Before You Go
Passports, Visas, and Vaccinations
Don’t forget to pack your passport, return ticket, and accommodation details. Passports are preferred for entering Bermuda; all returning United States and Canadian citizens need valid passports. Visitors must show a return or departure ticket, or proof of transport out of the island, and it saves time to have handy your hotel/guesthouse address for the Department of Immigration officer. No vaccinations are needed for traveling to Bermuda.
For more detailed information please see the Visas and Officialdom page in the Essentials section.
Major airlines and cruise ships serve Bermuda daily from U.S. and Canadian gateway ports and cities, as well as the U.K. On the island, you can rent a scooter (there are no cars for hire), tour the parishes by bus, or hop on reliable ferries. Taxis are relatively expensive, but provide service to all nine parishes.
What to Take
Bermuda’s summer heat demands flip-flops, leather sandals, or boat shoes for comfort. Breathable cotton outfits are recommended for all seasons; layer up when it gets chilly. A waterproof, wind-proof anorak is always useful. Hats and shades are a must. Waterproof sunblock is also necessary, and mosquito repellant is advised.
Hotels’ best rooms can become fully booked in the high season, particularly at popular small resorts, where repeat visitors book up to a year in advance. If you’re planning scuba outings, fishing trips, or golf/spa packages, arrange tee times, treatments, and reservations in advance. Tickets to premier events such as the Bermuda Music Festival or PGA Grand Slam of Golf also need to be purchased early. Check for details on www.bermudatourism.com.
© Rosemary Jones from Moon Bermuda, 2nd Edition