Country - Bermuda
Bermuda Country Information
The name Bermuda wrongly echoes to the outside world as a mysterious eerie region haunting the curious minds of visitors. On a closer brief analysis, it becomes evident that it is the “Bermuda Triangle” that continues to be an enigma but not the archipelago bearing the name of Bermuda. The archipelago has a major island surrounded by 180 smaller islets. Bermuda is not a country in its own right but a British overseas territory.
When Bermuda was discovered in 1505, the land was totally uninhabited by humans. The humanless land was first visited by the Spanish navigator Juan de Bermudez from whom the islands derived the name. Although Bermudez made a claim for the island in favour of the Spanish empire, the region remained unoccupied by people for several decades. As England gained sovereignty over the land since its settlement in 1609, Bermuda has been the longest continuously inhabited overseas territory of England. The largest city of Bermuda is St George which was initially the capital but the city Hamilton has been made subsequently the capital for administrative reasons.
The archipelago of Bermuda lies in Atlantic ocean in the east of USA and Canada. The nearest foreign land to Bermuda is Cape Hatteras, North Carolina of USA at a distance of 580 nautical miles or 1070 kilometres. Canada too is not much far away from it. Cape Sable Island, Nova Scotia of Canada is 668 nautical miles (or 1236 kilometres) northwest of Bermuda. Cuba lies 1759 kms to the south of Bermuda which means that if a cruise ship were to travel at normal speed it would reach there in about three months. Flight journeys cannot last longer than a couple of hours at their usual speed. All the calculations of journey periods, both airway and maritime, are tentatively made without taking into consideration the so-called dangerous zone of Bermuda Triangle.
The geographical location of Bermuda causing frequent violent storms and the battering collision of turbulent chaotic windy waves did not hinder the progress and prosperity of the islands. One of the highest GDP achievements for most of the twentieth century has been a feather in the cap of Bermuda. The subsequent slip-down in its performance can be partly attributed to the global recession that affected other developed countries too.
The most welcoming feature of the tourism in Bermuda is not only picturesque and panoramic locations but the inexpensiveness to gain access to various sightseeing activities in many parts of the islands.
Like the alphabets in English begin with the letter “A”, the list of tourist places in Bermuda begins invariably with the Horse shoe Bay beach which is worth wandering in ways more than one. While the pink sand stretches allure you to lie supine and roll over indolently on them with the least inevitable apparel on your body, the joy of staying there is doubled in the company of your sweetheart. The aquatic sports in the area are not free from danger, though. Beneath the eye-pleasing cerulean blue ocean waters, there is a silent deadly undertow which can drag unwary holidayers deep into irretrievable asphyxiating tight hug of death. However, as a relief to seekers of entertainment, there are life-saving seashore services available to swing into action to the rescue of hapless sea-lovers and more vulnerable kids.
The fame of Horse Shoe Bay beach is so popular that it is giving rise to a sort of displeasure to visitors due to the ever-increasing overcrowdedness at the place. As an excellent solution to the issue, the Elbow Beach serves the visitors with its secluded, placid and undisturbed environment which has almost all the special natural features the Horseshoe bay beach can claim. The Elbow Beach is more like a carefully guarded personal estate mollifying the visitors in a serene ambience because the area is owned by the Elbow Beach Bermuda Hotel and the Coral Beach Club. Uninterfered privacy is well protected much to the relief of holidaying people; no wonder The Elbow Beach has earned the reputation of family-friendly site.
A lot deserves to be said about snorkelling in Bermuda sea clear waters. If you are curious to see personally the ship-wrecked remains beneath the water, you are likely to be satisfied much more than expected; you would be provided with water-resistant mask/transparent helmet, fins and user-friendly water-tight suit. You would receive a mild shock of pleasant surprise when you find yourself floating in the crystal clear mega-liquid world. You will get to see in utter close-up the dilapidated ship-wrecked remains as if you are floating in a big vacuum world. Different collective batches of sea animals too make an occasional passing-show at different heights and glide through silently giving an impression that they are going ahead on a serious sacred mission. Multi-coloured big coral reef structures will please your eyes like mammoth broccoli mountains of varied hues. At times, the cleanliness of standstill sea waters leaves literally nothing to obstruct your view, wherever you move, making you wonder if you are floating in vacuum rather than in water. You feel a bit honoured in a buoyant state when you are kept gently elevated from the sinking descent. When you rise back to the surface of sea waters, you feel you emerged from an alien colourful underwater world. One should experience it to believe it.
