Located only 650 miles off the coast of North Carolina, Bermuda is a short plane trip away from many cities on the US east coast, making it the perfect long weekend getaway or vacation destination.

 

While many believe Bermuda to be part of the Caribbean, the island actually rests hundreds of miles north of the Bahamas in an astoundingly beautiful stretch of the Atlantic. Made up of 181 islands, islets and rocks, the larger eight islands are linked by bridges and one causeway that form the subtropical paradise visitors cannot resist.

Bermuda’s unique location in the Atlantic provides an extraordinarily pleasant climate that rarely sees extremes of either hot or cold. Making it the perfect family vacation destination.

The island boasts 75 miles (120km) of dramatic coastline and beautiful pink beaches, which are actually a combination of crushed coral, calcium carbonate and the shells of tiny single-celled animals called Foraminifera.

Bermuda is made up of nine parishes, each with its own unique attractions and highlights. From the outstanding beach of Horseshoe Bay, to the Railway Trail and historic town of St. George’s. To ensure you experience a sampling of all of Bermuda’s offerings, consider exploring each parish!

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Best time to visit

Bermuda has a very mild climate that seldom sees extreme hot or cold temperatures. From December through March, high temperatures average 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The hottest part of the year is from May through mid-October, when temperatures range from 75 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity is high. The summer months are somewhat drier, although rainfall is spread fairly evenly throughout the year.

Getting to Bermuda

Bermuda’s L.F. Wade International Airport is serviced by American Airlines, British Airways and United Airlines, among others. 

The airport is undergoing a multimillion- dollar project to build a new state-of-the- art passenger terminal, with a projected completion date of 2020.

Immigration Matters

When you de-plane in Bermuda, present one Bermuda Immigration Passenger Form for each person in your party and one Bermuda Customs Declaration Form per family filled in and signed at the Immigration desks. You’ll also need a valid passport for each person in your party, and your return airline ticket as proof of departure. You will then clear Bermuda Customs.

The following goods or items are exempt from duty for arriving visitors: effects or equipment for personal use (e.g. golf clubs, cameras, etc.); gifts up to $50 in value; up to one liter each of spirits and wine; up to 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, and 0.5 kg of tobacco; and books, newspapers, and magazines. Any goods over this allowance will be charged duty, most at 25 percent of their value. Importation of plants, fruits, and vegetables is strictly regulated and these items will be held for inspection. If you’d like to bring a pet or any other animal to Bermuda, you must have health documents and an import permit for the animal. There is no quarantine facility in Bermuda, so all animals and pets arriving without proper documentation will be refused entry.

Transportation

Taxis are readily available at the airport and the larger hotels. Taxis are metered and rates are set by the government at $7.90 for the first mile and $2.75 for each additional mile for parties of one to four, and $9.95 for the first mile and $3.50 for each additional mile for parties of five to seven. There is a $1 surcharge for each piece of luggage. Taxi fares are 25 percent higher for one to four passengers and 50 percent higher for five to seven passengers between midnight and 6 a.m., as well as on Sundays and public holidays. A 15 percent tip of the total fare is customary.

Phone Calls

While most U.S. cell phone services will work in Bermuda, you will be on international roaming. Set up an international calling plan with your carrier before you arrive. Bermuda’s country code is 1-441 and the phone numbers are seven digits long.

Free Wi-Fi Zones

Most accommodations in Bermuda provides free Wi-Fi.

One hour free Wi-Fi is available via the BERMUDA network at Visitor Services Centres in Dockyard, Hamilton, and St. George’s. Restaurants and bars often offer internet access to paying customers and free Wi-Fi is available in Hamilton at the Bermuda Library. For paid Wi-Fi access, TeleBermuda International offers connectivity at more than 40 locations across the island. The L.F. Wade International Airport offers free Wi-Fi in the departure lounges.

Religious Services

With more than 100 churches representing 25 faiths, Bermuda is predominantly Christian. Major congregations on island include Anglican, Roman Catholicism, African Methodist Episcopal, and Seventh Day Adventist. Islam is also represented in Bermuda, there is a small Jewish community in Bermuda, and those of the Baha’i faith meet regularly at the Baha’i National Center.

Tax and Tipping

A 9.75 percent Hotel Occupancy Tax is added to all room rates.

Most restaurants, hotels, and guesthouses automatically add a set tip amount or service charge to your bill. Check your bill carefully before you unintentionally add an extra tip. When gratuity is not included, 15 percent is the generally accepted amount for most services.

Currency

Bermuda’s currency began with Hogge money, named after the island’s wild hogs that were left by the Spanish and Portuguese ships in the 16th century. Now, the legal tender is the Bermuda dollar, equal to the U.S. dollar and both of which are accepted at Bermuda’s business establishments. Currency from other countries is not accepted but can be easily exchanged for Bermuda dollars at local banks.

Banking & ATMs

Credit cards are widely accepted at stores, restaurants, and hotels, and ATMs are readily available. Traveler’s checks are no longer accepted by most Bermuda businesses.

Medical Facilities

Bermuda Hospitals Board delivers acute care, mental health services, and long-term care services from the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, Mid- Atlantic Wellness Institute, and Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Center. King Edward VII Memorial Hospital is equipped to deal with most emergencies. In an emergency, call 911.

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The Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo

40 N Shore Rd, Flatts Village, Bermuda

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Crystal Caves of Bermuda

8 CRYSTAL CAVES RD., HAMILTON PARISH

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Somerset Bridge, Middle Rd, Bermuda

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