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bermuda.com guide | november 2010

guıde november 2010

One day, ten weddings A beach bonanza

Our annual Classic is great fun

Ready for rugby? Visit historic St. George’s — pages 30–38

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contents

Photo by Kageaki Smith

It’s World Rugby Classic time — see pages 6-7

n Arts

n Nature

galleries & shows 15

our lizards, birds & frogs 64

n Events

n News

Rugby Classic 6-7 calendar 11-15

round-up 8 & 10 beach weddings 24-25

n Features

n People

meet the Gombeys 22 where The Deep was filmed 60 Bermuda shorts revealed 72

meet the chef 19–20 our ambassadors 26-27

n Food & drink meet the chef 19–20 best places to eat 83-96 classic local recipes 92 pub guide 94 enjoy a cuppa 96

n Practicalities health, customs etc 66-71

n Real Estate ownership options 52

n Shopping flex the plastic 74-81

n Sightseeing east to west 32-51

n History

n Sports & Activities

visit the Old Town 32 best historic sites 50 shipwrecks 62

rugby special 6-7 watersports 58 bowling, tennis etc 54-59

n Insight

n Transportation

editor’s welcome 4 quick tips 28-29

bus info 67 bus schedule 49 ferry info 68 n Maps island map between 32 & 33 ferry schedule 17 & 18 scooter rentals 69 St. George’s 34 how to ride safely 70 Hamilton 42 Dockyard 48 shipwrecks 62

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n Weather what to expect 4 & 69

Co-publisher & advertising manager: Lisa Beauchamp, lbeauchamp@bermudasun.bm Tel: 278-1850 Co-publisher & editor-in-chief: Tony McWilliam, tmcwilliam@ bermudasun.bm Tel: 278-1860 Design & Layout: Creative Circle Media Consulting Account executive: Anona Everett Tel: 278-1832 Accounts: Donna Vesely Tel: 278-1831 Delivery: Lloyd Somner Cover photo: 2009 World Rugby Classic by Kageaki Smith Contributors: Theresa Airey, Andrew Dobson, Meredith Ebbin, Lance Furbert, Sirkka Huish, Glenn Jones, Simon Jones, Jamie Macmillan, Leanne McGrath, Terri Mello, Kageaki Smith, James Whittaker. Special thanks to Alison Outerbridge & Jan Card bermuda.com guide Published by The Bermuda Sun a subsidiary of MediaHouse © Bermuda.com Ltd. Printed by Island Press Ltd. Web: www.bermuda.com Information and services contained in the guide are believed to be correct at the time of printing; however, prices and times may be subject to change without notice. The Bermuda Sun Limited makes every effort to ensure accuracy but accepts no liability for errors or omissions. Reproduction in whole or in part by permission of the publisher only.


editor’s welcome

Photo by Kagaeki Smith

All good, family fun: the standout event this month is the World Rugby Classic, Nov. 7-13, where intense sporting rivalries are rekindled in a friendly atmosphere.

Who needs beach weather? By TONY McWILLIAM | As the temperature dips, the range of things to do

expands. Whereas in summer you need little more than a beach towel and a good book to while away your days, in November, we have to be a little more creative to keep you entertained. A glance at our What’s On pages (11-15) proves the point; with everything from horse shows, dancing and street markets to sailing, crafts and comedy, your choices abound. Typically, the temperature will vary from a high of 75 degrees during the day to 67 at night. On most days, in fact, it’s still warm enough to swim and you might only need that thin sweater after nightfall. The water temperature averages 70 degrees and if you’re a hardy diver, you’ll be rewarded by 100-200 feet visibility, a marked improvement on the summer months. It’s clear then — you’ve arrived at a great time of year. Enjoy! n 4 bermuda.com guide


rugby classic

Photo by Kageaki Smith

Look, no shoulder pads or helmets: Rugby’s no game for softies and the World Rugby Classic gives its heroes of yesteryear a chance to relive the glory days.

Party atmosphere prevails at World Rugby Classic By SIMON JONES | Sporting heroes of yesteryear descend on Bermuda

this month for the annual festival of fun that is the World Rugby Classic. For the avid fan it is a great opportunity to see former World Cup winners and international stars back in action. But even if scrums, line-outs and big hits are not in your vocabulary, the camaraderie in the crowd and sense of occasion are sure to enthrall. The games are always hard fought, physical affairs – which prove that true sportsmen never lose their competitive edge even after they have retired from the professional game. But after the final whistle has been blown and muddied hands have been shaken, it is always off to the bar for a post match beverage or three. Spectators and players mill around the various tents and bars that circle the National Sports Centre in Devonshire. 6 bermuda.com guide


Wales won the first Classic in 1988. This rare phenomenon of being able to share a beer with your rugby hero, along with evening parties and live music, makes the Classic an informal sporting spectacle like few others. The fun kicks off on Friday, November 5 this year with a ‘60s party and live band at the National Sports Stadium. There is then a day of rest for the heads to clear and the teams to practice before the serious rugby begins. Sides from across the world including South Africa, New Zealand, Argentina and Australia will do battle over the next seven days in evening games. These southern hemisphere heavyweights pack a punch – their crashtackling, no-nonsense approach always makes for bruising encounters. Regardless of their age, players throw themselves into the fray with as much

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zeal and aggression as they did when they were playing for a living. The pink-shirted Classic Lions – a mixture of English, Welsh, Irish and Scots – often prove to be crowd favourites. Last year, however, the much-fancied Lions were walloped by the powerful and welldrilled Kiwi outfit in a one-sided final. Lions supporters often outnumber their rivals but there is always stiff competition from the U.S and Canadian fans who are never shy to voice their support. The Classic reaches a climax on Saturday, November 13 when the two best teams go head-to-head in the final. Inevitably this is followed later in the evening with live music in the main tent with assorted refreshments. To find out more, including ticket information, visit: www.worldrugby.bm or tel: 295-6574. n

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in the news Joke wears thin as island bags awards Bermuda snagged prestigious awards at a glittering ceremony in New York. We won Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Island in the Caribbean/Atlantic. Also, The Reefs was named number one resort in the Atlantic Ocean category. Some 30,000 readers picked the winners. TV host Regis Philbin, who

of turquoise Bermuda shorts as

presented the prizes in New York,

a gesture of thanks — and joked

is seen here with our Director of

about their 36-inch waistline on the

Tourism, William Griffith. In turn,

Regis and Kelly show the following

Mr. Regis gladly accepted a pair

morning.

Boutique hotel for St. George’s Plans have been drawn up for a 60room hotel and 100-berth mega-yacht marina in St. George’s. The hotel would be located opposite Ordnance Island, on the car park adjacent to King’s Square. The developers are Jeremy Spencer and Chris West, of Leading Edge Ltd. If the $100m scheme gets the go-ahead, construction could begin next spring. Continued on page 10

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in the news

Bermuda has roughly 1,500 streets.

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Chef sets an example A public/private partnership has paid dividends for a hard working local chef. Jerl Dill started out as a pot washer but thanks to help from the government’s National Training Board and the backing of his employer, the Fairmont Hamilton Princess, he is now a Senior Chef de Partie. Mr. Dill underwent training at the Canadian Culinary Institute — it included 6,000 hours of kitchen work —and emerged with a prestigious Red Seal certificate. At a press conference, Mr. Dill was singled out as a shining example of single-minded determination to succeed.

A dream wedding . . . for free! A lucky couple from Boston won the chance to say ‘I do’ at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel. Dianne Gianotti, 38, and Adam Benerza, 43, won a competition run by Destina10 bermuda.com guide

tion Weddings & Honeymoons magazine. They had to explain in fewer than 1,000 words why they wanted to marry here. The couple, regular visitors to Bermuda, enjoyed a tropical themed wedding. “I was in shock when we won,” the bride told us. “I couldn’t sleep for a week because I was so excited!” Their prize was an all-expenses-paid wedding ceremony and reception on the hotel’s Regency Terrace for 20 people, 10 double occupancy guest rooms and 20 JetBlue airline tickets. For more on this story, see www. bermudasun.bm

Spa is tops The Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Southampton was voted one of the Top Hotel Spas in the Caribbean in Travel & Leisure magazine’s World’s Best Awards readers’ poll. It earned an 87.5 rating out of a possible 100. Spas were rated on ambience, treatments, service and value. See more news, pages 24-25


what’s on

Fun for all this month events n Pretty In Pink Party Nov. 4 Fashion show fundraiser for breast cancer charities. From 6pm at A.S. Cooper, Front Street, Hamilton. Entry $5.

n Mambo Nights Nov. 6 Grammy winner Willy Torres performs at Fairmont Southampton from 8pm. Tickets $55 from www.bdatix.bm

n Chewstick Neo-Griot Lounge Nov. 13 & 27 Open-mic jam sessions with Bermuda’s best talent at Spinning Wheel Club, Court Street. Entry $10, free before 10pm. www.chewstick.com

n Sailing races Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27 Hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club. Races start 2pm, spectators welcome. www.bermudasail.bm

n Bermuda Horse and Pony Association Fall Show Nov. 6 & 7 At the National Equestrian Centre, Vesey Street, Devonshire. Call 234-3010. www.bef.bm Compiled by Leanne McGrath. Listings are subject to change: For the latest, call the numbers provided and visit our website www.bermuda.com. To submit a listing, e-mail lmcgrath@bermudasun.bm Please note, some of the opening hours listed in our Sightseeing section, pages 33-51, are subject to change during the winter months. Be sure to call the numbers provided to confirm.

Photo by Kageaki Smith

If dance is your thing, hot foot it to the Fairmont Southampton on Nov. 6 for Mambo Nights.

n World Rugby Classic Nov. 7-13 Ten international matches at the National Sports Centre, Devonshire. Full schedule at www.worldrugby.bm. (see pages 6 & 7)

n National Service of Remembrance Nov. 11 Bermuda’s fallen heroes are commemorated at the Cenotaph. Front Street, from 11am.

n Bermuda Four-Ball Stroke Play Championships for Men Nov. 11-14 A 72-hole better ball event hosted by the Bermuda Golf Association at Port Royal Golf Course, Southampton. Handicap limit 24. Spectators welcome. Call Richard

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Use pink bus stops for travel into Hamilton,

Bartlett on 295-9972 or e-mail bdagolf@ ibl.bm. www.bermudagolf.org

n Bermuda Four-Ball Stroke Play Championships for Women Nov. 12-14 A 54-hole better ball event hosted by the Bermuda Golf Association at Port Royal Golf Course, Southampton. Handicap limit 18. Spectators welcome. Call Richard Bartlett on 295-9972 or e-mail bdagolf@ ibl.bm. www.bermudagolf.org

n The Comedy of Hypnotist Fernandez Nov. 12 & 13 Adult comedy. City Hall Theatre. Show starts at 8pm, tickets $55 from www. bdatix.bm

n Rock Of Love Nov. 13 A benefit concert for Answering the Cry of the Poor (ANCOP), featuring American Idol’s Ramiele Malubay, Philippines pop diva Geneva Cruz and the Crossroads Band. Berkeley Institute from 7:30pm. Tickets $75, patron $125, from www.ancopbermuda.com

n Bermuda Equestrian Federation FEI Category A Show Jumping Competition Nov. 13 & 14 At the National Equestrian Centre, Vesey Street, Devonshire. Call 234-3010. www.bef.bm

n Annie Leibovitz: Life Through A Lens Nov. 17 Film about the world famous photographer at Bermuda National Gallery at 12:30pm. Tickets $5.

n KatKids Christmas Market Nov. 19 Arts, crafts and jewellery from Nepal and Uganda. Mount Saint Agnes Academy from 5:30pm.

n Christmas in November Nov. 20 Botanical-themed Christmas crafts, bake stall and plant sale at Huntley Manor, Middle Road, Paget. $20 adults, $10 children. Call Elizabeth Jones Ashurst on 236-9072 or e-mail dashurst@transact. bm or call Deanna Moss on 236-7321/5051879 or e-mail tbmoss@northrock.bm

n Craft and Gift Fair Nov. 20 At Masterworks Museum of Art, Botanical Gardens, Paget. 10am-4pm. Call 236-2950. Photo by Kageaki Smith

Show jumping takes place at the National Equestrian Centre Nov. 13 & 14.

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n Marine Science Day Nov. 20 Ship tours, plankton tow and lab and wacky


and blue for heading away from the city.

what’s on

science experiments for all the family at Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science, St. George’s. Call 297-1880, www.bios.edu

Spectators and entrants welcome. www.sheroxtri.com/bermuda.html

n Weekend Film Series

Nov. 27 Free arts and crafts at Masterworks Museum of Art. Botanical Gardens, Paget, from 10am-2pm. Call 236-2950.

Nov. 21 Documentaries from around the world at Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute. $15. Visit www.buei.bm or e-mail bermudadocs@northrock.bm

n Olde Towne Market Sundays Food, arts & crafts, face-painters, buskers and more.2 pm. King’s Square & Water Street, St. George’s. Call 296-6185.

n Tree of Lights

n Family Fun Day

n St. Andrew’s Day Ball Nov. 27 Annual dinner and dance in honour of Scotland’s patron saint, hosted by the Caledonian Society of Bermuda. At Fairmont Southampton Resort from 7pm, tickets $175. Call 334-9627 or e-mail ihind@becl. bm or visit www.premierticketsglobal.com

Nov. 26 The Christmas tree is lit, Santa arrives and musical performances. From 5:30pm at City Hall, Hamilton. Free.

n Salsamania

n Historical re-enactment

Sundays Sample local products; rum, pepper jams, rum cakes, honey, sherry peppers & ginger beer. From 1:30pm. Free. Cooperage Atrium, Bermuda Craft Market, Dockyard. Tel: 2343208. E-mail: bdacraftmkt@northrock.bm

Wed & Sat Witness the ducking of the wench in King’s Square, St. George’s, followed by live entertainment. Noon. Tel: 297-1532. 
 Email: ctrott@stgeorge.bm 
 www.stgeorgesfoundation.com

n Storytelling Fridays Tales from the Old Town. 10.45am, Bob Burns Park, Ordnance Island, St. George’s.

n Gombeys in the park Saturdays Gombey dancers perform. Noon-1pm, 
 Par-la-Ville Park, Hamilton.

n Vendor market Saturdays Jewellery, clothing, crafts. From 8am, Somerset Cricket Club.

activities n SheROX Bermuda Triathlon Nov. 14 An 8k swim, 20k bike and 5k run.

Latin dance & music, 8.30pm-midnight. Fridays at Lido Complex, Elbow Beach.

n Taste of Bermuda

tours n City walking tours Mon, Wed & Fri 10.30am & 2.30pm. Meet at City Hall, Hamilton.

n Walking Club of Bermuda Sundays A six to seven-mile walk of the island’s beauty spots. Nov. 7, Shelly Bay to St. George’s (bring cash for return bus/ferry journey); Nov. 14, Chaplin Bay, South Road, Warwick; Nov. 21, Hog Bay Park, Somerset; Nov. 28, City Hall & Arts Centre, Church Street, Hamilton. Walks are free and all are welcome. Meet at venue at 7am. Call 737-0437 or visit www.walk.free.bm

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Most common surnames: Bean, Burgess,

n Beyond Bermuda tours Historian Tim Rogers hosts history and nature tours. Tel: 234-4082. E-mail: trogers@northrock.bm

n Byways Bermuda Tours Fully escorted tours with driver, guide & refreshments. Tel: 504-8687. www.bywaysbermuda.com

n Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences Tour Wednesdays Hour-long tour of labs, grounds & research vessels. 10am, free. Biological Lane, Ferry Reach, St. George’s. Tel: 297-1880. 
E-mail info@bios.edu. www.bios.edu

n National Trust Tour Wed & Fri Tour gardens of Waterville, 18th century house and Paget Marsh Nature Reserve. Starts 10am. Must book in advance. $50 per person for four people or $150 per couple for a private tour. Tel: 236-6483. 
E-mail: laurie@bnt.bm www.bnt.bm

n Famous Homes and Hideaways sightseeing cruise Various days/times Cruise into an exclusive neighbourhood known as Millionaire’s Row plus learn about our flora and fauna. $45. From Hamil-

Byways Bermuda Tours Tour the island in Heidi’s comfortable minibus; a wonderful opportunity to see and experience the real Bermuda with a well-informed, enthusiastic guide and driver. Heidi offers 4-hour afternoon tours with refreshments, and an all-day tour with complimentary refreshments. $100 per person, discount for more than 4: $80 each. Reservations: 535-9169 www.bywaysbermuda.com 
 bermudafootsteps@logic.bm

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Photo by Jamie Macmillan

This is where laws are made: Tour the Sessions House, home of our Parliament and Supreme Court.

ton Harbour and Dockyard. Contact Geri Roberts, Consort Cruises. Tel: 335-7201. E-mail consort@transact.bm

n Glass Bottom Boat Sightseeing Cruise Daily, various times View coral reefs and marine life. 
Leaves Dockyard and Hamilton, $45. www.fantasea.bm

n Sessions House Tour Mon-Thur Tour home of Parliament and Supreme Court. Free. 10:30am and 2:30pm. Corner of Parliament and Church Streets, Hamilton. Tel: 292-7408. E-mail avfox@gov.bm

n Botanical Gardens Tour Tue, Wed & Fri Meet at Berry Hill entrance near Visitors’ Centre, Paget, 10.30am. Tel: 236-5291

n Bermuda National Gallery tour Thursdays Free. Meet 10:30am, City Hall.


