Bermuda Is Close
When the Bermuda tourism folks invited me to come out for a long weekend, I was thinking it was too far to travel for three days. Then I looked at the flight times and was dumbfounded at how close it really is. I flew Air Canada from Toronto (WestJet also flies this route) and the 1,120-mile flight took just 2 hours and 20 minutes. The others in my group came from Boston (773 miles), New York (774 miles), and Philadelphia (784 miles), and flight times for them were only 1 hour and 40 minutes. On my trip home to Los Angeles I flew via Atlanta (1,150 miles) and that took five minutes longer than my Toronto flight. Other cities that serve Bermuda (airport code BDA) are Baltimore (813 miles), Miami (1,040 miles), Charlotte (952 miles), and London Gatwick (3,440 miles). FYI: Here are the current airlines that service Bermuda: AirTran Airways,
Here are some of my random Bermuda facts and notes that I took about the island.
-Bermuda is clean, safe, and accessible.
-Average home price is $1.3 million.
-The driver/tour guide who was assigned to us was Derek Lambert (cell: 441-505-1627). He's an incredible guy and I highly recommend him as a taxi driver, tour guide, or both.
-There are 600 cabs in Bermuda and a couple thousand cab drivers.
-Only one car per household is allowed.
-Just like in England, in Bermuda they drive on the left side.
-Taxis aren't crazy expensive. The drive from the airport to my hotel (20 minutes) cost $30. From my hotel to downtown Hamilton (10 minutes) cost $12.
-Gas costs $8.50 a gallon.
-You could drive the whole island in one hour, but a mellow tour would take five hours.
-The only fast-food chain in Bermuda is a single KFC. It arrived in the '60s and is now grandfathered in.
-There are as many churches as bars and liquor stores.
-You can play golf and tennis year-round.
-Tree frogs chirp, most trees stay green, and stars shine all year round.
-All the houses are made of limestone and the walls are three inches thick. They all capture rain water for households to use. One local told me they don't take long showers, and if they run out of water they have to buy it for $85 for a thousand gallons.
-The tap water is drinkable, but it doesn't taste good in my opinion.
-Lobster season is during months that have an r in their name.
-The legal tender in Bermuda is the Bermuda dollar, which trades at the same rate as the U.S. dollar and carries the same symbol ($). Bermuda and U.S. currencies are accepted everywhere, but change is almost always given in Bermudian currency.
-The electrical current in Bermuda is 110 volts, 60Hz AC, which is the same voltage as the U.S.
-Standard Time in Bermuda is Greenwich Mean Time minus four hours. In other words, one hour ahead of New York (be careful if you have your BlackBerry set to automatically update to local time--it kept changing mine every other day, almost making me late for an appointment).
-Daylight Saving Time is from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.
-Condé Nast Traveler readers have voted Bermuda "Best Island in the Caribbean/Atlantic" 16 times since 1994.
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