Bermuda: “Destination For Adrenaline Junkies”

June 29, 2015

Bermuda is being touted as a destination for “adrenaline junkies” in a recent Wall Street Journal article, which opens by saying, “You can still go golfing on Bermuda, but this once-staid island now offers big-thrills pursuits from rock climbing to mountain biking just a short hop from the east coast.”

In an article titled “Bermuda: The New Destination for Adrenaline Junkies”, the WSJ says, “Bermuda has outgrown its reputation as a haven for stuffy, knee-socked sorts.

Luxury hotels and cuisine from chefs such as Marcus Samuelsson continue to draw a traditional crowd, but a new generation’s appreciation for the thrills to be had beyond the fairways are giving the island a new audience.

“From shipwreck diving [some of the world’s best, thanks to a perilous reef that encircles the island] to jet-ski safaris and sailing [the America’s Cup arrives in 2017], not to mention a river of rum – it’s a place to take some calculated risks.

“One of the many appreciable things about Bermuda’s diminutive size [it’s just 21 square miles] is that nothing requires much planning or effort.”

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“And for such a small island, there’s plenty do, whether zipping around on a moped; knocking back a few “Rum Swizzles” at the Swizzle Inn or a giant rockfish sandwich at Art Mels; staking out your own little fief in the pink sand or going on a snorkeling safari to spot parrot fish.

“Roughly 31 miles of bike trails traverse Bermuda, too. Half of them trace an old, paved railway bed that runs the length of the island. The rest—all unpaved—bisect a half-dozen mini-national parks full of Bermuda cedar and fragrant, flowering freesia trees.”

The author, Charles Bethea, closes the article by saying, “Hurricanes and carnivals were still months away, and all around us was silent. Bermuda felt like a place where humans were just visiting: a jumble of rocks in the middle of the sea that just happen to be perfect for climbing.”

Click here to read the full article on the Wall Street Journal’s website.

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  1. Wow! who said we are boring? Note,”adrenaline junkies” in a recent Wall Street Journal article, which opens by saying, “You can still go golfing on Bermuda, but this once-staid island now offers big thrills pursuits from rock climbing to mountain biking just a short hop from the east coast.”Also “From shipwreck diving [some of the world’s best, thanks to a perilous reef that encircles the island] to jet-ski safaris and sailing [the America’s Cup arrives in 2017], not to mention a river of rum – it’s a place to take some calculated risks.

  2. zippo says:

    good job BTA!!!

  3. Rebranding says:

    Dear BTA and Parliamentarians,

    Since we are getting much needed positive free publicity it may be an idea to relax the position on personal consumption (small amounts) of herbal tobacco that most adrenalin junkies enjoy whilst sitting on a road side casually (during their vacations).

    Just an idea, that way we don’t pick up a negative article in the WSJ with a young socialite from the Hamptons or Upper East Side being handcuffed and detained by Bermuda Police Service, before being frog marched to Magistrates Court, paying a fine on their Amex Black Card and then being escorted on board their returning flight, first class, from our new $2550,000,000 modern airport.

    Just an idea.

    Yours faithfully
    Marketing Minor – Rebranding

    • Rebranding says:

      …oooops I just finished my organic herbal green tea wake up cuppa, above I meant…….USD $255,000,000 modern airport.

  4. Sickofantz says:

    31 MILES OF BIKE TRAILS? wHAT HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE TURN UP WITH THEIR MOUNTAIN BIKES AND SEE THAT THE RAILWAY TRAIL HAS THUMPING GREAT METAL GATES ACROSS IT AT EVERY JUNCTION?

    • Cow Polly says:

      Not on the Ferry Reach railway trail they don’t!

      • Sickofantz says:

        Cool I will go on there how long is the railway trail there?

        • Cow Polly says:

          2.5 miles in a straight line but there are lots of different trails branching off from the main pathway. You can quite easily cycle around there to your hearts content without running into any thumping great big metals gates :-) And you get the added bonus of a little beach to cool yourself off on afterwards.

  5. smh says:

    LoL “Rockfish” from Art Mels….The AUTHOR needs to do her research. #FalseAdvertisment

  6. just wondering says:

    I don’t think they were suggesting that you drink and drive – I think they were simply pointing out to the huge number of readers of the WSJ that Bermuda has a surprisingly large number of things that can be done on this island – its about time Bermuda was seen as something other than lying on a beach or playing golf – we actually have a ton of really cool experiences people can enjoy – they are finally getting some exposure.

    • Sickofantz says:

      What are the ton of cool things? (I am looking for inspiration over the summer!)

      • Cow Polly says:

        Cliff climbing, cliff jumping, cave diving, jet skiing, water skiing, wreck diving and that’s without thinking!

        • Sickofantz says:

          Do you know who I contact to go cave diving?

          • Cow Polly says:

            No – try calling one of the diving societies like BSAC.

  7. ChaBoy says:

    no mention of cliff jumping? Sigh…

  8. Cow Polly says:

    BTA – promote cave diving too. There are lots of divers who love to cave dive and we’ve got some beautiful spots in explore particularly in Tom Moore’s Jungle. However, I would suggest that you issue permits to keep them protected from harm as they are fragile.

  9. Kay Latter says:

    Freezia trees???- never seen one! But for the rest – terrific, now we need info out there so people can hook up with these activities.