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Davis, DeSilva, Fox, Hill, Swan, Wilson n Free on Fridays National Trust Museum, Globe Hotel, 
St. George’s, 10am-2pm. 
Tucker’s House Museum, Water Street, St. George’s, 10am-4pm.

arts n ACE Gallery

and JudiAnn Smith’s miniature hat designs. Nov. 26-Dec. 8: Artists in the Gardens, works by Sabrina Powell, winner of the Charman Prize. Entry $5. Open Mon-Sat 10am-4pm. Botanical Gardens, Paget. Tel: 236-2950. E-mail: mworks@logic.bm www.bermudamasterworks.com

n Bermuda Arts Centre

Exhibits by local artists. Free. Open Tues, Weds, Thurs 11am-2pm. ACE building, Woodbourne Road, Hamilton. Contact Amy Shilingford. Tel: 299-9365. E-mail: info@ acebermuda.com. www.acebermuda.com

Exhibits by local artists. Free. Open Mon-Sun 11am-4pm. Dockyard. Tel: 234-2809. E-mail: artcentre@ibl.bm www.artbermuda.bm

n National Gallery

n Crisson & Hind Art Gallery

Bacardi Biennial Exhibition 2010. Contemporary art featuring works selected by an international judging panel. Free. Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm and Sat 10am-2pm. City Hall, Church Street, Hamilton. Tel: 295-9428. www.bng.bm

Hand-carved sculptures from Zimbabwe. Free. 71 Front St, Hamilton. Tel: 295-1117. www.crissonandhind.com

n Bermuda Maritime Museum Open daily 9:30am-5pm. Adults $10, seniors $8, under-13s free. Royal Naval Dockyard. Tel: 234-1418. 
E-mail: info@ bmm.bm. www.bmm.bm

n Bermuda Society of Arts Nov. 5-24: Onions Gallery, Designers show. Edinburgh Gallery, 2010 Dreamscapes, by Gavin Howarth. From Nov. 26: Onions Gallery, BSoA members winter show. Edinburgh Gallery, Silk And Silver, by Lynn and David Morrell. Free. Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am2pm. City Hall, Church Street, Hamilton. Tel: 292-3824. E-mail: bsoa@ibl.bm www.bsoa.bm

n Masterworks Museum 
 of Bermuda Art Gallery closed Nov. 1-14. Reopens Nov. 15 with Floral Lane, works from the Bermudiana Collection. Nov. 14-24: Artists in the Gardens, paintings by Elizabeth Mulderig featured in dialogue with Suzan Sickling’s botanical sculptures

n Common Ground Café Works by local artists. Open Mon- Fri, 7:30am-5pm, Sat 8am-3pm. Chancery Lane, Hamilton. Contact Susan Pearson. Tel: 505-4290. 
E-mail SPArt@logic.bm

n World Heritage Centre Interactive, historic displays. $5 adults, $2 children. Open Mon-Sat 10am-4pm. Penno’s Wharf, St. George’s. Tel: 297-5791 www.stgeorgesfoundation.org

n Bermuda National Trust Museum at Globe Hotel Bermuda’s role in the American Civil War. Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, adults $5, children $2, free on Fri. St. George’s. Tel: 297-1423. www.bnt.bm

n Tucker House Museum Mon-Fri 18th century merchant’s house. Adults $5, children $2, free on Fri. Open 10am-2pm. St. George’s. Tel: 297-0545. www.bnt.bm

n Verdmont Museum Tues, Thur, Fri & Sat Antiques including cedar furniture and portraits. Adults $5, children $2, open 10am-4pm. Verdmont Lane, Smith’s. Tel: 236-7369. www.bnt.bm

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WINTER FERRY SCHEDULE 2010/2011

GOVERNMENT OF BERMUDA Ministry of Tourism and Transport Department of Marine and Ports

Tickets/Tokens

Passes

Fare Information Passes valid on all routes on both ferries & buses

Marine and Ports shall not be liable for loss or damage to property.

Adult 1-Day Adult 2-Day Adult 3-Day Adult 4-Day

$12.00 $20.00 $28.00 $35.00

Adult 7-Day Adult Monthly Pass Adult 3-Month Pass

$45.00 $55.00 $135.00

Student Passes (5-18yrs)

All Students (residents only) must present a transportation pass when using public transportation.

Please ensure you have a token or ticket before boarding

BLUE ROUTE/GREEN ROUTE Adult One-way $4.00 Bikes an additional $4.00 Adult-15 tickets $30.00 Student (5-16yrs) One-way $2.00 Student-15 tickets $7.50 Child Under Age 5 FREE Bermuda Senior Citizens FREE with Special Persons Pass

PINK ROUTE Adult One-way Adult-15 tickets Student (5-16yrs) One-way Student-15 tickets Child Under Age 5 Bermuda Senior Citizens with Special Persons Pass

$2.50 $20.00 $2.00 $7.50 FREE FREE

ORANGE ROUTE - This service will resume 11 April 2011 Adult One-way $4.00 (Hamilton to/from Dockyard) Adult One-way $4.00 (Dockyard to/from St. George’s) Adult One-way $8.00 (Hamilton to/from St. George’s) Bikes an additional $4.00 (Hamilton to/from Dockyard) Bikes an additional $4.00 (Dockyard to/from St. George’s) Student 5-16yrs One-way $2.00 (Ham/Dock) $4.00 (Ham/St. Geo) Child Under Age 5 FREE Bermuda Senior Citizens FREE with Special Persons Pass

Passes, Tokens & Tickets available from the Hamilton Ferry & Bus Terminals, Visitors’ Service Bureau, sub-post offices, hotels and guest houses.

Hamilton Ferry Terminal open Mon-Fri 6.30am-8pm • Sat 7.30am-6pm • Sun & Holidays 8.30am-6.30pm Service is subject to change. For further information please call Hamilton Terminal 295-4506. www.seaexpress.bm


WINTER FERRY SCHEDULE 2010/2011

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NO MOTORBIKES WHERE INDICATED

Service is subject to change. For further information please call Hamilton Terminal 295-4506. Hamilton Ferry Terminal open Mon-Fri 6.30am-8pm • Sat 7.30am-6pm • Sun & Holidays 8.30am-6.30pm Marine and Ports shall not be liable for loss or damage to property.


meet the chef

Photos by Sirkka Huish

Hot stuff: Chef Angelo D’Amato utilizes the island’s only wood-burning oven to make delicious pizza.

Love pizza? Angelo at LaTrattoria is your man By Sirkka huish | Executive chef Angelo D’Amato likes to see his diners clear their plates. Even after 30 years in the business, Mr. D’Amato still enjoys the fact that customers are the best judges of his work. Mr. D’Amato leads 15 staff at La Trattoria, a popular Italian restaurant on Washington Lane in Hamilton. He has been there for 19 years, having worked at a sister eatery, Little Venice, for 15. Both are owned by the MEF Restaurant Group. Mr. D’Amato is from a farming family in Naples and admits he only signed up for culinary school “to get him out of farming”. But he had a knack for it and worked his way through hotels and restaurants in Italy before moving to Bermuda in 1978. The 49-year-old, who is married with two children, said: “You can’t beat knowing that someone enjoys what you are doing. When plates come back Continued on page 20

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meet the chef

Codfish & potatoes is eaten with bananas.

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empty it means customers have enjoyed their meal. That’s the satisfaction I get from my job.” Best appetizer? Gamberi E Capesante (grilled shrimp and scallops, mixed lettuce and balsamic-Dijon vinaigrette) because I really like salads and a touch of vinegar adds that all-important sour taste. Best main course? I’m Italian, I’d have to say pizza. We have the only wood-burning oven on the island and you can really taste the difference. The oven is so hot it only takes about ten minutes to cook pizzas. But the way it cooks them is perfect, you can really taste the dough. My favourite pizza would have to be Arugula (mozzarella cheese, tomato, arugula and parma ham), it’s delicious. Best dessert If I had to pick one, it would be tiramisu.

Your most prized possession in the kitchen? A good knife. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it has to be nice and sharp. Your management style? I try to be firm but fair. I’m pretty calm at all times, I don’t really raise my voice, there is enough stress in a kitchen as it is without me adding to it. Best local ingredient? I use local fish and especially love using rockfish when I can get it. I use vegetables from a local farm. I also use the Gombey Pepper Jam, I put it on the grilled salmon for a taste of Bermuda. Favourite drink? If it’s wine, it has to be an Italian red. But coffee is my drink; I can’t survive without my espresso. Favourite Bermudian dish? Codfish and potatoes. For a long time I wouldn’t touch it, now I can’t get enough of it. I’ve got used to it and now I have it just about every Sunday for breakfast. Favourite celebrity chef? The French chef Jacques Pepin was very influential when I was starting out in my career in the ‘70s. He was on the culinary TV shows and I learned a lot from him. Most embarrassing moment in the kitchen? I remember putting red cabbage in minestrone soup once and it went purple. I wasted all the soup. It may have tasted okay, but it certainly didn’t look very good.

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Your ambition? I want to keep on doing my best I can and to continue learning. When I retire I want people to say that I was a good chef. The customers are my judges and I value their opinions. n


A trip to Bermuda would not be complete without a visit to the island’s newest attraction; The Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art. Opened on March 2nd, 2008, this state of the art building is the first purpose built museum in the history of Bermuda. Housed in the beautiful Botanical Gardens in Paget, five minutes from Hamilton, the new museum is in itself a work of art. Plan your visit and learn about Bermuda’s culture and history, there is no better stop on your vacation itinerary than the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art!

Museum Hours: Monday-Saturday | 10:00am - 4:00pm Closed on all Public Holidays.

Entry is $5. Free for members and children under 12. Museum is handicapped accessible with ramps and an elevator.

Tel: 441 236-2950 • Fax: 441 236-4402 email: mworks@logic.bm

Private tours can be arranged and more information can be found on our website

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Hypnotic rhythms and striking costumes make the Gombeys a hit wherever they go.

Meet the Gombeys By Simon Jones | Like the summery chime of the ice-cream truck, it’s an alluring sound with an almost mystical resonance that many islanders trace back to early childhood: the unmistakable, snare-and-kettle-drum lilt of the Gombeys. You’ll hear them before you see them and might find yourself being drawn closer, trance-like, when the distinctive 22 bermuda.com guide

drums and whistles issue their frenetic summons. There’s a dark side to their origin — Gombey masks were used to protect identities from wrathful slave owners — but their displays are overwhelmingly joyous and triumphant. Gombey dancing was originally performed only on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day — the two days when slaves were given a rest from their labours. But today they dance at all kinds of events, from parties and sports matches to street parades. Dancers are male, include young boys and perform in groups of 10-30, sporting brilliantly coloured, handmade costumes that evoke the plumage of tropical birds. A fusion of West African, Caribbean and American Indian influences, the movement was born when black slaves were first brought to the island. Dances, passed down through the generations, are sometimes based on Bible verses. The African Bantu word ‘Gombey’ is related to the Bahamian goombay, a similar dance tradition: It also means ‘rhythm’ and refers to a goat skin drum of African origin. The bodies and faces of the dancers are covered to avoid identification; owners did not like their slaves participating as Gombeys. Some carry whips or tomahawks and the captain of the troupe wears the most elaborate costume. Dazzling and energetic, Gombey dancing is one of Bermuda’s strongest and most beguiling cultural traditions. n


AFRICAN SCULPTURE

BY THE SHONA MASTER FINE ARTISTS OF ZIMBABWE

Mike and Dusty Hind in the Gallery.

Magnificent works handcarved in rare stones by the Shona Master Fine Artists of Zimbabwe. Exquisite animals, wonderful heads, and intriguing abstracts. Ngoni Mother and Child by Peter Chikumbirike in Cobalt Stone 31" x 26" x 13"

2ND FLOOR, CRISSON BUILDING 71 FRONT STREET, HAMILTON (The yellow building next to the Emporium) Phone 441-295-1117


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Beach resort scores perfect 10 for weddings By GLENN JONES | Ten couples tied the knot in a single day at one of our best loved beach resorts. The newlyweds, from across the U.S., were the winners of a competition by Elbow Beach resort to mark the date of October 10 — that is, 10.10.10. The prizes in the ‘Perfect 10’ contest were 10 destination weddings. Lindsay Turner and Adam Edwards of Baltimore, Maryland, were among the couples flown here to get married on the beach. And as the new Mr. and Mrs. Edwards discovered, Bermuda is a “perfect” wedding location.

Jumping for joy: The Turner/Edwards wedding party whoops it up on the soft pink sand of Elbow

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20,000 honeymooners visited in 2006.

Perfect weather for a perfect ceremony: The besotted couple, Lindsay and Adam Edwards.

They were married on the pink sand of Elbow Beach under a cloudless sky of perfect October weather. And perhaps the best part is, they were married in bare feet.

Elbow Beach is a resort that specializes in weddings, honeymoons and lovers’ getaways. The other Perfect 10 couples were: Caroline Cruz and Wen Yuan Mo from Brooklyn, New York; Lindsey Morrill and Michael Sands from ­Portland, Maine; Ayana Harris and Sam Brinson from Miramar, Florida; Casey Shivery and Michael Gargagliano from Arnold, Maryland; Heather Kleinman and Richard Hendricks from Palmdale, California; Monica Jann and Tony Fabri from West Chester, Pennsylvania; Zoila Del-Villar and Muschi Jean-Baptiste from New York, New York State; Melanie Amodio and Ryan Sands from Three Bridges, New Jersey; Alexis Puryear and Donnie David from Warner Robins, Georgia. For more pictures visit: www.bermuda.com n

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Beach. They were among ten parties who made 10.10.10 their big day in Bermuda.

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Let me help to make your day: Front office manager Donna Alvarez is in her element when helping guests at the Grotto Bay Beach Resort.

Bubbly Donna loves to make your visit special By SiRKKA HUISH | Donna Alvarez enjoys helping to turn visitors’ vaca-

tion dreams into joyful memories. Her role as front office manager at Grotto Bay Beach Resort is “a perfect fit” for her bubbly personality. “I love to move around and working with people all day makes me so happy,” she said. “This job is just so me!” Miss Alvarez oversees the work of around 10 front of house personnel including bellmen, receptionists and concierge staff. She works all day Monday to Friday but often stops by at the weekend “to check everything is how it should be… It’s important that guests are happy at all times and we help to make memories out of their vacation. “I love meeting people — it makes you appreciate life more when you meet different people from around the world.” 26 bermuda.com guide


Bermudians christen boats with rum. Miss Alvarez has welcomed new and repeat guests to Grotto Bay from across the world, particularly from America and Europe. She jokes: “We are all as excited as each other. They are excited to be in Bermuda on vacation and I’m just excited to be at work.” Her positive attitude paid off when she won the 2007 VIP Excellence Award in the front desk/ telephone operator category. It was said that she “brought pride, joy and motivation to her staff”. Miss Alvarez encourages young Bermudians to join the hospitality industry. “This island is all about tourism,” she says. But she’s a firm believer that people can’t be taught the right attitude for hospitality: “In this business you have to always be positive, you can’t let anything get to you. You have to be able to handle the pressure and keep on smiling. You can’t teach someone that — it has to come naturally.” Miss Alvarez was born in the Philippines, grew up in Hawaii then moved to Toronto when she was 16. She started out in banking but soon discovered it didn’t suit her personality. She became a radio DJ before “stumbling” into hotel work when she was looking for a parttime job. Miss Alvarez worked in sales and marketing and at the front of house for Days Inn, Ramada, Sheraton and Hilton in Toronto. A friend recommended she give Bermuda a try and she moved here in May, 2006. Miss Alvarez wants to climb the career ladder and eventually own her own small hotel or bed and breakfast.

