BERMUDA ON A BUDGET? HOW I TRAVELED THERE WITH ONLY $500!
One look at hotel prices in Bermuda and you will understand that Bermuda & Budget does not pair well.
However, with a perfect timing exploring and having fun in Bermuda on a budget is a doable fit. So let me show
how I packed my bags and went to visit this slice of heaven on $500.
“You go to heaven if you want to, I’d rather stay right here in Bermuda!”
AIRFARE & TIMING: THE PRE- HOLIDAY SLUMP
Let start with airfare. The ideal time to go book a ticket to Bermuda is for late August thru late September. Airline mainly JetBlue offer super low deals such as $89 one way even &39 this one time. Tickets purchased from this flash sale is valid for travel from Aug 24 to Nov 17. This little space in time on the calendar is known as the post-summer, pre-holiday season slump. It’s when tourism dwindles as kids go back to school – vacation for most is finito. Keep in mind that will you be slammed with a higher fair on the return flight. Although, nothing as insane compared to peak travel months. My return flight for this particular trip was $129 — not bad.
My airfare = $89 + $59 = $148
DRAWBACKS OF TRAVELING DURING THE PRE-HOLIDAY SEASON SLUMP
Traveling to Bermuda in September has some drawbacks, don’t dread, these can be positive ones depending on your mood. One: the beaches are practically a ghost town. If your are traveling solo it and strong minded this might be great, but it’s even more perfect as a couple when you realize that you have the beach all to yourself. The water is also a tad bit colder as Bermuda is subtropical with a mild winter. The chill can start to creep in early at times, but don’t worry, the sun will still be hot enough to warm you when out of the water. Beyond these two it’s still very much worth it for an end of summer or weekend getaway.
WHERE TO STAY
If you’re visiting for the first time, then is best to stay in Hamilton, as it’s the most central and accessible part of the Island. In Hamilton, you are closer to the most talked about beaches, places to eat, and easy bus service. Believe me, you don’t want to ride a moped from one tip of the island such as St.Davids to Hamilton daily. Avoid any cheap accommodation at the far corners of the island especially St.Davids. Those are excellent for a second and third visit, but not a first. When you’re familiar with navigating around on a moped anywhere in Bermuda is perfect.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR AFFORDABLE ACCOMMODATION IN BERMUDA
Overall still the best interface to sort and book a place. Airbnb was also the only place to find cheap accommodations with a pool. If that’s important to you, granted you won’t need it since a beach is always near. However, it’s a great option to have if going as a group or couple. Click the link above for budget accommodations ranging $10-100.
For single travelers or family groups it’s one of the best options, and given AIRBNB’s latest discrimination scandals VRBO is a good alternative where you have a low chance of encountering this, one because most listings are from folks who either find Airbnb to competitive or are really looking to get potential renters by listing on both sites.
One of my favorites. It’s local and niche platform, made just for Bermuda. There are listings similar to AIRBNB and VRBO and even some which are not listed on either. The only drawback is the site has an operator. A middle woman who relays messages between you and the owner of the place of your choosing. It can be quite a frustrating experience; you get excited about a place, send an email and wait 2-3 days for a response. Placing a call to the listing numbers then routes you to the middleman located in Canada. It’s not a scam, they are very pleasant and genuinely helpful. The delay is that Bermudians are laid back folks and the middleman might have a tough time getting in contact with the owner as quickly as you might like. With this annoyance aside, it’s worth the hassle, given that the quality of listings.
A few shots of the place that I called home for this trip.
Food you can pack when on a Budget
Admittedly this is the one thing to dislike about Bermuda, there are no local dishes to speak of. You can find plenty of pricey restaurants in Hamilton but beyond that places to eat are few and far between on the island. So with that said, my travel bag consisted of two swimming trunks, sunglasses, 3 tee shirts, boxers, my camera, laptop and these:
Lunch & Dinner for 4 days: Threw a few packets of Knorrs Broccoli rice and Cup of Knoddles in my bag.
Breakfast for 4 days: I packed a box of Hungry Jacks just add water Pancake mix
Essentially free since I had these in my pantry. Food Cost for 4 days: $16
So How I did I get Around:
I rented a moped from Oleander cycle for the few days. This allowed me plenty of freedom to explore and go places at my own pace. Map in hand I navigated and went to as many beaches as possible in my four-day stretch.
Cost of Moped Rental: $136
Total cost of this trip. 148+220+136 = $504