by Lisa A. Grimaldi | December 01, 2012
Group VenuesThe historic Royal Naval Dockyard
The Royal Naval Dockyard, on Bermuda's West End, was built in 1814 and dubbed the Gibraltar of the West for its strategic importance to the British navy in the Western Hemisphere. The vast, 30-acre complex includes the Bermuda Maritime Museum, which incorporates several historic buildings and venues perfect for private events. Among them are the Keepyard, which can be tented for receptions of up to 3,000 or seated dinners for 600. A formal dining room in the stately Commissioner's House seats up to 38. For outdoor events, the Northern Promenade Lawn and the Clocktower Parade Lawn offer a combined 20,000 square feet of space. (See M&C's video highlights at

The Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo, in picturesque Flatts Inlet on the East End of the island, accommodates up to 80 guests for dinner and 150 for cocktails, while various lecture rooms also are available to host anywhere from 30 to 100 people. (441) 293-2727

The Bermuda National Gallery houses a collection of 20th-century art representing a variety of artists from Africa and Europe, as well as Bermuda. The gallery can accommodate groups of 10 to 300 attendees. (441) 295-9428

Reward top performers with a day trip to  Nonsuch Island, a nature preserve that's just a 15-minute boat ride from Tucker's Point. Groups of up to 24 are guided along winding pathways and pink-sand beaches to the cliffs, where cahows, elusive seafaring birds, live and nest. Select Sites Group (441-292-9741) can make arrangements.

Bermuda's natural beauty extends underground: Crystal Caves is a natural wonder 120 feet below the surface. Pair a tour of the caves with a  visit to the 12-acre Walsingham Nature Reserve. (441) 293-0640

Bermuda has more golf courses per square mile than anywhere else in the world, and the island's beautiful weather makes play a real pleasure. The following are among the courses open to attendees and qualifiers: Belmont Hills Golf Club, Warwick (441-236-6400), Fairmont Southampton Golf Club, Southampton (441-239-6952), Mid Ocean Club, Tucker's Town (441-293-1215), Ocean View Golf Course, Devonshire (441-295-9093), Port Royal Golf Course, Southampton (441-234-0974), Riddell's Bay Golf & Country Club, Warwick (441-238-3225), Tucker's Point Golf Club, Tucker's Town (441-298-6970).

Bermuda Department of Tourism, (800) 223-6106