Posted March 4, 2009 by Kate Hamman
Though people come to Bermuda for its crystal blue water, pink sands, and subtropical climate, the island offers much more than just a fancy umbrella drink. Wander to the western tip of the island, where you'll find an oasis of cabanas, historical maritime remnants, and spiked baked goods.
9 Beaches Resort: With its ultra-casual attitude, it's no wonder 9 Beaches Resort has been called "Heaven on earth for the down to earth." A total of 84 individual soft-sided cabanas rest on stilts across 18 acres of land and nine private beaches. Several cabanas are even built right on the water, and include an in-floor window to watch the aquatic life below. All cabanas have an ocean view, but rates are based on proximity to the water. Cabanas furthest away start at $205 per night during low season, and include breakfast at the resort's restaurant, Hi Tide. Discounts and packages are available throughout the year.
Bermuda Maritime Museum: When it comes to history, there's only one place to learn all there is to know about Bermuda. Step inside the Maritime Museum's six-acre fortress known as the Keep, where you will find the Commissioner's House showcasing military and social exhibits, the Treasure House displaying 17th century shipwreck artifacts, and the Keep Pond housing Dolphin Quest. With more than 30,000 historical objects, the museum may teach you a thing or two, or at least allow you to swim with a dolphin. Admission costs $10 per adult.
Bermuda Rum Cake Company: By combining moist, delicate cake with Bermuda Black Seal Rum 80 proof, the Bermuda Rum Cake Company has made a uniquely potent treat. Stop by the bakery across from the Maritime Museum in the Royal Naval Dockyard, where you can witness bakers creating the cakes firsthand. You can also sample several different flavors, including chocolate, rum and ginger, banana, and coconut. Take one of the heat-sealed cakes, which will last up to three months, to the folks back home for $12.95.
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(Photo: Bermuda Department of Tourism)
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