Bermuda - Frequently Asked Questions
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- When is the best time to go?
- Do you need a visa?
- How can I get there?
- What is the local currency and what currency should I take?
- What is there to see and do?
- What is the time difference between the UK and Bermuda?
- What resorts would you recommend?
- How big is the island?
When is the best time to go?
The most popular tourist season in Bermuda is from May to October, when the weather is at its warmest (averaging between 23 and 29 degrees Celsius). Because Bermuda is much further north than other Caribbean destinations, it doesn't get as hot as these places in the winter (typically around 21 degrees Celsius during the days). It can be hit by hurricanes, but these are less common than in the rest of the Caribbean. Bermuda gets plenty of sunshine throughout the year and, unlike most other Caribbean islands, the humidity is generally quite low.
Do you need a visa?
As an overseas territory of the UK, British passport holders do not need a visa to enter Bermuda, although you will need an onward flight ticket. You are allowed to stay for up to 90 days before having to apply for an extension from the local authorities. You also need to have accommodation booked before you travel. Likewise, European citizens do not require a visa to enter Bermuda but their passport must be valid for at least 90 days following their date of departure from Bermuda.
How can I get there?
British Airways offers regular direct flights to Bermuda from London Gatwick. The flight typically lasts seven hours and 20 minutes.
What is the local currency and what currency should I take?
The local currency is the Bermuda dollar, which trades at the same rate as the US dollar. Both are accepted throughout the island. You need to exchange foreign currency at local banks, while debit and credit cards are widely accepted.
What is there to see and do?
Bermuda is a great all-round holiday destination. Its pink-sand beaches are a real highlight and there are beautiful coves and bays all over the island. For active travellers, the likes of scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking and water skiing are on offer, while on dry land you can go hiking, horseback riding or play a round of golf. Shopping is another popular thing to do in Bermuda, with everything from boutique stores to local craft shops lining the streets. If it's history and culture you're after, spend some time in the Town of St George - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among its top attractions are St Peter's Church, the St George's Historical Society Museum and Tucker's House Museum. In Bermuda's capital - the city of Hamilton - you can visit the fascinating Fort Hamilton, peruse artworks in the Bermuda National Gallery and explore Victoria Park. In the summer this outdoor space hosts open-air concerts, while historical re-enactments take place daily at Fort Hamilton and at other
What is the time difference between the UK and Bermuda?
Bermuda is four hours behind London (GMT-4), although it does operate daylight savings time from March to November. As this typically coincides with British Summer Time though, the difference remains four hours.
What resorts would you recommend?
There are many outstanding resorts in Bermuda, with something to suit every kind of holidaymaker. One of the best is the Cambridge Beaches Resort and Spa, a five-star establishment that boasts four private beaches, as well as a host of water sports and other active facilities. Its Ocean Spa is the perfect place to truly unwind and let all the stresses and strains of daily life slip away. For couples looking for a romantic retreat, the award-winning The Reefs resort is an excellent choice, with its own private pink-sand beach, onsite spa and array of facilities that include tennis courts, a fitness centre, swimming pool and kayaking equipment. One final option to consider is Grotto Bay Beach Resort, which is set in 21 acres of gorgeous tropical gardens and boasts three beaches. This is a wonderful option for families due to the wide range of activities on offer and dedicated kids' programme.
How big is the island?
Bermuda is not actually one island, but a string of numerous small islands, many of which are uninhabited. The major isles in the chain are connected to one another by bridges or causeways. In total, Bermuda covers 21 square miles and is approximately 2 miles across at its widest point.
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Ritz-Carlton has announced it will open a new luxury hotel in Bermuda in 2018. The Ritz-Carlton Reserve will be situated on a site boasting 2.5 miles of sandy shoreline and will operate under a management agreement with George's Bay Hotel Ltd and George's Bay Residences. The property will be the second Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotel to open in the Caribbean.
Holidaymakers visiting Bermuda this summer will be rewarded with £100 credit towards activities and hotel amenities thanks to a new promotion. The "Proper Rewards" promotion is available at 12 participating hotels on the Caribbean island and guests staying in them can spend their awarded credit on activities such as golf, massages at spas, scuba diving lessons, and deep sea fishing.
Elbow Beach in Bermuda will remain open over the winter for the first time as an independent resort. The Caribbean property previously closed during the winter season over recent years while under the management of Mandarin Oriental but this year, it will continue to provide luxury breaks for holidaymakers of all ages.