Located in the middle of the north Atlantic Ocean between the United States and Europe lies Bermuda, an Atlantic paradise. Located only 2 hours flight from Boston, and situated east of South Carolina (United States), the climate is sweet – around 83F in summer and 70F in the winter due to the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. Bermuda is generally thought of as a single island, known as the main island or Bermuda, but it is actually comprised of 181 islands. Discovered in 1505 and settled by the English in 1615, Bermuda is an amazing combination of history, culture, and gorgeous environment.
Bermuda is known for its pink beaches, the best of which is Horseshoe Bay, a crescent beach of pink sand surrounded by clear blue waters and sandstone cliffs. Tobacco Bay is another great beach featuring volcanic rock formations and waters great for snorkeling. Elbow Beach is another world-class white sand beach, home to joggers, volley-ball games, kite-boarders and a shipwreck within swiming distance!
If the beaches don’t occupy all of your time while in Bermuda, there is plenty of culture and history. Historic St. George’s is a World Heritage Site and can take up a full day of exploring. Bermuda has over 90 forts that were built there over the last 400 years and many of them are still standing and ready for you to explore.
There are 65,000 residents of Bermuda where English is the main language, although surprisingly Portuguese is spoken by more than a few locals due to 200 years of immigration to Bermuda from the Azores, Madeira, and Cape Verde. Bermuda has a strong economy, driven by off-shore banking and tourism. The currency is the Bermudian Dollar which is pegged to the US Dollar. Be ready, as car rentals are not allowed – most visitors get around by renting a scooter or take the bus – but lately Segways are becoming popular!
There are many hotels in Bermuda and a few resorts. But the best way to get to know the locals and enjoy your holiday is to rent a house for the week, where you can have lots of space to relax and your own kitchen. Browse through these beautiful Bermuda rentals for your next holiday. You can use Otalo, they search through all the vacation rentals websites for you in a single click!
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