When visiting Bermuda, please remember these helpful hints:
English is the official language of Bermuda.
Bermuda is one hour ahead of the U.S. Eastern Standard Time.
Prior to July 31, 1972 Bermuda's currency was tied to the British Pound. Legal tender is now the Bermuda Dollar which is pegged to the US dollar on an equal 1 to 1 basis. This means that US currency is accepted at shops, restaurants and hotels at equal (face) value. Other foreign currencies are not accepted but may be exchanged at local banks at rates that are set daily.
(U.S.) Accepted island-wide. Check Cashing Personal checks drawn on U.S. banks may be used for purchases at over 200 establishments. U.S. checks may be cashed at some hotels or local banks by arrangement. The Bermuda Financial Network will cash U.S. checks for a fee.
MasterCard, VISA and American Express are accepted at virtually every store, restaurant and hotel. VISA and MasterCards may be used for cash advances at all local bank branches. In addition, the Bank of Bermuda and the Bank of Butterfield provide ATM's located island-wide for MasterCard, VISA, Cirrus and Plus cash advances, most of which are available 24-hours a day. Visitors who need assistance with American Express should call the Bermuda Financial Network at 441-292-1799.
The current in Bermuda is 110 volts (same as the U.S.).
Taxes & Tipping
Bermuda has no sales tax, but a $20 departure tax is levied on everyone flying out of the island and is included in the price of your airline ticket. At most restaurants and bars, a 17% service charge is added to the bill. There's no need to tip hotel staff individually as most resorts assess a fixed gratuity on the final bill (feel free to tip individually if you wish, however, no one will be offended!!). Airport porters are usually tipped a few dollars and taxi drivers generally receive 10%-15%.
Bermuda's climate is relatively favorable to hay fever sufferers. Ragweed is non-existent, and pollens of other weeds are quickly blown out to sea.
When planning your trip, be sure to check out these fun things to do in Bermuda.