In honor of Bermuda’s 400th anniversary, the Bermuda Department of Tourism thought it was time to set the record straight and let travelers know the truth behind the triangle…
Bermuda is not located in the Caribbean. Contrary to popular belief, Bermuda is actually located 650 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, NC, and less than a two hour plane ride from New York City!
Bermuda goes one to one with the US dollar. Bermuda does not have its own currency nor does it rely on the pound.
Visitors cannot rent cars in Bermuda. Due to a strong environmental commitment visitors may not rent a car when visiting Bermuda and residents may only have one car per household.
Bermuda is the oldest British Colony. Bermuda is the oldest British Colony and has the second oldest Parliamentary Democracy in the world (after England).
Travel easy. Travelers clear customs at the airport in Bermuda before the flight back to the United States. This makes the arrival home pleasant, easy and custom free.
Franchise free. Bermuda does not allow chain stores or franchise restaurants on the island. However, Bermuda offers a wide range of restaurants with the finest chefs featuring French, Italian, Japanese, to all American cuisine.
A golfer’s haven. Bermuda is home to more golf courses per square mile than anywhere in the world, truly making it a golfer’s haven. This year, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf will return to Bermuda for the third time and will be held at Bermuda’s newly renovated Port Royal Golf Club, Oct, 20-21, 2009.
Tennis was introduced to America by Bermuda. In 1874, Miss Mary Ewing Outerbridge, an American Sports woman, purchased tennis equipment from British army officers in Bermuda and set up the first US tennis court in the grounds of the Staten Island Cricket Club, New York.
Fashion friendly in Bermuda shorts. Made from Irish Linen, Bermuda shorts are considered an acceptable part of everyday wardrobe in Bermuda and can be found on most businessmen. Bermuda shorts originated with the British army when they came to Bermuda from India.
Pristine pink sand beaches. Bermuda’s signature pink sand comes from a combination of crushed coral, calcium carbonate, and foraminifera.
Bermuda has a rich literary heritage. Bermuda’s rich literary heritage has attracted and inspired the likes of Mark Twain, Noel Coward, James Thurber, Eugene O’Neill, and John Lennon.
Before publishing The Secret Garden in 1911, Frances Hodgson Burnett, the English-born writer, stayed at The Princess Hotel, giving rise to the rumor that the secret garden was located somewhere in Bermuda.
William Shakespeare’s The Tempest was inspired by a shipwreck that occurred near St. George in 1609, the year before he wrote the play. Bermuda has also been the destination of choice for Eleanor Roosevelt and Prince Albert of Monaco.
Finally…The Bermuda Triangle – The Bermuda Triangle is not recognized by the U.S. Board of Geographic Names. However…Bermuda remains the world’s number one wreck diving destination.
Bermuda, just under two hours from East Coast gateway cities, stretches for 21 miles along turquoise waters and is surrounded by a 200-square-mile coral reef plateau. Bermuda’s diverse activities offer an array of vacation options, including more wreck dives than anywhere else in the world, championship golf, horseback riding, world-renowned deep sea fishing and smooth pink beaches to rest on by day’s end.
Divers wanting more details about dive opportunities in Bermuda should check out these links for a list of operators and contacts:
For more information, visit www.bermudatourism.com.