An overseas territory of the United Kingdom, Bermuda is an exotic mixture of old world British charm and vibrant American culture set on a sub tropical island. Small cottages, cricket matches and afternoon teas pop up alongside paradise beaches and stunning sunsets. Dance and music is also king in Bermuda with a musical scene dominated by Caribbean sounds. Fascinating and entertaining visitor attractions include The Royal Navy Dockyard, as well as an assortment of museums, forts, churches and other historical sites. But if in doubt there is also the breathtaking rolling countryside and beautiful beaches, offering snorkelling and other watersports to grab your attention.
Bermuda is in the North Atlantic Ocean, about 640 miles off the coast of the US. It's the oldest remaining British overseas territory, settled by England in the 17th Century. Despite it being mostly thought of as a single island, Bermuda consists of around 138 islands. Its total area is 27.7 square miles. There are two incorporated municipalities in Bermuda; the City of Hamilton, and the Town of St George. There are also a number of smaller villages, including Flatts Village, Tucker's Town and Somerset Village.
Bermuda is in the Gulf Stream and has a very humid subtropical climate. It is very hot in summer and winters are mild with average daytime temperatures in January and February around 20C. Rainfall is moderate throughout the year.
Bermuda sustains a wealthy offshore financial economy. More than 13,000 companies are registered. Tourism attracts over 500,000 visitors each year.
Bermuda architecture is extremely charming and there are numerous examples. Pure white roofs combine with pastel walls to create a dazzling colonial atmosphere.
The oldest and most historic settlement on the island holds a a major attraction for architecture fans.
Built by a former pirate in 1705. Notable for its impressive Dutch doors, chimneys, shutters and widening staircase.
The oldest Anglican Church in the Western Hemisphere, dating from the early 1600s.
Oldest stone house on Bermuda, built in an Italian style in the 17th Century by the governor at the time, Nathaniel Butler.
Construction began in 1874 but money ran out. It remains unfinished.
Interesting house built from local limestone containing 18th and 19th Century furnishings.
Vast mansion formerly owned by a shipping magnate it was built to resemble an English manor house. Verdmont has an impressive double roof, large chimneys, sash windows and a fireplace in every room.
Because of Bermuda's size, it's easy to get to know the island areas whether you travel by bicycle, ferry, bus or taxi.
This Spanish liner, which ran aground eight miles north of Bermuda in 1936, is the largest ship ever to wash up in Bermudian waters. In 1937 a Norwegian vessel mistakenly assumed the Cristobal Colon to be sailing through the reef and followed her course. Both boats now sit in about 50 feet of water.
Bermuda has one of the highest concentrations of limestone caves in the world. A guided tour of spectacular Crystal Caves, including crystal-clear Cahow Lake, in Hamilton Parish is a must.
St. George includes the US naval air base and the little island of St Davids.
Bermuda's largest city and the seat of its government.
At the Royal Naval Dockyard on Ireland Island in Sandys Parish. Sited in a 19th Century fortress.
A complex in Hamilton Parish.
A massive Victorian fortification overlooking the City of Hamilton and its harbour.
Stunning gardens in Paget Parish.
In Southampton Parish, the oldest cast-iron lighthouse in the world.
In Southampton Parish, the most photographed of the island's pink sandy beaches, staffed with lifeguards.
Paget Parish. Bermuda most popular beach.
Bermuda takes its name from the Spanish sea captain Juan de Bermúdez, who sighted the uninhabited islands in 1503.
Bermuda was the scene of a famous shipwreck in 1609 featuring English Admiral Sir George Somers. Washed up and without his ship, the admiral built replacement ships and established a British colony. The experience is thought to have been the inspiration for Shakespeare's play, The Tempest.
There are regular scheduled flights to Bermuda from the USA, Canada and the UK. Cruise ships regularly dock in Bermuda each year. There are no car rentals in Bermuda. Buses and ferries are the main public transport. You can also rent mopeds and taxis are widely available. Horse and carriage rides are also popular with romantics.
No visas are required for citizens of the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Israel and Western European countries. Visas are required by citizens of the former Soviet Union, most countries in North Africa and the Middle East, China, Sri Lanka and some former Soviet Bloc countries in Eastern Europe.