Camping in Bermuda
Camping in Bermuda is generally permitted for the residents. If you are a tourist, there are two ways you to go about it.
1) If you are coming through an organized school camping tour, the school will need to apply to the Department of Youth, Sport and Recreation, and get the permit well in advance.
2) Or, alternatively you have taken up a commercial accommodation in the island (like a hotel ), or visiting on a cruise ship where all expenses are already paid up and now trying to enjoy camping at an additional cost. By this the government ensures that it's not losing out on its tourism income through hotels or cruise ships. You will need to register and apply with Department of Parks in advance (Phone: 441/236-5902 or 236-4201). There is a one time refundable security deposit ($100) and a camping fee of $12 per night.
The official camping season in Bermuda starts from May (1st Saturday) and lasts till September (3rd Sunday). The designated government camping sites in Bermuda include Ferry Point Park, Higgs and Horseshoe Islands, Coney Island (all in St. George's Parish), and Chaplin Bay
(in Warwick Parish). However on certain national holidays like the Cup Match days, residents come out in large numbers and camp virtually everywhere in the island starting from the South Shore beaches, parks and even on the roadsides.
There are plenty of other structured camp grounds offered by the private operators which come at additional fees. One of such nice camping facilities is in WindReach Bermuda
, a recreational village located in Warwick parish. There are three cabins with bunks giving you a house like feel. You can also set up tents on the campground. The camp area can be rented during the day, overnight or for weekend camping. It has a total capacity of up to 30 visitors. Location
: 57 Spice Hill Road, Warwick, Phone: 441/238-2469. Email: [email protected]
Remember that there are usually close vigilance done both by the police and Department of Parks persons. You are required to follow certain strict guidelines like:
- You get the booking on a first come first served basis. Total capacity is limited.
- Need to use proper tents. Maximum three tents of 180 sq. ft. allowed per site.
- Maximum 8 persons per camp site are allowed.
- You can not litter the area or damage any trees.
- All wastes to be put into garbage bins.
- Open wood fire is not allowed. Charcoal or cooking gas can be used.
- You can not cook inside the tents.
- Pets not allowed.
- Generators not allowed.
- Maximum camp stay on a site is limited to 6 weeks.
Hi, I love your website, its so full of great information! I was just wondering what your recommendation would be for the cheapest accommodation on the island. I am a single traveler hoping to visit in mid November and stay a few days. I would love to camp somewhere but I've read that's not allowed unless you are a citizen? thanks,
Chad (September 2010)
Hi, Camping in Bermuda is quite limited for the tourists. You can do it only if you are already staying in a hotel or a cruise ship. This way the government of Bermuda ensures that it does not lose out on its hefty tourism income. Well, that doesn't solve your problem of economizing the trip. For tourists, camping is only meant for an added pleasure and not an option to reduce spending.
Since you are planning to travel in November, it's difficult to say which would be the cheapest accommodation. This is because the low season in Bermuda starts in November, hotels and lodges offer huge discounts, sometimes to the tune of about 50 - 60% of their normal tariff.
Now scan through all the accommodations with a price tag of single $, those are the cheapest ones. Choose two or three that you like the most and write to them, and ask for the best price. My own favorites include Clairfont apartments
Best of luck!
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) September 2010