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Bermuda Has It All

February 8, 2008 By: Joe Pike Home-Based Travel Agent
 

Active highlights on the island, a great all-around destination


Bermuda's assets—scenic beauty, resorts, beaches, golf courses, spas, proximity to the U.S.—make it an ideal destination for all types of vacationers: young or old, couples or families, return or first-time visitors. And it has plenty to offer sports enthusiasts and active travelers. Guest room with balcony at the Fairmont Southampton

Horseback riding on Bermuda is restricted to supervised trails; riding centers guide you on trails around gorgeous seascapes and to hidden spots on the north coast. Spiceland Trail Rides, in a rural area with a bridle path leading to the south shore, is one of the most popular riding centers in Bermuda. Cost is around $70 per hour.

For a good workout, visit Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, the oldest cast-iron lighthouse in the world. By climbing the 185 spiral steps, you can catch what islanders consider to be the finest view in all of Bermuda. When you've come back down, stop for some refreshment in the Lighthouse Tea Room. The lighthouse, in Southampton parish, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $2.50 for adults.

At the Crystal Caves, the water is so clear you can see the cave floor, which at one point lies 55 feet below the water's surface. Admission costs $14-$16 for adults and $8 for children ages 5-12. The caves, in Hamilton parish, are open daily from 9:30 to 4:30.

Bermuda claims to have more golf courses per square mile than anyplace else. Seven of the courses are championship-caliber. Undulating greens are attributed to the preponderance of underground limestone caves.

Considered the wreck-diving capital of the Atlantic, Bermuda offers sites for all experience levels of diving and snorkeling, from shipwrecks to reefs.

Due to its climate, Bermuda's peak season is the opposite of the Caribbean's—the summer, when the air temperature is rarely higher than 85 degrees. Winters in Bermuda are relatively cool, so expect weather similar to a Northeastern spring from December to March. You may need a light jacket for evenings and early mornings, but days are pleasant. Waters are temperate year-round.


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