Sitting approximately 1,759 kilometres north of Cuba in the middle of the North Atlantic and home to a tad less than 65,000 inhabitants, Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory that you might not want to leave out if you like subtropical adventures and places that are not that crowded. Stretching upon a combined land area of only 53.2 square kilometres and made up of a massive total of 138 islands and islets, it has a water percentage of 27%. So, with the basic data out of the way, let us see what this tropical paradise has to offer us in terms of pros and cons! Here are the top five things you need to know before visiting Bermuda!
1. The wallet game:
Well, here’s the unfortunate truth: Bermuda is so expensive that you’re going to wish you had chosen Greece instead. This is by no means an overestimation as a simple dinner for two or a drink at a beach bar can land you bill of hundreds of Bermudan Dollars (the local currency). Note, though, that a Bermudan Dollar (BMD) is the exact equivalent of a USD. And don’t you think that supermarkets will save you this time for they are as costly as restaurants – there is simply no way to get around the problem if you want to eat and stay alive. Yes, we know that stings the wallet a bit but if you’ve got the money, you will not regret visiting the proud island nation. The food is awesome, the beaches are not crowded, and the people are welcoming. What’s not to love as long as you can pay (wink)?
And here’s another stingy monetary fact for you: tipping in Bermuda is mandatory if you want to stay on the good side of people. In fact, you should most definitely consider the tips that you have to eventually pay outright expenses as they will strip you of a few hundreds of Bermudan Dollars as well throughout your stay. Restaurants expect 12-18% extras whilst taxis can be estimated at 15%. And guess what? You have to show gratitude and generosity towards hotel staff and gas station attendants as well. At bars, you can stick to a few BMDs per drink and all will be well. Mind your money and Carpe Diem, these are the best words of consolation that we can offer in the face of such expenses!
3. Language barriers:
As we may have already given this one away in the introductory phase of the article, Bermuda speaks English. There is no reason to be concerned about language barriers as you will only encounter them if you don’t speak English. If everything fails, know that Portuguese is the second most spoken language in the country and it may help you out in sticky situations (of which you should not encounter as the entire country is laid-back in nature).
4. Drive and walk:
As a British Overseas Territory it was only fitting that Bermudan people should drive on the left. But hey, at east there aren’t many vehicles trotting about. While this is, of course, relative, you should know that vehicle fees and taxes in the country are as high as other prices. This means that you will encounter a lot of mopeds and motorcycles no matter where you might tread. The walkability of the island, on the other hand is a bit hindered in certain places as sidewalks might be absent. Stick to the right side of the road when such a case occurs so that you see all oncoming vehicles. Distances are not that big, so walking in the sunshine in such a beautiful country is more than recommended. Take your time and breathe in the local air in tranquillity (that’s exactly what you’ll find the locals doing all the time) as you are not going to forget your trip anytime soon.
5. Snorkelling and marine hazards:
Well, here’s the elephant-in-the-room-sized truth: Bermuda is one of the most exquisite places in the world for snorkelling and diving as the underwater sights are pristine and awe-inducing. The experience, however, is somewhat marred by the large number of Atlantic Portuguese man o’ wars – floating sea creatures that can sting you and cause nasty pain if you do not steer clear of them. The good thing, though, is that they are not everywhere and they can be seen quite well due to their long entrails. Avoid them and bask in the brilliance of what you can see below as no photograph will ever to it justice. Oh, and above all, enjoy your trip!
Did you enjoy our list? How was your trip to Bermuda and what unforgettable experiences have you lugged home? Hit the comment section below and tell us all about the pros and cons that you have personally witnessed! Until the next time, fair traveller – see you on our next adventure! Safe travels!