Bermuda: Holidays

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Backpacking

Backpacking in Bermuda

Although it’s an island paradise, you shouldn’t think of Bermuda for a backpacking holiday. There are no hostels on the island of Bermuda and camping is not allowed. Cheap hotels in Bermuda run at a pricey $150 per night, with B & B a bit less at $100 per night or more. Backpackers should skip Bermuda and head further south to the Caribbean for a chance to backpack around an island in this part of the world.

Beach

Beach in Bermuda

Many people think of Bermuda as ideal for a beach holiday, and with good reason. With its pink sandy beaches and warm turquoise waters, a beach vacation in Bermuda is a great for both couples and families looking to relax on the beach. Top beaches include Elbow Beach, Horseshoe Bay, Southampton and Warwick Long Bay. Many of the resorts and top hotels have their own private beach on Bermuda for holidaymakers, which will also have a lifeguard, a beach-side cafe and toilet facilities. Bermuda also has several good public beaches, some of which have a snack bar for cool drinks and regional snacks. Whatever your interests, you should expect to spend some time enjoying Bermuda’s amazing beaches while on holiday here.

City Breaks

City Breaks in Bermuda

While Hamilton isn’t the largest of cities; you can still have a great short-break holiday in Bermuda – especially if you are based on the East Coast of American or Canada. It’s just over a two hour flight from New York to the island, making Bermuda ideal for short-breaks. As Bermuda is just around 50 square kilometres in size you can easily seeing of the major sights and spend time on the beach (or on the fairways) in just a few short days. So, if you are itching to get out of the City for a few days and relax on a warm sandy beach you may want to consider Bermuda for a short-break holiday.

Corporate Weekend

Corporate Weekend in Bermuda

As it is so romantic, Bermuda is usually thought of as a honeymoon or wedding destination. However, while it is a long 7 hour flight from London, Bermuda remains a popular Corporate Weekend destination as it is so close to the US. The island is a major Offshore Financial Centre and several leading corporations (especially in the financial sector) are based here. Bermuda has a vibrant economy with a suburb business network to help make your corporate weekend in Bermuda a resounding success. Meeting planners often choose Bermuda for corporate weekends because of its top-quality meeting and conference facilities. If you looking for a destination that will entice your attendants and make a successful corporate weekend Bermuda may be a good choice.

Cruises

Cruises in Bermuda

There are several liners that offer cruises to Bermuda. These leave from several major ports on the East Coast of America, including New York, Boston and Charleston SC. As some 300,000 visitors to the island have already found, Bermuda is a great cruise destination. One of the reasons that cruises to Bermuda are so popular is that with a cruise you can save on the high cost of staying and eating out in Bermuda – both these are done onboard the ship. Plus a cruise liner has many of the facilities offered by a luxury hotel. One disadvantage of a cruise holiday to Bermuda is that you won’t have a long stay in Bermuda (a 7-night cruise usually gives you just 2â

Culture and Arts

Culture and Arts in Bermuda

Bermuda is well known for its well-preserved historic buildings, forts and dockyards. The town of St George has even been made a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, it is not thought of as a mecca for the fine arts, so most people don’t have art holidays in Bermuda. However, if you have a passion for the performing arts, you can have a good arts-based holiday in Bermuda if you visit in January and February when the Festival of Performing Arts is held. Art lover that vacation in Bermuda should enjoy the Bermuda National Gallery which houses a few works by Georgia O’Keefe and the recently opened Masterwork Museum of Bermudian Art, as well as some of the island art galleries. If you are mad on history and the arts, but your family insists on the beach, a cultural holiday in Bermuda may be an expensive compromise.

Disabled Needs

Disabled Needs in Bermuda

Bermuda does try to accommodate disabled visitors to the island. However it is an old British colony, sometimes with narrow cobbled streets, so a holiday in Bermuda for the disabled may be a challenge. Hamilton does have some ramped pavements, but older villages are harder for wheelchair users to navigate. You can’t rent cars in Bermuda, so you will need to rely on taxis, which can get expensive. Shops are not required to be wheelchair accessible so you may find them difficult to enter. Access to the beaches may also be problematic. On the plus side, the airport and several of the hotels have some of the best disabled facilities in Bermuda.

Family Holiday in Bermuda

If you are travelling as a family with a generous budget, then you can have a great family holiday in Bermuda. There are wonderful beaches in shallow bays which are ideal for non-swimmer and novices. It is easy to get self-catering accommodation in one of the cottages on the island so mealtimes and snacks are easily deal with. Some of these cottages have a pool – especially a colonial cottage complex. The islands also have lots of child-friendly activities. While on a family holiday in Bermuda the kids can try out water sports such as sailing, water-skiing and snorkelling. The kids should enjoy the Aquarium, Museum & Zoo, the Royal Dockyards as well as exploring the caves during a family vacation in Bermuda.

