The Bermuda islands, with pretty pastel buildings, the lush flowered landscape, clear blue waters and powdery sand beaches, sit just 600 miles off the coast of the State of North Carolina.
Tropical summer weather prevails from May through September.
The remaining months of the year are a Bermudian brand of "eternal spring time," with a perfect, breeze-cooled climate preferred by golfers (with more courses per square mile than anywhere else in the world), tennis players and generations of genteel explorers who take to the hills and altogether revel in the scenery and the civilized bit-of-Britain lifestyle.
Bermuda shorts are the basis for local dress code. To preserve and protect the environment, car rentals are forbidden so mopeds are the preferred form of transportation. Hiking is a romantic alternative.
Sights to see include Crystal Cave, Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, Forts St. Catherine and Hamilton, the Royal Navy Dockyard, Spittal Pond and the Botanical Garden.
Downtown Hamilton, the capital, where most cruise ships tie up, is pure manicured magnificence. The colorful, freshly-painted shops along Front Street carry a first-class selection of china, porcelain, crystal, perfume, leather goods, watches, jewelry and more, all at duty free prices. English and Scottish woolens and cashmeres are featured in specialty shops. The Bermuda dollar is equal to the U.S.; no need to exchange currency.
St. George's, Bermuda's second city connected to the mainland by causeway, also receives cruise ships. The pubs and shops lining the wharf are fun to explore.