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#outhere Pt. 2 – Bermuda beaches and facts

June 10, 2016
Bermuda travel blog

Sorry peeps, after part 1 I was somehow trying to limit the number of photos for this post but I simply CAN’T – this island is just too beautiful! As a result this is probably my photo-heaviest post so far (44 pics – whoops) but I promise I did my best to not even spam you more 😛 Caution – if you’re suffering severe wanderlust and beach cravings already, continue on your own risk 😉 I also added a few Bermuda facts at the end of this post!

Anyways, most photos were taken on the day where we rented a scooter and explored some of Bermuda’s most charming and stunning attractions: First we hit the roads towards East until the very end, where the historic town of St. George’s is located…

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Churches (including St. Peter’s, Bermuda’s oldest church dating back to 1612) and white houses are typical for that little town, and for a moment I felt like being on a Greek island instead on British territory… St. George’s also is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Probably the best meal of all Bermuda we had at Wahoo’s: Poké and a platter of Bermuda fish with coleslaw and fried rice – mmm…

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Fort St. Catherine, a big fort where we also found nice beaches and amazing ocean views with the most beautiful shades of blue I’ve ever seen…

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The water was still friggin’ cold (maybe 20 °C or less) but I managed to get in somehow… You can’t go on a beach vacation without getting wet right? We found the most swimming-friendly place at Tobacco Bay, which is well protected from the open waters and feels like a giant pool. This little spot in the water is me, but there were others swimmers too (which I cropped out successfully 😉 )

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Bermuda is even pretty underground: A visit to the Crystal & Fantasy Caves shows some impressive limestone formations and an underground lake!

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Our last stop that day was Bermuda’s signature beach: Horseshoe Bay (being voted among the most beautiful beaches in the world by several travel magazines)! The sun was almost setting, so all the vivid colours of the sea came out nicely. There are little coves at the edges of the beach – so pretty!

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Due to a wide climatic range from temperate to tropical, you’ll find gorgeous flowers and plants anywhere. Basically the whole island is a huge garden!

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Almost at our doorsteps we had another postcard-perfect beach and it was totally empty! Aside from ourselves we only found a few washed up Portuguese man-of-war – interesting but dangerous creatures! I guess that’s why we didn’t see anyone swimming (and due to undercurrents…) >_<

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Did you notice that the sand has a very unique colour? Bermuda is famous for its pink sand beaches and although it’s not very visible on my photos, you can clearly see it when you take a closer look (like on the photo with the mini-Portuguese man-of-war). The sand is some of the softest and purest I’ve ever seen – no seashells, no corals but most amazingly not a single piece of trash. I haven’t seen any trash on the whole island btw…

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Before we left back to NY we had a last great meal at Swizzle Inn, another Bermuda institution: Shrimp and Escargot and a massive fish sandwich 🙂

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At last I collected a few interesting and useful facts about Bermuda:

-Bermuda is actually not one but many islands, but the main islands are connected through bridges and dams. It’s British overseas territory but has its own parliament and is mostly self-governed.
-On some photos you might have noticed that every house has the same white roof: This is used to collect rain water which is the only water supply on Bermuda. Read here how this system works!
-Tourists can not rent cars on Bermuda due to the little capacity of the roads. Instead taxis, bicycles and scooters are the only way to get around independently. However there is a pretty straightforward bus system which covers all relevant places.
-The coral reefs around Bermuda are one of the northernmost in the world. You could also say Bermuda is the northernmost “tropical island”. But that also means it gets quite chilly during winter…
-The number of churches per capita is among the highest in the world. And it’s true, there are LOTS of churches!
-The majority of Bermuda’s population is black but there’s a diverse mix of different ancestries (British, Portuguese etc).
-Bermuda is a tax haven and enjoys one of the highest per capita incomes in the world.
-In reverse, Bermuda is also known of being one of the most expensive places: Recently Numbeo has declared Bermuda as the country with the highest cost of living (2016). Yes I can confirm that – it’s very expensive!

What do you think? What were the places you were blown away by its beauty?

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27 Comments

  • Reply Marisa's Italian Kitchen June 10, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    Truly stunning photos! The color of the ocean is remarkable!! Thanks you for sharing your photos, the whole trip sounds amazing 🙂

    • Reply sileas June 13, 2016 at 10:05 am

      I loved it! Thanks so much for your lovely comment!

