Bermuda is known for its pink sand beaches, its British roots, and for being one place where office dress means a suit coat, tie and boldly colored Bermuda shorts. The island encourages exploration at a slower pace, since scooters and pedal bikes are the only self-touring transportation rental options.
Bermuda is 650 miles east of South Carolina. It sits in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and is not technically part of the Caribbean. Flights from New York and other eastern locales take less than two hours to make the trip. Of Bermuda's 181 islands, only the eight populated ones are linked by bridges and roadways. The 75 miles of scenic coastline is home to beaches of all sizes, created by crushed coral and Foraminifera shells, a single-celled plankton species.
Bermuda was first founded in 1505 by Captain Juan de Bermudez of Spain. In 1609, Sir George Somers was heading to Jamestown on the British ship, the Sea Venture, when a storm threw the vessel off course. The crew started colonizing the island, and it wasn't until 1815 that the city of Hamilton was named the capital. Since then the island has been a magnet for British royalty, Hollywood escapees and even noted authors, such as Mark Twain.
The British formality is tempered by the music, culture and food of Caribbean natives and descendants of former slaves. One example of this mixture is the famed Bermuda shorts, often found in hot pink, orange and yellow, even when paired with a coat and tie. The color is pure Caribbean, but the official law stating that Bermuda shorts may be no shorter than six inches above the knee, is decidedly British.