Gay and Lesbian

Gay and Lesbian in Bermuda

If you are gay and looking for a romantic destination to holiday with your partner or are single and looking for some gay nightlife you may be disappointed by Bermuda. While being gay is no longer illegal in Bermuda (the UK forced it to change its legislation in the 90s) it is still frowned on. So, Bermuda is not a great idea for a gay or lesbian holiday. Of course the Bermudians are too polite to make a fuss if you and your partner share a double room, but the warm welcome may cool. Due to its proximity to the East Coast of the US some American gays and lesbians do vacation in Bermuda, but the island does not have much of a gay scene.

Hen Destination

Hen Destination in Bermuda

Although it is a wonderful tropical island, Bermuda is not often thought of as a good destination for hen party holidays - especially as its such a long trip from London. People do not generally travel to Bermuda just for its nightlife. If sun and sand or pampering spas are more your interests (rather than drinking and clubbing) then perhaps you should consider Bermuda for a hen or bachelorette party (especially as it is just two hours away from the East Coast of the US by air). But remember it is expensive which may put some family and friends off. Why not save your trip to Bermuda for your wedding or honeymoon? Of course if you are getting married on the island then you can certainly find a bar and/or club in where you can to celebrate your hen or stag night in Bermuda.

Stag Destination in Bermuda

Bermuda is a romantic island which is not known for its nightlife, so it doesn’t make a good stag party destination. It is also expensive – another reason not to have a stag holidays in Bermuda. If golf, sailing or water sports are more your thing instead of drinking and clubbing, then perhaps you should consider Bermuda for stag holiday (especially if you and your friends have deep pockets). Why not save your trip to Bermuda for your wedding or honeymoon? Of course if you are getting married on the island then you can certainly find a bar and/or club where you can to celebrate your stag night in Bermuda.

Honeymoon

Honeymoon in Bermuda

Bermuda is one of the most romantic places on earth which is why it is so popular for both weddings and honeymoons. If you are looking for a special place to say your vows and relax after the ceremony then you should think about having your wedding and/or honeymoon in Bermuda. You’ll find several resorts and hotels are set up to help you organise the wedding of your dreams in Bermuda. After you’ve tied the knot you and your partner can relax and unwind on honeymoon in Bermuda. With its winning combination of beautiful natural scenery and local hospitality and charm there is lots on offer for couples thinking of a wedding and/or honeymoon in Bermuda.
 

Party Holiday - Singles Life in Bermuda

You won’t find much in the way of nightlife or clubs in Bermuda so it doesn’t make a great partying holiday. However, if you are interested in water sports or golf there is a lot on offer for single travellers in Bermuda. There are numerous golf clubs on the island as well as several places where you can scuba dive, snorkel or sail. But if you want to dance and party the night away you will be disappointed by a partying singles holiday in Bermuda.

Couples Holiday in Bermuda

Bermuda is a great place for a second honeymoon or romantic holiday for the two of you. It is also great if you enjoy relaxing round the pool or on the beach but your other half enjoys water sports and golf. As a couple on vacation in Bermuda you can easily each do your own thing and then get together for a romantic dinner and stroll on the beach in the evening. With its gorgeous pink beaches, beautiful turquoise water, wonderful spas, excellent golf courses and water sports, along with its quaint colonial charm Bermuda is great for couples.

Golf Activity Holiday in Bermuda

There are more golf courses in Bermuda per square mile than anywhere else in the world making golf holidays in Bermuda a great choice for enthusiasts. Several of Bermuda’s nine golf courses are world class The island first golf course was laid out back in the early 1920s, and ever since golf has been one of Bermuda’s most popular sports. With its temperate weather, you can play golf year-round in Bermuda. Given that golf is so popular in Bermuda you will need to arrange tee times in advance. The easiest way to do this is via your hotel. Bermuda’s formality extends to its fairways so dress in a collared shirt with trousers (or Bermuda shorts) with the appropriate shoes. If you are a golf fanatic, there is no doubt that you will enjoy a golf vacation in Bermuda.

Sailing Activity Holiday

Sailing Activity Holiday in Bermuda

One of the best places for a sailing and/or windsurfing holiday is Bermuda. It is easy to rent sail-yourself boats and windsurfing boards in Bermuda – just ask at your hotel or look online if you want to pre-book. In Bermuda sail-yourself yachts can be rented for a couple of hours or even by the day. If you want to have a windsurfing vacation in Bermuda, don’t think of bringing your own board – getting to anywhere on the island will be too difficult. It is best to rent boards in Bermuda. Experienced sailors may want to have a sailing holiday in Bermuda during one of the regattas. If you want to experience sailing around Bermuda but don’t have the expertise, there are several companies in Bermuda that offer chartered yacht. One of the world’s most prestigious annual sailing races ends in Bermuda – the Newport to Bermuda yacht race laying testament to this nation’s sailing credentials. So if you’re looking for a destination that offers challenging conditions consider a sailing or windsurfing holiday in Bermuda.

