7 Tips to Prepare You for Visiting Bermuda
Are you dreaming of clear blue waters and pink sand beaches? Do you long for beautiful ocean waters to go swimming in? Bermuda has you covered. Bermuda is an archipelago of 7 main islands in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean and is well known for its kind-hearted people, stunning beaches, and great weather. Bermuda truly is paradise. Below are seven tips to prepare you for visiting Bermuda!
- The locals speak English and use a currency called the Bermuda dollar.
- A Spanish explorer named Juan de Bermudez discovered the isolated archipelago 500 years ago.
- Bermuda is home to a Glow in the Dark Worm.
- It’s the Shipwreck Capital of the world.
- You’re only ever a mile away from the ocean.
- New Year’s is celebrated with an onion! A giant onion, decked out in Christmas lights, is dropped from the Town Hall in St. George’s Town Square.
- Bermuda is a golfer’s paradise.
- Bermuda is not in the Caribbean.
I traveled to Bermuda in August 2016 with my family, including my three sisters and parents. I enjoyed the stunning pink sand beaches, scenery, exhilarating motorbike rides, and nightlife. I will never forget snorkeling in reefs that offer views of amazing corals and marine life, as well as exploring and swimming in the limestone crystal caves. To save you from surprises, listed below are seven travel tips that you need to know to prepare you for visiting Bermuda!
Tip #1: Book Early-
Book rooms and flights in advance if you want cheap accommodation. Bermuda is just 2 hours away from New York and East Coast Cities. If you are coming to New York, I suggest finding a non-stop flight to Bermuda’s Hamilton International on JetBlue, Continental, or American. I highly recommend comparing flights to Bermuda for the cheapest form of transportation on Kayak or Hopper.
Tip #2: Don’t Drink the Tap Water-
Stick to fruity alcoholic drinks or bottled water to not get sick. Tap water is usually rainwater collected from the roof. Always ask the hotel for clean drinking water.
Tip #3: Look Out for Stinging Jellyfish-
More specifically, look out for the Portuguese man o’war. My mom got stung by this dangerous purple creature and was in pain for 24 hours. These man o’war’s are not jellyfish. They are known as siphonophore. They are hard to see; however, keep a lookout for warnings.
Tip #4: U.S. Dollars are Accepted-
In Bermuda, the locals speak English. They use a currency called the Bermuda dollar.
- 1 Bermuda dollar is equal to 1 U.S. Dollar.
- The U.S. Dollar is accepted, and all major credit cards.
- ATMs are readily available.
Tourists call Bermuda ‘The Impossible Budget Destination’, as you would need at least $175 US Dollars per day to travel there; however, there are affordable activities that you can enjoy in Bermuda that I will list below.
- Bermudians enjoy a high standard of living because their economy is based on tourism and international business.
- A long stretch of sand and clear blue water.
- Accommodation is super expensive, as there are no hostels.
- Visiting Jobson’s Cove
- Hiking up Fort Scaur to catch views of The Great Sound
- Catching a ride on the Sea express around the Island to the top of Gibbs’ Hill Lighthouse
Tip #5: You cannot rent cars, only motorbikes and scooters!
Motorbikes are the most convenient and thrilling form of transportation because they will give you more freedom to travel at a lower cost. You can rent your motorbike from Elbow Beach Cycles!
Tip #6: The Island is Known for its pink sand beaches and crystal caves-
We swam in the crystal caves and went to the pink sand beaches. I highly recommend completing both and packing your camera and swimwear for some epic brag-worthy photos! Swimming in the cave and watching the limestones form was a unique experience.
Why is there pink sand in Bermuda?
The pink sand is the outcome of millions of tiny red sea creatures, including clams. The sea creatures, crushed by the powerful waves, washed up on the beach.
Where are the Pink Sand Beaches?
The most famous pink sand beach is Horseshoe Bay on the south coast area of the island.
–Bermuda Crystal Cave and Beach Tour
–Horseshoe Bay Beach Nature Tour
Tip #7: All American Electric Equipment is Used
The Electric supply is reliable; however, there are occasional weather-associated outages to be expected by residents of Bermuda.
Things to Do in Bermuda:
On the water:
- Snorkeling- Snorkeling in Bermuda is world-class. You’ll find shipwrecks, coral reefs, and plenty of exotic fish. Did you know? There are 300 shipwrecks found at the Atlantic’s most northerly coral fringe reef that you can see. Book your snorkeling adventure in Bermuda here!
- Kayaking– The tour I shared above will take you snorkeling and kayaking or paddle boarding.
- Sailing at Sunset
- Crystal Caves- This tour will take you to swim in the most famous crystal caves in Bermuda!
- Tour the Island
- Jet Skiing
- Swimming with Dolphins- Swim with dolphins for the ultimate underwater experience.
- Whale Watching
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We listed 7 travel tips to prepare you for visiting Bermuda! Have you been to Bermuda? Please comment down below about your experience.
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