Travel Tips for Bermuda
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Regardless of where you are staying, in
order to see all of the sights in Bermuda you will need some form of
transportation. The number of automobiles is strictly regulated in
Bermuda, due to the size of the country. There are no car rental
agencies, and as a visitor you are not permitted to operate an
automobile. You're left with the options of renting a moped (can
be dangerous), taking a taxi, riding the bus, or booking a shore
excursion/tour to see the sights.
The usual benefits of guided tours apply to Bermuda -- you have a
knowledgeable guide who can really educate you on the sights you will see,
and someone else will be doing the driving.
If you decide to go the taxi route,
Bermuda has a little twist that you won't normally find elsewhere.
Taxi drivers who have been certified as tour guides are allowed to
display a blue flag on their car.
Following are the shore excursions /
tours we have taken, and our comments. We've graded each shore
excursion on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best possible value
for your time and money.
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Hamilton Shore Excursions
Aquarium, Caves, & Highlights -- The bus
ride is entertaining, and you will get to see the area around Hamilton and
hear about the history of the area. The beaches are gorgeous.
The aquarium is, well, an aquarium. Nothing special, and not very
large. If you have never been underground in a cave before, you will
enjoy that part of the tour. If you have seen caves in the U.S., you
will probably be surprised by the small size of this one. Overall
value = 5
Famous Homes & Hideaways Cruise -- Want to
see Michael Douglas' house? You can, and a lot more. This is
actually a pretty neat cruise, which will take you past some beautiful
homes and into some areas you wouldn't normally see. The only thing
that could spoil this cruise is rain, because the boat (at least the one
we were on) doesn't have any awning to protect the passengers. We
know, because we were drenched with rain for more than an hour.
Overall value (no rain) = 7, Overall value (rain) = 2.
St. Georges Shore Excursions
St. George Panorama & Fort Tour -- Take
this one. You do want to see this part of Bermuda, and this tour
will take you around the area and make stops at the most picturesque
spots. This is also where you will learn that Bermuda drinking
water comes right down off of those white roofs when it rains and into
holding tanks underneath the houses. You will also see Fort St.
Catherine (actually kind of neat), and St. David's lighthouse, which has
some great photo opportunities.
Overall value = 9
Candlelight Walking Tour -- A tie for
our favorite Bermuda shore excursion. The town crier (in costume,
of course) will take you on a stroll into St. George's back streets as
dusk falls, and you will learn all sorts of tidbits of history.
This one is really a lot of fun for all ages. And the town crier?
He's the mayor of St. George! Overall value = 10
King's Wharf Shore Excursions
Bell Helmet Diving -- One of the great
experiences of all of our travels, and the other tie for our favorite Bermuda
shore excursion. Go ahead and read about it in the shore
excursion brochure, but it's difficult to explain. The helmet
gives you a self-contained breathing area (you can even wear your
glasses) and the weight to keep you from floating to the surface.
Imagine walking around on the bottom of the ocean, feeding the fish.
No, really -- just imagine it! In addition, the captain and crew
of the diving boat were outstanding. Overall value = 10
Scenic West End & South Shore
Highlights Taxi Tour -- Our taxi was a minivan, and our driver was a
very knowledgeable tour guide in his own right. We saw all of
the sights of the west end, we drove through the south shore and
admired the beautiful beaches, and all along the way we talked with
our driver about his life and what it is like to live in Bermuda.
Overall value = 8
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