Scuba Diving Activity Holiday

Scuba Diving Activity Holiday in Bermuda

The waters around Bermuda are one of the best places to go scuba diving in the world making Bermuda a great place for a scuba diving holiday. With its eerie shipwrecks teeming with sea life and its coral reefs, Bermuda is an underwater playground for diving enthusiasts. You’ll find that all of the outfitters offer excursions to many of the main diving sites in Bermuda. If you’ve never done scuba diving but are keen to learn you’ll find several diving centres in Bermuda where you try your hand at this wonderful underwater sport and gain diving certification. If you want to try diving but don’t want to enrol in lessons you should consider a helmet dive in Bermuda. With helmet diving participants go out in a boat to a dive site which is about three meters deep. Once they are in position a helmet is placed on the diver’s head. The helmet is connected to a compressor on the boat and delivers air to the diver. The diver and guide then walk around the diving site to get a close-up look at the marine life there. Helmet dives usually last for half an hour. Whether you are new to diving or a seasoned pro a scuba diving holiday in Bermuda has something for everyone.

Hiking Activity Holiday

Hiking Activity Holiday in Bermuda

With all its lovely beaches, you may be surprised to learn that you can have a lovely hiking holiday in Bermuda. Trips include a six day (five nights) trek around Bermuda. Prices include accommodations and all your meals. There are some stunning walks and trails on the island and it has year round sunshine so Bermuda is a good choice for a trekking holiday. Even if you don’t want to go on a hiking vacation in Bermuda you can still enjoy a walk around Bermuda’s National Trusts park reserves for a day or a few hours while visiting the island. Two of the best trails to try are the Railway Trail (near the Royal Naval Dockyards) or Spittal Pond Nature Reserve in Smith’s parish.

Cycling Activity Holiday in Bermuda

Cycling is the one of the only ways to get around Bermuda and many tourist rent bicycles for a day or two, so you will probably cycle while on holiday in Bermuda. The island isn’t big enough to provide a sustained biking holiday in Bermuda but you can enjoy a day out by cycling in Bermuda – especially on the Railway Trail. Much of the trail has shade and it offers spectacular views of Bermuda. One cycling trip well worth doing is to take a bike on the ferry from Hamilton to the Royal Naval Dockyard and then cycle back to Paget via the Railway Trail. From Paget you can then cycle back to Hamilton. Plus, the ferries don’t charge extra for bikes.

Shopping Holiday in Bermuda

Bermuda has a good reputation in America for some great shopping. This is due to the quality of the good on offers rather than their bargain price. Generally speaking Hamilton has the best shopping in Bermuda (along Front Street), though you may want to look at the shops in St George too. Many of the shops are in picture postcard cottages and stock a well selected range of goods. Traditional luxury British and Irish goods such as china and crystal as well as wool and cashmere are common on the Island. As Bermuda is a British colony the duty on these items is slightly reduced, making them less expensive than they are in the States. This mean that many American have shopping trips to Bermuda. You’ll find several antiques shops in Bermuda, as well as some great Bermudian arts and crafts shops. On Wednesday nights (on Front Street between 7 and 10 pm) Hamilton turns shopping into more of a carnival with Harbour Nights. Here you’ll find street performers, children’s activities, carriage rides, as well as and arts and craft market stalls. So if you want to soak up some sun and buy a few well pick British luxury items (without heading across the Atlantic) or an antique than perhaps a shopping vacation in Bermuda is for you.

Well-being and Spa

Well-being and Spa in Bermuda

Bermuda is well known as a spa holiday mecca. There are some fabulous spas in Bermuda where you can relax and pamper yourself in truly luxurious soundings. Many of the larger resorts on the island also have a spa and treatment rooms where you can have a relaxing massage or facial after your yoga class. Many visitors decide that they must spend some time in a luxury spa while on holiday in Bermuda. So if you are looking for a place where you can relax and unwind and regain your inner sense of calm perhaps you should consider a well being and spa holiday in Bermuda.

Winter Sun

Winter Sun in Bermuda

If you are looking for a place to escape the snow and frosts, you should consider having a winter sun vacation in Bermuda. Although it is not as far south as the Caribbean the Gulf Stream helps to keep Bermuda warm from December through to March. From December through to March the temperature here averages around 18 degrees Celsius making it warm enough for a winter break in Bermuda. So, although it may be too cold to swim in the sea, it should still be warm enough to enjoy some golf during the winter. With its semi-tropical climate Bermuda is a great place for a winter sun holiday.