Ah, Bermuda. It felt like a tropical dream, with turquoise waters, beautiful sunsets, pastel homes, and boats everywhere you look. And yet, as we discovered, it's less than a two hour flight from the East Coast. Take your passport and a short flight and you'll find yourself a world away, with plentiful rum cocktails awaiting your arrival. As you may have guessed already, I highly recommend Bermuda!
Towering bougainvillea and other flowering bushes line the sidewalks and parks in Hamilton, the largest town in Bermuda. I wish I'd gotten a picture with me in it for scale, because I swear these things were 20 feet tall!
As you see below, the buildings all have distinctive white roofs, which are covered in a lime wash and designed to both withstand hurricanes and collect rainwater. It's an ingenious solution for precious resource. I was completely smitten with the pastel colors, which seem so happy and set off beautifully against the blues from the sky and the water.
See that little purple shiny object, half covered in sand in the photo above? That's a Man o' War. Stay far, far away!!
Our trip fell just before the start of the America's Cup sailing race in Bermuda, and we got to see the teams practicing in their crazy-fast catamarans. We got a great view of the America's Cup course and teams practicing on the ferry from Hamilton to the Royal Dockyard, and you can see the Emirates New Zealand boat above. The ferry service is an excellent way to get around the island: it's efficient, economical, and offers a great chance to be on the water! The photo below was taken at the Royal Dockyard, which we found to be surprisingly charming (despite being the spot where cruise ships drop off masses of people).
We managed to fit a round of golf into our quick trip and were treated to stunning views from the Port Royal Golf Course.
I was struck by the friendliness of everyone we met, and their kind advice to help us have the best trip possible. Upon arrival, our taxi driver reminded us that the buses and ferries were a great way to get around since visitors can't rent cars on Bermuda (sage advice which my brother and sister-in-law had passed along beforehand too). Taxis are plentiful but expensive and we didn't want to deal with the hassle of renting a scooter, which is an option for visitors. We took the buses to St. George's, seen above and below, which was terribly quaint and made a great afternoon excursion.
Our wonderfully informative taxi driver also gave us a recommendation for what turned out to be our favorite meal of the trip, at the Village Pantry in Flatts Village. I didn't take a single picture, but it was a delicious, memorable meal that I think of so fondly. The food was great, the setting was cute, we ate outdoors, and it was so fun and relaxing - in short everything I hope for on vacation!