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Welcome to Life in Bermuda

Welcome to Life in Bermuda - by Bermudiana

It’s no secret that Bermuda is a spectacular place to visit. The beautiful island is packed full of culture, history, architecture and fun. Plus, there are the infamous pink sandy beaches and picturesque views wherever you look. 

Because it’s so beautiful, it can be hard to know where to explore and what to indulge yourself in first. Don’t worry. This helpful page is packed with plenty of information to make sure life in Bermuda is enjoyed as it should be.

 

01 Where is Bermuda?

Many assume that Bermuda is part of the Caribbean islands. However, Bermuda is an island in the North Atlantic. It’s 700 miles North of the Bahamas and the Caribbean, and only 600 miles or so off the Eastern coast of the USA, (The Carolina’s) and is Britain’s oldest British Overseas Territory. It’s also administered independently as a country.

Bermuda is a cluster of mostly-interconnected small islands and is a vacation destination that has become a second-home for many on the east coast of North America. For more information and other FAQs answered about the island, find them here.

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02 Getting to Bermuda

There’s never really a bad time to take a trip to beautiful Bermuda and as the uniquely beautiful island is located in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean, it’s an easy flight from major cities in the US and Canada.

When you arrive after your short flight, you’ll realize the island is ripe with exciting activities to do all year round and the seasonal weather doesn’t affect the friendly faces of the Bermudians. You can decide when is the ideal time for you and your family to visit by looking at this blog.

However, the best time to vacation on the island is quite subjective. There’s something for everybody to enjoy. So regardless of when you jet off to the island, there will be an activity that appeals to everyone. But how much does a flight cost to Bermuda to experience it all?


New York (Non-stop, 2hrs 18m) - $331.75
 
Boston (Non-stop, 2hrs 11m) - $331.75
 
Toronto (Non-stop, 2hrs 11m) - $310.60
 
Philadelphia (1 stop, 5hrs 47m) - $399.16
 
London (Non-stop, 7hrs 50m) - $756.02
 
Atlanta (Non-stop, 2hr 44m) - $622.53

Miami (Non-stop,  2hr 37m) - $389.90

Charlotte (1 stop, 5hrs) - $436.16

Washington DC (1 stop, 5hrs) - $392.55
 

*All prices correct as of 01/02/2020 using Google Flights


 

03 Staying in Bermuda

From historic oceanfront resorts to intimate Airbnb cottages tucked into the hillsides, Bermuda offers many idyllic choices for accommodation.

The island is small (only 21 square miles in area), so neighboring parishes often have common advantages such as proximity to beaches and other attractions. 

If you want a hotel close to a beach, then you should ideally choose a parish like Paget, Warwick or Southampton as your location of stay. 

They have beautiful beaches running along the south shore and there are several hotels that take advantage of the amazing pink sands and turquoise water. Some even have their own private beaches.

What are my hotel choices in Bermuda?

Bermuda’s hotels rank as some of the very best in the world. There are over 50 hotel properties available in Bermuda, each with quality service and amenities to enjoy. We highly recommend staying in the new Bermudiana Beach Resort, Tapestry Collection by Hilton hotel on the island when it opens at the end of 2020.

Hilton is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio comprising of nearly 5,900 properties and 939,000 rooms in 114 countries and territories. Recently, they announced a vibrant addition to their ever-growing hotel offering. 

Set to open late this year, Bermudiana Beach Resort will mark the first Hilton hotel in Bermuda. It offers a unique, vacation-condo experience with all the benefits of the Hilton Honors loyalty program. You can learn more about the new development here.

Here are some of the amenities you’ll be able to enjoy at Bermudiana Beach Resort, Tapestry Collection by Hilton:

  • Ocean-view restaurant, bar and infinity pool.
  • Family-friendly swimming pool.
  • An indulgent spa.
  • Fitness center. 
  • Beach access with a two-car funicular elevator.
  • Secluded pink sand beach.

The hotel will also offer beautiful outdoor space, perfect for weddings, flexible indoor space for meetings and private gatherings.

Our top parishes

Bermuda is split into nine parishes, each with its own charm and character. Here’s the ultimate guide to the parishes and towns in Bermuda and what to do in each of them.

  • Devonshire
  • Hamilton
  • Paget
  • Pembroke
  • Saint George
  • Sandys
  • Smith’s
  • Southampton
  • Warwick

Devonshire

This is a quiet parish that offers tranquil scenery and opportunities to explore - a must-visit for any nature lover. Less popular with tourists, Devonshire is ideal if you want a relaxed day out. Visit Devonshire Bay and enjoy the beautiful beach and parkland.

Hamilton

If you’re looking for Hamilton, the capital city of Bermuda, then you’re actually in the wrong place. Hamilton parish is still a fantastic place to visit, especially down by the water. The deepwater limestone caves and subterranean passages are incredible sights that have to be seen to be truly appreciated.

