Bermuda underground, literally (Bermuda Part 1)

Over the past few years I have spent a total of 4 weeks in Bermuda, which is plenty of time to explore the tiny archipelago isolated in the Atlantic. The fact is –and no one seems willing to admit it– Bermuda beaches are very small and often crowded because of the large amount of tourists who disembark from floating hotels. Luckily, there is a surprising amount of off the beaten track sites and activities for those eager for an experience that does not include endless sweaty strangers.

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A favorite of mine is cave exploring. The most famous cave network on the island is Crystal Cave, an official tourist attraction, which is beautiful, but not nearly as fun as the many caves and subterranean grottos found in Blue Hole Park.

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Part of the much larger Walsingham Nature Reserve located in Hamilton parish, Blue Hole is a lovely combination of dense vegetation, tide pools, caves, and mangroves. Causeway Cave, Castle Grotto, Blue Grotto, Walsingham, Subway, Deep Blue, Vine, Fern Sink are some caves that come to mind, many of which are accessible and filled with water, creating a unique opportunity to view fish, turtles, and birds within a microenvironment.

And while you may encounter other hikers, more often than not you will feel like you have the park, and the caves, to yourself.  Take a swim in the dark, and if you get hungry, the park has an endless supply of sour surinam cherries.

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