How to Experience Bermuda on a Budget
This post originally appeared on Flight Centre Canada
Britain’s oldest colony, Bermuda, is a land of pink sandy beaches, clear turquoise seas, and picturesque old colonial towns. Most people think it’s impossible to travel to Bermuda on a budget, but we've got some tips on how to do just that.
First and foremost, this island has something for everyone – regardless of your price bracket. If you appreciate turquoise waters, clean air, friendly people, clean streets and good times, head to Bermuda!
Where to stay
If you have never been to Bermuda before, we recommend staying in Hamilton. This city is in the most central part of Bermuda with a great deal of hotels, restaurants, shops and much more. But more importantly, they’re all close together and easily walkable. Getting to Hamilton from the airport is an absolute breeze too – there’s a bus stop just outside the airport which costs about US$4 one-way (they mostly use American dollars and the Bermudian dollar which is the same value as USD). The bus will take you right into central Hamilton; getting to your centrally-located hotel from there will be simple.
Bermuda hotel packages usually start as low as US$600 during low season (March to mid-October) and about US$800 during their peek months (based on a three-night stay). There really isn’t an all-inclusive plan for Bermuda, however all hotels will have the option to add breakfast (around $25 per person per day), dinner ($50 per person per day) or both. Opt for breakfast and keep your options open for lunch and dinner: trust us, you'll be spoilt for choice food-wise.
Most restaurants in Bermuda are relatively pricey. The Bermudians aren't trying to rip you off, it's that they import nearly everything they consume. However, you can always find a grocery store and stock-up on all the essentials: bread, cheese, and deli meats (and some gin and soda water!). This is the best way to keep things inexpensive.
Getting around is easy and can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be. The most common way for tourists to navigate the island is via moped (there are no car rentals on the island as vehicle ownership is limited to one per household). Moped rentals cost about $25 per day, but can be quite dangerous if you are a nervous driver. Take the bus instead if you need to, which will cost about the same price as a moped for a whole day's use.
What to see and do
You can literally explore the island's best bits in one day – take a packed lunch with you and have a picnic somewhere. Use your second day to hit the beach which costs nothing (most hotels will have a free transfer to the beach if it isn’t already a beachfront property). If you're seeking a bit of night life, try Cafe Cairo where drinks will cost you about $6.33 each. There's no need to include any tips either, gratuities are included in Bermuda.