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Bermuda: Where to Stay

September 15, 2010

In addition to its pristine beaches, Bermuda is also known for its pricey hotels. Tourists not visiting the island by cruise ship have many more options, however, thanks to bed and breakfast booking sites like

I stayed in Hamilton Parish at the home of Ms. Janet Jackson — yes, that’s her real name — a lovely British woman who rents spare rooms by the night. A three-night stay is typically required, but I was able to stay just one night by paying a surcharge, bringing the total to $110. By comparison, some hotels cost upwards of $500 per night, and are much further from the airport, resulting in sky-high taxi fares (my fare was just $14 with tip). With a minimum three-night stay, a room in Ms. Jackson’s house rents for $85 or $120 per night, depending on the number of guests. Bermuda has an excellent bus system and there are plenty of rentable scooters on the island, so there’s no reason to stay far from the airport if you’re only visiting for a few days. I was able to travel to the Dockyard in about 40 minutes, which is located at the opposite end of the island.

I also discovered that Ms. Jackson’s home is on the market for US $2.4 million, and has been for three years, thanks to a recent Bermudian law restricting property sales to residents. The government wouldn’t even make an exception for Oprah, who reportedly wanted to drop $45 million on a hilltop estate.

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