Kings Wharf, Bermuda

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Maybe it’s kismet that Bermuda, with its legendary pink sands and turquoise waters, is shaped somewhat like a fishhook—fittingly, the nation’s marquee attractions are all related to the sea. All of them are also easy to get to from King’s Wharf, which sits right next to one of the island’s most popular sites, the Royal Naval Dockyard. In the middle of the Atlantic, 1,070 kilometers (665 miles) off the U.S. coast, Bermuda served as a military stronghold for the British navy for generations. Today’s dockyard is a microcosm of the island, with opportunities to watch local artisans at work and sample Bermuda’s signature dishes and drinks, like the Dark and Stormy—ginger beer and rum. The island’s museums, lighthouses and forts recall the British territory's maritime past, while the English influence is still felt today in its customs, clothing and architecture. The two main cities, Hamilton and St. George's, are lined with colonial buildings in pastel colors. In addition to the Royal Naval Dockyard, the capital, Hamilton, is home to lively Front Street, with shops and restaurants overlooking the harbor. While non-Bermudans are not permitted to rent cars, you can hop on a scooter and explore the 53-square-kilometer (20-square-mile) fishhook from end to end.
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