Bermuda (in full: The Islands of Bermuda, also referred to as the Bermudas or the Somers Isles) is a beautiful nation of six principal islands linked by bridges and 120 other islands scattered around the perimeter of the principals. I’ve rounded up 10 things I’m sure you don’t know about this country – let me know in a comment below how many of these fun facts are new to you!
Bermuda is where Vikas and I spent our summer vacation two weeks ago. It was our first time at The Fairmont Southampton and we could not have had more fun doing these things, like sunrise yoga on the beach, golf, visiting Hamilton, and enjoying as many aspects of the island’s 500+ years of history as we could. We loved Bermuda and look forward to visiting again soon!
Bermuda is in the Atlantic – not the Caribbean. It’s about 640 miles/ 1,030 kilometres east of North Carolina. That means it’s really close to New York – a 1 hour and 45 minute flight! It’s Atlantic Ocean location also means that the weather is incredible, with temperatures ranging from 75-85 between May and September and 55 at night and 70 in early afternoon from December through March. It’s so close and the weather is divine.
Bermuda is the 5th smallest country in the world. It’s teensy tiny – just 53 square miles, or a little over twice the size of Manhattan (which is 23 square miles).
Bermuda has over 500 years of history. It was discovered in 1505 by Spanish sea captain Juan de Bermúdez, after whom the islands are named. Due to its Portuguese immigrants, English settlers, and African ancestry, the nation has a rich and varied background. British influence is apparent in practices such as driving on the left side of the road, afternoon tea, and national sports like cricket and football. African influences are alive in Gombey dance troops, Bermudian music, and the Bermuda Regiment’s brass-and-drum sunset ceremonies.
Bermuda is rated by the World Bank as by far the most affluent country in the world. Prices are comparable to New York, Paris, or London. If you live in one of these cities, as we do, you’ll notice no difference, as prices are the same. $14 cocktails make you feel like you’re right at home – :)!
Bermuda is gaga for golf. Golf courses are everywhere and they’re gorgeous. One of the most popular pastimes on the island, there’s a huge selection of public and privately-owned courses. Our course of choice was Turtle Hill – it’s absolutely stunning.
Bermuda doesn’t have a public water system. Bermudians rely on rain to fill their water tanks. When it rains, debates over whether it’s a passing shower or “tank rain” ensue. Late one evening we experienced “tank rain” and it was fierce; in New York we’d call it a torrential downpour.
Bermuda is completely self-governing. While it is one of the oldest British Overseas Territories, the nation has its own laws. Everyone, including the British, is considered a foreigner; only Bermudians can own property, land, or vote.
Bermuda only allows driver’s licenses to Bermudians or full-time residents. And only one car per household is permitted. Road are narrow and winding with only two lanes and stunning water views.
Bermuda’s beaches have pink sand – a Bermuda trademark. The color is a result of calcium carbonate and crushed bits of coral, combined with the skeletons of microscopic scarlet protozoa that thrive on surrounding reefs. The pinkest beaches are along the south shore and include Horseshoe Beach, pictured above.
Hope you enjoyed these fun facts about Bermuda. We enjoyed our visit so much and found the country to be hands down the most beautiful natural environment we’d ever experienced. We’ll be back!
Images taken by Sarah Sarna. Facts from Fodor’s Bermuda, 31st Edition.