Bermuda Travel and Tourism Guide
This page will help you find virtually all information about Bermuda that would be of interest to tourists. The sections below are organized under various categories of interest with links giving detailed information on respective topics.
Places to Visit in Bermuda
Bermuda is known for its lovely pink beaches and coves where you can swim, snorkel or lounge to your heart's content. But there are lot more to it than just the beaches. And that includes great museums that preserve the exhibits & artifacts depicting more than four century old history of Bermuda, caves with awesome limestone formations, historical forts dating from 1600s, churches with majestic architectures, parks & nature reserves that are ideal for watching island's flora, fauna and birds, and much more. Visit Top places to visit in Bermuda for information about all the 'Must Go' places. To get full list of places that are of tourist interest so that you can pick your own choices, go through Places of interest.
Island and Water Tours (Guided & Self Guided)
Numerous tour operators on the island offer different kinds of tours including boating and sailing tours such as sightseeing cruises, glass bottom view of marine life & corals, snorkel boat tours, sunset & cocktail sailing etc, while others offer land based tours on taxis and minibuses for half or full day covering several attractions as well as lovely countryside. Such tours can be private or a group tour offered on per person rates. You can also take a train trolley tour on road at Dockyard, Hamilton City or St. George and go around. I have also designed many self guided tours which you can do on your own by walking or taking public bus, ferry or scooter. You will know all about them under Tours in Bermuda.
Activities: What To Do
You can guess that an island with so many lovely beaches and so much of waterbody around would offer plethora of water sports, and you are correct. You name a watersport, even the most modern one like flyboarding or ziplining can all be found here, and of course jet skiing, kayaking, parasailing, kite boarding, paddle boarding, windsurfing and lot more. But watersports is just one part, Bermuda is also unparalleled when it comes to golfing, fishing (both reef and deep sea), whale watching, horseback riding or even geo caching. Visit Bermuda Activities for complete information.
Food and Restaurants in Bermuda
Whether you are a cruise or an air passenger, you will surely like to have a taste of Bermuda's food. Actually food is a major business in Bermuda and large number of restaurants of all types offer all kinds of food including authentic Bermudian, Caribbean, Western, Italian, Indian, Japanese, Mexican, Mediterranean... and more.
If you are looking for cheap restaurants and eateries, they come in various categories including sit & dine eateries, cafes, deli type food from super markets & large grocery stores, as well as hot food like jerk chicken, burgers & wraps offered from mobile vans or trucks. Visit Top Cheap Restaurants in Bermuda to know the best options.
However if you are looking to dine in a restaurant that has earned its own name and created a brand for itself through long term service excellence and quality of food, and the ones which islanders and tourists have loved consistently, then check out Top Bermuda Restaurants. This includes a range of restaurants of different cuisine and categories.
If you are looking for top notch upscale restaurants for fine dining, or the great restaurants that are mid-priced but offering special experience, then visit: Fine dining & top mid priced Restaurants
Bermudian food itself is quite interesting. Do you know that Bermuda fish chowder which is a thick soup gets prepared from the fish head and is one of the delicacies of Bermuda cuisine. Check out Bermuda Local Food & Drinks to know about many local Bermudian dishes that are popular and the best places to try them out.
Your experience in Bermuda won't be complete unless you take a traditional codfish breakfast with potatoes or a Sunday brunch which is an age-old tradition that Bermudians follow. Visit Breakfast places in Bermuda to know about best places in Bermuda serving traditional breakfast and brunch, and what you can expect to eat.
Another old tradition is the Afternoon Tea, traditional British tea served on pot with cookies, tea sandwiches, sweets and many other goodies. You will find almost all Bermudians virtually addicted to this.
If you are planning an apartment rental in the island and looking to cook yourself, then you need to know about the grocery stores and supermarkets in Bermuda. Here you go: Bermuda Grocery Stores
Bermuda also has its own produce of alcoholic beverages. Some concoctions like Rum Swizzle, Dark n' Stormy are signature drinks of the island. Check out Bermuda Wine & Alcohol to know about Bermuda's own wine and spirits.
Best Hotels and Accommodations in Bermuda
You will find almost all types of hotels and lodgings in this section and be able to find one that matches your requirement. Starting from the best budget hotels, b&bs, guesthouses, apartments, cottages to beachfront and luxury hotels, I have listed and reviewed them all in details with pictures, main amenities, shortcomings, location and contact details.
1) Top budget hotels and accommodations - great value for money at reasonable price.
2) Great Luxury Hotels and Resorts for those planning a lavish vacation in the island.
3) Guest Guesthouses and Inns where you get personal care and attention from the owners.
4) Apartments Rentals if you like to stay in a home away from home as cook your own food.
5) Cottages, Villas and Cottage Colonies if you are looking for independent units for privacy.
6) All-inclusive Resorts when you want the hotel to offer you an all inclusive package including transfers, room, food & drinks, sightseeing & activities etc.
7) Best beachfront hotels: Hotels that not only offer great view of the ocean, but also have their own beach and great on-beach amenities and activities.
