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Bermuda is the perfect place to get your sun, sand, and scuba diving fix. With its stunning crystal-clear waters, white-sand beaches, and vibrant culture, Bermuda is a destination that should be on everyone's travel list. Bermuda is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and is known for its temperate climate — making it the perfect destination all year round. With its mix of British and Caribbean influences, the island is steeped in culture and history. From its vibrant festivals to its rich colonial heritage, there’s something for everyone to explore and discover!
What to Expect in Bermuda
Currency: The local currency is the Bermudian dollar which is 1:1 with the US dollar. Both currencies are used and accepted.
Credit Cards and Banks: Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Bermuda. However, you may need cash for taxis, tipping, and various small purchases. I always recommend traveling with a travel reward credit card with zero foreign transaction fees and bringing around $100 USD cash. Always opt to use your credit card whenever possible for purchase protection. You can use local ATMs to draw more cash out as needed.
Climate: Bermuda is known for its temperate climate which makes it the perfect destination all year round.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Bermuda is from March to June or from September to November. During these months, the weather is mild and pleasant, with temperatures ranging from the mid-60s to the mid-70s Fahrenheit (around 18-24 Celsius). These months are also outside of the peak tourist season, so you can expect fewer crowds and lower prices on accommodations.
Safety: Bermuda is an incredibly safe and welcoming destination. The locals are friendly and helpful, and the crime rate is low. You can explore the island with peace of mind and enjoy all that it has to offer.
Getting Around in Bermuda
No Rental Cars: There are no rental cars in Bermuda and locals are restricted to 1 car per family!
Public Transportation: The public transportation system is great here! Buses get you around efficiently and there are also ferries that operate regularly.
You Can Hire a Driver or Book Taxis Easily: All restaurants and hotels can call a taxi for you. I highly recommend booking a driving tour with Jahmel (I’ll get his contact details) and/or hiring him as your driver! He’s super professional and has his own fleet of vehicles for any size group of travelers.
Hire an EV for the Day: Twizys, scooters, and Tazzaris/Bermis are available all over the island to rent by the hour or day. Twizys seat two, but are more comfortable for solo drivers. Scooters are the most budget-friendly option and seat two. And Tazzaris/Bermis are the closest you’ll get to a rental car, with 2 side-by-side seats, windows, and A/C.
Where to Stay in Bermuda
Bermuda has tons of amazing accommodation options, but there are a few key areas you might consider staying in!
- Hamilton: Hamilton is the capital city of Bermuda and offers a lively atmosphere with plenty of shops, restaurants, and nightlife. If you’re looking to be in the heart of the action, this is a great place to stay. There are several hotels and guesthouses in the area, ranging from budget-friendly to luxury.
- St. George’s: St. George’s is a historic town located in the northeast of the island. It offers a more laid-back atmosphere than Hamilton and is a great option if you’re looking for a quieter stay. There are several historic inns and guesthouses in the area, as well as a few larger hotels.
- Southampton Parish: If you’re looking for a more secluded and peaceful stay, Southampton Parish is a great option. It’s located on the south shore of the island and is known for its beautiful beaches and scenic views. There are several luxury resorts in the area, as well as some more budget-friendly options.
- Paget Parish: Paget Parish is a centrally located area of the island that offers easy access to many of Bermuda’s top attractions. There are several hotels and guesthouses in the area, ranging from budget-friendly to luxury.
- Warwick Parish: Warwick Parish is another great option for those looking to be close to the island’s top attractions. It’s located on the south shore of the island and offers a mix of luxury resorts and budget-friendly accommodations.
The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, also known as “The Pink Palace”, is a luxury hotel located in Hamilton, Bermuda. Originally built in 1885, the hotel has undergone several renovations and upgrades over the years, while still retaining its historic charm.
The hotel features 400 guest rooms and suites, each beautifully designed with modern amenities and a nod to the island’s colonial heritage. Guests can enjoy stunning views of Hamilton Harbor and the hotel’s lush gardens, as well as access to the hotel’s private beach club. Read more about my stay here!
With its stunning ocean views and world-class amenities, the Rosewood is a popular choice for those seeking a luxurious and unforgettable stay on the island.
The resort features 92 spacious guest rooms and suites, each elegantly furnished with modern amenities and designed with a classic yet contemporary aesthetic. Guests can enjoy stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and Tucker’s Point Golf Course from their private balconies or terraces.