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Donna’s top tips Best restaurant: L’Oriental. I love the teppanyaki bar; watching the cooking is entertainment in itself. And Harbourfront — the perfect setting for Happy Hour by the water. Best night out: The Cellar (Fairmont Southampton Resort) and Moon (Front Street, Hamilton). They are so full of energy. Best drink: You can’t go wrong with a bottle of good champagne. Or a Johnnie Walker black label with soda. Best beach: John Smith’s Bay is just round the corner from my house and it’s so peaceful. It’s like a little hideout. Best attraction: St. George’s, the place where Bermuda was born. There’s so much to do there. Best shopping: For shoes I go to Perry Footwear and Lusso, for accessories it has to be Atelerie and for clothes, I like Mambo [all in Hamilton].

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quick tips

In Bermuda for the first time? Let us guide you… Don’t wander around in a daze — take a breather, kick your shoes off and relax — let us help you make the most of your day. We’ve done the heavy lifting for you with these can’t-go-wrong recommendations. Enjoy! n Breakfast

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If it’s good enough for Clint Eastwood —the story of his visit is framed on the wall — it’s good enough for us. Home-style cooking and friendly service at the Speciality Inn, on South Road in Smith’s Parish.

Hop onto a stool at Dorothy’s on Chancery Lane, Hamilton, tuck into one her mouthwatering patties and just see if you can resist ordering a second…

n Staying in touch With its plug & play lounge for laptops, private phone booths and free coffee, Logic Internet Café on Burnaby Street, Hamilton has you covered.

n Website Bermuda.com (well, of course!) As the name suggests, it’s everything Bermuda.

n For kids Check out the scary moray eel and the ring-tailed lemurs at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo, Flatts Village (see page 40).

n Souvenir, men Test his manhood — pink Bermuda shorts from the English Sports Shop, Front Street (see page 72).

n Souvenir, women

n Beach

Photos by Kageaki Smith A gold Bermuda Grab a stool and enjoy a mouthwatering longtail charm from Turquoise ocean and burger at Dorothy’s, Chancery lane, Crisson Jewellers a sweeping arc of Hamilton. (see page 79) or a soft, pink sand make local fragrance from The Perfumery (p74). Horseshoe Beach Bay in Southampton a She’ll love you for either. world-beater.

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National anthem: ‘God Save the Queen’ n Customer service Classy gifts come with impeccable service at The Irish Linen Shop on Front Street.

n Ice-cream Just over the bridge from the airport, Bailey’s Bay Ice-Cream Parlour, opposite The Swizzle Inn, has friendly staff, a terrific range of treats plus tables indoors and out.

that’s where you’ll live and breathe our rich history (see page 32).

n Live attraction You’ll likely hear the intense snare-andkettle-drum beat of the Gombey dancers before you see their dazzling costumes and wild, energetic moves. Be sure to have your camera at the ready.

n Mix with the locals

n Nature walk The trains have long gone and the Railway Trail between Somerset and Sandys Parishes is tranquil and photogenic. Spittal Pond Nature Reserve in Hamilton Parish (see page 40) is great for birds and rocky ocean vistas.

At Tobacco Bay, St. George’s on a Sunday afternoon you’ll enjoy Bermudians at their relaxed best.

n Cocktail

Enjoy classy customer service at the elegant Irish Linen Store on Front Street.

n Spa They’re all good but we especially like the Tucker’s Point Club, just east of St. George’s and the Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Southampton Hotel. Get pampered in paradise. Just don’t count the pennies.

n Custom

A dark ‘n’ stormy is locally made Gosling’s Black Seal Rum mixed with ginger beer. Savour, don’t swig.

n Carry-out supper Award-winning Indian cuisine is consistently delicious at the House of India, North Street, Hamilton. You can eat in, too. Try the Kashmiri lamb.

n Pub

Take afternoon tea at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel and remember to greet your server with a pleasant ‘good afternoon’. It’s the Bermuda way, you know.

The Hog Penny’s authentic charm inspired TV’s Bull & Finch, of Cheers fame. Burnaby Street, Hamilton. See pub guide, page 94.

n Casual lunch

Timeless elegance at the 17th century Tom Moore’s Tavern, just west of St. George’s.

People-watching’s part of the pleasure at the wharf-side indoor/outdoor Bone Fish Bar & Grill, Dockyard. If you’re in the city with the kids, LaTrattoria on Washington Lane is a reliable, family-friendly choice.

n History It all started in the Town of St. George and

n Fine dining

n Sunset Take your partner’s hand, stroll along the water’s edge at Elbow Beach, on the south shore, and you might think you’re on a romantic movie set. Booked your return visit yet? n

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Cedar-lined dirt road now a main artery into the city By Theresa Airey | This tranquil cedar-lined dirt lane, hemmed by a lovely stone wall, was the main entrance road to Hamilton back in l900. The home seen in the background, Tamarisk Hall, is still there, but at one time, was called The Lane House and was owned by Robert R.J. Tucker. Colloquially, it was also called the Tucker House. Gone are the gentle sounds of horses’ hooves and the occasional jangle of a bicycle’s bell. Today, there is a cacophony of engines and horns as bumper-to-bumper traffic surges into a bustling capital city. Yes, even in Bermuda we have rush hour — and the fact that most commuters from almost every corner of the island head into the city via just a few main arteries that converge here makes it a very busy spot indeed. Though times have certainly changed, but the spirit of the place has not. The pastoral beauty of old Bermuda has modernized like the rest of the world, but what remains constant is its soul, embodied in 84-year-old Johnny Barnes who stands at the hub of ‘progress’ but reminds us to 30 bermuda.com guide


. . . and now

smile, to breathe deeply, to live and to love. For four hours (6am to 10am) every day — rain or shine, wind or hot-andhumid calm — he greets motorists with a genuine wave of warmth and welcome. In a quarter-turn, or half-turn on the roundabout (it doesn’t take much to connect), suddenly there is a burst of sunshine, even during a storm. Johnny is the best of all wake-up calls. Each and every morning, he reminds us to appreciate the past, enjoy the present, to build a Bermuda-ful future and to share the timeless island

spirit of goodwill…to all. Be sure to stop by and visit with Johnny — he always has time to say “hello” and enjoy a chat. n Read more about Johnny Barnes on page 33. n The images are from Theresa Airey’s book, ‘Bermuda Then and Now’, a collection of hand-coloured photographs taken in the late 1800s and early 1900s and accompanied by contemporary shots taken 100 years later, in 2007 and 2008. The book can be found in all Bermuda bookstores.

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Your personal invitation to

There are very few places in the world where a town has survived and functioned essentially unchanged through 400 years to the present. There is only one in the New World. This is The Towne of St. George in Bermuda. For all that Bermuda is so noticeably a ‘Different World’ than America our roots are tightly intertwined. In 1609 the ship ‘Sea Venture’ grounded just off St.George in a storm. She was on her way to Jamestown — then a St.Peter’s. The Oldest fledgling settlement — and carried the new Governor of Virginia. functioning Anglican Church in the New These were the first Bermuda residents as it turned out. World. They spent the next year building a new ship to complete their journey. The Deliverance then proceeded on, laden with and food to sail the Chesapeake toand Jamestown Community survivors of St.George Extends this up invitation to our visitors friends to just in own for a day. Community support by the following St.George’s businesses: time to save the settlement from starvation. This is just a glimpse into the profound historical importance of St.George to our American cousins. The relationship continued through the era of the Declaration Deliverance.Built of Independance and later the tragedy of the Civil from scratch by the St.,- the finest War actually continues to this day. shipwreck survivors Robertson’s so much more thanand a ystal and Gifts Churchill’s on York St.Could Brandy Drug Store Prices. and Cigars be perspective anywhere else. From a historical what makes would be the saviour of Jamestown in 1610. St.George so unique is that nearly every building 11 5 3 is original. These are not reconstructions in a theme village, the town The Tucker is genuine in every respect. The 20 plus major buildings protected by House. Nathanial the Bermuuda National Trust in St.George, along with the town’s desTucker’s part in the Gunpowder Plot is ignation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it’s close relationships Blackbeard’s at Achilles Bay: all. Tranquil, Griffin’s Restaurant at the St.Georges not well knowwn. Best Sunset; Best Seafood ! tails, Dinner Club overlooking the Town. Perfect withforJamestown and Colonial Williamsburg all attest to how rare and Lunch, Fabulous for Dinner rn by valuable it is. This is the oldest continuously working settlement in the new world.

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A visit to St. George should start at the World Heritage Center where a diorama and short film will set the stage. Self Guided walking tour maps are available there. After that we recommend The Tucker House Museum, The The World Heritage Globe Hotel (and Confederate Museum) and Center. At Penno’s The Globe Hotel. A neighboring St. Peter’s church. Wharf at the Western center of intrigue and end of Water Street — Around noon, keep an eye out in the high politics during the The best place to start Revolutionary and Civil Town Square where gossips are occasionally your visit. wars in America. ducked on the ‘Ducking Stool’. A photograph of a family member in the Public ‘Stocks’ is a must. The small but lovely Somers Garden Park is worth the short stroll if only because of it’s beautiful Traditional Bermuda The Stocks. Minor The Ducking Stool. Thrice offenses against the Moongate arch. A little further will take weekly at noon gossips are public morals were discouraged from their sinful you to the “Unfinished Church” and the punished by exposure to ways in the town square. “Gunpowder Cavern”, both of which have ridicule and tomatoes! A Free attraction. interesting stories attached and Bridge House - the home of a Governor of Virginia in the 1700’s. Nearby too is the Mitchell House, home to the St.George’s Historical Society Museum and the Olde Print Shoppe. Tuesdays are special in St.George. The St.George Historical Bridge House. home We welcome Holland America’s Veendam Society Museum and the to Governor Barrett of Print Shop. passengers as invited guests to the Town Virginia in the 1700’s

with special extended hours and activities and festivities on the square in the evening. Local vendors set up Market Night stalls and offer craftwork souvenirs and local specialty foods. Music or performing arts or dance shows Market Night. an eclectic cross of European Promenade are usually scheduled. While not so organand Country Fair. ised as the ‘Promenade’ evenings common in the Mediterranean this is also a night when Bermudians turn out simply to socialise and see and be seen. Come down, stroll around, eat a fish cake or a hot dog, sit on a bench or a wall and Bermuda Gombeys. simply relax. If buildings could talk you would Street Dancing with hear 400 years of whispers. History and Spice !

Visiting St. George today can start with a morning taxi tour ending in the town in time for lunch or a fabulous ferry ride from Hamilton or the Dockyard. The journey by the famous Pink Bermuda Buses is just as scenic. Lunch can be an early snack at Temptations or the Salad Nicoise at the White Horse Tavern or the Bermuda Fish Sandwich overlooking the Harbour from the Dockside Tavernby-the-Sea. The World Heritage Center can provide walking tour maps from Pilot Darrell’s House to the old Print Shop to Somers Gardens or you can tour the forts from St. Catherine’s to Gates’. Like Bermuda, St. George is an explorer’s delight not a packaged experience. Curiosity and interest are the only necessary equipment for an interesting day. For those who would rather ride than walk, the Mini Train tour is an hour well spent. For the Aquatic among us, bring your snorkel gear and spend a few hours at the beach at Tobacco Bay Achilles Bay or St. Catherine’s Beach ­- refreshments available at Blackbeard’s Restaurant. Shopping is eclectic to say the least: Bermudas own Perfumery; Belinda Tartaglia’s Art Gallery; The National Trust Historic Bookshop; Vera P. Card for Duty Free Savings on Jewelry Figurines and Crystal; Churchill’s for cigars and brandy (and Dark-n-Stormy fixins); Robertson’s Drug store for the usual as well as very unusual confections, toys and children’s books; the Dockyard Glassblowing branch for beautiful Murano Glass and Bermuda Rum Cakes; or the Somers Wharf complex for a little bit of everything. When was the last time you gave her flowers only because the sun was shining? - The East End Flower Alley is your chance. After all that - Stay for the Evening - relax a while and ease into an alfresco dinner looking over beautiful St. George Harbour from Griffins at the St. Georges Club. A relaxed cab ride home is the perfect ending. Unhurried Unspoiled Uncommon.

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40 Waterville 41 Paget Marsh 42-55 See Hamilton Map, page 42 56 Fort Hamilton 57 Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute 58 Johnny Barnes Statue 59 Government House 60 Warwick Pond 61 Christ Church 62 Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse 63 Somerset Bridge 64 Scaur Hill Fort 65 Heydon Trust 66 St. James’ Church 67 Springfield Community Centre & Gilbert Nature Reserve 68 Somerset Village 69-75 See Dockyard Map, page 46 71 National Museum of Bermuda


see the sights

Let Johnny lead the way Using our maps

photo by kageaki smith

Good morning! The always-cheery Johnny Barnes, Bermuda’s goodwill ambassador.

He’s the ultimate ‘morning

It’s easy to find your way around Bermuda. There are four main arteries: South Road runs along the south shore, North Shore Road hugs the north shore, Middle Road runs through the centre of the island and Harbour Road follows the inner harbour across from Hamilton. Each road brings you into the city of Hamilton. Key attractions are numbered on our maps and described in the text. Use our large pullout map (between pages 32 & 33) for an island overview; for a map of St. George’s, see page 34, the city of Hamilton on 42, and Dockyard on 48. Also, ‘W’ at the end of a listing denotes ‘wheelchair accessible’.

person’ and a warm greeting from folk hero Johnny Barnes is the ideal way to start your sightseeing tour. Every weekday he’s at Crow Lane roundabout from 6am to 10am, showering city commuters with waves, blown kisses and a smile that could melt the heart of even the most jaded traveller. We begin our tour in the historic former capital, St. George’s. Wherever you go, don’t forget to greet all you meet: as Johnny reminds us each morning — it’s the Bermuda way!

Parishes In 1610, Admiral Sir George Somers, a survivor of the wreck of the Sea Venture (which carried our first settlers), returned to Bermuda to obtain food for the starving Virginia colony. By 1615 the Somers Island Company was developing Bermuda and exploiting her natural resources. The island was surveyed and what is now St. George’s Parish was set aside as public or company land. The remainder was divided into eight tribes or parishes, named after the principal shareholders in the Somers Island Company. These were, from east to west: Hamilton, Smith’s, Devonshire, Pembroke, Paget, Warwick, Southampton and Sandys. Along with St. George’s, they have become the nine parishes of Bermuda. bermuda.com guide 33


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ST. GEORGE’S PARISH Bermuda’s oldest town, St. George’s, was settled in 1609-10 and became a World Heritage Site in 2000. It was our capital from 1612 until 1815, when Hamilton became the capital. 1-17 are on our detailed map above. 1 St. Peter’s Church, Duke of York St., is the oldest Anglican church in the New World still in use. Open Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm, Services Wed 7:30am, Sun 11:15am. Suggested donation of $5 per adult. Call ahead for group visits. Tel: 297-2459 2 Bermuda National Trust Museum at the Globe Hotel, corner Duke of York St & King’s Square. Built by Governor

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Samuel Day, circa 1700. The offices of the Confederate agent, Major Norman Walker, were housed here during the American Civil War (1861-1865). The museum highlights Bermuda’s American Civil War involvement along with a video presentation ‘Bermuda: Centre of the Atlantic’. Open Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat 10am-4pm. Tel: 236-6483 to confirm. Closed on Public Holidays. Admission: adults $5, children (6-18 years) $2. Gift Shop. *Combination tickets to all three museums $10 (#2 Bermuda National Trust Museum, #3 Tucker House, #33 Verdmont). 3 Tucker House, Water Street. Built in the 1750s. Henry Tucker, President of the Governor’s Council, moved here in 1775 and his family stayed until 1809. On view are


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antique heirlooms from one of Bermuda’s oldest families and also a room furnished as a tribute to Joseph Rainey, the first black man to be seated in the U.S. House of Representatives. The cellar houses are a permanent archaeological exhibit. Open Tue, Wed, Thur 10am-2pm. Tel: 236-6483 to confirm. Admission: adults $5, children (6-18 years) $2. *Combination tickets to all three museums $10 (#2 National Trust Museum, #3 Tucker House, #33 Verdmont). 4 St. George’s Post Office, open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. Tel: 297-1610 5 World Heritage Centre, at Penno’s Wharf in the Queen’s Warehouse, circa 1860. History is brought to life through the St. George’s Foundation’s restoration of this building. Enjoy the Orientation Exhibits Gallery, ‘A Gateway to Bermuda’. For opening hours Tel: 297 8043 or 297-5791. W (wheelchair accessible) 6 Stocks & Pillory and the Ducking Stool re-enactment at King’s Square. See the ‘gossiping wench’ get ducked in the harbour. Noon on Mon, Tue, Wed, Thurs & Saturdays. 7 Deliverance, a full-scale replica of the Bermuda-built barque, located across the bridge from King’s Square on Ordnance Island. For opening hours tel: 297-8043. 8 Town Hall, facing King’s Square, the

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Is she or isn’t she? A suspected gossiping wench is ducked into the water. See No.6, above.

