The tiny island of Bermuda boasts big contrasts. Bankers, lawyers and insurance executives walk the streets in traditional blazers and ties, wearing the famous Bermuda shorts as they head to international business meetings. Along the way, they pass sleek yachts from around the world, sport-fishing boats and tourists in skimpy attire headed to the pink-sand beaches and the beach bars that sell traditional drinks based on the island’s legendary rum, Gosling’s Black Seal Rum (try a Dark ’n’ Stormy). There’s even a drink named for the infamous Bermuda Triangle, but you won’t disappear if you have just one. In the British tradition, business takes a break for afternoon tea time. It all adds up to a perfect island for the harried business traveler to kick back and relax.
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In planning for meetings and events, size isn’t always a factor. The same can be said of the Caribbean, where some tiny islands contain bustling resorts while larger islands remain bastions of nature. The region is a mélange of cultural influences from early occupation by the Spanish, English, French and Dutch, as well as African slaves. Every island is unique, but each offers the alluring mix of business and tropical pleasures. Most islands have destination management companies that can find the ideal setting for an event of any size or purpose.