National Geographic : 1965 Feb
Arrival at Kindley Field.Family photographedwith four members of HerMajesty's Customs. Bermuda extends a relaxing British welcome to every member of your family. Today the crowds, the smog, the traf fic jam seem a million miles away. You're in Bermuda. Actually, less than two hours from New York by jet. Or two days by leisurely cruise. As long as you stay in Bermuda, you'll not see a hotdog stand, a bill board, or a car driven much faster than 20 miles per hour. Bermuda's unhurried British way happens to make for a perfect vacation. Bermuda lets you choose your own pace. Feeling lazy? Go ahead. golf. Hauling in a marlin. Skippering a fast sailboat. (What happened to the overworked "you-that-was?") Island of discovery. As you putt putt around Bermuda by motor-bike, you come across one surprise after the other. Perhaps a bit of history. Bermuda was settled in 1609! Explore a pirate's cove. Or an un derground cave. See the semi-tropi cal riot nature carries on with trees like Fiddlewood, Screw Pine, Napo leon's Plume. And flowers-Oleander, Jasmine, Hibiscus-the air is sweet with them. Underwater explorers find the life of coral reefs-brightly coloured fish, sea horses, sea fans - most exciting. There are many ways to see it-from glass-bottomed boat to scuba diving. Excitement after sundown. After dark, the island becomes a pleasure party. One hotel vies with another Beachcomb the day long. Stretch out on clean coral sand. Gaze at blue sky and water the colours of jade, tur quoise, lapis lazuli. Be deliciously private-on vast reaches of pink, un crowded sand. You could spend your whole holiday relaxing. Once Bermuda's in your soul, however, a score of activi ties beckon. You find yourself playing to entertain you. Pubs and clubs are alive with the magic of calypso. Rather listen to surf and the song of whistling frogs than a wild drum- beat? Dine at a waterside restaurant. Or in moonlight on your terrace. Did you bring the children? There are a thousand things for teens to do, in Bermuda. And endless fun for tiny people, too. (Best of all, there's a bountiful supply of babysitters.) Escape the hullaballoo-come to Bermuda and live as you please! Choose a charming guest house. Or a cottage colony where you'll dine in the main house and have breakfast brought to you. Or a glamorous hotel. Your travel agent can tell you about Bermuda's variety of accom modations. Or write Bermuda, 620 Fifth Ave., New York 20 * 6 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago 2 * 111 Richmond St., West, Toronto.