Where to Go, What to Know: Bermuda
Writer Walter Nicholls recently went to Bermuda to ride the Bermuda Railway Trail. Here is his reporter's notebook.
US Airways flies nonstop from Reagan National to Bermuda. Roundtrip fares start at $375 including taxes and fees.
There are no rental cars on the island. To get from the airport to my guesthouse in Southampton parish, I took two public buses. The fare was $4.50. Tickets can be purchased at the information counter at the airport before Customs. (Taxi fare for that ride would have been about $45.) Bus passengers are limited to one suitcase and one carry-on.
I rented a mountain bike from Eve Cycles Ltd. at its Paget parish location, 110 Middle Rd., 441-236-6247, http:/
Bermuda is expensive. An average hotel room is $200 and up in the off season (Nov. 1 to April 30) and $400 and up in the high season (May 1 to Oct. 31). I chose the Greene's Guest House (71 Middle Rd., 441-238-0834, http:/
There are plenty of luxurious dining options in the upscale resorts. But outside Hamilton, there are relatively few restaurants and cafes for a moderately priced meal. East Meets West Cafe (11 Industrial Park Rd. ) serves good burgers, sandwiches and wraps for $8 to $10 at a takeout counter with patio seating. Adjoining, there's an Asian-inspired dining room with an extensive Indian menu. Dinner for two with beer is about $50. Owner Sharmila Gonsalvez also has a location in Hamilton: 27 Bermudiana Arcade.
WHAT TO DO
Why, ride a push bike, of course, on the 18-mile-long railway trail. Over three days, I visited secluded beaches, national parks and landmarks, such as Somerset Bridge, reputedly the smallest drawbridge in the world. Pack a lunch and plenty of water. There are no shops directly on the trail.
Free maps of the Bermuda Railway Trail are available at the Visitor Information Center in Hamilton (69 Front St., 441-536-4636) and St. George's (8 York St., 441-297-8000) and at the parks office at the Bermuda Botanical Gardens (169 South Rd., Paget; 441-236-5902).
The Bermuda Railway Pages of trail enthusiast Simon Horn's Web site ( http:/