This enormous estate is situated on close to 1.5 acres of lush tropical vegetation, Leamington Caves offers tranquility and adventure, private quiet spaces, and expansive views. The main house and adjacent guest house (combined 12,000 sq. ft. of living space) feature 8 bedrooms and sleep up to 16 people making this the perfect spot for large groups.
But, the most unique aspect of this property is the private access to Leamington Caves — a national treasure and Bermuda’s largest private natural caves. Dating back millennia but discovered over a century ago, the caves feature dramatic stalagmites and stalactites and a deep pool of turquoise water. Formerly a tourist attraction, the Caves are fully lit and very safely accessed by concrete staircases and railings, and a recently built wooden platform and dock.
The Loren Hotel at Pink Beach is a luxurious boutique hotel located in Tucker’s Town, Bermuda. The Loren Hotel features 45 spacious guest rooms and suites, each with a private balcony or terrace and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. The rooms are elegantly furnished with modern amenities and designed with a clean, minimalist aesthetic.
Guests can enjoy the hotel’s private pink sand beach, which is accessible via a scenic cliffside elevator, as well as a rooftop infinity pool, fitness center, and full-service spa.
Cambridge Beaches is a luxury resort situated on a 30-acre peninsula in Sandys Parish, Bermuda. The resort is surrounded by the pristine waters of the Atlantic Ocean and offers stunning views of the island’s western coast.
The resort features 87 spacious guest rooms and suites, each elegantly decorated with a mix of modern and traditional Bermudian design elements. Guests can enjoy private balconies or terraces with ocean or garden views, as well as a range of modern amenities.
The resort also features several bars and lounges, including the popular Shutters Beach Bar, which offers live music and stunning ocean views.
Pompano Beach Club in Bermuda is a chic and sophisticated resort located on the stunning southwestern coast of the island. With its crystal clear waters and pink sand beaches, this resort offers an idyllic escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Pompano Beach Club also offers several dining options, including a fine dining restaurant with a focus on fresh, local ingredients, as well as a beach bar and grill serving up casual and delicious cuisine.
The Reefs Resort in Bermuda is a luxurious and intimate escape located on the south shore of the island. With its stunning oceanfront location and pink sand beach, this resort offers the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure.
The Reefs Resort also offers several dining options, including a fine dining restaurant with an extensive wine list and a casual beach bar and grill serving up delicious cocktails and fresh seafood.
Where to Eat in Bermuda
Bermuda’s food scene is a delightful mix of international flavors and traditional island cuisine. With its proximity to the ocean, seafood is a staple on many menus, with local favorites like rockfish, spiny lobster, and Bermuda chowder.
One must-try dish in Bermuda is the famous fish sandwich, which is made with fresh fish and served on a bun with tartar sauce, lettuce, and tomato. Another local favorite is fish chowder, a flavorful soup made with tomato, vegetables, and fish stock.
Bermuda also offers a range of international cuisines, including Italian, French, and Indian. Many restaurants use fresh, local ingredients in their dishes, and there are plenty of farm-to-table options available.
And let’s not forget about the drinks! Bermuda is home to the famous rum swizzle, a sweet and tangy cocktail made with rum, fruit juices, and grenadine. The island is also known for its dark and stormy cocktail, made with dark rum and ginger beer.
Here are some of the best places to eat and drink in Bermuda!
Intrepid at Hamilton PrincessSeafood and Cocktail Bar
Intrepid at Hamilton Princess is a chic and stylish bar and restaurant located in the iconic Hamilton Princess hotel in Bermuda. With its sophisticated atmosphere and creative cocktail menu, this is the perfect spot for a night out or a pre-dinner drink. Order the Princess 75 (cocktail) and seafood tower!
Tom Moores TavernContemporary
Tom Moore’s Tavern in Bermuda is a charming and historic restaurant that offers a unique dining experience in a beautiful setting. Located in a quaint 17th-century cottage, the restaurant is filled with character and charm, with its cozy fireplace, exposed beams, and elegant furnishings.
The restaurant is named after the famous Irish poet, Tom Moore, who once lived in the cottage in the early 19th century. Today, it’s the oldest restaurant in Bermuda with an impressive wine list. Be sure to make a reservation well in advance!
