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Cruising Article – 2011-08-24
Five interesting locations in Bermuda, the oldest British colony
Bermuda is a world famous vacation spot located off the coast of North Carolina in the Sargasso Sea. The island makes up the northernmost point of the famed Bermuda Triangle, a mysterious area that is known for causing odd disappearances. This region of the world is kept in a temperate subtropical climate by the warming waters of the Gulf Stream, and subsequently, the area never experiences extreme hot or cold. The average temperature of Bermuda hangs between the high 60's and low 70's in the winter months and mid 80's during summer.
One cannot visit Bermuda without exploring the Royal Naval dockyard. Construction of this area began in 1809, after the American War of Independence caused the British to lose access to all the ports on the recently established colonies. This historic location was used extensively by the British Navy until 1951, when the facility closed. Since then, the dockyard has been available for viewing by the public and is home to restaurants and pubs that vacationers can enjoy after touring the site.
Those on vacation in Bermuda will want to see the quaint British city of Hamilton. Located in an interesting harbor that overlooks the bay, this town is built with interesting architecture that still remains from the era in which it was built. Hamilton is quite flush with tropical vegetation, and owns a number of parks that contribute to a splendid green atmosphere. The city experiences hotter weather patterns than the rest of the island, and is a great place to stay for those wishing to escape a harsh winter.
St. George is Bermuda's first permanent settlement and claims to be the oldest inhabited English town in the New World. This is Bermuda's largest populated area, with just under 2,000 people calling the city home. St. George is located on the northernmost tip of Bermuda in a cozy sound that protects the town from any diverse weather patterns. Vacationers to this area may wish to visit the old state house building, which was the home of Bermuda's Parliament from 1620 to 1815.
Bermuda features an aquarium, museum and zoo for those interested in viewing some of the aquatic life living around the island. This oceanic arena, sponsored by the Bermuda Zoological Atlantic Conservation Partnership, hopes "to inspire appreciation and care of island environments," according to their website. An interesting feature of the aquarium is a Plexiglas bubble that is immersed into an underwater environment to simulate deep sea diving.
Bermuda's Maritime Museum can give history buffs a quick lesson on the island's involvement in history. A few exhibits include the retelling of how a German submarine was captured and brought to Bermuda, and a display illustrating how electricity was first brought to the region. Bermuda is a vacation destination rife with history and a story awaits around every corner.
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