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meeting place of the Corporation of St. George’s. Open 9am-4pm, Mon-Sat except holidays. W 9 State House, above and behind the Town Hall, one of the oldest stone buildings on the island, dating from 1620. Originally the seat of government, now a masonic lodge. 10 The Bermudian Heritage Museum, junction of York & Water streets, showcases accomplishments of black Bermudians. Open Tues-Fri, 10am-3 pm. Tel: 297-4126 11 St. George’s Historical Society Museum, Printery & Garden, Featherbed Alley. This historic house, a museum since 1922, features cedar furniture, paintings, and other local relics along with a replica of an early 15th-century Gutenberg press. Open Mon-Thur & Sat, 10am-4 pm. Adults $5, children $2. Tel: 297-0423 12 The Old Rectory, Broad Alley, behind St. Peter’s Church. Captain George Dew built this Bermuda cottage circa 1699. Architecturally it shows similarities to buildings of the same period in the U.S. State of Virginia. A private residence owned by the Bermuda National Trust. Exterior viewing only. Tel: 236-6483 13 Unfinished Church. Top of Duke of Kent St. This magnificent Gothic structure was meant to be a replacement for St. Peter’s Church. Started in the 1870s it was beset by financial difficulties, parish infighting and a damaging storm. It was abandoned on the eve of its completion. 14 Fort St. Catherine, off Barry Road. 19th century fort contains cannon, guns, military exhibits. Open Mon-Fri, 9:30am4pm. Adults $7, children 5 to 15, $3 (must be accompanied by an adult), seniors $5. Tel: 297-1920 W 15 Gates Fort dates from the early 17th century. Originally a small sea battery of three guns. Open during daylight hours. 16 Somers Garden, Duke of York Street. Admiral Sir George Somers was shipwrecked on a reef before settlement. When he died in Bermuda his heart was buried


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here and his body was taken to England. Open daily 7:30am-4:30pm 17 The Bermuda Perfumery is located in historic Stewart Hall, 5 Queen Street. For more than 80 years, the Bermuda Perfumery has been creating and manufacturing perfumes and all are made on the premises. Take a free tour and sample unique fragrances. Open Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm. Tel: 293-0627 Refer to the large pullout map. 18 Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, Ferry Reach. On Wednesdays at 10am, visit this world-renowned research station. Take a free tour of the laboratories, grounds and learn about ongoing projects. www.bios.edu Tel: 297-1880 19 L.F. Wade International Airport 20 Carter House. An historic old stone structure built by one of Bermuda’s first settlers around 1640. Admission $2. For opening hours Tel: 293-5960 21 Great Head National Park. At the end of Battery Road, St. David’s, lies a 20th century abandoned fortification surrounded by open spaces, plus a Lost at Sea Memorial. 22 St. David’s Lighthouse. Stands at the top of Lighthouse Hill Road. Open certain weekdays; for the Park Ranger, Tel: 2365902.

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Named after James Hamilton, second Marquis of Hamilton, an original member of Somers islands Company. Refer to the large pullout map. 23 After leaving the Causeway go up Blue Hole Hill to the junction of Wilkinson Ave & North Shore Rd. You are now in Bailey’s Bay. 24 Blue Hole Hill Park. Located just over the Causeway, the park joins Walsingham Nature Reserve and provides an excellent walking trail. 25 Crystal Caves, 8 Crystal Caves Rd, Hamilton Parish. Formed more than 30 million years ago, Crystal Cave Road was discovered in 1905 when 14-year-old Bernard Wilkinson stumbled upon a cave opening. He was later lowered down the 140-foot drop where he saw the magnificent crystal stalactites and stalagmites that surround a clear 55-foot deep lake. Tours 9:30am4:30pm year round. One cave, adults $20, children (under 13) $8, (under 5) free. Combination tickets, adults $27, children (under 13) $10, (under five) free. Last combination tour starts 3.45pm. Tel: 293-0640 26 Holy Trinity Church, Trinity Church Road. The Anglican Church of Hamilton Parish offers a scenic and tranquil respite from sightseeing. 27 Tom Moore’s Jungle, Bailey’s Bay. Woods surrounding Tom Moore’s Tavern are a must for nature lovers. The poet Tom Moore spent happy hours writing his verses here. Tours are available for groups via the Parks Dept., Tel: 236-5902 or 293-1785. 28 Bermuda Railway Museum and Curiosity Shop. Learn the full history of our long-defunct railway. The gift shop features antiques and artefacts. For opening hours Tel: 293-1774.

SMITH’S PARISH Named after one of the nine chief investors of the Somers Isles (Bermuda) Company, Sir Thomas Smith.


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Refer to the large pullout map. 29 The Bermuda Aquarium, Museum

& Zoo boasts native fish, exotic reptiles, free-flying birds, and pink flamingos in a beautiful, colourful setting. Exhibits include ‘North Rock’, a 140,000-gallon 
replica of a local living coral reef, and ‘Islands of Australasia’, the interactive ‘Discovery Cove’ and scenic ‘Coastal Walkway’. The Natural History Museum focuses on the island’s geology, native biodiversity and habitats. Open daily 9am-5pm. (last admission 4pm). Adults $10, children (5-12 years) $5. Tel: 293-2727 W 30 Flatts Bridge. Wander across to quaint Flatts Village with its magnificent views of the Inlet and Harrington Sound. 31 Devil’s Hole Aquarium, Harrington Sound Road: Bermuda’s oldest attraction features a natural aquarium where you can see a 75-year-old turtle and try to catch a large fish. Open daily. Adults $10, children under 12 $5, seniors $5. Tel. 293-2072 32 Spittal Pond, South Road, this 64-acre reserve is part of a necklace of wetlands along the south shore, providing a diversity of habitats and a wide variety of birds, especially during migration seasons. Owned by Bermuda National Trust and Government’s Parks Dept. Open daily dawn to dusk, admission free. Tel: 236-6483

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33 Verdmont, corner of Collector’s Hill & Sayle Road. A National Trust museum built about 1710 in the Georgian style, Verdmont houses our finest collection of antique Bermuda cedar furniture, porcelain, portraits, children’s furniture and toys. A new exhibit highlights the people who lived at Verdmont. Open Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat 10am-4pm. Closed holidays. Adults $5, children (6-18 years) $2. *Combination tickets to all three museums $10 (#2 Bermuda National Trust Museum, #3 Tucker House, #33 Verdmont). Tel: 236-6483.

DEVONSHIRE PARISH Named after William Cavendish, 1st Earl of Devonshire. Refer to the large pullout map. 34 Palm Grove, South Road. Wellmanicured private estate has an unusual bas-relief ‘water map’ of Bermuda, an aviary and many varieties of palms. Open Mon-Thur 9am-5pm (closed holidays). 35 Montpelier Arboretum, Middle Road. A tranquil retreat featuring a wide range of island trees and plants.

PAGET PARISH Named after William Paget, 4th Baron Paget de Beaudesert. Refer to the large pullout map. 36 King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, Point Finger Road. See page 68. Tel: 2362345 37 Botanical Gardens, Berry Hill, Point Finger & South roads. Open daily sunrise to sunset. Enjoy hundreds of well-marked flowers, shrubs and trees. Admission free. On Tue, Wed & Fri mornings free tours at 10:30am, departing from the car park outside the entrance to the Visitors’ Centre, weather permitting. Tearoom & gift shop open Mon-Fri 9:30am-3:30pm & Sat 10am2pm. To confirm, Tel: 236-5291 38 Camden, South Road, in the grounds of the Botanical Gardens. Official residence of the Premier, used for official functions


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and forges burned is now the lively Frog & Onion Pub, the Neptune movie Cinema, Bermuda Arts Centre and Crafts Market featuring the works of local artisans and fine artists. The commanding Clocktower, built in 1857, formally the Naval store and office of the Captain-in-charge, is now an arcade of unique shops with everything from clothes to designer accessories, books to Bermuda prints and original artworks, fine jewellery to fine linens, china, crystal and gifts. Have a light lunch at Café Amici, or a memorable feast, indoors or out at the Bonefish Bar and Grill. Elsewhere in Dockyard, enjoy swimming with the dolphins or simply sit and enjoy their beauty, take part in guided walks or explore the underwater beauty while snorkeling at the Snorkel Park, board a pleasure craft

and experience deep sea scuba diving and Bermuda’s shipwrecks. What’s more, today’s Royal Naval Dockyard, true to tradition, still offers full marina facilities. Stroll along the docks and admire the ocean going yachts and visiting tall ships alongside the floating finger piers. Gaze at the Spirit of Bermuda and learn more about the Bermuda Sloop Foundation and its sail training programmes. By day light or moon light, there is so much to discover. Make time for an outing to the West End...Discover the Royal Naval Dockyard...Bermuda’s only Royal Outing!

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only. Open Tues & Fri noon-2pm, weather permitting. 39 Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art Permanent collection includes Bermuda inspired work by Winslow Homer and Georgia O’Keeffe, plus changing exhibits. Open Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, closed public holidays. Adults $5, children under 12 free. Tel: 236-2950 W 40 Waterville. An elegant house, built circa 1725, now the HQ of the National Trust. See the Bermuda Rose Society’s showcase garden and the Mary-Jean Mitchell Green Memorial Garden & Gazebo. Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, admission free. Tel: 236-6483 41 Paget Marsh and Boardwalk, Paget Parish. Lush 25-acre nature reserve, a joint project of the Bermuda National Trust & Bermuda Audubon Society. The pond and marsh attract many birds. Open daily, daylight hours, free. Tel: 236-6483

PEMBROKE PARISH Home of our capital city of Hamilton since

Located at The Bermuda Maritime Museum in the Royal Naval Dockyard. Call 441.234.4464 or visit dolphinquest.com to make a reservation. Bermuda • Hawaii • Oahu A portion of the proceeds from Dolphin Quest supports vital marine education, conservation and research.

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1815. Refer to large pullout map and see our detailed City Map on page 42. 42 Barr’s Bay Park, on Hamilton Harbour beside the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club on Pitt’s Bay Road. Sit in the sun and watch the boats sail by. W 43 Point Pleasant Park by the waterfront, Albuoys Point, next to the Ferry Terminal. Relax on a bench, bring a picnic lunch. W 44 The Birdcage, a photogenic traffic kiosk at the corner of Front & Queen streets. 45 Perot Post Office, Queen Street. An architectural gem and a handy spot to buy stamps, transport passes, tickets and tokens. Credit cards accepted. Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm W 46 Bermuda National Public Library & Historical Society Museum, Queen Street. Set in the gardens of Par-la-Ville Park. Library open Mon-Thurs 8:30am-7pm (July & Aug until 6pm), Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 9am5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm (closed Sun in July and Aug). Tel: 295-2905. Museum open 10am2pm Mon-Fri (May–Oct); 10:30am–1pm Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri (Nov–April) closed holidays. Free. Tel: 295-2487 W 47 City Hall, 17 Church Street, one of Hamilton’s most beautiful public buildings. Houses City Hall Theatre, the Mayor’s Parlour and Corporation of Hamilton offices and the Bermuda National Gallery (tel: 295-9428), featuring both historic and contemporary local and international art. Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-2pm, closed holidays. Guided tours Thursdays, 10:30am. Free. Also home to the Bermuda Society of Arts Gallery, which hosts rotating exhibitions. Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-2pm, closed holidays. Free. Tel: 292-3824 W 48 Central Bus Terminal, Washington Street, close to City Hall. All routes serving Hamilton arrive and leave from here. See page 67 49 Par-la-Ville Park, Queen Street, Hamilton. A haven for relaxation in the middle of


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our bustling city. 50 Victoria Park, Cedar Avenue. Lovely park created in the 1880s to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. 51 Anglican Cathedral, Church Street, a neo-Gothic city landmark. Open 7:30am5pm. The cathedral tower, with panoramic views of the city, is open 9am-4pm Mon-Fri. Audio tours $3, tower entry $3. Tel: 292-4033 W 52 General Post Office, corner of Parliament & Church streets. Open Mon-Fri 8am5pm, Sat 8am-noon W 53 Sessions House & Jubilee Clock Tower. The House of Assembly (our mini House of Commons) meets Fridays at 10am. Visitors are permitted in the gallery; dress appropriately. Tel: 292-7408. The Supreme Court is located on the lower floor of the Sessions House. Visitors are permitted. Tel: 292-1350 W 54 The Cabinet Building, Front and Parliament streets. Here the Senate (our upper house) meets Wednesdays at 10am. Visitors

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are permitted. Fronted by the Cenotaph on Front Street, a memorial to war veterans.
Tel: 292-5501 55 Bermuda National Library Youth Division, 74 Church Street. Open Mon-Thurs & Sat 9am-5pm, Fri 10am-5pm. Tel: 295-0487 56 Fort Hamilton, approached by Victoria and King streets and Happy Valley Road. A restored fort, its moat is filled with native plants and shrubs. Spectacular views of the city and harbour. Open daily 9am-5pm. Free. W 57 The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI), a 10-minute walk from the city centre on East Broadway. Features two floors of interactive exhibits revealing the mysteries of the ocean. Experience deepsea exploration through the eyes of worldrenowned explorers including Bermuda’s own Teddy Tucker. See artefacts and treasure recovered from shipwrecks around Bermuda. Gift shop and waterside restaurant, The Harbourfront. Open Mon–Fri 9am-


antipode to Perth, Western Australia. 5pm, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm. Last admission 4pm. Members free, adults $12.50, seniors $10, children (7-16) $6, children (under 6) free. Tel: 297-7314 W 58 Johnny Barnes Statue. Just down the road from the BUEI, a life-size statue of our unofficial ambassador of goodwill, Johnny Barnes (see page 33), by sculptor Desmond Fountain. 59 Government House, North Shore Road & Langton Hill. The imposing residence of His Excellency the Governor.

WARWICK PARISH Centrally located with many beautiful beaches along the South Shore. Refer to the large pullout map. 60 Warwick Pond. Take a walk on the interpretive woodland nature trail in this nine-acre nature reserve, with Bermuda’s second largest freshwater pond. Open daylight hours. 61 Christ Church, historic Presbyterian Church of Scotland dating back to 1719, one of the oldest in the western hemisphere.

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65 Heydon Trust, 43 acres of meticulously preserved grounds, filled with indigenous plants. The tiny, exquisite chapel was built in the 1620s. Open daily, dawn till dusk, free. 66 St. James’ Church, the Anglican church of Somerset, has a graceful spire and imposing walkway. 67 Springfield Community Centre & Gilbert Nature Reserve, Somerset. This National Trust Property once comprised a small plantation. Springfield, the old mansion with buttery and slave quarters dates back to 1740. Five acres of walking trails. 68 Somerset Village overlooks charming Mangrove Bay. Stop for a meal or some shopping. 69 Enter the Royal Naval Dockyard through stone gates. This major attraction includes the National Museum of Bermuda, Clocktower Mall, Craft Market, the Bermuda Arts Centre and restaurants — all housed in restored naval buildings.

