I traveled to Bermuda on a cruise in April of 2011. Our ship docked at the Dock Yard on Ireland Island and stayed in Bermuda for three days. Over that time, I got to see the whole country from beautiful St. George in the north to Hamilton and back to the Dock Yard by road and by ferry. The people in Bermuda are extremely friendly and the islands beaches are stunning. I definitely want to return to Bermuda in the future.

Bermuda was discovered in 1503 by the Spanish explorer Juan de Bermudez. Originally, the islands were used by Portuguese and Spanish ships as a refilling station for fresh water and and fresh meat. In 1609, the islands were claimed by the Virginia Company for the British. After the American Revolution, the British Navy developed the harbors and built dockyards on the islands. Bermuda was used as the staging ground for the British during the war of 1812 when Washington D.C. and Baltimore were attacked. During the U.S. Civil War, the island were used by the Confederate States to run the Union blockades. Bermuda flourished economically after World War II as an offshore financial and insurance center and an important tourist destination. In March 10, 1973 the Governor of the islands, Sir Richard Sharples, was assassinated. Bermuda's independence have been was considered after it created a constitution in 1968. Since 1620, the country has been a self-governed colony. One of the reasons Bermuda does not become independent is due to  its small population and the high cost of embassies and consulates around the world. 

Images from the Bermuda Ferry System

The Natural Beauty of Bermuda

Images from the Capital - Hamilton

Images from Beautiful St. Georges

Images from the Dockyard and beyond