Bermuda!

by Joseph Akbrud


Earlier this month I had the pleasure of spending a week in Bermuda at the Fairmont Southampton.  It was my first time visiting Bermuda.  Needless to say, it won't be my last.  The weather was great (especially if, like me, you aren't a fan of very hot weather), the people were friendly, and the beaches were pristine. Below are some highlights from the trip.

Fairmont Southampton

 

The Fairmont Southampton is a rather large resort with a myriad of restaurants, bars, and the usual assortment of luxury accommodations one can expect from a high end establishment.  The Fairmont is well situated on the island - the beach is a two minute shuttle bus ride away.  There are two beaches, a private beach for guests of the resort, and Horseshoe Bay, which is open to the public.

White sand and turquoise waters can be found on the resort's private beach.  Locals claim that the sand is pink, but we're going to have to agree to disagree on that one.

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Horseshoe Bay

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I found myself frequenting the resort's private beach over Horseshoe Bay.  I prefered the  beach chairs and smaller crowds.

 Crystal and Fantasy Caves

 

The Crystal and Fantasy Caves are a series of subterranean caverns discovered in 1905.  I would highly recommend a visit to anyone visiting the island.  Since they're located underground, it's the perfect way to kill a few hours on a rainy day.  Rather than a taxi, I opted to take the bus.  We ran into a few tourists in the resort who did the same and they recommended it.  What's nice about taking public transportation is that you get to interact with locals.  The ride wasn't too long (about 40 minutes), and we drove past some beautiful scenery.  The people on the bus were very courteous and everyone seemed to know each other.  The caves themselves were beautiful.  The only downside is that there is quite a bit of walking involved and it gets pretty humid underground.

The beauty of the caves isn't easy to photograph.  Poor lighting and crowded footpaths didn't help.

Many of the mineral formations were given nicknames. 

This rock formation was affectionately referred to as the "Starship Enterprise" by our tour guide.  Who am I to argue?

Royal Navy Dockyard

 

The Royal Navy Dockyard was a navy yard built by the British after their defeat in the American War of Independence.  They needed somewhere to dock when traveling from England to their colonies in the west and Bermuda's location made it an easy choice.  The Dockyard was a 45 minute boat ride from the resort.  It's worth the trip for the views alone.  There's a museum on the premesis that I would recommend people visit.  It gives visitors a good overview of the history of the Dockyard and the island itself.  

Fire away!

I can't say that Bermuda's gorgeous turquoise waters ever got old.

For those of you who are interested in seeing more photos, feel free to visit my Bermuda Gallery.