Bermuda Travel Guide
When it comes to heaven on earth, paradise doesn't get much closer than Bermuda. Easily accessible from the east coast of the United States — a mere two hours by air from New York, yet worlds away — this British territory is famous for its pink-sand beaches and laid-back yet refined island vibe, popular with tourists but fiercely protective of its strong sense of identity. Bermuda's vibe is entirely its own — upscale and fancy-free, artsy and naturally wild — Bermudians are notorious for their friendliness.
Despite its popularity with visitors, Bermuda is hardly touristy: tacky souvenir shops are few, and commercialized clutter like fast-food chains are banned (save for one pre-existing KFC that was grandfathered in). Head to this island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean to enjoy old-world charm, fresh island fare, glorious weather all year long, and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
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Best Time to Go
Tourist season stretches from May to October, when the weather is at its most balmy. The island can get surprisingly chilly in the fall and winter months.
Still, winter's not a bad time to visit: January sees Bermuda Restaurant Weeks as well as the annual Bermuda Triangle Challenge Weekend, during which active travelers can participate in up to three days of runs, from a mile to a full marathon; in March, the Bermuda International Film Festival attracts some of the shining stars of the film industry.
Spring is another lovely time to visit Bermuda: plan an Easter trip to participate in one of the world's most beautiful Good Friday traditions, the Bermuda Kite Festival, which fills the skies over Horseshoe Bay Beach with kites in various colors and styles.
Harbour Nights is another popular island tradition that begins each April (and lasts through early September): on Wednesday nights, the city of Hamilton hosts a pedestrian-only block party with local vendors, artists, activities, and traditional Gombey dancers. Bermuda Carnival takes place each June.
Check Bermuda's Adventure Almanac for the best months to visit the island depending on which activities you hope to enjoy while there.
Things to Know
The currency used in Bermuda is the Bermudian dollar, which is a 1-to-1 conversion with the U.S. dollar, and can be interchangeably used.
Car rentals are not available in Bermuda in an effort to curb air pollution, overcrowding, and car accidents. However, two-seater electric vehicles are available to get around.
While often grouped together with Caribbean nations, Bermuda is an island in the North Atlantic about 900 miles north and about 600 miles from mainland. This is why the weather can be a bit cooler in the winter months.
How to Get Around
Buses: Pink-and-blue striped buses connect most areas of interest across the island. Bermuda has 11 bus routes and 14 bus zones.
Ferries: Public ferry routes aboard the SeaExpress Ferry Service are a popular (and scenic) way to get around the island. All ferries depart from the Ferry Terminal on Front Street in Hamilton.
Pro tip: Buy a Transportation Pass (available for one, three, and seven days) for unlimited use of buses and ferries.
Taxis: Taxis in Bermuda can provide transportation directly from point A to point B but some drivers can also provide hourly sightseeing tours. All taxis are metered at set rates established by the government.
Car rentals: While you can't rent a typical car on Bermuda, you can rent an electric two-seater. Just remember that in Bermuda, motorists drive on the left — and maximum speed is 22 miles per hour.
You can also rent scooters and bicycles from various outfitters around the island.
Things to Do
Neighborhoods to Know
Three main regions comprise Bermuda's 21 square miles.
East End: Home to the historic town of St. George's, Bermuda's former capital and a UNESCO World Heritage site, the East End is beloved for its history, culture, and photo-worthy brick streets and British colonial architecture. However, there are natural attractions in addition to the manmade: be sure to check out the limestone formations of Tobacco Bay Beach, Tom Moore's Jungle, the Crystal Caves, Cooper's Island Nature Reserve, and Ferry Reach National Park, home to lush flora and rare birds.
Central Bermuda: Hamilton, the island's capital, lies in central Bermuda and lends the area its more developed, cosmopolitan, and sophisticated global feel. If you're looking for dining, shopping, and nightlife in Bermuda, the island's more commercialized central section is where you'll find it, especially along Front Street downtown. There's also beaches, botanical gardens, parks, and oceanfront golf.
West End: Here you'll find the Royal Naval Dockyard (home to a major cruise ship port and a craft market, museum, and restaurants) and attractions like the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, village of Somerset, and famous South Shore beaches. It's a hub for sightseeing, shopping, dining, and entertainment.
The climate of Bermuda is mild; it doesn't see the sweltering heat of the tropics nor winter freezes, so visitors can enjoy the outdoors year-round, with just slight variations between seasons. In addition, the difference between water and air temps averages two degrees, so the water seldom gets too cold to swim.
Expect southerly breezes June through August, which cool the evenings, and generally warm, sunny weather no matter the month. Hurricanes are possible between June and November during the Atlantic hurricane season, but big hits are rare for Bermuda (the island averages just over one per decade).
The following are average Fahrenheit lows and highs by month. Average annual precipitation is 55 inches, but Bermuda has no official rainy season (though April typically sees the least rainfall and August the most).
January 60 - 68
February 59 - 68
March 60 - 68
April 64 - 71
May 67 - 74
June 72 - 80
July 77 - 84
August 77 - 85
September 76 - 84
October 72 - 80
November 67 - 74
December 64 - 71
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