Pink-sand beaches, calm, aquamarine seas, and caves adorned in crystal—you can have it all in Bermuda. This British territory in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean boasts beautiful, natural attractions and a warm community that entices tourists across the world. While tourism remains a significant aspect of the country’s success, contributing to almost 30 percent of the country’s GDP, international investment and corporate finance have become greater industries.
The collision of native and emigrating African, Spanish, and Irish populations combined to create a unique Afro-Caribbean culture that exhibits hints of European influence. This blend of culture is vividly exemplified in Bermuda’s traditional folk music, Gombey. Gombey song and dance grew from both rhythmic West African beats and the British tunes of travelling Christian missionaries. Bermudans speak English and adhere to the British standard of spelling and pronunciation.
- When considered in terms of its limited area, Bermuda has the most golfing locations in the world. Within Bermuda’s small 21 square miles, there are nine golf courses.
- Bermudians are called Onions all over the world, because in the 1800s, Bermuda began to export onions very heavily and was coined the Onion Patch.
- Year-round in Bermuda, people dress in what has become the national dress of Bermuda, Bermuda shorts. Shorts, when made of fine material and paired with high socks and business upper garb, are considered acceptable corporate attire.
- Bermuda grass is not native to Bermuda. It received its naming because of its status as an invasive species on Bermuda.
- The Bermuda sloop was named such because it was invented in Bermuda in the 1600s. It is a type of fore-and-aft rigged sailing vessel.
- Most homes in Bermuda have individual water supply systems comprising a roof designed to catch rainwater and a purification system.
- Bermuda is the oldest British colony.
- Despite the mystery surrounding The Bermuda Triangle, no more maritime oddities occur in that space than they do in other similarly positioned region in the world. Most accidents in the area can be chalked up to human error and normal oceanic causes.
- Bermuda is actually made up of almost 200 miniature islands coated in lava and coral.
- There is a sunken Russian submarine on the bottom of the sea off the coast of Bermuda carrying 16 nuclear warheads. It sank in 1986 and was called the “maritime Chernobyl” at the time.
- In Bermuda, shorts, when made of fine material and paired with high socks and business upper garb, are considered acceptable corporate attire.