Bermuda’s pink sand beaches aren’t far away from the east coast of the United States; just hop over a stretch of the Atlantic Ocean by plane and head to a newlyweds’ paradise!
This is an excellent option for honeymooners who want a short flight from the US and to reach their island honeymoon destination in half a day or less. The natural beauty of Bermuda will delight you.
Bermuda is often regarded as one island about 650-miles east of the coast of North Carolina. But a closer look at a map of the country reveals it is actually made up of 181 islands. It is geographically situated about halfway between Nova Scotia, in Canada, and Puerto Rico in the Atlantic Ocean. It’s important to note it’s also often incorrectly considered part of the Caribbean, and it’s nowhere near it! It’s about 1,000 miles north of it.
Bermuda has 75 miles of coastline, turquoise blue waters and beautiful ocean views from numerous resorts and pretty beaches. People refer to two sides of Bermuda as if it is cut in half, with the “West End” and “East End” having different points of interest, and 11 parishes and municipalities (as opposed to provinces or states).
Though Bermuda was discovered by the Spanish in 1505, it was colonized and settled by the English in 1612; it’s one of the earliest English settlements in the New World. Its capital city was moved from St. George to Hamilton in 1815.
It remains an overseas British territory. Because of this, residents drive on the left side of the road and English is the country’s official language.
Bermuda’s currency is the Bermuda Dollar (BD$) but hotels and shops widely accept US dollars. The exchange rate is 1:1. Couples can expect anywhere they want to spend money to also take major credit cards.
Climate in Bermuda and the Best Time to Visit
Bermuda experiences seasons, unlike the Caribbean where it is pretty much summer, all year. Bermuda’s average temperature in January is 67 degrees. If you’re looking for the weather when you can swim in the ocean, it’s better to wait until late spring or summer to visit Bermuda when temperatures in July, for instance, average 80 degrees. (The water temperature doesn’t change much throughout the year – it only varies about two degrees. It’s simply the comfort you’ll experience with the air temperature once you get out of the water that may influence when you take your honeymoon here.)
Hurricane season is from June 1 to November 30th. While big hits are rare it’s something to consider; be sure to ask your hotel or honeymoon resort about their cancellation policy in case of a hurricane if you’re visiting during hurricane season. Many have favorable policies and “hurricane guarantees.”
Traveling to Bermuda
Couples on the east coast of the United States who are short on time for their honeymoon may find that Bermuda is attractive in part because of the short flight time needed to arrive at this gorgeous honeymoon spot. Flights from New York only take about two hours! Here’s the information you need to get to Bermuda.
We looked up roundtrip flights to Bermuda’s LW Wade International Airport, on the east end of Bermuda (code BDA) from three key United States areas during a week in mid-October.
- NYC to BDA: $320, nonstop with two hours and 15 minutes of flight time.
- Houston area, IAH, to BDA: $530, with one-stop and about 5 hours and 30 minutes of travel time.
- LAX to BDA: $475, with one-stop and 9 hours and 20 minutes of total travel time.
Passport, Visa and Visitor Requirements Information
You’ll need proof of a return trip leaving Bermuda for your honeymoon. You’ll also need a valid passport to go to Bermuda for your honeymoon though a visa is not required. Every traveler arriving in Bermuda is permitted to fill out a Customs Traveller Declaration (CTD) Form 98, which you’ll receive either on your flight, which lands in Bermuda or at the airport before clearing Customs.
Routines vaccines are recommended if you’re traveling to Bermuda. This includes the Flu, Chicken Pox, Measles-Mumps-Rubella, Hepatitis A, and Typhoid.
COVID-19 Safety and Regulations
Bermuda is urging people to travel safely and responsibly to their area. After you book your trip, but before you envision yourself on the beach on an island, be sure you have a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken no more than 5 days before your arrival. Additionally, all visitors must fill out the Bermuda Travel Authorization Application between one to three days before your arrival.
Getting around Bermuda
Bermuda has strict environmental laws and regulations. Because of this, you’re not able to rent a “traditional” car on the islands. However, you can use their bus system, taxis, or ferries to get around.
You can rent a fun electric vehicle called a Twizy to get around the islands too. Or, if you’re more comfortable in a car that’s a little more traditional feeling though still electric, rent an electric vehicle. The maximum speed limit in Bermuda is 22 miles an hour and they drive on the left side of the road.
