Bermuda is a self-governing British overseas territory located in the North Atlantic Ocean. The island is relatively small at only 21 square miles and is shaped like a fishhook, consisting of an archipelago of 7 main islands, connected via bridges and causeways, with around another 170 islets, rocks and tiny islands, each with their own name. The Gulf Stream and the Bermuda-Azores High help to keep the climate temperate, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the sub-tropical surroundings and some of the beautiful pink sand beaches. Bermuda is often considered to be the shipwreck capital of the world, so if you are into snorkelling or scuba diving, this is an opportunity not to be missed.
Bermuda is spilt into nine parishes from West to East: Sandy’s, Southampton, Warwick, Paget, Pembroke, Devonshire, Smith’s, Hamilton (parish) and St George’s. The city of Hamilton is based in Pembroke Parish.
It is worth noting that tourists cannot rent a gas car on the island due to the Bermuda Government Policy. There are plenty of taxis, ferries and buses to get you around the island, or you can rent an eco-friendly electric vehicle, scooter or bicycle if you prefer.
There are many options for accommodations in Bermuda from hotels and resorts, to smaller quaint guesthouses but it can be hard to find the right one for your needs—here is a breakdown of the best places to stay in Bermuda.
We will cover off all types of Bermuda accommodation options from Hostels to luxury Bermuda hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Bermuda, the best Bermuda hotels, best places in Bermuda to visit, the best places to stay in Bermuda, hotels near Bermuda attractions, Bermuda neighborhood guide and many more.
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Hamilton City – Where to stay in Bermuda for Couples
Since 1815, Hamilton has been the capital of Bermuda. Located in Pembroke Parish, here you will find the main port for ferries and cruise ships, coming in from the other islands. Whilst Hamilton is a small city, it is vibrant and full of life, with most of the city’s restaurants, shops, banks and nightlife located on Front Street. If you are after a location that is bustling and more lively, Hamilton may be a perfect choice, especially for couples, although there is plenty to keep the family entertained. If you are wondering where to stay in Bermuda for couples, this is a great option.
In the summer months, Front Street holds weekly ‘Harbour Nights Celebrations’ on Wednesday evenings, where you will be entertained with street food, and dancing by the Gombey dancers. The stone garrison of Fort Hamilton, built in 1870, remains a popular attraction. Visitors can explore the beautifully manicured gardens and moat garden—as well as the battlements at the top and dungeons down below.
There are local parks, such as Victoria Park and Barr’s Bay Park; Admiralty House Park was once the location of a grandiose house for admirals. Clarence Cove is located here, which is great for snorkelling, although it is best to only snorkel on calm days and not when it is windy. Deep Bay and Spanish Point Park are two other beaches in Pembroke Parish.
Other attractions in this area include; The Bermuda National Gallery, the Bermuda Historical Society Museum, and the interactive Ocean Discovery Centre, which is a great place to take the children. Just be aware that this area will probably be noisy at night, so perhaps look to stay somewhere quieter if you have small children or you are a light sleeper.
Where to Stay in Hamilton City
Mount Pleasant – Where to stay in Bermuda for Relaxation
Mount Pleasant is a great area to stay in. Located in Paget parish, it is just south of Hamilton, so you are nearby to enjoy all that Hamilton has to offer. However, being based just outside of the city means that you can enjoy the slightly quieter area of Mount Pleasant, an excellent place to base yourself in.
Nearby attractions include Elbow beach, the Bermuda Botanical Gardens, the Hungry Bay Nature Reserve and the Museum of Bermuda Art. In order to get around the islands and different areas, you will have to use a ferry. There are two ferry ports in Mount Pleasant; Lower Ferry and Salt Kettle Ferry.
Where to Stay in Mount Pleasant
Budget Hotels in Mount Pleasant
St. Heliers Guest House
Mid range Hotels in Mount Pleasant
Coco Reef Resort Bermuda
Family Friendly Hotels in Mount Pleasant
Somerset Village – Where to stay in Bermuda for Tourists
Somerset Village is a small, residential neighbourhood in Sandy’s Parish, at the northern point of Somerset Island. It is home to a number of hotels, shops and restaurants. It is accessible by ferry or taxi to Hamilton, so it has all the amenities of a large city while maintaining its picturesque coastal setting. There are three ferry ports in Sandy’s Parish; Cavello Bay, Sandy’s and Dockyard Ferry stop.
