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We will be docking in Bermuda at the Naval Dockyard.  We would like to rent small car and explore the island and stop at beaches to snorkel.  What location would be the best to rent?  Hamiltion, Elbow Beach, etc?

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14 minutes ago, Gabcruiser said:

We will be docking in Bermuda at the Naval Dockyard.  We would like to rent small car and explore the island and stop at beaches to snorkel.  What location would be the best to rent?  Hamiltion, Elbow Beach, etc?

 

Hi 

Tourists cannot rent cars on Bermuda. Mopeds are available for rental, however not encouraged due to safety concerns. Ferries, taxis, buses are the main type of transport. There are a small scooter type vehicle that can be rented ( haven't seen them run myself yet) this is a web link  https://www.gotobermuda.com/article/getting-around-bermuda. Again I would hesitate using these. Many of the roads are narrow, the drivers are aggressive and if you are perceived to be holding up traffic they many not patiently wait to pass when it is safe. 

 

I would suggest that you visit the port of calls threads on this site. You will be able to find much information regarding what may interest you and how you can get there.

 

hope this helps

have a great cruise

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Agree with all that is said above with the exception of the drivers being aggressive.   We have been there many times and have never experienced anything refereed to by Nic6318 as far as driver's aggressiveness or impatience there.  The island-wide speed limit is 25 mph which - in part due to the nature of the topography - is widely adhered to.

 

As you cannot rent cars in Bermuda (and each resident household is limited to one owned car) the best way IMO to get around is with their very effective bus and ferry system, for which day passes or single ride tokens exchangeable on both are inexpensively available.  Island maps, transit system schedules, tokens, and passes are available at the dockyard very near to where the ships will dock.

 

Mopeds are available but I also agree they are risky.  Not so much due to other drivers on the island but from the inexperience of those who rent them combined with roads that, due to coral dust that can coat be on the surface, can be slippery when wet - not to mention that as a British island the traffic travels on the opposite side of the road from the US. 

 

Regarding the "Twizy Mini-cars" recently made available for rental in Bermuda, here is another link to an article describing them.  At present, they are only available at certain hotels on the island and not at the Dockyard:

https://www.bermuda-attractions.com/bermuda_00017f.htm

 

 

Edited by leaveitallbehind

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We recently rented a Twizy, pick up in Hamilton near the Hamilton Princess for cruise ship passengers. DH reserved the vehicle months ago, and glad we did because there were many unhappy people who found out there's a limited number for rent. 

 

Years ago, we rented the mopeds/motor bikes - back when there weren't as many vehicles on the Bermuda roads, and we didn't have the common sense to see the possible danger of passengers forgetting they need to drive left or stopping quickly on road sand  next to a coral encrusted walls.  We have both traveled to and driven in countries that drive left and are comfortable with this. 

 

I can honestly say, the Twizy was a great way to get around the island. Current Vehicles loaded their App onto my iphone and I used the USB port in the Twizy as our Sat Nav; it also identifies charging locations.  We didn't find the locals to be any more aggressive than drivers back home. Getting in and out for the back seat passenger can be a bit of a challenge, there was a small hidden compartment behind the rear seat and enough space on each passenger side to store a beach bag and a few small items. We enjoyed being able to come and go on our terms, not wait for a bus. We picked up ferry tokens at the Dockyard to cross the sound and then walk to the Hamilton Princess, spent two full days exploring, parked it at a charging station parking area at the Dockyard,  and returned the vehicle in time to catch an early evening ferry back. If you return the vehicle after 5:30, there's a key drop box.

 

Darcy

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Thank you for all of your information!

Darcy,

Did you take the ferry to Hamilton from the Naval Dockyard to pick up your Twizzy?  I thought that would be the middle of the island and go on our way to see the island.  We have never been to Bermuda.  Did you snorkel at any of the beaches?  One of the beaches we were interested in was Tobacco bay.  

