Bermuda is an island full of natural beauty. Once you land on the island, you can easily see why it is touted as one of the world's most favored travel destinations--beautiful beaches, magnificent caves, golf courses with great views, and generous people. Before embarking on your Bermuda getaway, check out our crewmembers tips.
Before you go!
Region & Time Zone: Mid Atlantic, Atlantic Time Zone (GMT -4) Passport Required: Yes Languages Spoken: English Power: Standard US plug Currency: Bermuda Dollar and the US Dollar is widely accepted Transportation: The island-wide bus is a convenient way to get around Immigration preclearance: US citizens can go through US immigration and customs at Bermuda airport
Kick start your trip to Bermuda with a splash at the beach. Bermuda's legendary pink sand is what makes the island's beaches some of the most popular in the world. Dip your toes into the sand and enjoy the beautiful view of pink sand against turquoise water along the shoreline.
Bermuda is known for its colorful houses with white-roofs. These white roofs serve functional purposes. Since Bermuda's wells only yield brackish or salt water, Bermudians collect rainwater by paving grooves into their roofs in order to funnel water into underground tanks. The white cement wash compound of the roofs not only sanitizes the rainwater but also keeps the houses cooler.
Celebrity chef, Marcus Samuelsson, has expanded his food empire to the island of Bermuda. At Marcus' you can taste a range of dishes including Fried Chicken and Waffles, Grilled Bermuda Onion, and pair them with a delicious array of specialty cocktails like the refreshing ginger beer-based Darker and Stormier. We recommend you reserve a table on the terrace as the views of the Hamilton Harbour are magnificent. Address: 76 Pitts Bay Road, Pembroke, Hamilton, Bermuda HM08 For reservations, email: [email protected] or call 441-298-2028.
Gombey dancing is a unique performance of colorful costumes, dances, stories and rhythmic drumming. Gombey dancing is a reflection of the island's blended culture-- African, West Indian, English and Native American. During cultural festivities or on special days such as Boxing Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day, Gombey troupes will perform in most of Bermuda's main streets. Different Gombey troupes will also meet up for "dance-offs" to show off their best moves. If you hear drumming, you know the party has started. Join the Gombey celebration and feel the pulse of Bermudian culture.
Bermuda has a long history of rum that started back in 1806 when James Gosling set out from England for America and ended up in St. George's, Bermuda after 91 desperate days at sea. That's how Gosling's settled on the island and started formulating rum. Gosling's rum eventually became known as Black Seal Rum, which is a crucial ingredient in the Dark 'N Stormy cocktail. The uniqueness of this cocktail is that it is trademarked by Gosling's. So next time you're drinking a Dark 'N Stormy, a blend of ginger beer and rum-- make sure that what you're drinking is Gosling's.
Locals love Cafe Ole's hot, steaming fish sandwich. Fried fish is sandwiched between raisin toasts with coleslaw and a special tartar sauce. Located conveniently outside the Crystal and Fantasy Caves, Cafe Ole is the perfect place to stop by after a cave expedition. "Our Fish Sandwiches are very traditional Bermuda Fish Sandwiches. The savory sweet flavor has been a signature for our Fish Sandwiches at Cafe Ole," said Ian and Jo Mar, Co-owners of Cafe Ole. Address: 8 Crystal Caves Rd. Sunnyside, Hamilton, Bermuda
Lili Bermuda perfumery's fragrances are a reflection of the island's beauty-- lush botanicals, warm beaches and even famous cocktails. "Our fragrances are evocative of the emotions of everyone that lives in Bermuda. Long after you return home, you can close your eyes and the fragrances will bring you right back to our idyllic paradise. We hope they will make you come back as well," said Isabelle Ramsay-Brackstone, Perfumer of Lili Bermuda. To learn more visit: www.lilibermuda.com