Locals refer to Bermuda as “our island,” but it’s actually composed of 181 islands, islets and rocks. The eight largest islands are linked by bridges and one causeway, and Bermudans claim that because of the country’s fishhook shape and diminutive size (about 21 square miles), visitors can catch beautiful sunsets or sunrises no matter where they stand. All the islands boast spectacular beaches, verdant landscapes and abundant wildlife. The latter includes 350 types of birds, making Bermuda a haven for bird-watchers. Other attractions are the serenading tree frogs, endangered sea turtles and more than 650 species of fish.
Some people claim that Bermuda is best when first seen from the water. So for those on a cruise to Bermuda, expect to see a breathtaking coastline that gives way to glorious pink-sand beaches. Inland, cruise passengers will find quaint, pastel-toned colonial homes under clear, blue skies. Surrounding the tidy homes is a colorful profusion of fragrant, tropical flowers and palm trees.
Many cruise ships dock at King’s Wharf on the western tip of Bermuda. The 75-acre complex also is home to the Royal Navy Dockyard, along with restaurants, museums, the Arts Center and the Bermuda Craft Market. From the wharf, visitors can easily jump into a taxi, bus or ferry to reach other parts of this British colony. A favorite destination is St. George’s, a well-preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Bermuda is surrounded by an extensive coral reef that harbors sea life and countless shipwrecks, making for interesting diving and snorkeling at places like Elbow Beach. Meanwhile, the placid waters of Southampton Parish create ideal conditions for yachting and kayaking. But perhaps the most popular diversion for visitors is to simply sink their toes into the pink sand.