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Bermuda, we're coming!

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Hello, Fodorites!

Well, it's that time again: BFF and I are once more on the hunt for an incredible Spring Break adventure, and we're heading to Bermuda to do it. We're thrilled to death, after the incredible time we had in Puerto Rico a few years back (thanks, in large part, to your recommendations), and we're hoping Bermuda will be just as welcoming. Pembroke, here we come!

We are looking for some recommendations from you all, expert Fodorite Forum participants! We've been scouring the websites, but they're just piquing our interests; worse still, they're not that comprehensive. And that's where you all come in. Here's our wishlist:

1. We are planning on renting scooters for a few days, and we're also looking to ride horses at least once. We've heard that Elbow Bay something something is good for the scooters. Confirmation of that? And what about the horses?
2. We would love a recommendation for where to best experience island cuisine. We are travelling on teacher budgets (read: peanuts!), so we need something affordable (I know: affordable? And you're going to Bermuda? Yes, well ... we're renting a very cheap apartment so we can cook the other meals!)
3. How much time should we allot to visiting St. George? We're both interested in history, particularly UNESCO sites.
4. Best beach for hanging out and reading, with the occasional quick swim?
5. Can't miss attractions: which ones? (We're not big on bugs, creepy crawlies or natural history of any sort, by the way.)
6. We will be there the third week of April; will the Botanic Garden be worth a visit?
7. As for shopping ... where's the best place to do it? Hamilton? (We'd be looking for unique things, maybe local crafts and what not.)

If there's anything else you can think of, or personal experiences you'd like to recommend, please send them on! We're always happy to get your input.

Cheers!
--Kris

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    Great, Kris. My first trip to Bermuda was a spring break visit. I hope your will be fun. Take a look at weather.bm. for a general idea of what to expect during your stay.

    1. We are planning on renting scooters for a few days, and we're also looking to ride horses at least once. We've heard that Elbow Bay something something is good for the scooters. Confirmation of that? And what about the horses?
    Elbow Beach Cycles, located at the Elbow Beach Hotel, is an excellent livery. Their equipment is very reliable. Be sure and take full advantage of the safety briefing. The bikes can be dangerous. I recommend you not ride them at night, in heavy rain, or after drinking. They give you great freedom to explore the island. Spicelands Stables will arrange horseback rides for you.
    2. We would love a recommendation for where to best experience island cuisine. We are travelling on teacher budgets (read: peanuts!), so we need something affordable (I know: affordable? And you're going to Bermuda? Yes, well ... we're renting a very cheap apartment so we can cook the other meals!)
    Try Tribe Road Kitchen, La Trattoria ( Italian, but a Bermudian favorite) The Hog Penny Pub.
    3. How much time should we allot to visiting St. George? We're both interested in history, particularly UNESCO sites.
    About three hours is plenty to experience St George. Plan to visit one or more of the Bermuda forts.
    4. Best beach for hanging out and reading, with the occasional quick swim?
    Bermuda beaches are gorgeous. Stop anywhere you see one. The most popular is Horseshoe Bay, but there are a lot of options. Lock your bikes while you enjoy the beach!
    5. Can't miss attractions: which ones? (We're not big on bugs, creepy crawlies or natural history of any sort, by the way.) I love the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Museum. Walk the Bermuda Railway Trail. Visit Dockyard
    6. We will be there the third week of April; will the Botanic Garden be worth a visit?
    Yes, the Bermuda lillies will be blooming.
    7. As for shopping ... where's the best place to do it? Hamilton? (We'd be looking for unique things, maybe local crafts and what not.)
    Hamilton has lots of stores, not so many bargains. For crafts I have found the craft market in Dockyard has some cedar and pink sand trinkets. The Island Shop has pretty things, but is expensive. Charms from Crysson make lovely gifts.

    I will top a very old thread about favorite Bermuda activities. Bermuda waters are very clear and you can see shipwrecks while snorkeling. Blue Water Divers in Somerset will set you up. Have you already booked your lodging? If you want one splurge meal in a great restaurant go for the Sunday buffet at Fourways.
    Have a wonderful visit!

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    Bermuda is wonderful, but I hope you realize that you probably won't be doing any swimming in April! We once visited end of May, and it was still too cold to swim- unless you're a member of the Polar Bear Club!

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