Bermuda is the ‘Jewel of the Atlantic’
As Mark Twain said about Bermuda, “You can go to heaven if you want to, I’d rather stay here.” Well, this reality of ‘staying’ in Bermuda is much easier than many people realize. Bermuda is much closer than you think as she is less than 2 hours away from most eastern US airports, with the island having direct flights to these key England, US and Canadian cities daily. With our incomparable weather, pink sand beaches, breadth of historic sites and warm, welcoming, and friendly people, it’s no wonder Condé Nast Traveler readers have voted Bermuda the absolute “Best Island in the Caribbean/Atlantic” 18 times since 1994!
Did you know? Bermuda is not actually part of the Caribbean? While the island gets grouped with these other southern island a great deal, we actually in fact rest hundreds of miles north of the Bahamas in an astoundingly beautiful stretch of the Atlantic. With the Gulf Stream keeping our ocean and temperature warm and ideal for sailing, fishing, and golfing, we are just a mere 650 miles (1,046 kilometers) east of North Carolina.
Bermudians are flattered about our standing as some of the friendliest people in the world, and we do our best to keep it that way for the next generations to come. It hence goes without saying, we at Rego Sotheby’s International Realty and all of Bermuda very much look forward to inviting you to our crystal blue shores for the coming years for the America’s Cup.
Bermudian Quick Facts
- All of Bermuda fits in a fishhook shaped 21 square miles (54 sq km).
- We feature 75 miles (120km) of spectacular coastline from rocky cliffs boasting gorgeous views to pink sandy beaches.
- Bermuda may seem like one continuous landmass to visitors, but is actually made up of 181 islands, islets and rocks. Most of these are uninhabited, but eight of the larger ones are linked by bridges and one causeway that form the subtropical paradise visitors cannot resist.
- Our unique location in the Atlantic provides us with an extraordinarily pleasant climate that rarely sees extremes of either hot or cold. At the most dramatic ends, Bermuda may seldom dip into the high 50s°F (yet average 70°F) during the winter and to about a high of 90°F in the summer. May through mid-October, when temperatures hover between 75°F and 85°F (23°C and 29°C), are the temperatures that the races will likely see.
- The Island’s pink beaches are actually a combination of crushed coral, calcium carbonate and the shells of tiny single-celled animals called Foraminifera. Grab a handful of sand and look closely, you never know what you might find.
- Bermudians are descendants of slaves from the West Indies and West Africa, English settlers, Irish adventurers, exiled North American Indian prisoners and Portuguese immigrants. Given our favorable economy and favorable taxation conditions for businesses, Bermuda today is also home to a bounty of ex-patriots primarily from the United States, Canada, England, and parts of the Caribbean.
- The typical Bermudian accent can still be traced to Elizabethan English, yet has many Caribbean influences. In fact, Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” is believed to have been inspired by the shipwreck of the “Sea Venture”. The character Ariel makes reference to “the still-vex’d Bermoothes”.
- Historically, we are sea adventurers – fishermen, traders and privateers. Today, Bermudian seamanship can be seen in our annual yacht and fitted dinghy races, global fishing tournaments, and more.
- We honour old world manners: “Good morning” and “Good afternoon” are an absolute must for Bermudians, and it is customary for us to greet even strangers that we walk past and make eye contact with.
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