Let Me Introduce You to Bermuda: The Most Polite Country

The graciousness of the local “onions” is part of why we return


Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda © Carol Labuzzetta, 2007

Despite its ties to Britain, Bermudians are less stiff and stand-offish than one might think. The natives, referred to as onions, are welcoming and friendly.

Having selected Bermuda as our honeymoon destination in 1987, we didn’t know what to think about how “tourists” would be received. It wasn’t a hot spot like Jamaica or the Bahamas. And it wasn’t in the Carribean, so the trip wasn’t as far, nor as hot in July.

We selected Bermuda for its beautiful beaches, an all-inclusive property — then known as the Elbow Beach Hotel — and the island's reputed refinement.

Certainly, the beaches did not disappoint — and still don’t. Horseshoe Bay beach with its pink sand is still stunning. I have photos of it from all three visits: 1987, 2007, and 2017.

Tobacco Bay Beach in St. Georges’s is also a favorite but has become more commercialized. Still, it’s a good place to go and spend a day sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling.

Here I am, the author, wading into Tabacco Bay, 2017. Photo by Jim Labuzzetta. Used with Permission.



Carol Labuzzetta, MS Natural Resources, MS Nursing

Environmental educator with a passion for teaching youth using the science of awe. Traveler, Photographer, Author, Wife, Mother. Boosted Writer x 10