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Bermuda 2019/20 AC T I V I T I E S & SPORTS GUIDE

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WHILE Despite its compact size, Bermuda is chock-full of activities and attractions to fill your itinerary.

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Bermuda’s brilliant blue waters and striking pink sands are undoubtedly one of the biggest draws for visitors.

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his tiny archipelago offers must-do experiences for adventurers, romantics and those seeking to explore the island’s culture, nature and history. As you arrive in Bermuda by air, your plane first passes over the myriad shipwrecks that encircle the island, victims to the low-lying, fringing reefs that surprised countless ship captains over the centuries. Next, the island’s shorelines with their famous blushing sands come into view. Finally, as you touch down on the L.F. Wade International Airport

COAST ALONG Bermuda’s brilliant blue waters and striking pink sands are undoubtedly one of the biggest draws for visitors. Whether you like a beach with all the amenities or prefer to tuck into a secluded, hidden cove, Bermuda delivers. If you’re a DIY sort of vacationer, pick up a kayak or paddleboard and some snorkel gear, or rent a small boat or Jet Ski and zip up and down the coast, stopping to snorkel the reefs or

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runway, you’ve arrived in a land of rich history, stunning natural sights and endless amusement both above and below the surface.


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E X P L O R AT I O N T H R I L L S Another thrilling way to interact with Bermuda’s natural beauty is cliff jumping. The island’s craggy shoreline at Admiralty House Park and Clarence Cove offers the perfect cliff jumping spot, and you’re sure to get some stunning Instagrammable action shots to boot. Tom Moore’s Jungle is also a popular cliff jumping spot, where you can plunge into the nature reserve’s blue holes or even swim through the natural limestone caves. Unleash your inner Tarzan and go for a swing in Southlands, where the vines that drop down from ancient banyan trees seem custom made for this fun, youthful pursuit.

N AT U R A L WONDER Arguably one of the most wondrous natural settings in Bermuda is the Crystal Caves, where rainwater seeping into Bermuda’s limestone landscape carved out this masterpiece more than 140 feet below the surface. Gleaming stalactites and stalagmites and sparkling clear waters make for an otherworldly beautiful display. Choose from the Crystal Cave or the Fantasy Cave — or enjoy them both. F A M I LY FROLICKING When you need a break from the sun, sand and sea, check out Locked on the Rock, a thrilling escape room experience at Royal Naval Dockyard, or The Escape Room located

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for a romantic beachside picnic lunch, all on your own schedule. Or maybe you’d like to sit back and relax whilst the experts show you around. There are numerous captained charters on island — from private, highly personalised excursions aboard Double Play or Happy Dance (both motor catamarans) to group tours aboard Ana Luna, a sailing catamaran. You can also board a glass-bottom boat with Captain Kirk’s Coral Reef Adventures or opt to sightsee from the air with a parasailing adventure, taking in Bermuda’s natural seaside splendour from above.

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We celebrated our three-year anniversary in Bermuda, and we were surprised to find so many wonderful things to do on such a small island — from cliff jumping into the ocean, parasailing over the turquoise-blue water and romantic walks along the pink-sand beaches. But our favourite was simply driving our scooter around the island. It’s truly the best way to see and explore Bermuda.

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on Washington Lane in Hamilton. Solve puzzles and follow the clues to escape before the clock runs out. Whilst the experience is geared towards those age 13 and above, children of all ages are welcome. For more family fun, play your way through models of the best golf holes in the U.S., Bermuda and Scotland at Bermuda Fun Golf in Royal Naval Dockyard complete with waterfalls, saltwater ponds with live fish and beautiful sunset views. A trip to the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo is a must when you’re travelling as a family. Your children are sure to be enchanted by the 140,000-gallon tank with a complete living replica of a Bermuda coral reef, and they’ll love the ring-tailed lemurs that stroll freely along the same paths as visitors.

STEP BACK Besides enjoying Bermuda’s presentday charms, you also can delve into its rich legacy at the National Museum of Bermuda. Housed in the largest fort ever built on island, the museum features 500 years of Bermuda history on display. After exploring exhibits on the slave trade in Bermuda, the history of

tourism, the iconic Bermuda longtail and the construction of the island’s power grid, you’ll walk away from your day at the museum with a renowned appreciation for all that went into making the island what it is today. Bermuda also boasts formidable stone British forts, whose construction has allowed them to remain in place for

Bermuda is a beautiful island and a perfect place for a vacation, hence why I made a second trip to the island five years later. One of my favourite things to do whilst in Bermuda is spending time at Jobson’s Cove. It’s a beautiful beach, the water is shallow (ideal for non-swimmers), and it’s a perfect beach to take the kids. Don’t miss Marcus’ restaurant at the Hamilton Princess and Beach Club.

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I love spending my days outside exploring the many beautiful beaches or going out on a boat with family and friends. Spring and fall are best if you want a beach to yourself, and whale watching in the spring is magical. We chose The Loren at Pink Beach for our wedding this past summer — it was a dream come true, and their team made it all happen!


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hundreds of years. Castle Island is home to the island’s oldest, King’s Castle Fort and Fort St. Catherine. Fort Hamilton, built in 1870, has beautifully landscaped grounds and sweeping views of Hamilton Harbour. S E T YO U R S E L F U P If you prefer to keep it simple with a guided tour, set up an excursion with Island Tour Centre, a local company that can help you enjoy some of Bermuda’s most memorable experiences. These include watching humpback whales as they migrate past Bermuda in the spring or exploring the island’s historic shipwrecks and vibrant sea life via scuba diving, Snuba or snorkelling. Island Tour Centre offers plenty of land-based tours as well, ranging from zipping around Royal Naval Dockyard on a Segway to biking the Railway Trail. Hidden Gems tour company reveals the island’s bestkept secrets, taking visitors on dry cave explorations in Tom Moore’s Jungle, to one of the island’s famed pinksand beaches, or on a historical journey through the island’s past. Their private, customised tours are perfect for romantic outings, birthday parties, and even scavenger hunts. Bermuda beckons with many ways for visitors to interact with the island’s natural beauty, wildlife, history and more. So, immerse yourself, experience the best of what the island has to offer and start planning your return trip — it will surely take more than one visit to try out all of Bermuda’s activities.

