Holidays to Bermuda aren’t known for leaving visitors at a loss for things to do! There are so many great natural and man-made attractions that it’s almost a pity to single any one area or sight out for special mention - but a word has to be reserved for the area known as Sandys Parish. |
Named after a 16th century English aristocrat, Sir Edwin Sandys, the parish contains some of the islands’ most popular attractions. In passing, it’s worth noting that Bermuda isn’t an island as such but several – its formal name is actually “The Bermudas”.
The Royal Naval Dockyard
Usually more informally known just as “Dockyard”, this is an impressive series of stone buildings constructed for the Royal Navy after the loss of the American Colonies and their harbours. Originally a heavily militarised area, Dockyard is now a marvellous location to stroll around during holidays to Bermuda.
It is home to a great museum and if you’re into retail therapy, you’ll love the shopping malls and craft displays. Don’t miss the glass works, where you can see it being made.
Just alongside and arguably part of Dockyard is Dolphin Quest. As the name suggests, it’s a fantastic opportunity to enter the water and interact with dolphins – under the guidance of experts naturally. They have special programmes for children and it’s hugely popular with visitors from around the world.
In the same parish is this wonderful cottage colony with a super health spa. Beautifully located on the shore, a vast range of facilities is on offer here including aromatherapy, massage, spa treatments, a fitness centre and a great steam room. If you don’t feel better and reinvigorated after some time here, then you probably never will!
The Port Royal Golf Course
Regularly voted one of the (if not ‘the’) best public courses in the world, Port Royal sets new standards for quality golfing surrounded by stunning ocean scenery. If you love golf, this course should be top of your ‘must visit’ list for holidays to Bermuda.
Marvellous as Sandys Parish is, there are many other great parts of these islands but if you really wanted to, you could spend an entire holiday in this one small part of what is a relatively small holiday destination.
The summers are hot but not usually unbearably so, with maximum temperatures reaching around 28-29C and cooling sea breezes. Humidity can be high at the height of summer.
Remember that rain showers, usually only lasting a few minutes, are relatively commonplace (the island is very green) so including a lightweight waterproof jacket or umbrella is often a good idea on holidays to Bermuda. Getting There
Scheduled flights from the UK to Bermuda are offered by British Airways. Many flights also depart from various US and Canadian cities if you are looking for a two centre Bermuda holiday.
The Bermudian Dollar is permanently pegged to the US Dollar at a rate of 1 to 1. All outlets on the islands accept the two currencies interchangeably, though the Bermudian Dollar is not traded outside of Bermuda itself.
John Dixon is Managing Director of Prestige Holidays and visits Bermuda at least twice a year. He has been providing luxury holidays to Bermuda as well as luxury holidays to many other destinations worldwide for over 30 years.
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