Bermuda is a destination that conjures up images of pink beaches and distinctive charming pastel colored buildings. This tiny island has developed an uncommonly rich history since its settlement four centuries ago. But for savvy travelers, Bermuda is more than just warm sun and a quaint backdrop. Secluded and semi-tropical, the island is world renowned as a great golf destination year round.
“Bermuda,” said Mark Twain, is “the right country for a jaded man to loaf in.” The game of golf was introduced to Bermuda when British Army officers brought their golf clubs in the late 1800s. Since that point loafing has been the secondary activity of choice for thousands of visitors.
When it comes to accommodation, Sophisticated Golfer offers our clients the ability to choose from luxurious to informal type accommodations at which guests are sure to enjoy a uniquely Bermudian vacation experience.
North Americans visiting Bermuda consider it to be quaintly British. The British, on the other hand, tend to consider the island highly Americanized. It is, of course, uniquely Bermudan and a product of nearly four centuries of British colonial history and an equally long reliance on American trade.
Passports are required for entry into Bermuda. The Island is 1 hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time. Legal tender is the Bermuda dollar, which trades equivalent to the US dollar. US Currency is widely accepted at shops, restaurants and hotels at face value. The atmosphere in Bermuda is one of British reserve and dignified informality and as a general rule visitors should dress conservatively.
You may be somewhat disoriented if you thought Bermuda was somewhere in the Caribbean Sea. The island is, in fact, situated in the western Atlantic Ocean, nearly 650 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The Gulf Stream which flows between Bermuda and the North America continent provides the island with two seasons, spring and summer.
Flights to Bermuda take about 2 hours from most gateway cities on the east coast of the United States. Today flying to Bermuda is more convenient than ever with more airlines offering non -stop itineraries.
Bermuda boasts a mild climate that seldom sees extremes of hot or cold temperatures. Bermuda’s location off the coast of North Carolina and the warm waters of the gulf stream traveling between the two areas makes the waters off Bermuda generally warm from 65F(18C) in the winter to a high of 83F(28C) in the summer months.
The high season for travel is from late April to early August although the weather is still good for golf all year round. The summer months are somewhat drier although rainfall is spread fairly even throughout the year as there is no rainy season. During the winter in Bermuda (December through March), temperatures average 70°F. The hottest part of the year is between May and mid-October, when temperatures range from 75°F to 85°F.
Bermuda Tours & Transportation
There are no “drive yourself” car rentals for visitors to Bermuda. Sophisticated Golfer is partnered with the most professional and reliable ground transfer services on the island. All of our golf travel packages to Bermuda include airport ground transfers with meet and greet unless noted. Most golf packages also included ground transfer to all golf courses in the custom itinerary. We can also arrange for sightseeing, historical tours, and restaurant reservations with transfers from any of our partner accommodations. Sophisticated Golfer can also add custom designed guided beach tours or shopping tours with ground transfers to any travel package itinerary.
Sophisticated Golfer does not recommend renting scooter transportation mainly for safety reasons. However for more adventurous travelers renting a scooter can be a fun way to see Bermuda. If you do plan on renting a scooter please remember that in Bermuda they drive on the left side of the road.
History and Culture
Some five hundred years ago, Spanish explorer, Juan de Bermudez, discovered this isolated archipelago and gave it his name. Subsequently, Bermuda became an important navigational landmark for mariners of all nationalities crossing from one side of the Atlantic to the other. Some of them actually landed here for rest and provisions before continuing their voyage. One hundred years later, British Admiral, Sir George Somers, was shipwrecked off our shores and thus began Bermuda’s first permanent settlement. Since that time, Bermuda has developed into a diversified, sophisticated and thriving community, consisting of numerous nationalities and ethnic groups; all of whom contribute to the success and continued well-being of Bermuda
All over the island you’ll find museums and historic forts to explore. The historic Town of St. George in the east end of the island boasts four centuries of history. The refurbished Royal Naval Dockyard, the Bermuda Maritime museum and the restored Commissioner’s exhibit the grandeur of Bermuda’s naval heritage. Other places of interest included the Botanical Gardens, the Crystal Caves, and the Bermuda Aquarium, all offering beautiful and interesting natural history.
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