7 Tips to Prepare You for Visiting Bermuda

 

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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 swim 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 7 tips to prepare you for visiting Bermuda!

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Fun Facts:

  • 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 that is fully 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 

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My Experience: 

I traveled to Bermuda in August of 2016 with my entire family including my three sisters and parents. I enjoyed the stunning pink sand beaches, amazing scenery, exhilarating motorbike rides, and nightlife. I will never forget snorkeling nearby reefs that offer views of amazing corals and marine life, as well as exploring and swimming in the limestone crystal cave. To save you from any surprises, listed below are seven travel tips that you need to know to prepare you for visiting Bermuda!

Tip #1: Book Early-Screen Shot 2018-01-17 at 11.36.11 PM.png

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, as I was at the time, then I suggest finding a non-stop flight to Bermuda’s Hamilton International on JetBlue, Continental, or American. I highly suggest comparing flights to Bermuda for the cheapest form of transportation on kayak.com. 

Tip #2: Don’t Drink the Tap Water-13909141_10208433525768403_2174124919550991864_o.jpg

Stick to fruity alcoholic drinks or bottled water and you will not get sick. The tap water is usually rain water that has been collected from the roof. Always ask the hotel for clean drinking water.

Tip #3: Look Out for Stinging Jellyfish-6a00d8341c962153ef00e54f7f9da38834-800wi.jpg

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 actually jellyfish at all they are known as siphonophore. They are hard to see, however keep a look out for warnings.

Tip #4: U.S. Dollars are Accepted-

In Bermuda, the locals speak English, and they use a currency called the Bermuda dollar. One Bermuda dollar is equivalent to one U.S. Dollar. The U.S. Dollar is accepted as are 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.

Why might you ask?

1. Bermudians enjoy a high standard of living, as their economy is based on tourism and international business.

2. A long stretch of sand and clear blue water.

3. Accommodation is super expensive, as there are no hostels.

Affordable Activities: 

-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!

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Motorbikes are the most convenient and thrilling form of transportation on the island, as 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-

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We swam in the crystal caves and went to the pink sand beaches. I highly recommend completing both and not to forget to pack your camera and swimwear for some epic brag-worthy photos! It truly was an awesome experience, as we were swimming in the cave and watching the amazing limestones form.

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Why is there Pink Sand in Bermuda? The pink sand is the result of millions of tiny red sea creatures. (Clams, mollusks, etc.) They have been crushed by the powerful waves and wash up on the beach.

Where are the Pink Sand Beaches?  The most famous is entitled Horseshoe Bay, located on the south coast of the island.

Tours:

Bermuda Crystal Cave and Beach Tour

Horseshoe Bay Beach Nature Tour

Tip #7: All American Electric Equipment Can Be 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:

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On the water:

  • Snorkeling- The snorkeling in Bermuda is world-class. You’ll find shipwrecks, coral reefs, and plenty of exotic fish. Did you know? 300 shipwrecks have been found at the Atlantic’s most northerly coral fringe reef. Book your snorkeling adventure in Bermuda here! 
  • Kayaking– The tour that I shared above will not only take you snorkeling, but also 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
  • Parasailing
  • Swimming with Dolphins- Swim with dolphins for the ultimate underwater experience. 
  • Whale Watching
  • Beaches
  • Fishing
  • Kiteboarding

Not sure about what to bring? Read my beach trip packing list here!

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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