Back to the ground level, a visit to the unfinished church is an opportunity to view the marvel of Gothic sculpture in St. George. The reasons for non-completion of constructing the church are many. The construction work initially began on a very serious note to repeat the glory of St. Peter’s Church. Inappropriate planning for funds, internal differences of opinion between architects as to the ensuing final aesthetic appeal and the deadly hammering chaotic windstorms are believed to be some of the causes for abandoning the work. Even the semi-finished edifice too manages to attract visitors regularly.
Port Royal Golf Course is entirely a different scenic location which is known for its pristine and fresh green vastness. It has been refurbished to the supreme standards by spending $14.5 million in 2009. The re-laid fairways, tee boxes and the state-of-the-art drainage system, the magnificent club house and of course, the vast expanse of velvet smooth turf make the Golf Course superlatively elegant. Enthusiastic visitors willing to try their hand at playing golf are permitted to enter the golf course wearing soft-spiked shoes so as not cause any damage to the turf.
The never-to-be-missed natural attraction in Bermuda is Crystal and Fantasy caves which are intriguingly awe-inspiring. The inner surfaces of the cave roofs are rich with vertically descending uncountable immobile stalactite-like structures. The water body beneath the walkway pontoon is crystal clear. Banisters were constructed for visitors to balance themselves while looking at the natural wonder in dismay. The Fantasy caves will make you gaze without batting an eye lid at the frozen stream of waterfalls. The well-built staircases with supporting walking fences enable you to move forward in increasing curiosity to know further from your experienced guide. A walk into the underground tunnel with roofs embellished with innumerable calcite spiky chandeliers protruding downward makes you feel that you are walking beneath the palate and into the throat of a giant harmless crocodile. Natural formations challenge manmade constructions too often!
Since the archipelago of Bermuda is a collection of 181 islands, there is no dearth of beaches or sea shores offering different experiences at different places. Each and every beach is a special site in its own right. Even big rocks seem to enjoy getting partly immersed in sea waters with their apices visible to the onlookers. Visiting the various beaches at different shores is an experience that remains lifelong for every traveller.
Enigma of Bermuda Triangle
For the past seven decades, there has been an undying myth about a hypothetical triangular shaped area with its vertices connecting Bermuda islands, Florida and Puerto Rico in the North Atlantic region. There is a widely held belief, though often questioned about its veracity, that aircrafts and ships passing through the triangle disappear without a trace. The triangular space has been demonized to engulf like a black hole anything that approaches its area of influence. Rationalists have put forth several proofs to establish the human errors/negligence that were the causes behind every mishap in the region. But nothing attracts more like than fiction. Ignoring the rational arguments, people were thrillingly drawn with severe intensity towards the fictional writings like “The Bermuda Triangle” by Charles Berlitz published in 1974 which had the history of selling 20 million copies translated into 30 languages. After three years, the Steven Spielberg’s movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” had attributed in its storyline the disappearance of the crew members of Flight 19 to their abduction by aliens. In spite of declaring itself as a fictional story, the blockbuster garnered mass appeal across the world and the attractive glittering lie continued to overshadow the reality.
There have been innumerable research works bringing out several scientific explanations like hurricane currents, emanation of methane hydrate gas from continental shelves (a natural gas which decreases the density of upper layers of ocean waters causing the ships to sink; and the jettisoned vertical fountain of gas can explode aircrafts when it comes in contact with the fire-exhaust of the planes). Scientific reasoning has begun to replace fantasy based absurd notions gradually and the rate of mishaps in the area of Bermuda Triangle is same as everywhere else in other part of the world.
Keeping aside the controversial beliefs, Bermuda stands out as a popular tourist destination and the tourism industry in Bermuda is one of the highly flourishing sectors in its economy.