Even though it is not the capital city, Somerset Village still has a lot to offer. There are many tourist attractions in that area such as the Bermuda Transportation Museum, the National Museum of Bermuda, the Royal Naval Dockyard and Fort Scaur. The neighbourhood is very picturesque and hosts many parks including Daniel’s Head Park and Somerset Long Bay park. It is a great place to relax in peace and quiet. This area of the island also has several beautiful beaches including, Long Bay Beach, Cambridge Beaches, Mangrove Bay and Snorkel Park.
Where to Stay in Somerset Village
Budget Hotels in Somerset Village
Beautiful 1-Bed House in Somerset Village
Mid range Hotels in Somerset Village
Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa
Family Friendly Hotels in Somerset Village
Cambridge Beach House 1786
Hog Bay – Where to stay in Bermuda with Family
Hog Bay is located in Sandy’s parish. There are not as many things to do over in Hog Bay, but there are a few restaurants and guest houses, so if you are looking for a quiet getaway with your friends or family this is the place to go! Other areas of the island can easily be accessed via the ferry or taxi, so you will not miss out on any of the other areas if you were to stay here.
This small village is home to Hog Bay Park, a 30 acre space where there are many fun walking and biking trails. You start through crop fields and eventually come out on a small rocky beach. If you like birdwatching, then you are guaranteed to see many species at Hog Bay Park.
Where to Stay in Hog Bay
Mid range Hotels in Hog Bay
Bermuda Connections Guest House
East Bermuda is a mixture of the following parishes, so there are a few options if you wish to stay on this side of the island. There is a lot of history in the area and many historic sites to visit. There are also many beautiful beaches and bays to enjoy.
North Shore Village – Where to stay in Bermuda for Sport Lovers
North Shore Village is located in the Devonshire Parish. This is next door to Pembroke Parish where the capital city (Hamilton City) is located. By staying here you will still have close proximity to all the shopping and dining that Hamilton City has to offer. There are still a few attractions situated in North Shore Village such as the Bermuda Craft Brewing Company and the Ocean View Golf Course.
If you enjoy the outdoors, there are a few parks in this area. If you stay here make sure you take a walk over to Devonshire Bay Park and Robinson Bay Park. These parks are full of beautiful scenery and are also great places to go for a stroll. The Bermuda National Stadium is also located here and is great if you like to play sports and be active for the day.
Where to Stay in North Shore Village
Budget Hotels in North Shore Village
Mid range Hotels in North Shore Village
Barngrove Guest Apartments and Rose Gardens
Smith’s Parish – Where to stay in Bermuda for Beach Days
Smith’s Parish is home to some of the island’s pink sand beaches! At Pink Beach, the pink sands are only visible if you are a guest at The Loren at Pink Beach Hotel. So if you are wanting to enjoy these, make sure you book a room here. Alternatively, John Smith’s Bay Beach is just along the coast and its famous pink sands can be seen here.
Smith’s Parish is also home to the Verdmont Historic House and Gardens Museum, which is now part of The Bermuda National Trust. Tours are available for visitors wishing to learn more about this preserved historical property.
Where to Stay in Smith’s Parish
Family Friendly Hotels in Smith’s Parish
Sound Winds private oceanfront estate with private tennis court & swim dock
Affordable Luxury Hotels in Smith’s Parish
The Loren at Pink Beach
Hamilton Parish – Where to stay in Bermuda for Foodies
In Hamilton parish, you will find Flatt’s Village. There are plenty of restaurants in this area, adjacent to Smith’s Parish. There are a number of parks; Abbots Cliff Park, Wilkinson Memorial Park, Ducks’ Puddle Park and Blue Hole Hill Park. All of these provide a laid-back atmosphere and a place where you can relax and enjoy the surroundings.
You will also find Walsingham Nature Reserve (locally called Tom Moore’s jungle) and Blue Hole park. This 12 acre nature reserve includes walking trails, crystal clear mangrove pools, and Causeway Cave. This deep water grotto is favoured for swimming, snorkelling and rock climbing.
You will also find the Bermuda Aquarium and Zoo and the Crystal Caves. The caves are a must if you want to experience the deep blue pools, plus the stalactites and stalagmites. This enchanting underground cave system is great for exploring and you will be amazed by the natural beauty of this dark and mysterious place.
