Bermuda—Sophisticated Island Living Less Than Two Hours From New York

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Population: 65,024


From its perfect pink-sand beaches to its charming colonial towns, Bermuda is a sophisticated, affluent, and cosmopolitan destination conveniently located less than two hours’ flight from New York City and seven hours’ flight from London.

Bermuda was first settled in 1609 by shipwrecked English colonists and remains Britain’s oldest self-governing colony. Ties to Bermuda’s colonial history are evident in its historic naval forts, superb golf greens, and its stylish fashions, most notably Bermuda shorts. Bermuda also has a rich nautical heritage. The island is one of the world’s top sailing destinations and is the home of the 35th America's Cup in 2017. Bermuda’s Great Sound will play host to the sailing action while land-based festivities will take place at the America’s Cup Village at the historic Royal Naval Dockyard, situated on Ireland Island at the western tip of the archipelago.

Bermuda’s abundance of protected reefs and inlets provide the perfect venue for other aquatic sports including parasailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, jet and waterskiing. More than 400 shipwrecks lie on the reefs surrounding Bermuda’s 62-mile (100 kilometer) coastline, offering a fascinating underwater historical tour of the island for snorkeling and scuba diving enthusiasts. Further offshore, marine activities include power boating and deep-sea fishing.

Bermuda’s numerous maritime attractions include the Bermuda Maritime Museum, located at the Royal Naval Dockyard in Sandys Parish. Other popular destinations for visitors include the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo, the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, and The Crystal and Fantasy Caves with its azure blue underground pools and striking crystal stalactites.

For those who prefer to enjoy its on-shore attractions, Bermuda is noted for its incredible pink-sand beaches that were created over thousands of years by powerful waves that crushed sea invertebrates such as coral and mollusks with calcium carbonate shells and skeletons. The crushed shells mix with the sand giving it a unique pink tint. There are hundreds of beaches to choose from: Horseshoe Bay, Warwick Long Bay, Elbow Bay, and John Smith’s Bay are among the finest. There are also many private beaches, including the beautiful Grape Bay Beach in Paget Parish.

A world-class financial center, Bermuda imposes no personal or corporate income tax, or a capital gains tax. Finance and international business constitute the largest sector of its economy, with tourism the second largest. The island boasts one of the world’s highest standards of living and a very sophisticated infrastructure.

Located to the north of the Caribbean islands, in the Atlantic Ocean, the charming island of Bermuda has been voted "Best Island in the Caribbean/Atlantic" 16 times since 1994 by Condé Nast Traveler.

 

 

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