Many think that the Bermuda archipelago is part of the Caribbean. And many are therefore mistaken because these marvellous islands are located thousands of kilometres north of the Bahamas, off the west coast of merica, in a stretch of Atlantic with a bursting nature. The Bermuda Islands are named after Juan De Bermudez, the Spanish who discovered them in 1505. In 1609 they were colonized and named Somers by the survivors of the Sea Venture in honour of Admiral George Somers.
They are considered British overseas territory and constitute an archipelago of islets scattered in the Atlantic Ocean between Florida and the island of Puerto Rico, with which they give life to the much-feared Bermuda triangle. The Bermudas are characterized by a hot and muggy summer, mitigated by gentle breezes. In August, temperatures range between 25 and 30 degrees. Every month there are about 10 – 12 days of intense but short rain. Precipitation occurs mainly in the evening and does not have a decisive influence on the sunny climate that characterizes this archipelago.
July and August are the hottest months but also the most subject to hurricanes and storms typical of the area. The September climate is very similar to that of August: temperatures vary between 24 and 29 degrees. Therefore, it is advisable to carefully evaluate the clothing to be packed.
Bermuda, a British colony of the British Ocean, is an archipelago shaped like a fish hook composed of seven main islands and 143 smaller islets, connected by bridges and paths that line the sea. Bermuda is a veritable open-air aquatic museum full of natural caverns and colourful seabeds, inhabited by corals and tropical fish. Imagine pastel-coloured Victorian-style houses, sunny and friendly people, cricket matches, luxurious villas, and golf courses. In every corner, the Caribbean culture mixes with the English one creating a unique mix of its kind. The beaches have the colours and characteristics typical of this part of the ocean, shallow waters, crystal clear water, pink sand and a tropical nature to embed everything. Among the best beaches, the most solitary and rich in extraordinary bays, there are those of South Shore Park. Horseshoe Bay is one of the most famous and certainly the most photographed of all. On weekends it is better to move to nearby Elbow Beach, just as charming but usually less crowded.
The seabed rich in flora and fauna hide the wrecks of ancient ships (about 500) that have crossed these season their last journey. In fact, the most popular activities include snorkelling in the Church Bay areas of Southampton Parish and Tobacco Bay, north of St George. The two main cities of Bermuda are the capital of Hamilton and St George, Unesco heritage, where it is possible to fully enjoy the unusual combination of the various cultures, that Anglo-Afro-Caribbean mix, the result of four centuries of British domination before and trade relations with America then. Hamilton is the true commercial centre of the archipelago, while St George is its ancient and pulsating heart.
UNESCO has defined it as the city with the finest example of English urbanism in the New World. Among the must-see places is the old government building (Old State House), dating back to 1620, which is the oldest of all Bermuda and the eighteenth-century Tucker House, St Peter’s Anglican Church, the Bermuda National Trust Museum and Kings Square, the square where there is still a pillory on which the executions of those who violated colonial customs took place.
Bermuda is also considered the world capital of deep sea fishing, which can be practised all year round, as well as the golf destination par excellence (they have the unique world average of a golf course every 6 sq km), with nine fields that offer breathtaking views. For lovers of wellbeing, the islands offer, within the best resorts, exclusive spa centres that perfectly combine tradition and innovation.
What stands out immediately to the eye when you go to Bermuda is undoubtedly the beach Horseshoe Bay Beach: long, white, lapped by crystal waves and rocks that make it a true paradise on Earth. It is worth taking a break in this beautiful bay enjoying the caresses of the sun and the embraces of the sea. Fifteen hectares of trees, flowers, and shrubs make the Botanical Gardens of Bermuda a must-visit destination.
Located in Paget Parish, not far from the centres of Hamilton, these botanical gardens include the official residence of the premier of Bermuda. Also in Hamilton is the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, home to the Anglican church of Bermudas. Built between 1844 and 1869, it was designed in the English style. Destroyed by a fire in 1884 it was then rebuilt in neo-Gothic style with the limestone of the Bermudas, excluding some decorations imported from France in carved stone of Caen.
Luxury in Bermuda reigns supreme and most hotels are four or five stars but you can easily keep things low profile if you decide to sacrifice some aspect of your stay. Bermuda hasn’t many cheap solutions but you can look for something cheaper by booking your stay in huge advance to make the most of it.
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