Can visiting Bermuda be possible on a budget? Yes!
Bermuda is an island known for its’ beauty and its’ expense of getting there and spending while you’re there. The hotels alone start at about $300 per night (that’s the cheapest) and the island is hard to get to since it’s located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean all on its’ own.
I spent 4 days in Bermuda and spent $60 of my spending money when I was there! Only $60. I’ll share with you how I arrived and where I stayed within the post too for very little. Bermuda can be totally affordable and here’s some tricks to making that happen for you:
Arriving to Bermuda
Arriving to the island is the second highest expense – next to accommodations. Airfare costs usually around $700-800 in high season or on weekends during the summer. As the season starts to cool down, October on through winter, airfare can be found for $250 roundtrip from the US! Sign up to get alerts on Expedia, AirFareWatchdog, Skyscanner, or similar sites.
Arriving via a cruise ship is the most common since it is the least expensive way. It takes about 2 days at sea to get to Bermuda from the US so most itineraries are 6 days – 2 at sea, 2 at Bermuda, and 2 spent on your way back. The cruise ships stay docked for the entire two days also, so you don’t need to return to port at 6pm like so many other cruises.
I paid a small $30 tax per flight due to my occupation as a flight attendant, but if you know anyone who works for a major airline and gets buddy passes internationally, ask for one! That’s the cheapest way to go, it’ll be standby, but there’s usually many seats open!
The highest price goes to the lovely resorts in Bermuda. They start at about $300 per night and can tally up your price tag really quickly!
Check for sales, Bermuda has been running specials lately that give you 1 or 2 nights free if you stay a certain number of nights. I saw most promos going for stay 3 nights, receive ___ nights free.
Look away from the big name resorts, and try out a Bed and Breakfast which can be 50% cheaper. Camping is permitted at certain sites too, so if you’d rather take in the nature, go that route.
Another option is Airbnb, HomeAway, or couchsurfing. I stayed with locals via Couchsurfing near Hamilton and they were so great! They are listed on Airbnb as well and so charge a small fee if you’re staying longer than 1 night due to the high cost of utilities and water (which sometimes does run out on Bermuda).
You cannot rent cars on the island but you can rent scooters. These go for about $60 per day and gas is about $9.99 per gallon. The more days you rent a scooter for, the better of a deal it is, but you have to be careful riding these. It’s similar to a street bike, so it is recommended you have 2 years experience riding a similar bike. Bermudians drive on the left too – I’ve seen too many close calls or tourists driving so slow because the rides are one-lane and so narrow.
If renting a scooter isn’t your thing, take the bus or ferry to get around. You can buy one day passes for $15 and multi-day passes as well. This site has all the breakdowns of fares and day types. The buses go from one end of the island to the other, so you can hop on and off to see multiple beaches and attractions for a fraction of the cost of a taxi.
If staying with locals or someone you know, ask if they can drive you around in their spare time. I saw both ends of the island quickly because hey, cars don’t make stops like buses.
Did you know that some of the best food is at Bermuda’s gas stations? Yes! Try the local food there or at the supermarkets. It’s delicious, freshly made, and affordable. Of course, indulge in going out to eat but watch what you order. Certain items may be higher than others due to being imported, and some places run a Price Fix option which may include exactly what you wanted to order in the first place.
Also – buy from the Duty Free shop at the airport if you enter that way. Liquors are discounted majorly or shop at a supermarket instead of the beach huts or hotel shops.
Bring your Own Gear/Stuff
If you know you’re going to want to snorkel or dive, bring your own gear. That way you don’t need to rent separate sets at every beach you go to. Come prepared with water shoes and wetsuits too as the water starts to get chilly in late October and temps dip into the 70’s. Bring walking shoes for the caves and exploring as well as beach hats and SPF in travel size containers.
How did I manage to spend only $60 on the island?
Since I stayed with locals, I had many home cooked meals which was a plus! I ate out three times and did buy alcohol, but we usually split appetizers and shared liquor as well. I had my own snorkeling gear and thanks to my hosts driving me around, I did not spend on transportation at all! They picked and dropped me off at the airport – how awesome are they?
If I count the souvenirs I bought at the airport, let’s total it up to $80, still a good deal!
Share your tips on how else you can save on a trip to Bermuda!
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