Three reasons why Bermuda is paradise

With its crystal clear waters, pink beaches and subtropical climate, Bermuda is 21 square miles of island paradise. This beautiful land has been preserved by environmental laws established in the 17th century. Their foresight is a boon for modern travelers. When descending upon its 181 islands and islets from the sky, Bermuda resembles a fishhook.

The wealth of activities throughout this fishhook is enough to fill multiple vacation itineraries. You can either take it slow or rush to soak up the many enthralling cultural sights. You can mix the calming with the exciting, or design your own vacation to emphasize whichever you prefer. Here are three great places to appreciate Bermuda in all its beauty and peacefulness.

Port Royal Golf Course

The Port Royal Golf Course has hosted the PGA Grand Slam of Golf numerous times and is a fantastic place to start. The PGA Grand Slam features the winners of the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship. The tournament is 36 holes and lasts for two days.

When golfing at the Port Royal Golf Course, you play the same holes and see the same sights as the best players in the world. The course had $14.5 million in renovations in preparation for the 2009/2010 PGA Grand Slam.

Although it was fixed up for the professionals, you will reap the benefits. Each hole has gorgeous verdant fairways. The bunkers blend seamlessly with the course’s natural beauty, and picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean are visible throughout.

Before or after playing, you can indulge at the course’s restaurant 64 Degrees. This sophisticated bar and grill offers scenic shots of the ocean -- the perfect environment to enjoy topnotch steak and seafood.

Spa at Rosewood Tucker’s Point

The spas of Bermuda are in a league of their own. Much like the golf courses, they are so plentiful that the hardest part for you won’t be locating one but choosing one. The spa at Rosewood Tucker’s Point is exceptional. Using the finest Germaine De Capuccini products from Spain, they create an experience that is soothing to the body and spirit.

After indulging relaxing treatments, you can enjoy outdoor daybeds near a tranquil reflecting pool or lounges equipped with fireplaces. You have the option of further nourishing your soul and body on the yoga and Tai Chi lawn.

The Royal Naval Dockyard

You can take a break from tranquility to appreciate one of Bermuda’s best cultural sights, the Royal Naval Dockyard. This was once the primary base for the Royal Navy but fell into disrepair for many years after the Navy stopped using it for most operations. Recently, it has enjoyed revitalization and increased tourism.

There are plenty of activities and brilliant architecture nearby, including historical buildings, the Commissioner’s House and the National Museum of Bermuda. Local craftsmen sell authentic Bermudan art at the Bermuda Craft Market and Bermuda Clayworks. These artisans display and sell their ceramics, quilts, glassware and cedar work. You can take one of these souvenirs home with you, a permanent reminder of your peaceful time here in Bermuda.