Where to Stay in Hamilton Parish
Budget Hotels in Hamilton Parish
Sunset Paradise Bermuda Vacation Home
Mid range Hotels in Hamilton Parish
Grotto Bay Beach Resort & Spa
Family Friendly Hotels in Hamilton Parish
Coral Sea Bermuda
Affordable Luxury Hotels in Hamilton Parish
Saint George’s Parish – Where to stay in Bermuda for Families
The historic town of St. George became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000. Saint Georges is located on the eastern end of Bermuda. The first settlers to the island landed in St George early in the 17th century. The town is home to L.F. Wade International Airport and a cruise ship terminal. Therefore, if you need a hotel that is within walking distance of these places, it is a good option to stay around here.
It also has nice beaches, which makes it appealing for those who want to spend some time relaxing on the sand. Tobacco Bay is ideal for children as the water is fairly shallow and is a great beach for snorkelling. You will be able to catch a glimpse of angelfish, blue parrotfish and sergeant majors. St Catherine’s beach is another beautiful beach, directly in front of The St Regis Bermuda Resort Hotel.
Other attractions located here include Strykz Bowling Alley, St David’s Lighthouse, The Bermuda Motorcycle Racing Club, Fort St Catherine, Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve and Tucker’s Point Golf Club driving range. The ferry terminal is also nearby making transportation around the island that much easier!
Where to Stay in Saint George’s Parish
Mid range Hotels in Saint George’s Parish
Family Friendly Hotels in Saint George’s Parish
The St George’s Club Bermuda
Affordable Luxury Hotels in Saint George’s Parish
The St Regis Bermuda Resort Hotel
Southampton Parish – Where to stay in Bermuda for Golfers
Southampton is a fantastic area to stay if you enjoy golf, as this area is home to the Royal Port Golf Course and the Turtle Hill Golf Club at Fairmont Southampton, with both offering stunning views. West Whale Bay Park and Church Bay Park are in this location, including numerous beaches such as Sinky Bay Beach, Horseshoe Bay Cove and Hidden Beach. Pompano Beach Club is ideally located right next to the Royal Port golf course too. The local ferry port here is named Rockaway Ferry.
Where to Stay in Southampton Parish
Budget Hotels in Southampton Parish
Wade’s Garden Inn
Mid range Hotels in Southampton Parish
The Reefs Resort & Club
Family Friendly Hotels in Southampton Parish
PalmSprings Accommodations Bermuda
Affordable Luxury Hotels in Southampton Parish
Southern Views Villa Fairmont
Warwick Parish – Where to stay in Bermuda for Nature Lovers
Located between Southampton Parish and Paget Parish, you will find Warwick Parish. Home to the Belmont Hills Golf Club. There are many apartments and guesthouses in this area, as well as restaurants and shops.
There are numerous beaches on this side of the island too including Elsbeth Beach, Jobson’s Cove, Warwick Long Bay, Mermaid Beach and Surfside Beach. These are all perfect for soaking up the sun or taking a dip. Alternatively, if you fancy a walk, Southlands Park is a 37-acre parkland that you can stroll through, with its own private beach named Marley Beach. The local ferry ports are called Darrell’s Wharf and Belmont Ferry.
Where to Stay in Warwick Parish
Affordable Luxury Hotels in Warwick Parish
Bermudiana Beach Resort
Areas to avoid in Bermuda
Bermuda is generally a safe place for tourists so there are very few places to avoid. In Hamilton City, perhaps avoid the back end of the town late at night, near Court Street. However, this is not a tourist area so you should not have a need to wander over here. The sensible advice would be to avoid any parks, or unlit areas late at night, and not to leave bags unattended at the beach/bar, just the same as you would in any other destination.
Bermuda is an idyllic island offering a wide range of activities for families, couples or groups. There are many options for lodging on the island, but whatever neighbourhood you choose to stay in, travelling to other parts of the island is easy by taxi, ferry or bus.
There are plenty of hotels in Bermuda and some of the larger hotels and resorts offer all-inclusive options, but if you are wondering where to stay in Bermuda on a budget, there are plenty of guesthouses with affordable rates that can be found in the parishes of Southampton, Warwick or Paget.
With its beautiful pink-sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and plentiful restaurants and bars—not to mention nature parks galore—it is no wonder that the island is a tourist hot spot.
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