Travel Guide: Bermuda

WHY WE LOVE IT

Flying there takes less than two hours from most East Coast cities. You do need a passport, though.

Shaped like a fishhook, the island has drop-dead harbor or ocean views from just about everywhere.

Some of the most extraordinary beaches—and stunning water—you'll ever see. (It's not your imagination, the sand does have a pinkish hue, due to the coral.)

The island has a fascinating history, and its British heritage means that the people take their hospitality very seriously.

Locals really do wear Bermuda shorts—with knee socks and neckties!

The famous local cocktail, the delicious Dark and Stormy, made with Gosling's Black Seal rum.

WHEN TO GO

Bermuda is at the same latitude as North Carolina, with similar weather—in other words, while summer is low season in the Caribbean, it's high season in Bermuda, with balmy weather. Fall brings great deals because there is a slight chance of hurricanes, and winter is when the cultural side of the island heats up. Golf is a year-round activity.

GETTING MARRIED IN BERMUDA

First, you must complete a Notice of Intended Marriage form. Note: It must be printed on white legal-size (8.5" x 14") paper. Mail it to the Registrar General (address here) along with a cashier's check or bank draft payable to the Accountant General, Hamilton, Bermuda, in the amount of BM$243. If applicable, include copies of final divorce decrees or death certificates. Your wedding license, valid for three months, may be picked up at the Registrar office. Bermuda requires that two people over 18 witness the ceremony. If you opt for a civil ceremony in the Registry's marriage room (call 441-297-7709 for info), the Registrar will provide witnesses on weekdays.

A directory of Bermuda wedding consultants can be found in the weddings section of the Bermuda Department of Tourism website.

 

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