Dive Into Bermuda
Whether you want to snorkel in the waters, kayak along the seas or just sit back with your favorite book, Bermuda has just the beach for you. Not that you have to stay at the beach to enjoy Bermuda. There are also shopping markets, Segway or ferry tours, dolphin exhibits and more golf courses per square mile than anywhere else in the world. Plus, it’s easy to tour Bermuda because the islands are joined together by bridges and causeways, so you can literally walk from island to island. Strap on your shoes and enjoy this pink paradise filled with just about any activity you can imagine.
Mapping Out Bermuda
Bermuda is an archipelago of many islands, 181 in fact. Not all are inhabited, and the larger of the islands are connected by a series of bridges and causeways. In fact, you could travel from island to island without even realizing it because there are no island signs. The island boasts 75 miles of coast line, and because of its unique location in the Atlantic, the weather is almost always pleasant. The island is about 21 square miles, so you can see how easy it is to walk from island to island.
Snorkeling in the Sea
The perfect place to pitch your umbrella for the day is Snorkel Park. Here you can rent just about any water craft imaginable. From jet skis to kayaks to underwater scooters, the kids will love hanging out with the parents for the day. And of course, the area is set and ready for a snorkeling and diving adventure. When the sun goes down, the beach comes alive with barbecues, beach bashes and island fun for all. You can find authentic island cuisine, live entertainment, music and activities to keep you entertained. Later in the night, you can join the party at Club SPB, where you'll find DJs and live bands playing.
Stroll Through the Markets
Taking time to stroll through the various art galleries and craft markets gives you the opportunity to meet local artists and learn about the inspiration behind their work. You can stop in the Bermuda Arts Centre at the Dockyard to see a variety of pieces. The art work is rotated out every six weeks, so there is always something new to see. The Bermuda Craft Market is also located at the Dockyard and showcases more than 60 friendly artists ready to impress you with candles, painted glassware and jewelry. Outside of the Dockyard, you'll find many high end stores, and the bonus is - no sales tax! Plus, Bermuda is known to often have sales. You should find plenty of good stuff whether you're looking for locally made art or designer clothing.
Tee It Up!
With more golf courses per square mile than anywhere else in the world, Bermuda is a golfer’s dream- so why not challenge yourself to take on all 7 of the championship courses? The stunning scenery and ideal temps allow you to golf anytime of the year. Most of the tee boxes on the golf courses are elevated, making for some of the best ocean views you’ll see while on the island. One of the premiere courses on the island is the Port Royal Golf Course. Home to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, this golfing paradise is considered the most picturesque in Bermuda too. Even if you're not a golf enthusiast, you might take some time out from the beach to see the gorgeous manicured lawns and the breathtaking views.
Dance with the Dolphins
Well, maybe you won’t really dance with dolphins, but spending an afternoon swimming with the dolphins will be just as delightful. The friendly creatures love to play and even showoff for their guests. The water, beaches and temps could not be better in Bermuda, so you won’t want to miss a chance to frolic in the ocean with these lovable friends. You can find the dolphins at the National Museum of Bermuda in the Royal Dockyard. Touring the museum is interesting because you'll learn all about Bermuda's social and military history. Local artist Graham Foster took 3.5 years to paint a mural on the wall in the museum that depicts Bermuda's history. You'll for sure want to see this, and you're bound to find a goat or two grazing the grounds. It's their job to make sure the grass doesn't get too high!
Segway Through Bermuda
You can now explore Bermuda on the latest mode of transportation, a Segway. On this stealthy two-wheeler, you’ll be zippin’ around Bermuda in no time. Your ride is safe, self-balancing and super easy to use. You can visit many of the island’s historical sites, such as the Royal Naval Dockyard, the Clocktower Mall and the Glassblowing and Rumcake Factory, or just traveling along the streets will be a great way to see the island. With beautiful ocean views and cool island breezes, riding on your Segway will make this tour even more unique.
Bermuda Quick Facts
Language: English is the official language.
Currency: The Bermuda dollar is the island’s currency.
Electricity: 110v Passport/Immigration: All U.S. citizens must have a valid passport when traveling to and from Bermuda.
Drinking water: Drink bottled water. No fresh water lake or rivers are in Bermuda.
