What is it about Bermuda that draws people in ? Personally I have been fascinated with Bermuda since I was a kid and heard stories about the Bermuda Triangle. Before we headed out, my Mother asked me if I was aware of the stories. I laughed and said ” Of course that is why I am going there.”
We arrived in the area called Dockyard Marina which is the location of Kings Wharf and
Heritage Wharf. From this area you can take the Ferry to either Hamilton or St George’s.
You can also get a Taxi or Public Bus ( that’s a scary ride and takes longer than the Ferry) or rent a scooter. We opted to purchase a pass that allows you the choice of Ferry or Bus unlimited trips. Only Bermudians as they call themselves are allowed to drive a car and they may only have one per household.
The Museum is a self guided tour so you can spend as much time as you would like. During our trip the weather was beautiful until the last day. As you can see from this photo, a storm blew in. I was glad we saved the Museum for this day we felt a little better since this place use to keep our soldiers safe and stayed a little dryer than when we tried to venture out earlier that morning .
The photo above on the left is the Commissioner’s home , center is one of the bunker, and the view out of the bunker looking onto the Harbor. Up on the ridge are the numerous cannons and a road leading to the Casemate.
The above areas are off-limits, they are in very rough shape. Casemate Barracks was built-in the late 1830’s to house troops manning the Dockyard, it later closed in 1951. From 1963-94 it was Bermuda’s maximum security prison and currently it is under restoration by Museum volunteers.
This building we were able to walk around in. I stayed to the first floor and that was creepy enough. It did not appear as though the upstairs was off-limits but it did not look safe and there was no way to know who may be up there since anyone can get in there.
This next photo is of stairways that are located in each corner of the building and look similar to a spiral staircase. The first photo is clear. The second photo should be a mirror image of the first but something happened. I saw a clear view but that is not what I ended up with. You decide what we are seeing.
The face of the clock is down stairs and the inner workings start on the lower floor and go up through to the second floor.
Lets take the ferry to Hamilton which is the capital. When you get off the ferry there is a visitor center to the left, this is a great place to start they are very helpful. You can pick up brochures here and get a snack or use the restroom located to the outside rear of the building. We will visit the Crystal Caves which is only one of many caves here on the island. Walk across the street to Queen St and up a few blocks to Church St. to the right past City Hall is where we catch a bus to the caves. Route one will take you out-of-town and route seven brings you back to Hamilton.
There are guided tours every fifteen minutes. You can grab a snack at the Cafe before you head down the 83 steps to the floating bridge. I hope you’re not afraid of the dark. This is a great place to visit if the heat of summer since it’s a constant cool temperature.
If you have children you may want to visit the Aquarium Museum & Zoo in Flatts. Here you will find a collection of Saltwater
fish, a Museum of assorted exhibits from early settlers. There are several types of animal exhibits, a gift shop and a snack shop.
A Government operated facility founded in 1926, it’s supported by The Bermuda Zoological Society and Atlantic Conservation Partnership.
The weather in Bermuda is generally comfortable in the seventies. There are several Beaches that are public. The water is a beautiful color and fairly warm. Most of the Beaches we saw had changing facilities, restrooms and some type of food available.
So what are you waiting for, visit Bermuda. A cruise ship is the way to go since your room is always waiting. www.atouristlifetravel.com