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Above all else, it’s surely Bermuda’s natural beauty that makes it such an enticing getaway. There are many ways to experience the island’s unspoilt environment, and Bermudians go to great lengths to protect that which makes the destination so special.

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GOING BACK TO THE 1600S, long before

the concept of environmental conservation came to the forefront, Bermudians recognised the importance of the sea turtles that call the island’s waters home. Five of the world’s seven known species of sea turtles frequent the island’s seagrass beds and coral reefs. From studies to conservation efforts to educational courses to the care of sick and injured sea turtles at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo (BAMZ), Bermudians pursue a variety of methods to preserve local sea turtle populations. To interact with these gentle creatures, head to BAMZ, where green sea turtle are kept in an outdoor pool area. If you’d prefer to observe turtles in their natural habitat, try the protected inlets around St. David’s Island. Modern conservation efforts include the implementation of Seabins, floating trash cans that filter seawater to capture litter and debris. The devices are now in place at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club and the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club’s Princess Marina. Another modern conservation effort involves the attempted eradication of a single fish species — the invasive lionfish, whose venomous spines and incredible appetite for native juvenile fish make it a serious threat to the health of Bermuda’s marine life. Bermuda was the first island to initiate a culling programme, and today many countries use it as a template for combatting their own lionfish invasions. “The problem is that the lionfish population hasn’t levelled out yet, so it’s hard to say how much of an impact culling has as far as a long-term benefit,” said Chris Flook of the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Services. Chris is credited with first urging the Bermuda government to implement the lionfish culling programme in the early 2000s, finally gaining traction by bringing a live lionfish in a bucket into the office of then-Minister of the Environment,

El James. “If the problem was left alone, we would probably lose certain species forever, because the lionfish eat them.” Land-based conservation efforts, like Dr. David B. Wingate’s 1960s initiative to bring the island’s national emblem, the cahow, back from near-extinction, have led to a thriving bird population. Nearly 400 bird species have been recorded on the island’s tiny 21 square miles. Fall is the best time to see a wide range of species, and birds can be spotted from numerous locations across Bermuda.

You’ll encounter beautiful views and varied flora and fauna along the Bermuda Railway Trail.

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Check out a variety of wildfowl and herons at the mangrove-fringed ponds at Somerset Long Bay Nature Reserve East and West, or warblers and bluebirds at Fort Scaur, which offers bonus panoramic views of Ely’s Harbour and the Great Sound. One of the most versatile eco-friendly experiences in Bermuda is the Railway Trail. Bike, jog or meander by foot along 18 of the railway’s original 22 miles. The railway once spanned the island, taking passengers between St. George’s and Somerset, operating for less than two decades in the 1930s and 1940s. Reopened in 1986 by the Bermuda Parks Department, the trail is divided into sections ranging in length, allowing you to drop in or leave the path at your leisure. You’ll encounter beautiful views and varied flora and fauna along the way, and the trail provides easy access to popular attractions like Elbow Beach, the Crystal Caves and the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse. Numerous nature reserves round out the eco-offerings in Bermuda, like Cooper’s Island, where visitors can

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explore 12 acres of unspoilt wilderness that’s home to seabirds and the island’s iconic cedar trees, and Tom Moore’s Jungle, with enchanting caves and winding, shaded hiking trails. The uniquely varied species that have found a home in Bermuda make this island a treasure trove of ecotourism experiences. Bermuda’s wildlife offers captivating experiences for everyone, whether nature novice or experienced environmentalist.

Bermuda’s wildlife offers captivating experiences for everyone.

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THE CRYSTAL CAVES OF BERMUDA 8 CRYSTAL CAVE RD., HAMILTON PARISH TEL: 293-0640 WEBSITE: CAVES.BM

Stunning natural beauty is on display more than 140 feet below the earth’s surface, where stalactites and stalagmites have been forming for millennia. Visitors can choose to encounter the Crystal Cave, the Fantasy Cave or both. In the Crystal Cave, state-of-the-art lights glitter off the natural rock and visitors cross a beautiful lake via a pontoon bridge that rises and falls with the tides. Meanwhile, the Fantasy Cave shows off a completely separate display of amazing rock formations. ELBOW BEACH CYCLES LTD. ELBOW BEACH BERMUDA RESORT & SPA 60 SOUTH SHORE RD., PAGET TEL: 296-2300 WEBSITE: ELBOWBEACHCYCLES.COM

Why follow the crowd when you can discover Bermuda’s hidden coves and dazzling pink-sand beaches for yourself in high style? Pick from the island’s newest and most advanced rental fleet, and then put yourself in the laid-back island mood with their industry-leading YouDrive™ tuition. For the widest choice of gas scooters, electric scooters, hybrid electric bikes, mountain bikes and the most reassuring safety record on the island, book online or call today.

Insider’s Guide With so much to fill your itinerary, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for in Bermuda. Here are our top picks for what to see and do.

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THE BERMUDA AQUARIUM, MUSEUM & ZOO 40 NORTH SHORE RD., FLATTS VILLAGE TEL: 293-2727 WEBSITE: BZS.BM

The Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo invites you to walk on the wild side and enjoy their immersive exhibits of Madagascar, Australasia and the Caribbean. You will wander through naturalistic environments

designed to put you up close to nature and to come within a whisker of their animals. Within Madagascar, the resident family of ring-tailed lemurs are free to roam the entire exhibit. Visitors walking through will often find them perched in the trees above or walking along the same path through the enclosure. Stepping into the Caribbean exhibit is like stepping into in island jungle, with the golden lion tamarin monkeys happily leaping from tree to tree and foraging for food, just as they would do in the wild. Be sure to visit the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo and learn to love the diversity of its highlighted island environments. It will be an experience you will never forget!

