Bermuda moped and scooter rentals
Since you can’t rent a car here, Bermuda moped rentals can be a great mobility option. However, Bermuda roads are quite narrow and winding, and at times can be quite steep. So you need to be careful.
If you are not used to British way of left hand drive (i.e. driving along the left side of the road), then better watch out. The right side is the wrong side. The left side is the right side here.
Speed limit is 35km (i.e. 23 miles) per hour, but locals tend to ignore this. You will also find that hooting horns is quite common in Bermuda which may sometime distract you. Visitors do not require driving license to rent a scooter in Bermuda. However by local law, a minimum age of 18 is required and this may be verified by the rental shop.
Moped & Scooter Rental Companies
There are numerous scooter rental companies in the island. I strongly advise that you take one from a well reputed company and avoid using one that may be old having run many thousands if miles. Here are some well known companies that offer the two wheelers in relatively good conditions, provide good services and at reasonable rates. Choose the one nearest to your hotel or the cruise ship.
Smatts Cycle Livery Limited
They are oone of the oldest scooter rental agencies in the island. You can choose from a fleet of well maintained automatic scooters (single and dual seat). They provide delivery and pickup services through out the island, and offer complimentary Helmets, locks, carry baskets, maps of Bermuda etc with all rentals. For cruise ship passengers in Kings Wharf, they also offer free ferry tickets and Free gas for cruise ship passengers.
Main Office: 74 Pitts Bay Road, Hamilton. Phone: 441/295-1180
Elbow Beach Cycles
They are in business for nearly 70 years and treat the safety of clients their first priority. They rent scooters, mopeds and pedal bikes, and boast of offering the newest fleet of bikes in the island. They also have a speedy online booking system on their website.
They are located at the Elbow Beach Hotel at 60 South Shore, Paget.
Hours: 830am to 5pm every day including holidays. Phone: 441/296-2300, 296-8880.
They have their main office in Paget on Middle Road, close to the junction with South Road. It's just 2 minutes from Elbow Beach (114 Middle Road, Paget, Phone: 441/236-6247).
They also have offices at 1 Water Street, St George (Tel: 441/238 0839), and LF Wade International Airport, St George (Tel: 441/293 6188)
A well known business having several branches. Their offices are located at:
1) Gorham Road, Hamilton, Pembroke Parish (Tel: 441/295 0919)
2) 8 Middle Road, Southampton Parish (Tel: 441/234 0629)
3) Royal Naval Dockyard, i.e. Kings Wharf (Tel: 441/234 2764)
4) The Reefs hotel, Southampton Parish (Tel: 441/238 0222)
5) 26 York Street, St George, St. George’s Parish (Tel 297 0478)
Wheels Cycles (Hamilton) Ltd. X Closed Since September 2012
This is the only company with AAA rated business on Bermuda scooter rentals. Being in operation for over 35 years, they have a large fleet of scooters that are mostly of Peugeot brand. They offer free delivery of the scooter to your hotel or cruise ship.
They have their main office at the Dundonald Street of Hamilton city.
Phone: 441/292-2245; Email: email@example.com
Other offices are at:
Pink Beach Club (Phone: 441/292-2245)
Rental Charges / Rates
Moped or Scooter rental charges usually include free delivery to your hotel or the cruise ship, free pickup, a carry basket, a helmet and a lock. Rental charge including insurance usually starts from $50 (approximately) for a day for a single seater. However for more number of days, discount is offered. For a double seater it’s usually about $75 for the first day. You can always ask the rental company to deliver the scooter or the moped to your hotel or cruise ship.
About scooter rides in Bermuda
All the Bermuda moped or scooter rental companies are supposed to provide a short free lesson before you rent it. So, if you don't feel comfortable after this lesson, don't go for it. And if this is the first time you are planning to try out a scooter ride in Bermuda, then you should know about the road conditions and the traffic rules, what to anticipate, road safety measures and useful tips. Check out Bermuda Scooter Ride: What You Should Know to make yourself comfortable before you go for the rental.
Scooter riding times between places
Here are approximate ride times between various points in Bermuda:
Some Great Scooter Rides in Bermuda
Well if you finally decide to rent a scooter in Bermuda, here are my suggestions for some great rides. We do it almost every time we are in the island.
If you like to explore Bermuda's village or rural areas which are fast disappearing in the island, start from the Friendship Vale Park at Devonshire Parish. This is a small lovely park on a hill side and located at the junction between Parson's Road and Palmetto Road. From the park, go down Parson's Road towards south. You will get a junction, veer right towards Orange Valley Road. We love this ride and greatly enjoy the country lanes with lovely cottages, farms, byways and after all Bermuda's unique rural life.
Take South Road and go west towards Sandy's parish across Somerset Island, over Watford Bridge and all the way to Royal Naval Dockyard. Go through the gates of the Dockyard and past the boatyard and all the way around the Maritime Museum. It's a great ride.
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