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Money

Blair Howard Hunter Publishing ePub

The Bermuda dollar is divided into 100 cents, and is pegged, through gold, to the American dollar. The US dollar is accepted by all merchants on the islands; change will often be given as a mixture of American and Bermudian currency. Cash machines are also widely available.

Personal checks drawn on US banks may be used for purchases at more than 200 locations. US checks can be cashed at some hotels or at local banks by arrangement. The Bermuda Financial Network at tel. 441-292-1799 will cash US checks for a 3% fee. US travelers checks are accepted island-wide.

MasterCard, Visa and American Express are accepted at virtually every store, restaurant and hotel and may be used for cash advances at all local bank branches.

ATMs are provided at locations island-wide by the Bank of Bermuda and the Bank of Butterfield. They accept Mastercard, Visa, Cirrus and Plus, and are available for advances 24 hours a day. The Bermuda Financial Network at tel. 441-292-1799 will provide assistance to visitors who need help with American Express.

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Medical Services

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People

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Although Bermuda's roots are buried deep within its British heritage, the people have also been heavily influenced over the past three hundred years by its location. While the average Bermudian is very British, one finds the Caribbean influence and its African roots here, especially among the black population. The colorful clothing and many of the important festivals reflect beginnings born in slavery. Caribbean music, reggae and calypso wafts gently across the islands, bringing with it a feeling of well-being and a happy attitude.

Daily life on Bermuda is much the same as in England. Darts are played in pubs; fish and chips, sausage rolls, and meat pies are on most menus; and afternoon tea is a tradition that's inviolable. Everything stops for tea.

On an island nation this small, no place is exclusive to locals; where they go, you go. And, as most people use the public transportation system, you'll find yourself in close contact with the residents. Today's Bermudian is, for the most part, an extremely friendly soul, easy to like and easy to get to know. Locals have no qualms about striking up a conversation with visitors on buses, the ferry, in pubs or on the beach. If you need help of any sort, you have only to ask. Bermudians are well educated and extremely articulate; you'll have no trouble understanding them. Treat them with courtesy and respect.

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Long Island

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Long Island is visited by boaters, divers, anglers, and those in search of some quiet.

It's not hard to guess how this island got its name. Stretching 60 miles end to end (although only four miles across) Long Island lives up to its moniker. This quiet getaway is a favorite with divers, anglers, and boaters and for those seeking quiet beaches, and a gentle, rolling landscape.

Like other Bahamian islands, this one was settled by many Loyalists who came here after the American Revolution. If you take a guided ride around the island, you'll see the ruins of several plantation homes that once were surrounded by large cotton estates.

While on your tour, you might stop by several other Long Island attractions.Dunmore's Cave was once used by pirates. You can also see the Moorish-style churches built by Father Jerome. Don't missCape Santa Maria on the north end of the island where Columbus first anchored and named this land Fernandina.

CAPE SANTA MARIA BEACH

RESORT AND FISHING CLUB

Stella Maris

ph. 242/338-5273, fax 242/338-6013

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The Berry Islands

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Anglers love the Berry Islands!

Haven't heard of the Berry Islands? You're probably not alone. This family of islands is largely uninhabited. Over 30 islands and cays (many privately owned) make up the chain, which is sprinkled 150 miles east of Miami and 35 miles north of Nassau.

These quiet islands, however, are well known in gamefishing circles. Serious anglers come to the islands, just like nearby Bimini, to try their luck at marlin, sailfish or mackerel.

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GREAT HARBOUR CAY

YACHT CLUB AND MARINA

Great Harbour Cay

ph. 242/367-8838, fax 242/367-8115

Reservations: ph.  800/343-7256

Moderate to Expensive

All accommodations have maid service at Great Harbour Cay.

Great Harbour Cay is a private island and home to these villas and two-bedroom townhouses. Rooms include air conditioning, full kitchens and linens. An 80-slip marina is located here as well.

CHUB CAY

One mile from Chub Cay Airport

ph. 242/325-1490, fax 242/322-5199

Moderate to Expensive

This 16-room resort has air conditioning in all its rooms and villas. All accommodations have a phone, cable TV, coffee-maker, refrigerator and private bath. This is a popular option with active travelers, offering scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, bonefishing, tennis courts and bike rentals. It has a restaurant, marina, laundry room, two pools and a bar.

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