ESCAPE ROOM BERMUDA 9 WASHINGTON LANE, HAMILTON TEL: 293-3948 WEBSITE: ESCAPEROOMBERMUDA.BM

Are you looking for something different to do? Escape Room Bermuda is your answer. Go on an adventure which requires strategic thinking and involves working as a team to solve a mixture of challenges and puzzles. Choose your team, theme, day and time, then prepare to immerse yourself in this real-life action escape game. Conveniently located in the City of Hamilton, this experience is suitable for friends, families, team building, couples, special occasions, students and anyone else looking for a challenge. Will you make it out before time runs out? Open daily. VISITBERMUDANOW.COM |

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ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS itinerary of family activities to explore the aquarium or one of the island’s museums. Little Longtails can also arrange childfriendly transport so your little ones are safe and secure in a car seat on every outing. Make your vacation a hassle-free one. LOCKED ON THE ROCK — BERMUDIAN ESCAPE ROOM GAMES ROYAL NAVAL DOCKYARD, SANDYS ACROSS FROM THE VISITOR SERVICES CENTRE TEL: 232-5687 WEBSITE: LOCKEDONTHEROCK.COM

Come along for a fun-filled day on tour with Hidden Gems of Bermuda Ltd. Their mission is to provide an experience of a lifetime exploring Bermuda’s best-kept secrets. Travel with them to exquisite locations offering a sense of excitement for individuals with an adventurous spirit and passion for the great outdoors. They promise to take you on a journey to some of the finest places that nature has to offer, including entering into the island’s one and only jungle, exploring caves off the beaten path, interacting with tropical fish and much more. Get ready for an exclusive experience learning about Bermuda’s natural habitats and geological formations. JUST BREATHE YOGA 32 WATER ST., ST. GEORGE’S TEL: 707-5001 WEBSITE: JUSTBREATHEYOGA.BM

This beautiful boutique studio is filled with love and inspiration. Located in a historic building with exposed cedar beams, this studio offers a beautiful view of the bay. The Just Breathe space is dedicated to healing and nourishment of the body, mind and soul. Their mission is for this space to attract a tribe that can come together to uplift one another and help shine their brightest light. The studio has daily classes and hosts multiple

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workshops, retreats and teacher trainings throughout the year. Visitors of all levels are welcome! THE LILI BERMUDA PERFUMERY STEWART HALL, 5 QUEEN ST., ST. GEORGE’S TEL: 293-0627 / 800-527-8213 WEBSITE: LILIBERMUDA.COM

The Lili Bermuda Perfumery is an internationally recognised couture perfume house that is open to visitors. Lili Bermuda fragrances for men and women, which capture the essence of Bermuda, are created on property at Stewart Hall in St. George’s and are sold in their retail stores at Stewart Hall and their Lili Bermuda store in Hamilton. The line is sold exclusively in Bermuda and makes a crowd-pleasing gift for loved ones upon your return home. The store and adjacent history room in St. George’s are open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in summer, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the winter. LITTLE LONGTAILS CHILD-/ KID-FRIENDLY TOURS TEL: 707-7658 WEBSITE: LITTLELONGTAILS.COM

Little Longtails will organise memorable kid-friendly tours and experiences that take you from the best family beaches to the island’s mysterious caves and everything in between. Spend a day at the beach complete with umbrellas, towels, beach toys and a picnic; or create a tailor-made

MASTERWORKS MUSEUM OF BERMUDA ART BOTANICAL GARDENS 183 SOUTH SHORE RD., PAGET TEL: 299-4000 WEBSITE: BERMUDAMASTERWORKS.COM

Masterworks is Bermuda’s only purposebuilt museum and is home to over 1,600 works of Bermuda-inspired art, including those by famous names such as Winslow Homer, Albert Gleizes and Georgia O’Keeffe. A cross section of local artists display their work in shows on a monthly basis. There are art classes for adults and children in various media for all levels of experience. Young @ Art is a free art experience for children and is offered on the last Saturday of the month during the academic year. The museum shop, known as the Arrowroot Gift Shop and which has undergone a recent upgrade, is home to a variety of local artisans’ handiwork that is available for purchase. Salty Lime is the new vendor operating the Homer’s

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The Escape Room sensation sweeping the globe has arrived in Bermuda with a unique local twist. Located just steps from the cruise ships in the historic Royal Naval Dockyard, Locked on the Rock features the island’s first and only Bermudianthemed Escape Room games. Perfect for couples, families, and friends; get locked in some of the most immersive, creative and adrenaline-pumping rooms in the world. Find clues, decipher puzzles and try to escape, solving your way through Bermuda’s most notorious tales of robbery, deception and hangovers. You only have one hour, so escape as fast as you can, or you might just get Locked on the Rock!


Café and prepares an array of fresh, sumptuous meals for breakfast and lunch, offering a perfect complement to the beauty of the Botanical Gardens. The museum and café are open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF BERMUDA 1 THE KEEP, ROYAL NAVAL DOCKYARD, SANDYS TEL: 234-1333 WEBSITE: NMB.BM

Immerse yourself in 500 years of history at the National Museum, housed within the island’s largest fort. The 15-acre property includes British military buildings of the Keep citadel and the award-winning Commissioner’s House. Inside its historic limestone walls, learn about Bermuda’s cultural links with the West Indies and the Azores, trans-Atlantic slavery and the island’s defence through two World Wars. Marvel at local artist Graham Foster’s 1,000-square-foot mural of Bermuda history and other maritime art. Explore the collection of small local watercraft and Shipwreck Island: Sunken Clues to Bermuda’s Past, an exhibit showcasing Spanish gold, colonial trade goods and other artefacts recovered from local shipwrecks. Kids will love the whimsical Museum Playground & Playhouse, complete with maritime interactives and a 70foot moray eel. Open April through November from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission at 4 p.m.); December through March from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission at 4 p.m.). Adults, $15; seniors, $12; free for children under 16. SMATT’S CYCLE LIVERY LTD. HAMILTON PRINCESS & BEACH CLUB 74 PITTS BAY RD., PEMBROKE TEL 295-1180 FAIRMONT SOUTHAMPTON SOUTH SHORE RD., SOUTHAMPTON TEL: 238-7800 WEBSITE: SMATTSCYCLELIVERY.COM

Smatt’s Cycle Livery is a mainstay of the rental cycle business in Bermuda. Originally a small mom-and-pop shop, the family business was one of the first cycle liveries on the island. They are well-known for their friendly and helpful staff. For that reason, they enjoy many repeat customers who visit the island every year. Navigate Bermuda’s highways, byways and hidden lanes on your scooter and discover Bermuda’s bestkept secrets. There are endless possibilities in Bermuda, and the best way to experience them all is on two wheels. The seat of a Smatt’s cycle is the best way to see the island — guaranteed! VISITBERMUDANOW.COM |

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For those looking for fun on or under the water, Bermuda is a hot spot for watersport activities.

