Travel & Tips
The basic visitor information you’ll need during your stay on our island.
*All fares and rates quoted are subject to change.
Air Canada 888-247-2262 American Airlines: 800-433-7300 British Airways: 800-247-9297 Delta Airlines: 800-221-1212 JetBlue Airlines: 800-538-2583 United Airlines: 800-864-8331 WestJet: 800-204-0020
Baby Equipment Rentals
If you’re travelling to the island with kids, Little Longtails can provide everything you need for your trip. You can order items online, including cribs, strollers and high chairs, as well as boxes of toys, and everything can be delivered to your accommodation for a $35 fee (which also includes pickup). Little Longtails also arranges airport transfers with car seats. Other services include arrival baskets filled with all the essentials necessary for a hassle-free vacation with kids. (707-7658; littlelongtails.com)
Banks Banks are usually open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. There are many ATMs islandwide that dispense Bermuda dollars.
You can buy pre-paid calling cards in denominations of $5, $10, $20 and $50 from LinkBermuda (297-7000) and TeleBermuda International Limited (296-9000). One Communications offers pay-as-you-go long-distance plans. (700-7000; onecomm.bm)
Visa and MasterCard may be used for cash advances at local banks. In addition, HSBC Bank Bermuda Limited and The Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Limited provide ATMs islandwide for MasterCard, Cirrus and Plus cash advances. Visa, MasterCard and American Express cards are accepted virtually everywhere on the island.
The Bermuda dollar is divided into 100 cents and is equal in value to the U.S. dollar; both are legal tender on the islands. Bermuda introduced new banknotes in 2009 with distinctly Bermudian designs, featuring wildlife on one side and local landmarks on the other. The exchange of other foreign currencies is done in banks. Credit cards are widely accepted in stores, restaurants and hotels.
Customs and Duty
U.S. residents who have been out of the country for 48 hours or more may take home items valued up to $800 once every 30 days without incurring duty. Adults may include 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars and one litre of alcohol within their exemption, plus a second litre if produced by a Caribbean Basin country. Original paintings, drawings and sculptures are duty-free but must be declared.
For information regarding Cuban cigars and products, visit cbp.gov. U.K. residents 17 or older may take home duty-free two litres of table wine and one litre of spirits or liqueurs, or two litres of fortified or sparkling wine or other liqueurs, plus 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos, or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco, plus 60cc of perfume and 250cc of eau de toilette, plus other goods worth up to £145. Visit hmrc.gov.uk.
Canadian residents who have been out of their country for 48 hours or more can claim up to CAN$300 worth of goods without paying duty if they carry the goods with them. After each absence of seven days or more, Canadian residents can claim up to CAN$800 worth of goods without duty. For more information, visit cbsa-asfc.gc.ca.
The legal drinking age is 18.
Electrical service is the same as in the U.S. and Canada: 110 volts, 60 cycles AC.
Bermuda has a number of internet service providers offering DSL and dial-up connections. The Bermuda Library on Queen Street offers free internet service with a limit of 30 minutes per person. Its hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
The Town of St. George also offers free Wi-Fi around King’s Square (sponsored by the Visitor Service Centre and The Corporation of St. George’s). Just connect to the Destination St. George’s network.
There is also a Bloomberg terminal in the U.S. Departures lounge at the airport.
Lifeguards are stationed at the following beaches daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.:
• Clearwater Beach/Turtle Bay: May 24 to Labour Day
• John Smith’s Bay: May 24 to Labour Day
• Horseshoe Bay: May 1 to October 31
The General Post Office is located at 56 Church Street, Hamilton, and is open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon (297-7893). Rates: Local letters are 50 cents, and local greeting cards are 50 cents. Air mail to the United States, the Caribbean or Canada is $1.15; $1.35 to Great Britain; $1.35 to Europe; and $1.55 to Asia, Australia or New Zealand.
Public Holidays 2018/19
Bermuda Day: Friday, May 25
National Heroes’ Day: Monday, June 18
Emancipation Day: Thursday, Aug. 2
Somers’ Day: Friday, Aug. 3
Labour Day: Monday, Sept. 3
Remembrance Day: Sunday, Nov. 11 (Observed Monday, Nov. 12)
Christmas Day: Tuesday, Dec. 25
Boxing Day: Wednesday, Dec. 26
New Year’s Day: Tuesday, Jan. 1
Good Friday: Friday, April 19
Shop and Office Hours
Generally, shops, businesses and professional offices open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Clocktower Mall in Royal Naval Dockyard is open seven days a week — except Christmas Day and Good Friday. For full details on hours of operation, please visit dockyardbermuda.com. Many grocery stores throughout the island are open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Smoking in public places, including restaurants and bars, and the sale of cigarettes from vending machines are banned in Bermuda. Offenders face a $1,000 fine.
Taxes and Tipping There is no sales tax. At most restaurants, a 15 to 17 percent tip will be added to your bill. At hotels, a 7.25 percent hotel-occupancy tax, a 2.5 percent tourism guest fee and a 10 percent service charge are added to your bill.
Telephone Calling Call to Bermuda: Country code 1, area code 441 Call to U.S. and Canada from Bermuda: 1 + area code + phone number Call to the U.K. from Bermuda: 011/44/city code/phone number Call to other countries from Bermuda: 011/country code/city code/phone number Call to international operator: 00
Alcoholics Anonymous: 297-0965
Animal Emergencies (SPCA): 236-7333
Bermuda Allergy and Asthma Relief Centre: 292-9258
Bermuda Diabetes Association: 292-8427
Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre: 297-1010
Bermuda Red Cross: 236-8253
Bermuda Tourism Authority: 296-9200
Directory Assistance: 411
Emergency 24-hour counselling: 236-3770
Fire Service: 911
King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (emergency): 239-2009
King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (general): 236-2345
Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre: 298-7700
Physically Handicapped Association: 293-8148
Police/St. George’s: 297-1122
Weather forecast: 977
What’s Going On in Bermuda: 974
Women’s Resource Centre: 295-7273
Visitor Service Centres Hamilton:
Front Street: 295-1480
King’s Square; 297-0556
Royal Naval Dockyard:
In the gazebo adjacent to the cruise ship pier and bus and ferry stops; 296-9400
Wheelchair-accessible ferries: Hamilton Ferry Terminal, Dockyard, Rockaway and St. George’s ferry stops only.
Wheelchair-accessible mini bus:
Suburban Transit Mini Bus; 335-1825