While I’m on a blogging roll, here’s my recap of the West End. Oh just thinking back on that ship food as I eat my body weight in rice, it makes me want to swim over there… if only I knew how to do anything other than sink in water.
The West End of Bermuda is more or less a tourist haven because the cruise ships (outside of HAL’s Veendam) all dock at the Royal Navy Dockyard. At the Dockyard, you have the Clocktower Mall, which house many shops that you would find in Hamilton such as A.S. Cooper & Sons Ltd. and Crissons as well as many trinket stores. Basically it’s pretty much the mirrored version of the shops at Hamilton. We were more there to check out the Dockyard’s surrounding scenes rather than shop, but you can definitely shop to your hearts content without really leaving the Dockyard that’s for sure (of course it’s recommended that you do take the opportunity to explore the whole archipelago).
If you’re not into shopping, there are also places where you can enjoy and have a good time. The West End is home to places where you can rent jet skis and boats to sail on. We went to Somerset Bridge Watersports (took the #7 bus) where we rented a 13′ Boston Whaler for the day (~8 hours) to explore the outer edges of the island. Yeah. I don’t know which was more dangerous in retrospect, crossing the road in Bermuda, or flying 3 feet high in deep waters. The latter was more fun, once I got over my fear of death. The day overall was fun, although we had a few hiccups throughout. By the way, if you’re curious to know, when you get off the bus for Somerset Bridge Watersports, you have to cross the smallest drawbridge in Bermuda (and the world).
First of all, if you’re a novice on boating (I say as if after this I turn into some sort of super mariner), the Boston Whalers are pretty simple. Hop in (that’s much easier said than done when it’s bobbing and you have the balancing characteristics of an egg), pull the engine cord and roar off. The owner of the place, Tony, gave us a brief rundown of what to do, what not to do, showed us the map and sent us off on our way. Surprisingly it wasn’t as frightening as I thought it would be. If anyone reads this and goes to rent a whaler, give his guestbook a sign and tell Tony “Mel & J from NYC says hi!” More pictures and words ahead!