The CloudUpscale Dining
The Cloud Restaurant in Bermuda is a breathtakingly beautiful dining spot that offers panoramic views of the island’s stunning natural landscape. Perched atop a hill, the restaurant offers 360-degree views of the ocean, the lush greenery, and the charming town of Hamilton.
One of the most unique aspects of The Cloud Restaurant is its location in a historic building that once served as a munitions depot during World War II.
The location was a little hard to find but the food was some of the best we had during our stay In Bermuda. Come for brunch or dinner — order the spicy mango margarita!
Brunch at Pink Beach Club at the Loren HotelOcean Views
Don’t miss brunch at the Pink Beach Club at the Loren Hotel. The resort’s signature restaurant, Marée, is a culinary experience not to be missed. Led by Executive Chef Tim Sullivan, the restaurant offers a delectable menu of modern European cuisine with a focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Order the lobster hash and request a seat outside by the sea!
The Village Pantry in Bermuda is a charming and cozy café that offers a delightful dining experience for locals and visitors alike. Located in the heart of the historic village of Flatts, the café is surrounded by picturesque streets and colorful buildings, making it the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a delicious meal.
The café offers a range of breakfast and lunch options, with a menu that features classic dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. Guests can enjoy a range of breakfast options, including fresh pastries, homemade granola, and hearty breakfast sandwiches. For lunch, the café offers a range of salads, sandwiches, and soups, with options for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike.
Located above Port O Call Restaurant on Front Street, Pearl is a fresh, creative addition to Bermuda’s Sushi scene. In creating the menu, our skilled sushi Chefs have fused their traditional Japanese training with techniques acquired during a varied culinary working experience.
Where to find the “best” fish sandwich is a local argument, but the key ingredients are what matters. Fried local fish topped with tartar sauce and coleslaw on raisin bread. Sounds like an interesting combo—but trust me, it’s delicious! Some of the top spots to get your ‘wich fix are: Art Mel’s Spicy Dicy, Crown & Anchor (at the Hamilton Princess), Seaside Grill, Swizzle Inn, and Woodys!
What to Do in Bermuda
Whether you are looking for an adventure on the water or a relaxing time on the land, Bermuda has something for everyone. Figuring out what to do in Bermuda can be a bit overwhelming, but hopefully, this list of some of the best things to do in Bermuda will help you plan accordingly.
There are SO many but some must-sees are Horseshoe Bay, Tobacco Bay, Jobson’s Cove (a personal favorite), Elbow Beach, and Astwood Cove.
We had the funniest guide! Definitely recommend making a reservation in advance. You have to call to make a reservation so use Skype or have your hotel concierge help make the booking.
Bermuda is the shipwreck capital of the world, so get down and explore everything unda da sea. I highly recommend Blue Water Divers — the owner, Chris, is hilarious and they’re PADI certified.
You can snorkel pretty much everywhere! Rent gear and hit the beaches to see the incredible reefs all around the island
While Cricket is the national sport, cliff jumping comes in a close second! You can cliff jump from tons of different locations, but Diveboard Island is one of the top spots.
Take the short jungle walk to Blue Hole for cliff jumping and swimming in the turquoise waters of the blue hole. It is breathtaking!
Learn about the maritime history of Bermuda as well as the fascinating history behind the hundreds of shipwrecks around the island.
This colorful part of Hamilton has some of the best shops, dining and nightlife on the island
The original capital of Bermuda — it was one of the very first English towns in the new world. You’ll find many original buildings dating back to the 1600s. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000)!
Just like it sounds, this church is unfinished and super cool! It’s a popular wedding ceremony location for its fairytale like setting.
Bermuda Railway Trail National Park is an 18-mile historic path that stretches from one end of the island to the other. Originally a railroad that transported Bermudians around the island via train between 1931 and 1948, the route today serves as a hiking and biking path where travelers and locals alike can take in panoramic ocean views.
Grotta Bay’s cave treatment options feature massages and other signature spa treatments performed in a natural, unaltered cave located on property. In keeping with the earthy integrity and live environment of the cave, the grotto’s primal features are respected and embraced; with the mesmerizing natural sounds of dripping water and soothing soft music, a therapist uses only organic products.
Southlands is a 37-acre parkland area in Bermuda and is located in Warwick Parish. Upon entry, you’ll see a remarkable Banyan tree grove.
Thought it’s not my typical travel activity, Bermuda is covered in gold courses (most with unbeatable ocean views)!
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