11 Things To Know Before Visiting Bermuda + Bermuda Travel Tips (2023)

Visiting Bermuda soon? Check out 11 things you should know before traveling to the island + some useful Bermuda travel tips.

Bermuda is a beautiful island that is full of hidden surprises. However, there are quite a few misconceptions about the island, and unlike more popular travel destinations, there are things that not many people know about it. But there are definitely things you should know before visiting Bermuda!

So if you’re thinking of visiting Bermuda, or you’ve been thinking where to go on your next vacation, read through these helpful Bermuda travel tips + where to stay in Bermuda tips.

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE VISITING BERMUDA

1| Bermuda is NOT in the Caribbean

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This is one of the most popular misconceptions about Bermuda. Although it resembles a Caribbean island in many ways, Bermuda is actually in the North Atlantic. While this doesn’t actually make much difference to enjoying the island, it does make a difference on how you get there. If you are from the East Coast, Bermuda might be closer than you think!

2| It’s very close to the East Coast of the US

On that note, Bermuda is located very close to the East Coast of America, and this is where you’ll likely fly from to get to Bermuda. Flights to US cities such as New York and Boston take just over two hours, although you can make connections to almost any East Coast city.

On the other hand, if you don’t feel like flying, a more enjoyable way to reach the island is by combining Bermuda and New England on a cruise. Discover Celebrity’s Bermuda Cruise and imagine being able to visit the idyllic island of Bermuda for a few days followed by dreamy towns in Maine, the young city of Boston, and finish your trip in New York City.

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3| Bermuda boasts some beautiful beaches

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One of the main reasons Bermuda gets mistaken for a Caribbean island is the quality of the beaches. You can expect crystal clear water, beautiful sand, and plenty of sunbathers, similar to those you would find in Turks and Caicos or other Caribbean islands. Keep in mind though that the island is in the Atlantic: during the summer the water is warm, but can dip to much cooler temperatures in the winter.

Some of the most beautiful beaches are Jobson’s Cove, Tobacco Bay beaches, and, of course, the pink beaches… keep reading!! West Whale Beach is also great, however because of the low tide this is accessible only a few hours a day. Humpback whales pass here in April, but most of the time they will be too far to actually see them!

4| You can’t rent a car on the island

Car rental is banned by the Bermudian government. The main reason for this is because the island is quite small (21 square miles) and has a small population of 65,000. However, the island expects around 600,000 tourists a year, and if they all rented cars the infrastructure wouldn’t be able to cope.

So what are your options? You can rent scooters and mopeds, as these are freely available and cheap to rent, or there is an emerging market of electric minicars too. Alternatively, there are places for renting bicycles if you prefer (and you can get some exercising done at the same time), or there are plenty of taxis available across the island.

5| You can swim in grottos

There are many grottos and cave systems on the coast of Bermuda, and all of them are beautiful. And to make things even better, you’re allowed to swim in them! There are plenty of companies that arrange swimming tours of the bigger cave systems, and this is usually the best way to experience them as you can take advantage of local knowledge.

Prospero’s & Cathedral Caves are located on the grounds of Grotto Bay Beach Resort, and are definitely worth a visit.

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6| You should get travel insurance before flying out

Everyone traveling to Bermuda should think twice before flying out to the island without travel medical insurance. Medical cost in Bermuda appears to be the second highest in the world, often even higher than in the US! Most, if not all, American and British medical insurance companies won’t cover you if something happens to you while on the island, so you really need to think ahead before traveling.

Nobody ever thinks something will happen (and hopefully it won’t), but unexpected things can happen and you want to be covered when you need it the most, especially in a country like Bermuda where medical expenses can become a nightmare.

This is the insurance I use for only 42 USD every 4 weeks: SafetyWing.

7| The historic Town of St. George is super instagrammable

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The Town of St. George was the first settlement established on the island and is steeped in local history. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for this very reason. There are so many beautiful buildings to see, many of which are very colorful and make for those perfect Instagram shots.

Make sure you visit King’s Square, which is in the center of town and a good place to start any tours. There are companies that provide walking and minibus tours, although it’s perfectly possible to guide yourself around the town if you prefer.

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8 | It’s quite expensive

This is an important thing to consider when thinking about visiting Bermuda. Many people who have emigrated to the island don’t bother cooking at home because it’s just as expensive as eating out. The main reason for this is because the island is so small the vast majority of things are imported from other countries, which adds to the price massively.

