Bermuda is a beautiful little island in the middle of the North Atlantic ocean and is famed for its amazing beaches.
On a trip to New York a little while back, Lloyd and I decided to pop into Bermuda for just under a week to check out the island and visit a friend. Long story short – it was absolutely fantastic! It’s an amazing island and one that I definitely recommend visiting. We had a great time (and quite a few Rum Swizzles) and it’s safe to say we’d happily go back to visit without hesitation.
Now, while much of what we found on the island was I guess what you’d expect from a beautiful island like Bermuda (stunning beaches, amazing scenery, fun nightlife… you know, the usual stuff), some of parts of it came a a fair bit of a surprise.
To save you from any surprises (and trust me, you don’t need to be surprised by some of this stuff), here are 10 thing you need to know before visiting Bermuda.
1.) Bermuda is expensive
And no, I’m not talking about ‘going out for a fancy meal in London’ style expensive. We’re talking going out for dinner and drinks for two and coming back home with a £400 bill.
Even a single apple in the grocery store is like £1.50 apple so a pack of 8 came in at $12. My friend, an expat on the island, said most visitors/expats like herself on the island don’t even bother cooking at home – it’s as expensive to cook at home as it to eat out. So, you know go, wallet-prepared when you visit. 🙂
2.) Look out for stinging jellyfish
More specifically, the Portuguese man o’war. (which, apparently, despite appearances aren’t actually jellyfish but are instead siphonophore – thanks Wikipedia). These jellyfish are painful, dangerous and for the most part hard to see when you’re in the water. Before you go into the water, it’s worth looking out for (or even just asking about) warnings for high incidence of the Portuguese man o’war.
3.) You can’t rent cars here, only motorbikes/scooters
So, you know, you should probably get to work on getting that motorbike license before you visit.
4.) Bermuda is not in the Caribbean
Not that it makes much of a difference to you actually enjoying the island – lots of aspects of this island are reminiscent of being in the Caribbean. Where it does make a difference is how you get to the island. See Bermuda is actually in the North Atlantic ocean, which leads me to my next point…
5.) Bermuda is just over 2 hours away from New York and the East Coast cities
We flew in from New York (2.5 hours or thereabout) and flew back to Boston (2 hrs 10 mins) so there’s absolutely no need for you to head south to Miami when you’re looking to travel to Bermuda.
6.) There’s a huge expats population here
I say ‘huge’ but that’s only relatively speaking of course. Due to the fact that Bermuda is a tax haven lots of financial services firms have offices here which means lots of expats get posted to the island. This of course comes with high salaries needed to sustain the unavoidably expensive lifestyle on the island. The mix of expats does bring some diversity to the island so you do get to hang out with quite an international crowd here.
7.) Don’t drink the tap water
Not unless you fancy a side of diarrhoea with you vacation. The tap is usually rain water collected from the roof so always ask the hotel or place you’re staying for clean drinking water.
8.) This island is know from its pink sand beaches