The "Jewel of the Atlantic," Bermuda offers a colorful getaway with pink sand beaches, brilliant blue waters, and long green fairways; plus a breadth of historic sites and warm, friendly people. No wonder Condé Nast Traveler readers have voted Bermuda "Best Island in the Caribbean/Atlantic" 16 times since 1994. Here on this island sanctuary, you'll find many British traditions, like afternoon tea; alluring African cultures and music; plus more fascinating sights and sounds that will create fond memories.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who should go?
Golfing is spectacular on Bermuda. You won't find anything like it anywhere else. Bermuda's courses feature the great designs of Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones, Sr., and coupled with the island's tradewinds and challenging layouts, golfers of all skill levels will find themselves coming back time and again to conquer the courses.
Bermuda's history is full of intrigue. From British forts to U.S. Marine occupation during World War II to ancient parishes and churches, those in love with history will fall even more in love with Bermuda.
What more is there to say, besides the fact that Bermuda is famous for its gorgeous pink-sand beaches? It's the perfect place for couples looking to spark romance and relax completely, or for families looking for a little seclusion. Plus, these beaches are some of the safest and quietest in the Caribbean, which means you'll be doing much more relaxing than you ever dreamed possible.
Because of its mild climate and plethora of attractions, there is something here for everyone to enjoy.
What's the climate like?
Water temperature ranges from 86°F in the summer to 66°F in the winter.
How do I get around town?
Transfers from airport to your hotel are included with your hotel package. It will take about 30-60 minutes to travel between the airport and hotel.
Taxis can be rather expensive on Bermuda, but extremely convenient. Most hotels and restaurants are more than happy to call one for you. Plus, many drivers are also certified tour guides, so if you'd like a taxi and a tour, look for those with a blue flag on their hood. It's really the way to go, since these drivers won't charge you any more than a normal taxi.
Bermuda's bus system is easily accessible from most hotels and offers a smart and cheap way to get around town. The bus routes go all around the island and include stops at many of Bermuda's top tourist attractions, including St. George Parish and the Royal Naval Dockyard.
What kinds of dining and nightlife are available?
Bermuda cuisine often echoes much of what you would find in America or Great Britain, and because the island has to import most of its food, you may find dining expenses to be more similar to European prices. Restaurants range from tiny local eateries to upscale, gourmet establishments. If you desire more local foods, look for unique items such as shark hash, Bermuda lobster (which they call "guinea chick"), mussel pie, and fish chowder.
As for nightlife, Bermuda specializes more in quiet entertainment—whether that's sipping a pint at a local pub or watching a steel drum band play on the beach. Most of the activities float from hotel to hotel, so be on the lookout for impromptu performances almost anywhere. One of the best places to catch a free show is the Royal Naval Dockyard in the evening, where you can also relax on a lovely beach and cozy up to the bar & grill. If you're looking for local club action, Bermuda's hotels will offer the best options.
Where should I go shopping?
Head out for a day of shopping, and you'll discover that Bermuda offers a completely unique and fun shopping experience. Many shops are located in quaint cottages and historic buildings, creating a fascinating adventure for travelers. Try Front Street in Hamilton, but make sure to also shop in St. George, which comes in a close second. Since Bermuda has to import much of its supplies, be prepared to shop for quality, not a bargain. But, if you're determined to get the best deals, be on the lookout for SALE signs, and with no sales tax, shopping in Bermuda couldn't get much better.
And make sure you don't miss a truly authentic Bermudian shopping experience—if you're out between 7-10pm on a Wednesday night at Hamilton Harbour, you're in for a treat. Street performers, arts-and-crafts shows, and even activities for children come alive in full festival fashion.
When are the local events?
St. George's Market Nights
Every Tuesday at 7pm. Much the same as Hamilton's Harbour Nights, this event showcases authentic island music and the fascinating drum-beating Gombey dancers, as well as other live entertainment and steel drum bands. It's a must for any first-time visitors.
Hamilton Harbour Nights
April - October. From 7 - 10pm every Wednesday night in the summer, Front Street in Hamilton, Bermuda, is closed to traffic and becomes a booming shopping mecca, unique with a variety of local entertainment, including with a spectacular array of street vendors selling arts & crafts, delicious food, and more.
Bermuda Music Festival
October. This exciting 4-day event plays host to some of the biggest names in the music business, as well as local Bermudian musicians and entertainment. Plan your trip around this festival; you won't want to miss seeing this performance in paradise
World Rugby Classic
One week in November. Also called the Seniors' World Cup, this competition allows retired players to compete yet again for their country, and features 11 intense international matches throughout the week.
What are my sports and recreation options?
If you love to tee off on some of the best golf courses in the world amid some of most stunning scenery, Bermuda is the place to be. This island is home to the most golf courses per square mile in the world. In fact, it might even feel like one huge green. Top-notch architects like Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed all 8 of Bermuda's championship courses.
Bermuda offers more than 70 tennis courts, so if you're yearning for a place to grab a racket and enjoy some play time, you won't have to go far to find one.
Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
You'll find a wealth of fascinating shipwrecks, coral reefs, and marine life to explore and discover here along Bermuda's shores. Plus, you can also try out a unique, one-of-a-kind adventure: helmet diving. This allows you to walk along the bottom of shallow ocean waters and not even get your hair wet. Fish will feed right out of your hand. You won't want to miss this extraordinary experience.
Color Means Everything
Bermuda's bus stops are painted pink or blue, and the system works like this: blue means the bus will take you away from the city of Hamilton, whereas pink signs mean the bus is going toward Hamilton.
Chances are if you stay in Bermuda, you'll hear some funny sayings. Just in case, here are a couple phrases to put you ahead of the game. Bermudians commonly refer to themselves as "onions" and call foreigners "X-Pats." If you hear them call you "Ace Boy," don't worry—it's just a generic way to address someone.
No Rental Cars
By Bermudian law, visitors to the island are not allowed to rent a car—so you'll need to be prepared to get around using the bus, taxis, bicycles, or your own 2 feet. Renting a moped is an option, but only recommended for those who are already avid motorcyclists, as the traffic and narrow roads can be a challenge.
Good to Know
|Bermuda International Airport
|April – September
|December – March
|Bermuda dollar (BD$). The Bermuda dollar equals the U.S. dollar, so both currencies are accepted. However, currency from other foreign countries is not. Currency is easily exchanged, and traveler's checks and most credit cards are accepted at many banks.
|Atlantic Time Zone. 1 hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time. From March - November, Bermuda follows Daylight Savings, just like the U.S.A.
|Government legislation requires all people traveling via air to and from the United States and Canada to have a valid passport. For details on passports, visas, and health requirements, see Entry Requirements.
|Many hotels and restaurants in Bermuda add a service charge to their bills, in place of tipping waiters, bellboys, and maids, so check carefully to avoid a double tip. Taxi drivers usually receive 10 - 15%, and in other situations, 15% is the norm.
|Bermudians are very conservative toward clothing—for example, bikinis are only allowed 25 feet away from the water or less. Men are encouraged to wear a jacket to dinner; women should wear long pants or dresses.