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Welcome to Bermuda

Bermuda

Capital: Hamilton

Population: 70,196 (2015)

Dialing code: +1-441

Driving Side: Left

Currency: Bermudian Dollar (BMD)

Time zone: AST (UTC-4)/ADT (UTC-3)

Continent: North America

Official language: English

Bermuda is an Island country in the North Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of North America and east of North Carolina. It was administered as an extension of Virginia until 1614 and since the transfer of Hong Kong to China in 1997; it is the oldest remaining British Overseas Territory. The territory consists of 181 islands and islets with a total area of 53.3 square kilometers and the largest island is Main Island which is sometimes called Bermuda, however, the capital city is Hamilton.

Bermuda lies at the northernmost point of the Bermuda Triangle and is divided into nine parishes and two incorporated municipalities. The nine parishes are Devonshire, Hamilton, Paget, Pembroke, Sandys, smith’s, Southampton, St George’s and Warwick; and the two incorporated municipalities are Hamilton (city) and St George’s (town). Other unincorporated municipalities are Flatts and Somerset villages.

Like most of the other Caribbean nations, Bermuda’s has a subtropical climate and the economy is based majorly on Tourism which contributes along with Insurance and reinsurance as the country’s largest economic sectors. Most visitors come from the Canada, United States of America and United Kingdom.

Majority of the Bermudians are Christians and since 1994, it has been voted the ‘Best Island in The Caribbean/Atlantic’ more than ten times.

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Cruise round the island by ferry

Enjoy a ferry trip round Hamilton Harbour for the best views of the pretty pastel-painted capital. For a longer cruise, take the passenger ferry – it passes through the Great Sound stopping at Somerset Bridge, the rural village of Somerset, and the Royal Naval Dockyard, some of the finest sights on the island.

Gaze out from Gibbs' Hill Lighthouse

Marvel at the best view of the island from Gibbs' Hill Lighthouse, in Southampton parish, one of the only lighthouses in the world to be made completely from cast iron. With 185 steps to the top, the cafe at the foot of the lighthouse offers the chance to recharge your batteries afterwards.

See the best of Bermudan nature at Hamilton Parish

Head to Hamilton Parish and investigate the Bermuda Aquarium for its exotic aqua life and try to spot the foureye butterflyfish. There is a Museum and Zoo onsite too. Nearby, the Crystal Caves of Bermuda, made up of sprawling underground systems and crystalline tidal pools, offer the most dramatic views on the island.

Make a wish at the Moongates

According to oriental legend, honeymooners should make a wish while walking through Moongates. The circles of stone were brought to Bermuda in the 19th century by a sea captain who had seen them on a voyage to China. Unlike those in Chinese gardens, the Moongates at Bermuda are uniquely freestanding.

Visit the historic Town of St George

Wander the narrow winding lanes of the town of St George, which has UNESCO World Heritage status. Founded in 1612, the garrison town is the earliest English settlement in the New World, its fortifications and landmarks appear much as they did over three centuries ago.

Wander Bermuda's charming capital, Hamilton

Explore the old charm of Bermuda’s capital, Hamilton, taking in The Cabinet Building and the Sessions House. Front Street is Hamilton's main road, which runs along the water's edge, whilst the City Hall and Arts Centre is an architectural gem designed by the delightfully-named Wilfred Onions. For spectacular city views visit the restored 19th-century Fort Hamilton.

Climate

Bermuda has a humid subtropical climate on the border of tropical climate. The hottest part of the year is May through mid-October, when temperatures hover between 75F/23C and 85F/29C. During the winter months, temperatures average a balmy 70F/21C while summer months are somewhat drier, but rainfall is spread relatively equally throughout the year.

Communications

The international dialing code is +1-441. Bermuda has roaming agreements with most international mobile phone companies and coverage is good.

There are internet cafes in the Royal Naval Dockyard, City of Hamilton and Town of St George, and connections are provided in most hotels.

Electricity

110 volts AC, 60Hz. American (flat) two-pin plugs are standard (with or without round grounding pin).

Getting Around

Visitors are not permitted to rent or drive cars but the Island boasts of excellent bus and ferry services. There are taxi services around for hire and hiring a scooter is also popular.

Health

Healthcare in Bermuda is incredibly expensive and is on par with the US standards. It is highly recommended that travelers have insurance from Day One of living in Bermuda. If a visit to the hospital is required, costs of care must be paid by Cheque or Credit for services to be rendered.

Language

The predominant language on Bermuda is Bermudian English. It exhibits characteristics of British, West Indian, and American English. Portuguese is the other widely spoken language.

Money

The official legal tender is the Bermudian Dollars (BMD or BD$), which is reportedly pegged at par with the US Dollars (US$). It is sub-divided into 100 cents. Bank notes are in $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 while Coins are in 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 cents and $1.

Time

The standard time in Bermuda is the Atlantic Standard Time Zone (UTC-4) but during parts of the year it observes Daylight Savings Time as the Atlantic Daylight Time (UTC-3).

Tipping

Tipping is widely allowed In Bermuda and while at it most Restaurants, Hotels, and sometimes Cruise Ships automatically add tips to the pay check. The tips range from 10% - 17% of the total bill.

Most taxi drivers expect a 15% tip or more if they have done some heavy lifting.

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