Despite its proximity to the East Coast of the U.S., this tranquil archipelago oozes British tradition (judges still wear white wigs) with a touch of Caribbean pace: Speed limits are 15 mph in the busy areas, and 20 mph in the countryside. Narrow, winding roads will lead you to breathtaking pink-sand beaches with clear waters great for snorkeling and swimming, or to some of the world’s best golf courses.
Whether you stay in the city of Hamilton or decide to go parish-hopping (the islands are divided into nine parishes for administrative reasons), you’ll see that there’s a lot to do besides sitting in the sun on one of the wonderful beaches: centuries-old sites; a long-abandoned railway trail where you can spot exotic wildlife; great shopping; bar-hopping in St George...And all this without the crowds of more popular destinations farther south, like the Caribbean islands or the Bahamas.
However, all this comes at a price -- taxis are ridiculously expensive (visitors can’t rent cars, and no luggage is allowed on buses), dining out will probably cost a fortune, and retailers go more for quality than for bargains. Nevertheless, this piece of “Paradise”, as the locals like to call it, is well worth its price.
This string of islands might feel small enough to allow visitors to move around the island. However, you might want to carefully choose where to stay, since the speed limits and the winding roads make even the shortest of drives quite a challenge (or a huge investment, if you opt for a cab).
The best and most famous beaches, such as Horseshoe Bay and Elbow Beach, are all in the south, as are the biggest resorts. For proximity to historic sites and nightlife, head east to St George’s Parish. If you want a remote, secluded spot to curl up with your significant other, the northwestern area is a good option.
|Airports:||Bermuda International Airport (BDA)|
|Peak:||April - Nov.|
|Hurricanes:||June - Nov|
|Currency:||Bermuda dollar, on par with the US dollar|
|Electricity:||110 V, 60 Hz (U.S. compatible)|
|Tipping:||15% for service; taxi drivers expect 10-15%|