Bermuda Health and Safety Tips
However like any other place in the world, there are some health and safety risks that do exist in Bermuda too and some of them are unique to this island.
And if you are absolutely unprepared, one of such risks can potentially spoil your vacation.
I don't want to sound negative here, but with proper knowledge and precaution, you can avoid all such Bermuda health and safety hazards.
Here are the main areas of Bermuda health and safety concerns that need attention. A proper knowledge on do's and don'ts can help mitigate such risks considerably.
Risks and safety measures at Bermuda beaches
Bermuda beaches are generally safe. However there can be occasional risks and some of them may have high impacts.
Portuguese Man of War, a marine creature that looks like Jellyfish with a big blue bladder floating over the water surface, can be occasionally seen in Bermuda waters. Sometimes due to storm, they are blown on to the beaches. A sting from its tentacles can be extremely painful and sometimes may cause serious problems.
Rip Currents that flow back towards the sea from the shore, can sometimes be dangerous. If caught in the current, one can be swept away towards the sea.
Check out Bermuda Beach Safety to understand these beach related risks in detail along with the safety tips.
Theft and Snatching in Bermuda
There have been cases of theft and robbery in Bermuda, which unfortunately has been in the rise in recent times. While they may not be of great concern, there have been instances where the tourists have been the victims of such cases.
Either hand it over to someone you know or carry them in a waterproof plastic bag. A waterproof camera can also be a good idea which also floats on the water. You will often get an ordinary waterproof camera at the cruise ship for some $25.
Another common theft in Bermuda is from the basket of a scooter or moped. If valuables are kept in the basket, it should not be left unlocked, particularly when parked. Better is to carry all the valuables with you and not leave anything behind in the scooter basket that is unattended.
You should also be careful in a crowded public place (like in a beach) for any possible snatching. Cases of snatching do occur in Bermuda, although only occasionally. Best is to keep your stuff in a pouch bag which is tied to your waist and hidden under your clothes.
Check out Bermuda Thefts & Robberies on Tourists to know about some of the main incidents that have taken place over the last few years.
Serious Crime in Bermuda
Serious crime in Bermuda is low but rising in recent times. But so far, virtually none of these criminal offenses have had anything to do with the tourists or visitors.
Check out Bermuda Crime Rate to know more about some of the crime related challenges that the island is facing in recent times.
Bermuda Police has issued safety guidelines specifically for women in Bermuda. If you are a woman planning to visit Bermuda, I suggest that you check these guidelines for your own safety: Safety Advice for Bermuda Women
Bermuda health and medical expenses
Expenses for any medical treatment in Bermuda can be exorbitantly high. And when you don't anticipate things to go wrong at all, it does go wrong at times. There is a no free treatment provision in Bermuda and any hospitalization is very expensive, far more than in the US or UK.
On top of it, if one is staying at a hotel when a health related serious problem forces hospitalization, the hotel is unlikely to show any mercy with its heavy cancellation charges.
Check out Bermuda Health Insurance to understand the implications of health related problems in Bermuda and the need for a comprehensive travel insurance.
In case you need to avail medical facilities in Bermuda, check out Bermuda Medical Services to know about all the hospitals, clinics and nursing homes in the island and their offerings.
Hurricanes in Bermuda
Official hurricane season in Bermuda is between June to November. Severe storms or hurricanes in Bermuda are not very frequent. However storms and hurricanes do strike in the island and sometimes create major impacts and damages. Read Bermuda Hurricane to know all about it.
More Bermuda safety guidelines
1) Check out Bermuda Tourism Guide to find answers to all your questions related to Bermuda.
2) Visit Living in Bermuda to know all about what it takes to relocate and settle in Bermuda.
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