Bermuda has an elegance about it, a graceful charm that is captivating for visitors. You notice right away its pristine scenery. There aren't any garish neon signs, billboards or litter, and graffiti is a rarity. Photography buffs will love the lush greenery with peach hibiscus blossoms, purple bougainvillea and green palms, not to mention the famous pink-sand beaches.
In Bermuda, a British flair is evident everywhere. You can spot bright-red British telephone boxes and pillar-style post boxes of the sort you'd see in London. Cab drivers have a professional polish to them, and they are happy to serve as your tour guide as well.
You'll still get a sense of the tropics here, too. Calypso and soca tunes, the music favoured all over the Caribbean, can be heard all over the island, from the airport to local radio stations.
While Bermuda is often grouped among other Caribbean destinations, it's technically not Caribbean at all, because of its geographic location in the Atlantic. In truth, Bermuda is British and North American-ish, with a touch of Portuguese and a cultural hint of just about everywhere, thanks to the number of foreign residents here.
Simply put, Bermuda is not like anywhere else. It is unique. You will always know exactly where you are. It has the modern amenities you are used to, but with a different feel.
Unlike most sun destinations, tourism is not the economic lifeblood here. In fact, Bermuda is quite affluent, with finance as its largest sector. It's also safe, and residents are friendly and helpful.
You'll also find Bermuda is a honeymooners' paradise (ranked sixth worldwide by Brides magazine), home to the most golf courses per square kilometre in the world, and is a renowned diving destination for exploring shipwrecks.
Pink is a favoured colour here, seen on old-style cottages and tinting the sands of its signature beaches. Even men sport Bermuda shorts in cotton candy pink with matching blazers.
Architectural blandness and cookie-cutter conformity doesn't exist here. Homes and businesses are coloured in pastels like a fistful of Easter jelly beans and feature whitewashed stepped roofs that channel rainwater into underground tanks, the only source of precious fresh water.