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Bermuda -- Help Travel Tips

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Bermuda -- Help Travel Tips

Traveling to Bermuda in May for a week & booked a harbour- view room at the Fairmont Southhampton. Truly looking forward to the vacation and would love some tips from those of you who have visited the island.. As Bermuda does not allow for car rentals, would you suggest renting a moped? Is the public transportation system adequate and reliable?

I noticed that Smatt Cycle is on- site at the Fairmont , but a competitor ( Orleanders Cycles) offers better prices , has anyone used either merchant?

Also, can anyone suggest some moderately priced restaurants. I know Bermuda is expensive, but would like to try some other establishments besides the restaurants on- site at the hotel.

Thanks kindly in advance for your assistance.

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>>>.. Bermuda does not allow for car rentals, would you suggest renting a moped? Is the public transportation system adequate and reliable?...<<<

Rental motor scooters are probably the best, most flexible and fun way to get 'round RESORT BERMUDA...BUT...they're ***NOT FOR EVERYONE***. Blythe recommendations ('..If you can ride a bicycle; you can ride a motor scooter..') and dire condemnations ('..you'll be maimed and mangled..') are equally NONSENSE. Certainly SOME visitors are injured. Just as certainly, thousands ride without injury or incident. You need to use your own judgment and arrive at your own decision...predicated on your skills and 'comfort level'.

As an alternative, Bermuda has an excellent public transportation system--buses and ferries--that will take you to--or near to--most of the places that you might want to go in Bermuda. The system is relatively convenient, economic and efficient. Public buses and ferries also make great 'raised platforms' to see Bermuda's incredible natural beauty--from both landward and seaward perspectives--as you go.

>>>...Smatt Cycle is on- site at the Fairmont , but a competitor ( Orleanders Cycles) offers better prices , has anyone used either merchant?...<<<

We've been loyal clients of Oleander Cycles for decades and always been VERY SATISFIED with their equipment and service. Having said this, SMATT'S is also a good rental livery and has the added convenience of having a rental shop right on the grounds of the Fairmont Southampton Hotel. My only quibble with Smatt's is that the rear storage baskets are smaller. Go with Smatt's.

PRINT OUT and carry this web page with you and they won't charge you for gasoline refill upon return at the end of your rental--

www.smattscyclelivery.com/smatts_brochure.pdf

>>>...can anyone suggest some moderately priced restaurants...<<<

BOUCHÉE--(downtown Hamilton)--

http://www.bouchee.bm/

PORTOFINO'S--(downtown Hamilton)--

http://www.portofino.bm/

HOG PENNY PUB--(downtown Hamilton)--

http://www.hogpennypub.com/

PICKLED ONION--(downtown Hamilton)--

http://www.thepickledonion.com/

LA TRATTORIA--(downtown Hamilton)--

http://www.latrattoria.bm/

SWIZZLE INN-South Shore--(south shore)--

http://www.swizzleinn.com/locations.php

SALT ROCK GRILL--(west-end/Mangrove Bay)--

http://www.saltrockgrillbda.com/

SOMERSET COUNTRY SQUIRE--(west-end/Mangrove Bay)--

bermuda.com/r-z/somerset-country-squire-rest…

FREEPORT SEAFOOD RESTAURANT--(west-end/Dockyard complex)--

http://freeportseafood.com/

FROG & ONION PUB--(west-end/Dockyard complex)--

http://www.frogandonion.bm/

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I completely agree with KDSAIL on the issue of scooter safety. Sure, some people have unfortunately been hurt in accidents, but thousands ride them safely every year.

If you are thinking of renting a scooter in Bermuda though, you may also want to consider using Elbow Beach Cycles.

http://www.elbowbeachcycles.com/

I have used them for years and have never been disappointed.

I have always felt they had a larger choice of scooters and kept competitive rates. You could also get a 10% discount if you book online. It’s a company worth taking a look at if you want to see what’s out there.

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We just got back from a week on the island and I would not rent a scooter or cycle. The driving on the left side of the road and the harrowingly narrow roads didn't make me comfortable enough to do so. Besides the bus/ferry system is a good one. Get the one day visitor pass. The bus drivers never validated it - like they are supposed to - so we just used it day after day.

Our favorite restaurants; La Trattoria & Bouchee (Thanks to kdksail for the recommendation on Bouchee!)

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4. Re: Bermuda -- Help Travel Tips

I used to live in Bermuda, it is a beautiful island! Smatt Cycles is on site, but they don't tend to have well running mopeds. Oleander Cycles is the way to go! But, renting a cycle isn't for everyone. The roads are VERY narrow, and you also have to drive on the left hand side. The public transportation system is OK, there are buses and ferries that go to many destinations all over the island. As for restaurants:

Frog and Onion Pub-Sandys Parish/Dockyard

Rotisserie Grill-Smiths Parish

Speciality Inn-Smiths Parish

Pickled Onion-City of Hamilton

La Trattoria-City of Hamilton

Bouchée-City of Hamilton

Hog Penny-City of Hamilton

Portofino's-City of Hamilton

Enjoy your trip!

Edited: 6:10 pm, January 24, 2014
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Awesome tips !! Thanks for all the valuable information - love love love it!! Will print out the webpage and go with Smatt's.

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Thanks a lot ... I think we will rent the moped at least 1 day and try public transport for the remainder. I've read some horror stories about mopeds accidents in Bermuda. I think we will be okay, my husband is a very cautious driver and i plan to be a passenger. We will also check for best rates and thanks for the info on Elbow Cycles.

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Great idea.. visitors pass. you guys rock!

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I can imagine the left side driviing will take some getting used to.

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The easiest part of driving on the left is driving on the left like everyone else on a straight road. The most dangerous time is when you come to an intersection and have to make a turn. The tendency is to turn into the wrong lane.

Personally, we stick to the buses and ferries and occasional taxi. They will get you to wherever you want to go

Edited: 8:21 pm, January 24, 2014
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10. Re: Bermuda -- Help Travel Tips

By the way, I wouldn't rely on being able to re-use a one day pass several times, especially if someone from the bus company reads lungfruit's post !!