Exploring Unique Facades Of Bermuda – Part II

Caribbean | | October 16, 2009 at 11:15 am




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Sandys (West End):

Located to the acute west amidst all Bermuda’s parishes, it sits farthest from the island’s airport. To reach here, catch a ferry ride which takes you to Sandys in just four stops, also there are other options like the island’s bus or taxi ride. This spot is an eye-opener with splendid natural attractions that include the beautiful Mangrove Bay, Ely’s Harbor, Springfield and Gilbert Natural Reserve. All this temptations are sure to captivate the senses of nature-enthusiasts.

The eye-balls grabbing attraction which outshines all are the Royal Naval Dockyard, a British naval shipyard which was abandoned in 1950’s and Maritime Museum. Another striking spot includes the Somerset village that is famous for housing the smallest drawbridge measuring up to 32 inch plank. Somerset village hardly offers enough room for a sailboat’s mast.

Bermuda Aquarium

Hamilton:

To the East of St. George, lies this extensive spot which runs from the North shore to the South shore. Touring in this region is fun and filled with thrills as it shelters numerous deep limestone caves, Crystal caves and Cathedral and Prospero’s caves. Also, it encircles Harrington Sound, and houses the popular Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo situated in Flatt’s village, Holy Trinity Church, Bermuda Perfumery and gardens. It also shelters several parks and nature reserves which include Tom Moore’s Jungle.

Smith’s:

Located between Hamilton and Devonshire, Smith’s runs from North shore to the South shore and overlooks part of Harrington Sound. Chase through the island’s three main roads- North shore road, Middle road and South shore road, and you will get to behold some of the most spectacular views that you have never seen before, from each narrow and curvy roads.

It houses the popular Devil’s House, a natural aquarium which was once an ocean cave. Bird-watchers should definitely make it to Spittal Pond, Bermuda’s huge bird sanctuary that sprawls up to 60 acres. Tourists can chill and relax in the famous beach- John Smith’s Bay. Those who have keen interest in discovering ancient ruins should make it to the legendary Verdmont Historic Mount House, which dates its existence back to 1716. It is an antique spot exhibiting ancient Gregorian architecture, and also shelters array of Bermuda cedar furniture and precious mahogany.

Devonshire

Devonshire:

Encircled by Smith’s to its East, Pembroke to its Northwest, and Paget to its Southwest, Devonshire extends from the North shore to the South shore. Once the parish sheltered the British Army Headquarters and the most of the land area was utilized for military purposes. Of which the remnants include a former hospital now a Government Ministry Headquarters, a burial ground, and Officer’s Mess which today serves as a Police Recreational Club.

This parish is a paradise for nature lovers as it is home to an extensive 22-acre Arboretum, which is full of tall trees, open meadows and palms. The Edmund Gibbons Natural Reserve is a beautiful area with small walking path preserving the local flora and fauna, also serves as home to the migratory birds. Another attraction includes Palm Groove which is an estate with palm gardens and shelters tropical bird sanctuary, moongate and an island map set in a pond.

botanical garden

Paget:

Stretching from Hamilton Harbor on the north to the south shore, Paget is located to Devonshire’s west. This is a marvelous place that lends opportunities for exploring legendary houses. Also, it serves home to the Bermuda National Trust Headquarters at Waterville.

Paget also shelters the sprawling 36 acre Bermuda Botanical Gardens, a spectacular display of flora which blossoms in the island’s sub-tropical climate. This parish also houses the official residence of Bermuda’s Premier. Other noteworthy attractions include the Paget Marsh, Bermuda’s second largest nature reserve that exhibits palmetto, cedar trees and mangrove trees.

Warwick:

Located between Southampton and Paget, this parish runs from Great Sound to the South Shore. Popular for its South Shore beaches, it is an idyllic spot to chill and relax in. also, Warwick is compactly populated amidst all other parishes. There are many other soothing and stunning eye-candies in Warwick, including South Shore Park that spreads from Chaplin’s Bay i.e. a beautiful public beach located to the east, spanning through Stonehole Bay and Jobson’s Cave. This extensive stretch stops at Warwick Long Bay, which is reputed to be Bermuda’s longest length beach.

Southampton

Southampton:

Resting between Sandys and Warwick, Southampton is the second most western parish affording scenic views of the Great Sound. Southampton’s extraordinary appeal lies in its Gibbs Hill Lighthouse and Park that spans over 10 acres as it is the oldest iron lighthouse in the world. Then there is Horseshoe Bay that spreads for quarter of a mile, and according to its name it sprawls and resembles a horseshoe of pink sand beach, and is outlined by the limestone cliffs. Tourists can indulge in adventurous activities in Southampton’s Church Bay, a public beach which offers ample opportunities for swimming and snorkeling. To reach in Southampton, catch a taxi ride from the airport, it will be a bit expensive because of its far away distance from the airport.

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