There may be no better place to dip a toe back into post-pandemic international travel than Bermuda. At only about two hours from most East Coast cities, the British Overseas Territory is remarkably convenient for a quick weekend trip, and its thoughtful and diligent COVID-19 policies have kept its rate of infection low throughout the pandemic.
The odd mix of British colonial history and lush island setting makes for some only-in-Bermuda sights (Bermuda shorts with knee socks anyone?), and the dark rum is as plentiful as the sunshine. While it only takes a few days (and a few dark ’n’ stormies) to get on Bermuda’s slowed-down wavelength, you’ll want to keep coming back to immerse yourself in the culture, the sailing legacy, the nature and the cuisine. Here is our guide to the most colorful and fun-loving island in the North Atlantic.
All adult visitors to Bermuda must be fully vaccinated and show proof of a negative PCR test (no more than four days before arrival) or supervised antigen test (no more than two days before arrival). Visitors must also fill out and submit a Travelers Authorization (TA) form, which costs $40 to process.
How to Get There
Bermuda is not located in the Caribbean but in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, about 600 miles off the coast of North Carolina. That location makes it especially convenient for travelers from the East Coast. In fact, you can reach Bermuda’s L.F. Wade International Airport from New York, Boston, Philadelphia or Washington, D.C., in about two hours. The airport is served by American, Delta, JetBlue, United, Air Canada and WestJet.
Visitors might be surprised to learn that not only are rental cars not an option on the island, but residents are allowed only one automobile per household. More adventurous types can rent motor scooters, but if you’re nervous about navigating the curving roads on a two-wheeler, Bermuda also has a fleet of two-seat electric vehicles. They’re very compact — essentially just enclosed, eco-friendly golf carts — and you can rent them at a few different spots around the island. For instance, Current Vehicles’ Twizys, which can go 55 miles before needing a recharge, are available at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club. Remember that cars drive on the left side of the road, and the maximum speed limit is just 22 miles per hour. If you’d rather avoid driving, taxis are a safe bet, with prices regulated by the government, though they can get quite expensive. In addition, 11 bus and four ferry routes serve the island.