If anyone has suggestions for beaches, they would be greatly appreciated!  We would like to not be where all the tourist will be! 😁

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We found Warwick Long Bay similar to Horseshoe Bay but without the a

facilities and crowds .

Edited by MCC retired

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11 hours ago, Gabcruiser said:

Thank you for all of your information!

Darcy,

Did you take the ferry to Hamilton from the Naval Dockyard to pick up your Twizzy?  I thought that would be the middle of the island and go on our way to see the island.  We have never been to Bermuda.  Did you snorkel at any of the beaches?  One of the beaches we were interested in was Tobacco bay.  

If anyone has suggestions for beaches, they would be greatly appreciated!  We would like to not be where all the tourist will be! 😁

Yes, pick up ferry tokens at the kiosk near the ferry terminal at the Dockyard, plus coins to use upon return after you drop off the Twizy in Hamilton.  Nice ride across the sound, and once off the ferry, turn left and about a 10 minute walk to the Hamilton Princess - the Twizy parking lot is slightly beyond the hotel's main lot. Once you get the vehicle, turn left and go a far as you can; there's not much traffic on this road. You can stop at a small park, then turn around and follow the north shore road, scenic, and like we did, stop at the Swizzle Inn, and later onto St George. Parking there is just beyond the town center; lots of spaces. Tobacco Bay is OK IMO, too touristy for me. We've been to Bermuda more times than I can remember and have snorkeled at numerous locations. We prefer more secluded, quiet beach sites. Use the App for the Twizy, it is superimposed on Google Earth and from there you can identify details of places you may want to explore.

 

Darcy

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1 hour ago, MCC retired said:

We found Warwick Long Bay similar to Horseshoe Bay but without the a

facilities and crowds .

And while it can get crowded, the facilities (restaurant/bar/restrooms/showers/chair& umbrella rentals) make Horseshoe Bay attractive for the day visitor.  Fortunately the beach itself is large enough (with quieter locations at the far end) to handle the crowds.

 

As to the Twizy - the ferry from the Dockyard to Hamilton will put you about a 5 minute walk to the Princess.  Suggest renting as far in advance as possible as they are limited in number and hotel guests will get preference.

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Thank you for the information!  

Darcy,

What beaches would you recommend for snorkeling?   I have been reading Cruise Critic and trip Advisors comments and they seem to mention the same beaches.

thank you, 

Mary

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CB,

thank you, we would like to have the freedom of venturing on our own in Bermuda for the day:)

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1 hour ago, cb at sea said:

Bermuda has wonderful public transit!

 

The bus system isn't so wonderful any more. Too few working buses and job actions by the bus drivers union mean it's no longer a reliable form of public transportation. Ferries are still OK.

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There are two companies renting the electric two seater mini cars now. One is the Twizy rented from Current Vehicles which many have mentioned. The other is out of Oleander Cycles locations. They have a location in the Dockyard and several types of electric mini cars. Be aware that they drive on the left in Bermuda and that the roads are winding and mostly without shoulders. If you want to rent one of the mini cars you should reserve in advance. 

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22 hours ago, Gabcruiser said:

Thank you for the information!  

Darcy,

What beaches would you recommend for snorkeling?   I have been reading Cruise Critic and trip Advisors comments and they seem to mention the same beaches.

thank you, 

Mary

Too many variables: wind, wave, weather, time of year, etc. If too many people are in the water, then visibility will be reduced. Bermuda has never been high on our snorkel list. Nevertheless, most any beach will have some opportunity to see fish. There have been times when Clearwater has been great,  then next trip, blah. Same with Tobacco, Warwick is good, but look for smaller, less used beaches along the north shore. Google snorkel sites in Bermuda for recommendations, too. There also was a small area just outside of John Smith's that has some interesting fish. Once, at Snorkel Park, at the dock yard, we saw quite a few fish, [early in the morning]. 

https://www.bermuda-attractions.com/bermuda_000013.htm

Darcy

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