Paget

Located in the center of Bermuda, the north shore of Paget overlooks the stunning Hamilton harbor. It’s the perfect spot to lazily relax in the sun and watch the boats come and go. There is also a wonderful walking trail through Paget, which connects to most of the Western end of the island. Situated on Bermuda's old railway trail, if you enjoy walking this is a wonderful day out.

Pembroke

Confusingly for some tourists, this parish is home to the capital city of Bermuda, Hamilton. It’s the busiest and most densely populated of the nine parishes. It offers stunning views and is perfect for anyone looking to find out more about Bermuda’s history.

St. George

Within the parish of St. George is the town that shares the same name. Because of the parish’s rich history, there’s a lot to see and do here. Fort St. Catherine is one of Bermuda’s most impressive forts and houses with well-preserved artifacts, including pistols, swords and muskets.

Sandys

Pronounced as ‘Sands’, this is the first parish many tourists encounter when they visit Bermuda because of the cruise ship docks by the Royal Naval Dockyard. If you want to escape the popular tourist spots, then visit Hog Bay Beach. It’s a secluded spot and not known by many tourists, so it’s perfect for a quiet swim.

Smith’s

This parish is made up of vast farmlands and beautiful shorelines. Walk along the wide stretch of iconic pink sand or snorkel and get a closer look at some of Bermuda’s native marine life. Smith’s parish is also where you’ll find Spittal Pond Nature Reserve. Spreading over 64 acres of land, there’s no better place to watch birds in Bermuda.

Southampton

This parish is often the one that visitors head straight to when they arrive. They’re all going to the same place - Horseshoe Bay Beach. This is by far the most popular beach in Bermuda and indeed one of the best. Its deep blue waters and pink sand are an absolute must-see for anyone coming to Bermuda. 

Horseshoe Bay Beach can be very very crowded when the cruise ships are in, as it has lots of fantastic amenities and a restaurant. If you like the quieter, more secluded type of beach, you only have to go within a mile further down to coast in either direction to find several.

Warwick

Warwick parish offers beautiful architecture and vibrant nature reserves. You can also get a closer look at Bermuda’s diverse trees and plantations as well as limestone quarries and vast farmlands.

And that’s just a slice of what each of Bermuda’s towns and parishes have to offer. You can learn more about them here.

04 Things to do in Bermuda

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.

If you’re after unique hotspots that are off the beaten track and popular with the local Bermudians, you can discover them here.

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

Year-round staples:
  • Golf
  • Pink sandy beaches
  • Tennis courts
  • Walks and hikes
  • Bermudian cuisine
  • Friendly locals
  • Sailing
  • Cycling
  • Running
  • Squash
  • Yoga, pilates and personal training
  • Historical tours
  • Walking tours
  • Heritage & history 
  • Bermuda’s historic forts
  • Dockyard National Museum
  • Big game fishing
  • Athletics
  • Plein air painting
  • Art shows

Shopping

Gibbons Company is a large department store that’s popular with Bermudians. It’s perfect if you’ve left something important at home. You can also venture around Hamilton’s Washington Mall, which is a great spot to do a little shopping and enjoy some lunch.

If you’d like, you can buy a souvenir at Bermuda Craft Market situated at the dockyard. The indoor market is the perfect place to find handmade, Bermuda-style candles, sculptures, jewelry, ornaments, cards and more. Many local vendors come out to sell their wares at Harbour Nights, which takes place in Hamilton on Wednesday evenings over the summer months.

Eating 

Combining a unique blend of British, African, Spanish and Caribbean influences, you’ll never be short of cuisine options when you’re in Bermuda. The culinary landscape here is as diverse as it is delicious, so it’s no surprise that the locals have long taken pride in the national food and drink.

From Wahoo’s to the Waterlot Inn, here are the must-visit eateries on the island to enjoy.

Sports

Most Bermudians have pastimes that revolve around sport. Although this serene getaway has more golf courses than anywhere else in the world per capita (we’ve ranked the courses here), a variety of sporting activities are played on the beautiful island.

From those that were influenced by Great Britain, such as cricket and tennis, to sports that are nationally popular like sailing, there’s so much to do here. You can find out more about Bermuda’s thriving sports scene in this blog here.

Entertainment

Whether you’re here in summer or winter, there are so many different activities to entertain you on the island. From activities to do in Bermuda with the kids to affordable things to do on a budget.

And if it rains, don’t worry about it. There’s plenty to keep you occupied when there’s a downpour. You can explore them here.

Beach Life

There are more than 30 sandy beaches and coves in Bermuda that are just waiting to be explored. Although all of them are spectacularly beautiful, some are better for families while others are the best for snorkeling.


From Elbow Beach to Horseshoe Bay beach, we’ve ranked and rated the beaches of Bermuda here to help you find the right beach to suit your plans and interests.

Events

The island’s rich history means that 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.

Here are some other recommendations...

January – Bermuda Restaurants Weeks, Bermuda Marathon Weekend, Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts.

February - Love Month in Bermuda, Couples golf tournament, head down to the beach at 6pm on Valentine’s Day for the perfect sunset.