  • Reply SueT唐 梦 琇 June 10, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    Loved this post; you didn’t put too many photos I really enjoyed looking at them along with reading your commentary…well done Julia.

    • Reply sileas June 13, 2016 at 10:15 am

      I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Sue! I feel blessed having such faithful readers like you 🙂

      • Reply SueT唐 梦 琇 June 13, 2016 at 12:53 pm

        Most welcome. It’s because you have a great blog Julia.

  • Reply shootingvienna June 12, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Wow, die Strände sehen ja wirklich traumhaft aus und das türkise blau dazu!
    Gut zu wissen dass es dort so teuer ist zum Leben.. aber da es eine Insel ist kann man es nachvollziehen dass die Versandkosten um einiges teurer sind als normal ^^;

    • Reply sileas June 13, 2016 at 10:16 am

      Stimmt, für ein paar Tage kann man das schon mal in Kauf nehmen 😉 Hat sich auf jeden Fall gelohnt!

  • Reply Paleica June 13, 2016 at 7:00 am

    endlich 🙂 ich hätte auch noch mehr bilder vertragen! wuuunderschön!!

    • Reply sileas June 13, 2016 at 10:24 am

      Hehe danke! War echt schwer sich schon auf diese 44 zu beschränken 😉

      • Reply Paleica June 13, 2016 at 1:11 pm

        das glaub ich gern. du kannst ja beizeiten noch einen random bermuda post machen und herzeigen was bisher unter verschluss blieb 😉

  • Reply Die Gradwanderung (@dgradwanderung) June 13, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Wow, das sind ja unglaubliche Fotos. Da bekommt man direkt Fernweh. Allein das Blau des Wassers. Wunderschön. 🙂

    Herzlich,
    Anna

    • Reply sileas June 13, 2016 at 10:33 am

      Ich fand das Wasser auch schon fast surreal. Hach ein Strandspaziergang wär jetzt wieder was Feines 🙂

  • Reply sommertage June 13, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Oh nein, die Fotos sind viel zu schön, als dass ich sie mir hier in Wien jetzt anschauen kann 😉
    LG,
    Romeo

    • Reply sileas June 14, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Danke! Das ist ja das Schöne am bloggen, man kann jeden daran “teilhaben” lassen 😉

  • Reply Bia S. June 13, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Nice photos! Hopefully I could visit that place someday too. The beach looks so great!

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    • Reply sileas June 14, 2016 at 11:35 am

      Thank you! I really miss the beaches…

  • Reply fromdreamtoplan June 15, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Such a wonderful place!! And the food seems awesome too!
    Thank you for sharing it’s always a pleasure reading your posts! 🙂

    • Reply sileas June 15, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      Thank you so much, you’re too kind 🙂 Yes, in many ways Bermuda was amazing!

  • Reply mintnoti June 16, 2016 at 2:04 am

    WOW, now I want to head to Bermuda right now, it looks amazing! I love your photos of the caves, that’s definitely something I would love to visit. I’m surprised how cold the water is still, that’s interesting! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Eden | Mint Notion

    • Reply sileas June 16, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      Yeah neither the air nor the water weren’t as warm as I expected 😛 The cave definitely was a highlight!

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  • Reply fivetoninex June 17, 2016 at 11:47 am

    So beautiful! Need to go there A.S.A.P.!

    • Reply sileas June 18, 2016 at 7:18 am

      I’m sure you’d love it!

  • Reply Mitzie Mee June 19, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    I would love to visit Beemuda someday. That beach looks just perfect! How expensive is Bermuda compared to, say New York City?

    • Reply sileas June 22, 2016 at 10:17 am

      Contrary to NYC you can’t really go on a budget: Restaurants and hotels are in general very expensive as well as most activities. A few examples: About 30 $ for a main course at a restaurant (then they add tax and tip), scooter rental is 100 $ a day and so on. We stayed in a guesthouse to avoid the horrific hotel prices and paid about 200 $ a night… Anyways, for a couple of days it’s still worthwhile 😉

  • Reply Sabi July 15, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Wow das sieht aus wie das Paradies!! Wunderschön 🙂 Wie viele Tage habt ihr dort verbracht?
    Lg Sabi

    • Reply sileas July 15, 2016 at 8:47 am

      Hi, ja wir waren absolut hin und weg! Wir blieben für 3 Tage und hätten es durchaus länger ausgehalten (nur unsere Geldbörse wohl nicht…) 😉

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