Spotlight on Bermuda
Perched amid the blue-green waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Bermuda is unlike any other island destination you may be familiar with. It is a surprise just waiting to be discovered by visitors fortunate enough to reach its shores. Not only does it offer lush, tropical surroundings, splendid and unusual pink-hued beaches, plus a bevy of cultural attractions and sporting options, Bermuda is blessed with a distinct air of British propriety and European flavor that make it unique. Visitors will not only cherish memories of the islands' sherbet-toned homes, ubiquitous flower gardens and charming winding streets, but also of its gracious people, who are a little bit British, a little bit islander and always friendly.
Hamilton - The port of Hamilton is a leading offshore business center and main attractions are the island’s temperate climate, pink sand beaches, pastel homes and bucolic landscapes in this idyllic spot in the Atlantic Ocean. Bermuda is famous for high quality British and European imports along with local artistry which includes cedar candlesticks, coral and seashell products, jewelry and local perfumes. Imported goods include Italian and Scottish woolens, European glass, china and perfumes. Front Street is lined with boutiques and duty-free shops. Although there are few bargains, a wide range of British goods may be found at genuine reductions. The Sessions House was built in 1817 when the government was moved from St. George’s to Hamilton. The Golden Jubilee clock tower was added in 1887. Other historic buildings include the Supreme Court, the Cabinet building, Senate Chamber and the Library. Many natural highlights are in Harrington Sound: the Devil’s Hole, the Crystal and Leamington Caves, the Blue Grotto and Spittal Pond.
King's Wharf has something for everyone. Sample typical island food and stroll through the shops and museums of the Royal Naval Dockyard. Sail the clear waters of Hamilton Sound. Find quaint gems at the Bermuda Arts Center and Craft Market. If that's not enough, a snorkel park and water sport facility offer hours of activities to the adventuresome. Bermuda's weather is as close to perfect as you'll find.
St. George’s Island was the site of the Sea Ventures’ wreck in 1609. Its major settlement, St. George’s, was founded in 1612 and was once the capital of Bermuda. Filled with historic buildings, it contains St. Peter’s Church, the oldest continuously used Protestant house of worship in the Western Hemisphere. The parish is flanked by Castle Harbour on the western and southern edges and divided into two halves by St. George’s Harbour. St. David’s Island is linked to the rest of Bermuda by the Severn Bridge, which lies near the U.S. Naval Air Station and the country’s international airport. The people who inhabit this most easterly part of Bermuda are long-time sailors and fishers. St. George’s Parish also includes Tucker’s Town, founded in 1616 by Governor Daniel Tucker on the opposite shore of Castle Harbour.