Welcome to Bermuda!
The Bermuda Islands
The Bermuda Islands are located off the east coast of the United States and consist of 138 islands, with a total area of 20.6 square miles. Situated 1,100 miles northeast of Miami, Florida, the nearest landmass, Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, is 640 miles west-northwest. Most of Bermuda's islands cover just over 2 square miles. It is the oldest and most populous remaining British overseas territory, settled by England a century before the Acts of Union that created the Kingdom of Great Britain.

Bermuda Weather
Bermuda has a sub-tropical climate, pink beaches, and cerulean blue oceans. The climate is humid and, as a result, the summertime heat index can be high. Winters are mild, although the occasional Atlantic winter storms can produce powerful winds and heavy rain. The only source of fresh water in Bermuda is rainfall, which is collected on roofs and catchments and stored in tanks. Each dwelling usually has at least one of these tanks forming part of its foundation.

Bermuda Travel
Tourism is Bermuda's second largest industry, with the island attracting over one-half million visitors annually. Tourists arrive either by cruise ship or by air at Bermuda International Airport, the only airport on the island, located on St. David's Island and Cooper's Island. It is not possible to rent a car on the island, however visitors can hire scooters for use as private transport, or use public transport.

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Bermuda Attractions
Renowned for its pink sand beaches and natural beauty, Bermuda offers a number of attractions. Historic St. Georges is a designated World Heritage Site. Scuba divers can explore numerous wrecks and coral reefs in relatively shallow water with virtually unlimited visibility. Many nearby reefs are readily accessible from shore by snorkelers, especially at Church Bay. Bermuda's most popular visitor attraction is the Royal Navy Dockyard and Museum. Other attractions include the Aquarium and Zoo, Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, the Botanical Gardens, lighthouses, and the Crystal Caves with its impressive stalactites and underground saltwater pools.

Bermuda Parishes

Town of St. George’s
The town of St. George's is located on the island and within the parish of the same names. It was the first permanent settlement on the islands of Bermuda, and is today the oldest continuously inhabited English settlement in the Americas. St. George's remains untouched by economic boom and most of its buildings were constructed in the 17th to 19th centuries. Power and telephone lines are underground and the street lighting has a period style to hide any signs of changes in a deliberate effort to remain just as they were centuries ago. St. George's is a living town despite its historic buildings and many function as houses, restaurants, pubs and shops.

City of Hamilton
The city of Hamilton is the capital of Bermuda. In spite of being the administrative capital of Bermuda, Hamilton only has a permanent population of approximately 969. Today, the city overlooking Hamilton Harbour is primarily a business district, with office buildings and shops.

Devonshire Parish
Devonshire Parish is named for William Cavendish, 1st Earl of Devonshire. It is located in the centre of the territory, close to the junction between the main part of the main island and the peninsula containing the capital, Hamilton, and Pembroke Parish. Places to visit include Devonshire Bay and Devonshire Dock, Fort Langton and Fort Devonshire, as well as the Bermuda National Stadium.

Hamilton Parish
Hamilton Parish is located in the northwest of the island chain, and is split in two by the large Harrington Sound, occupying all but the south and northeastern tip of its coast. It is joined to Smith's Parish in the south, and St. George's Parish in the northeast. Places to visit are Flatt's Inlet, Trunk Island, Shelly Bay, Bailey's Bay, Mangrove Lake, Trott's Pond, Crystal Cave, Castle Harbor, The Causeway, Bermuda Aquarium and Museum and the small settlement of Flatt's Village.

Paget Parish
Paget Parish is located in the central south of the island chain, immediately south of Hamilton Harbor on the main island. Places to visit include Hamilton Harbor, Coral Beach, Elbow Beach, and Grape Bay, as well as Salt Kettle, a peninsula that protects the approach to Hamilton Harbour, and Hinson's Island. The islands only hospital, King Edward VII Memorial, is in Paget. Other notable features of Paget include the Bermuda College and the Bermuda Division of the British Red Cross.

