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First time visitor Questions!

Hudson, Florida
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First time visitor Questions!

I am thinking about a possible vacation next summer to Bermuda for something different. I usually go to the Caribbean, USVI or BVI. I don't know if I should take a cruise or just fly there. If I take a cruise I would have to fly from Tampa to New York.

I need suggestions on where to stay (on a budget) & near a nice beach, preferably within walking distance if I decide to fly instead of taking a cruise.

I would also like to know about restaurants, shopping, etc.

Thank you in advance for your posts!

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1. Re: First time visitor Questions!

Cruises are fine...as cruises...but for Bermuda...FLY and stay. I don't care how good the all-you-can-eat buffets are aboard cruise ships are...RESORT BERMUDA is worht skippin' 'em for.

From Florida, American Airlines offers seasonal, direct service (non-stop...no plane changes en route) to Bermuda(BDA) from Miami(MIA), There is also direct daily service to Bermuda from Atlanta(ATL) offered by both Delta and AirTran.

For a wonderful small, modestly priced guest apartment (w/full self-catering facilities) that is a short stroll (350-400 yards) to one of Bermuda's very best beaches (Warwick Long Bay)...you can'y possibly go far wrong with--

CLAIRFONT GUEST APARTMENTS--

http://www.clairfontapartments.bm/

For many other modest/moderate priced guest accommodations in Bermuda--

MODEST/MODERATELY PRICED GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS—Guesthouses, B&B’s, private rental apartments & cottages—

GUESTHOUSES & B&Bs--

BAY CITY GUEST HOUSE—downtown Hamilton—

http://www.baycity.bm/

BARNSDALE GUEST APARTMENTS—Devonshire Parish—

http://www.bermudamall.com/barnsdale/

CLAIRFONT APARTMENTS—South Shore—Warwick Parish—

http://www.clairfontapartments.bm/

DAWKINS MANOR—South Shore—Paget Parish—

http://www.bermuda-charm.com/

EDGE HILL MANOR GUEST HOUSE—downtown Hamilton—

www.bermuda.com/c-g/edgehill-manor.aspx

GRANAWAY GUEST HOUSE—Hamilton Harbour—Warwick Parish—

http://www.granaway.com/

GREENBANK GUESTHOUSE & COTTAGES—Hamilton Harbour—Paget Parish—

http://www.greenbankbermuda.com/

KINGSTON HOUSE B&B—downtown Hamilton—

http://www.bbbermuda.com/

LITTLE POMANDER GUEST HOUSE—Hamilton Harbour—Paget Parish—

bermuda.com/h-p/little-pomander-guest-house.…

MAZARINE-by-the-SEA—North Shore—West Pembroke—

www.bermuda.com/h-p/mazarine-by-the-sea.aspx

OCEAN WINDS VILLA & B&B—South Shore—Warwick Parish—

webspawner.com/users/oceanbda/bermudaaccomod…

OCEAN SOUND GUEST APARTMENTS—South Shore—Smiths Parish—

bermuda-island.net/lodging/ocean-sound.htm

PARAQUET GUEST APARTMENTS—South Shore—Paget Parish—

http://www.paraquetapartments.com/

ROBIN”S NEST GUEST HOUSE—North Shore—West Pembroke—

http://www.robinsnestbda.com/

SALT KETTLE GUEST HOUSE—Hamilton Harbour—Paget Parish—

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g147259-d147921…

SANDPIPER GUEST APARTMENTS—South Shore—Warwick Parish—

http://www.sandpiperbda.com/

SUNFLOWER APARTMENTS—Downtown Hamilton—

tripadvisor.com/VacationRentalReview-g147257…

SUNSCAPE BERMUDA B&B—South Shore Warwick Parish—

http://www.sunscapebermuda.com/

TARRAFAL APARTMENTS—North Shore—West Pembroke—http://pwp.ibl.bm/~edkelly/guests01.htm

TAYLOR HOUSE—Saint George’s—East-end

http://www.bermudagetaway.com/indexTH.html

WADE’S GARDEN INN—Riddell’s Bay—Southampton Parish—

http://www.wadesgardeninn.com/

WINDSONG GUEST APARTMENTS—North Shore—West Pembroke—

http://www.windsong-bermuda.com/

PRIVATE RENTAL APARTMENTS & COTTAGES—

BERMUDA RENTALS—

http://www.bermudarentals.com/

BERMUDA GETAWAY—

http://www.bermudagetaway.com/

Fro the rest on restaurants, shopping, sights, attractions, nightlife, et al.....take some time to scroll back through or search some of the archived threads on these topics for all and more than you might expect.

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2. Re: First time visitor Questions!

