Bloggers on Bermuda: Liz Laing
As visitors and locals know fully well, Bermuda is a magical place. Even hundreds of photos of Bermuda can’t quite capture its true beauty. You’ve got to see it to believe it – especially when you’re writing about it. In fact, a group of travel bloggers recently visited Bermuda to get a firsthand look at our island paradise.
We caught up with one of these bloggers, Liz Laing from WanderMelon.com, to ask her a few questions about her trip. Check out her responses below.
What made you want to travel to Bermuda?
I love to travel to islands and have always heard that Bermuda was one of the best. After my trip, I’d have to agree – it’s gorgeous! The pink sand beaches and clear turquoise waters are simply mesmerizing.
You’ve been all over the world. What did you find unique about Bermuda?
Bermudian accents. Everyone is very polite, and there’s still a sense of formality on the island. (Dress up for dinner!)
You’ll notice that the men wear Bermuda shorts in a more formal way than what we’re used to in the U.S., with knee-length socks, a dress shirt, tie and blazer. The shorts were introduced by the British military in the early 20th century, to stay cooler in the hot, humid months. In fact, the history and culture of Bermuda is fascinating and has been influenced by England, West Africa, the West Indies, Ireland and Portugal.
What was your favourite experience here?
I loved staying at Elbow Beach, Bermuda (Mandarin Oriental), with its own private section of Elbow Beach for guests. The set-ups on the beach (lounge chair, table and umbrella) are perfect for relaxing and enjoying the spectacular view. When you get hungry, you can order from Mickey’s Beach Bistro, and your food and drinks are brought out to you. Don’t forget to order a Dark ’n Stormy or a Rum Swizzle, Bermuda’s national drinks, made from Gosling’s Black Rum.
What surprised you about Bermuda?
The colour of the ocean – it’s such a bright cerulean blue that it looks almost artificial. I was in awe every time I looked out at the water and was amazed at Bermuda’s natural beauty.
Describe your perfect Bermuda vacation.
It would begin with a walk along the trail at South Shore Park. Then I’d explore some of the best beaches in Bermuda, such as Horseshoe Bay, Jobson’s Cove and Warwick Long Bay (excellent snorkeling).
After a day of fun in the sun, I’d take a little nap and get ready for dinner. Bermuda has many great restaurants serving delicious cuisine and fresh seafood. I would be sure to visit one of my favourites, Ascots. The ambiance, food and service are all outstanding! Another great choice for dinner is Breezes at Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa.
Do you have plans to return here?
I’d love to! Next time, I’d also want to try some water sports, such as kayaking and snorkeling. Plus, I didn’t get a chance to ride a motor scooter (how most tourists get around). The taxi drivers are professional drivers and make great tour guides.
What’s one aspect of Bermuda you wish the world could know about?
A visit to the Crystal Caves is a must. After you descend into the mysterious cavern, you’ll be amazed by the dozens of crystal stalagmites rising from the floor and stalactites “dripping” from the ceiling. A floating bridge is laid over a clear body of water, giving you a prime spot to view the fantastic reflections of the formations that began over 30 million years ago.
Along with Twain and Shakespeare, Bermuda has inspired writers for centuries. Would the island be a good spot to pen the great American novel?
Absolutely. It’s so peaceful and beautiful in Bermuda. It would be great to escape from the chaos of city life and let the creative juices flow! Now, if I could just take a few months off…
Thanks to Liz Laing for sharing her thoughts. Be sure to check out Liz’s article on WanderMelon.com.
For more information about some of the destinations mentioned in this post, please check out the following links:
Elbow Beach, Bermuda: http://www.mandarinoriental.com/bermuda/
Horseshoe Bay and Jobson’s Cove: http://www.gotobermuda.com/what-to-do/beaches/top-picks/
Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa: http://www.cambridgebeaches.com/
Crystal Caves; http://caves.bm/
Achilles Bay Location: http://bit.ly/rt0JmR
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29 November, 2011