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Money

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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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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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Spas

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Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Southampton, Southampton, tel. 800-441-1414 or 441-239-6924, www.willowstream.com. Willow Stream Spa is an elegant and peaceful haven in one of Bermuda's grand luxury resorts. In a surrounding of breathtaking beauty, the serene setting of this adult sanctuary is the perfect venue for reclaiming your power and rekindling your spirit. Whether you are looking to pamper your face with an ultimate facial (90 min., $259), detoxify your body in a thermal mineral bath (30 min., $79) or indulge in a full body experience that will leave you radiating from head to toe, this full-service spa is sure to indulge even the highest expectations.

 

 

Willow Stream Spa also offers a number of services geared specifically towards the avid golf enthusiast (an 18-hole championship golf course is on site). The hydrating golf facial (90 min., $229) was designed to brighten the skin and help repair skin damaged by the elements. The signature Golf Treatment Massage (60 min., $199), endorsed by world-class professional golf instructor David Leadbetter, is said to aid in improving golf performance and swing rotation for distance and accuracy.
Relaxing on the sundeck, a refreshing dip in the spa pool or a stroll in the traditional Bermuda gardens perfumed with the natural aromatherapy of the island will continue to nourish your soul long after you have returned home.
Full spa access is complimentary on the day of a spa treatment of $99 or more. Amenities include: 15 spa treatment rooms, fitness facility, inhalation and sauna, steam room, Spa Pool with Jacuzzis, and a sundeck; product lines available: Kerstin Florian, Willow Stream Energy and Balance and B. Kamins.  
The Spa at Elbow Beach,  Paget Parish, tel. 800-223-7434, www.mandarinoriental.com/Bermuda. The Spa at ElbowBeach is an ultimate indulgence, even for the jet setters of the world. While you may enjoy treatments that radiate with true Bermudian flair, such as the Soothing Aloe and Bermuda Honey Envelopment, the Taste of Traditions facial and body treatments will guide you to ancient traditions and techniques inspired by different corners of the globe, including India, Arabia, the Orient and the Mediterranean.
Signature services on the menu of holistic therapies include the Oriental Harmony Massage, where four hands work in perfect unison to make each part of your body come alive in a delightful sizzle. If you are in need of rejuvenating your body's equilibrium, then you might want to give the Chakra balancing with hot stones a try.
Each one of the six private spa suites is decorated in soothing colors with Asian accents and features a handcrafted Granite soaking tub. Breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean may be enjoyed from the comfort of a private balcony.

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The Abacos

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The Abacos aren't one destination but a whole family of little islands. Like tossed seashells, they span a 650-square-mile area.

They're in the northeastern end of the Bahamas (so far to the north that they're sometimes nicknamed "The Top of the Bahamas"). They are 106 miles north of Nassau and 175 miles east of Palm Beach, Florida.

The Abacos are the second-largest island group in the Bahamas. The majority of the landforms aren't developed, but you will find many that are inhabited, including Man-O-War Cay, Great Abaco, Elbow Cay, Great Guana Cay, Treasure Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Spanish Cay and Walker Cay.

Great Abaco is on the western side of the island group, separated by the Sea of Abaco from the cays on the east.

The Abacos are a favorite with sailors, yachties and anglers.

Five miles east of Marsh Harbour lies Elbow Cay. The community of Hope Town overlooks the harbor and is filled with pastel-tinted houses built in a New England style. You can't miss the candy striped lighthouse built in 1863. Today it is one of the few manned lighthouses in the Bahamas.

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