Bermuda is known for its triangle, shorts, historic look and pink sandy beaches. While the famed triangle remains a mystery, some of the island's other attributes have interesting roots.
It’s not a mirage, the sand really is pink. What makes it that way is crushed coral, calcium carbonate, and the shells of tiny single-celled animals. When you break it down, it doesn’t sound so pretty, but watching the turquoise tide roll in and collide with the pink sand will make you forget the ingredients.
Such bright colors don’t happen overnight. Bermuda has the New World’s oldest environmental protection laws, dating back to the 1600s. That’s what keeps the ocean sparkling and sand glistening. Divers really appreciate the clarity while exploring the numerous wrecks found around the island.
But what gives the island its preserved historic look? Settled in 1612, it is the world’s oldest British colony.
It may also have to do with the fact that they don’t allow chain stores or franchise restaurants, which adds an extra tropical flair so you never forget you’re on an island.
Bermuda shorts, although worn today as a casual fashion statement, didn’t use to be so casual or homemade. They were created by the British military at the beginning of the 20th century not in Bermuda, but in London. The loose-fitting shorts offered comfort to troops in tropical locations. Bermudian men embraced the look, and the name eventually became associated with the island.
Maybe its due to their strict environmental protection laws, but Bermuda boasts seven sprawling, lush golf courses. It is home to more fairway greens per square mile than anywhere in the world: a true golfer’s paradise.
While the island doesn’t allow franchises, it also forbids foreign drivers. Visitors aren’t allowed to rent cars or even drive their resident friend’s vehicles. It’s probably for the best, with the island's busy streets and narrow roads.
These seven Bermuda facts prove the island was a little ahead of its time with environmental protection and fashion. But above that, it shows people’s desire to preserve the island’s beauty and history.
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