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Bermuda Fun Facts ~ Where is Bermuda?
Upon approach to this beautiful charming island, your plane is flying over Bermuda’s colorful barrier reef and white rooftops. You will see the ocean surrounding the island is almost gemlike, but then you will be asking yourself how it is so high north and yet so tropical. Bermuda is a 21 square mile island located on the North Atlantic and off the east coast of North America. It is actually a string of 138 islands and tiny islets, out of which some 20 are inhabited and seven are joined by bridges and causeways to the main island. The Bermuda Longtail, so beautiful, chooses this place to return every year to nest.
Bermuda’s deep history of Pirating!
Bermuda’s pirating history deserves much more than a simple paragraph on a numbered list. It is enthralling and exciting to read. During the 1700s, the island did not have much natural resources to reap. What they did have though, is what the ocean provided, along with the sturdy cedar trees that grew all over the island. Therefore, it made sense then, that they turned to shipbuilding and privateering – or in other words, piracy.
The Isle of Devils, as it was called, was a strategic location when ships would sail between England, Spain, and France, and the Caribbean and the New World, (North America). Bermuda was famous for not only capturing merchant ships that made the mistake of sailing into the wrong local waters, but they also
plundered all the way from Boston to the Turks Islands and Bahamas. Privateering died out in the early 1800s, and as fearless as Bermudians were in those days, Bermudians today are some of the friendliest people you will meet.
You are able to snorkel up to seven miles offshore
In an area called Eastern Blue Cut, you are able to snorkel over a coral reef ecosystem that rises from 35 feet off the sandy bottom up to 3 feet under the surface. If you are brave enough to head over towards the ledge, where the coral reef sharply drops off and you start to enter the Atlantic Ocean, you are able
to easily see straight down 100 ft on clear days. You may see a school of large black groupers or an eagle ray halfway down swimming next to the ledge.
Bermuda’s coral reef has mostly, if not all, arrived from the Caribbean, Bahamas, and Florida through the Gulf Stream. The same Gulf Stream that carries the warm current that has created this tropical oasis in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
Goslings Black Seal Rum’s deep history with Bermuda
The Goslings brothers, James and Ambrose came to Bermuda in 1806 with £10,000 in wine, spirits, and products brought over from England with them. They were heading for America, but as it happened to many other ships at that time, they ended up in Bermuda and did not leave. In 1860, the sons of Ambrose had the first oak barrels of black rum shipped in from England. After testing and perfecting a new blend of black rum at that time, the family has continually been selling their rum to Bermudians and
rum drinkers world-wide. It is the reason for the Dark & Stormy, a national drink, a must try!
Bermuda’s white rooftops are used to collect drinking water
Bermuda has few fresh water wells and no natural rivers. This means that early Bermudian settlers had to be creative with collecting their drinking water. The famous white rooftops have gutters that catch the water and direct it into a caged off drain to prevent most debris from falling in. The water fills up an
underground tank that every house has, and after passing through a filtration system, it is safe to drink. If you happen to run low on water in your tank, you need to call the water truck and have them deliver a truckload of water to your house.
Places of Worship
There are more churches, across many denominations, on Bermuda per capita, one of the highest in the world. Bermuda’s Churches are beautiful in architecture, full of culture and history dating back to the oldest Anglican church outside of the British Isles and the oldest Protestant church in continuous use! St Peter’s dates back to the early 1600’s. It is now historically part of UNESCO World Heritage site.
WHAT’S THE LINE UP?
FRIDAY, JUNE 14: The carnival officially starts at 7pm with live performances during 5 Star Friday. This event features the best in local and international Soca artists and DJs. You will be entertained from start to finish, so don’t be late!
SATURDAY, JUNE 15: At 12PM on Saturday, the carnival continues with world’s first and only Raft Up! Here we take carnival onto the water by securing a ‘big truck’ on a floating barge to create the biggest party ON the Atlantic Ocean! Arrive by land or by water to Shelly Bay to experience soca, sun and the sea like no other event in the world!
SUNDAY, JUNE 16: You will be entertained from sun up to sun down, with the large variety of events including breakfast cruises, all-white fetes, steel pan performances in the park, and All-Star concerts featuring celebrity artists, beach parties and much, much more. Visit the event page for the full event listing.
MONDAY, JUNE 17: Starting at 3AM, we present to you the world’s most EPIC J’Ouvert party!! This J’Ouvert party still holds the record for the biggest “Circle of Friends” in the WORLD and will be one of the most vibeziest experiences of your LIFE!
Monday, JUNE 17: The Parade of bands. All five bands have incredible costumes that were created by some of world’s best designers. The exhilarating day on the road will end with live performances by international artists and DJs at the Last Lap event.
We invite you to… COME PLAY WITH US!
Perched on Bermuda’s stunning south shore with miles of pink sand beaches alongside our private beach club, dotted with lush bougainvillea and towering coconut palms, the luxurious Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda beach, tennis and golf resort serves island adventure and relaxation. Conveniently located in the mid-Atlantic, less than a two-hour flight from most east coast gateways; this Bermuda hotel is perfect for Atlantic vacations, getaways, meetings & events year-round.
Fairmont Rooms are located between the first and fifth floors of the resort with partially obstructed views of Bermuda’s turquoise waters, the lush Turtle Hill Golf Course, or the iconic Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse. Our Bermuda hotel rooms boast tasteful furniture, LCD TV, writing desk, WiFi access, fully stocked mini bar, walk in closets and spacious bathrooms with double granite vanity. Each room has a private outdoor balcony with table and chairs. Rooms may have One King bed or Two Queen beds. Views are partially obstructed of the water or lighthouse.
Please note, the photo above is representative of the room category. Actual rooms may vary from what is shown.
For your convenience a special rate has been secured. You may access the rate info and secure your room directly through the ROOM BOOKING LINK
Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for BERMUDA HEROS WEEKEND.
Please click here to book your flights!
You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NY2PK
*Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation 800 number.
Fairmont Southampton is approximately 30 minutes from airport. Guests arriving may receive a taxi from the taxi queue upon departure from the arrivals and luggage claims hall.
Alternatively private transportation can be arranged. Pre-arranged transport ensure you will be accommodated upon exit from airport. Cost is $22 per person each way with shared ride or $90 each way for private service. Cost includes airport meet and greet, baggage handling and gratuity.
Please request transport by emailing Christi firstname.lastname@example.org
Travel safe – travel smart – travel with peace of mind = Travel insured!
The Loren Hotel cannot be made responsible for cancellations due to family emergency, health, airline cancellations/delays or weather conditions. For inquiries on travel insurance please email Names, dates of travel, Dates of birth and total of airfare (if purchased)
Passports!! Now would be a great time to check your passport for validity date.Please be aware that all citizens, including infants and children, must have a passport when traveling outside of the US. Please ensure you have at least 6 months past the date of intended travel to Bermuda. Most destinations are now adhering to the 6 month validity rule! Married women traveling with passport in their maiden name and ticket in their married name must carry also a legal stamped marriage certificate. Non US citizens require valid passport from their country. Please inquire with local consulates for any Visa requirements.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Did you know? Bermuda is actually a group of 18 islands! The 8 larger major islands are connected by bridges and causeways. The smaller ones dot the Harbours and Sounds uninhabited or with luxurious residences!
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