8) Great Boutique hotels: Small luxury hotels that are focussed on details and innovative ideas.
Nightlife in Bermuda
Bermuda's nightlife is essentially about bars & pubs, and a few nightclubs where mostly the young crowd would dance away to the wee hours to DJs or live music, and of course with drinks. However during summer (May through October), the island hosts several nighttime festivals and entertainment programs. One of the most popular being the Harbor Nights held at Hamilton City where the whole of Front Street gets busy with festive mood with large number of vendors of all kinds including food sellers. Go through Bermuda's Nightlife for full info.
Shopping in Bermuda
You may know that Bermuda is an expensive island as almost everything here is imported. But items like local handicrafts including glasswares & ceramic items, artwork from local artists, cedar items, and many small gifts & souvenirs including jewelry items are quite innovative. And if you want to buy things cheap then visit the Thrift Stores that mostly sell donated used items but in good condition. The primary shopping hubs are in Hamilton City (mostly on Front Street, Washington Mall and nearby), Dockyard (Clocktower Mall, Bermuda Art Center, Glassworks, Clayworks etc), and St. George (Somer's Wharf and on Water Street). Visit Shopping in Bermuda to know what to buy and the best stores.
Useful Tourist Info...
Visitors Information Centers
These centers are available in three places 1) Dockyard where most cruise ships dock and there are three such centers here, 2) Hamilton City next to the ferry terminal, and 3) St. George at Kings Square. For tourists, these centers are extremely useful. You can collect free Handy Reference Map (of tourism department) which gives details of all landmarks and attractions of the island, bus routes and timings, local tour information etc. Some of these centers also sell public bus/ferry passes and tokens. Check out Visitors Information Centers for details.
The map provided by the Visitors Information Centers can be quite overwhelming with all the details packed into it. It can take hours for you to decipher the map unless you are aware of how the island is laid out. I have therefore created several separate maps to simplify the matter. The overall map shows the major landmarks across the island including relative location of the parishes, the Parish Map shows location of the nine parishes and links there take you to detailed map of each parish, the Beach Map shows locations of all the great beaches and links take you to detailed description of each of those beaches, the Dining Map shows location of the great restaurants and links take you to offers & review of each restaurant, and so on. You will find all those maps under Bermuda Maps
However the tourism department's handy reference map (which is a foldable pocket size map) can be quite useful if you can get them in advance before your trip and take time to go through it in details. Fortunately there is a way to order that along with a set of brochures, and it's all free! You can order the map and brochures from the following link (just copy and paste the link address below on your browser's address bar and hit 'Enter' button), and fill up the short form:
Events & Festivals
Lots of events and festivals including cultural programs, live musical & dance performances, shows, art & food festival, social & sporting events keep taking place in Bermuda throughout the year. It's a great way to meet with the locals and understand their culture & traditions. To know about the events and festivals coinciding with your Bermuda visit or to plan a visit to experience a festival or event, check Bermuda Festivals & Events.
Pubic Holidays in Bermuda
You should carefully plan your vacation in Bermuda keeping its pubic holidays in mind. While some public holidays like Bermuda Day, National Heroes Day etc are celebrated with much fanfare and accompanied with parades, performances, activities etc serving as excellent opportunities for tourists to spend time in typical Bermudian way, but on all holidays most shops, restaurants and commercial establishments remain closed, buses & ferries operate on reduced frequency, and only few public attractions remain open as staffs enjoy their holidays. There are 10 such public holidays celebrated by Bermuda in a year. Visit Bermuda Holidays to know the dates and what you may expect on such days.
Weather in Bermuda
One of the most important factors to consider while planning a vacation in Bermuda is its weather. Most tourists come during the summer (May to October) to enjoy the sun and the beaches. Winter can be quite chilly out here but excellent for activities like golf and cultural programs. While summer is the high season, June onwards until November is the hurricane season when strong winds or storms are not uncommon. Check Bermuda Weather & Climate to know about air and water temperature by month, humidity, rainfall, hurricanes, wind directions and more.
Getting To & Around Bermuda
When you plan a trip to Bermuda, the first thing is to ensure that you have all your travel documents in place. Unless all your required travel documents are in order, you won't be allowed entry into the island once you reach a cruise port or the international airport in Bermuda, and that's the worst situation you want to be in. The required travel documentation varies depending on one's nationality. Although just a valid passport works for citizens of US, UK and Canada visiting as tourists, but others require more documentation including multi re-entry transit visa as well as ensuring a minimum validity of passport to visit Bermuda as tourist. Check out Passport & Visa Requirements to get all the details about travel documents required by tourists and others to visit Bermuda.
Are you planning an air travel to Bermuda and like to know about flights, Bermuda's Airport, arrival and departure facilities & formalities, health insurance etc? Then check out this link: Bermuda Air Travel
Well if you are planning a cruise travel, you need to know which are the best cruises to Bermuda and what do they offer? Over 350,000 visitors take cruises to Bermuda every year. Here is my full review of Bermuda Cruises currently calling ports in the island and the Current Cruise Schedule.
