Bermuda is a British overseas territory , located off the east coast of USA. It consists of about 138 islands and islets, but Bermudans usually refer to Bermuda as “the island”.
The best time to visit Bermuda is from spring to autumn because it has a humid subtropical climate, although it’s not located in the Caribbean Sea. Swimming, hiking, visiting forts and golfing are among the most popular activities you can try on the island.
The official language is English but Portuguese is also widely spoken.
The official currency is the Bermudian dollar (BMD), which is a par with the US dollar.
Accommodation in Bermuda can be quite expensive. There are plenty of 4-star hotels to choose from, but if you plan to save money your best bet is to look for B&Bs or guestrooms. Private homes & apartments are also available for rental, which may prove a better choice if you travel with a group of friends.
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Food & Drinks
Bermuda is known for two unique foods. The traditional Sunday breakfast is salted fish boiled with potatoes. Hoppin’ John is a simple dish made with boiled rice and black-eyed peas. Other local dishes include: cassava pie, bay grape jelly and Bermuda bananas. Most pubs on the island serve typical British Pub fare.
Bermuda observes the following holidays:
- New Year’s Day, January 1
- Good Friday (movable)
- Bermuda Day , May 24
- National Heroes’ Day, second Monday in June
- Emancipation Day, Thursday before first Monday in August
- Somers’ Day, Friday before first Monday in August
- Labour Day, first Monday in September
- Remembrance Day, November 11
- Christmas Day, December 25
- Boxing Day, December 26
Bermuda is served by Bermuda International Airport (BDA) , the only airport on the island. It is located in the parish of St. George’s , about 11 km from the capital of Hamilton. The airport handles year-round and season flights to/from Europe, some Caribbean islands and North America.
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The island also receives many visits from cruise ships during the summer season.
Electronics & Phone
The voltage is 110-120 Volts, same as US/Canada. The primary socket types are North American non-grounded and North American grounded, but they might not be identical to those in US/Canada so might require an adapter. Multi-voltage appliances , such as laptops or cell phones, need a plug adaptor.
If you call in Bermuda from USA, dial: 1 + 441 + 7 digits number in Bermuda.
Things to do
The Caribbean is known for the superb beaches and the pink ones in Bermuda make no exception. There are plenty to choose from depending on what you like: popular beaches, hidden beaches, easy to get go, etc.
The Town of St George is scenic and is also the oldest, continually inhabited British settlement in the New World. Put on your walking shoes, grab your camera and enjoy your time checking out the sights.
The bed of the former railway on the island is now the Bermuda Railway Trail, which offers lovely views of the island and waters along its length.
If you are passionate about history and forts, then you’ll be in heaven. There are many examples of fortifications on the island and many have been restored. Fort George is overlooking the Town of St. George, Fort Scaur is overlooking the waters of the Great Sound and Fort St. Catherine has displays of replicas of the Crown Jewels.