Sunday Special – Bermuda


1030 km / 640 miles off the east coast of the USA are the Islands of Bermuda. This Atlantic archipelago is the oldest British Overseas Territory  and is also self-governing. Additionally it is the northernmost point of the Caribbean. Due to its northerly location its climate is humid subtropical (due to the Gulf Stream) with winters being a bit cooler with lows at approximately 17C/62F and summers comfortable at about 26C/80F.

Perhaps best known for its pink sand beaches, Bermuda has plenty to offer despite its small size. The two main towns are Hamilton and St George with the later being a UNESCO World Heritage site. Although there are no car rentals in Bermuda they have excellent public transit or you can opt for motorized bike or moped rentals. Taxis are an option as well as walking around areas on foot. For those who crave  outdoor activity there is much to choose from. Golfing, hiking, cycling, rock climbing, snorkeling and diving, kayaking, surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing await. I’ve heard the view is stunning too. If culture, arts, history and sights are on your list then seek out local theatre, fashion, dance and costume, its African history in local museums and its British history in the buildings around you. Retail therapy and spa pampering is also a way to experience this sunny isle. And don’t forget the numerous beaches.

Perhaps I’ll make it there one day soon.

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Bermuda’s pink sand beaches – Photo attribution: Bermuda Ministry of Tourism and Transport (via Wikimedia Commons) 

Bermuda Ministry of Tourism & Transport [Attribution], from Wikimedia Commons

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St George, Bermuda – Photo attribution: Taken and owned by Captain-tucker via Wikimedia Commons 

By Captain-tucker (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Sunday Special – Aruba


**Note: I posted this yesterday (Sunday) but for some reason it put it elsewhere in the blog & said it was posted in January. I’m not sure what happened there but I have re-posted it now. Enjoy!

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Located in the southern Caribbean Sea only 24 km / 15 miles from the coast of Venezuela is a group of three islands that are part of The Netherlands. Theses small islands are called Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao (The ABC islands). Among the most visited of these ABC islands is Aruba. This tiny island which stretches 9 km /6 miles wide and 30 km/19 miles long is known for its lush beaches, an almost constant temperature of 27C /81F and for being outside of the hurricane belt. Recognized by many as a beach resort destination there are some areas of Aruba that break from that. For those wanting a beach break there is no shortage of pristine white sand beaches and numerous accommodations to help you to tan, partake in a number of water sports,tour around or plain unwind – just head to the west coast of the island.  The capital city of Oranjestad offers its own charm with Colonial Dutch architecture, museums, shopping arcades, parks, Fort Zoutman and the Renaissance Marketplace. Wander away from the beaches and resorts to see various natural bridges, hike the 561 steps of Haystack Mountain, check out Guadirikiri Caves or visit California Lighthouse or the butterfly farm. Aruba may be a small island but it seems there is no lack of activities.

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View of Oranjestad, Aruba – Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons – Photo taken and owned by Bgabel

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Palm Beach, Aruba – Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons – Photo taken and owned by Andrei Atilin

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One of the many natural bridges in Aruba – Photo is Public Domain

 

Sunday Special – La Brea Pitch Lake, Trinidad & Tobago


Not a place that is traditionally considered pretty, nonetheless, Pitch Lake in Trinidad’s southwest city of La Brea is something of an unusual natural occurrence. It is the world’s largest “pitch lake” – there are only three in existence – and is filled with approximately 10, 000, 000 tons of pitch (asphalt).

Guided to it by Amerindians in 1595 CE, Sir Walter Raleigh saw it’s immediate uses and had his ship coated in the lake’s tar and took some home with him on a later trip.  In the 1790s it was the Spanish that refined the tar and called the area “Tierra del Brea” (land of pitch) and therefore the name of the town came to be known as La Brea.

In addition to commercial uses of the pitch, the lake also attracts over 20,000 tourists annually. Some areas can be walked on due to its semi solid surface yet in other areas standing on it can cause sinking. Additionally, there are local legends regarding the lakes formation. Trinidad & Tobago’s indigenous peoples believe that the gods opened up the earth to swallow up an entire village after celebrations over a rival village became out of control.

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La Brea’s Pitch Lake, Trinidad & Tobago. Photo Credit:  Taken and owned by Martina Jackson – Wikimedia Commons

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Pitch Lake in La Brea, Trinidad & Tobago. Photo Credit: Taken and owned by Carl Ungewitter – Wikimedia Commons

SUNDAY’S SPECIAL SPOT – SAINT LUCIA


The Caribbean Sea is peppered with lush green islands beckoning you to step foot on their pristine beaches and feel the water lapping your toes. So many to choose from! How about Saint Lucia? One of the Lesser Antilles islands of the Caribbean, this gem is recognized by its famous Pitons mountains.


Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort & Spa, Saint Lucia


Saint Lucia offers crisp beaches, lush mountain hikes, fun water adventures, stunning views and food that will set your taste buds dancing. A Caribbean getaway dream.

Photo Credit: Caribbean Travel