On the map, Bermuda is just a tiny dot in the middle of the northern Atlantic Ocean. However, this British Overseas Territory is more than just a piece of volcanic island. It is home to gorgeous pink-sand beaches, the headquarters of world-class offshore financial services companies, and currently the host of the 35th America’s Cup. Read Daily Mirror’s article below to know more about this stunning island:
Bermuda is two hours from New York and Miami, but proud of its status as a British Overseas Territory.
Discovered by the Spaniard Juan de Bermudez, it was taken over by Britain in the early 1700s.
It is often considered a Caribbean island and much of the population trace their ancestry back to the region, but it is situated more than 1,000 miles away.
Known for its pink sandy beaches, the temperature rarely drops below the mid-60s Fahrenheit (high teens Celsius), and never rises much above the mid-80s (early 30s Celsius).
Here’s how to make the most of it…
1. Watch the America’s Cup
Named after America, the yacht that shocked Queen Victoria in 1851 by beating its confident British rival in a race around the Isle of Wight, the contest has never been won by Britain.
Olympic legend Sir Ben Ainslie aims to put that right, although first he must see off competition from Sweden, France, Japan and New Zealand in qualifying races for the right to race defending champions the US.
The catamarans rise up on foils and will speed along at over 50mph. Racing will take place in the Great Sound, as close as you can get to a natural amphitheatre for sailing, with spectators able to watch the America’s Cup not only from the water but all around the shore too.
2. Visit the beach
There are plenty to choose from. Bermuda is made up of 181 islands formed by volcanoes in the middle of the Atlantic. Shaped like a fish hook, the main island is less than 21 square miles but has more than 60 miles of coastline.
Famed for its pink sand, there are more than enough golden beaches to go around too.
3. Play golf
With a population of just 60,000, Bermuda has six world class golf courses, each with breathtaking views. Among them is the fabulous Par 3 Turtle Hill course, attached to the Fairmont Southampton Hotel, which hosts the World Championship. Then there is Mid Ocean, one of the top 50 courses outside the US, according to Golf Digest, and simply stunning.
And try Port Royal , regarded as one of the best public courses in the world and a regular venue for the Grand Slam of Golf, with its spectacular Par 3 16th.
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