Exhausted would be an understatement.
Riding the public transportation with the locals let us learn a lot about the island and it’s natives. Below are ten of our favorite things we learned along our journey:
10. They drive on the left side of the road.
Now, you’re probably thinking, so what? So do a lot of other countries, but it makes a huge difference on an island made of curvy, hilly, winding roads. And really the left side of the road is just a suggestion. The middle of the two lanes works well for them too.
The whole island had a speed limit no higher than 35 km/hr(20 mph), and I never saw someone go under 60. They even have road signs that read “Frequent Accident Zone”.
Giant buses speeding around sharp corners sounds like a recipe for disaster. The roads are barely wide enough for two cars, let alone a bus, and heaven forbid two at the same time! Sitting next to the window seat seemed like a good idea for someone who was constantly suffering from motion sickness, but seeing the almost accidents every 10 seconds did not help either. You think I’m kidding? They will run over a biker and just keep on going.
8. Riding a bus is sometimes the only option.
Ferries are a great way to go to and from the major cities, but navigating otherwise can get tricky. Any other sites you might want to visit besides the cities(beaches, caves, most of the fun stuff, etc.) can only be accessed over land. Unless you want to pay an arm and a leg for a private taxi or become a permanent island speed bump after attempting to drive a scooter on the same roads as everyone else, a bus is your best bet.
7. Students ride the public transportation to school.
Because each family is only allowed to have one car, children from 5yrs to 16 yrs use the public busses to ride to school and back. It was a very tight knit community and the bus drivers knew each student and made sure they got to their appropriate stop.
The children do not seem to be phased by the crazy bus driving and will tell you which route to take if you’re friendly.
6. Everyone is super friendly.
Even with crowds of tourists taking over their public transportation, almost everyone was eager to help us figure out where we were going. They were all so personable and even answered a slew of questions about island life such as how much they pay in rent and utilities.
5. The local food is fantastic.
While in Bermuda we only wanted to try true local food from restaurants the islanders recommended. We tried a few, and the fish was by far the best I’ve ever tasted. We tried sushi that melted in my mouth. Restaurants have fishermen who get them fresh fish every few days. This made a world of difference in the taste. This also means that they run out of fish easily during bad weather, but personally I think it’s worth it.
Like most places when traveling, the first things tourists see are often times what they want you to see. The Kings Wharf dockyard was no exception. It was made up of expensive restaurants and store chains with generic tourist shops. We ventured out to find more local shops with more authentic goods, handmade souvenirs, and cheaper prices.
3. They are known for their pink sand beaches.
Bermuda’s beaches are some of the prettiest in the world. Horseshoe Bay is famous for its pink sand beaches and clear blue waters. The sand gets its color from the small bones of the crustaceans that have died and washed ashore.
Because of this, everything is also very very expensive. Sometimes twice the price you pay in the United States.
1. Rum is the only export.
Bermuda is known for its amazing Rum, and it just so happens to be their only export. They use it to make all of their signature drinks and food such as their Rum Swizzle, Dark and Stormy, and famous Rum cakes (not suitable for children)
Look for our upcoming Bermuda posts!