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ermuda reigns supreme when it comes to aquatic adventures, whether they involve skimming above the waves, hauling in a great catch, scoping out underwater sights or many more waterbased wonders. The tricky part is what to choose, since all the options can be a great fit. Here are some ideas to help you narrow things down.

B O AT E R ’ S PA R A D I S E Letting a pro handle the navigation allows you to just focus on kicking back and hanging out. The island has a number of outfits where you can rent a small 25-foot to a larger 45-foot boat or catamaran, each skippered by a private captain. Smaller ones are specifically fitted for families or small groups of 10 or less, but all can be made-to-order charters that can include sightseeing, reef snorkelling, cliff jumping or anything your heart desires. With tailor-made charters the possibilities are endless. Some larger boats and catamarans give you the option to enjoy the whole vessel to yourself, or you can join a larger group and enjoy a Champagne sunset cruise or a sailing and snorkelling cruise. And during certain times of the

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Explore the tiny bays and beaches that dot the roughly 64 miles of the island’s coastline.


month you can even enjoy unique glow worm safaris or full moon cruises. If you feel like taking over the captain’s chair, several places on the island rent Boston Whaler and pontoon boats, affording you the opportunity to explore the tiny bays and beaches that dot the roughly 64 miles of the island’s coastline at your own pace. Whether half day or full day, beginner or experienced driver, instructors will have you up and ready to captain your own boat in no time.

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HOOK UP Cruising can be great, but maybe you’re up for a bit more of a challenge. If so, try booking a fishing charter and spend a day out trawling Bermuda’s waters for game fish. Only about a mile or so offshore, the water is filled with all manner of game fish, including tuna, wahoo and mahi mahi (or dolphinfish, as it’s known in Bermuda), and, if you’re lucky, you may even reel in a recordbreaking marlin. WILD RIDES You can also pick up the pace beyond sportfishing by jumping on WildCat, a highpowered catamaran that takes passengers on a revved-up sightseeing adventure

around Bermuda’s coastline. A wet and wild ride aboard an inflatable 12-person Banana Boat is another thrilling option. The boat captain tows the group whilst you hang on and try not to fall off. It’s a great way to have a blast with family and friends — over and over again. MAKE A SPLASH To keep the rush going after those wild rides, try a leap off Bermuda’s cliffs.

There are a number of hot spots for this around the island, but Admiralty Park has some of the best cliff jumping options. If cliff dives involve too much of a leap of faith, hop on a Jet Ski. Knowledgeable guides will show you some of the best places to see on the water and can point out many historic landmarks. Other ways to make waves on the island include getting vertical on a fly board, pedalling around on a Continued on page 21

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The island is packed and stacked with spots to go for a deep dive or a delightful snorkel.

FORMED BY A VOLCANO, BERMUDA’S COLLECTION OF 138 ISLANDS is surrounded by epic

reefs that make it quite the playground for snorkellers and divers. The island has more than its fair share of spectacular coral, shipwrecks and marine life. We’re talking tiny blennies, moray eels and parrotfish galore. Whilst in Bermuda, here are some snorkel and dive spots you must see to believe. South West Breaker This special snorkel spot is beautiful enough that is was featured in the opening scene of The Deep, a 1970s movie starring Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset. It’s perfect for intermediate snorkellers because it’s typically very calm. However, it’s not uncommon for the occasional ocean roller to come through. Keep your eyes peeled for schools of barracuda, creole wrasse, chub and bream, as well as beautiful parrotfish, butterflyfish and angelfish. Church Bay Make a beeline to this beautiful secluded beach, located on the southwest side of the island. Here you’ll find a sheltered bay without much in terms of wave action and blue parrotfish

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galore. The main reef chain comes within 100 yards of the beach, which makes it easy for all levels. However, be careful from April through June — that’s when the southerly breeze typically washes Portuguese men-ofwar ashore. Pollockshields This English cargo steamer smashed into the reef during a storm in 1915. Today it makes an awesome dive or snorkel spot because you can still see the two massive boilers, a spare propeller, live ammunition and shell casings scattered about. Because of its location, 300 yards from Elbow Beach shore, Pollockshields is best suited for more experienced, adventurous divers. The swim back to shore is long but well worth it.

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HMS Vixen This partially submerged wreck on the island’s west side is in a well-protected part of the island, so conditions are usually great for snorkelling and diving. Sunk in 1896 as a block ship to defend the dockyard, the wreck is now home to hundreds of hungry bream, chub, snapper and the occasional black grouper. Constellation and Montana The Constellation and Montana sank about a century apart and are now almost on top of each other in shallow, crystal-clear water that’s perfect for snorkelling or diving. The wrecks, on the north-west side of the island, can only be accessed by boat. Sightings of parrotfish, black grouper and snapper are not uncommon; the reef is teeming with life. Jobson’s Cove/Warwick Long Bay If you are looking for a leisurely snorkel near a lovely stretch of pink sand, this spot should be on your short list. For starters, the reef is a short swim from shore, which makes it great for families. Warwick Long Bay Park is located on the south shore of the island and also makes a great family day out. The reef is covered in tropical reef fish, including parrotfish, butterflyfish and blue tang. If you’re lucky, you’ll also spot spiny lobster, too. Tobacco Bay Situated on the north-east side of the island near the historic Town of St. George, Tobacco Bay is amazing for kids and adults. With no current to speak of and shallow reefs, it is ideal for beginners. Not to mention, the abundant sea life — like squirrelfish and sea urchins that hang out under ledges and overhangs — will keep you entertained for hours. North Rock If you’re an intermediate snorkeller or diver, North Rock is a fun option. The reefs surrounding the North Rock navigational beacon are some of the most northerly reefs in the world. It’s located 8 miles north of the island and only accessible by boat so the journey can sometimes be rough. It’s worth heading here, though, for the pristine coral reefs teeming with barracuda, parrotfish, snapper, blue tang, angelfish and butterflyfish.

