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Why do you enjoy so much time in Bermuda? I've never been there, but usually after being in a port for a few hours, I've seen and done what I had hoped for and am ready to leave.
Though I can't comment on why BAK like Bermuda so much, I can tell you why I love sailing there.
Simple put there is so much to do and a very wide range of reliable options with whom to do those things with.
Bermuda does not rely on tourism for it's primary income, they handle international business banking and re-insurance, so the tourist trade is just icing to them. Since it's currently self ruled territory under Great Britain (but looking to transfer allegiance to Canada), it does share most of England's laws, a British social structure, and mores. But because of it's proximity the USA, it's easy for the locals to do business with USA based company's and make extended visit to the east coast states. Also due to it's social relation to the UK it has the lowest crime statistics of any of the beach ports in the Atlantic Ocean through Caribbean sea.
Add to that a well worked out public transportation department with daily & multi-day unlimited ride passes, inexpensive direct to an attraction shuttles, and government regulated taxi system, this is the 1 island I tell even first timers to save money and tour on their own even being completely spontaneous with their plans. Just research what attractions that might interest your family/group before boarding, just for the sake of not wasting time each morning searching the in port billboard or magazine for ideas. You can choose from things like the aquarium, botanical gardens, golfing, ecology hikes/biking, cave tours, cave swims, resort pampering at all and semi-inclusive venues, free beaches renowned for swimming or snorkeling, a protected bay for paddle-boarding and kite-surfing, historic or architectural tours, horseback riding, personal watercraft rentals, organized theme sailing trips, authentic English or Irish style pubs with an island twist, and shopping just to name a few (I'm sure I've missed a lot).
The one thing I will caution people about is since the island's standard of living is just about equal to any first world nation; food, beverages, and products are not cheap like you find on Caribbean islands. (Technically Bermuda is a North Atlantic Island.) So if you decide to grab lunch locally instead of heading back to the ship do expect a bill of about $40-50 for 2 entrees, 2 adult beverages, and either an appetizer or dessert a piece at a sit down restaurant or pub.