Why visit Bermuda
And not a Caribbean island?

 
Wanting to know the top reasons to visit Bermuda? Mark Twain wrote from Bermuda in 1910 during his long last visit - "You go to heaven if you want to, I'd rather stay here". 
 
In October 2010, a survey of 25,000 readers of Conde Nast Traveler Magazine have voted Bermuda as the best island in the whole of Caribbean and Atlantic, beating out St. John (in second place) and St. Barts (in third place). Bermuda is a paradise in the Atlantic for what it has and what it does not have. Surprised to hear that Bermuda is great even for what it doesn't have? Yes. That's right. 
 
So let's first look at the reasons to visit Bermuda for what it DOES NOT have: 
 
Crime: Crime level in Bermuda is relatively low and tourists are practically not affected by any internal disturbances. But don't push it. There can be petty thefts particularly if you have kept valuables unattended in a public place like at a beach or in a scooter basket unlocked. Also do not invite trouble, for example by planning to stay at a beach at night when it's closed. 
 
Racial Tension: People are so warm, hospitable, and the smiles so genuine. While Bermuda had a history of slavery centuries back, the island has overcome that gracefully. Today the black and white population coexist harmoniously in the island. There are some 60% black and 40% others, but there is no racial tension of any kind. 
 
McDonalds: There is no fast food or franchise chain allowed in Bermuda. Many years back, before the law came into force, there was a KFC that was opened in Queens street at Hamilton city. That's the only one still there. So this is one island which has successfully resisted the invasion from the franchise chains that are so common elsewhere in the world. 
 
Billboards and Crowd: Bermuda never looks crowded. There are no billboards or neon signs, and relatively few cars to spoil the wonderful countryside. The houses and shops with their unique architecture fit in so naturally into the Bermuda landscape. 
 
 
 
No Car Rentals: Oops! That sounds like the only drawback in Bermuda. But actually a blessing in disguise. Imagine if some 600,000 tourists visiting every year rented cars in this 21 square mile tiny island. How crowded the streets would be or what would be the pollution level then? With about 65,000 Bermuda's own resident population, this island is virtually pollution free. Car rentals could easily spoil this. Bermuda's Public Transportation system is very convenient to use. 
 
Now let's look at the reasons to visit Bermuda for what the island IS or HAS: 
 
Beaches: World's some of the most beautiful and pink sandy beaches are in Bermuda. So if you love to swim, or snorkel or tan on the beaches, there is probably no better place in the world than Bermuda. The book 1000 places to see before you die, prominently mentions Bermuda's south shore beaches as one of those destinations. 
 
Water Sports: Bermuda is a paradise for the divers and those who love the underwater world. Bermuda's Atlantic offers breathtaking views of coral reefs, shipwrecks, underwater caves and a variety of coral and marine life. 
 
Water activities like snorkeling and swimming is unmatched anywhere in the world. You get to see the best of corals and marine life in the waters of Bermuda. 
 
Tourist Attractions: There are some unparalleled tourist attractions and places to see in Bermuda. Bermuda Aquarium, Dolphin Quest, Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, Maritime Museum, Crystal Caves, St. Catherine Fort, the list goes on. 
 
Bermuda's Architecture: Bermuda's somewhat Mediterranean architecture is so colorful, stucco exteriors come in every pastel color you can imagine, enhanced by lush vegetation everywhere. And this island is clean, clean and clean. If you look around, you will find all houses having slanted white limestone roofs with grooves. This allows the rain water to get filtered and flow down to an underground reservoir. Every house has to do it, as there is no fresh water supply in Bermuda. 
 
Bermuda weather: Weather conditions remain clear and temperate. Bermuda has a remarkably mild climate that seldom sees extremes of either hot or cold. During the winter months (December through March), temperatures average 65-70°F. The hottest part of the year is between May and mid-October, when temperatures range from 75°F to 85°F. The summer months are somewhat drier, although rainfall is spread fairly evenly throughout the year. 
 
Bermuda People and Culture: No where in the world I have seen people so warm, friendly, forthcoming to help you with a smile. The island is small and you will find them everywhere. Bermudians and their culture add a very special dimension to this island. Check the above link to know all about people of Bermuda, where they came from and their culture. 
 
Transportation: Getting around the island by bus or ferry is very easy. You get buses every 15 to 20 minutes. On weekends the wait might be a little longer. There are plenty of taxis as well. If you are comfortable, you can rent a moped or a scooter. This can give you all the freedom you want. 
 
Golfing: If you're looking for some of the best golf courses in the world, Bermuda is probably unmatched. You will get great championship golf courses, stunning scenery, great climate, and elevated tees with spectacular ocean views. 
 
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  • Great Restaurants and Nightlife 
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    I had always thought that our family had been a forerunner when it comes to visiting Bermuda frequently. But I have found out something amazing in recent time which has set a daunting target for us. A couple Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Falk from New York have visited the island 150 times since their honeymoon in Bermuda in 1955. They are married for 56 years and completed the 150th visit in the summer of 2012. So what did they have to say? 
     
    ... "We love Bermuda. The people are great and it’s so convenient to New York. We love that is so close and we enjoy being in another country. We’ve introduced our children and grandchildren to the island and my granddaughter who is 22 has been here 5 times already." 
     
     
     
    Update October 2011: Bermuda has been voted as the best travel destination in the whole of Atlantic and Caribbean by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler Magazine. 
     
    Update October 2012: Bermuda has received the Conde Nast Traveller Magazine's readers choice award by winning the top position for the BEST ISLAND in the whole of Caribbean and Atlantic region. Five hotels of Bermuda including The Reefs, Pink Beach Club, Rosewood Tuckers Point, Cambridge Beaches and Fairmont Southampton have been rated as part of the top 12 hotels in the Atlantic region. 
     
    Update October 2013: For the 11th year, Bermuda continues to hold its position as the top Island in the Caribbean & Atlantic as per the Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice. The island received the following aggregate scores from the readers out of possible 100:- Scenery: 93.9; Friendliness: 91.2; Ambience: 92.5; Beaches: 89.5; Activities: 84.0 Lodging: 88.3 Restaurants: 80.5. This year record breaking number of readers (close to 80,000) participated in the survey. 
     
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