How to Vacation in Bermuda on the Cheap

How to Vacation in Bermuda on the Cheap
Located just 650 miles off the coast of North Carolina, Bermuda's location in the Atlantic makes it very accessible. Its pristine beaches, lovely architecture and crystal-blue waters have helped the island earn a reputation as a civilized sanctuary. While Bermuda clearly has its fans, it has never been considered a budget destination, nor has it ever been high on the list of any money-conscious traveler's itinerary. With some careful planning and some concessions, however, traveling to Bermuda on the cheap is possible.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Realize your strength in numbers. Traveling as part of a group can give you negotiation power you would not have if traveling alone. Group rates can be negotiated in Bermuda, and can extend to cheaper airfare, discounted hotel rooms and cruise fare, and even discounted meal plans.
Step 2
Travel off-season and save big. Bermuda is a semi-tropical island located much farther north than islands in the Caribbean. This gives the island seasonal weather variations not known in the tropics. Because of this, Bermuda's off-season is the exact opposite of that in the Caribbean. From December through the end of February, hotels discount their pricing anywhere from 20 to 60 percent. The weather during this time is spring-like, with the average temperature ranging from the low 60s to 70 degrees F. During fall and winter, the temperature is fine for golf and tennis, but cooler in the evenings and a jacket is usually required. Although some hotels close during this period, others stay open at discounted rates.
Step 3
Take advantage of cheap public transportation. Public buses go just about everywhere, and with fares starting at just $2.50, the price is hard to beat. One-way fares for a single ride via Sea Express, a ferry service for the western part of the island, also start at $2.50.
Step 4
Rent a bike and exercise while saving money. The island's 21 square miles feature 22 miles of bike paths, and bikes are allowed on the roads. Expect to pay $10 a day or $50 per week for a bike rental, and some hotels offer them for free.
Step 5
Make reservations at a hotel whose rate includes breakfast. Many Bermudan hotels offer breakfast buffets, where you can easily grab an extra muffin or two to wrap in your pack and eat as a snack later in the day.

Tips & Warnings

 
The Bermuda Railway Trail follows an old railroad track and travels along the eight islands that make up the majority of Bermuda. Sightseeing can be done by bike or on foot, and offers breathtaking views of the water, the bluffs and the white-roofed cottages. Motorized vehicles are not allowed on this trail.
 
The Bermuda Railway Trail follows an old railroad track and travels along the eight islands that make up the majority of Bermuda. Sightseeing can be done by bike or on foot, and offers breathtaking views of the water, the bluffs and the white-roofed cottages. Motorized vehicles are not allowed on this trail.
 
When making arrangements for a bike, make sure to ask for a "pedal bike." This will ensure you do not accidentally rent a moped or motorized bike, which cost much more.
 
When making arrangements for a bike, make sure to ask for a "pedal bike." This will ensure you do not accidentally rent a moped or motorized bike, which cost much more.

Article Written By Virginia Franco

Based in Charlotte, N.C., Virginia Franco has more than 15 years experience freelance writing. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications, including the education magazine "My School Rocks" and Work.com. Franco has a master's degree in social work with an emphasis in health care from the University of Maryland and a journalism degree from the University of Richmond.

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