Bermuda has a mystical intrigue to someone with a sailing background. It is in the middle of literally nowhere, 600 nautical miles off the coast of North Carolina, and is the recognised northernmost point of the Bermuda Triangle.
Juan Bermudez, a Spanish sea captain was the first person to claim the island in 1503. Subsequent visitors, if they were lucky, survived shipwreck on the reefs surrounding Bermuda. The first settlement was a lucky group of Europeans on their way to the New World in 1609. The British crown took over administration of the island in 1684.
Bermuda is a gem. The island is only 22 square miles and inhabited by approximately 65,000 residents. The houses are painted a variety of shades but roofs are traditionally white washed with a limestone mixture. I really can't describe how quaint this lovely island is. You may have to check it out yourself!
The beaches, particularly on the southern shore have a pinkish glow and are a soft as powdered sugar. The turquoise sea, fading to deep blue just a bit further offshore is dreamy. This time of year the high air tempurature was only about 70 F but it was nice and warm in the bright sunshine and my body soaked up as much vitamin D as I dared allow. The water was a bit chilly as well but I spent time stand up paddle boarding and kayaking which were perfect ways to pass the time at the beach.
We stayed in Hamilton for a few days and then spent a few days on the south shore. Bermuda is fairly expensive, particularly food and drink. The America's Cup will be held there in approximately a month's time. Wish I were going to be on the island.
Make sure to click on the title so you can see the slideshow and enjoy a few more pics of Bermuda... you may just book a ticket. I know I'd like to go back!