SOUTHAMPTON PARISH Boasts many beaches including the most popular, Horseshoe Bay Beach. Refer to the large pullout map. 62 Gibbs Hill Lighthouse provides panoramic views and there’s a restaurant, too, The Dining Room. Lighthouse open daily 9am-4:30pm. Adults $2.50, children (4 and under) free. Tel: 238-0524

SANDYS PARISH (Somerset) The western-most parish, made up of five islands. Refer to the large pullout map. 63 Somerset Bridge is the smallest drawbridge in the world; just wide enough to let the mast of a sailboat pass through. 64 Scaur Hill Fort, Somerset Road. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Great Sound and Ely’s Harbour. Open daily 7:30am-4pm, free. Grounds open 24 hours. Tel: 234-0908

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extensive artefact collections. Open daily, 9:30am-5pm, last admission 4pm. Adults $10, senior citizens $8 and children (5-15) $5, under 5 free, if accompanied by an adult. Tel: 234-1418 72 Dolphin Quest Bermuda, Dockyard. Enjoy an extraordinary encounter with dolphins. Open 9:30am-4:30pm daily. Reservations required. www.dolphinquest.org 
Tel: 234-4464 or toll free 800-248-3316 73 The Craft Market in the Old Cooperage features Bermuda cedar work, candle and jewellery making, pottery, banana dolls and many other crafts, with demonstrations by local artisans. Open daily 10am-5pm and until 8pm when cruise ships are in port. Tel: 234-3208 W 74 The Bermuda Arts Centre features studios housing various artists which change every few weeks. A shop offers an extensive range of locally made gifts, paintings, sculptures and a wide print selection. Open daily 10am-5pm (closed Good Friday & Christmas Day). Tel: 234-2809 W 75 Clocktower Shopping Mall boasts a delightful collection of boutiques and branch stores in a charming, covered mall. W


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sightseeing Our best historic sites By Lance Furbert | For an island of just 21 square miles, we pack in a lot of history. Bermuda’s superb historic sites and museums help tell our unique story but also help unravel the extraordinary saga of the development of English settlements in the New World. Here are some of our best historic sites. National Museum of Bermuda The largest collection of artifacts and weapons in Bermuda. Slave artifacts, gold bars, jewellery, silver coins, pottery, boats of all kinds and large muzzle loading guns can be seen here. Located at Dockyard. Open daily 9:30am–5pm (last admission 4pm). Tel: 234-1418

Carter House Built more than three centuries ago by the descendants of Christopher Carter, one of two crew members of the shipwrecked Sea Venture who remained in Bermuda when the survivors sailed for Virginia in 1610. Home to the St. David’s Island Historical Society Museum and its exhibitions of whaling, farming and many other aspects of local history and culture. Southside, St. David’s. For opening times, Tel: 293-5960

Bermudian Heritage Museum Located in the Samaritan Lodge Building in St. George’s and part of the African Diaspora Heritage Trail. Exhibits mark the accomplishments of black people in Bermuda, the story of the slave ship Enterprise

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The magnificently restored Commissioner’s House at the National Museum of Bermuda houses some of our most treasured artifacts.

and a history of the Friendly Societies. Open Tue-Fri, 10am-3pm. Tel: 297-4126

National Trust Museum The Globe Hotel on the northwest corner of King’s Square in St. George’s was bult in 1700 by Governor Samuel Day as our second Government House. It now houses the Bermuda National Trust Museum, which features the exhibit ‘Rogues & Runners — Bermuda and the American Civil War’. Open Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat, 10am-4pm. Tel: 236-6483

Verdmont A delightful Georgian style historic home at the top of Collector’s Hill, Smith’s Parish. A superb collection of antique Bermuda cedar and mahogany furniture plus an exhibit detailing the history of the house and surrounding farmland. Open Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat, 10am-4pm Tel: 236-6483

Bermuda Historical Society Museum Located in Par-la-Ville Park, Hamilton, it was the home of Bermuda’s famous postmaster William Bennet Perot. Exhibits include


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Slavery was abolished in 1834. models of ships associated with Bermuda’s early history such as the Sea Venture, Deliverance and Patience; Sir George Somers’ sea chest and lodestone; plus a collection of early Bermudian coins and silver. Open Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm. Tel: 295-2487

azine, weapons of all types (from pistols to large muzzle loading guns), the British Crown Jewels in replica and an audiovisual presentation on Bermuda’s forts. Open Mon-Fri, 9:30am-4pm. Tel: 297-1920

Tucker House

Built by Governor Nathaniel Butler in 1620. It’s the oldest standing non-military English building in the New World. Surrounded by magnificent historic architecture and quaint streets and alleys — the most historic English neighbourhood in the New World. Just off King’s Square, St. George’s.

The State House

Tucker House, on Water Street, St. George’s, was the home of Henry Tucker, President of the Governor’s Council. Artifacts and portraits of the famous Tucker family include George Tucker of Virginia and Thomas Tudor Tucker, the longest serving treasurer of the U.S. Joseph Hayne Rainey, the first African American elected member of the U.S. House of Representatives, once ran a barber shop in the building. Open Tue, Wed, Thu, 10am2pm. Tel: 236-6483

St. Peter’s Church

The oldest Anglican Church site in continuous use in the western hemisphere. The first church on the site was built by Governor Richard Moore in 1612 and there are many Fort St. Catherine ancient artifacts inside. Some headstones Overlooks Gate’s Bay, St. George’s, the in the churchyard date back more than 300 landing place of the Sea Venture castyears. Duke Of York Street, St. George’s. Bermuda.com 1/2 ad:Layout 10:4310am-4pm. AM Page 1 aways in 1609. Features dioramas that 2 3/1/10 Open Mon-Sat, Services Wed highlight our early history, a restored mag7:30am, Sun 11:15am. Tel: 297-2459 n

National Treasure Bermuda Maritime Museum is now the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF BERMUDA, home to 500 years of Island culture and history. Explore exciting exhibits in our historic military buildings— and watch for many more as we grow!

Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys Tel. 441-234-1418 • www.bmm.bm Open every day 9:30am–5pm (last admission 4pm)

NATIONALMUSEUM BERMUDA OF

Incorporating BERMUDA MARITIME MUSEUM

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real estate The St. George’s Club

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The charming St. George’s Club, which offers timeshare opportunities.

Own a bit of ‘The Rock’ Many visitors, seduced by our subtropical climate, historic charm and pink sand beaches, return to Bermuda year after year. Americans in particular often seek to make the relationship a little more permanent, through timeshares or fractional ownership. As a non-Bermudian you are not permitted to buy property outright unless you have more than $5million to spend, so it’s a more affordable way to claim a small piece of ‘The Rock’. And it enables you to share your love of the island with friends and family for generations to come. Prices vary of course but you might get into the market at the $150,000 to $400,000 range. Check with a local realtor through our website, bermuda.com, for more information. Names that will come up include The Reefs Club, Tucker’s Point Club, Newstead Belmont Hill Golf Resort and Spa — and The St. George’s Club.

Are you dreaming of a Bermuda family holiday? Well, The St. George’s Club can make that dream an affordable reality. Overlooking the historic Town of St. George and the quaint harbour, its clusters of one-bedroom and two-bedroom cottages offer all the comforts of home. Fully equipped kitchens make home cooking possible – and an onsite grocery means shopping is close to hand. Don’t feel like cooking? Griffin’s Bistro in the main clubhouse is known for its excellent international cuisine, or dine at Blackbeard’s Hideout the beachside restaurant and bar. Three swimming pools, one heated and one with a pool bar are situated in beautifully manicured and spacious grounds. If you prefer the beach, the complimentary shuttle can take you to The Club’s secluded Achilles Bay. Facilities for the more energetic include three tennis courts, one lit for night play, and a fitness centre. The surrounding Golf Course is currently closed but is to be redesigned by Nick Faldo . Golf enthusiasts can also enjoy privileges at the challenging Riddell’s Bay Golf Course in Southampton. The bus stop is within close walking distance and the fast ferry to Dockyard and Hamilton is also nearby. You can also explore at your own pace by renting a scooter from the onsite cycle livery. The Club is an RCI Gold Crown Resort which allows members great exchange options at any of RCI’s nearly 4,000 worldwide resort hotels. New members will also be enrolled in The Club’s private travel and cruise programme. To learn more, call 297-1222 or visit www.stgeorgesclub.com n

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The Riddell’s Bay

Golf &Country Club

Bermuda’s most historic golf course

HOLE YDS PAR HOLE YDS PAR 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

424 354 138 282 370 351 479 360 247

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to reserve your time call 238-3225 or e-mail golf@riddellsbay.com

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The superb golf course at Riddell’s Bay has been testing players for more than 100 years.

Enjoy the great outdoors By james Whittaker | If you’re the ourdoors type, you’ve chosen the right spot. There’s no shortage of opportunities for the active visitor. Here’s our quick guide to what’s out there.

n Golf Bermuda has more golf courses per square mile than any other country in the world. Some courses are private but many hotels can introduce their guests to these clubs and arrange tee times. See the next two pages.

n Tennis Most courts are attached to hotels but another option is to play at the government-run tennis stadium, which has both clay and hard courts. It’s on Marsh Folly Road, a 10-minute walk from the centre of Hamilton. Open 8am-10pm Mon-Fri, 8am-7pm Sat-Sun and courts

Riddell’s Bay Golf & Country Club Located at the southern end of the island in Warwick, it holds the title of oldest course in Bermuda. Golfers who leave Riddell’s talk about the wonderful views, the shot-maker golf course, the beautiful gardens, the friendly service and sometimes even the golf balls left behind in the Great Sound. Playing Riddell’s is just one of those ‘must dos’ when in Bermuda. Tel: 238-3225 • golf@riddellsbay.com

are $10 an hour (double it under floodlights). Tel: 292-0105 to book a court (though they won’t reserve it more than two days in advance of your game).

n Water sports Whether it’s an exciting ride on a jet ski or a gentle paddle around our hidden coves on a kayak, you’ll want to get out — continues on page 58

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JFK fell off while riding his moped HOLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

YDS 339 386 378 115 368 470 178 329 326

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BELMONT HILLS GOLF COURSE Overlooking Bermuda’s famous turquoise sea Belmont Hills Golf Club features Bermuda’s first ever championship golf course combined with a first class teaching facility. Belmont Hills Golf Club recently received the Bermuda Gold, Best of Bermuda Awards for the “best place to play a round of golf.” HOLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

YDS 438 567 148 458 380 370 517 213 383

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PORT ROYAL GOLF COURSE Owned / Operated by the Bermuda Government

Port Royal is the longest course in Bermuda and offers a great challenge for all who play it. With its spectacular views of the ocean it is a course not to be missed by visitors. After a round of golf, relax at Port Royal’s 64º Restaurant and watch the sunset to round off a perfect day in paradise.

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on Burnt House Hill in 1953.

HOLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

YDS 469 151 360 355 500 387 190 336 192

TOTAL 2,940

PAR 5 3 4 4 5 4 3 4 3 35

OCEAN VIEW GOLF COURSE Owned / Operated by the Bermuda Government

This superbly challenging course has proven to be as competitive as it is picturesque. The elevated, central location offers wide North Shore vistas. With 18 tee positions, you’ll want to add a second nine to your conquest of the first. Website: www.bermudagolf.bm

HOLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

YDS 152 145 142 178 183 110 133 149 126

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FAIRMONT SOUTHAMPTON GOLF CLUB

Bermuda’s only 18 hole par 3 course was designed by Theodore G. Robinson and was rated four-star by Golf Digest’s best places to play. The average playing time is under three hours, with every iron in the bag being called into play over a hilly, panoramic ocean-view layout.

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The waters off Bermuda are home — from page 55

Baxter’s Reef Fishing

on the water.

‘Life on the ocean wave’ is guaranteed to be great fun with Capt. Baxter aboard his 32–foot Cape Islander Ellen B. Apply the catch and release method or take your catch home for supper! Ellen B is well equipped to accommodate the whole family, complete with ample awning on hot days and complimentary sodas. The captain, with more than 20 years experience on the spectacular Barrier Reef, will display his expertise and show even the ‘amateurs’ how to catch a fish! You may enjoy a half-day or a full-day fishing. Parties of up to 10 can be arranged. Capt. Baxter is always happy to oblige smaller parties by joining up with other small groups. Departing daily from Mangrove Bay public dock in Somerset. Tel: 234-2963 • Tel: 334-9722.

Blue Hole Watersports (tel: 293-2915) runs out of the Grotto Bay Hotel in the east and Fantasea Watersports (tel: 236-1300) at the 9Beaches resort in the west are one-stop shops for rentals. Kayaks, Boston Whalers, windsurfers and Hobie Cats are the most popular. For jet skis try KS Watersports (tel: 2384155) or the Fairmont Southampton (tel: 238-8000).

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n Diving Our coral reefs have been a graveyard for ships for centuries. From Civil War blockade-runners to a B-29 airplane, this is the wreck capital of the Atlantic and a mecca for scuba divers. See page 63 for more on shipwrecks plus dive operator listings. Beginners welcome.


for more than 650 species of fish. n Deep sea fishing With the deep ocean just offshore, Bermuda offers world class fishing. There are lots of pros ready to take you out — among them, Baxter’s Reef Fishing (tel: 234-2963). Visit www. bermuda.com for more listings.

n Cycling Our coastal roads and the route of the old railway trail are great for bikers. You can hire bicycles at Wheels (tel: 292-2245) and Oleander (tel: 236-5235), both have numerous outlets.

n Rock climbing Test your skills on the Rock Climbing Wall at the Olympic Club, Dundonald Street, Hamilton. Open daily (tel: 292-4095).

n Bowling For a rainy day or a family evening out,

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Hartley’s Reef Safari Having some advantages over scuba diving and many over snorkeling, helmet diving is the safest and easiest way to explore the marine environment. The undersea walk was started by Bronson Hartley in the 1930s. Off Somerset, his son Gregory continues the tradition of training and taming fish in the wild. Hold Leroy the snapper or Barack the grouper and see Diana the angelfish swim through a hoop. The helmet works like a glass turned upside down. Your head stays totally dry. You can safely wear glasses or contact lenses. Just breathe, walk and have fun. Tel: 234-2861. www.hartleybermuda.com. hartley@logic.bm

try Warwick Lanes in Warwick (tel: 236-5290) or Southside Family Bowl (tel: 293-5906) in St David’s. n

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Where ‘The Deep’ was filmed By LEANNE McGRATH | There’s

no denying Bermuda’s beauty — and her sunkissed shores have even caught the eye of Hollywood. A string of movies and TV shows have been filmed on the island, the most famous being 1977 blockbuster The Deep. Starring Nick Nolte, Jacqueline Bisset and Robert Shaw, the $9 million thriller is based on the novel by Jaws author Peter Benchley. The story follows David and Gail (Nolte and Bisset), who scuba dive to a wreck off Bermuda and find an old medallion and an ampule of morphine. Treasure hunter Romer Treece (Shaw) concludes a recent storm exposed the morphine — one of thousands sunk with war ship Goliath — and items from an older Spanish wreck. Meanwhile, a drug kingpin learns of their find and terrorizes them to get the ampules. The story is inspired by Bermudian treasure hunter Teddy Tucker, who befriended Benchley when he visited the island to write a story for National 60 bermuda.com guide

Star power: Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset seen here in Bermuda during the filming of the hit movie The Deep.

Geographic. Tucker took him diving to the Constellation, which became Goliath. The ship, which sank in 1943, is one of Bermuda’s most popular dive sites and is home to octopus, barracuda and, of course, eel (see page 63). A monstrous moray attacking Nolte and Shaw is one of the movie’s best scenes and an imitation eel built for filming, nicknamed Percy by the crew, is now housed in the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI). The director of the attraction is Teddy

The fabled Tucker Cross inspired the treasure designed by Van Cleef and Arpels for The Deep. A replica can be viewed in the treasure room of the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute.


Charlie Chaplin spent time in Bermuda. Tucker’s daughter Wendy, who was loaned Percy by Benchley. Eel aside, other memorable moments include Shaw’s lighthouse home blowing up. It was a replica of the one in St. David’s and built across from Ferry Reach, which is close to the Causeway — the starting point for The Deep’s nail-biting bike chase. Nolte and Bisset are pursued by thugs who run them off the road between the high stone walls of Blackwatch Pass. More action was shot at Southlands in Warwick Parish — notably Nolte’s fight with a thug on a beach elevator. Most underwater scenes were filmed in a million-gallon tank in Dockyard — the biggest saltwater tank in the western hemisphere. A wreck was built to scale for it and Teddy Tucker — a consultant on the film — even helped catch the marine life used to fill it. n

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Films and shows shot in BDA Crunch and Des (1955): This TV show focused on a duo who ran a chartered fishing boat. It was filmed at Darrell’s Island in the Great Sound. Bermuda Affair (1956): Friends fall out after one man has an affair with the other’s wife. The Admirable Crichton (1957): A wealthy lord, his family and servants are shipwrecked on a desert island. The Bermuda Depths (1978): A giant turtle and the spirit of a young girl threaten scientists studying the ocean, featuring Rocky star Carl Weathers. Bermuda Grace (1994): A U.S. private detective and an English policeman track a murderer and jewel thief. White Squall (1996): A Ridley Scott adventure, starring Jeff Bridges, about teenage boys on an ill-fated sailing voyage.