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Hop on a Jet Ski, where knowledgeable guides will show you some of the best places to see on the water. Continued from page 17

Hydrobike, testing your skills windsurfing or kiteboarding, or taking in the panoramic views from above on a parasail. If you like the idea of something a bit more relaxed but that still takes some muscle power, rent a single or double kayak or try your balance out on a stand-up paddleboard. UNDER THE SEA However, you shouldn’t let all that wave-running make you forget about what lies beneath the surface of some of the clearest water in the world. Bermuda’s waters are teeming with life, and many mysteries of the seas can be discovered either scuba diving or snorkelling around the reefs that ring the island and the famous ships that have been wrecked on them. There are places to snorkel near shore, and several beach concessions rent out gear, including masks and snorkels, kayaks, Boogie boards, paddleboards and beach toys. Hop on board a boat for a snorkel tour or suit up in scuba gear and dive straight in to discover some of the spectacular underwater sights. Need further information and advice or help booking a tour? Contact Island Tour Centre in Royal Naval Dockyard or in Hamilton at 236-1300, or contact a Visitor Services Centre: Dockyard, 296-9400; Hamilton, 261-2872; and Town of St. George, 297-0556.

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From major sailing events to offshore competitions, Bermuda is an ideal sailing location with its vibrant maritime history.

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conditions, Bermuda has attracted some of the world’s top sailors. Some of the oldest offshore yacht races see Bermuda as the finishing point — many fighting across the oft-times challenging Gulf Stream to battle it out to the finish line. One of the oldest regularly scheduled ocean races is the Newport Bermuda Race, which first took place in 1906. Taking place biennially in June, the next event will be held on June 19, 2020. In the past it has seen close to 200 boats make the 635-nautical mile journey. Also biennial, the Marion to Bermuda Race takes sailors from

Buzzard’s Bay in Massachusetts on a 645-nautical mile journey to Bermuda that starts on June 14, 2019. On June 5, 2020, the Annapolis to Bermuda Ocean Race offers a combination of inshore and offshore racing as sailors navigate the Chesapeake Bay before heading into the Gulf Stream onto Bermuda for this 753-nautical mile race — the longest ocean race on the U.S. East Coast. In connection with Antigua Sailing Week, the Antigua Bermuda Race covers 935 nautical miles starting on May 8, 2019. The Argo Group Gold Cup sailing event takes place in Bermuda’s Great Sound from May 6 to May 11, 2019, and is the oldest match-racing regatta for one-design yachts.

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Insider’s Guide With so many sporting adventures to fill your itinerary, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for in Bermuda. Here are our top picks for what to do. ANA LUNA CATAMARAN GROTTO BAY BEACH RESORT 11 BLUE HOLE HILL, BAILEY’S BAY TEL: 504-3780

BARE FOOT BOAT CHARTERS TEL: 533-8333 WEBSITE: BERMUDABAREFOOT.COM

WEBSITE: ANALUNAADVENTURES.COM

Adventures in paradise depart from the Grotto Bay Beach Resort dock. Ana Luna Catamaran offers regular scheduled group cruises: “Champagne Sunset Cruise” sails Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings; “Sail Away to Turtle Bay”sails Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 2 to 5 pm.; “Full Moon with Bubbles” sails on the evening of the full moon, once monthly; “Glow Worms Safari” sails two and three days after the full moon. Ana Luna Catamaran also offers private cruises for up to 40 guests, overnight stays and scuba diving

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trips, and has a sailing school. All are customised to perfection. Constructed in France, 45-foot Ana Luna features lots of deck space, shade, a swim platform, four cabins with en suite bathrooms, a full galley and plenty of seating. All perfect for your enjoyment of Bermuda’s stunning marine environment.

Bare Foot Charters’ small and comfortable charter boat Happy Dance is specifically for couples, families or small groups who want a skippered private charter. The 26foot power catamaran is equipped with a full bimini for shade, comfortable lounge seating, easy access to water and getting close to protected beaches, a flushing toilet, masks and snorkels and noodles. Happy Dance is best suited for groups of 10 or less. Made-to-order charters can include sightseeing, swimming with turtles (seasonal), reef snorkelling, cliff jumping or simply relaxing in your own

quiet shallow sandy cove. Enjoy a personalised and memorable day on the waters in Bermuda, all at an affordable price. Join your experienced and knowledgeable Bermudian skipper, Vee McKey and Benny, her Jack Russell Terrier, for a fun-filled private charter. We highly recommend checking out the fantastic, informative website and reading the five-star TripAdvisor testimonials for more detailed information. BERMUDA FUN GOLF — WORLD’S NO. 1 MINIATURE GOLF COURSE ROYAL NAVAL DOCKYARD, SANDYS TEL: 400-7888 WEBSITE: FUNGOLF.BM

Situated in Royal Naval Dockyard on an acre of oceanfront property, Fun Golf features 18 challenging holes designed after famous holes in the U.S., Scotland and Bermuda. When the sun sets, enjoy their “glow in the dark” night golf. Special features include the Sunset Terrace, affording incredible views of Bermuda’s magnificent sunsets, and the Caddy Shack, their fully licenced bar. The Caddy Shack

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BERMUDA’S #1 WATERSPORTS COMPANY FOR FUN AND ADVENTURE

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• Rated #1 in Jet Ski Tours by visitors and locals alike. (Several Jet Ski Adventures to choose from + private tours) • WildCat takes guests on a fun, thrilling sightseeing adventure tour around Bermuda’s coastline and shores. • Parasail above Bermuda’s turquoise waters & coral reefs. • Plan your very own adventure on one of our Boston Whaler Boats, Pontoon Boats, Kayaks or SUP rentals. • 4 Locations • Charter your own private boat & captain. • Reservations are advised • Open daily from 8am-7pm

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Call 441.232.4155 or Book Online on Website

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THE SPORTING LIFE Grill is the best 19th hole in Bermuda. A casual gathering place for golfers, non-golfers or those that just appreciate great food. “Putt a Round” with them today! Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (April to September). Located next to Snorkel Park Beach through the common archway. DOUBLE PLAY CHARTERS ROBINSON’S MARINA, SOMERSET BRIDGE, SANDYS TEL: 335-1343 WEBSITE: DOUBLEPLAYBERMUDA.COM

Cruise the calm, blue waters of Bermuda aboard Double Play, a spacious 42-foot Prowler motor catamaran. They cater to couples, families and small groups who want that personalised attention. Guests love to snuggle in the comfortable foredeck beanbags looking for turtles or seek the shaded spacious bridge deck with panoramic views, whilst others prefer the cockpit, which is closer to the cocktails! Each trip is uniquely designed around the guests’

Summer 2019 will also feature: • ATV tours • Go karts • Paddle Boards

• Paddle Boats • Inflatable Sports Arena • and more!

