Bermuda’s Nine Parishes

Destination knowledge is critical to your job as a travel consultant—perhaps now more than ever. It is so important to differentiate yourself in the travel industry. Specialization and immersion in a region—particularly one in a nearby country—can help you do that.

Currently, clients are relying on your expertise to find vacation destinations that may be closer than they are used to visiting. Our practical tip of the week, then, is to take a quick peek at Bermuda. For a more comprehensive study of this popular country in the Atlantic—and to expand your knowledge about the islands in the Caribbean—enroll today in our online Caribbean Destination Specialist Course. And be sure to register for the Bermuda–The Ultimate Island Escape webinar on September 24, 2020 at 1:00 pm (EDT). For those of you with Premium Access, these educational opportunities are included at no charge as part of your benefits.

Additionally, you must keep in mind the varying reopening dates, operating hours, and availability of attractions and accommodations and always do your research. As always, before booking clients, be sure to consult sources—like the U.S. State Department or the World Health Organization—for the latest global travel updates for individual countries.

Bermuda’s Nine Parishes

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, 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 and has 185 steps to top

Warwick:

  • Public golf courses
  • Cliffs and beaches on the south shore
  • Long Bay Beach

Paget:

  • Botanical Gardens with an orchid house, fruit groves, and formal gardens
  • Camden House, 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.
  • Bermuda 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 Historic House & Gardens, 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 National 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

Exploring new destinations and niche markets is always a good idea. Remember that being a specialist makes YOU special to your clients.