LGBTQ+ Community in Bermuda
Bermuda is welcoming to those who identify with the LGBTQ+ community. They legalized marriage equality in 2017, and had their first Pride parade in 2019, in the nation’s capital city of Hamilton.
Things to Do in Bermuda on your Honeymoon
Beaches in Bermuda
The beaches in Bermuda are beautiful and there are a lot of opportunities for travelers to participate in sports on the turquoise waters. Honeymooners will enjoy snorkeling or Scuba diving to see shipwrecks and seeing the colorful coral reefs here, or kiteboarding. Or perhaps a sunset sail or fishing excursion.
A pink sand beach is an attraction in itself in Bermuda and the south shore is well known for them. Try enjoying John Smith’s Bay for great swimming and onsite facilities the public can use.
Horseshoe Bay Beach, in the Southampton area of Bermuda, is one of the popular beaches travelers enjoy when they visit. It’s a popular beach with cruise ship visitors, so it can get busy during the summer. But during the shoulder season it’s a great option because you can rent chairs here, get food on the beach and use the public beach facilities, restrooms included.
Additional Honeymoon Activities in Bermuda
You can visit the historic Royal Naval Dockyard, at the very tip of the West End of Bermuda. It’s where the National Museum of Bermuda is located, within an old fortress. You can also tour the Spirit of Bermuda here, a three-masted sailboat that’s a reproduction of a 19th-century ship.
Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse is a cast-iron lighthouse from 1846. It’s 117-feet tall and for $2.50 you can walk the 185 steps inside to the top to see spectacular views.
If you and your spouse love gardens, you can’t miss a visit to the Bermuda Botanical Gardens, open daily, from sunrise to sunset.
Hamilton’s Front Street is also a great place to visit during your Bermuda honeymoon if you want to indulge in some shopping on a colorful (photo-worthy) street.
Visit Crystal and Fantasy Caves on the East End of Bermuda for a stunning gemological experience during your honeymoon, exploring the world beneath the surface of the islands.
For couples who love nature, you can go birdwatching at Spittal Pond. It has multiple walking trails and beautiful ocean views.
If you love golfing as a couple, schedule tee time at a golf course in Bermuda. In fact, they have more golf course options per square mile than any other place in the world. They also have a golf academy and driving range, and miniature golf. And yes, they have pink sand traps on their golf courses!
Go Humpback whale watching in March and April, a perk of visiting Bermuda for your honeymoon during spring.
Take a tour of the Lili Bermuda Perfumery and buy your favorite scent, made from flowers on the island, before you leave. This would be a wonderful souvenir from your honeymoon in Bermuda, making the memories and scents of the island last years after you’ve returned from your honeymoon.
Where to Stay in Bermuda
There are many options for accommodations for your post-wedding getaway in Bermuda. You can’t go wrong selecting any of the following hotels and resorts:
- Rosewood Bermuda is only 15-minutes from the airport and has one of the most beautiful infinity pools on its property and weekly rum tastings.
- Elbow Beach Bermuda is a luxury resort on the south shore of Bermuda. It was founded in the early 1900s and was later sold to Saudi Arabian Prince Khaled Bin Sultan Bin Abdullaziz Al Saud in 1991. Check their current offers for honeymoon enhancements.
- Royal Palms Hotel is a boutique hotel with 19th-century colonial charm. It was originally built as a private home in 1903 but was transformed into a guest house with 12 rooms in the 1940s. Its beautiful gardens are an island-oasis all their own.
- Grotto Bay Beach Resort has a spa located in a cave on its property; a treatment in this environment would be an incredible experience during your honeymoon and its natural beauty is breathtaking. The resort has over 21-acres of property and two private beaches for guests to enjoy.
- Hamilton Princess and Beach Club, a Fairmont managed property, offers hotel guests a beautiful infinity pool overlooking the ocean, a marina and beach club, and multiple dining options.
- Pompano Beach Club has been family-owned and operated since the 1950s. Each of its 75 rooms has an ocean view of the southwest coast of Bermuda. The resort is in Southampton parish, right next to Port Royal Golf Course, and has three restaurants on-site.
Register for your Bermuda Honeymoon on Honeyfund
Family and friends can gift experiences for your wedding, not just physical gifts. Did you know you can get started with your honeymoon registry today? Just sign up on Honeyfund and add things like flights, hotel nights, and experiences to your registry. We suggest beginning with a starter registry and altering it to fit your desired honeymoon from there.