Funworx Bermuda aims to provide affordable fun for locals and tourists alike. Our broad range of water and land activities will guarantee a day of endless fun and excitement. Glide through the Bermudaful waters on our pedal driven Hydrobikes (a local and tourist favorite) or enjoy a sunset tour on our clear bottom single or double seated kayaks. Want to stay on land? Try our URB-E Electric scooters- a new and innovative way to explore the island. These guided scooter tours are fun, informative and picturesque.

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wishes. Secluded spots are sought out for swimming and snorkelling or enjoy a relaxing sightseeing tour whilst Captain Joey shows off his knowledge about Bermuda's history and hidden treasures. Sunset cocktail cruises as well as evening dinner cruises are very popular for bachelorette, birthday or anniversary celebrations. Talk to the captain and design your own tailor-made charter. The possibilities are endless. ELIZABETH DOCKYARD WATERSPORTS CENTRE ROYAL NAVAL DOCKYARD, SANDYS TEL: 747-2204 / 234-2193 WEBSITE: ELIZABETHBERMUDA.COM

Simple elegance set amongst the most luxurious destinations in Bermuda, the Elizabeth is equipped to make your experience magical and memorable. Commemorate everything from cocktail parties to corporate meetings whilst enjoying the ocean sea breeze. A DJ, iPod or even a live band along with a large dance floor can be arranged to spice up any occasion. Their full catering options

Simple elegance set amongst the most luxurious destinations in Bermuda, the Elizabeth is equipped to make your experience both magical and memorable. Enjoy anything from cocktail parties to corporate meetings while taking in the ocean breeze and incomparable views. Weddings, team building days, or just a good old-fashioned party: the Elizabeth can host it all. Raise the standard of any occasion on the Elizabeth, surrounded by the crystal blue waters of Bermuda. call: 441-747-2204 info@kirksadventures.com www.elizabethbermuda.com

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THE SPORTING LIFE allow you to customise and transform the inside salon and outside deck into everything you've envisioned. Let their first-class crew members take care of your every need so you can enjoy a stress-free event. From weddings to corporate meetings and team-building days, the Elizabeth can host it all. Set the standards to new levels with every occasion on the Elizabeth, surrounded by the crystal-blue waters of Bermuda.

Funworx Bermuda aims to provide affordable fun for locals and tourists alike. Their broad range of water and land activities will guarantee a day of endless fun and excitement. Glide through the Bermudaful waters on their pedaldriven Hydrobikes, which is a local and tourist favourite, or enjoy a sunset tour on their clearbottom single- or double-seated kayaks. Want to stay on land? Try their URB-E electric scooters, a new and innovative way to explore the island. These guided scooter tours are fun, informative

Extreme fun and an adrenaline rush Experience our thrill seeking, adventurous water sports toys: Jet Skis & Banana Boat. Extreme Fun + Extreme Laughs = Lasting Memories

Book online: www.kinezumiwatersports.com • Email: info@kinezumiwatersports.com 441-296-9595 • 6B Penno’s Drive, St. George’s, GE 05

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FUNWORX BERMUDA 908 COOPERS ISLAND RD., ST. DAVID’S TEL: 595-2925 INSTAGRAM/FUNWORXBERMUDA FACEBOOK/FUNWORXBERMUDA


and picturesque. Summer 2019 Funworx will also feature ATV tours, go karts, paddleboards, paddleboats and an inflatable sports arena, to name just a few. ISLAND TOUR CENTRE HAMILTON FERRY TERMINAL DOCKYARD WATERSPORTS CENTRE ROYAL NAVAL DOCKYARD, SANDYS TEL: 236-1300 WEBSITE: ISLANDTOURCENTRE.COM

Bermuda’s No. 1 provider of recreational sightseeing tours, activities and charters. With over 25 years of local tour experience, countless options, easy online reservations and conveniently located booking offices, Island Tour Centre is the first stop for your best Bermuda vacation experience ever. Choose from unbeatable diving and snorkelling opportunities, award-winning eco- and adventure tours, leisurely sightseeing excursions, heart-racing thrill rides and boat cruises to suit every taste imaginable. If you prefer to explore on your own, their knowledgeable staff can assist you with boat rentals and private charter options — from luxury yachts to party bus pub crawls, they have it all. Visit their website, call or drop by their booking office conveniently located within walking distance of the bus, ferry and Dockyard cruise ship terminals. K.S. WATERSPORTS (ADVENTURE TOURS, RENTALS & CHARTERS) ROYAL NAVAL DOCKYARD, SANDYS LOCATED AT THE DOCKYARD WATERSPORTS CENTRE (ACROSS FROM THE BONE FISH BAR & GRILL) TEL: 441-238-4155 FAIRMONT SOUTHAMPTON HOTEL LOCATED AT THE WATERLOT INN DOCK MIDDLE RD., SOUTHAMPTON TEL: 441-236-4155 HAMILTON PRINCESS & BEACH CLUB 76 PITTS BAY RD., PEMBROKE LOCATED AT THE HAMILTON PRINCESS MARINA TEL: 441-232-4155 8 KING'S SQUARE, ST. GEORGE'S LOCATED AT THE WHITE HORSE PUB & RESTAURANT TEL: 441-297-4155 WEBSITE: KSWATERSPORTS.COM

Get ready to have the time of your life with K.S. WaterSports (Adventure Tours, Rentals

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& Charters), Bermuda’s No. 1 watersports company for fun and adventure. They offer Jet Ski tours, parasailing, boat and pontoon rentals, WildCat high-speed boat tours, kayaks, paddleboards, snorkelling tours and private boat charters/tours from four convenient locations. Experience the thrill of a lifetime on one of their amazing Jet Ski Adventures, which are rated one of the best tours and fun activities to do in Bermuda. Splash and dash throughout Bermuda’s aqua-blue waters as their friendly, fun and knowledgeable guides show you some of the best places to see on the water, plus point out many historic landmarks, too. Some of their Jet Ski Adventures even stop off at a shipwreck to feed fish, at a pink sandy beach area for a short swim, explore hidden coves to spot sea turtles or to snorkel vibrant coral reefs and marine life. Lowest Jet Ski rates in Bermuda plus several Jet Ski Adventures to choose, which are perfect for beginners and the experienced jet skier. Two-hour, three-hour and half-day private Jet Ski tours are available as well. Instructions provided to all participants to ensure a safe and memorable experience. All ages welcome. Must be 16 years

