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Capturing the Charm and Culture of Bermuda

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Capturing the Charm and Culture of Bermuda

Our family including two girls 12 and 15; their parents; and the girls' grandparents will cruise from Boston to Bermuda in late July 2013. As Cape Codders and avid travelers, we're interested in "not to be missed" beaches, learning about local culture, and sharing memorable experiences. Is there a native and knowledgeable local guide who gives island tours? Besides using the local bus, are there other events or opportunities to mix with residents and get to know "their" Bermuda instead of "tourists'" Bermuda? Is there any kind of meet and greet program? For the two active younger generations, this is the first visit to Bermuda so we energetic elders hope to show them a seaside paradise different from our own, the island we came to appreciate many years ago! We await your suggestions. Thank you!

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NCL's '..DAWN..' arrives in Bermuda for her 2½ day port call at approx. 11:00 AM on Sundays and departs at 5:00 PM on Tuesdays...which is a shame because if you really want to meet natives, there's no better time or place than by attending a Sunday church service at any of Bermuda's many places of worship...and your vacation cruise ship will probably arrive too late on Sunday morning to make most services.

The next best way to meet and perhaps interact with the natives is to simply spend time riding the local public buses and ferries. Of course there are bound to be tourists from your vacation cruise ship aboard these as well...but you can probably ignore them.

One of the best ways that you can introduce yourselves to Bermuda and begin to get a sense of the place is to take a private taxi tour, with a BLUE FLAG certified taxi-tour guide. The rate for these private taxi tours for 1-4 passengers is $40.00/hr.--$50.50/hr. for 5-6 passengers. with a three(3) hour minimum. Most tours will run three(3) to four(4) hours...but longer if you like. Divided four(4) or six(6) ways the cost of one of these BLUE FLAG Ambassador taxi tours is one of the biggest and best relative bargains in Bermuda...much less and much better than any shore excursion offered by the cruise lines. These BLUE FLAG certified taxi tour drivers are all VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE about all things Bermuda...and can usually customize your tour to highlight and include your own personal interests (art & architecture, flora & fauna, culture & custom, history, parks & gardens, etc). A BLUE FLAG Ambassador certified taxi tour guide can usually be identified by the BLUE FLAG decal, medallion or fender flag on their taxi. Many taxi drivers in Bermuda offer good private tours but only those with the BLUE FLAG emblem have been certified. You'll find them among the taxi queue at the landward end of your King's/Heritage Wharf cruise ship pier.

On MONDAY evenings, there is the DESTINATION DOCKYARD '..street fair..' event out at the Royal Naval Dockyard complex. Local artists, artisans, vendors set up...as well as local entertainments, games, activities. These 'street fair' events draw many local families (including local tweens & teens) as well for the family fun and activity. Shops, artisan's ateliers, artists's galleries at Dockyard also stay open later for the event.

Bermuda's very best beaches will be located out along her magnificent south Shore...from Horseshoe Bay to the west and Warwick Long Bay to the east with a stretch of little, rock-crenellated, semi-secluded coves and beaches in between. It's well worth the time and effort to beachcomb along the foreshore (some sort of 'water shoes' are a good idea), past the often crowded Horseshoe Bay to these lovely little coves and beaches until you find one where the sand isn't too pink and the ocean isn't too blue and spend the day '..here..'.

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Talking of churches, if you make your way to St Peter's in St George's the people who do the guided tours there are local residents who will spend time chatting with you as long as it's not too busy there. I've had some interesting conversations and learned something of the history of the island from personal viewpoints.

St Peter's is now also known as Their Majesties Chappell, you will be told about that too and perhaps about the recent visit of the Bishop of London in honour of the 400th anniversary of the church.

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Thank you for your help! What is the name of the Bermuda newspaper? I can look in it for listings of local activities and times for Sunday church services. Kindly suggest a specific sailing/snorkel company which you've tried and found worthwhile. I want our family to have a MEMORABLE visit albeit brief.

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4. Re: Capturing the Charm and Culture of Bermuda

www.royalgazette.com you could try contacting Sonny Sullivan who contributes to this forum. I believe the company is called Snorkel Bermuda. If his boat is not suitable I'm sure he can give you info about other snorkel boats.

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www.snorkelbermuda.com

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Local News & Information--

The ROYAL GAZETTE--

http://www.royalgazette.com/

BERMUDA SUN--

http://www.bermudasun.bm/

BERNEWS--

http://bernews.com/

FANTASEA-- http://www.fantasea.bm/snorkeling/ --is a 1st rate operation, offering a variety of snorkeling experiences

For the rest, in the absence of any of the not-so-minor details take some time and make some effort to do some of your own destination research, processed through your own personal/family preference, priority, interest, taste, special need. budget '..filters..'.

BERMUDA DEPT. of TOURISM--

http://www.gotobermuda.com/default/

BERMUDA--Sizzling Summer Events & Activities--

gotobermuda.com/uploadedFiles/…202013_web.pdf

BERMUDA PLANNING & RESEARCH INFO--

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g147255-i208-k5139…

Date-searchable '..calendar-of-events & activities--

gotobermuda.com/what-to-do/events-calendar/

bermuda.com/things-to-do/calendar-of-events.…

http://nothingtodoinbermuda.com/

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