consists of a chain of some 180 coral islands and islets lying
650 miles (1046km) off the coast of North Carolina on the
U.S. east coast, in the Atlantic Ocean. Its coastlines are
characterised by small bays with beaches of fine pale pink
coral sand. The surrounding waters are a blue to blue-green.
Inland there is an abundance of subtropical plants and flowers.
Hamilton is the colony’s capital city, situated at the end
of Bermuda’s Great Sound on the inner curve of the ‘fish hook’.
In Hamilton parish is the Bermuda Aquarium and Natural History
Museum and Zoo, based at Flatts Village. At
the far eastern end of the chain of islands is the 17th-century
town of St George. The town’s narrow lanes and historic landmarks
appear much as they did hundreds of years ago. St George has
many excellent pubs, restaurants and shops. Bermudian specialities
include Bermuda lobster, shark and fish chowder laced with
sherry, peppers and rum. There are restaurants, cafes, bars
and taverns to taste and budget. Local drinks are mainly rum
based. Most hotels offer evening entertainment. Local music
is a mixture of calypso and Latin American.
Bermuda is tiny by world standards - with a land area of only
21 square miles or 56 square kilometers, but has the most
divable shipwrecks in the Western Hemisphere. You’ll find
more than five centuries of nautical history waiting for you
beneath Bermuda’s waters. A popular site is the 200-foot schooner,
Peter Benchley’s inspiration for The Deep. At some sites,
shipwrecks are so close to one another, you can explore multiple
ships in the same dive.
The waters surrounding Bermuda are home to more than 650 species
of marine life, many of them unique to this subtropical island
paradise. Among the array of marine life, you’ll find blue,
queen, and Townsend angelfish, clown wrasse, rainbow parrotfish,
rock beauty, blue chromis, foureye butterfly fish, spotted
puffer, triggerfish, and hundreds more. From the gigantic
purple sea fans to the brain coral and sea anemones, you’ll
discover a breathtaking variety of incredible sea creatures
in the underwater world of Bermuda.
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