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or older (by law) to drive a Jet Ski. Fancy something a little more daring and exciting? Then experience the high-flying thrill, panoramic views and pure excitement of parasailing. Soar over crystalclear waters on board the Thrill Seeker. This powerful winch boat allows you to take off and land without getting wet, unless, of course, you request a dip. The professional crew assures you a safe and memorable experience. Suitable for ages 5 years or older. Looking for the ultimate thrill ride or sightseeing adventure? Then step aboard the WildCat, Bermuda’s spectacular tour boat sensation and rated one of the best sightseeing adventure tours and must-do’s in Bermuda. The WildCat is a high-speed powered catamaran that takes passengers on an exhilarating and exciting sightseeing adventure around Bermuda’s coastline. See more of the island in less time whilst enjoying the speed, comfort and safety of the WildCat; not to mention, it’s one fun, wild ride. Tours are narrated from start to finish. No trip to Bermuda would be complete without a thrilling WildCat ride. Are you the adventurous type and want to explore Bermuda from below the water?

Then step aboard one of their snorkelling excursions which depart from their Hamilton and Southampton locations. These two-stop snorkelling tours are great for experienced snorkellers who want to explore Bermuda’s amazing underwater marine life and vibrant coral reefs. Snorkel gear is provided for all snorkel excursions, plus private snorkelling tour options are available upon request. Want to plan your very own adventure? Then rent one of their brand-new 13-foot or 16foot Boston Whaler boats or their larger 23-foot pontoon boats. Whether half day or full day, beginner or experienced driver, their instructors will have you up and ready to captain your own boat in no time, so you can head out on the water and explore Bermuda at your own leisure. A detailed map with routes and points of interest to see is provided with every rental. For something a little slower paced and still very fun and exciting, try renting one of their brand-new kayaks and paddleboards (SUP), which are perfect for all ages and skill levels. Are you looking for that amazing Bermuda on the water experience? Then privately charter one of their amazing premium charter boats

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or luxury yachts ranging from 23 feet to 55 feet long, which are perfectly priced for smaller groups, families and friends who want to relax, cruise and explore Bermuda’s waters in style and comfort. Swim, snorkel, cliff jump, tour the island, picnic, spot sea turtles and more. Your dedicated captain will customise your experience to suit all your needs. For adventure tours, rentals and private boat charter reservations, please call or book online on their website. Reservations are advised. KINEZUMI WATER SPORTS 6B PENNO’S DR., ST. GEORGE’S TEL: 296-9595

and even whale watching. Get in contact to start arranging your dream tour or charter today. MORAN MEADOWS BERMUDA HORSE TRAIL RIDE ST. GEORGE’S TEL: 537-0400 WEBSITE: BERMUDAHORSETRAILRIDE.COM

Travel back in time as you ride along the country lanes, lush trails, pristine

beaches and historic forts of the northeast coastline whilst enjoying a relaxing and personalised trail ride tour of St. George’s, Bermuda’s original settlement and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sink your hooves into the beach where the first settlers swam ashore in 1609 and enjoy views of Fort St. Catherine, Alexandra Battery, Gates Fort, the Unfinished Church and the famous Sea Venture Monument.

THE SEAT OF A SMATT’S CYCLE IS THE BEST WAY TO SEE THE ISLAND — GUARANTEED!

WEBSITE: KINEZUMIADVENTURES.COM

Experience Kinezumi’s thrill-seeking and adventurous watersport toys, including Jet Skis and Banana Boats. Extreme fun, extreme laughs and lasting memories. If you are a thrill seeker, look no further as your quest for the ultimate watersport entertainment is over. Enjoy some of the best adrenaline-fueled watersport activities Bermuda has to offer. Kinezumi Water Sports is for those individuals who are adventurous thrill seekers, fearless, bold and exhilarating explorers.

Hamilton Princess & Beach Club 74 Pitts Bay Rd., Pembroke 295-1180

Fairmont Southampton Resort South Shore Rd., Southampton 238-7800

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KIRK’S CORAL REEF ADVENTURES DOCKYARD WATERSPORTS CENTRE ROYAL NAVAL DOCKYARD, SANDYS TEL: 747-2204 / 234-2193 WEBSITE: KIRKSADVENTURES.COM

Kirk’s Coral Reef Adventures offers a huge range of boat tours and private charters. You can join them on a variety of tours, including options for snorkelling, glass bottom and sightseeing, fishing, evening cruises, and banana boating, running every day throughout the summer at great prices. With eight different boats to choose from, your options are endless. Their smaller boats are perfect for intimate settings, and their larger boats come equipped with a full bar, stereo system, lights and an upper- and lower-deck dance floor for a great party atmosphere. These boats are perfect for celebrating your special events like birthdays, weddings, themed parties VISITBERMUDANOW.COM |

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A haven for landlubbers, Bermuda offers a deep range of ways to get your ground game going.

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owever you’re looking to get active in Bermuda, there are plenty of ways to keep busy and at the same time explore the island. Here are some popular options to consider.

P E R F E C T YO U R SW I N G Bermuda is a golfing paradise, whether you’re looking to challenge your game or partake in a family-friendly round of mini golf. The 21-square island boasts six world-class golf courses spread across the island, each with exciting challenges. And in Royal Naval Dockyard, you can play your way through models of the best golf holes in the U.S., Bermuda and Scotland at Bermuda Fun Golf, complete with waterfalls, saltwater ponds with live fish and beautiful sunset views. If tennis is more your preference, the island offers about 100 courts. Tennis has been a popular sport in Bermuda since its introduction from England in the late 19th century. Many hotels feature courts available to guests, and many permit non-guests to use them. There are also public courts on island for hire.