! See the artif acts from the wreck that inspired the film

The ‘Constellation’

Discover the story behind it all

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n The Pelinaion (18) – This Greek steamer became a victim of WWII. The British had blacked out St. David’s lighthouse to stop the Germans from spying on Bermuda. But the ship crashed on the reef, where it still lies scattered. n The Cristobel Colon (32) — This Spanish luxury liner is the biggest of Bermuda’s wrecks at 499ft long. Its remains are spread across the North Shore reef. n The Hermes (9) – Extremely popular among divers as it is one of the few wrecks in Bermuda that remains fully intact. It lies in 80 foot of water off the South Shore. n The Constellation (41) – Jaws author Peter Benchley based his follow-up novel ‘The Deep’ around this wreck (see pages 60 & 61), which sank on the South Shore carrying a cargo of morphine and whisky to Venezuela during WWII.

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44. Frenchman 45. Lord Amherst 46. Darlington 47. Mussel 48. San Antonio 49. Blanch King 50. Caesar 51. Airplane 52. North Carolina 53. Triton Ferry

n The H.M.S. Vixen (3) – If you don’t want to take on the challenge of scuba diving, the Vixen lies half submerged in shallow waters off Daniel’s Head, Somerset, and is easily accessible by snorkellers.

Local dive operators Blue Water Divers, Robinson’s Marina, Somerset, tel: 234-1034 & Elbow Beach Hotel 232-2909 www.divebermuda.com Fantasea Bermuda, Albuoy’s Point, Hamilton, tel: 236-1300 info@fantasea.bm Triangle Diving, Grotto Bay, near the airport, tel: 293-7319 www.trianglediving.com

Don’t want to get wet? Visit the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute in Hamilton, the National Museum of Bermuda in Dockyard and the replica of the Deliverance in St. George’s.

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Nothing to fear from our bugs, lizards or frogs By ANDREW DOBSON | Like

most other things in Bermuda — groceries, cars, shipwrecked settlers — our wildlife was largely imported, either accidentally or on purpose. There are hundreds of feral cats and feral chickens – but no feral dogs. We have a few rats, of course, but no snakes. Spiders are abundant but generally harmless. The occasional poisonous spider arrives on imported lumber but they rarely bother people. Mosquitoes aren’t a problem and there are few bugs to worry about. To find the mildly venomous nineinch centipede, you would have to turn over a lot of rocks in St. David’s. Try to avoid the Portuguese mano-war, a purple jellyfish that sports long tentacles and causes a painful sting. Sharks are rare in Bermuda waters and there are no records of Photo by Tony McWilliam

Some of our lizards are great climbers and change colour from dark brown to vivid green and striking blue.

shark attacks. One of our most intriguing creatures is the common whistling frog. Their ‘gleep-gleep’ chorus is

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The cahow is our national bird. particularly vigorous after rainfall on warm evenings and you’ll be amazed that a frog little bigger than your thumbnail can be so audible. Introduced from Jamaica in 1886, they hang out among vegetation in house gardens and parks. But it’s very difficult to spot them, even with a flashlight, and they have the unhelpful habit of falling silent as you get close. Whether you see them or not, their sub-tropical symphony will linger long in your memories of our island. Easier to spot on wet evenings are enormous cane toads, introduced to control cockroaches. Birds are plentiful; about 375 species have been recorded in Bermuda and 20 are resident. Many migrate through the island and more than 100 species are present during the winter, including a variety of ducks, herons and egrets. The graceful white-tailed tropicbird, known locally as the ‘longtail’ is eagerly awaited as the harbinger of spring when it returns to breed along the coastline. You might also see eastern bluebirds but what everyone asks about is ‘the noisy, bright yellow bird’ – the great kiskadee. They were brought in to control the lizard population; anolis lizards, however, are still abundant. Sadly, you are unlikely to see the endemic skink (rock lizard) whose numbers are so low that it is mainly confined to offshore islands. Nor are you likely to see Bermuda’s national bird, the cahow or Bermuda petrel. A marvellous natural history story, it was thought extinct shortly after the arrival of the first settlers, who gratefully ate them! Following the discovery of a few breeding pairs in

wildlife

Photo by Tony McWilliam

The great kiskadee is found islandwide.

Photo by Tony McWilliam

Heard but not easily seen — the tiny and ubiquitous whistling tree frog.

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practicalities

Photo by Tony McWilliam

Flying in and out of Bermuda’s a breeze — and affords great views, too.

What you need to know Your concierge might know an awful lot, but you can’t take him to the beach. Here’s a handy list of things you ought to know. Information provided here is subject to change. For the latest, visit our website: www.bermuda.com.

n Airlines Air Canada Reservations: Tel: 1-888-247-2262. Flight Info: Tel: 293-1777. American Airlines Tel: 1-800-433-7300. British Airways Reservations: Tel: 1-800-247-9297. Airport customer service: Tel: 293-1944. Continental Airlines Reservations: Tel: 1-800-231-0856. Flight Info: Tel: 293-3092. Delta Airlines Reservations: Tel: 1-800-221-1212.

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Flight Info: Tel: 293-1024. JETBLUE Tel: 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583). U.S. Airways Reservations: Tel: 1-800-622-1015. Flight Info: Tel: 293-3073. USA 3000 Tel: 1-877-872-3000. WestJet Tel: 1-888-WESTJET (937-8538).

n Airport L.F. Wade International Airport (tel: 2932470) is located in St. George’s at the east end of the island. Allow 30 minutes from the city of Hamilton by taxi. Check-in two hours before departure.

n Banks Normally open from 9am to 4pm, Mon-Fri. There are many ATMs across the island.


Shark oil barometers forecast weather.

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als and additional visa pages, which may be dropped off. For details, visit the ConsulAll bus routes serving Hamilton arrive ate’s website: http://hamilton.usconsulate. and leave the Bus Terminal on Washinggov. For after-hours life or death emergenton Street. (Refer to number 48 on the cies for American citizens only, contact the Hamilton map on page 42). See page 49 for duty officer at (441) 335-3828. Honorary schedule. Consuls for other countries are also repCash fares require exact change and resented in Bermuda. See the telephone dollar bills are not accepted. Adult cash directory for listings. fare is $3 up to 3 zones, $4.50 for longer journeys. Tokens are $2.50 for 3 zone trips n Communications and $4 for longer trips. Transportation The sophistication of Bermuda’s telecompasses are available: one-day pass $12, munications rivals U.S. and European countwo days $20, three days $28, four days terparts. Our well-developed infrastructure $35, seven days $45 or one month, $55. provides modern telephone, fax, internet, For children (aged 5-16) cash fare is $2 and cellular and cellular-roaming services. transportation passes range from $6 per day up to $22.50 for n Country seven days. Children Codes under five ride free. U.S. & Canada — Tokens, tickets and dial 1 plus area code passes can be used plus no. on both buses or U.K. — ferries and can be dial 011 plus 44 plus bought at ferry terarea code plus no. minals, the central Caribbean — bus terminal, hotels, dial 1 plus area code post offices and Photo by Jamie Macmillan plus seven digits. Visitor Information The bus terminal is next to City Hall, Hamilton. Centres. n Currency & Credit Cards Tel: 292-3851 • info@ptb.bm The Bermuda dollar is equal in value to the U.S. dollar; both are legal tender here. Travn Business Hours eller’s cheques and credit cards are accepted Stores normally open from 9am to 5pm at most shops, restaurants and hotels. Monday to Saturday. Many grocery stores open 1-5pm on Sunday, most other stores n Dress Code are closed on Sundays. The dress code in Bermuda is conservative. Bathing suits and bare chests are not n Cars acceptable, except at beaches and pools. There are no car rentals available in BerCasual wear is acceptable in restaurants at muda but you can rent scooters and pedal lunchtime, but some upscale restaurants bikes. require men to wear a jacket in the evening. Check the dress requirements when making n Consulate reservations. The U.S. Consulate is located on Crown Hill, 16 Middle Road, Devonshire, tel: 295-1342. n Emergency Open Mon to Fri 8am - 4:30pm. Consular Call 911 and specify whether you need services are provided on an appointment police, the fire service or an ambulance. basis only, except for adult passport renewbermuda.com guide 67

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Bermudians use lemon grass steeped

n Etiquette It is customary to greet islanders with a ‘good morning’, ‘good afternoon’ or ‘good evening’ — Bermuda prides itself on its civility.

n Ferries The best way to get around; ferries are usually quicker than the buses and the views are better. All ferries depart from the ferry terminal on Front Street, Hamilton. Regular ferries cross Hamilton Harbour and faster catamaran ferries visit Somerset, Dockyard and St. George’s. You can buy tickets at various locations including post offices and hotels. Scooters are allowed on some routes. See pages 17 & 18 for ferry schedule.

n Health No inoculations are required for Bermuda. There are no poisonous insects or mammals (see pages 64 & 65) but visitors should be wary of the Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish that carries a painful sting. Guard against sunstroke and sunburn with hats, sunblock and plenty of water. Our climate is quite kind

to hay fever sufferers as pollens are blown out to sea.

n Hospital King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (tel: 236-2345) is a large, first-rate facility owned and operated by the Bermuda Government and located on Point Finger Road in Paget Parish. An associate of the American Hospital Association. Airlifts can be arranged to the U.S. or Canada.

n Internet Most hotels and many guest houses provide internet access. Also, there are a handful of locations where you can go online in the city of Hamilton including the Bermuda Library on Queen Street, where access is free. Public internet access is also available in St. George’s and Dockyard.

n Mail The General Post Office is located at 56 Church Street Hamilton (tel: 297-7893) and there are 12 sub-offices islandwide. Airmail leaves and arrives daily. Postal rates for

Photo by Kageaki Smith

First rate care is available at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, just east of Hamilton.

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in boiling water and sugar for colds. airmail postcards to North America cost 70¢; Europe 80¢; Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand 90¢.

n Public Holidays 2010 New Year’s Day | Friday, January 1 Good Friday | Friday, April 2 Bermuda Day | Monday, May 24 National Heroes Day | Monday, June 21 Emancipation Day | Thursday, July 29 Somers Day | Friday, July 30 Labour Day | Monday, September 6 Remembrance Day | Thursday, November 11 Christmas Day | Saturday, December 25 Boxing Day | Sunday, December 26

n Religion Many faiths are represented here and churches are ubiquitous. Anglican, Catholic, African Methodist Episcopal and Seventh Day Adventist are among the major faiths. See the church listings in Friday’s Bermuda Sun newspaper.

n Scooters You can rent scooters by the day or week, if you are 16 or older. Helmets, provided by the rental companies, are mandatory (see pages 70 & 71). Some companies offer free delivery to your hotel.

n Smoking Smoking is banned from all enclosed public spaces including restaurants, bars, shops, theatres or any enclosed workspaces.

n Taxis Rates are controlled by law at $6.40 for the first mile and $2.25 for each additional mile for 1-4 passengers. Rates increase after midnight, Sundays and public holidays with a 25% surcharge for 1-4 passengers and a 50% surcharge for 5-6 passengers. Taxis may also be hired by the hour or day.

n TV & Radio Three main local channels screen a nightly news bulletin — VSB (channel 11), ZBM (9) and ZFB (7). A government station, CITV, is on channel 2 and there’s a small handful

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Cabs are air conditioned and comfortable.

of local radio stations. The quality of local programming varies considerably.

n Time Differences Bermuda, noon: New York — 11am Los Angeles — 8am London — 4pm Toronto — 11am Daylight Savings Time comes into effect from the second Sunday in March through to the first Sunday in November.

n Tipping In most cases, a service charge or gratuity has been added to the bill. Where the gratuity has not been added, 15% is about right.

n Water Tap water is safe to drink, unless you are instructed otherwise. Bermuda has no rivers, streams or reservoirs; all our water comes from rain. Bermuda roofs are painted with a limestone wash that purifies the water as it trickles down into underground tanks. Electric pumps send the water up to the tap.

n Weather Bermuda’s sub-tropical climate is generally mild and humid, but summer and winter temperatures vary considerably. The average annual temperature is 76ºF. Monthly averages: January 65ºF, water 66ºF; April 67ºF, water 68ºF; July 80ºF, water 81ºF; October 75ºF, water 76ºF. In an average year we see rain on 171 days and sunshine on 200 days.

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Safety first: At Wheels Cycles, in the city of Hamilton, you’ll be shown how to ride your rental bike before you leave their yard.

How to stay safe on a rental bike By SIMON JONES | One of the best ways to see Bermuda is on two

wheels. Rental bikes give you easy access to all the best sights and with a warm breeze on your face and the freedom of the open road ahead, you’ll feel 10 years younger! Riding a moped or scooter is easy once you’ve got the hang of it. Follow our tips to stay safe: • Hire from a reputable firm and check the bike is in good condition; • Helmets are mandatory — but useless unless they fit well and are secured properly; • We drive on the left — just like the Brits; • Drive defensively and wear bright clothes to aid your visibility to others; • Wear sneakers or closed-toe shoes — topple off your bike in flip-flops and you could easily lose a digit; • The speed limit is 35kph; stick to it and don’t feel obliged to keep up with other road users; • Leave plenty of space between yourself and other vehicles and don’t get 70 bermuda.com guide


We have no mountains, just gentle hills. too close to the curb; • Never turn around to look behind you while riding; • Never stop on a bend or a hill’s brow; • Drive slower when it’s wet; • When riding in a group, put the slowest rider at the front; • Traffic at roundabouts goes clockwise, so as you approach one, slow down and give way to vehicles coming from the right; • NEVER drink and ride; • On weekdays, avoid rush hour city traffic (7.30-9.30am and 4-6pm). If things go wrong, you might find yourself getting patched up by medics. Most typical, says Dr. Roslyn BascombeAdams, Deputy Chief of Emergency at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, are “elbow and knee abrasions” resulting from spills. She encourages “extreme caution” on the roads: “Some accidents are

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caused because the rider is not used to driving on the left,” she says. “Many say they have been intimidated by cars or trucks and have simply got too close to the curb and come off their bike.” Joseph Arnold, operations manager at Wheels, one of the island’s premier bike rental firms, said: “Customers always get an instructor session with us in the yard. The instructor shows the rider how to operate the bike and makes sure they are comfortable riding it. The helmet is one of the most important pieces of equipment – it has to be a snug fit and strapped on properly at all times.” So, the message is clear: be confident you’re ready to hit the road, don’t take risks... but do take your time. And don’t forget to have fun. Wheels Cycles Moped & Scooter Rentals is at 117 Front Street, Hamilton,

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Wheels Cycles (Astwood) Ltd. 117 Front St., Hamilton, Bermuda Tel: 441-292-2245 www.wheelscycles.com Email: information@wheels.bm

Scooter Rentals by the Day, Week or Month Discover the beauty of Bermuda at your own speed with our easy to ride, Peugeot double seater scooters. Single seaters also available. * Open 7 Days a week * No deposit required * All major credit cards welcomed * No license required * Third party insurance included * Complete instructions & safety tips

Welcome All Visitors

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feature The revealing saga of those cute Bermuda shorts By SIMON JONES | It’s not

everywhere in the world a man can walk down the street in pink shorts and matching knee-high socks and hold his head high. But in Bermuda, no one bats an eye-lid when such colourful dressers wend their way around town. Bermuda shorts are a national uniform. They come in all colours, from salmon pink to sunshine yellow. And they are accompanied by a pair of long socks, called Bermuda hose, pulled up to the knee. Add a navy blazer, a tie and smart shoes and you have standard business attire here in the semi-tropics. Don’t be fooled by the bright colours – Bermuda shorts are serious stuff. We once passed a law that states they should not be Marketing to royalty: Local retailer David Hamshere, who runs the English Sports Shop, offers a pair of Bermuda shorts to Prince Philip during a royal visit to the island last year.

shorter than six inches above the knee. Bermuda shorts trace their origins to the British Army; soldiers

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Wear tasselled loafers with your shorts. sported cut-off trousers to combat the tropical and desert climates they were sent to. They were created at the turn of the 20th century by office workers in London, whose job it was to make sure the forces were suitably attired in farflung corners of the Empire. The look caught on and by the 1950s, most Bermudian men were happy to don a pair of comfortable shorts for work. Although they are Bermuda shorts by name, they are not made here; typically they’re imported from the United States. They make terrific gifts and/or mementos and who knows — you might start a trend in your hometown. The largest selection of Bermuda shorts can be found at the English Sports Shop, which has several

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When British soldiers wore shorts on the battlefields of North Africa during WWII, little did they know the look would become fashionable in far off Bermuda.

