FEATURE

Bermuda: Third Time's a Charm?

With sun, sand as soft as sifted flour, and blue-green water, the island is pretty appealing--despite what I'd been saying for years.

Exploring
Taxis are expensive, with a $3.75 drop (initial charge). And they don't always come when you call, despite what dispatchers promise, so call early and often. Mopeds are easy to rent, but risky to drive (especially if you've never driven on the left). Keep your eyes on where you want to go, not on what you want to avoid--or you'll drive right into it. Transport passes, which cover buses and ferries, are a wonderful value and are sold at the Visitors' Service Bureau on Hamilton's Front Street (four-day pass, $35).

Lodging and Restaurants
Bermuda has many B&Bs and small inns; below are a few recommended ones. Another hotel worth a look is the relatively new 9 Beaches, a compound of tented cabins, some of which are overwater. Note: Many hotels and restaurants put a service charge on the bill automatically, so make sure you're not tipping twice.

Lodging

  • Salt Kettle House 441/236-0407, from $120
  • Greenbank Guesthouse & Cottages 441/236-3615, greenbankbermuda.com, from $125
  • Robin's Nest Guest Apartments 441/292-4347, robinsnestbda.com, from $150
  • 9 Beaches 866/841-9009, 9beaches.com, from $185
  • Food

  • Mickey's Bistro & Bar Elbow Beach, 60 South Shore Rd., 441/236-9107, chicken and mango salad at lunch $19
  • Bistro J Chancery Lane, Hamilton, 441/296-8546, entrées from $20
  • Silk 55 Front St., Hamilton, 441/295-0449, entrées from $22
  • Lemon Tree Café Queen St., Hamilton, 441/292-0235, sandwiches from $5
  • Rock Island Coffee 48 Reid St., Hamilton, 441/296-5241
  • Black Horse Tavern 101 St. David's Rd., St. David's Island, 441/297-1991, fish sandwich $9.25
  • Coconuts The Reefs, 56 South Shore Rd., Southampton, 441/238-0222, thereefs.com, small lobster salad at lunch $15
  • Activities

  • Bermuda National Trust Museum 32 York St., St. George, 441/297-1423, $5
  • Segway Tours of Bermuda Royal Naval Dockyard, 441/504-2581, segwayofbermuda@yahoo.com, 90-minute tour $75
  • Blue Water Divers & Water Sports Elbow Beach, Bermuda resort, 441/232-2909, divebermuda.com, kayak-snorkel trip $50
  • Bermuda Maritime Museum Royal Navy Dockyard, 441/234-1333, bmm.bm, $10
  • Shopping

  • The Island Shop 3 Queen St., Hamilton, 441/292-5292, islandexports.com
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