|The "Jewel of the Atlantic," Bermuda is much closer than you think - with our incomparable weather, pink sand beaches, breadth of historic sites and warm, friendly people, it's no wonder Conde Nast Traveler readers have voted Bermuda "Best Island in the Caribbean/Atlantic" 17 times since 1994.
Shipwrecks. African drum beats. And those famous shorts. Bermuda's culture is a rich fusion of British colonial history and African heritage that has developed into something unlike anywhere else in the world.
As Britain's oldest colony, its influence continues to dominate our government, educational and legal institutions. You may spot one of judges walking through Hamilton in a powdered wig, see a bobby directing traffic or overhear a passionate conversation about a local cricket match.
Bermuda shorts were originally borrowed in the early 20th century from the British military's uniform for hot climes. Although often colourful - pink is a favourite - do not mistake shorts as informal. They take their shorts so seriously, the law reads: no shorts shorter than six inches above the knee.
Island cuisine is a reflection of our blended heritage and coastal access to premier local seafood such as wahoo and the ubiquitous rockfish. Traditional dishes include Codfish and Potatoes, Hoppin' John (peas and rice), Pawpaw Casserole and, of course, Fish Chowder. Bermuda's architecture features whitewashed stepped roofs designed to channel rainwater into underground tanks. This is the main supply of fresh water as there are no rivers or lakes here. Bermuda is also famous for two signature drinks: the Dark 'n Stormy (featuring Gosling's Black Seal Rum mixed with Ginger Beer) and the Bermuda Rum Swizzle
The occurrence of ships and planes mysteriously disappearing in the area called the 'Bermuda Triangle' has made our island famous around the world. However, scientists believed the causes behind these mysterious disappearances were due to hurricanes, waterspouts, rogue waves and other potential geophysical phenomena.