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Directory
CONTENTS
Accommodations
Activities
Business Hours
Children
Climate Chart
Customs
Dangers & Annoyances
Disabled Travelers
Discount Cards
Embassies & Consulates
Festivals & Events
Food
Gay & Lesbian Travelers
Holidays
Internet Access
Legal Matters
Maps
Money
Post
Shopping
Telephone
Time
Tourist Information
Visas
Women Travelers
Work

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ACCOMMODATIONS
Accommodation options in Bermuda range
from small guesthouses to big beachside resorts. There are plenty of delightful options
to choose from but don’t expect any bargains.
Bermuda doesn’t offer truly cheap accommodations – no youth hostels, no family campgrounds and no economy-chain motels.
Rates that fall below $125 a night are considered budget. If you’re looking in the midrange, expect to pay between $125 and $275.
Top-end places start around $275. You can
find attractive places in all price ranges; even
the ones that fall into the budget category
have nicely equipped rooms and sometimes
a pool to boot. What you get as you spend
more are fancier digs, private beaches and
more pampering.
Throughout this book, we give published
rates which the industry refers to as rack

rates. Some of the resort hotels, which are affiliated with international chains, occasionally offer discounts from their rack rates on
their websites, but deals at smaller places are
few and far between. One way to cut down
your accommodations bill is to come in the
winter season, from November to March,
when many places offer lower winter rates.
PRACTICALITIES
Electricity Plug in to Bermuda’s 110V,
60Hz electric current using a flat,
two-pronged plug – the same as in the
USA. Some hotels have adapters for
electric shavers.
Newspapers Keep up with Bermudian
current affairs and local entertainment
with the Royal Gazette newspaper,
published daily except Sunday, or the
twice-weekly Bermuda Sun.
Magazines As soon as you arrive at
the airport or dock, pick up This Week
in Bermuda and Preview Bermuda, free
magazines packed with useful visitor
information.
TV Bermudian cable TV is loaded with
US programming plus BBC World.
Tune in to ZBM (channel 3) at 7pm for
local news, and channel 4 for ongoing
Bermuda weather updates.
Radio FM 89 and FM 106.1 have rock
and contemporary music and AM 1160
broadcasts the BBC World
Service and local public affairs.
Video Systems If you’re buying videos
to ta...
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ACCOMMODATIONS
Accommodation options in Bermuda range
from small guesthouses to big beachside re-
sorts. There are plenty of delightful options
to choose from but don’t expect any bargains.
Bermuda doesn’t offer truly cheap accommo-
dations – no youth hostels, no family camp-
grounds and no economy-chain motels.
Rates that fall below $125 a night are con-
sidered budget. If you’re looking in the mid-
range, expect to pay between $125 and $275.
Top-end places start around $275. You can
find attractive places in all price ranges; even
the ones that fall into the budget category
have nicely equipped rooms and sometimes
a pool to boot. What you get as you spend
more are fancier digs, private beaches and
more pampering.
Throughout this book, we give published
rates which the industry refers to as rack
rates. Some of the resort hotels, which are af-
filiated with international chains, occasion-
ally offer discounts from their rack rates on
their websites, but deals at smaller places are
few and far between. One way to cut down
your accommodations bill is to come in the
winter season, from November to March,
when many places offer lower winter rates.
Accommodations 140
Activities 141
Business Hours 141
Children 142
Climate Chart 142
Customs 142
Dangers & Annoyances 142
Disabled Travelers 143
Discount Cards 143
Embassies & Consulates 143
Festivals & Events 144
Food 146
Gay & Lesbian Travelers 146
Holidays 146
Internet Access 146
Legal Matters 146
Maps 147
Money 147
Post 148
Shopping 148
Telephone 149
Time 149
Tourist Information 149
Visas 150
Women Travelers 150
Work 150
PRACTICALITIES
Electricity Plug in to Bermuda’s 110V,
60Hz electric current using a flat,
two-pronged plug – the same as in the
USA. Some hotels have adapters for
electric shavers.
Newspapers Keep up with Bermudian
current affairs and local entertainment
with the Royal Gazette newspaper,
published daily except Sunday, or the
twice-weekly Bermuda Sun.
Magazines As soon as you arrive at
the airport or dock, pick up This Week
in Bermuda and Preview Bermuda, free
magazines packed with useful visitor
information.