Go. Stay. You'll never want to see the Caribbean ever again.

Seriously, a cruise is okay. But you won't see much of real Bermuda. And there is nothing like Bermuda in the Caribbean.

Happy trails,

ML

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Hudson, Florida
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4. Re: First time visitor Questions!

Thank you so much everyone!! I would actually prefer to fly anyway. My brother is a pilot for AA. Never want to visit the Caribbean again? LOL!! I will check these links out today. Again thanks for all the suggestions in advance.

Hudson, Florida
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5. Re: First time visitor Questions!

Would it be better to stay somewhere in Hamilton? Is this the largest city on Bermuda?

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6. Re: First time visitor Questions!

>>>I will check these links out today<<<

Check out the properties listed (and any others you may come across in your research) ...filtered through your own personal preferences, priorities, special needs and budget...and come up with your own '..short list..' of those that seem to suit and then return for whatever additional information you require to 'dial in' your choice.

You can find additional Past Guest Reviews and observations, as well as Candid Traveler Photos, for many of the properties on their individual TripAdvisor BERMUDA HOTELS pages to assist in the selection process.

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7. Re: First time visitor Questions!

Hamilton is the largest city in Bermuda and its population is a 11,000 according to the CIA world fact book. It's a good place to stay because it's a transportation hub and you can walk around and explore the shops. However it has never been a problem staying on the south shore or on other parts of the island as it is usually a short bus or scooter ride into Hamilton.

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8. Re: First time visitor Questions!

My husband and I just got back from Bermuda (first time).

Definitely fly and stay there. We rode buses and ferries with tourists cruising and although it's a small island, there is a lot to see. I heard one guy say, "It took us two days to get here and we have less than two days to visit. We could have gotten here in 2 hours..."

1. Buy a bus/ferry pass for the week.

2. Write to the department of tourism and get them to send you the most recent bus maps and ferry maps and a map of the island. (Ferry Maps are easy to find, bus maps are precious.) Then map/route all the things you want to see. **be sure to double check with the buses/ferries, they've changed/stopped a few routes d/t budget challenge.

3. Find our EXACTLY where your bus stop is near where you stay. The poles going into town/out of town are pink or blue and sometimes faded and hard to find.

4. Locals are amazing. Be polite and they will happily show you where to go, where is the bus stop etc.

5. We stayed in a place from Bermuda Rentals.com. The challenge with these places is that everything is via bus or ferry and nothing near us was nearby. We don't care about nightlife so we'd be out all day, have a late lunch and then just have snacks or a light dinner.

6. We put together a small box of coffee, pasta, salsa, spagetti sauce, crackers, snack bars, packages of trail mix- to help defray costs. They aren't kidding when they say Bermuda is expensive. We got to a grocery the first day and got a few things (cheese, milk, an onion, bread...). So we had continental breakfasts at our place, snacks in our backpacks, a late lunch and a light meal at home.

7. There is no way i would moped. Different side of the road, islanders drive fast and many of the roads have limestone walls so there is no room for error. Even walking against the traffic is super scary so being close to a popular bus route is important.

8. The people are even more lovely than the island. There is lots and lots of things to do and explore that aren't expensive. Although we didn't get there, snorkeling at Whale Beach is- per locals- the best. Climb Gibbs Lighthouse, see the Maritime Museum at the Dockyards, check out St Georges and take one of the free walking tour and see what their Visitor Center has on display (we were blown away by this small, informative museum), see the Aquarium, go for a hike at Thomas Moore's Jungle. Pack or wear your bathing suit so you can jump in the water - beaches are all over the place. (But be sure to bring a Tshirt- I wore a very conservative 1 piece with shorts and one bus driver wouldn't let me on without a shirt...they're formal that way.) Wear good sneakers or walking sandals.

9. Go to your local library and get a Frommers Bermuda. We did and used it the whole time.

10. Save all your pennies and treat yourself to a meal at the Waterlot Inn. It was one of the best meals of my life- just Magical!

11. Bring your sunscreen and buy your alcohol at the grocery store. The alcohol was a few bucks more, but a bag of Tortilla chips was a whopping 7 dollars!

12. We went in August and it was incredibly hot and humid. A few rainstorms and a bit of overcast a were welcome relief. (pack a small umbrella or poncho- another expense saving move.) I wore the absolute lightest tops and shorts and needed only one nice outfit- which was also the lightest weight dress I could find.

Bermuda was on my bucket list. It was a marvelous experience but we planned, saved, brought a box of staples with us, stayed in a very basic (but clean) rental, and used the buses and ferries.

We're not shoppers, so I can't help you in that regard.

Good luck!

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