Bermuda Travel Guide

Bermuda Travel Guide

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Bermuda may be known for its pink sand beaches and colorful namesake shorts, but it will soon be synonymous with one of the world’s preeminent regatt... Read More

Bermuda may be known for its pink sand beaches and colorful namesake shorts, but it will soon be synonymous with one of the world’s preeminent regattas, since the mid-Atlantic island will host the 35th America’s Cup in June 2017. “The America’s Cup is the pinnacle of international sailing,” says Premier Michael Dunkley, who along with his team successfully outbid respected sailing venues including San Diego, Newport, and San Francisco. Bermuda is currently in the midst of a tourism renaissance as it prepares for the events of 2017, and here’s the travel guide you need. New hotels and marinas are being built, existing properties are getting million dollar facelifts, and new restaurants are opening their doors—including one from celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, whose harbor front hotspot has quickly become a favorite for both locals and visitors. Despite all this change, Bermuda’s main appeal remains the same—the fact that it’s less than two hours away from most East Coast airports. That’s right: getting to this pink sand paradise is quick and easy, since Bermuda has nonstop flights from New York, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, and a host of cities in the U.S. and Canada (London too, with nonstops on British Airways). However you get there, expect a decidedly upscale island experience awash in living history and bountiful natural beauty. The crystal clear waters and pink sand beaches attract tens of thousands of vacationers a year, as do the shipwrecks and coral reefs that lie close to shore.

But there’s also plenty to see on the surface. An overseas territory of the United Kingdom, Bermuda has been involved in many of history’s major events dating back as far as the English Civil War of the mid 1600s. If you travel to Bermuda, you’ll see signs of these historical moments and also ruins dating back to both World Wars. Sports fans will be interested in the island’s athletic accomplishments: there are several Bermudian rugby clubs, the island boasts an impressive roster on their national cricket team, and they even hosted the New York Yankees’ spring training in 1913. People of all ages will have something to enjoy when they visit Bermuda. After all, this is the new home of the America’s Cup. If the world’s best sailors can visit for a while, so can you.

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Best Time To Go

Bermuda is a year-round destination (it has a subtropical climate), but the best time to visit is September and October, when the humidity of summer disappears but water temperatures remain warm enough for swimming. Bonus: This is when hotel rooms typically become less expensive, since autumn is the start of shoulder season.

Transportation

Car rentals are not permitted in Bermuda, so if you’d like your own wheels, you’ll have to rent a scooter. It’s the island’s transportation of choice (locals call them “bikes”)—just make sure to stay on the left side of the road, since Bermuda is still a British overseas territory. Don’t like scooters? Public busses and ferries cover most of the island and taxis are widely available—though a bit expensive.

Weather

February is the coolest month, with an average temperature of 66°F (18°C). July is the hottest month, with an average temperature of 80°F (26°C).

Know Before You Go

Despite popular belief, Bermuda is located in the Atlantic Ocean, not the Caribbean—it’s about 650 miles due east of Cape Hatteras, N.C.. Days are usually warm but nights, especially in winter, can get cool so pack a light sweater or rain jacket.

Language

English

Electric

Type A (two-prong plug) or Type B (three-prong plug)

Currency

United States Dollar and Bermuda Dollar (the two are interchangeable)

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