Spaniard Juan de Bermudez discovered this island of turquoise waters and pink sand beaches in 1503. However, Bermuda was not officially colonized until 1612 when the British arrived. The Union Jack has flown here for more than 300 years, and Bermudians are proud that theirs is the oldest British colony with an assembly elected by the people. Entwined with images of Bermuda-shorted vacationers sipping Bermuda rum, the British influence is strongly felt – tidy cottages line the clean streets, and high tea is still served in the island's guesthouses. Many of London's large department stores have branches here, made even more attractive by duty-free prices. A trip to Bermuda encompasses the best of both worlds. After a day of touring the Royal Naval Dockyard or snorkeling among the coral reefs, a visitor can enjoy world-class live entertainment and a gourmet meal that mixes traditional flavors with the fresh fish and fruits of the island.
Bermuda has an unusually high concentration of limestone caves, and spelunking is a popular activity for both locals and tourists.