Small, tidy, and colonial in flavor, Bermuda lies 750 miles off the coast of North Carolina, but is a territory of the United Kingdom. While it "has probably reached its limit for cruise ships," "the water is clean, the beaches are well managed," and "the pastel houses are eye candy."
Here is a representative sampling of additional anonymous comments from the panelists. They are not necessarily the views of the National Geographic Society:
"Bermuda is an endless pink suburb. Pastel building with white roofs that catch rainwater. All is manicured; most open spaces are golf courses or parks. Tourism is tightly controlled, though there are perhaps too many cruise-ship visits."
"History and nature both have their place on this long-settled island."
"One of the best managed small islands. Good public transport and strong zoning keep tourism under control."
"Has an excellent bus-and-boat public transportation system. A number of visitors use it, and the tourist board would be wise to promote this to visitors even more. Government has limited most households to one car; no rental cars are available. So traffic in and out of Hamilton isn't as bad as it could be. The downside is the high number of mopeds. While fun, they are also noisy and polluting."
2014 Traveler Photo Contest
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