I recently traveled to a foreign country with someone I had not never met prior to our trip together. We connected through a Facebook group for solo female travelers and then added each other on Instagram where we further solidified our trip plans together. I highly recommend if you are an open-minded person and fun to be around.
My new #travelbae and I had an amazing time in Bermuda. As I mentioned before, we actually hadn't met before the trip and met right when I arrived at our Airbnb!! This was my first time meeting someone through this group and traveling with them. This was also both of our first times in Bermuda. What a great experience!! We even recently celebrated Juneteenth in Boston together and are planning on traveling together more in the future. My experience in Bermuda would not have been the same without her! Thanks, Rachael 😊
Bermuda is a small island in the Caribbean and is about a third the size of Martha's Vineyard- super tiny! The Bermudan locals are very friendly, hospitable, have good vibes and are majority Black. I was surprised to see the island has ~90% Black population. My perception of Bermuda was the opposite of this as I had only heard of or seen it through the media and images advertising tourism there. This was important for me since I like to see places for myself and not be swayed by what the media shows whether it's positive or negative. It is important to be cognizant of how others' perception/stories of a place can change your own preconception versus what is reality. I'd like to hear your preconceptions of Bermuda for those of you who have never been.
As Bermuda is a British Overseas territory, they drive on the British/left side of the road. Many coming from places driving on the right side of the road are not comfortable with this, so there are many taxis and other modes of transportation at your disposal. Although sometimes difficult to hail or schedule, especially with an early morning flight, taxis are very expensive in Bermuda. Depending on where you are staying, your host or hotel concierge can recommend various taxi numbers. If you have an early morning flight, schedule the day before. at least before 5 pm to make sure the driver/company is still working/in service. There is also a taxi hailing app, but I would not recommend it, because it was very unreliable and were unsuccessful at hailing a taxi. Even the several numbers (over 10!) for taxis that we tried were not available. Either no one answered or someone answered in a raspy voice basically saying we were crazy lol. One guy was simply like, "Nope sorry. I have to drop my kids off at school." Lesson learned: taxi drivers in Bermuda (as in every place in the world) are normal people and the numbers you call for a taxi company may actually be someone's cell number rather than a taxi company. So, plan at least a day in advance for rides. We ended up walking out to the street and down the road and finally saw one by the grace of God driving down the road around 5 am on a Sunday morning. There is no Uber/Lyft/other car shared service.
There a few airlines have direct flights to Bermuda from the east coast for a great price. I flew to Bermuda on a 1.5 hour flight with JetBlue for only $275 nonstop and roundtrip from New York JFK airport.
Before I traveled to Bermuda, many people warned me about how extremely expensive the island is; however, I found it to have reasonable prices for food, drinks, lodging, public transportation. If you are willing to venture away from the resorts, tourist restaurants, you can have a more authentic and more budget-friendly experience. on the island. My entire trip for three days cost me about $500, which includes flights, accommodation, food, and drinks, and transportation.
Although Bermuda is a British Overseas territory, the currency used there is Bermudan dollar. The exchange rate from Bermudan Dollar to US Dollar is 1:1 so there is little use in converting any money as the US dollar and US credit cards are accepted everywhere. You may want to convert money if you are traveling from a country other than the US. Side note: They accept USD since ~75% of the tourists in Bermuda come from the US, so it makes sense for the island financially.
Cities with Direct Flights to Bermuda (with flight duration)
Some flights are daily year-round, others are seasonal (usually May to October).
Contacting them from USA, Canada, UK
American Airlines. From New York, Boston and other airports in the USA. 800-433-7300.
British Airways. One flight a day from London, England (Gatwick), the UK's second-biggest airport, in high season, five times a week in low season. 44-844-493-0807.
Delta Air Lines. Daily from Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Logan International (BOS) and New York La Guardia (LGA). 800-221.1212.
JetBlue. Daily flights from New York (JFK) and Logan International (BOS) Boston. 800-538-2583.
United Airlines. Daily from Philadelphia (PHL) and elsewhere to Bermuda. 800 UNITED (864-8331)
WestJet Airlines. To/from Toronto. 888-WESTJET (937-8538)
Source for flight info: http://www.bermuda-online.org/airlines.htm
Where We Stayed
We stayed at Ruth-Anne's Spirit House in the Devonshire parish. Our host Ruth-Anne was amazing and very hospitable. The house we stayed in had 4 beds in the room, private bathroom, kitchen and has a yoga studio space upstairs from the room (they have classes there throughout the day). Every morning, it felt like I was waking up in the middle of a forest with all the trees and greenery surrounding the house and the peaceful sounds of nature. 🌴🌴🌴🌴
Here is the link to the Airbnb we stayed in:
Where We Went
Some of the places we went to are:
Getting Around the Island
Also, travelers, if you need a ride from the airport or around the island, feel free to reach out to the friendliest local Bermudan I know named Reid. He can show you around the small island in a few hours. This would be a good way for you to see the island without renting a car. The bus and ferries, which are cheaper alternatives to the very expensive taxis, are the only public transportation options in Bermuda. Other than that, you may need to rent a car. If you don't want to rent a car, you can negotiate prices with Reid directly by messaging him via WhatsApp at +1 441-704-6985.
Check out my Instagram to see more pictures and videos of my experience in the Bermuda instastory highlight.