9| Yes, it’s true. There are pink sand beaches!!

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Do I have to say it again? PINK BEACHES! Bermuda is famous for its pink sand beaches, and they make ideal photo opportunities, particularly at sunset. The sand is made from tiny invertebrates that live on the coral reefs along Bermuda’s coastline.

I’m sure you’ve seen photos of Horseshoe Bay Beach before. Ranked by Conde Nast one of the top 20 beaches in the world, there is no way you can miss this unreal pink beach when visiting Bermuda!

10| Watch out for jellyfish

Bermuda is a known home of the Portuguese man o’war, a poisonous kind of jellyfish. Now, I don’t want to scare you. This jellyfish only appears occasionally, usually after storms, and shouldn’t deter you from visiting the island.

The beaches will have warning signs up if the jellyfish are seen there regularly, but it pays to keep an eye out anyway. Ask locals or your hotel if there have been any recent sightings at the beach before you go swimming on some lesser known beaches.

11| Bermudians speak English!

Hey, it will be easy to communicate with the locals! Bermuda’s national language is Bermudian English, which is a mix of American, British, and West Indian English. Some locals also speak Portuguese, but you won’t have any language problems.

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WHERE TO STAY IN BERMUDA: BEST HOTELS IN BERMUDA

As I was telling you earlier, Bermuda is not a cheap destination. I usually recommend luxury, middle-range, and budget options, but in this case I had to add a super luxury category as middle range is already expensive.

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Super Luxury Hotels

Rosewood Bermuda: A 5-star luxury resort with its private pink sand beach, Rosewood Bermuda is synonym with luxury. The gorgeous facilities include 4 swimming pools, a beach club, and a spa, and you can imagine that the rooms and suites are as elegant as they come as well. Stay here if you’re looking for the ultimate luxury beach getaway. BOOK IT HERE

Hamilton Princess & Beach Club – A Fairmont Managed Hotel: The iconic, 5-star pink hotel you’ve probably seen on Instagram at some point. The star of this luxury hotel is its infinity pool with Hamilton Harbor view, plus its 4 restaurants, first-class rooms, and great spa make this hotel a wonderful choice. Great location, 5-min walking distance from Hamilton. BOOK IT HERE

Luxury Hotels

Cambridge Beaches Resort and Spa: A lush, adults-only resort that makes for the perfect romantic getaway. The private beach, tropical ocean views, 3 restaurants, and the Ocean Spa are all you need to relax, but you’ll also find two tennis courts and gym if you want to be more active. ➤ BOOK IT HERE

Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort & Spa: Free shuttles to the 18-hole golf course and to the beaches makes this 4-star hotel super convenient. It features elegant rooms and studios and suites that come with kitchenettes. All the rooms have private balconies with incredible views of the harbor. You’ll also find a spa, gym, outdoor pool, and hot tub. What else do you need? ➤ BOOK IT HERE

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Boutique & Middle Range Hotels

Inverurie Executive Suites: Located in Mount Pleasant, this hotel offers easy access to all other places in the island. The incredible views of the ocean from your balcony will make you feel like you are on a cruise ship! All the suites come with either a kitchenette or a full kitchen, which will help save money on meals. ➤ BOOK IT HERE

Oxford House: A charming property with great access to Hamilton, the bus, and the ferries. This Bermuda-style townhouse features 12 well-appointed rooms and a wonderful complimentary breakfast. It feels like you’re staying in an English country house! ➤ BOOK IT HERE

Bermuda is a beautiful island that is definitely worth visiting. However, if you are planning to visit, make sure you’re not caught off guard by things like food prices and drinking water. These things can be enough to ruin a trip, and so it pays to be prepared before visiting Bermuda. Hopefully these Bermuda travel trips were helpful to organize your trip. Have fun!

FAQs

What is the best month to go to Bermuda? ›

If you're looking for warm temperatures and beach life, the most popular time to visit Bermuda is between late April and mid-October.

Should I bring cash to Bermuda? ›

Therefore, everywhere in Bermuda uses Bermudian dollars and US dollars interchangeably. So, if you have US dollars, bring them. Just make sure all your Bermudian dollars have been spent before leaving.

How many days in Bermuda is enough? ›

Located east of the South Carolina in the Atlantic Ocean, Bermuda is a quick flight, especially for those living in Toronto or New York City. A weekend in Bermuda will give you a great taste for the country, but extending your stay to 3 or 4 days is ideal.

