Ever since I got back from Bermuda, people have been asking me “How was Barbados?” and “How did you like the Bahamas?” It seems that Bermuda is quite unknown to many… Which is a shame, because it is a formidable destination. Good thing I went, now I can tell you all there is to know about it. And there is a lot!
- First and foremost, Bermuda is not in the Caribbean. It is located in the Atlantic Ocean, about 1030 km from the United States’ East Coast. The nearest city from Bermuda is actually Cape Hatteras, NC!
- Bermudians speak English, but the second most-spoken language on the islands is Portuguese.
- Bermuda is not an island, it’s actually an archipelago of about 120 little islets.
- The colonial town of St. George, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the oldest continuously inhabited English town in the Americas.
- Bermudians are the nicest people I’ve ever met in my travels. I had read about their legendary kindness, but wasn’t prepared for how this translated into every day life. From ‘hellos’ and ‘how are yous’ to waving and chatting, everyone would stop by to ask how we were doing and where we were from. Children on the bus would say hi when they passed our seats and teens would engage in conversations about how we were enjoying our time in Bermuda. Everyone was absolutely delightful.
- At 53 km sq, Bermuda is about 10 times smaller than the island of Montreal, but is actually the third most densely populated place in the world, with a population per sq mile of about 3000 people. That’s a lot of nice people to meet!
- There is no public water system on Bermuda, as the island has no natural source of freshwater. Bermudians have to rely on rainfall to fill up their water tanks, greatly helped by the shape of their limestone roofs.
- Tourists aren’t allowed to rent cars. You’ll have to use public transport -a super efficient system of buses and ferries-, hire a cab or rent scooters. This helps limit road congestion on the islands.
- There are no restaurant franchises on Bermuda. No McDonald’s, no Subway, no Pizza Hut. Because all restaurants must be Bermudian-owned, you’ll find none of the usual suspects on the island, except for one single KFC, owned by a Bermudian.
- Bermuda’s sand is pink. Pink!! This pretty hue is due to crushed fragments of shells and invertebrates and makes for the most gorgeous beaches.
- If you hear someone mention an Onion, they’re actually referring to a Bermudian. This weird nickname dates from the 19th century when onions were one of the islands’ main exports.
- Bermuda has not one, but two national drinks: the Dark’n stormy and the Rum swizzle, both made with Gosling’s Black Seal rum.
- With four centuries of colonial history, the island is a great destination for History buffs.
- Bermuda is CRAZY expensive. From hotels to restaurants, expect a hefty bill. I had a run-in with a quarter of a watermelon at the grocery store priced at $11.99. And it wasn’t a typo.
- Last but not least, Bermuda is Heaven on Earth. It is unique in so many ways; with its old-world charm and rich history, its adorable inhabitants and its breathtaking scenery, it’s guaranteed you’ll never want to leave.
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