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So you’re traveling to the stunning island of Bermuda and looking to do it on a budget? Bermuda is one of the Caribbean’s most expensive islands and it’s easy to see why, with white, sugar sand beaches, warm Caribbean waters, and all-inclusive hotel resorts, the price of a trip to Bermuda can really set you back. But don’t worry, we are here to help with a guide for how to do Bermuda on a budget. From the best places to stay, through to the top things to do and where to eat, here are our tips:
Things to Do
If you’re going to visit Bermuda, you already know you’ll be spending most of your time relaxing on beaches, which of course, is a free activity. Bring your own snorkel to save money, and spend your days splashing around in the warm, turquoise Caribbean waters, swimming with tropical fish.
Explore the Island
The island is relatively easy to navigate by bus and ferry, so you can avoid paying taxi fares when traveling between beaches. The bus system is cheap, however, they can be infrequent. But don’t fret — it’s the Caribbean and life runs very slowly. Buses are known to stop at around 8 pm, so be sure to check with your accommodation host or hotel about bus schedules before you set out.
You can also rent a motorbike and get off the beaten track. Motorbike rental is relatively inexpensive and you can get deals at around $30 per day if you rent the motorbike for a few days. It’s also possible to rent a pedal bike, although, under the scorching hot Carribean sun, you won’t want to cycle very far.
Relax on the Beach
While relaxing on the beach is a free activity, often resorts and hotels can charge you for using their sun loungers and seeking shade under their umbrellas. In some resorts, you can buy a day pass that lets you use their loungers alongside other facilities such as showers and toilets. We think if you’re looking to do Bermuda on a budget, it’s better to bring your own umbrella, tent or fabric sun-screen to save money. It also means you can position yourself wherever you want on the beach, and not be tied to a hotel or resort. Some of the top beaches to visit include the South Shore beaches, Elbow Beach and Horseshoe Bay.
Where to stay
To do Bermuda on a budget, you’ll have to avoid hotels and resorts as they are very expensive. Opt to find a home rental or place using AllTheRooms and you can make significant savings. Some of our favorite picks include:
Blue Horizon Guest House: Located in Hamilton, Blue Horizon Guest House offers budget rooms that come with a private bathroom, television and free WiFi. Each room has its own balcony and there are some rooms with a terrace. There’s a small, secret beach within walking distance. Be sure to ask the hotel owner’s how to get there.
Devonshire Apartment: This apartment is located in Devonshire and can sleep up to four guests. The apartment sits in a quiet neighborhood and is near to grocery stores, restaurants and hire shops. It’s one of the best budget options in Devonshire.
Windeego Cottage: A beautiful apartment located on the South Shore in Southampton. There’s access to a pool that has stunning views of the island. It’s in a great location, right by restaurants and grocery stores. The apartment can sleep up to two guests.
Flights to Bermuda
If you book your flights early, you can get a relatively good deal. However, there’s no way around it, flights to Bermuda will be expensive. Use flight search tools such as Skyscanner or Kayak to try to find the best deals.
Where to Eat
Eating in Bermuda doesn’t have to be expensive. While there are a lot of pricey restaurants on the island, there are plenty of beachside shacks serving up delicious seafood at reasonable prices. Local restaurants tend to serve up fish of the day, with rice, plantain, and beans — a tasty and modestly-priced dish. If you stay in a home rental, you can cook for yourself and bring sandwiches to the beach.