June 30- fly AUS to Chicago
Southwest 6/30 AUS 7am to Midway 9:35am $199
Budget rental car $65
Mile North Hotel Chicago, $204
Jimmy Buffett concert
" 'You go to heaven if you want - I'd rather stay here in Bermuda.' So gushed Mark Twain in the 19th century, and Bermuda's
promise of sun and sea still lures vacationers to its shores. These days celebs like Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones call Bermuda home,
and millionaire executives pop over for a little R&R."
Sunday July 1st
United 7/1 Chicago 6:52am to BDA Hamilton 259pm
7/4 BDA 3:54pm to AUS 11:03pm
Hotel = Coco Reef Bermuda in Hamilton Parish
$817 for 3 nights
Ocean view, free wireless, fridge
Center of island near Hamilton, 30min drive from airport, Paget Parish, on Elbow Beach Reviews
Check out Elbow Beach Bus info
Hamilton bars: Hog Penny, Docksiders, Robinhood (10 mins walk from Front Street), Flanagans,
Monday July 2nd
Look for seahorses in the grass beds at
Shelly Bay (bus 11).
Three species of seahorses have been reported in Bermuda; the Longsnout Seahorse (Hippocampus reidi), the Lined Seahorse
(Hippocampus erectus) and the Dwarf Seahorse (Hippocampus zostera).
Seahorses are rarely seen in Bermuda. They can be found in seagrass beds and algae-covered bottoms, where they wrap their tails around a
plant for support and use their colouring as camouflage. Seahorses can also be seen on mooring lines and around docks. They are also found
in floating mats of Sargassum seaweed. Seahorses are unlike other fish, as they don’t have scales. Instead they have bony plates covered by a
thin skin. They also don’t have teeth or a fully developed digestive system. Seahorses eat small crustaceans and plankton by sucking the prey
into their mouths and swallowing it whole.
Walking tour of Hamilton
Virtually everything in Bermuda revolves around the City of Hamilton. Whether you're talking politics, commerce or geography, Hamilton is the hub of
it all. This is where people head to attend to business, do some serious shopping or spend a night on the town.
Hamilton manages to look quaint and traditional on the one hand and bustling and cosmopolitan on the other. You can casually linger over a rum swizzle
at a century-old waterfront restaurant while international business executives power lunch at the next table; order yourself local rockfish with peas
or opt for the sushi; take a horse-and-carriage ride along the mansion-lined waterfront; or hop on a scooter and get tied up in rush-hour traffic.
Hamilton's pulse is Front St, a harborfront road lined with pastel-colored Victorian buildings in bright lemon, lime, apricot and sky blue. Many of
them have overhanging verandas, where you can wine and dine as you watch the boats ferry across the harbor.
In addition to laying claim to the main government offices, and the handsome buildings that house them, Hamilton has a handful of other interesting
sightseeing spots. But perhaps more than anything, it's the plethora of restaurants that attracts visitors to the city. Fully half of all of Bermuda's
eateries are in the City of Hamilton and the choices run the gamut from delightful little cafés to impeccable fine-dining restaurants.
Because Hamilton serves as a central terminus and transfer point for island buses, you will visit it frequently if you use the public bus system.
Note that Hamilton is commonly called 'town' by Bermudians, so 'going to town' means, without a doubt, going to Hamilton.
Wiki travelSea Glass Beach
about a 30 minute walk from the Royal Navy Dockyard, where our ship was moored. You can hardly see the sand, because it is COVERED, yes
COVERED with sanded sea glass. It it behind the Alberts Row Apartments, and the very old, and small "Convicts Cemetary" The #7 or #8 bus will
drop you off right by it. (corner of Mailbar and Cochran) Walk behind the apartments, and past the Convicts Cemetary. You will see a set of stairs
leading to the beach. Wear sand shoes or something you don't mind getting wet, as you may have to walk through a little water.
Hog Penny Pub Port O Call
Harry's at the Waterfront
Walking tour St. George
Old Town tour and reenactment?
No matter what direction you look in, this town exudes period charm. Some of its centuries-old buildings have been set aside as museums,
but others continue to function as public meeting places, churches and shops. Even the names of the public ways - King's Square, Old Maid's
Lane and Featherbed Alley, to name a few - conjure up images of the past.
St George has a pleasantly slow pace that sets it aside from the bustle of Hamilton, Bermuda's present-day capital. With the exception of
outlying forts and beaches, all the main sights are within walking distance of the town center and are easily explored on foot. Be sure to give
yourself a full day to appreciate all the town has to offer and treat yourself to lunch at one of those breezy harborside restaurants.
If you're touring in winter, consider coming on Wednesday, as it's the one day of the week when the Old State House and the Old Rectory are open
to the public. If you're visiting in the summer, keep in mind that cruise ships dock at St George during the week so it tends to be less crowded on
Carriage House Restaurant
The George & Dragon
Beach- Tobacco Bay
Other- Church Bay (snorkel, deep pink sands- bus 7 or 8) Royal Naval Dockyard
Mangrove Lake: This is the largest pond measuring some 30 acres and located in Hamilton Parish towards the eastern side of the Harrington Sound.
The pond is fringed by thick red mangroves and is home to killifish and diamondback terrapins.
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