March – Bermuda International Film Festival, Grey Goose World Par 3 Championship and the Good Friday Kitefest.

April – Bermuda Agriculture Exhibition, Peppercorn Ceremony and Hamilton’s Summertime Harbour Nights.

May – Hamilton’s Summertime Harbour Nights, Antigua Bermuda Race, Bermuda Day.

June – Annapolis Bermuda Ocean Race, Bermuda Heroes Weekend, Newport Bermuda. Race.

July – Hamilton’s Summertime Harbour Nights, Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish Championship.

August – Hamilton’s Summertime Harbour Nights, Cup Match Weekend, Non-Mariner’s Water Raft Up.

September – Hamilton’s Summertime Harbour Nights, Sand Sculpture Competition and Bird watching on the island in Hog Bay Park.

October –  PGA Grand Slam of Golf, City Food Festival and on the 31st October historical figures are ‘resurrected’ in St George’s for a night of Halloween entertainment.

November – World Rugby Classic, Viper North American Race, Thanksgiving Day USA (celebrated in Bermuda at restaurants serving visitors with a traditional Thanksgiving menu).

December – Goodwill Golf Tournament, The New Year is celebrated with a fully decked out traditional Bermuda onion dropped from the Town Hall in St Georges.

This is just a slice of what you can experience on the island. For more information, you can bookmark these useful websites.

https://www.gotobermuda.com/ 

https://www.bermuda.com/things-to-do/events-calendar/#/?i=7

05 Culture in Bermuda

History of the island  

Currently, well over 650,000 people visit Bermuda each year - 10 times the resident population! However, let’s rewind to the year 1609 and the unfortunate wreckage of the Sea Venture to see where it all began.

The shipwreck marked the beginning of human colonization, but most of the settlers didn’t want to stick around. As soon as they could cobble some new ships together, they left.

Following this, there were only three people that stayed behind in Bermuda. That was until 1612 when a ship called the Plough arrived with the intention of settling here.

Within three years, Bermuda became a British territory and remains one to this day. Although Bermuda’s first settlers were British, the island’s population quickly became culturally and racially diverse. You can dive into the history of Bermuda with this blog and learn all about the interesting past of the island.

Landmarks

Forts, historic homes and churches, British influence is prevalent here in Bermuda. As visitors explore the island, they will view interesting feats of architecture and stand in sites of historical significance.

Fort St. Catherine – St. George. The site of the first building in Bermuda, since 1612 it has been rebuilt and extended many times in the late 19th century.

Bermuda Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity – Hamilton. A beautiful Neo-Gothic building, construction was started in 1886 and was finally completed in 1911.

Old State House – St. George. The old parliament building of Bermuda, it was constructed in 1620 and was the first stone building in Bermuda after fortifications.

Sessions House – Hamilton. A large parliament building that was constructed in 1819 in Neo-Renaissance style. The magnificent clock tower was added in 1887.

Portuguese Rock - Grounds of the Spittal Pond Nature Reserve. Portuguese Park is a historic monument which marks the spot that’s believed to be the earliest human remnants on the island.

St. David's Lighthouse. Still standing tall and lighting the way for sailors who navigate the waters off the coast of Bermuda, St. David's Lighthouse has been around for well over 100 years.

To explore more of these famous Bermudian landmarks, bookmark this page.

Similar to Bermuda

Choosing a luxury vacation destination to call home is a big commitment and isn’t one you should stroll into lightly. Here are some other locations similar to the island of Bermuda.

Turks and Caicos

North of the Dominican Republic lies a jewel of a destination that is Turks and Caicos. Home to some of the most spectacular beaches in the world and truest, blue ocean you can find, this place will blow your mind.

The hot weather and gorgeous setting will live long in the memory and hook you forever.

The Cayman Isles

The Cayman Isles are made up of three main islands: Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. Grand Cayman is the larger of the three islands and is where the capital, Georgetown, is situated.

With 55,000 warm and friendly locals to greet you, you’ll be sure to have a blast in the Cayman Isles.

The Exumas

With crystal clear, sapphire blue water everywhere, the Exumas are unbelievably dreamy. Beaches and islands fit for the richest of royalty will make you fall in love with this beautiful part of the Bahamas..

One thing you definitely don’t want to miss in the Exumas is going to see the extraordinary swimming pigs.

The rich cultures of all these places might have some similarities - beautiful beaches and welcoming locals - but there are major differences which make them all individual.

It all depends on what kind of experience you prefer in getting away and releasing stress. However, you can experience all of this and so much more on the beautiful island of Bermuda. Whether it’s thrilling watersports or exploring local history, there’s something for everybody here. You can discover more here.

Although you now know just some of the many amazing things to do in Bermuda, why not go ahead and find out more?

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Whatever time you arrive in Bermuda, there are so many different things to do and experiences to have in Bermuda. To make sure you have the best possible time here from the delicious cuisines to try, memorable events to attend and much more, download our 12 Months in Bermuda guide so that you don’t miss anything.

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