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Britains Oldest Colony

Aug 17, 2007
An overseas territory of the United Kingdom Bermuda is Britains oldest colony, its influence continues to dominate our government, educational and legal institutions. It sustains a wealthy offshore financial economy and more than 13,000 companies are registered. The tourist industry attracts over 500,000 visitors each year to the island.

Bermuda is an exotic mixture of old world British charm and vibrant American culture set on a sub tropical island. Small cottages, afternoon teas and cricket matches pop up along side paradise beaches. The only source of fresh water here is rain fall, which is collected on roofs and catchments and stored in tanks. Each dwelling usually has at least one of these tanks.

Music and dance and is also king in Bermuda with a musical scene dominated by Caribbean sounds. In the summer, activity seems to float from hotel to hotel. Many pubs feature sing a longs at the piano, a popular form of entertainment in Bermuda. Most of the big hotels offer shows after dinner.

Bermuda, once hailed as a show case of the British Empire, is still that, at least in its variety of goods. Shops usually occupy charming cottages or historically important buildings, making shopping even more fun. In most cases, shopping on Bermuda is about quality, not bargains. Once you are in Bermuda, it rarely pays to comparison shop. Prices are rather uniform, the price of a watch in a branch store in St. George is likely to be exactly the same as it is in the main shop in the City of Hamilton.

Most of Bermudas best shops are along Front Street in the City of Hamilton, where shopping is relaxed and casual. The choicest items are imports from Great Britain and Ireland, such as cashmere and Shetland sweaters, Harris tweed jackets, Scottish woollen goods and tartan kilts.

The visitor attractions include The Royal Navy Dockyard, as well as an assortment of museums, churches, forts and many other historical sites.

The Royal Naval Dockyard has been transformed into a park, with Victorian street lighting and bandstand for concerts and a Terrace Pavilion. When the government bought this dockyard, it marked the end of British naval might in the western Atlantic. A multimillion dollar cruise ship dock has been built and a tourist village has emerged. The area also houses the Bermuda Maritime Museum and the Neptune Theatre, the Bermuda Arts Centre and the Crafts Market
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Douglas Scott writes for The Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Bermuda Rental Site
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