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Bermuda’s leading retailer of exclusive, Bermuda-designed resort wear for men, women and children.

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Chatham House on Front Street is the place to go for quality, Cuban cigars.

Great stores, no sales tax You’ve already proved you have good taste by choosing to visit Bermuda so it’s fitting that our stores exude quality. That’s not to say there are no bargains to be had — you’ll find hefty price differentials with the U.S. on items such as jewellery, watches, perfume, silverware, porcelain and crystal. And you’ll enjoy additional relief at the cash register — there’s no sales tax. Many stores are in the City of Hamilton, but the Clocktower Mall at Dockyard, on the extreme western tip of the island, boasts a range of quality gift stores and boutique shops. And the historic town of St. George’s — at the east end of Bermuda — also has a lively shopping scene. Goods made here or produced exclusively for local stores include pottery, jewellery, paintings and prints, pottery, rum, honey, condiments, cedar ware, Bermuda shorts, scarves, fragrances and pillows. Browse the following listings for details. n 74 bermuda.com guide

Bermuda Breeze, sister to Bermuda Blue, is the latest modern fragrance in the Bermuda collection – a fruity floral — exclusively available in Bermuda. Bermuda Breeze’s delightful scent takes in the sea air and the aromas of natural fruits and flowers from around the island. Notes hint of wild berries, mandarin, lemon zest and jasmine. The dry down is lovely sandalwood and white musk, giving depth and warmth. Inspired by the brilliant clear turquoise waves gracing pink sandy beaches, sea misting the immense blue sky – Bermuda Breeze is unique. Take the time to experience Bermuda Breeze and Bermuda Blue — both embrace much that is uniquely Bermuda. Available through select stores across the Island and online including: Gibbons Company, Reid St#?Xd`ckfe www.gibbons.bm Peniston Brown, St. George’s Perfume Shop, Dockyard Carole Holding, Front St, Hamilton Brown & Co., Front St, Hamilton A.S. Cooper, Front St, Hamilton, branch and hotel stores. www.ascooper.bm Distributed by P.D.L. Limited Tel: (441) 292-1710. infobb@pdl.bm

Bermuda Perfumery The Bermuda Perfumery is located at historical Stewart Hall in the heart of the St. George’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since 1928, the Bermuda Perfumery has been creating and manufacturing fine ladies and gentlemen’s fragrances under the brand Lili Bermuda. All the perfumes are made on the premises at Stewart Hall. The Perfumery welcomes visitors for a free tour of its operations and to sample its unique fragrances. This year, the Perfumery launched South Water, a delicious unisex fragrance,


U.S. dollars can be used in Bermuda.

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composed of coconut milk, juicy guava and sea salt. For women, the Perfumery introduced Petals, a romantic blend of jasmine sambac, honeysuckle and orange flower. To celebrate Bermuda’s 400th anniversary, the Perfumery introduced Somers, for men, a modern blend of Bermuda cedar, olivewood bark and liqourice. The Perfumery’s perfume collection also includes exclusive creations inspired by our beautiful island. Modern women will love Coral, Pink, and Lily, and men will not want to leave Bermuda without a bottle of the famous fragrances 32° North and 64° West. The Perfumery is passionate about the art of perfume making and continues to innovate by using both traditional and modern techniques to produce exceptional perfumes. Visitors are welcome to visit for a free tour and to sample the Perfumery’s exclusive and rare perfumes. The Bermuda Perfumery. Open Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. Stewart Hall, 5 Queen Street St. George’s GE 05. Tel: 293-0627. 1-800527-8213 (toll free in US/Canada). Fax: 293-8810. info@bermuda-perfumery.com www.lilibermuda.com

Gibbons Company For the way Bermuda lives. Shop where the locals shop, at Gibbons Company, the island’s largest, most diversified department store, known for its excellent customer service and wide range of exciting merchandise. They have vibrant collections for all ages, men, women and children, as well as captivating fragrances and cosmetics by industry legends and an array of everything from the essential to the distinctive for the home. At Gibbons, all perfumes, cosmetics and skin-care products are offered with fantastic savings, at duty-free prices. Gibbons’ exclusives include Guerlain, Dior, Decleor, Chanel Cosmetics, Iman, Versace, Vera Wang and Bond #9. Other favourites include Hermes, Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Lancome, Elizabeth Arden, Betsey Johnson, L’Occitaine, Bermuda Blue and Bermuda Breeze – the perfect gift for friends and

Treasure coins from shipwrecks around the world, set in 14k and 18k gold.

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Locally made products are ‘Bermudiana.’

family back home! Shop on line at www.gibbons.bm and have your favourite fragrance or gift shipped home or delivered directly to your hotel. 21 Reid Street, Hamilton. Tel: 2950022. www.gibbons.bm

M.A.C Cosmetics M.A.C Cosmetics products are designed for all races, sexes and ages. Created in Canada in 1985, it’s now part of the Estée Lauder companies. M.A.C’s popularity grew through a tradition of word-of-mouth endorsement from make-up artists, models, photographers and journalists around the world. Front St, Hamilton. Tel: 295-8843

NINE WEST Nine West carries everything you could wish for in shoes! Here, the Nine West and Anne Klein brands can be found, along with collections of the latest handbags and accessories. Reid St# Hamilton. Tel: 294-519(

The Perfume Shop A wonderful fragrance boutique featuring world-renowned fragrances. Exclusives include Guerlain, Betsey Johnson, Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang and Versace, plus exquisite favourites from Hermes, Van Cleef &

Arpel, Chanel, Dolce & Gabana, Dior, Calvin Klein, Lacoste & Kenzo, plus many more. All at duty free prices! Clocktower Mall, Dockyard. Tel: 405-0006

Peniston Brown The fragrance specialists! Excellent service and the most popular fragrances from around the world, for both men and women, are the hallmarks of this quaint boutique. All at duty free prices. 6 Water Street, St. George’s. Tel: 405-0005

TWENTY 5 REID A chic and interesting fashion boutique carrying clothing and accessories in the very latest styles. Brands include BCBG, Kensie and Desigual to name a few. The perfect place to shop for something unique. Reid St, Hamilton. Tel: 294-5188

Bermuda Post Office Every year the Bermuda Philatelic Bureau compiles a collection of commemoratives and arranges them into an attractive presentation package. This collection continues the Bermuda Post Office’s efforts to portray all facets of Bermuda’s heritage, culture and history. The Bermuda Philatelic Bureau also services orders for current issues of Bermuda’s commemorative and definitive stamps and, for the convenience of collectors, provides a standing order account service with a minimum deposit of 30 dollars. In addition, they maintain a mailing list to provide details of new stamp releases to customers. 56 Church St, Hamilton. Tel: 297-7807

Brown & Co.

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At Brown & Co. on Front Street you can grab a bite at its in-store café.

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Brown & Co. with over 7,500 square feet of floor space, is the island’s most comprehensive department store. Located in the heart of Hamilton, their department stores are stocked with everything you need for yourself, friends, family and your home – featuring tourist-oriented gifts, greeting cards, books from local and internationally


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acclaimed authors, perfumes and fragrances from top designers, home décor from around the world, fashion jewellery and so much more. Plus, nestled at the back of the store’s book department is a beautifully designed café offering gourmet coffees, snacks, desserts, sandwiches and more. Make sure to visit them. Open MondaysSaturdays 8:30am -5:30pm and Sundays 1pm-5pm. Hallmark, Reid St, Hamilton. Tel: 279-5442 The Bookmart, Reid St, Hamilton. Tel: 279-5443 The Birdcage Café, Reid St, Hamilton. Tel: 279-5462 Brown & Co, Front St, Hamilton% Tel: 279-5524

Chatham House Bermuda’s leading specialty tobacco shop, established in 1895. Offering a marvellous selection of fine tobaccos and gifts for visitors. Satisfaction is guaranteed. Their extensive range includes English Briar pipes, and a selection of Havanas such as Punch, Partagas, Romeo y Julieta, Upmann, Montecristo, Cohiba and Bolivar — all at good savings over U.S. prices. Corner of Front and Burnaby Streets, Hamilton. Tel: 292-8422

The Phoenix Stores With five full-service pharmacies, Phoenix Stores have been caring for customers and assisting with their health care needs for

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more than 100 years. Should you need answers to health related questions whilst you are on vacation, visit one of their Phoenix pharmacists. Emergency prescriptions are dispensed while you wait and each store carries an extensive range of over-the-counter medications. The stores also carry a wide range of health and beauty products, local and foreign newspapers and magazines, phone cards and postcards, etc. Visit one of their locations: Woodbourne Chemist, Clarendon Pharmacy, Collector’s Hill Apothecary, Phoenix Centre and Paget Pharmacy for all your essentials. All stores are open Monday to Saturday, three stores are also open on Sundays and holidays. Tel: 295-3838

Walker Christopher Goldsmiths From classic diamond bands and strands of South Sea pearls to more contemporary designs, the workshop specializes in crafting one of a kind pieces. Walker Christopher showcases authentic coins; gold doubloons and silver ‘pieces of eight’ salvaged from sunken galleons, as well as Greek and Roman coins dating from 3000BC which are mounted in pendants, earrings and cuff-links. Even museum quality Egyptian artefacts have been transformed into wearable art. In addition, the workshop produces its own line of Bermuda-inspired gold jewellery and sterling silver Christmas ornaments. Some antique and art nouveau jewels. Open Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm. 9 Front Street, Hamilton. Tel: 295-1466 www.walkerchristopher.com


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One of Front Street’s landmark stores, Crisson Jewellers is synonymous with quality and elegance.

Crisson Jewellers Crisson Jewellers embodies Bermuda’s finest and most cherished traditions. A family business since 1922, the Crisson name is synonymous with quality and value. The fabulous array of jewellery and watches reflect the style, sophistication and taste of our discerning customers. When you explore our exciting collections, we are sure you will agree that a visit to Crisson is the crowning moment of your Bermuda shopping experience. Along with the wonderfully eclectic collection of hand-selected pieces from all parts of the world, Crisson are Bermuda’s exclusive source for famous designers including David Yurman, Roberto Coin, Marco Bicego, Picchiotti, John Hardy, Kabana, Pandora, Bixby and Thomas Sabo. As for diamonds of distinction, Crisson has Bermuda’s largest collection of spectacular cuts from Cento, A. Jaffe and Canadia. When it comes to timepieces, Crisson is definitely the place! Crisson are the

officially authorised Rolex retailers in Bermuda. You will also find Tag Heuer, Ebel, Movado, Tudor, Philip Stein, Christian Dior, Rado, Elysee, TX and Raymond Weil. The collection is rounded out with ranges from Seiko, Swiss Army, Citizen, Casio, Esq and Guess! Crisson has two stores on Front Street in Hamilton, with another on Queen Street. There are stores in St. George’s and in the Clocktower Mall at Dockyard. If you are staying in one of Bermuda’s major hotels, you’ll find a Crisson store there as well. Each of these boutique-style stores features pieces selected from our main collections in Hamilton. The shopping experience is relaxed and intimate, and the quality, value and prices are the same whichever store you choose to visit. Crisson Jewellers, 16 Queen Street, 55 & 71 Front Street, Hamilton; Water Street, St. George’s; Clocktower Mall, Dockyard, and all major hotels. Tel: 295-2351 • www.crisson.com

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With its broad range of colours and sizes, Onion Jack’s Trading Post on Front Street makes shopping for T-shirts a lot of fun.

Great places to buy your souvenir Bermuda T-shirts By Terri mello | It’s on every visitor’s shopping list — a souvenir Bermuda T-shirt. After all, it’s the easiest way to tell the world you’ve paid a visit to paradise. And with our help, you can be sure Uncle Hank and little niece Nicole will be thanking you profusely for that perfect shirt you found. Whether you’re shopping for a co-worker, relative, or yourself, choices abound in stores across the island. But to make your life easier we’ve chosen a few of our favourite places to find great Bermuda T-shirts. If you’ve only got time to visit one store, Onion Jack’s Trading Post, handily located in the middle of Hamilton’s Front Street, might just take care of all your needs. Here you’ll find a large array of shirts in all sizes (up to 5XL), styles and colours. They stock simple and classy, kitschy and cute, T-shirts with Bermuda maps, local flowers and birds, Bermuda 80 bermuda.com guide

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Hamilton became our capital in 1815. cottages and even some which proclaim that you’ve survived the Bermuda Triangle. And they cater to all age groups. Onion Jack’s VP Irene Cardwell says the biggest seller is the store’s signature logo T-shirt. “People like it because it’s so unique,” she told us. Be sure to check out the bargain bins, which offer shirts for as little as $6.95. Just a few doors down is Makin’ Waves, which carries T-shirts with surfer-dude flare. The store also has outlets in Dockyard and St. George’s. You can’t miss Riihiluoma’s Flying Colours on Queen Street. It’s a twostorey souvenir shop that sports an array of flags across its storefront. Here you’ll find a dazzling collection of just about any kind of Bermuda T-shirt you could possibly want.

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Carole Holding is a local artist with a store on Hamilton’s Front Street. She paints with soft colours to capture traditional Bermuda scenes and you can find a number of her most popular images on the front of adultsized T-shirts. These make lovely, conversation-starting souvenirs. A.S. Cooper is a department store with locations in Hamilton, St. George’s and Dockyard, where you’ll find an array of quality Bermuda T-shirts, ranging from simple and classy to colourful and cute. Brown & Co., on Front Street in Hamilton, has a range of shirt styles bearing a Bermuda logo, with bright selections for children and T-shirts boldly stating ‘Life is always better in Bermuda’. And who are we to disagree? n

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Classy and inviting, Barracuda Grill is a terrific choice for lunch or dinner.

Let’s eat! Our island is small but it offers an abundance of dining options. Casual dress is acceptable at most restaurants, though some upscale eateries require a jacket and tie. And it’s best to make reservations. The dollar signs (see our key, below) offer a rough guide to prices. Also visit www. bermuda.com for updated information. 64° Bar & Grill

Barracuda Grill

64° takes flight at the beautifully reBarracuda Grill, one of Bermuda’s most designed Port Royal Golf Course, overlookcelebrated restaurants, is the place to go for ing the breathtaking and world famous outstanding seafood and chops prepared 16th hole. Enjoy a sophisticated and casual in a contemporary style, proudly winning atmosphere, soaking in the panoramic seven Best of Bermuda Awards! Warm views of the aqua blue south shore. The mahogany woods and plush banquettes in contemporary design of the bar incorpoa sumptuous but comfortable dining room rates seating inside and out. Chef Troy make it suitable for power business meals or Smith is at the helm and is set romantic tête-à-têtes. Barracuda’s Restaurant to create unforgettable culinary cozy but tres chic bar is the place price ranges experiences. 5 Port Royal to enjoy martinis made to share, per person or one of over 16 wines served Drive, Southampton. Tel: 2340974. info@64degrees.bm $ Under $20 by the glass. A warm, lavish and www.bermudasbestrestauinviting interior hints at a time of $$ $20-$40 rants.com bygone glamour but is contem$$$ $40-$50 Lunch $$, Dinner $$$ porized to be thoroughly of the $$$$ Over $50

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Mussel pie includes papaya, potatoes,

moment. Irresistible seafood and chops prepared with expertise take centre stage on immaculate white-lit linen covered tables. 5 Burnaby Hill (above the Hog Penny), Hamilton. Tel: 292-1609 Fax 292-8354 www.barracuda-grill.com Lunch $$, Dinner $$$

Bone Fish Bar & Grill Sit down to exquisite views of Bermuda’s breezy Great Sound. Bone Fish’s aim is to create the finest cuisine using local fresh fish and produce for natural, simple and balanced dishes for your enjoyment. Great food at reasonable prices in a lively atmosphere with indoor/outdoor bar and dining. Open 7 days a week. Lunch 11:30am-5pm, dinner 6pm-10:30pm. 6 Dockyard Terrace, Somerset. Tel: 234-5151 Lunch $, Dinner $$

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Café Amici An Italian family style restaurant in the heart of historic Dockyard. Enjoy the spirit of Italian culture and cuisine in a friendly, intimate atmosphere. Bermuda codfish & potato breakfast every Sunday, 9am to noon. Open daily. Breakfast 9-11am, lunch up until 4pm. Dinner 6-9pm. Buon appetito! Clocktower Mall, Dockyard. Tel: 234-5009 Breakfast $, Lunch $, Dinner $$

Chopsticks Chopsticks is known for its delicious Chinese and Thai food. Specialities include regional dishes from Canton, Hunan, Szechwan and Thailand with authentic chefs. From mild to very spicy, there’s something for everyone, including vegetarians. Convenient take out is available. Lunch Monday to Friday noon – 2:30pm, dinner nightly 5pm – 11pm. 88 Reid Street. Tel: 292-0791 Lunch $, Dinner $$


bacon, onions, lemon juice and spices. Fresco’s Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar At Fresco’s you’re invited to step into Bermuda’s first Wine Bar and the Caribbean’s only Wine Museum. One of the most extensive selections of fine wines available on the island. Fresco’s has been hailed locally as ‘Best Restaurant’, ‘Best Wine List’, ‘Best Ambiance’, and as having the ‘Most Decadent Desserts”. While each dish evokes a link to Bermuda, it sits alongside the new, the innovative and, of course, the divine. Shall we? 2 Chancery Lane, Hamilton Tel: 295-5058 info@frescos.bm www.bermudasbestrestaurants.com Lunch $$, Dinner $$$

Grey Goose vodka Cognac, France. The maître de chai (cellar master) for Grey Goose vodka ensures that every element of its production is of the highest quality. He selects 100% of

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the finest French wheat, and employs an exclusive five-step distillation process to concentrate its exceptional flavour. Pure spring water naturally filtered through Champagne limestone is then blended with the spirit. The quality is in the taste; Grey Goose vodka is lush, smooth and rounded and melts in the mouth with a long-lasting, satisfying finish. When it comes to vodka it makes sense to start with what many people consider to be the world’s best — Grey Goose. Distributed by Burrows Lightbourn.