Pembroke Parish
Pembroke Parish occupies most of the short peninsula that juts from the central north coast of Bermuda's main island, and surrounds the city of Hamilton on three sides. Places to visit in Pembroke include Spanish Point, and Point Shares, as well as numerous small islands off Point Shares. Other notable features of Pembroke include Fort Hamilton and Government House.

St. George's Parish
St. George's Parish is located in the northeast part of the island chain, containing a small part of the main island around Tucker's Town and the Tucker's Town Peninsula, as well as the island of St. George, and many smaller islands. St. David's Island and Cooper's Island contain Bermuda International Airport and was home to the former Kindley Air Force Base. Places to visit in St. George's include Castle Harbor, St. George's Harbor, St. David's Head, Tobacco Bay, Ferry Reach, St. David's Lighthouse, Fort St. Catherine, and the Bermuda Biological Station for Research.

Sandys Parish
Sandys Parish is located in the northwest of the island chain, occupying the three islands of Ireland Island, Boaz Island, and the larger Somerset Island, as well as a small part of the main island of Bermuda. Places to visit in Sandys include Ely's Harbor, Cathedral Rocks, Daniel's Head, Mangrove Bay, Somerset Bridge, which links the mainland to Somerset Island, and the old Royal Naval Dockyard on Ireland Island.

Smith's Parish
Smith's Parish is located in the northeast of the main island, at the southern end of Harrington Sound, the large lagoon close to the main island's northeastern tip. It is joined to Devonshire Parish in the southwest and Hamilton Parish in the northeast. Places to visit in Smith's include Spittal Pond, John Smith's Beach, Devil's Hole, Gibbet Island, and Spanish Rock.

Southampton Parish
Southampton Parish is located in the southwest of the island chain, occupying all of the western part of the main island, except for the westernmost tip. Places to visit in Southampton include Whale Bay, Church Bay, Horseshoe Bay, and Riddell's Bay, Whale Bay Fort, and Gibb's Hill Lighthouse.

Warwick Parish
Warwick Parish is located in the central south of the island chain, occupying part of the main island to the southeast of the Great Sound, the large expanse of water which dominates the geography of western Bermuda, and also a number of islands which lie within that sound. Places to visit in Warwick include Warwick Long Bay, Riddell's Bay, Darrell's Island, Hawkins Island, Long Island, and Marshall's Island.

Places To Visit in Bermuda

Annie's Bay
Annie's Bay is a picturesque bay in the northeast of Bermuda. It occupies much of the east coast of Cooper's Island, in St. George's Parish. Access to the bay was restricted from 1942 to 1995, while the surrounding land was part of military bases (originally the US Army's Fort Bell and then the US Kindley Air Force Base). The bay is now open to the public and is a popular recreation area.

Boaz Island
Boaz Island is one of the six main islands of Bermuda. It is part of a chain of islands in the west of the country that make up Sandys Parish. From 1939, Boaz Island was used as a Royal Naval Air Station. It's primary role was the servicing, repair and replacement of spotter floatplanes and flying boats belonging to naval vessels.

Castle Island
Castle Island is located in St. George's Parishand lies to the South of Castle Harbour The 3.5 acre island is situated close to the entrance to Castle Harbour. Originally called King's Island, it is of historical significance. The King's Castle stone fortification on the island - which gives the harbour its name - dates to 1612, and is the oldest standing English fortification in the New World and oldest stone building still in existence in Bermuda.

Church Bay
Church Bay is perhaps the most popular snorkeling beach in Bermuda. It is located in Church Bay Park off of South Road on the main island. The reef is close to the shore and many colorful fish gather along it. There is no lifeguard stand, but there is a life-saving device on the beach in case of emergency. There is a concession stand at the top of the hill that rents masks and fins and sells drinks and snacks.

Gunner Bay
Gunner Bay is a large bay in the far north of Bermuda. It contains the entrance to St. George's Harbor and Paget Island, and is overlooked by St. David's Head in the far north of St. David's Island.

