The Complete Guide for Your Trip to Bermuda
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Thanks to its pink sand beaches and blue-green water, Bermuda is always a popular and reliable tourist destination. But deciding what to do when visiting Bermuda is often not the easiest task; Although the island is only 21 square miles in length, there is no shortage of activities while on vacation. Fortunately, we outline the top attractions and more importantly how to get there and where to stay in our Bermuda guide. From sophisticated dining (and delicious cuisine) to rum tastings and sea voyages (sometimes at the same time), we've got you covered.
Planning Your Trip
- Best time to visit: The best time to visit Bermuda is during the spring, when the weather is warm and the cost of travel is still relatively low, before the rush of tourists in the summer.
- Language: English.
- Currency: Bermuda dollar (indexed to the US dollar at a rate of 1: 1), although the US dollar is widely accepted throughout the island.
- Getting Around: There is no carpool service in use on the island of Bermuda, apart from Hitch, Bermuda's first e-taxi app. However, keep in mind that many taxis do not have GPS installed to participate in the service. Taxis are plentiful on the island, however, buses and ferries are available through the public transportation system.
- Travel Tip: Tourists cannot rent a car in Bermuda (to avoid accidents and overcrowding), but scooters are available for visitors and there is no better way to enjoy the island view and navigate the winding roads than by driving a motorcycle. Be careful to remember to drive on the left side of the road!
Things To Do
Bermuda is famous for its crystal clear waters and pink sand beaches, and travelers would be remiss not to make the most of their trip by exploring the island's beautiful coastline and sailing in its crystal clear waters. Activities available to water-inclined travelers include rum cruises (but more on that later), glass-bottom boat trips, and sunset catamaran rides. Would you rather stay on land? The views and atmosphere are unbeatable on beautiful Jobson's Cove Beach (overlooking Warwick Long Bay). Just remember the sunscreen.
- In the parish of Southampton, Horseshoe Bay is known worldwide for its visual beauty and a must-see destination for visitors to the island. The famous bay resembles a horseshoe seen from above (hence its name), and the beach, surrounded by spectacular cliffs, is one of the most famous and well-known on the entire island.
- Find out why the Crystal and Fantasy Caves are surely one of Bermuda's top attractions with a day trip to this underground fantasy. Expect pools of blue water and impressive underground rock formations.
What to Eat and Drink
When in the Caribbean, I would be remiss not to try a rum cocktail (or three). Although the weather in Bermuda isn't that dark and stormy, one of the island's favorite drinks certainly is. Dark & Stormy cocktails are a trademark in Bermuda, and the only proper way to enjoy the refreshing drink is with some homegrown Goslings rum from St. George's Parish. Enjoy rum cocktails, glorious surroundings, and delicious food at Sea Breeze Terrace and 1609 Restaurant at the world-famous Hamilton Princess. Do you prefer your rum in shot form? Head to The Pickled Onion in Hamilton for a night of drinking, dancing and partying.
But what is the best way to enjoy Goslings? Now a sunset rum cruise, of course. Opt for a 90-minute rum cruise to enjoy the "spirit" of Bermuda with Gosling's rum. (Tours leave Hamilton before sunset, and trust me, the cocktail is best enjoyed while watching the sun turn the sky into a fire of roses and oranges as it sinks into the sea.) Another must-see favorite in Bermuda is the Bermuda Fish Chowder, of course. And there is no better place to order than by the sea at the Pink Beach Club, in Tucker's Town, in the parish of St. George.
Another popular culinary destination is Mickey's Bistro, a restaurant at Elbow Beach Resort & Spa located directly on Elbow Beach. The views are breathtaking and the atmosphere is sophisticated, although the setting can literally be on the beach, the attire is casual and elegant. (So you can't just bundle up in a bathing suit.) Put on a cape and pretty sandals to enjoy an elegant seaside dinner after a day of diving and sunbathing on the pink sands of the shoreline.
Where to Stay
Live like a princess at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, an iconic Hamilton institution run by Fairmont Hotels. If you are interested in other rose-themed accommodation, always popular in Bermuda, the Loren Hotel is also a popular choice and is home to the Pink Beach Club, purveyor of the well-known Bermuda soup.
Also, Coral Beach & Tennis Club is great, but unfortunately, it is for members only. Unless you are staying at the nearby Newstead Belmont Hills Resort in Paget, in which case a bus will drop you off at the private beach. It is worth the walk. On an island of beautiful beaches, this is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful.
Although many people believe that Bermuda is in the Caribbean, the island is actually located in the North Atlantic Ocean, facilitating direct flights from the U.S. Bermuda LF Wade International Airport, located 14 km east of Hamilton is the only airport in Bermuda with a passenger terminal serving seven airlines: Air Canada, American, British Airways, Delta, JetBlue, United and WestJet.
Bermuda Culture and History
Bermuda's history dates back to the 16th century when the Spanish explorer Juan de Bermúdez discovered it. There was no indigenous population on the island at the time of its discovery, nor was it 100 years later when the British established it. The island became a British crown colony in 1684, relying heavily on the slave labor of African and Indian descent. Today, more than half of the island's population is black.
The unique positioning of the island in the North Atlantic Ocean has become a tradition: the western part of the North Atlantic is known, notoriously, as the Bermuda Triangle, due to the number of plane accidents and shipwrecks in these waters. In fact, Bermuda was once known as the "Island of Demons" 1, and more than 300 ships have sunk in the waters around the island, dating from 1600 to the present day. Besides sailing, cricket is another very important activity on the island. So important, in fact, that the first day of the Match Cup (a famous cricket tournament), August 1, coincides with Emancipation Day 1 to celebrate the abolition of slavery in 1834. (A second public holiday, Mary Prince Day, is named after an abolitionist hero from Bermuda).
- Check if the service charge is included in the hotel or restaurant bill; otherwise, a 10 percent tip is common,
- Although Bermuda and US dollars are generally used interchangeably across the island, you will want to have Bermuda dollars on hand during your trip if you are in an area that does not accept US dollars. We recommend exchanging currency before arriving in Bermuda because although the airport makes it easy to change, the fees can be higher than in the US.
- You do not need to be a guest at the Elbow Beach Resort & Spa to access the world-famous pink sand beach; there is a small part of the beach that is open to the public, accessible through a separate entrance from the hotel.
- Check with your hotel reception about the free transportation services you can use during your stay to save on the taxi fare.
- Consider booking an all-inclusive resort or food and beverage package at your hotel to minimize expenses when traveling with a large group or family.
- To save money on your vacation, consider visiting out of season when prices drop dramatically - spring is a perfect time to visit, as the average temperature is relatively high and the cost of travel relatively low.
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