What does a US citizen need to travel to Bermuda? ›

All persons traveling between the United States and Bermuda are required to present a passport to enter Bermuda or re-enter the United States. Travelers with questions concerning travel to Bermuda may contact the British Embassy in Washington, DC or any of the British Consulate General offices across the United States.

Are Bermudians friendly? ›

The island's civilian population is estimated to be around 64,867 and Bermudians are known for being extremely friendly. Their natural charm and smiling characters create a warm and vibrant backdrop for both expats and tourists.

What is hurricane season in Bermuda? ›

When is hurricane season in Bermuda? The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 and though Bermuda is officially within the hurricane corridor, the island is usually only affected by late-season storms in September and October, if is it affected at all.

What is Bermuda best known for? ›

The island is famous for its pink sand beaches, which get their colour from one of the sand's main components, pulverized coral and shells. Another attraction for tourists is the historic town of St. George (founded 1612) and its fortifications, which together were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000.

Does it get cold at night in Bermuda? ›

Temperatures rarely drop below 55 degrees F or exceed 90 degrees F. The lowest air temperature ever recorded was 43.6F. The highest was 94F. Water temperatures during winter months are much the same as the air temperature, ranging from about 66F (in January) through 75F until the late spring.

Can I use American money in Bermuda? ›

Bermuda and the U.S. Dollar are accepted interchangeably. When dispensing change, most retailers and businesses will try to provide change in U.S. dollars to visitors. Canadian dollars, British pounds and other foreign currencies need to be exchanged at local banks.

Do you tip cab drivers in Bermuda? ›

Taxi Drivers – Most taxi drivers expect a 15 percent tip, more if they've done some heavy lifting. Gas Station Attendants – $2 to fill your scooter with gas should be about right.

What can you bring back from Bermuda? ›

Top 8 Things to Buy in Bermuda
  • Rum Cake.
  • Bermuda Cedar Items.
  • Glassware Souvenirs and Items.
  • Bermuda Shorts.
  • Perfume.
  • Linens.
  • Rum.
  • Clay and Ceramics.

Is Bermuda walkable? ›

Walking is perhaps the best way to explore Bermuda. There's no better way to take in the island's nature, landscapes and deep heritage. It's relatively easy to explore on your own, but if you prefer help from those who know Bermuda like the back of their hand, there are plenty of options available.

Is it expensive in Bermuda? ›

Food and drink are expensive in Bermuda. Everything on the island is imported so the prices can be quite high. Go to the grocery store and a loaf of bread could easily cost you $6-8. Get used to the sticker shock before you go because there really aren't that many ways to save money on food.

What is the coldest month in Bermuda? ›

The cool season lasts for 4.4 months, from December 7 to April 19, with an average daily high temperature below 72°F. The coldest month of the year in Bermuda is February, with an average low of 61°F and high of 68°F.

Does Bermuda require a negative COVID test? ›

Vaccinated residents with a negative pre-arrival test do not need to test upon arrival in Bermuda. However, if they do not have a negative pre-arrival test they will have a supervised antigen test upon arrival in Bermuda.

What language is spoken in Bermuda? ›

The predominant language on Bermuda is Bermudian English. It exhibits characteristics of English as spoken on the Atlantic Seaboard of the United States of America (especially in the region around Virginia), in the Canadian Maritimes, southern England, and parts of the British West Indies.

Do you clear US immigration in Bermuda? ›

All passengers travelling to the United States from Bermuda will go through pre-clearance in Bermuda. As a result, passengers will not have to go through immigration once landing in the US and will arrive as if they are travelling on a domestic US flight.

What race are Bermudians? ›

The majority of Bermuda's overall ancestry actually remains European, as most black Bermudians are actually of European ancestry, but as only those entirely of European ancestry are considered white, the largest demographic group is black, despite those of entirely sub-Saharan African ancestry being only a negligible ...

Is the water in Bermuda drinkable? ›

Conclusion. So there you have it – that's how Bermuda stays fresh and clean and ensures everyone has sufficient water to drink or use. It's worth noting that the locals cherish their water and don't take it for granted. Being careful with water has been ingrained into Bermudians over their 400 years of history.

What do you call a person from Bermuda? ›

Bermudian (plural Bermudians) A person from Bermuda or of Bermudian descent. (nautical) Bermuda sloop.