Hawkins Island
Hawkins Island is a small island within the Great Sound, Bermuda of Bermuda. It lies in the southeast of the sound, and is in the north of Warwick Parish. Originally named Elizabeth's or Tatem Island, it was re-named in 1809. Now privately owned, it was formerly the property of the Royal Navy, and was a Boer War prisoner of war camp from 1901 to 1902. It is the most easterly of the group of islands stretching across the sound from the Salt Kettle peninsula.

Horseshoe Bay
Horseshoe Bay is perhaps the most famous beach in Bermuda. A very popular tourist spot, it lies on the main island's south coast, in the parish of Southampton. In Bermudian lingo: "going to the beach" means going to Horseshoe Bay. The beach is equipped with one lifeguard station that is manned during the summer between 10AM and 6PM.

Ireland Island
Ireland Island forms a long finger of land pointing northeastwards from the main island, the last link in a chain that also includes Boaz Island and Somerset Island. It lies within Sandys Parish, and forms the northwestern coast of the Great Sound. It is regarded as one of the six principal islands of Bermuda.

Nonsuch Island
Nonsuch Island is located in St. George's Parish, in the northeast of the territory. The island, which covers 14 acres, is situated at the eastern entrance to Castle Harbour. The island is a wildlife sanctuary. Wooded and with a small freshwater marsh, access to the public is strictly limited. The restoration of the once barren island is now a Living Museum of pre-colonial Bermuda.

Ordnance Island
Ordnance Island is located within the limits of St. George's town, Bermuda. It lies close to the shore opposite the town square (King's Square), in St. George's Harbour. The only island in the town, it covers just 1.75 acres and was created by reclaiming the land between several small islands which were once situated here. The island is now joined to St. George's Island by a small bridge.

Paget Island
Paget Island is located in St. George's Parish at the northern entrance to St. George's Harbor. Its most prominent feature is Fort Cunningham, built in the 1820s and of historical importance.

St. David's Island
St. David's Island is located in the far north and is one of the two similarly sized islands that makeup the majority of St. George's Parish. The island was enlarged to 650 acres to allow room for a US military base. Many of its facilities are still used as part of Bermuda International Airport. Cooper's Island is now attached to St. David's in the southeast, although the two islands are still widely regarded as if they were separate entities

St. George's Island
St. George's Island lies in the northeast and is divided between the town of St. George's and St. George's Parish. The town of St. George's contains many of the territory's oldest buildings. Notable among these are St. Peter's Church, and the State House, and many forts, including Gate's Fort.

St. George's Harbour
St. George's Harbour serves as the port for the town of St. George's and separates St. George's Island in the north and west from St. David's Island. Most freight is off loaded at Hamilton, but St. George's is still used by cruise ships visiting the Old Town, and it is the only port of entry for yachts.

Smith's Island
Smith's Island is located in St. George's Parish close to the northern entrance to St. George's Harbor. The island is of historical significance, as it is the site of the first settlement in Bermuda, when Carter, Chard and Waters built cabins here in 1610, two years before the first planned colonists arrived in 1612.

Somerset Island
Somerset Island comprises about half of the parish of Sandys, and is the largest of a chain of islands which extend along the northwestern coast of the Great Sound. The village of Somerset lies in the northern part of the island and includes Mangrove Bay and Ely's Harbour. Places to visit on the island include Daniel's Head, the island's westernmost point, and the historic Fort Scaur.

Tobacco Bay
Tobacco Bay is located in the far north of Bermuda. It lies on the Atlantic Ocean coast, close to the town of St. George's and to the historic Fort St. Catherine. One of Bermuda's national parks, it is a popular public beach. Snorkeling is a popular activity, as the bay has impressive underwater coral reefs, which explains its popularity with those who snorkel.

Trunk Island
Trunk Island is the largest island in Harrington Sound, Bermuda, consisting of seven acres. The island has been owned by one family since the early 1800s and was used as a summer camp for Bermudian groups such as Sea Scouts and Girl Guides in the 1920s and 1930s. It remains privately owned by descendants of the first owners. Now a share of the ownership has been donated to the Bermuda Zoological Society and supports educational programs at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo.

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