What You Should Know About Bermuda
As compared to the Caribbean isles, Bermuda, which is situated in the Atlantic, experiences milder hurricanes in the peak hurricane season i.e. June to November. But if you still decided to visit it during this time, you should be well prepared for episodes of rain. In 1980, the Beatles visited Bermuda by sailing all the way from Newport. Inspired by their music, the island will be commemorating John Lennon this year in September where local bands and musicians will pay a special tribute with a live concert on September 21 at 8 pm at Botanical Gardens.
Another attraction for rugby fans at Bermuda is the annual hosting of World Rugby Classic. The event lasts for a week and includes live concerts and parties after the match. A famous spot is Coconut Rock where you can enjoy a lovely evening with the locals. Apart from sports and musical events, another major attraction of Bermuda is the beaches. The most famous beach is the 4 miles long Horseshoe Bay where you can swim, surf and sunbathe. Mostly this beach remains crowded and when the cruise ships arrive at the port, you can take your kids to Jobson’s Cove Beach or go to Church Bay Beach for a fantastic snorkelling experience.
The track of Bermuda Railway is quite short and it remained operational for a very short time from 1931 to 1948. The Parliament of Bermuda granted permission to Public Works Department to start a railroad in 1922, though proposals had started being considered since as early as 1899. The rail track was to be laid from Somerset to St. George. However, not only did it take a very long time for the railroad to complete, it also cost 1 million dollars to the investors because it proved to be a very heft task to build long tunnels and swing bridges. If the cost was estimated on the basis of “cost per mile”, it came out to be the most costly railway ever built. The railway track was given the moniker of “Old Rattle and Shake”.
The track began to deteriorate during the Second World War when it was put in rough use by the soldiers. No proper maintenance was carried out and by the end of the war; it was acquired by the government for 115,000 dollars. Then started the era of vehicles in 1946, and hence the railway services were put to an end by 1948. The railway was then completely sold off to what at that time was known as the British Guiana, now known as Guyana. These railway tracks were then converted into trails in 1980s.
Presently, the track is not used by the railways. However, it runs the whole length of the island and if followed, it offers a beautiful costal scene all along the way. The track is strictly allowed for amblers, cyclists and horseback riders. Following the track is a good way to view the entire island with all its scenic moments. If you are adventurous enough, you may want to rent a bike and cover the entire trail, enjoying away from the bustle of city traffic and noise. However, keep in mind that many parts of this track are totally isolated so you should not go out alone in the dark. Also, you must get yourself a free copy of the Bermuda Railway Trail Guide, which is available at every visitor information centres.