Bermuda’s a Beautiful Island but Not in the Caribbean

Learn what it is about this country that keeps me coming back for more.

Gibbs Hill Lighthouse. Bermuda, 2007. © Carol Labuzzetta (author).

In the last thirty-five years, I’ve had the good fortune to travel to the island of Bermuda three times! And, I’d love to go again! What is it about this tiny island nation that keeps me wanting to return? Honestly, there’s a lot!

But, before I tell you about what I love about Bermuda, I need to clarify a few things. First, the island is NOT in the Caribbean! It is located 650 miles off the coast of North Carolina in the Western North Atlantic Ocean. At this latitude, it is considered subtropical. It is 800 miles north of the island countries that are considered the West Indies.

The country is tiny, only 24 miles long and less than a mile wide. Bermuda is actually an archipelago or a group of islands. The main island, where the capital of Hamilton is located is only 14 miles long. The island sits amid living coral reefs in an azure sea. The island is made of limestone which you can see when traversing the roads, which sometimes narrow to harrowingly thin widths.

The weather is mild and temperate. It can get humid. August is the hottest month with an average of 86 degrees Fahrenheit. February is the coldest month with temperatures in the 50s. I’ve been in July, August, and March. I’ll never go in March again. It’s too cold to enjoy the ocean at that time of year.

pink sand beach with turquoise water and rocks off the shore of a Bermuda Beach
Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda © Carol Labuzzetta (the author), 2007

Historically, Bermuda was discovered in 1503 but it took more than a century before it was settled. Bermuda, a British territory in the early 1600s; it remains one today. While the country has full internal independence, it does fall under British rule with representation in the English parliament. “Bermuda remains an Overseas Territory of the British crown, but the question of independence still arises.” (

Cannon aimed at the ocean surround the island of Bermuda
Cannon at the Dockyard, a defunct Royal Navy Base, Bermuda. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.

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Carol Labuzzetta, MS Natural Resources, MS Nursing

Environmental educator with a passion for teaching youth using the science of awe. Traveler, Photographer, Author, Wife, Mother. Top Writer & Boosted Writer x3