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Climate
The Gulf Stream, which flows between Bermuda and the North American continent, keeps the climate temperate - not too hot, not too cold.

Bermuda has no rainy season. Showers may be heavy at times but the skies usually clear quickly. The weather does not often interfere with the enjoyment of outdoor sports and recreation. Summer temperatures prevail from May to mid-November, with the warmest weather in Bermuda occurring in July, August and September. The temperature rarely rises above 85ºF (29.5ºC). There is nearly always a cool breeze at night.

Spring-like temperatures give us cooler weather from mid-December to late March, with an average of 70ºF (21.1ºC), and a low of 60ºF (15 to 18ºC ). Very often, the months of December and January are warm with good swimming. Change of season occurs around mid-November through December, and late March through April. Spring or summer weather may occur and visitors should be prepared for both..

Clothing
Bermuda has a conservative dress code that applies equally to visitors and locals. Swimsuits, very short shorts and tiny shirts are acceptableonly at the beach or by the pool. Bare feet are not acceptable anywhere in public. It is an offense to ride cycles or appear in public without a shirt or wearing a bathing suit top instead of a proper shirt or t-shirt.

Casual sportswear is perfect for just about every other occasion except dinner, for which some restaurants require men to wear a jacket and tie.

Credit Cards
Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Bermuda. Bank machines can be found everywhere and debit cards are widely used.  If you are using a foreign card at a bank machine, your money will be disbursed in Bermudian funds. There is an ATM in the Lower Lobby of the hotel.

Currency
The currency unit in Bermuda is the Bermudian dollar. US$1.00 = BD$1.00.
American money is accepted everywhere. No other currency is widely accepted, but most paper money may be exchanged at local banks at fair rates. Traveler's checks are not accepted. Debit cards are taken at most shops, restaurants and hotels. Automatic teller machines throughout the island give cash advances on Visa and Plus cards.

Electrical Current
110 Volts, 60 cycles AC (same as in United States and Canada)

Entry Into Bermuda
New United States Federal Law requires that travelers entering or re-entering the United States on or after January lst, 2007 from any international country (including Bermuda) must present a government-issued passport to clear US Customs. For additional information on how to obtain a US passport you may access an application on the web.

For Canadian visitors, a passport is preferred, however, you can use one of the following: the original or certified copy of your birth certificate, together with an official photo ID; or Canadian Certificate of Citizenship.

Citizens of other countries require a passport and possibly a visa depending on their home country. A return or onward ticket or other document of onward transportation to a country to which, at that time, the passenger has right of entry, is also required from all visitors.

Children under 18 years of age who are traveling with only one parent must have a notarized letter from the non-traveling parent allowing travel.

Bermuda has fairly strict entry regulations for tourists so please be sure you follow them before your visit. Contact Bermuda Tourism for more information contact 1(800) 223-6106). 

Health Insurance
Bermuda has a very high quality of medical care. However, it is a private system and as such, it is very expensive by any standard. You should consider the purchase of your own vacation health insurance a necessity. Even if you are covered by your home country's national health insurance system, your country will probably not pay all costs associated with health care in Bermuda, so additional coverage for your vacation travel is necessary.

Visitors taking medicine prescribed by a doctor should bring a copy of the prescription in case it needs to be renewed by a doctor in Bermuda.

Liquor Laws
In Bermuda, you must be 18 years of age or older to purchase and/or consume alcoholic beverages.

Local Customs
Bermudians greet each other with a respectful salutation before entering or continuing a conversation. Start with a greeting of ''Good Morning", ''Good Afternoon'' or ''Good Evening.''

Location
Bermuda is an island comprised of a series of small, semi-tropical islands, located about 650 miles (1046 km) east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Public Holidays

New Year's DayJanuary 1
EasterMarch or April
Bermuda DayMay 24
Queen's BirthdayJune
Cup Match/Somer's DayEnd of July
Labour DaySeptember (First Monday)
ThanksgivingOctober (Second Monday)
Remembrance DayNovember 11
Christmas DayDecember 25
Boxing DayDecember 26

Time Zones
Atlantic Time (Atlantic Time is one hour ahead of Eastern Time, four hours behind Greenwich Mean Time). Daylight Savings is in effect from the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October).

Tipping 
At most restaurants, a tip of at least 15% (of the subtotal) is added to the bill. Most resorts assess a fixed gratuity on the final bill (but feel free to tip staff individually for good service). Airport porters are usually tipped a few dollars. Taxi drivers generally receive 10% to 15% of the meter rate.

Water
As there are no rivers in Bermuda, drinking water is from rainwater and is clean and safe.

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