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Looking to plan a trip with my husband to Bermuda. We are early 50's and never been to Bermuda. Like to shop, beach it and go with the general flow of the area.

Need to know, best time to plan a trip, where to stay , and some ideas of what to do here. $$ is not a big factor, but don't want to have to mortgage the house.

Husband mentioned he would like to go to Bermuda, so I thought I would begin to research.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Bermuda is such a short flight from NJ I'm suprised you have not gone before. I have been 6 or 7 times and always at the Fairmont in Hamilton. Does not have a beach but they provide a ferry to their sister hotel that has a beach. The only advantage of the Hamilton Fairmont is that it's right near Front Street for shopping and restaurants. How many days do you plan to go? We tend to go off season -- less people and less expensive. (October or November). Have never been prime season but would like to one day.

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As someone who went to school for a time on the island I'd just remind you this is not the Caribbean, BDA sits in the Atlantic and you should be aware that the best weather would be from say May to September, perhaps into October. We wore coats in the winter and Bermudians don't really swim in the winter months of the Northeast.

That being said a co-worker was married at Ariel Sands, the resort owned by actor Michael Douglas's family and her pictures were beautiful. Another colleague stayed at 9 beaches. Now I was really intrigued by the design of this property and they had such a good time, nine months later, a lovely couple became a family. LOL! The property has "cabanas" on stilts over the water with a plexi-glass panel in your living room floor that allows you to see the sea beneath you 24/7. How cool is that!!


Enjoy the pink sand and be sure to go to Horseshoe Bay while you're on the island.

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Thanks for the information. We usually go to Las Vegas 2-3 times a year and being about 45 minutes from the beach, I can get all the sun I want.

We have been to the Bahamas, Jamica and Aruba. Thought it would be a nice change of pace.

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You should probably begin your planning by trying to decide on the time of year of your visit. If you're a teacher (an assumption predicated on screenname) then your schedule only leaves you so many windows-of-opportunity for travel. My wife teaches and so we usually travel to Bermuda in late-June / early-July....which gives her time to complete the term and get her summer-wear ready. This is also high-summer season for Bermuda...and the best '..beach weather..'

After this, you probably need to determine what your personal preferences, priorities, special needs and budget will be. Bermuda offers a variety of different accommodations types---from large, full-service resort / hotels...through smaller more intimate '..cottage colonies...'...through small guesthouse / apartments....through private rental apartments / cottages. As an example, '..ocean-front..' is always nice...but on Bermuda, the very best beaches are public (magnificent and relatively uncrowded)...so you don't have to stay at an 'ocean-front' hotel to enjoy the very best of Bermuda's beaches. So take some time to check out some of the many optios that are available to you...and seem to suit your personal criteria best. You can begin this process by scanning through the ACCOMMODATIONS pages at the Bermuda Department of Tourism's web site..and using the Past Guest Reviews, Comments and Candid Traveler Photos features of this TA forum to help you to narrow down your choices and generate your own '..short list..' Amongst a great many other useful bits of information you'll find are things like this--



BDA Dept of Tourism--


You should also invest a bit of time srolling back through the Archives of this TA forum to get a better idea of what's what, where, when, how, why......

Bermuda is a small place and getting about is relatively easy---either via the excellent public transportation system--buses & ferries...or via rental motorscooter (no rental cars on Bermuda...and with gasoline at $7 per gal...taxis tend to be expensive). But nevertheless, depending on personal preferences, some locations on Bermuda will be more convenient than others.

Some other Bermuda Travel web sites that you can scan and SAVE to your BERMUDA Favorite's List folder (among others) are--









As a point of information...you now need a valid US Passport for air travel to Bermuda

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Thank you all for the information. I will begin to research on this cold snowy day in New Jersey.

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The good thing about Bermuda is that you arrive in two hours! We have gone for long weekends. I have gone Columbus weekend and just extended it by one day. Four days was fine to see many things and relax. If you want to go for longer and are stuck due to school vacations...April may work or go as soon as school gets out in June. July and Aug. can be very hot. In addition,we have been fortunate at Xmas time too but you are taking a chance. The good thing...no crowds. Enjoy...it is beautiful.

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Hi there. We are also planning a trip to Bermuda for the summer and this is what we've found so far: You can fly there direct in a couple of hours from New York with American Airlines.

Hotel prices are exhorbitant. We have checked out some of the reviews on trip advisor and some of the smaller guest houses and apartments - eg Clairfont and Salt Kettle seem to be the way to go - very nice and much better prices.

If it works out too expensive to stay there, Norwegian cruise lines also operates a cruise out of New York which docks in Bermuda for three nights. This sounds like a cheaper option, but apparently the downside is that it does not dock in a very convenient location.

Good luck planning. We almost decided not to go because of the expense in comparison to other places, until we discovered the cheaper options.

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We cruised to Bermuda and docked right there in the middle of Hamilton, and then almost in the center of St. George. We had no problems taking the bus to Horseshoe Bay to swim and in St. George we could walk to Tobacco Bay to swim, except it meant walking up a large hill and then down the other side. Which meant that after swimming, you had to walk back UP that hill and then down and then back to the ship. Beautiful and nice. You can't rent any cars while in Bermuda, but you can rent mopeds, but watch out, they said in 2003 that one person is killed PER WEEK on mopeds. Bermuda is like London in that they drive on the (ahem..) wrong side of the road. LOL.

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I took my husband for his 40th (5 years ago). We stayed at the Pink Beach Club. It is a small resort. We were well taken care of by all of the staff, but especially by Archer. The food was tremendous, the beach was gorgeous, and the island was easy to get around. We rented mopeds twice and we were able to see the entire island. Hamilton is were the shopping is. We also enjoyed St. George. You must pay a visit to the Swizzle Inn. It is a little dive, but they make the best rum swizzles (hence their slogan: "swizzle inn, swagger out").

We went in early October. The weather was nice (just missed a hurricane). The water was a little rough for me b/c of the hurricane.

We paid $500/night, which included a jr. suite, breakfast, and a five course gourmet meal.

It has been a few years since we were there, but it was by far one of our most memorable vacations. We will definitely be back there!

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