Afternoon teas, powdered wigs, British decorum all on an island that is closer to Atlanta than to London. Since the island is only 20 miles long, everyone knows each other and greets one another so warmly. Not only fun for families, but Bermuda is one of the best places in the world for a honeymoon or a romantic occasion. North Carolina is Bermuda’s closest neighbor and there is a direct (2 ½ hr.) flight from Charlotte. Bermuda was slow in colonization because people couldn’t find it. When they found it, it was usually after foundering on reefs for miles out. People that wrecked on the reefs, spent five months to a year rebuilding their ship. Then they got away. Hogs were put on the islands, deliberately and as victims of shipwrecks, providing eventually a handy maritime pork store. The first money coined on Bermuda after it finally did get some colony action going had pictures of hogs engraved on every piece and was called hog money.
We arrived to Bermuda aboard the Enchantment of the Seas, a large Royal Caribbean ship that sails out of Baltimore, MD. We docked at King’s Wharf which overlooks the historical Royal Naval Dockyard. Boasting Bermuda’s largest museum, a marina, a shopping mall, restaurants, and an authentic British pub, Dockyard is one of Bermuda’s key attractions. We ventured to the Bermuda National Museum where the Dolphin Quest is located. The dolphins which have been trained from birth are very friendly and amusing. This is a must-do in my opinion!
The area where the dolphins are housed used to be the keeping where the ships would pull in to receive supplies. It is a great area for a dolphin center.
For dinner, we stopped at the Frog and Onion for some live music and English pub food. The fries, meat pie, and burgers were to die for. The Frog is also home to the Dockyard Brewing Company, Bermuda’s only brewery. Brewmaster Robert Beck offers five great brews; my favorite is the St. David’s Lager.
The Frog and Onion was one of the restaurants open on Sunday in Dockyard. Sunday is a family day for the Bermudians so most stores and commercial areas are closed.
VISIT… St. Georges and Hamilton with a native tour guide through Destination Bermuda Ltd.DRINK…a St. David’s Lager at the Frog and Onion Pub at Dockyard.
Sleep… at Elbow Beach Resort which resides on a half-mile beach of pink sand and 50 acres of gardens.
See… white stalactites, soda straws, and helectite at Crystal Caves
KISS…a dolphin at the Royal Naval Museum