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“Bermuda Should Be On Your Bucket List!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bermuda

Cleveland, Ohio
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“Bermuda Should Be On Your Bucket List!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2010

We returned to Bermuda on a cruise this year after living there 44 years ago and we found LOTS of changes. More and faster traffic, new buildings, more people, and fewer genuine Bermudans with their distinctive accent.
The #1 main change is that the ships no longer dock at Hamilton or St. George. Though the new dock at King’s Wharf is modern and nice, there is just not the ambience of looking out your window or balcony and seeing the real Bermuda towns and being able to step right out into the hustle and bustle of the streets. King’s Wharf is a manufactured place, not the REAL Bermuda. The real shame about the advent of the King’s Wharf “culture” is how this seems to be affecting St. George. When we lived there, the streets of St. George were busy with tourists at all hours of the day and night. The White Horse Tavern was hopping till late at night and shops were thriving. Right now, you can tell that St. George, with all its quiet charm, is struggling. Townspeople told us tourists come early and leave early and they don’t come in great numbers as in the past when the ships docked there. There is so much to see in and around historic St. George and I think many tourists may be missing things like St. Peter’s Church, Ft. St. Catherine, the quaint town square with its stocks, the Perfumery, meandering streets, etc. St. George is the epitome of the old Bermuda. Don’t miss it. Take the ferry or bus to the far eastern end of the island and enjoy.

Bermuda is a such a lovely place with so much to see. The transportation system is fast, efficient, and pretty much on-time. You really don't need any excursions here. It is very easy to explore on your own. We bought a ferry/bus 3-day ticket - very reasonably priced - and used it to get all over the island. Just be careful when stepping off the curb! Remember that they drive on the LEFT side of the road, a hold-over from the days of British rule.
We walked a lot so we could visit some of the more out-of-the-way places. Par-de-Ville Park in Hamilton is beautiful and Ft. Hamilton is worth the climb for a fantastic view of Hamilton’s harbor. A bus ride along the South Shore gives you a great sense of the island’s beauty. Don’t forget to stop at Gibbs Hill lighthouse and climb to the top for a bird’s eye view of the shoreline. And go to at least one beach to sample the pink sand and hunt for sea glass. John Smith beach is a lovely and quiet place if you want to avoid the crowd at Horseshoe Bay, Warwick Bay, etc. And don't miss photo ops at the many moongates around the island!
It was great to not have to worry about money exchange rates. Bermuda accepts USD. Be aware that prices are pretty steep. If you are budget conscious, plan on bringing snacks and water bottles in your backpack or you will spend a bundle for food on the island. We talked to people who dropped $50 on a small lunch at a restaurant near the South Shore.
As former Air Force people, we enjoyed the ride on #6 bus that took us through parts of the old Kindley AFB. Many of the military buildings are gone but many are being renovated and repurposed and I applaud all those who are making this possible.
In short, the island is still beautiful, the flowers are fantastic, the beaches are pristine, the people are friendly, and shopping is still good. Bermuda is a place that should be on your bucket list.

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Zurich
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“Caribbean Island ?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2010

From Europe there are different ways to get there: British Airways offers - depending the season - daily flights to Bermuda, another way to get there is a flight to New York and there are different airlines (American Airlines, Continental, etc.) flying regularly to Bermuda.

Travelling around in Bermuda is not that easy as you are not allowed to rent cars. You are either using public transport, taxis or rent a small motorcycle. My favorite way to get around were public buses and the ferry. A ride from Hamilton to the dockyards and further up to St. Georges is a must.

There are a few hotels in downtown and several at the various beaches. There are several places to eat and the majority are within 5-15 min drive from many hotels in the city. Other restaurants are further out and it takes 30 - 40 min to get there - but they are worth going there ! One of my favourite ones is Tom Moore's Tavern (http://www.tommoores.com/).

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Brooklyn, New York
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“Relax with all the colors of the rainbow”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2010

If you live on the East coast and have not been to Bermuda you are really missing something. Only about a 2 hour flight from NYC and a million miles away. The colors of the beaches, waters, skies are just fantastic and must be experienced. We stayed at the the South Hampton Princess (Fairmont) which was fantastic. Definitely spring for a room with an Ocean view. WOW!!! One word of caution. Bermuda is expensive with a capitol "E" but well worth it. Also there is absolutely nothing to do but relax. There is no gambling and nightlife is practically zero. So if you want to just take it easy, love the beach, natural beauty and fine restaurants this is the place for you. There are fantastic golf courses as well. Romantic is not the word, it just is.

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Philadelphia
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“BERMUDA via cruise from NJ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2010

Except for 1 day @ sea with only fair weather, we had a great time on the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Sea. While the Royal Dockyard is kind of out of the way, it actually had better tourist type shopping in it's small Mall, than in the expensive, congested city of Hamilton. Perhaps the best time in Bermuda was spent @ the beach & Ocean @ Horseshoe Bay. It was delightful. Only drawback was the bus ride. Best deal is the 2 day bus/ferry pass for $20.00/person, The ferry to Hamilton is fast.

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Maryland,USA
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“wonderful island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2010

My husband and i just got back from a cruise out of Baltimore to Bermuda.We haven't been there since our honeymoon 34 yrs ago and I can tell you that it is still a beautifu,clean and charming island.
The water is just breathtaking!
I would go back every year if I could.
In June we went to St. Thomas and I was really very surprised .It definitely could use some TLC.Megan's Bay which is a beautiful spot should be renovated and cleaned up.
St. Thomas seemed very run down looking.
Honeymooners and Couples celebrating a special occasion should definitely consider Bermuda .

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