HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Some visitors may prefer to spend their days
on the island swinging in a hammock, but others are drawn to
Bermuda by the desire to pick up a racket -- or at least to watch
others swing theirs.
A spring sojourn to this British isle in the Atlantic offers
plenty of opportunities for fans of tennis, golf and sailing to
watch the professionals polish their moves.
But aficionados of film, art and culture will find plenty of
events to entertain them, as well. For more information about these
and other Bermuda events, visit www.bermudatourism.com.
Among the island's more popular happenings are:
March 5 to 11: 7th Annual Ladies Pro-Am Golf
Classic. A maximum of 18 teams, each team consisting of
three female amateurs and one female golf professional, play for
fun and prizes. For more information, phone (800) 343-4155.
March 19 to 25: International Film Festival.
Filmmakers and film lovers from around the world descend on
Hamilton theaters to view independent films and documentaries at
this annual event. Festival passes as well as individual screening
tickets can be purchased by visitors, who also may attend opening
night and wrap-up parties. For more information, visit www.bermudafilmfest.com.
April 9: Kite Festival. Kite flying on Good
Friday is a Bermuda tradition. Following an early church and song
service, families gather at Horseshoe Bay in Southampton to rig
their tails. Kite competitions, games and food are all part of the
April 7 to Oct. 27 (Wednesdays only): Hamilton Harbor
Nights. A festival atmosphere engulfs Front Street as
street performers, artists, food sellers and shopkeepers take to
the street to strut -- and peddle -- their stuff. The party lasts
late into the night.
April 19 to 25: The XL Capital Bermuda Open.
The world's top tennis players come to Bermuda for this top-notch
clay-court tournament. The Coral Beach and Tennis Club offers some
8,000 spectators the chance to see stars such as Andy Roddick in a
cozy setting. For more information, call (441) 296-2554 or visit www.xlcapitalbermudaopen.bm.
April 22 to 24: Bermuda Annual Exhibition. The
island's livestock, vegetables, flowers, handmade crafts and local
talent are showcased at this annual agricultural and cultural
event. The exhibition is at the Bermuda Botanical Garden.
April 24 to May 1: International Race Week.
Assorted sailing crafts -- from J/24s to Comets -- race across
Great Sound at this annual boating event sponsored by the Bermuda
Yacht Club. Participants from the U.S., U.K., Canada and other
countries compete with Bermudians for prizes. For more information,
May 1 to 31: Heritage Month. This monthlong
event focuses on the country's heritage. The highlight is Bermuda
Day, May 24, when a parade winds through the streets of Hamilton
before depositing revelers in Bernard Park for entertainment and
May 16: Open House and Gardens Tour. History
lovers won't want to miss this event, which includes tours of some
of Bermuda's loveliest private homes and gardens. Tickets can be
purchased at the doors of the houses for $15 for adults, $6 for
June 18: Newport Bermuda Yacht Race 2004. This
is the "big" race that begins at the mouth of Narragansett Bay in
Newport, R.I., and concludes at the southeastern tip of Bermuda.
For more information about the 44th biennial event, visit www.bermudarace.com.
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