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Living in Bermuda: What’s It Like?

Written by Brian Madeiros

16 | 10 | 19

Living in Bermuda  |  
4 minute read

Bermuda boasts some of the most amazing settings you could imagine. The pink sandy shores and coral reefs surrounding the island create an environment that can’t be found anywhere else across the globe.

However, if you’re looking to move to the island, we understand that there’s so much more to consider than just the incredible views. Here’s what you’ll need to think about before you make the decision:

The Government and Community

Bermuda is an internally self-governing British overseas territory with a parliamentary government. The Governor of Bermuda is appointed by Her Majesty the Queen, on the advice of the British Prime Minister. 

The island enjoys a high standard of living, which ties back to the significant presence of international business in Bermuda. Although the Bermudian people work hard to earn a living, everyone makes time to relax and embrace the beautiful natural environment.

The island’s civilian population is estimated to be around 64,867 and Bermudians  are known for being extremely friendly. Their natural charm and smiling characters create a warm and vibrant backdrop for both expats and tourists.

 

Laws and Regulations

Although Bermuda is a British colony, it’s a separate legal jurisdiction and has its own laws. Whilst the island is welcoming, it’s also a pretty conservative place. We’ve covered everything you need to know in detail here

There are certain real estate laws which you’ll need to be clued up on as well before you can purchase property on the island.

For non-Bermudians to buy Bermuda real estate, they must obtain a license from the Bermuda Government. The approval process can take up to six months, so give yourself enough time for it to be approved. Before you know it, you’ll be relaxing on the pink sandy beaches.

 

Things to Experience on the Island

From renowned top quality golf courses to a vibrant nightlife scene, Bermuda has so much to offer when it comes to finding things to do. The island’s capital, Hamilton, is a treasure trove for foodies and art lovers. 

It’s also home to some of the most picturesque beaches in the world, including the world famous Horseshoe Bay. Here, you can explore the azure waters and admire some of the island’s amazing wildlife.

Other activities you can enjoy during a day at the beach or on the water include:

  • Diving and snorkeling.
  • Deep-sea fishing.
  • Whale watching.
  • Kiteboarding and sailing.
  • Playing a game of frisbee with the family.

The island's rich history means the Bermudians have plenty to celebrate. Bermuda Day, for example, takes place in May. This is when most locals take their first dip in the sea and parades go on through the night to welcome the coming of summer. 

There are also many natural wonders on the island. The impressive crystal caves, Walsingham Nature Reserve and stunning Arboretum are just a few, to say the least. We’ve put together a blog which explores the best months to visit Bermuda and activities which you can enjoy. 

 

The Cost of Living

If you’re considering moving to Bermuda, then the cost of living is probably one of the most important factors. 

Bermudians  and expatriate workers do pay the price for living on such a beautiful island. However, it’s worth it to have an abode in such an attractive location. Although things such as groceries are considerably more expensive because of importation, other costs such as the cost of activities and transport are pretty much in line with the US.

If you’re looking to enjoy dinner for two in the island's alluring capital, you’re looking at paying around $147. Say you want to catch the latest movie at the cinema afterward, a couple of tickets would cost you $24.

Don’t worry about finding affordable things to do on the island. There are plenty. Head over to another one of our blogs for more information.

 

The Climate

Bermuda’s climate is subtropical. This means it’s mild in winter, spring and autumn. However, the glorious Bermuda heat is typically from late May to October when temperatures hover between 76-82°F, temperate by Caribbean and Florida standards, which many find appealing.

These conditions create a perfect backdrop to relax on the sandy shores, enjoy a round of golf or simply slip on your walking boots and explore the popular scenic spots around the island. 

Sea temperatures reach their warmest during this period too. Ideal for watersport lovers or adrenaline junkies who fancy jumping off the islands famous cliffs.

As the sun goes down, temperatures cool and the atmosphere couldn’t be more perfect to make your way to a local bar to enjoy a couple of Rum Swizzles with friends and family.

Want to Know More About What Bermuda Has to Offer?

Bermuda has a little slice of everything, that’s why it’s become such a popular destination for people from all over the world. Although this blog covers some important areas of what life is like on the island, there’s a lot more to know about. 

That’s why we’ve put together an all-in-one resource which has everything you need to know in one place. Check it out below.

Moving to Bermuda -Everything you need to know