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Balmy Bermuda

Balmy Bermuda
It’s probably testament to both the attractive beauty of these islands and to how little credence is paid to legends that the islands of Bermuda continue to attract travellers to their shores. Sitting at the top point of the infamous Bermuda Triangle, the area has long held intrigue as a place where aircraft and ships disappear under mysterious circumstances. However, a 2013 report from the World Wide Fund for Nature identified the world’s 10 most dangerous waters for shipping and the Bermuda Triangle was not among them. Whilst we may never know what happened to the crew and passengers of the Mary Celeste, we can rest easy knowing that such an accident is unlikely to befall today’s shipping.

Bermuda is Britain’s oldest remaining colony, with strong influences of Europe and Africa as well as its American neighbours. Whilst technically not part of the Caribbean (it’s actually situated in the North Atlantic), Bermuda has some fantastic attractions and ideal places to visit if you can. With gorgeous beaches, a happening nightlife scene and sunshine galore, it’s a perfect place for a break away. The islands also boast a natural beauty that is not to be missed.

The TopDog Insurance team looks at some must see places in Bermuda if you’re visiting this year!

St. George’s

Originally named New London, St. George’s is one of the very first English towns established in North America and its historic centre was dedicated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. This charming town in the north of the island is extremely proud of its colonial roots and summer sees period actors roaming the streets simulating the olden days, including town criers and crowds of costumed townspeople. Some buildings like the Town Hall and Old Rectory are the same ones used by the initial settlers. Make sure to visit the Old State House, which is the oldest stone building on the island, and King Square.

The Unfinished Church

Also of note in St. George’s is this site of ecclesiastical misadventure, appropriately standing on Church Folly Lane. In 1874 construction work began on a new Protestant church, as an attempt to build a larger replacement to St. Peter’s Church. However, poor planning, creative differences and a destructive storm led to the abandonment of all plans to complete the structure. Today the ruins of the Unfinished Church and its gothic architecture stand in stark contrast to the picturesque surroundings. With a grass floor and nothing but sky for a ceiling, the church has been touted as the one place all travellers on Bermudan holidays in 2015 simply must visit in St. George.

Elbow Beach

The pink sand beaches of Bermuda are famous the world over and Elbow Beach boasts some of the pinkest sand on the island. Situated on the southern, Atlantic-facing coast, it is considered one of the best and most family-safe beaches, in part thanks to the reef that keeps the water safe and mild. This makes it ideal for swimming or for children to frolic contentedly in the sea. It’s also home to the Elbow Beach Hotel, one of the most famous resorts on the island. And being just a stone’s throw from Bermuda’s capital, Hamilton, means that you’re never stuck for something to see or somewhere to visit.

Horseshoe Bay Beach

This beach on the southern coast is not just the most famous beach in the territory but also its most photographed. If you visit during the ideal summer months, the fine pink sands and inviting blue waters make Horseshoe Bay Beach a perfect holiday destination. It also has a great reputation for its parties and festivals, particularly the big New Year’s gathering thrown by members of the expatriate community. The largest event in Bermuda every year also happens here in late July or early August – Beachfest (the Bermuda Beachfest Emancipation Celebration) spans two days with live music, dancers, sporting displays and more!

Royal Naval Dockyard

The former base of the Royal Navy in the Western Atlantic Ocean, HMD Bermuda is now one of the best tourist spots on the island for its cultural and military heritage, highlighting its position as an important point on the cross-Atlantic journey, particularly after Britain lost its US seaboard bases following independence. This is also where all cruise ships to the islands dock. Home to the Bermuda Maritime Museum, old limestone storage buildings and fortresses, waterfront restaurants, art galleries, shops and pubs, a visit to the wonderful marina here makes for a delightful experience during any Bermudan holiday.

Whether you are travelling to Bermuda or somewhere else entirely, we at TopDog Insurance are committed to providing you with the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away.

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