Bermuda is an anomaly among major tourist destinations. Wholesome, family-friendly entertainment seems to be the heart of the country's appeal. In fact, local legislation prevents many of the less admirable influences of commercial development and urbanization from reaching the islands.
Guests certainly won't find billboards, graffiti, or nude beaches here. Instead, the islands retain many of the conservative conventions and mannerisms from their days under British rule. At the same time, they boast the laid-back atmosphere that make them a popular vacation spot. This unique blend gives Bermuda a charm all its own.
The Bermudian connection to its British heritage is among the strongest in the world. Remember this when getting dressed. While dress codes are not as strict as in other conservative countries (the local Bermuda shorts are considered suitable attire for nearly any occasion), beachwear is considered inappropriate anywhere except on the beach. In shops and on town streets, you should be fully dressed with a sun dress or shirt and shorts. For dinner, wear casual or formal clothing appropriate to the restaurant.
Good manners are more than appreciated on Bermuda - they're practically expected. Visitors should initiate interaction with islanders; many locals will be offended if you fail to ask how they are. Upon walking into a shop, it is up to you to greet the employees. Your reception may be cold if you ask a question without a proper salutation. Travelers should get in the habit of saying hello; doing so will ensure a much more pleasant experience in any local establishment.
The area known as Bermuda actually consists of six major islands and 120 smaller surrounding islands. The information below focuses on the six largest islands.
|St. George's Island||This island was the site of one of the earliest British colonies in the New World. The largest city on the island, also named St. George, was Bermuda's original capital. Today the island is full of museums and historic sights.|
|St. David's Island||One of the more rustic islands, this is an excellent spot to view the simple, seafaring lifestyle led by locals.|
|Main Island||Main Island is home to the capital city of Hamilton. It is also the major tourist hub, and most vacationers spend the majority of their time here.|
|Somerset Island||This island is connected to the main island by the world's smallest drawbridge. At 22 inches wide, it is large enough to admit only the mast of a large ship. Once on the island, visitors can experience a cozy little village disturbed only by a single road running through the town.|
|Boaz Island||Tiny Boaz Island is situated between Somerset and Ireland Islands, and is the perfect picturesque stop for an authentic Bermudian lunch or cocktail.|
|Ireland Island||Home to several art galleries and local craft centers, this island makes a nice day trip to escape the hustle and bustle of Main Island. Travelers interested in maritime history should be sure to check out the Royal Naval Dockyard.|
Bermuda's British heritage gives a refined feel to the Caribbean culture, and with so many different regions to explore, the country offers a lot of variety. Between the local culture, the gorgeous beaches, and the interesting attractions, Bermuda is a vacation destination that everyone can get on board with.
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