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (UTC/GMT -4 hours)
Peak Season: April - September
Things to Do in Bermuda
Crystal Caves & Colonial Heritage (3 hours)
See the beautiful sights around the picturesque Harrington Sound, and stop at the Aquarium, which houses the new and exciting North Rock exhibit celebrating Bermuda's unique reef system and includes one of the largest live coral collections ever featured in an aquarium. The 145,000 gallon tank surrounds visitors and gives them the illusion of being underwater. Additionally, smaller tanks feature myriads of brightly colored tropical and sub-tropical fish. The Aquarium's small zoo has a new Australasia exhibit, featuring the wildlife of Australia, New Guinea, Borneo and Malaysia. The Aviary has brightly colored birds, parrots, flamingos and lumbering Galapagos tortoises. A small museum educates the visitors on how Bermuda was created. Then, on to the Caves, with their breathtaking sights of stalagmites and stalactites 90 feet below ground, followed by the Perfumery and Gardens where local flowers are made into tantalizing fragrances. A short distance away is the historical town of St. George's, with its quaint, winding lanes, shops and places of interest, such as St. Peter's Church (the oldest Anglican church in the Western Hemisphere), and the Stocks and Pillories.
- Food and beverage
- Tips and other expenses
Don't Forget to Bring:
- Comfortable clothes and shoes
- Sunglasses and hat
- Bottled water
Hours: Daily. 3-hour duration.
Where to Go: You'll be picked up from your hotel.
Age Restrictions: N/A
Tips & Transportation
Hop On, Hop Off
One of the best ways to see what this tiny island has to offer is to hop on a ferry. You can travel to the different islands and see how Bermuda looks from the water, and you'll get to see some of the island's landscapes and homes along the water. Taking a ferry is also an inexpensive way to see all the top attractions! With a little research, you can target the hot spots you want to see, or just do it all on a whim and see where this journey takes you.
Walk This Way
Taking a walking tour in the town St. George will give you a good look into the rich history on the island. You can see this picturesque town on foot and learn how it was built by its very first settlers—a great workout and history lesson all in one. As you wander through the streets, you'll notice that the streets are designed to accommodate horses and carriages. Also, the street names reference local characters or activities, such as Aunt Peggy's Lane or Printers Alley. Whatever route you take through town, you're bound to enjoy your walk down history.
Considered Bermuda’s National Drink, the Rum Swizzle is a blend of light and dark rums mixed with natural fruit juices. At the Swizzle Inn, they are known to have the best in town. The Swizzle Inn is Bermuda's oldest pub. It's been around since the 17th century, and its famous rum concoction is legendary. Just be careful because the drink goes down smoothly! You can enjoy lunch, dinner or a refreshing cocktail, and you're bound to find a souvenir or two at the gift shop!
Cream and Sugar, Please
You might be a loyal fan of Starbucks©, but you’ve got try Rock Island Coffee while you're in Bermuda. It's the only locally owned coffee company in Bermuda. Rock Island also has raspberry scones, paintings by local artists and the owner is a descendant of one of the colony’s founding families. Enjoy talking with the locals at this cafe!
At Dockyard Glassworks, you can watch the artists' work as they create colorful shapes with hot glass. You'll feel a bit of the heat from the furnace as you watch them demonstrate the process. You can also browse through the shop and see all the locally made pieces of art. Take a step next door and try a rum cake from the Bermuda Rum Cake Company.
You’ll fly into LF Wade International Airport (BDA). The airport, which began as a WWII airfield now has one terminal that accommodates almost a million people each year and supports aircraft or all sizes, including the 777s that land there regularly. It’s located on the eastern side of Bermuda on St. David’s Island.
Immigration & Customs
All US Citizens need to carry a passport and make sure you have your immigrations form with you when you return home. When arriving in Bermuda, you must complete a Customs Traveller Declaration (CTD) Form 98. Complete both sides of the form. Self-service kiosks are available to calculate any customs duty.
Getting to Your Hotel
CheapCaribbean.com has partnered with Beeline Tours as our premier transportation company in Bermuda. They’ll provide you with safe, comfortable and professional transportation, from the airport to your hotel and back. They’ll also provide transportation to any excursions booked through our site that you’d like to take while you’re in your destination. After clearing the Bermuda Immigration Department you will have to collect your bags. After collecting your bags please clear Bermuda Customs and look for the Pre-Arranged Transportation Area. This area is located by passing through the large glass double doors to the left of the arrival hall. Once in this area proceed to the Bee Line Transportation desk to be checked in, be presented with a return transfer voucher and to be escorted to your awaiting vehicles.
Getting Around Bermuda
Rental cars are not available in Bermuda, but getting around is easy to do. The most expensive way, but the easiest, is taking a taxi. You can book a taxi for an hour or two if you want to tour the island. Scooters are widely used by locals, so if you’re brave, rent one and zip around the island. Ferries and busses area also available, both being reliable and safe.