If you are sailing to Bermuda by a private yacht, visit Sailing to Bermuda for information about preparation, safety & provisions, ocean voyage, approaching the harbor, customs clearance and more.
What can you bring to the island as a visitor or a returning resident? Is there any duty free allowance? Which items attract customs duty in Bermuda and how much? Check out Bermuda Customs Duty for details.
How to get around Bermuda? Ride bus, ferry, taxi, minibus, or rent a scooter, cycle? Are they good, safe, affordable, comfortable? What about car rental? Check out Bermuda Transports to know all about public transports in Bermuda.
Bus and ferry are the two most popular public transports in Bermuda. You can buy tickets, tokens or passes to travel in a public bus or ferry in Bermuda, or pay in cash (exact change in local or US currency). Passes are available for one day or multiple days, and they offer unlimited access to both buses and ferries. Visit Bermuda Passes & Tickets for detailed information about where to get them, fares, what may be best for you etc.
Internet, Phones, Currency, ATMs, Post Offices
There are quite a few internet cafes and wi-fi access points in Bermuda. The whole of Hamilton City and Dockyard are wi-fi enabled. Although several restaurants and of course hotels offer wi-fi to their guests who avail their services, there are very few places where wi-fi is free. Visit Bermuda Internet Access to get full info including location, rates etc.
Tele Communication infrastructure in Bermuda is hihgly advanced and all options including roaming, calling cards, mobile rentals, public telephone booths etc are available. Visit Cell Phones & Calling Cards to find out how to best avail such options, where to find them, as well as indicative cost and other information.
Bermuda currency is treated at par with US currency. US currency can be freely used every where in the island in lieu of Bermuda currency. However the ATMs dispense only Bermuda notes. Also note that buses and ferries will take cash in either currency but only in exact change. Check out Bermuda Currency & ATMs to get full information about Bermuda's currency and location of ATMs in the island.
While use of post offices are in the decline, they are very useful when it comes to buying booklet of tickets for buses and ferries. Other than few places like Hamilton ferry and bust terminals, post offices are authorized to sell booklet of 15 tickets. However from tourism perspective the historic Perot's Post Office located in Hamilton is quite significant as it was run by Perot, Bermuda's first Post Master General appointed in 1821. Check out Bermuda Post Offices to know about all the post offices in Bermuda, their location, offerings, timings etc.
Step by step vacation planning
I can understand that overload of information can be sometimes so overwhelming that many would give up planning a vacation mid way and leave it to a cruise line or tour operator to do that. And the moment you do that, you are one amongst many who will be sold that same old stale canned package. You will be surely missing out on the finer aspects of Bermuda and the hidden secrets. So how do you go about it. Don't worry, I have created a step by step guide to plan a great vacation in Bermuda. Here it is: Planning a vacation in Bermuda - A step by step guide
But sometimes an ideal vacation may be far fetched, because you are literally on a tight budget. You can't afford to spend much, neither can you afford to miss much. So wondering if Bermuda can be a destination for budget travelers? Well, if you know the ways and means, it won't sink you for sure. Here is another guide: Bermuda on Budget
But navigation through internet pages of a large site like this can be quite messy and one can't do much about it despite best efforts. You will need to click links to move from one page to the other, digging deeper and eventually finding yourself lost in a jungle of information. Such is the structure of internet.
And therefore there is actually no substitute for books, and now in modern era, eBooks which you can download on your laptop, tab or reader. So I have created several comprehensive eBooks to guide you systematically through all aspects of Bermuda and design a perfect vacation. Take a look at Bermuda Vacations Guides on eBooks and see how you can design a lovely vacation at your leisure and also use the ebooks as a reference guide while on the island.
History, People, Culture, Traditions & Customs
You will surely meet Bermudians on the buses and ferries. Don't be surprised with their more than usual friendly behavior. Friendliness and willingness to help is just one part of a typical Bermudian nature. There are lot more to know...
The first settlement in the island started in 1609 when George Somers and his men arrived as their ship wrecked near St. George. They were heading towards James Town to colonize it, instead landed on Bermuda. So Bermuda too became a colony under the British governance and then came the dark days of slavery. So the origins of people of Bermuda, their culture and traditions come from several sources including British, black Africans, Caribbean etc. Influences had come in from Portuguese and North America as well. Visit the following links to explore Bermudians' history and heritage:
Health & Safety
While Bermuda is generally quite safe for tourists, there do exist some risks, dangers and natural hazards. For example jellyfish like creatures called Portuguese Man of War found in the waters of Bermuda can cause painful & poisonous stings, rip currents in the water can be dangerous and must be avoided, and petty thefts do take place at the beaches and other public places. Check out Bermuda Health and Safety to know it all and about the safety measures.
Bermuda Travel Tips
Visit Bermuda Tourist Information and Travel Tips for a lot of useful information that you should know before you start your Bermuda travel. This includes time zone, population, driving norms, shopping & store hours, taxes on purchased goods, consulate offices in the island, theft & crime, electrical voltage, dress codes, tipping, and lot more...
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