Bermuda Vacation Directory
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Location of Bermuda
Bermuda is located off the east coast of the United States, in the Atlantic Ocean, well north of the Caribbean. Flight time from New York is only 1 hour 50 minutes.
Bermuda is an English-speaking, British territory. A passport and return ticket is generally all that is required to enter Bermuda for a short vacation. (Prior to 2007 US citizens did not require passports to re-enter the USA. You will now!) The US dollar is exactly equivalent in value to the Bermuda dollar, and is accepted everywhere in Bermuda.
Average monthly temperatures in Bermuda range from 67 F (19 C) in February to 87 F (31 C) in August. The best weather for the beach and watersports is between April and October. On the other hand, the mild “winters” are ideal for land-based activities such as golf, tennis, walking, running, cycling etc. There is no rainy season.
Bermuda is a small, hilly limestone island with lush, sub-tropical vegetation. It is 15 miles (25 km) long and less than 1.5 miles (2 km) wide. Travel time from one end of the island to the other is about 1 hour. The capital, Hamilton, is in the middle of the island, from which the airport is about 1/2 hour away, at the eastern end.
Bermuda has a very efficient, clean and reliable public transportation system. Cash is not accepted. Tokens, 1-day, 3-day or 7-day passes are available. These are honoured on both buses and ferries. As there are no rental cars, the only aternatives to public transport are taxis and rental motor scooters. The latter are popular with tourists who seem to cope well in the relatively slow moving traffic.
The coastal cliffs and rocky headlands of Bermuda are interspersed with magnificent beaches and sheltered sandy coves. In place of the hotel strips, busy promenades and amusement arcades, which are commonly found associated with beaches, you will find sand dunes, tropical vegetation and picturesque rocky outcrops. Bermuda has a beach for everyone; whether it be the majestic Horseshoe Bay, the peaceful charm of John Smiths Bay or the snorkeller’s paradise at Tobacco Bay. Nowhere in the world is there such a variety and density of splendid, safe and unspoilt beaches….not to mention the famous pink hue.
Bermuda is a superb venue for salt water sports fishing. World records have been set in a dozen species ranging from Blue Marlin to Blackfin Tuna. The season kicks off with the best Yellowfin Tuna fishing anywhere, in May. June through August bring on the calm seas and big fish including: Blue Marlin, Bonita, Rainbow Runner and Amberjack. While September through December is Wahoo time!
With eight golf courses in such a small island-nation, you will never have far to travel to your next tee off. World class designers, such as Robert Trent Jones, have seen to it that these scenic coastal courses are both challenging and inspiring. The fairways are in best condition between November and March when the climate is perfect for those who prefer the heat turned down… but not too much.
Diving and Snorkelling
Bermuda’s infamous reefs and prisitine, sandy seabed are littered with hundreds of historic wrecks, mostly within 80 feet of the surface. Combined with amazing water clarity and colourful sea-life, you are assured of a fascinating and unique diving experience. You will enjoy an informative and scenic boat trip en-route to your dive site. A full range of scuba certification can be achieved and lessons for beginners are available from the various dive centres.
Land Tours and Bus Charters
For custom group tours and transporation visit Titan Express
Boat tours and charters
A variety of boat tours are available in Bermuda, including sailboat charters, eco-tours, glass-bottom boat excursions and snorkeling trips (see above). Destinations range from spectacular offshore reefs to secluded coastal coves. Treat yourself to a wonderfully relaxing and informative experience delivered by friendly and knowledgeable boat crews. Tour durations range from 1 hour to 1 day.
Watersports: KS Watersports
Sailboat cruises: Raggamuffin Charters Sail Bermuda Charter Bermuda Wind Sail Charters
Overnight charters: Ana Luna Adventures
Bermuda Wedding Planner
Thinking of Bermuda. A full-service destination wedding consultant and travel company, specializing just in Bermuda. With their company you can organize cruises, flights, hotel, a local wedding planner, flowers, venues, food catering, transportation, private yacht charters, entertainment, photography/video etc. They also offer honeymoon vacations, anniversary trips, corporate events and retreats, and other group and individual travel.
Attractions on the Land
There is a multitude of attractions to inform and entertain you while in Bermuda – from numerous small museums and art galleries to spectacular caves and large historic fortifications. A ferry trip to the Royal Naval Dockyard at the west end of the island is highly recommended for a one day excursion. Attractions include the Maritime Museum, Dolphin Quest, Snorkel Park and many shops and restaurants. Also not to be missed are the Bermuda Aquarium & Zoo at Flatts and the Bermuda Underwater Institute near Hamilton. For history buffs, there are many historic buildings and houses and numerous impressive well preserved forts. Not least, your itinerary should include a visit to the old town of St George’s, now formally designated by UNESCO as a “World Heritage Site” for its historic significance and authenticity.
Maritime Museum Aquarium & Zoo Railway Trail
Underwater Institute St George’s – World Heritage Site Gibbs Hill Lighthouse
Historic houses and buildings Caves
Catch the Caribbean mood with calypso music on a cruise or while dining at a fine hotel such as Ariel Sands, The Reefs, Pompano Beach or Pink Beach. Make merry under the influence of Pub entertainment at the Pickled Onion, Flanagan’s or The Swizzle Inn. Be seen at Elbow Beach Hotel’s state-of-the-art, elegant nightclub facility, The Deep, or sample the disco scene at the Club 40. Meanwhile, stay tuned or plan your holiday around major entertainment events such as the International Film Festival (April) and the Bermuda Festival (January/February).
Pubs: Frog and Onion White Horse
Annual Events: The Bermuda International Film Festival Peace Concert
Fine dining is an inseparable part of the Bermuda experience. On offer is a full array of gourmet and ethnic cuisines served in a range of venues from a romantic waterfront through a formal hotel setting with Calypso music accompaniment to a boisterous pub scene with live entertainment. Listed below is just a small sample. An excellent source for further information when you arrive in Bermuda is the menu pages of the BTC Telephone Directory.
Seafood: Barracuda Grill Lobster Pot Freeport Seafood
Pub: Swizzle Inn The Hog Penny Henry VIIIth
Formal: Fourways Tom Moore’s Tavern Harry’s Bolero Brasserie
Italian: La Trattoria
Ethnic: L’Oriental House of India
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