Published on March 20th, 2014 | by Emma Hackwood0
How to Experience Bermuda on a Budget
Britain’s oldest colony, Bermuda, is a land of pink sandy beaches, clear turquoise seas, and picturesque old colonial towns. Most Canadians tend to think it’s impossible to travel to Bermuda on a budget, but our Travel Consultant Fabio shares some tips on how to experience this destination on a budget:
First and foremost, this island has something for everyone regardless of budget. 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 there before I would recommend staying in Hamilton. This city is the most central part of Bermuda with a great deal of hotels, restaurants, shops, and much more. But more importantly, they’re all walking distance. Getting to Hamilton from the airport is an absolute breeze –there’s a bus stop literally located as soon as you exit the airport which costs about $4USD (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 a breeze.
Most vacation suppliers will have air and hotel packages which start as low as $600.00 during low season in Bermuda (March – mid-October) and about $800 during their peek months (based on a 3 night stay). There really isn’t an all inclusive plan for Bermuda, however all hotels will have the option to add breakfast ($25 per day / per person), dinner ($50 per day / per person) or both. I would personally only do breakfast and keep my options open for lunch and dinner, and trust me, you will not find a lack options.
Most restaurants in Bermuda are relatively pricey however, you can always find a grocery store and stock-up on bread, cheese, deli meats, gin and soda water! This would probably be the best way to keep things inexpensive and remember, they’re not ripping us off, they import pretty much everything they consume.
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 get around is via moped (no car rentals on the island and maximum one car per household). The moped costs about $25 a day per person but can be quite dangerous if your a nervous driver. If that is you, take the bus. That bus for the entire day will cost you about the same ($25USD).
You can literally see the island in one day – pack a lunch 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 need some nigh life, I would suggest Cafe Cairo where drinks run you about $6.33USD. Oh, and remember, gratuities are included in Bermuda 😉