Holidays to Bermuda

Strangely the word 'Bermuda' can mean different things to different people. You are most likely reading this page either to get information about the island of Bermuda, its people, culture, geography & history etc, or to know about the mysterious Bermuda Triangle where many ships & aircraft have been lost. The triangle was somehow named after the island Bermuda which forms only one corner of the triangular area, and that's how the island Bermuda and the triangle have got connected. But the name Bermuda actually means the island on the North Atlantic Ocean which is a British Overseas Territory. This page is about the Bermuda island. If you are looking for information about Bermuda Triangle - the scary incidents the area is known for and the facts & myths behind them, then go to this page.

The island of Bermuda

Although Bermuda looks like a dot on a map, the shape of the island is like a fish hook, bending near south-west end and the stem extending towards north-east. Actually Bermuda is not a single island. It is a cluster of 138 islands located in the North Atlantic ocean and about 2 hours of flying distance from New York City and about 7 hours from London. Read about Bermuda's location Bermuda follows Atlantic Standard Time (AST) which is 1 hour ahead of Eatsren Standard Time (as in the East Coast of the US). More about Bermuda's Time Zone here... Some of the islands of Bermuda are so tiny that they are fit only for birds' nests. The total area including all these tiny islands is about 21 square miles. Only about 20 of these islands are inhabited and seven of the larger ones are joined by bridges and causeways to the main island of Bermuda. Rest of the islands are scattered in the waters nearby. Bermuda is actually a volcanic rock created as a result of a volcanic eruption from the ocean floor some 100 million years back. From the sea floor up to 200 feet below the water surface, it's all volcanic rock. The remaining part of the island up to what you see above the surface is limestone rock that consists of seashells and corals. The highest point of Bermuda, called the Town Hill is about 76 meters (or 249 feet) above the sea level and is located in Smiths Parish. The limestone rocks that formed the upper part of Bermuda islands have played an important part in the life of Bermudians. It's a rock that is naturally soft and can be easily cut with even saws. But it becomes hard with exposure to air. Bermudians have used this rock to create the white shiny roads in the island that are nothing but polished limestone.

Bermuda's Architecture

Bermudians also use this rock to build limestone roofs in their houses which then serve an important purpose. There are no fresh water lakes or rivers in Bermuda. All houses need to store the rain water in an underground reservoir and use it as drinking water. The rainwater passes through the grooves of the limestone roofs, gets purified and then stored in the tank where further filtering takes place.  

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