People often ask “What is winter like in Bermuda?”
The quick answer is great!
It’s like “Indian Summer” back home. Cooler, but not cold. It’s still beach weather, you just might not swim as much.
1. Weather-Leave Your Winter Gear Home (unless you’re Bermudian)
- Cooler, but not cold. Expect mid-high 60’s.
- Catching a day in the 70’s isn’t rare.
- Bonus; much less humidity
- When the temperature goes below 70 degrees, Bermudians look for an excuse to break out their designer winter jackets. Funny.
2. Beaches-Cruise ship season is over, you can have your beach back
- It’s still beach weather-you just might not go swimming as much. Many do.
- Expect water temp in the mid-high 60’s. About the same as back home in the summer for many regions
- Beaches are less crowded
- Bring your dog to Bermuda-Yes, you can even bring your dog for a walk on the beach in the off-season
3. Holidays are even better in Bermuda
- Thanksgiving-Bermudians, hotels and restaurants are quickly adopting this holiday tradition. Conversation recently overheard “Bermudians are always looking for a good reason to eat and drink”
- Christmas Day walk on the beach-just because you can
- Christmas shopping in shorts-be sure to send a photo back home to your jealous friends
- Boxing Day-a British holiday and good excuse for visitors to get an extra day of vacation
- New Year’s at a resort-with time zone change you still can see the ball drop in the States after celebrating
- New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim “can they really call it a Polar Pear Swim when the water temp is near 70 degrees?”
4. Lower rates
- Hotels and restaurants are running off-season specials
- Shopping-take advantage of more sale promotions
5. Getting around is easier
- More plentiful taxis
- Easier to get a seat on the pink bus
- The cooler more temperate weather is even better for golf and other activities
- Golfing. Tennis. Fishing. Boating. Hiking. Tough Choices.
- Still not convinced? View this Activity Chart from Bermuda Tourism
7. There is more focus on culture and culinary events
- Bermuda Festival of Performing Arts
- Bermuda Film Festival
- City Food Festival
- November-World Rugby Classic
- December-Bermuda Boat Parade
- December-Goodwill Golf Tournament
- January-Bermuda a Race Weekend (marathon)
- January through March-Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts
- March-Bermuda International Film Festival
- March-City Food Festival
- Easter Weekend-Good Friday Kite Festival
- April-Peppercorn Ceremony
Bermuda in the off-season for many may be considered even better than peak season. The crowds are down, the beaches are less crowded, and its easier to get around the island. For us, we especially enjoy experiencing the culture, feel and friendliness of the island which is always there, but blossoms in the off-season when the pace slows down and Bermudians are able to share even more time with visitors.