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Bermuda Travel Information

Area: Consists of 181 islands, of which only 20 are inhabited. The inhabited islands are linked together by bridges, 21 miles long and 2 miles wide.

The Atlantic Ocean, 600 miles east of North Carolina.

Weather: It's warm only in summer. Activities drop dramatically in winter, along with the temperatures. See Best Bermuda Weather, Bermuda Annual Weather Chart and Bermuda Water Temperatures

Language: English.

Population: About 60,000.

Documents: Only a passport is needed by Americans and Canadians. Citizens of other countries must also have a visa.

Air Travel: (see arrival/ departure requirements)

From USA

American Airlines – non-stop from
New York (JFK) and Miami.

Delta Air Lines – non-stop from
Boston and Atlanta.

jetBlue – non-stop from New York
(JFK); from Boston seasonal.

United Airlines – Chicago (seasonal).

From Canada
Air Canada – non-stop from Toronto (from Halifax Saturdays only
Feb. to Sept.) with connecting services through out Canada, USA
and Europe.

From UK
British Airways – non-stop from London (Gatwick).

Legal Drinking Age For consuming alcoholic beverages in Bermuda is 18 years.

Time Zone:
Atlantic Standard Time, or Eastern Standard Time (EST) plus 1 hour. Daylight Savings Time DST is from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.

Electricity: 110 volts, 60 cycles, same as the U.S.

Currency: Legal tender is the Bermuda dollar, which trades equivalent to the US dollar. US currency is accepted at shops, restaurants and hotels at equal (face) value. Other foreign currencies are not accepted, except at local banks.

U.S. cash dollars accepted island-wide.

Check cashing personal checks drawn on US banks may be used in many establishments. US checks may be cashed at some hotels or local banks by arrangement. The Bermuda
Financial Network will cash US$ checks for a 3% fee at its Hamilton location, tel (441) 292-1799.

MasterCard, VISA and American Express accepted at most stores, restaurants and hotels.

VISA and MasterCard may be used for cash advances at all local bank branches. In addition, the Bank of Bermuda and the Butterfield Bank provide ATMs located island-wide for

MasterCard, VISA, Cirrus and Plus cash advances, available 24-hours a day. Enquiries about American Express should be directed to the Bermuda Financial Network, tel (441) 292-1799.

U. S. travelers’ checks
accepted island-wide.

Tipping Where gratuity is not included, 15% is the usual amount. Many hotels and guest houses add a percentage or set amount per person per day to the accommodation bill.

Where To Stay:With several notable exceptions, most hotels are small and intimate, under 100 rooms. Overall, Bermuda is more expensive than most Caribbean islands. Condominiums, apartments and guests houses are often good values.

This one destination in particular where a cruise ship makes an ideal home base since they stay for more than one day and move to different locations.

Hay Fever Bermuda’s climate is relatively favorable to hay fever sufferers. Ragweed is non-existent. Pollens of other weeds are quickly blown out to sea.

Hotel Rates, Reservations & Service Charges:
All room rates are subject to a 7.25 percent Bermuda tax, which is added to your bill

A service charge, ranging from 10 to 15 percent, is also added to your room rate in lieu of tips; remember that service charges do not cover bar tabs

Third-person rates, for those occupying a room with two other people, are lower

Children's rates vary according to their age

Hotel Check-out Time Generally 12 noon. Hotel check-in time is generally 3 pm.

Getting Around: It's not always easy and can be expensive. See Traveling Around Bermuda

What To Do: See St. Georges Town, Things to do in Bermuda, Pink Sand Beaches

Where To Dine: After the sun goes down and the shops close, restaurant hopping becomes the favorite local pastime.

The choices are so varied that on arriving you should buy the latest edition of Dining Out in Bermuda, which lists the menus (and prices) of most of the top restaurants.

Shopping: The best shopping selection is in the capital city of Hamilton on Front Street. Look for good buys in fine china, pottery, crystal, linen and imported clothing. However, the best bargains are woolen items from the British Isles. They're at least 30% less than in the U.S.

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