All the facts you need to begin your Bermudan adventure…
Best time to visit
Although temperatures drop slightly during the winter, Bermuda is fairly warm year round. For those of you who prefer peace and quiet, Spring (March – April) is the ideal time to visit as there are fewer visitors. Winter months (Dec-Jan) are equally as pleasant but temperatures are slightly cooler and the water is a bit too cold for swimming in. May to October boast peak temperatures making it great for those who love to bask in the sunshine, but be prepared for lots of holidaymakers.
Direct flights regularly run from London airports and take approximately 7 hours and 45 minutes.
Visa and entry requirements
British passport holders and US citizens do not require a visa to enter Bermuda for a holiday. Accommodation must be booked before you arrive and visitors are granted entry for 21 days.
Bike: As Bermuda is fairly small, it’s perfect for taking leisurely bike rides. Bicycles are available to hire from various companies throughout the island.
Buses: Buses run regularly and cover 11 routes. If you do choose to hop on a bus you must have the correct change in coins, or you can buy books of bus tokens from your hotel.
Scooters: Similarly to bicycles, electric scooters can also be hired on a day by day basis. They are popular with the locals and a fast way to get around.
Ferries: Ferries depart from the Hamilton Ferry Terminal. They do not accept cash so make sure you purchase a ticket at the terminal or book a ticket through your hotel beforehand.
Cars and Taxis: It’s best to be aware that tourists are not allowed to drive in Bermuda. Taxis are frequent and offer reasonable rates. They can be hailed in the city of Hamilton or at the airport.
A 17% tip is customary in restaurants and will be added to your bill on most occasions. Hotels also add a 10% service charge and bars and taxi drivers expect around 15% gratuity.
A few fun facts:
- A typical Bermudian breakfast consists of codfish and potatoes.
- Bermuda is the oldest British colony.
- Every Wednesday evening during the summer, the street celebration called Harbour Nights closes down Hamilton’s Front Street for food, music and local performances.
- On entry to Hamilton city, look out for Bermudian resident Johnny Barnes who has been greeting travellers every weekday morning for the past 20 years.
- Gibbs Hill Lighthouse is the tallest iron constructed lighthouse in the world at 362 feet above sea level.
- The nation’s famous pink sands are caused by particles of shells mixed with pieces of coral and calcium carbonate.