GET A MOVE ON For some vacationers, the focus is on maintaining their active lifestyle. For runners, Bermuda offers races they can join on most weekends from September through May. And if your stay falls in January, look into signing up for Bermuda Marathon Weekend. A total of three races are held — the Front Street Mile, a 10K and either the half or full marathon. You can take your pick of these three or really push yourself by signing up for the Bermuda Triangle Challenge, where you run all of them. Cycling is equally popular on the island, and there are several locations to rent a bicycle and plenty of places to explore, especially along the famous islandwide Bermuda Railway Trail and in the Town of St. George. Rent a bicycle for the day or sign up for a guided bicycle tour for a unique perspective of the island. Need an extra push? Take a tour on an electric scooter. Guided scooter tours are a fun, easy, informative and picturesque way to explore all the things Bermuda has to offer.

SADDLE UP Another great way to explore the island is by horseback riding in St. George’s. Trail rides let you take in the scenic coastlines. You can also ride along beaches or on the island’s back roads — a good fit for both experienced equestrians or those just looking for a relaxing way to see more of the island. GET A GOOD LOOK If spectating is more your speed, Bermuda offers plenty of action, including football (soccer), cricket and rugby. In fact, one of the biggest spectator sports is the annual Cup Match between Somerset and St. George’s cricket teams, which falls on August 1-2, 2019. As it’s one of the best ways to get a taste of Bermudian culture, it’s an event for both cricket enthusiasts and amateurs. And on November 2-9, 2019, rugby enthusiasts will also get a chance to get up close and personal with some of the retired international rugby players and watch them tackle the game again at the World Rugby Classic. It’s regarded as one of the best sporting and social events on the international rugby calendar.

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BERMUDA WITH SIX WORLDCLASS GOLF COURSES AND BREATHTAKING VIEWS, it’s no wonder that

Bermuda golf courses are host to several golf tournaments throughout the year, including amateur as well as pro-am events. Whether your intention is to perfect your swing or to enjoy some fun and challenging play, there are a range of events that take place at courses across the island. Bermuda Amateur Match Play Championship, Mid Ocean Club Golf Course. Every March. Grey Goose World Par 3 Championship, Turtle Hill Golf Club. March 7-10, 2019. Annual Couples’ Golf Tournament, Port Royal Golf Course. April 2, 2019. Bermuda Amateur Stroke Play Championship, Port Royal Golf Course. June 14-16, 2019. Bermuda 3s World Team Championship, Mid Ocean Club Golf Course, Port Royal Golf Course, Turtle Hill Golf Club. October 15-16, 2019. Annual Couples’ Fall Golf Classic, Port Royal Golf Course. October 29November 1, 2019. Gosling’s Invitational Golf Tournament, Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Club and Port Royal Golf Club. December 2-6, 2019. Bermuda Goodwill Golf Tournament, Mid Ocean Club, Port Royal Golf Course, Tucker's Point Golf Club. December 8-11, 2019.

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ISLAND GOLF COURSES THE MID OCEAN CLUB TUCKER’S TOWN, ST. GEORGE’S TEL: 293-0330 WEBSITE: THEMIDOCEANCLUBBERMUDA.COM

Golf Course Highlights: Designed by Charles Blair Macdonald in 1921 and modified to its current design by Robert Trent Jones. 6,520 yards / Par 71 / 18 holes NEWSTEAD BELMONT HILLS GOLF RESORT & SPA 27 HARBOUR RD., PAGET TEL: 236-6060 WEBSITE: NEWSTEADBELMONTHILLS.COM

Golf Course Highlights: Bermuda’s only double green at 14,000 square feet. Entirely renovated in 2002. 6,100 yards / Par 70 / 18 holes

TUCKER’S POINT GOLF COURSE 60 TUCKER’S POINT DR., HAMILTON PARISH TEL: 298-6970 WEBSITE: TUCKERSPOINT.COM/CLUB/GOLF-TENNIS

Golf Course Highlights: Originally designed by Charles H. Banks in 1932, enhanced by Roger Rulewich in 2002. 6,491 yards / Par 70 / 18 holes TURTLE HILL GOLF CLUB AT THE FAIRMONT SOUTHAMPTON TEL: 238-8000 101 SOUTH RD., SOUTHAMPTON WEBSITE: FAIRMONT.COM/ SOUTHAMPTON-BERMUDA/GOLF

Golf Course Highlights: Winner of Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play Golf,” designed to take your short game to new heights. 2,684 yards / Par 54 / 18 holes MINI GOLF COURSES

OCEAN VIEW GOLF COURSE 2 BARKERS HILL RD., DEVONSHIRE TEL: 295-9092

BERMUDA FUN GOLF ROYAL NAVAL DOCKYARD, SANDYS TEL: 400-7888

WEBSITE: OCEANVIEWGOLFCLUB.COM

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Golf Course Highlights: Features 18 different tee positions that are set for a tricky par 70 so you can better your front nine on your second round. 2,940 yards / Par 35 / 9 holes

Mini Golf Course Highlights: Features 18 challenging holes designed after famous golf courses in the U.S., Scotland and Bermuda. “Glow in the dark” night golf is also offered.

PORT ROYAL GOLF 5 PORT ROYAL RD., SOUTHAMPTON TEL: 234-0971

THE BERMUDA GOLF ACADEMY & DRIVING RANGE 12 INDUSTRIAL PARK RD., SOUTHAMPTON TEL: 238-8880 WEBSITE: BERMUDAGOLFACADEMY.COM

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WEBSITE: PORTROYALGOLFCOURSE.COM

Golf Course Highlights: The longest and most picturesque course in all of Bermuda, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and ranked amongst the world’s best public courses. 6,842 yards / Par 71 / 18 holes

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Mini Golf Course Highlights: Great for the whole family. Take private lessons or brush up on your drive. 320-yard driving range/18 holes of miniature golf adventure course.

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a right of way of the disused railway line, which was affectionately called “Old Rattle and Shake,” stretches the length of the island. In 1984, 40 years after the railway line was dismantled, most of the 18 miles of the Railway’s original 22 miles were transformed into a national park. Over the past couple of years, bridges connected parts of the Railway Trail that had previously been inaccessible. Footbridges connecting both sides of Bailey’s Bay — as well as the more recent installation over Flatts — now allow access to almost five miles of trails that are mostly off the main road. The trail affords some of the most amazing views, and it is a great way to see the island, particularly because it’s limited to pedestrian and bicycle traffic only. Along the route there are trail signs with maps and historical details for further learning about the trail’s past.

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Come within a whisker of our animals!

Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo Bermuda Zoological Society 40 North Shore Road, Flatts FL 04 www.bzs.bm 441-293-2727