Bermuda’s Nine Parishes  

Destination knowledge is critical to your job as a travel consultant. It is so important to differentiate yourself in the travel industry, and specializing in a region can help you do that.
 
You can immerse yourself in a destination by researching it, by taking a FAM trip, or by completing a program like the ones offered by The Travel Institute.  
 
I’m always amazed at how much information is packed inside our destination courses and how well designed they are to make the learning engaging and practical for all students. I especially love all the pictures and videos. I hope you enjoy it! — Guida Botelho, Director of Education
 
Our practical tip of the week, then, is to take a quick peek at Bermuda’s nine parishes—and some of the things they have to offer—as described in The Travel Institute’s online Caribbean Destination Specialist Course.

In 1616, the islands were surveyed and divided into tribes (shares of land), each one named after a member of the original Bermuda Company. These tribes are today’s nine parishes. From west to east the parishes are:

Sandys:

  • Port for mega ships, westernmost parish
  • Bermuda Arts Centre, showcases Bermuda artists
  • Bermuda Maritime Museum, artifacts from the Sea Venture
  • Casemate Barracks in the Dockyard
  • Clocktower Mall, a shopping center at Dockyard
  • Dolphin Quest, swim with dolphins at Dockyard
  • Royal Naval Dockyard, port, entertainment, and shopping complex
  • Somerset Village, one of Bermuda’s five main settlements
  • Somerset Bridge, world’s smallest drawbridge

Southampton:

  • Church Bay public beach for snorkeling
  • Horseshoe Bay, the most photographed beach
  • Gibbs Hill Lighthouse (built in 1846), tallest Bermuda structure with 185 steps to the top

Warwick:

  • Two fine public golf courses
  • Cliffs and beaches on the south shore
  • Long Bay Beach

Paget:

  • Across the bay from Hamilton
  • Botanical Gardens with an orchid house, fruit groves, and formal gardens
  • Camden, historic house in typical Bermudian architecture
  • Hungry Bay, national park and nature reserve
  • King Edward VII Memorial Hospital
  • Salt Kettle Peninsula, a ferry terminal

Pembroke:  with Hamilton, the capital and a port

  • City Hall, seat of government
  • Fort Hamilton
  • Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, sponsor of the Newport-to-Bermuda race.
  • Underwater Exploration Institute

Devonshire:  

  • Arboretum
  • National Sports Center
  • U.S. Consulate General

Smith’s:

  • Devil’s Hole, sinkhole that forms a natural aquarium
  • Harrington Sound, for fishing, sailing, kayaking, and viewing
  • Spittal Pond, island’s largest nature reserve and wildlife sanctuary
  • Verdmont, manor house unchanged since the late 1700s

Hamilton Parish: (different from the site of the city)

  • Bermuda Aquarium, Museum, and Zoo
  • Crystal Caves, natural limestone caves
  • Flatt’s Village, one of Bermuda’s five main settlements
  • Mangrove Lake
  • Swizzle Inn

St. George’s:

  • Port
  • Bermuda Trust Museum
  • Former U.S. Naval Air Station; Lighthouse Hill; the Natural Arches
  • Tucker’s Town, one of Bermuda’s five main settlements
  • King’s Square in St. George’s, designated World Heritage Site
  • Forts surrounding St. George’s
  • St. Peter’s Church (1617), oldest Anglican Church in the Western Hemisphere

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To learn more about Bermuda and other Caribbean islands, such as The Bahamas, Jamaica, St. Kitts, and Nevis, check out the Caribbean Destination Specialist Course.

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