One thing that many travelers visiting Bermuda may not realize is that, unless you're a resident, it’s illegal to rent a car. Yes, you read that right. Only Bermudians are allowed to get behind the wheel (the government cites safety and congestion as two reasons). Luckily, there are numerous ways to see this scenic island nation without getting behind the wheel.
By motor scooter
Perhaps the most popular way for residents and tourists alike to get around the 22-mile, hook-shaped island is on a motor scooter. There are a number of rental companies around Bermuda that lease mopeds by the day or week, but one of the places with the largest selection of makes and models to choose from is Oleander Cycles, which has five locations island-wide. Another rental company is Elbow Beach Cycles. Both outfitters offer one- and two-seater scooters, as well as bicycles. But before you strap on a helmet, remember this: Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory, meaning you have to drive on the left-hand side of the road, not the right.
The aquamarine waters surrounding the island should be reason enough to draw you in, and one excellent way to experience them beyond the vantage point of Bermuda’s picturesque beaches is by boat. There are numerous charter companies offering everything from fishing excursions to sunset dinner cruises to racing tournaments. One that offers all three is Sanctuary Marine, a 53-foot yacht equipped with air conditioning, satellite radio, restrooms, and more. If a need for speed is more your thing, try K.S. Watersports, which rents Jet Skis and does parasailing adventures.
For a truly scenic experience, there’s no better means of transport than mounting a horse at Spicelands Riding Center and trotting along one of the island’s famous pink sand beaches. Rides are available for both beginner and experienced riders, and range in length from an hour to 90 minutes. Depending on the route, expect to meander along the Bermuda Railway Trail, a former railroad that was converted into a trail (it served as the main mode of transportation for residents beginning in 1931, when the local government banned motor vehicles), as well as a visit to Horseshoe Bay, one of the most famous beaches on the island.
While you can expect to get a spectacular view of Bermuda from your seat on the commercial airliner you arrive on, the moment is unfortunately brief. Luckily, a number of aviation companies offer scenic tours of the island. One, Blue Sky Flights, offers two-hour tours from a Cessna 172 aircraft. During the excursion, expect to fly over points of interest like reefs, the island’s capital of Hamilton, the historic town of St. George’s, and even the sites of a few shipwrecks.
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