Hog Penny Restaurant and Pub Hamilton’s oldest licensed establishment, in business since 1957, the Hog Penny inspired the Cheers pub in Boston. Authentic is not a word used lightly here, and a 50-plus year history gives the place a delightful patina of age that you just can’t replicate. In December 1987, Gourmet

Whether you prefer a formal setting or al fresco dining, our chef creatively prepares a wide variety of culinary delights that will please even the most discerning tastes and appetites. Dine with us on our Ocean Terrace and be charmed by the best Bermudian entertainment and a spectacular ocean view nightly. PICTURESQUE VIEWS AND EXOTIC TASTE SENSATIONS Al Fresco dining at the Breakers • Open Daily: Lunch 12.00pm - 2.30pm Dinner 6.30pm - 10.00pm (April to October) • Bermudiana Dining Room 7.00pm - 9.30pm Dinner reservations required 293 1666 • For more information visit www.pinkbeach.com

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Try loquat jam, made from local fruit.

Magazine exclaimed “it was love at first sight for us, as well as the throngs who flock here”, and as Gourmet wrote, this great institution is hard to beat for a truly authentic experience. Featuring great cuts of beef, genuine Indian curries, to-die-for hearty, pub style comfort food that has won countless “Best of Bermuda” awards, and was featured on The Food Network’s “$40 A Day”, the Hog Penny continues to be a favourite spot in Bermuda for generations of locals and visitors alike. 5 Burnaby Hill (just up from Front Street) Hamilton. Tel: 292-2534 Fax 292-8354 www.hogpennypub.com Lunch $$, Dinner $$

Island Cuisine One of Bermuda’s most popular diners, where locals and tourists alike enjoy a great breakfast, lunch or dinner. Reasonable prices. Famous for its delicious, homemade Bermudian dishes ­— a treat for the entire family. Clean and friendly with great service. Serving beer and wine. Try some peas n’ rice with your fish dinner. Also serving fishcakes, Bermuda fish chowder, oxtail stew, rockfish with lemon and butter sauce, braised pork chops, curry chicken roti,

salads, sandwiches and soups. Breakfast served all day. Open daily, Mon-Sat, 6am9:45pm, Sun: 7am-2:45pm 235 Middle Road, Southampton Tel: 238-(EATS) 3287 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner $-$$

Latin & Rumba°r and Java Jive Heating things up in the very heart of Hamilton with Nuevo Latino inspired cuisine, Latin is a sizzling and chic new restaurant that, according to the many guests that have visited us to date, “is different from everywhere else in Bermuda”. The main upscale dining restaurant features many different regional dishes from Central and South America, Spanish Caribbean, Miami and even gives a nod to the Iberian peninsula; all are given a twist and artfully presented in Latin style. Downstairs in Rumba°r, a sleek onyx topped, glowing bar beckons you to sit and enjoy an authentic Caipirinha, or a tall and delightful Mojito. Meander outside to Bermuda’s only open air, below street courtyard lounge, with Philippe Starck outdoor couches and low fabric banquettes. Need a fantastic cappuccino or panini sandwich on the go? Java Jive is open Monday to Friday 7am-4pm for fantastic pastries, breakfasts or lunch to take away. As the degree sign in Rumba°r suggests, Latin is HOT! 29 Victoria Street, Hamilton. Tel: 296-5050. Fax: 296-5333. www.latin-rumbar.com Lunch $$, Dinner $$

Mrs. T’s Victorian Tea Room

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Opus: A modern lounge with delicious food and a range of fine teas and coffees.

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Located at Willowbank Hotel, set in a 17th century home, Mrs. T’s Victorian Tea Room is a classic example of Bermudian architecture with its cedar framework and timeless structures. It remains a delight to behold and worthy of a visit, with classic, sumptuous dishes. Lunch specialities include dishes such as Black Oak smoked ham and aged cheddar croissants to traditional Bermudian Hoppin’ John. “Take tea” with a


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delectable assortment of finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and pastries hand-made right on the property. Willowbank Hotel, 126 Somerset Road, Sandy’s. Tel: 234-1616. Lunch $

Opus Café & Lounge A truly exquisite, modern lounge, Opus offers the finest selection of European coffees and international teas as well as a selection of homemade patisseries, fresh salads and tapas. Opus has been awarded Most Exotic Drink (Opus’ daily martini special) and Happiest Happy Hour locally. The perfect venue to steal away from the bustle of Hamilton by yourself or gather with friends over a tasse of espresso or a bottle of vino. Sexy, cozy and sophisticated. 4 Bermudiana Road, Hamilton Tel: 292-3500 info@opus.bm www.bermudasbestrestaurants.com Breakfast $, Lunch $, Dinner $$

Pickled Onion Restaurant and Bar A contemporary styled upscale but casual restaurant, with Bermuda’s best bar and “See and Be Seen” vibe. Chefs here won the prestigious “Escoffier Cup” at the 2004 Bermuda Culinary Arts Festival, and have drawn accolades from Food and Wine magazine, the Washington Post and most recently Giada’s Weekend Getaways showing primetime on the Food Network. The food is North American focused, with global influences, and the goal is to be the best value restaurant experience in Bermuda. A classy but fun Martini style bar is popular with local professionals or those out on the town. Harbour views and live entertainment seven nights a week in season. 53 Front Street, Hamilton Tel: 295-2263 Fax: 295-6291 www.thepickledonion.com Lunch $$, Dinner $$

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The Pink Beach Club For a most romantic setting make your way to the beautiful Pink Beach Club in Tucker’s Town. The Bermudiana Restaurant prepares five-course gourmet dinners in elegant surroundings with stunning ocean views. A jacket is required for gentlemen, ties are optional. The table d’hotel menu changes daily and they are happy to accommodate those with special dietary requirements. Dinner served nightly 7pm — 9:30pm. South Road, Tucker’s Town Tel: 293-1666 Breakfast $$, Lunch $$, Dinner $$$$

Rosa’s Cantina Saddle up and get on down to Bermuda’s only Tex Mex eatery. Famous Margaritas are offered in different flavours (Best of Bermuda Award) as well as Mexican beer and a full bar menu. In warm weather, try a seat on the balcony overlooking Front Street. Try Unbelievable Nachos, Ridiculous Burritos, Quesadillas and Fajitas. Great Steaks at great prices, done on the Mesquite Grill and creative dinner specials keep Rosa’s on top. Families with small children are welcome. Open daily from 11:30am onwards. 121 Front Street. Tel: 295-1912 Lunch $, Dinner $$

Silk Thai Cuisine Silk offers a delicious blend of flavours from the kingdom of Siam. With a team of Thai chefs from the Shangri-la hotel in Bangkok, patrons will be treated to one of the fastest growing ethnic foods in North America. Silk Thai Cuisine, the first Thai restaurant in Bermuda, has been awarded top honours by Condé Nast Traveler magazine, which named it a ‘Top 80 Hot New Tables’ restaurant. This award-winning restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Dinner only on Sundays. 55 Front Street, Hamilton Tel: 295-0449 info@silk.bm www.bermudasbestrestaurants.com Lunch $, Dinner $$

Mrs. Tea’s Victorian Tea Room Victorian elegance provides lunch or afternoon tea in a charming environment for a genteel afternoon break. Willowbank Hotel & Conference Facility 126 Somerset Road Sandy’s MA06, Bermuda Ph (441) 234-1616 www.willowbank.bm Hours: Lunch or Afternoon Tea • Week Days 12pm-2:30pm • Weekends 12pm-5pm

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Delicious: Codfish cakes, top left, and below it, a typical codfish breakfast. Enjoy a codfish breakfast on Saturdays at the popular Speciality Inn, South Road, Smith’s, above.

Two classic Bermuda dishes By MEREDITH EBBIN | A Bermuda codfish breakfast, usually enjoyed on

Sundays, ranks high on the island’s list of national dishes. Codfish cakes are equally popular and are eaten any day of the week. Dried salt cod, the essential ingredient in both dishes, has been part of our culinary tradition for nearly four centuries. It was once a cheap food source for slaves. These days, the Sunday staple that is served in homes, members’ clubs, hole-in-the-wall eateries and hotels, is a veritable feast. The main ingredients are dried salt cod and potatoes. Most cooks use boneless cod, but purists say dumpfish, which is dried cod with the bones and skin, has a better flavour. Both are laden with salt. So the cod, which is packaged and imported, usually from Nova Scotia, must be soaked in cold water overnight and the water changed at least twice. The cod is boiled in fresh water. The potatoes can be cooked with the cod or separately. The flaked fish and whole potatoes are eaten with avocados, bananas and olive oil. 92 bermuda.com guide


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It’s also delicious served with a basic hot cross buns. tomato sauce or one with ‘the works’ — Codfish breakfast is on the menu onions, green peppers and bacon. Other 6am-11.30am on Saturdays at the cooks swear by an egg sauce. For many, Speciality Inn (Tel: 236-3133), a popular a codfish breakfast is not complete home-style eatery on South Road in without hot cornbread or Johnny bread. Smith’s Parish. Bouchée Restaurant With all the trimmings, it’s a hearty (295-5759) is on Pitts Bay Road in meal that should see you through to Hamilton and in 2009 won an award suppertime. for its codfish breakfast. It’s served For codfish cakes, mashed potatoes Sundays 7.30-11.30am. Best to arrive and cooked cod are mixed together with early at both places, where you’ll pay an egg and seasonings, shaped into roughly $15 per head. balls or patties and then fried. If your budget is a bit bigger, the They’re found on most menus and in Fairmont Southampton’s Sunday upscale restaurants, codfish cakes are breakfast buffet, served at Windows on usually offered as an appetizer. the Sound, includes codfish and potatoes Fishcakes are usually eaten for lunch, with all the trimmings. Reservations are served between a bun, with lettuce, required (Tel: 238-2555 for times). tomato, tartar sauce and a few drops of Codfish recipes can be found in most hot sauce. SI_BDACOM_AD_0210.pdf Many locals eat them with a 2/24/10 Bermuda cookbooks and Cecille C. 1 11:34 AM raisin bun — a nod to the Good Friday Snaith-Simmons’ The Bermuda Cook holiday when fish cakes are eaten with Book is a good one to try. n

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Your handy pub guide By James Whittaker | Hamilton’s Front Street is the centre of our nightlife scene and the Pickled Onion is a great starting point. With live music, good food and a friendly atmosphere, it’s probably our most popular bar. The Hog Penny, a cozy, oak-panelled bar that inspired the Bull and Finch pub in Cheers, is just steps around the corner. Back on Front Street, Flanagan’s, an Irish bar with an American feel, and the Outback sports bar, which screens everything from basketball to cricket, are worth checking out. Nearby, The Beach – self-proclaimed ‘shame of Front Street’ – is a popular late-night spot. It has a good bar menu and closes late; the ‘shame’ bit kicks in if you find yourself still partying in the early hours, having planned a ‘quiet’ night out. Bermudiana Road caters to a more sophisticated crowd. Smart shoes, collared shirts and well-padded wallets are required here, where upscale wine bars nestle between swish restaurants. The Robin Hood on Richmond Road is a lively, British-style pub with reasonably priced food and live sports. If you’re streetwise and like to stray off the beaten track, take a wander down Court Street, where you’ll enjoy the atmosphere in bars like the Spinning Wheel, where the DJ keeps the dance floor busy with a mix of classic 94 bermuda.com guide

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The Pickled Onion boasts a harbourfront terrace and is one of our most popular spots.

soul, reggae and soca. The friendly Swizzle Inn, near the airport, is always a good night out and is famous for potent rum swizzle cocktails. North Rock Brewery on South Road, Smith’s Parish is a good spot to sample locally brewed beers — St. David’s Pale Ale is our favourite. The Frog and Onion in Dockyard will also serve you an authentic, local pint of beer and along with the Bone Fish Bar & Grill, a terrific people-watching spot, it’s your best bet in Dockyard. Out west, the Country Squire in Somerset has a beautiful wooden balcony overlooking Mangrove Bay and is worth a visit, while Henry VIII in Southampton is another popular spot. Wherever you go, don’t drink and ride — leave your rental scooter at the hotel and take a bus, cab or ferry. Cheers! n


food & drink Common Ground A great place to meet friends, pick up your breakfast, morning coffee, freshly prepared sandwiches, daily specials, homemade soups or an afternoon chocolate treat! We serve alcohol, cold beverages, wine and beer. Every month we use our walls as a temporary art gallery to showcase art. Open Mon–Fri 7:30am–5pm, Sat 8am to 3pm. Chancery Lane, Hamilton. info@commonground.bm. Tel: 292-2353

Juice ‘N Beans Café

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Stop for a cuppa By Terri mello | Whether you’re about to kick-start a fun morning of shopping or need a pick-me-up in the midst of a hectic day, what better way to do it than with a hot cup of java? On most main streets in

Experience the unique selection of premium quality products on offer at Juice ‘N Beans, Bermuda’s first and only all-vegetarian eatery. With exciting choices of home made baked goods, custom-made fruit smoothies and optional health boosting add-ins, to distinct and delicious varieties of premium organic coffees and teas. Open Mon-Sat 7:30am-11pm, Sun 1pm to 8pm. 61 Front St, Hamilton. Tel: 292-6454. Fax: 292-5148

La Bella Café Specialties include: frappuccinos, fruit smoothies, specialty coffees made with premium Illy coffee. We also offer a selection of fresh pastries, bagels, croissants, paninis and subs. Bring in this advertorial and receive complimentary biscotti with your order. Open Mon-Fri 7.30am-5.30pm, Sat 9am-2pm. Thistle House, Burnaby St., Hamilton. Tel: 295-9857

Hamilton you’ll find numerous

Lemon Tree Cafe

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Experience a gourmet breakfast or one of our appetizing daily specials. Located in a tranquil park setting, we are the only one of our kind in Bermuda. Enjoy a glass of wine or an ice cold beverage at our full-service Tiki Bar. We also serve Illy coffee. Open Mon-Wed 7:30am–7pm; Thurs 7:30 am– 9pm; Fri 7:30am–midnight (also 5pm–2am ‘Wine Down Happy Hour’); Sat 11 am–3 pm. 7 Queen St., Hamilton. Tel: 292-0235. Fax: 292-0571

catch your breath. A few steps in any direction and you’ll soon be upon a place that suits your fancy, whether you’re looking for a laidback ambience, a trendy setting or just need to grab something fast. We’ve got you covered.

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