Bermuda

Bermuda, a place where you will never want to leave. I say this because, the ocean is the clearest, cleanest, most beautiful water I have ever seen in my life! The locals are friendly, and the food is delicious, what more could you ask for?

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​Bermuda is the oldest British colony in the world! Bermuda consists of 181 islands; the largest of these islands is known as Main Island. The capital city of Bermuda is Hamilton.

​Jamie and I went here back in 2015 for our honeymoon and it’s really on our list to go back! Bermuda isn’t a cheap island, but it’s worth visiting. 

Currency: The currency in Bermuda is called the Bermudian dollar. 1 Bermudian dollar is around $1.30CAD 

Plugs: The electrical current in Bermuda is 110 V, 60 Hz AC. Flat, two-pronged plugs are in use. All US and Canadian appliances will work on the island, without voltage converters or adapters.

Languages: English is the official language in Bermuda. Some of them speak Portuguese as well. So you will have no problems communicating at all.

When To Visit? The best time to visit Bermuda is either March or April when the weather becomes pleasant, even if it’s not quite warm enough for swimming yet. And the prices aren’t as high as they are during the busiest season, from May to October. We went in June and it was very hot!

Where to Stay?

We found our apartment on Bermuda Rentals It may have been before Airbnb got popular, but  site still exists!

Good places to book would be Airbnb, Bermuda Rentals, hotels, or Couchsurfing. Couchsurfing is technically available; however, there are only 200 or so members in the whole country, so the odds of finding a host are slim. If you have a good credit card with points, like the AMEX I keep talking about, save all the points, because it would be helpful to use it towards a hotel! Nothing is better than booking stuff for FREE!

Where to Eat?

Bermuda has to import a lot of its ingredients, so eating out is expensive. Jamie and I did some grocery shopping, but also ate out. 

​The only places that I remembered where we ate are:

The Swizzle Pub– I don’t know exactly what we had, but I know the food and drinks were lovely. Don’t forget to try the Swizzle drink. (Rum, pineapple, orange juice.)

Henry VIII Restaurant, Sushi Bar & Pub- The food was delicious and the views were stunning. 

By googling restaurants, it looks like they added a bunch of chic, elegant places to dine out!

How to Get Around?

Buses – The island’s buses are frequent  and service most areas of interest. You can’t miss them – they’re pink with blue stripes. It costs $4.50 CAD for a one-way fare. You will need the exact amount of change.

Ferries – Taking the ferry is another popular way of getting around. It costs the same amount as the buses. All ferries leave from the Ferry Terminal in Hamilton, with stops near most of the island’s main attractions. You can check schedules on the SeaExpress website.

​Avoid the hassle of carrying around exact change.You can also purchase an island transportation pass. Available for one, three and seven days of unlimited use on the islands buses and ferries. Passes are sold at the Central Terminal, the Visitors Services Centre in the City of Hamilton, Royal Naval Dockyard, the Town of St. George.

Scooters – There are scooter rental places all over the island. We did this and it’s such a great way to get around. It also makes going out an adventure every time. Just keep in mind that you drive on the left side of the road.

​For a double seater scooter it’s roughly around $85 CAD for the first day. The cost usually includes free delivery and pickup at your stay, helmets, lock, and a basket. When you rent a scooter for more than one day they tend to give you a little discount.

​Bike Rentals –  Bicycle rentals are typically between $32- $45 CAD per day. You can find rental shops all over the island.

Taxis – Not a cheap way of getting around. They’re all metered at government-set rates, starting from $10.26 CAD for the first mile and then $3.57 CAD for each mile after that. Fares are 25% higher between 12-6am, all day Sundays, and on public holidays.

What to Do?

Spend time at Horseshoe Bay Beach
If you don’t want to go beach hopping, or you only have time for a few, make sure HorseShoe Bay is on your list! The long beach, with beautiful sand, turquoise water, and jagged cliffs. This is Bermuda’s popular beach, so expect crowds. You’ll understand once you see it in person.

Adventure Around Hamilton
Hamilton is located smack down in the middle of main island. Along the harbour, Front Street features pastel-coloured colonial buildings and high-end shops. The stone Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity has a tower with city views. The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute offers ocean discovery exhibits.

Go underground and check out Crystal Caves
Crystal Cave is a cave in the British overseas territory of Bermuda. It is located in Hamilton Parish, close to Castle Harbour. The cave is approximately 500 m long, and 62 m deep. 

Check out Gibbs Hill Lighthouse
Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse is one of Bermuda’s most recognisable icons. It was constructed way back in 1846. It has 185 steps to the very top of the attraction and offers up some of the most breathtaking panoramas around the Bermudian coast.

Dig Into Military History at Fort St. Catherines
The beautiful backdrop of the crystal clear blue water and gorgeous sand.The largest fort on the island, it underwent numerous upgrades during the 19th century. Now, after crossing the dry moat, you can see its impressive ramparts, keeps and a museum showcasing life in Bermuda in the 17th century.

Water activities
You need to do some sort of water activities, the water is so damn gorgeous! Jamie and I did helmet diving with Hartley Helmet Diving.

​The instructor will take you to an offshore water area which is full of marine life and coral, he will put a glass helmet over your head, which is connected to a hose pipe, and you will be lowered to the sea floor. You can breathe normally, gazing at the amazing underwater world. I believe we were underwater for about 40 mins- ish.

It was an amazing experience. We had our Gopro, so the instructor asked to see it and grabbed some video and pictures for us. He took us down in small groups, so it was nice relaxing/tanning on the boat until it was our turn.

Take home a souvenir at the DockYard GlassWorks
Whether or not you want to buy something on your trip, you need to visit the place. They have a Glass Blowing Studio where you can watch the locals making intricate glassware items using glass blowing techniques. You don’t have to buy, you can simply see the demonstrations. The stuff can be a bit pricey, we bought a beautiful bowl for around $200ish CAD. At the lower end they have little nick nacks like glass frogs, fish etc. 

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