What do people wear in Bermuda? ›

Men wear traditional Bermuda shorts as formalwear – usually paired with a jacket and tie. While many Bermudian women wear stockings even during high summer temperatures, it's not necessary for tourists to do the same. In general, the island is very warm in the late spring, summer, and early fall.

What month can you swim in Bermuda? ›

From May to October, visitors will find mild, beach-ready temperatures from the 70s to the mid-80s. That's when you'll also find comfortable water temperatures in the Atlantic.

What is the hottest month in Bermuda? ›

August is the hottest month in Bermuda with an average temperature of 28°C (82°F) and the coldest is February at 18°C (64°F). The wettest month is October with an average of 200mm of rain.

Is food in Bermuda good? ›

Known for excellent food and service, here's the cream of the crop from Bermuda's restaurant scene. For such a small island, Bermuda has a surprisingly varied number of restaurants, many with menus focusing heavily on fresh seafood.

Are there sharks in Bermuda? ›

The Galapagos, dusky, and tiger sharks in Bermuda are the most common sharks. However, other sharks have been spotted in the area, like the blue shark and the great white. 1.

What is special in Bermuda? ›

Made up of a string of islands in the Sargasso Sea, this island territory is particularly famous for its picturesque beaches, but its gorgeous reefs that ring the islands solidify Bermuda as one of the world's top diving destinations.

Do you get mosquitoes in Bermuda? ›

Protect your health in Bermuda

Several mosquito-borne illnesses including chikungunya and dengue fever are common in Bermuda so avoid getting bitten as much as possible. Always use a reliable insect repellent and wear loose clothing that covers your arms and legs well.

When should you not go to Bermuda? ›

October is when the island sees the most amount of rainfall, about six inches average, and the month may well be considered the worst time to travel to Bermuda. Another bad time to travel to Bermuda is in February, when it's the coldest, with temperatures in the low 60s Fahrenheit (15 Celsius).

What is the Bermuda currency? ›

The Bermudian dollar (BMD) is the official currency of Bermuda, an island nation in the Atlantic ocean. The BMD is pegged to the U.S. dollar at a rate of 1:1, and American currency is often used interchangeably on the island. Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory, but it has its own parliament and currency.

How much cash can I bring to Bermuda? ›

Travellers must declare cash of $10,000 or more (or the equivalent in another currency) that they are taking between Bermuda and any other country. Cash includes: notes and coins.

Can I use my debit card in Bermuda? ›

In Bermuda, both currencies are freely interchangeable and transferable without any restrictions. Local ATMs do accept foreign credit and debit cards with a PIN.

How much is a beer in Bermuda? ›

Cost of Living in Bermuda
RestaurantsEdit
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course150.00$
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)15.00$
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught)10.00$
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle)10.00$
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Do they have Uber in Bermuda? ›

Bermuda also has its own rideshare service, Hitch, which uses a similar platform to Uber or Lyft, but relies on the existing taxi drivers on the island rather than freelancers.

How much do you tip housekeeping in Bermuda? ›

Tipping in Bermuda is fairly similar to tipping in the United States. A service charge of 10% (or an equivalent per-diem amount), which covers everything from baggage handling to maid service, is added to your hotel bill, though people often still tip a few extra dollars.

Is it easy to get around Bermuda? ›

Bermuda is easy and safe to navigate with plenty of options for getting around. Visitors can rent eco-friendly, electric vehicles, motorized scooters, and pedal or electric bicycles. Buses and ferries operate year-round, offering reliable transport and scenic views.

Does Bermuda have a dress code? ›

Clothing. Generally, the dress code in Bermuda is conservative and casual. As an Island, visitors and locals typically wear swimsuits and beachwear (very short shorts, etc.) only at the beach or by the pool.

What jewelry is Bermuda known for? ›

From world famous rum to jewelry made from the island's legendary pink sand, Bermuda's unique products make for perfect gifts and souvenirs.

What alcohol is Bermuda known for? ›

Bermuda is known for delicious cocktails that combine local rum (which tends to be darker and sweeter than rums from the nearby Caribbean islands) with bitters, fruit juices, ginger beer and sweeteners. The two most famous original cocktails are the Dark 'n Stormy® and the Rum Swizzle.

What are the negatives of Bermuda? ›

While Bermuda grass is quite healthy under sunshine, its shade tolerance is not quite as strong compared to some other types of grasses. This means that if a significant part of your lawn has trees that generate shade, then the Bermuda grass may not be the best choice.

