- This concise independent guide to Bermuda by former English resident David Mottershead offers a frank and witty overview of Bermuda life, services, attractions, and regulations for visitors, along with a trip-booking facility. Best are the brief, but keenly accurate, discussions of life on “The Rock,” both good and bad.
- Bermuda Tourism Department
- The sleekly navigable Bermuda Tourism Department website offers facts, figures, and useful resources for travelers, including events, sights, Department of Immigration and Customs rules, licensed accommodations, activities, and a reservations system.
- Boasting the most hits of any Bermuda site, this comprehensive portal is owned and run by a local printery, the Island Press Ltd. Thorough but advertising-driven listings for accommodations, dining, and activities understandably read like a tourism brochure.
- Bermuda Online
- Comprising a portal linking to 128 websites, plus a digital library compiled by local resident and author Keith Forbes, the regularly updated website is now owned and supported by The Royal Gazette. Overwritten and cumbersomely designed, it remains a useful repository of information—from census figures to resources for new residents.
- Central Intelligence Agency’s Fact Book
- www.cia.gov/cia/publications/ factbook/geos/bd.html
- The Central Intelligence Agency’s online fact book is crammed with constantly updated information on Bermuda, including land-use, population, literacy, and electricity-consumption statistics.
- U.S. Department of State
- The U.S. Department of State’s website posts a Consular Information Sheet on Bermuda, which gives an accurate overview of crime, communications, traffic safety, and customs issues, as well as links relevant to U.S. travelers.
- Access Bermuda
- A website created by wheelchair-bound Bermudian Keith Simmons as a resource for physically challenged visitors. It is sparse but contains useful resources and information about islandwide transport and the accessibility of certain areas and sights.
- Official Bermuda Government Website
- The official Bermuda government website is a portal to all ministries, departments, and related bodies, including the National Anti-Money Laundering Committee (NAMLC).
- L. F. Wade International Airport
- L. F. Wade International Airport’s website gives flight, check-in, customs, retail, and restaurant details, plus links to airlines and major travel agents.
Island Life and Events
- Box Office Tickets
- www.boxoffice.bm www.bdatix.bm
- Buy tickets online to all Bermuda’s major entertainment events via these sites, both of which are well used by island residents.
- Covering the home-from-college scene, this popular site features photos from Front Street happy hours, as well as the summer club scene, beach parties, DJs, and live web radio.
- A morning must-see for thousands of residents, this classifieds website carries information on public events, yard sales, and stuff for sale galore, from jewelry and pianos to boats and furniture.
- Bermuda’s virtual shopping mall—for window shoppers at least, since it doesn’t allow online purchase—this site provides info on new products arriving in local stores, including prices, phone contacts, store hours, and retail street addresses.
- Bermuda Accommodations
- Toronto-based Bermudian Fiona Campbell is a broker for a list of islandwide vacation properties of various sizes and rates, including historic homes and long-term rentals. Most are studios or apartments attached to local homes. Prices range from under $100 to $300 a night for a double room. It also contains useful contacts and links to activities and services, from hiring a gourmet chef to scuba tours and grocery deliveries.
- Bermuda Vacation Rentals
- This website provides a listing of information, photos, and contacts for Bermuda vacation rentals, but does not broker reservations.
- Bermuda Reservations
- A portal to large North America–based travel sites selling Bermuda vacations, with flight-and-hotel as well as cruise packages, including www.travelocity, www.expedia, www.tripadvisor, www.orbitz.com, and www.cruises.com.
- Bermuda Bride
- Highly-rated wedding planner Nikki Begg’s stylish website encapsulates pretty much anything prospective brides and grooms might want to know about getting married in Bermuda—paperwork, photographers, flowers, and more.
- The Bridal Suite
- Long-established wedding consultants Carmen and Allister Simmons dish out the romance, with details (and photos) of recommended wedding locations, towering cakes, marriage license regulations, travel tips, and glowing testimonials from the sub-tropically married.
- The Royal Gazette
- The online edition of Bermuda’s daily paper covers recent major headlines, plus classifieds, TV listings, and opinion polls, accessible through the site’s effective search engine.
- Bermuda Sun
- The website of the popular weekly newspaper, Bermuda Sun, dishes up news, sports, and entertainment, along with TV listings, local ads, and links to scores of island websites, from bus schedules to resorts.
- Bermuda Monetary Authority
- The official website of the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA), the island’s main regulatory body, which supervises the financial services industry, approves incorporations, oversees licenses to financial institutions, and issues banknotes and coinage. The site offers text of public legislation, and a “warning” list of bogus companies not licensed to do business on the island.
- Bermuda International Business Association
- The Bermuda International Business Association (BIBA) uses its website to promote the island as a blue-chip business jurisdiction and represent members ranging from financial services to accounting, legal, and IT companies. Included is basic information about Bermuda’s highly developed corporate infrastructure, communications, and regulations. Text of Bermuda laws can also be downloaded.
- Bermuda Chamber of Commerce
- The Bermuda Chamber of Commerce’s website represents its members, from e-business to construction companies. Included is information on how to acquire permits to sell and showcase products on the island, as well as contacts for its Visitors Service Bureaus, and weekly Harbour Nights summer street festivals in Hamilton, Dockyard, and St. George’s.
- Bermuda Insurance
- The online home of the booming Bermuda insurance market, with links to many of its 1,600 members, global reinsurance giants responsible for island-based assets totaling over $200 billion. The site also offers information on conferences and related associations, exchange-control, and tax regulations.
- Bermuda Stock Exchange
- The website of the 34-year-old Bermuda Stock Exchange, which bills itself as the largest offshore electronic securities market. The site features market highlights, news, a daily trade report for the domestic market, plus links to trading members.
- Bermuda Yellow Pages
- The searchable Bermuda Yellow Pages website, listing thousands of island businesses, community agencies, and services, also provides free classifieds, movie listings, weather updates, and a visitor section with links to bus and ferry schedules, restaurant menus, wedding planner resources, a video tour of the island, and the Ministry of Works & Engineering’s Internet-based address-finder.
- Bermuda Communications Directory
- The website of Yellow Pages rival, Bermuda Communications Directory, has an effective search engine and well-grouped categories, from government and community listings to event planners, fishermen, and realtors. A visitor information section includes links to activity reservations, restaurants, and public transport information.
- Bermuda Weather Service
- The official site of the Bermuda Weather Service offering current conditions, weeklong forecasts, marine conditions, climate data, and satellite imagery.
- A succinct, well-designed site (named for the homespun storm predictor) details everything from Bermuda hurricane folklore to a homeowner’s hurricane prep list. It includes Atlantic storm synopses and satellite storm-tracking imagery.
© Rosemary Jones from Moon Bermuda, 2nd Edition