Aren’t you just a little curious?
This was our first trip to the island since the Bermuda general election. In that recent election the PLP party regained power over the incumbent OBA party. There’s no impact on visitors, the island is still floating and the transition to the new party is going smoothly. Actually the transition seems very amicable between parties. Er, just like in the States, right?
America’s Cup Hangover
The island is still experiencing an event hangover from the earlier summer America’s Cup. There was so much excitement and anticipation leading to the event, and the island was so busy during the race weeks, that some have said it feels like the off-season. It’s all relative, because actually the visitor levels are up over last year even after the event. It just seems to some that it’s slower because of the spike in activity on the island during the event.
“It’s So Hot”
One thing I got a kick out of was all the Bermudians complaining about the heat. It seems like everyone I met, made comments like “It’s so hot”, “it seems hotter than usual”. I usually make a snarky reply like “It’s August, you live in Bermuda, and it happens every year”. They come back with “it just seems hotter” or “maybe as I get older the heat affects me differently”. No sympathy from me.
We’re Jammin’ -Bob Marley
The island is in full cruise ship mode. The beaches are looking more like cruise ship pool decks with everyone jammed in together, especially at Horseshoe Bay. This is a good time to explore around and find a new beach. Speaking of beaches, there seems to be much more seaweed washing up than usual. It’s harmless, but if it bothers you, try the next beach away. I found Church Bay smothered in seaweed one day, went down a little further to Horseshoe and it was clear. The day before, Horseshoe had more seaweed.
Everything seems to evolve around the cruise ship passengers and ferrying them back and forth from the ship to the beaches. We had some difficulty arranging taxis, and would recommend allowing a little extra time when scheduling one. Twice, we received recorded messages saying “due to unusual call volume, dispatchers are busy please stay on the line”. That’s never a good sign. Unless you’re a taxi driver.
Do you remember the days when you “called” the airline to make a reservation and at the end of the call the agent would ask if you wanted a rental car in Bermuda. Of course “you” knew that rental cars didn’t exist on the island, but now they do. If you haven’t been on the island since the start of the summer, you’ll be surprised to see new rental cars driving around. They are small electric cars which hold two passengers, seated one in front of the other. Currently they are only a limited number and are only available to guests at certain hotels, but it will probably spread further.
Not Just for Kids Anymore
For families and adult kids, there is a new water attraction in Somerset. It’s called x2o Adventures and it’s an in-water waterpark. Much like a water obstacle course, it looks like fun.
Beach-Long Bay Beach
Long Bay Beach in Somerset often confused with Warwick Long Bay is a nice beach on your way out to Daniels Head. It’s bookended by the Cambridge Beaches hotel and Daniels Head beach area. Although it’s not a wide beach, the big feature here is the unusually slow gradual slope, making it extra kid-friendly because they can wade out very far before it even begins to get deep.
We had a great lunch at Coconuts at The Reefs Resort. It’s fast becoming our go-to place for our arrival day lunch. Situated right on the beach, its hard to decide whether it’s a “restaurant with a view” or a “view with a restaurant”. But it really doesn’t matter, does it?