Surface area : 54.0 km2
Population : 68500 inhabitants
Not much of a change of scene, but at St-George and on Front Street in Hamilton, you will find an excellent choice of English and European products: objects in china, jewellery, clothes, and Scottish woollen articles. The superb stamps are a good idea as presents.
You can taste seafood specialities in numerous restaurants, bars and cafés in the archipelago: lobster (from September to April), mussels tart, conch stew, shark... You should also try the sweet potato pudding and the local cocktails based on rum. For more traditional dishes: rock fish, red snapper. The gigantic Sunday traditional breakfast is a mixture of cod, bananas, eggs and potatoes, sprinkled with onion sauce.
The population makes you think of the Caribbeans, however, four hundred years of British colonisation have profoundly influenced the Bermudian way of life. Cricket, tea-time in the afternoon, getting together with colleagues for a beer after work. Bermuda is therefore ideal for absorbing the mixture of the Anglo-Saxon and Caribbean cultures. Do not miss the traditional breakfast on Sunday morning. You also find the same respect for good manners in Bermuda as in England, and you need to dress correctly.
High season for tourists is, of course, the period when the temperatures are mildest. However, if you are not here to sunbathe, you will get a great deal of peace by planning your visit between October and April. The lower prices can also be a factor in choosing the lower tourist season.