TV Bermudian cable TV is loaded with
US programming plus BBC World.
Tune in to ZBM (channel 3) at 7pm for
local news, and channel 4 for ongoing
Bermuda weather updates.
Radio FM 89 and FM 106.1 have rock
and contemporary music and AM 1160
broadcasts the BBC World
Service and local public affairs.
Video Systems If you’re buying videos
to take home, be aware Bermuda uses
the NTSC system – the same as in the
USA and Canada, but incompatible with
the PAL system used in Europe and
Australia.
Weights & Measures Bermuda has
gone partly metric (such as for speed
limits) but retains the imperial system
of measurement for many uses
(temperatures are reported in
Fahrenheit; weights are measured in
pounds).
Bermuda’s tourist industry likes to divide
accommodations into several categories,
based on a place’s predominant character.
Keep in mind that these groupings are
somewhat imprecise and categories often
overlap a bit. A room in a small hotel or a
cottage colony may have the same cooking
facilities that you’d find in an apartment,
for instance.
In addition to the places listed in this
book, which operate as full-time businesses
and accept direct reservations, there are
private families that occasionally rent out
rooms and apartments solely via a booking
service. To peruse these and make reserv-
ations go online to Bermuda Rentals
(www.ber
mudarentals.com).
B&Bs & Guesthouses
Many of these places are in lovely period
homes, often overlooking gardens or sport-
ing water views. They might have just a
couple of rooms in a family home or be
larger places with several wings. What they
have in common is an intimate setting in
which you get to know the host. In most
cases, breakfast is included in the rate and
you share the table with fellow guests.
Sometimes there’s a group kitchen where
guests can prepare other meals.
Apartments
Hugely popular, tourist apartments provide
not only a place to stay but also full cook-
ing facilities. As a rule they pack the most
space for the buck and are also econom-
ical because they save you from having to
dine out for every meal. Considering that
the average hotel charges a good $10 per
person for breakfast, being able to prepare
your own coffee and toast can represent a
tidy saving!
Cottage Colonies
Now this is where things start to get fancy.
The term ‘cottage colony’ is generally used
in Bermuda with more upmarket places
that offer units inside individual cottages,
or in small clusters of buildings, each of
which contain a few units. The ‘cottages’
sometimes have limited cooking facilities
and invariably have a genteel setting with
landscaped grounds, water views, after-
noon teas and the like. All very private and
pampering.
Small Hotels
Small hotels are by and large just that: smaller
places, typically around 50 rooms, that usu-
ally have a restaurant, lounge and swimming
pool but don’t necessarily offer the extensive
array of services found at the large resort
hotels. These range from unpretentious fam-
ily-oriented places to some of the island’s
more prestigious and intimate spots.
Resort Hotels
Bermuda has five resort hotels: the Elbow
Beach Hotel, the Grotto Bay Beach Hotel, the
Fairmont Hamilton Princess, the Fairmont
Southampton and the Wyndham Bermuda
Resort. Together they provide about half of
all the guest rooms in Bermuda. Each has all
the amenities you’d expect in an upmarket
resort – restaurants, swimming pools, room
service, activities and the like.
Camping
Although you may see Bermudians setting
up tents, foreign visitors cannot camp in
Bermuda. The only exception is for organ-
ized groups, who may apply for permits
to camp at group sites run by the govern-
ment on nearshore islands. Information on
group camping is available from the Ministry
of Youth, Sport and Recreation
(
%
297-7619).
ACTIVITIES
Bermuda offers plenty for active visitors. Es-
sentially, the best time of the year for most
things to do in the water, including swim-
ming, snorkeling and diving, is during the
summer season of April to October. Golf and
tennis are good year round, though the most
pleasant weather for a vigorous outdoor
workout is during the cooler winter season.
Golfers will find information at Bermuda Golf
Association
(www.bermudagolf.org). Tennis players
can log on to Bermuda Lawn Tennis Association
(
%
296-0834; www.blta.bm). For more inform-
ation on all sorts of outdoor fun, see p34.
BUSINESS HOURS
Business offices are typically open 9am to
5pm Monday to Friday. Shops are gener-
ally open 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday,
though there are exceptions – for example,
grocery stores have longer hours and Sunday
openings, and tourist-geared shops catering
to cruise shop passengers often stay open
into the evening when ships are in port.
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