3 months ago I would never have thought that I will ever visit those remote islands in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. What I associated with Bermuda were stories of disappearing planes and sinking ships in the infamous Bermuda triangle, which actually is just the name for the sea area between Miami in the west, Puerto Rico in the south and Bermuda to the north. So what brought me to Bermuda in the first place?
When I planned my trip to NY, my bf and me were looking for a short beach getaway and we first had Florida (again) and Puerto Rico in mind, but after browsing for flights we found reasonable tickets to a destination, whose name alone sparkled our curiosity. I immediately was in full research mode and felt even more confirmed when I saw the short flying time (less than 2 hours from NY), the pleasant climate chart and some breathtaking photos, which fulfilled all my imaginations of the perfect beach. This might be THE once-in-a-lifetime chance we thought. And off we went…
And we weren’t disappointed! Actually we were overwhelmed! From the moment we landed, through the whole taxi ride to our apartment, I was all eyes and only a few ohhhs and wows interrupted my silence in awe.
Although we got a good flight deal, the amazing scenery comes at a price – actually a very high price. We knew Bermuda won’t be a budget destination and we weren’t disillusioned. It’s a place for the rich – for golfers, yachters and cruisers and sometimes travelers with the right How much is the world? attitude like us 😉
Our lovely room at Dawkin’s Manor, which was one of the more affordable options in Bermuda.
A taste of Bermuda: Fish chowder (the national dish) and seafood tacos!
The first full day took us to the capital, Hamilton, which is a quaint little town with pretty pastel-coloured houses and some interesting landmarks like the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity.
But first coffee (and croissant for me)!
From Hamilton we took the convenient ferry to the Royal Naval dockyard – basically a giant old fort converted into a leisure space for tourists and the only port where big cruise ships can dock (luckily it was fairly quiet that day). The boat ride took only 20 minutes and was very pleasant!
We arrived pretty hungry and had lunch at the Frog and Onion Pub – a hearty Shepherd’s pie and deep fried Calamari, mmm…
Bermuda is British territory as you can see clearly below…
The dockyard also hosts the National Museum, where you can boost your knowledge about the islands. Or simply walk the huge grounds and soak in the fantastic ocean views!
Quite unexpectedly a dolphin show was held inside the fort. It was interesting to see and it looked like the dolphins had quite a large free-range area too which made me feel better for them 🙂
We spotted two white-tailed tropicbirds (no I’m not an bird expert), Bermuda’s national bird!
I’m looking forward to show you part 2 of our getaway soon! What place did YOU surprise the most?