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About Bermuda

By Victoria Harding


Located in the Atlantic Ocean, this island is actually a chain of islands and islets that are connected by bridges and causeways. Bermuda offers it's gorgeous pink sand beaches, flaming bougainvillea and pastel colored homes, hotels and cottages. As Mark Twain said of Bermuda, "Heaven couldn't be more beautiful."

The weather here is mild with lows of 50 degrees in the winter nights and highs of 87 degrees during those warm summer days. Bermuda isn't always the best place if your on a tight budget. Dining and hotel rates drop in the off season but during the popular days you can expect to pay what you would in New York or London.

On every Bermuda beach you can find at least one secluded spot where you can spend time enjoying that sweetspot with that special person. It's a good idea to rent mopeds in order to get around because the islands of Bermuda have banned auto rentals, and if you opt for mopeds remember to drive on the left side of the road!

At the eastern end of the island, visit the 208 feet tall St. David's Lighthouse. Also a popular must-do is helmet diving. With Greg Hartley's Under Sea Adventure, no lessons are needed, (441) 234-2861. Helmet diving allows you to walk safely along the sandy bottom of the ocean where angelfish will eat from your hands.

Take a stroll and window shop in Hamilton or soak in the history on a walk throughout the town of St. George and learn about Bermuda's fascinating past. Again your passport and picture ID and return ticket is needed to explore these chain linked Islands.

Bermuda was first settled in 1609 by shipwrecked English colonists headed for Virginia. Tourism to the island to escape North American winters first developed in Victorian times. A referendum on independence was soundly defeated in 1995. Tourism continues to be important to the island's economy, although international business has overtaken it in recent years. Bermuda has developed into a highly successful offshore financial center.

Bermuda enjoys one of the highest per capita incomes in the world, equal to that of the US. Its economy is primarily based on providing financial services for international business and luxury facilities for tourists. The effects of 11 September 2001 have had both positive and negative ramifications for Bermuda. On the positive side, a number of new reinsurance companies have located on the island, contributing to the expansion of an already robust international business sector. On the negative side, Bermuda's tourism industry - which derives over 80% of its visitors from the US - was severely hit as American tourists chose not to travel. Tourism rebounded somewhat in 2002-03. Most capital equipment and food must be imported.

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