Quick Facts About Bermuda

Quick Facts About Bermuda

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Top Five Quick Facts

  • English is the official language of Bermuda
  • Bermuda is very small, only 21 square miles
  • We are 2 hours flying time away from the U.S. East Coast
  • We have around 64,000 people living in Bermuda
  • We accept both Bermuda and U.S. dollars, with the Bermuda dollar on par with the U.S.

Geography, Environment

  • Bermuda has a subtropical climate, and the average temperature for the year is 71.6°F [22°C]
  • Bermuda is very small, only 21 square miles
  • Some people think we are, but we aren’t actually in the Caribbean, we are more north in the Atlantic
  • We aren’t just one island, Bermuda is made up of over 150 smaller islands and rocks
  • We have one city, it’s called Hamilton and is the capital of Bermuda
  • We have one town, it’s named St. George and is over 400 years old
  • We are divided into 9 parishes
  • We have more golf courses per capita than anywhere else in the world
  • We are a world class diving destination, with over 300 shipwrecks surrounding the island
  • Bermuda nights are often filled with the background melody of the tiny tree frogs chirping

Politics, Economy

  • We are a self-governing British Overseas Territory
  • Even though we are a tiny island, we are one of the world’s leading re/insurance centres
  • We accept both Bermudian and U.S dollars, with the Bermuda dollar on par with the U.S.
  • Most establishments will accept major credit cards
  • We have a high standard of living in Bermuda
  • Drugs [cannabis, cocaine, heroin etc] are illegal, and if caught importing them you may serve jail time

Transportation

  • You cannot rent a car in Bermuda, only a motor scooter
  • We drive on the left – like in the U.K.
  • Our official speed limit, which is widely ignored by locals, is 20mph
  • Other transportation options on the island include taxis, buses, and ferries
  • You can rent a variety of sea transportation including jetskis and boats
  • We are about 2 hours flying time away from the U.S. East Coast
  • We have one airport on the island, with flights from various East Coast cities; London, UK  and Canada
  • Most cruise ships dock in the Royal Naval Dockyard, which is in the west end of the island

Culture & People

  • We have around 64,000 people living in Bermuda
  • We were settled by accident in 1609 after an English ship wrecked off our shores
  • The white roofs on Bermuda homes catch rainwater which we store in tanks under our homes
  • We are fairly conservative in some ways, you won’t find any nude beaches or strip clubs here
  • We can be formal, most Bermudians will say “Good morning/evening” rather than “hello”
  • We are the smallest nation in the world to ever win an Olympic medal
  • Despite our warm weather, we have fielded a Winter Olympic team [always of 1 athlete] seven times
  • The legal drinking age in Bermuda is 18
  • Yes, we really are very friendly people
  • Yes, we really do wear Bermuda shorts

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