The Bermuda Islands is an overseas territory part of Great Britain. Although Bermuda is a group of islands, an archipelago, it is simply known as and referred to as just island, rather than ‘Islands’. Bermuda Islands, although considered by geography experts as technically too far north to be part of the Caribbean Islands, is nonetheless included in many lists of the Caribbean islands. Bermuda is the last remaining territory in North America that has been under the British Empire. Bermuda sits in the Atlantic, to the north of the Caribbean. It is at a distance of about 1,030 kilo meters from the coastline of North Carolina in the United States.
One of the most rewarding destinations, Bermuda has one of the most unique cultural traditions among islands of the world. The Bermudan culture is most influenced by the Anglo Saxon associations, but the island is populated by a multicultural mixture of Anglo – Saxon, Spanish – Caribbean, American, African and some Asian natives, and the culture is all the more riches and vibrant. The diverse culture and integrity to values make Bermuda stand out among the usual tourist trap destinations.
Hamilton is the capital city of Bermuda. Bermuda is one of the most developed economies in the world, and Bermuda leads the world’s countries in Gross Domestic Product Purchasing power parity per capita. The banking and finance sectors are extremely well developed in Bermuda. Next to the finance, tourism is the second most important source of income. As you walk down the streets in Bermuda, the evidence of a developed economy is palpable in the attractive surroundings and well to do residents, poverty is virtually unseen, and development is clear in all fields. There is neither income tax nor corporate tax here, and Bermuda is one of the most popular off shore investor havens.
Bermuda is an archipelago that consists of 138 islands and small islets. 8 of the islands are joined by large road bridges, and the entire group of islands is considered a single island, and Bermudans call the group just Island.
Bermuda’s coastline, which stretches to a good sized 103 kilo meters, have more than 40 beautiful beaches. A few of the beaches are owned by private resort companies, while most are open to public. Bermuda’s beaches are covered with a beautiful variety of sand, which is pink in color.
The pink color of the sands on Bermuda’s beaches are not because not because of volcanic formation, as many people mistakenly think, but because of a unique working of nature in which the sea, sand and sea animals are involved. Due to the continuous action of powerful waves, minuscule sea creatures and various invertebrates get crushed and their remains get mingled with the sand. Coral, sea snails, dark red colored single celled creatures, mollusks, clams etc get pulverized and get mixed with the sand, which contributes to the pink color of the sand.
There is a wide variety of beaches in Bermuda, and since Bermuda only comprises an area of 21 square miles, one can reach any beach destination in the island within a very short drive. It is common to beach hop according to whim. Depending on activities that are possible to be done, or according to taste or even the mood of the hour, it is possible to find a beach you like in a very short time.
The beaches located in the south coast of Bermuda are considered better than the beaches in the northern coast, as the north coast is rather protected, and is rocky, while the southern beaches are more open to the waves.