Bermuda: Friendly, Warm and Easy to Navigate
Bermuda, population 66,000, is actually an archipelago consisting of six main islands 21 square miles long and three miles wide joined by bridges. Their excellent government transportation system allows you to travel from one end of the island to the other in about two hours. When we arrived in February the temperature for our seven day visit averaged about 70 degrees Fahrenheit, just perfect for shorts and sandals.
Grotto Bay Beach Resort
We choose the only resort on the island to offer an all inclusive package. The Grotto Bay Beach Resort is a ten minute ride from the airport. This resort ended up getting a gold ribbon from us. Our spacious room overlooked the turquoise coloured waters of Grotto and Bailey's Bay (how appropriate). There was a superb pool and a spectacular clean white sandy beach to while away the hours when we weren't out exploring. There was even a natural cave on site, filled with an array of delicate crystal formations of stalagmites and stalactites. The international staff earned bonus points for charm and attentiveness. The food (and plenty of it) was delicious.
Bermuda Activities and Top Things to Do
Town of St. George
Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo
We discovered fantastic exhibits that told about the islands marine and terrestrial wildlife and saw the prettiest orange (not pink) Flamingoes in the world. We lingered for 3 hours. Later, we learned it was the islands most popular attraction.
Hamilton, the Capital of Bermuda
Nearby are two Spectacular cathedrals both dating back to the early 1900s. However, most of our time we spent wandering the streets, visiting classy stores and boutique shops. We even purchased some bling to remind us of our visit.
Don't expect to shop in Hamilton on Sundays because most stores are closed.
Royal Navy Dockyards
If You GoGetting Around
First, get a transportation pass for the island. Our package included the pass but if you're on your own, expect to pay about $100.00 for two for seven days. The other alternative is to rent a scooter (only the very brave or those familiar with driving on the left should do this).
Thank goodness, visitors are not allowed to rent a car. The bus stopped right at the resorts front door which allowed us to explore the entire island at ease? Getting on the bus and mingling with the locals was a wonderful experience. Bermudians are extremely polite and easy to talk too. A bit of a tip, always start your conversation with a polite salutation like, Good morning, how are you today? It goes a long way.
Pick up the Handy Bermuda Reference Map before you begin your island expedition. Prices The price of food, and everything else on the island is expensive. Bermudian and U.S. dollars are at par. If we didn't have the all-inclusive package we'd have spent, for both of us, on average $40.00 for breakfast, the same for lunch and about $200.00 for dinner, without drinks! You'll find similar meal prices at other restaurants. A 17 per cent gratuity is automatically added to your bill. There are no sale taxes on meals or purchases.We found seven days were not enough to explore what this island has to offer. It's in our calendar to return next year to create more memories of our Honeymoon in Paradise.