Thinking of Bermuda brings to mind images of tidy pastel cottages, pink-sand beaches and British traditions like cricket and afternoon tea.
Bermuda is located off the east coast of the United States and is approximately 2˝ hours from New York City It is made up of 150 small islands, volcanic in origin, totalling just 21 square miles. The eight largest islands are connected by causeways and bridges to form a continuous fishhook-shaped land mass 22 miles in length and averaging less than a mile across.
The majority of Bermuda’s visitors come from North America for short stays, with the busiest tourist season being from April through October when the weather is warmest and water temperatures comfortable for swimming and diving. It is also the liveliest time on the island with plenty of events and entertainment options for visitors. Other times of the year are perfect for visitors interested in tennis and golf and seeing the island. The best conditions for windsurfing also tend to be in the winter.
The island is full of colourful flowers – hibiscus, bougainvillea and oleander. Bermuda has the northernmost corals found in the Atlantic which attract a variety of colourful tropical creatures.
How do you officially wear Bermuda Shorts?
When visiting Bermuda, you will notice that businessmen and civil servants still wear Bermuda Shorts as a formal fashion. Bermudians often wear them for business attire and cocktail parties. However, you can’t get away with simply throwing a pair on! Officially they fall 2 inches above the knee, are worn with Bermuda hose (navy or black socks which should be worn long). They must also be worn with a white or blue short-sleeved shirt, a tie and a single or double-breasted navy blue blazer. Footwear is also important—the appropriate footwear suggested is loafers.
Entry requirements for Americans: A passport is not required for US nationals providing they have other documents with proof of identity (such as an official birth certificate, certificate of naturalisation, alien registration (green) card or expired passport), and do not stay longer than six months. A photo ID is required. A visa is not required for stays of up to six months.
Entry requirements for UK nationals: A valid passport is required by UK nationals. A visa is not required for stays of up to of six months.
Entry requirements for Canadians: Canadian nationals do not require a passport providing they have other documents with proof of identity, such as a birth certificate, driver's licence, an old passport or a certificate of naturalisation, and they do not stay longer than six months. A photo ID is required. A visa is not required for stays of up to six months.
Entry requirements for Australians: A valid passport is required for Australian nationals, but a visa is not required for stays of up to six months.
Entry requirements for South Africans: South African nationals require a valid passport for entry to Bermuda. A visa is not required for stays of up to six months.
Entry requirements for New Zealanders: New Zealanders require a valid passport, but a visa is not necessary for stays up to six months.
Entry requirements for Irish nationals: Irish nationals must have a valid passport. A visa is not required for stays of up to six months.
Passport/Visa Note: All visitors must hold a return or onward ticket and any documents required for further travel.
New Years Day (01Jan); Good Friday (14Apr); Bermuda Day (24May); Queen’s Birthday (12Jun); Emancipation Day, Cup Match (03Aug); Somers Day (04Aug); Labour Day (04Sep); Remembrance Day (11Nov); Christmas Day (25Dec); Boxing Day (26Dec).
53 sq km (20.6 sq miles)
Bermuda dollar on par with US dollar
Bermuda GNI per capita
US $37,000 (World Bank, 2006)
Bermuda Head of state
Queen Elizabeth II, represented by a governor
Bermuda Main industries
Insurance, re-insurance, international finance, tourism, light manufacturing
Bermuda Telephone codes