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9.11.2015

10 Things You Should Know About Bermuda

1. Bermuda is divided into 9 Parishes - Yes, Bermuda is only 21 square miles divided into 9 parishes (similar to small towns). On average, there are about 7,000 per parish although Bermudians do not inhabit the parishes evenly. The capital of Bermuda is the City of Hamilton but is the smallest capital city in the world. Don't be too surprised, as you will be amazed what this small island has to offer.

2. There are so many beautiful beaches to choose from in Bermuda.. besides Horseshoe Bay - Don't get me wrong Horseshoe Bay is a beautiful beach, but many people forget that their are multiple public beaches to enjoy! One of my favorite beaches is Chaplin Bay (pictured above) on Southshore Rd. It's not as crowded during most beach hours and its close to the shore which is perfect for swimming. Try other beaches on the island at least once - I promise you won't regret it!

3. It's very easy to navigate on the island - Unlike the U.S., Bermuda only has three major roads you can travel on South Shore, Middle Road and Harbour Road. So, if you get stuck in traffic, you better believe you are waiting there for the long haul! :)

4. There is a lot to do for Free in Bermuda - From movies in the park to live entertainment, Bermuda has many activities that you could attend to enjoy with family and friends. I recently attended a concert in the park that was quite enjoyable at no cost. This photo was taken at Harbour Nights, an open event that happens every Wednesday night showcasing Bermuda's best. 

5. It's home to one of the world's most beautiful golf courses - Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton is ranked the world's best public golf courses by Golf Digest and named Bermuda's finest course by the New York Times. For one year, Mid Ocean Club hosted the PGA Grand Slam later moving to Port Royal Golf Course for six more years, featuring 18 championship holes over 6,842 manicured yards. 
6. Bermuda has the friendliest people - This photo is from my first visit to Bermuda years ago, pictured with the lovely Johnny Barnes. He is the heart of Bermuda, always there - every morning to say, "I love you," as you go off to work coming in and going out of the city of Hamilton. 

7. There are a lot of tasty cuisines you should try - Bermuda has so many exquisite cuisines from Caribbean to Indian, you will surely find something to quench your taste buds. Pictured above are fish chowder bites from Marcus Bermuda in Hamilton Princess. Oh, they were so delicious!

8. Almost all directions in Bermuda include the phrase,"Go 'round de corner" or "Up de Hill" - When I first moved to Bermuda, I always heard these phrases when given directions. Of course, I am bad with directions but no matter what, I know that such and such is up the hill or around the corner. :D

9. Bermuda is not apart of the Caribbean - Although Bermuda is full of rich culture, it is NOT part of the Caribbean. Bermuda is less than 2 hours from New York, whereas places like Barbados and Jamaica (which is in the Caribbean) takes 3 to 4 hours in travel time. The island is north of the Bahamas in the Atlantic Ocean, and east of North Carolina.

10. Manners are honoured across the island. - Like momma' always says, "You must show respect in order to get respect". As you enter the market, walk in the city or catch the bus home, saying, "Good morning" and "Good afternoon" are an absolute must. 

So when you visit Bermuda, don't forget these 10 things, they might actually help you during your travel.


Photos taken by myself and my husband over a period of 4 years!

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