda’s full length courses. If you are up for a challenge instead of just luxury, make it a point to spend an afternoon here playing golf.
A little more water
Boat-lovers like to drop anchor and just bask in the sun all day long while enjoying beer. You must not underestimate this activity before trying it out. Also, if you are fond of marine life and seeing what goes on beneath the surface, you must go on an underwater exploration trip. The clear and warm turquoise waters, rich marine life and unique topography will certainly make your underwater exploration a delightful experience.
Not all of Bermuda’s history lies in its land. A lot of history lies beneath the surface of its waters where hundreds of shipwrecks occurred due to the island’s dangerous coral reefs. Companies like Triangle Diving and Blue Water Divers offer to take you to see the wrecks. They carry out wreck tours for experienced scuba divers as well as for first-timers.
If you are not yet ready to dive in, do not miss the opportunity to take an underwater walk. Hartley’s Under Sea Adventure will help you take this walk by giving you a specially designed helmet. Wearing that helmet, you will go 10 feet underwater and get up-close with the variety of fish and just let yourself be amazed. It will be an unforgettable experience.
Dockyard’s Snorkel Park has exotic sea creatures and submerged artefacts. Snorkel gear, kayaks, jet skis and other equipment can be easily rented in the park. During April to November, fins and mask are all you need to enjoy the activities here.
Bermuda, unlike other vacation spots, offers one of a kind accommodations. There are luxury lodgings, posh family-run resorts, old-school cottage colonies and unusual bed-and-breakfasts.
The first to start operations here is the Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort & Spa which opened in the spring of 2008 in Paget Parish. It has a boutique-style interior and the surrounding view of turquoise waters is just breath-taking.
Bermuda also has lodgings over-water through which you can see the underwater marine life. There are 9 beaches in Sandy’s Parish which have such lodgings; there are 16 canvas-coloured cabanas or tent-a-lows each of which has a plexi-glass floor panel. Outdoors is full of temptations. The resort has a sports centre where you can get equipment for different water sports and have an enjoyable experience.
British-born Hazel Lowe is the owner of the lovely Salt Kettle House in Paget Parish. It is a quirky bed and breakfast which will keep you coming back. It is set on a peninsula and has cabbage-rose upholstery in its interior as well as colourful lounge chairs outside. Complete your vacation by having a delicious breakfast here before heading back home.