Maybe it’s because I was born on an Island that makes me feel right at home when I visit the Island wonder of Bermuda. There’s something about Bermudians and the way they live their lives that intrigues me. Simply put, Bermudians are happy people. Whether one steps unto a bus, enters a cafe, or stands in line at the bank; the majority of Bermudians always greet and acknowledge you with a smile and eye contact.
A work colleague of mine was born and raised in Bermuda. He told me there is no tolerance in Bermuda for rude people; everyone is treated with respect. During a lunch stop at Mamma Angie’s Cafe in the Parish of St. George–the following signs gave me and my family a chuckle–and confirmed my colleague’s sentiment.
The beaches in Bermuda are gorgeous. The sand is soft and some beaches have sparkling specks of pink sand. The pink sand definitiely stands out at Warwick Long Bay beach, one of my favorites. The beach water is crystal blue and water temperatures range in the high 70’s to 80’s. Depending on which beach you visit for the day, the waves are tolerable or non existent at all.
The Island is only twenty-one miles long and two miles wide. Getting around in Bermuda as a tourist I felt perfectly safe. Traveling by bus was the most economical way for us to travel. We also took the ferry a few times from our hotel to the parish of Hamilton, which was very convenient. We took a few cab rides, but that can turn out rather expensive on a daily basis. My husband and I do not ride mopeds, but many tourists rent mopeds to get around the island, and it sure does look like a lot of fun, but we both agreed, this was not an option for us. In Bermuda they drive on the left side of the road and the rotaries can be a bit tricky. At one time a high incidence of moped accidents occurred on the island–some fatal. We were told by locals that it’s not as prevalent as it used to be because certain criteria must now be met before tourist can rent mopeds.
We also discovered Cooper’s Island Nature Preserve and the secluded beaches we found there were absolutely breathtaking. My husband enjoyed snorkeling at many of the beaches along the preserve.
I guess the only complaint I have about Bermuda is the bike trail. We rented mountain bikes hoping to travel the trail and stop at a few beaches. But unfortunately it was not what we expected and the trail was not marked well. There were no safe crosswalks to get from one side of the trail to the other. The roads are very narrow and there’s not much room for cars and bikes to share the road. It’s unfortunate because if the government invested in improving the bike trail it would be magnificent. There was one section of the trail that was nice and we stopped to talk with one of the locals that lived off this part of the trail. She told us there were some sections of the trail that had nice views. But, again there were no signs and difficult to find and we didn’t want to back track.
Other than the bike trail our stay in Bermuda was wonderful and the beaches were outstanding. The hospitality we received made this vacation one of my most enjoyable vacations. Last year we visited The Crystal Caves and the Aquarium, but we did not go this this time around. I highly recommend you visit these sites as well. The story behind how the caves were discovered is pretty amazing, but I won’t spoil it for you.
I’d love to know your thoughts on Bermuda as well. Feel free to ask me any questions.
Hope you’re all having a great week!