When planning a trip to Bermuda there is usually only one thing on your mind,
relaxation. What better way to relax then on some of the most beautiful
beaches in the world. Not only are there many public beaches, but hotels and
resorts often offer private beaches as well.
Tobacco Bay Beach
Bermuda has some magnificent large and small beaches but, unlike in many American states and other jurisdictions, not all are open and available to the public. The best beaches - for example, those owned by hotels or on the Tucker's Town peninsular - are private and the public may go only on "public" beaches. Unlike in places such as California (where by law there are no private beaches but scofflaws put up Private Property signs and Steve Hoye's Access for All is well-known) there is no similar agency in Bermuda.
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. 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. A referendum on independence was soundly defeated in 1995.