Is Bermuda safe for American tourists? ›

Bermuda has a moderate crime rate driven in part by the drugs scene. Serious incidents, including use of weapons, do occur. Take precautions to safeguard yourself and your possessions. Common crimes include burglary, mugging, theft of unattended baggage and belongings, and theft of items from rental scooters.

Is Bermuda more expensive than Hawaii? ›

Cost of living in Hamilton (Bermuda) is 22% more expensive than in Honolulu, Hawaii (United States)

Is Bermuda better than Bahamas? ›

The Verdict. Both the Bahamas and Bermuda are stunning places with different things to offer. The former has a larger number of amazing beaches and a wider variety of accommodation and dining options making it the best choice for those who want to enjoy a beautiful place without spending a fortune.

Is Bermuda a luxury island? ›

For decades, the pink sand-fringed island of Bermuda has been synonymous with luxury resorts. The hotels are so enchanting, some travelers don't even realize there's even more to explore beyond the poolside cabanas, beaches, and on-site activities.

Is Bermuda in hurricane belt? ›

The islands are situated far outside the main development region for Atlantic hurricanes, but within the typical belt of recurving tropical cyclones.

Do hurricanes hit Bermuda? ›

Studies conducted by the Bermuda Weather Service found that from 1609 to the present day, devastating storms affect the Island every six to seven years. Our tropical cyclone, or hurricane, season is from May through November, with an average of one storm passing within 180 nautical miles of the Island every year.

What Covid test do you need to travel to Bermuda? ›

Our at home COVID-19 Saliva RT-PCR test is easy, painless, and highly accurate. This test is available for online purchase from AZOVA or Costco and for in-store pickup at select Costco Pharmacy locations. This test is approved for travel to Bermuda.

Do you have to go through customs to go to Bermuda? ›

You must make a customs declaration when you import goods into Bermuda. There are different forms, times and manners of making customs declarations. After passing through Immigration (passport screening), you should proceed to the baggage retrieval area.

Do you have to go through customs from Bermuda? ›

All passengers travelling to the United States from Bermuda will go through pre-clearance in Bermuda. As a result, passengers will not have to go through immigration once landing in the US and will arrive as if they are travelling on a domestic US flight.

Which is better Bermuda or Bahamas? ›

The Verdict. Both the Bahamas and Bermuda are stunning places with different things to offer. The former has a larger number of amazing beaches and a wider variety of accommodation and dining options making it the best choice for those who want to enjoy a beautiful place without spending a fortune.

Do you have to wear masks in Bermuda? ›

Do I need to wear a face mask in Bermuda? Wearing face masks is required in enclosed public places.

What should I bring to Bermuda? ›

Must-Haves
  • Reusable Water Bottle. It's important to keep hydrated, especially in warmer weather. ...
  • Sunscreen. Many items on this must-haves list relate to keeping safe and comfortable while enjoying the famous Bermuda heat. ...
  • Hat and Glasses. ...
  • First Aid Essentials. ...
  • Boarding the Boat. ...
  • Sunbathe at Sea. ...
  • Appetite Aboard.
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Can you take alcohol into Bermuda? ›

Passenger duty free allowances

If you are arriving in Bermuda as a passenger, you have a duty free allowance on accompanied personal tobacco products and alcoholic beverages not exceeding 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 0.5 kg of tobacco, one litre of wine and one litre of spirits.

Do US citizens have to go through customs when returning? ›

You'll go through customs and immigration both ways on an international trip—when you arrive in the foreign country you're visiting, and again when you return to your home country from abroad.

Do I have to get my luggage to go through customs? ›

When entering the United States from overseas, you must obtain your luggage and bring them through Customs and Border Protection (CBP). You will need to check them back into the airlines to make your next flight. Baggage not obtained after your international flight will not get to your final destination.

Are there pickpockets in Bermuda? ›

Pickpockets are often met here as it is a touristic destination and as a result, there are some registered cases by the public authorities, which should make you more attentive and have a closer look at your belongings.

What is the nicest area of Bermuda? ›

Hamilton is one of the best areas to stay in Bermuda, as it's the capital city and the place where you'll find most of the attractions plus some great hotels such as Hamilton Princess & Beach Club.

Is Bermuda as nice as the Caribbean? ›

As a whole, Bermuda is more upscale than most Caribbean islands and has a good reputation for visitor safety. Public transportation is plentiful, and those using it shouldn't be concerned about it's safety. Some Caribbean islands are much less safe, and crime rates can be very high — Jamaica in particular.

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