Adored as one of the world’s most romantic escapes, love is in full bloom throughout Bermuda with a celebration aptly named the “Feel the Love Month”. Due to overwhelming popularity, the island-wide festival of discounts has been extended through March 3. Sponsored by the Department of Tourism, the island invites couples to celebrate Valentine’s Day, or any day, with hotel deals, love cruises, champagne and strawberry fetes and salsa dancing till the sun comes up.
A quick two hours from east coast gateway cities, the sunny sliver stretches twenty-one miles along cerulean waters surrounded by a spectacular coral reef plateau. Beds for heads range from swanky resorts to quaint guest houses and with more than one hundred eateries dotting the island, couples are assured of a getaway worth a million memories. With more ship wreck dives than anywhere else on the planet, golf courses for novices and pros, horseback riding, deep sea fishing and smooth beaches caressed by pink sands, Bermuda aims to please and never disappoints.
Tee for Two & Other Fun Stuff
The Couples’ Golf Tournament lights up the Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton every Monday and Thursday from 8:30 to noon as twosomes get groovy on the scenic greenways that are home to the PGA Grand Slam. Green fee discounts up to fifty percent and Department of Tourism gifts seal the deal for couples enjoying a day on the course.
It’s a champagne and strawberry affair on Tuesday afternoons at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art in the Botanical Gardens. After a gratis guided tour of the celebrated museum that is home to collections by such luminaries such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Winslow Homer, lovebirds get cozy listening to performances by Bermuda’s top saxophone players while sipping champagne and nibbling chocolate-covered red ripe strawberries in the Rose Garden.
Get on the Love Train every Wednesday on Front Street in Hamilton for a bird’s eye view of the islands most romantic hotspots with plenty of stops for photo taking. At night, polish the dancing shoes for SalsaMania with spicy two-step lessons, fiery Latin cuisine and potent libations as the band takes Latin dancing to new heights. Clubs participating include the Moon Lounge and Victoria Grill.
Meet at the Dockyard Glassworks on Maritime Lane in the Royal Naval Dockyard every
Thursday at 2 pm to see talented artists create masterpieces using the process of glass-blowing and flame-working. Compliments of the Department of Tourism, a unique glass lovebird is given to all the couples in the crowd. Also in Hamilton, the Love Cruise sets sail from Albuoy’s Point on Friday at 2 pm for an afternoon of musical entertainment and complimentary refreshments as the comfy boat glides through Hamilton Harbour’s most romantic hideaways.
Love is in the air on Fridays at the Bermuda National Gallery on Church Street in Hamilton as tourists and locals alike are treated to a serenade of love songs performed by local bands and on Saturday, put on the walking shoes for a leisurely tour of seaside St. George where the
island’s most romantic love stories were born.
Good Luck Moon
Just about everyone with a little romance in her (or his) soul will be intrigued by the many moon gates that dot the island. Walking through these circular stone structures with sloping roofs that represents the half-moon of the summer sky is believed to bring good luck to honeymooners and everyone else in love.
As the story goes, a Bermudian sea captain built the first moon gate in 1860 after seeing one in China. He brought the idea home to Bermuda where it has become a tradition still honored today. Attached to a low wall or free-standing, moon gates are decorated with bright blooms and for couples walking through or photographed smiling in front of one, a long life and a bright future is the sunny forecast.
Make a Date
- March 15 – 18: College Week Reunion. This is the ideal time for baby boomers to take a memorable stroll down memory lane. Hotel packages start at $597.00 for a three day Bermuda blow-out.
- March 16 – 22: Bermuda International Film Festival. An island-wide celebrate of international and homegrown cinema.
- June 15: Newport Bermuda Race. More than 2,000 sailors will sail 635 miles from Newport, Rhode Island to St. David’s Lighthouse in Bermuda.
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