The Best Time to Visit Bermuda

when to visit Bermuda

TripSavvy / Michela Buttignol 

The best time to visit Bermuda is in late spring—from April to May—once the weather is warm enough to enjoy the outdoors, and before the prices rise during the peak tourist season of June to August. Due to its positioning in the Atlantic Ocean, Bermuda doesn’t become as sweltering as the Caribbean islands further south, and temperatures drop to the low-60s Fahrenheit in the winter months. In the summertime, however, the island becomes crowded with tourists.

Weather in Bermuda

While Bermuda is a Caribbean island because of its northern location the temperatures aren't as hot as other islands. Temperatures during winter hover around 60 degrees F (15.5 degrees C) and during the summer they can reach the mid-80s Fahrenheit (29 degrees C). Starting in mid-April and lasting through November, humidity levels get quite high. They reach their peak in August, making for hot, muggy summers.

Peak Tourist Season in Bermuda

Thanks to its pink sand beaches, rum swizzles, and island charm, Bermuda has always been a reliably popular destination for travelers. Located only 650 miles (1,046 kilometers) east of North Carolina, the island only covers 21 square miles (54 square kilometers), and is very easy flight for vacationers coming from the East Coast. The tourist season lasts from May to October, reaching its peak in July and August. The slow season is from mid- or late November through early March. During this time, travelers can score great deals on hotels and airfare. The shoulder seasons of spring and fall are also good for savings; prices are lower in the months of May, September, and October, before and after the peak tourist season.

Key Holidays & Festivals in Bermuda

Sailing and cricket are popular pastimes in Bermuda, and the liveliest weekends are often centered around one of the two activities. Travelers looking for a taste of Bermudian culture should plan their trips accordingly. Cup Match, in August, is exceedingly popular as it’s centered around the cricket match between two island rivals: St. George’s and Somerset. The Newport Bermuda Race kicks off the summertime festivities in June with the island’s most famous annual sailing regatta, while Bermuda Heroes Weekend is a carnival-style celebration of Bermudian heritage (also in June). Guests visiting between April through early September can also partake in Harbour Nights, a weekly celebration of Bermudian culture, music, and craft that occurs every Wednesday night in the city of Hamilton. Additionally, if you are visiting over the Easter holiday, there is a Good Friday Kite Festival that takes place on Horseshoe Bay Beach each year.

January

January is in the middle of the low-season in Bermuda, with average highs of 70 degrees F (21 degrees C) and lows of 63 degrees F (17 degrees C). The water temperature also drops in the winter months, at an average of 65 degrees F (18 degrees C) in January.

Events to check out:

  • Bermuda Restaurant Weeks: Explore Bermuda's unique culinary heritage by enjoying great deals and prix fixe menus at dozens of restaurants on the island.
  •  Bermuda Triangle Challenge Weekend: This annual event is perfect for the active traveler. The weekend event features three days of runs (including a marathon), as well as festivals and award ceremonies where non-participants can celebrate too.

February

February is the coldest month with an average high of 68 degrees F (20 degrees C) and a low of 61 degrees F (16 degrees C). Although the average water temperature in February is the coolest, this shouldn’t discourage travelers who enjoy snorkeling or diving. The visibility is actually the clearest in the winter months, so February is the time of year you’re most likely to see the most spectacular marine life and coral reefs (not to mention shipwrecks).

Events to check out:

March

The beginning of spring sees an uptick in cultural activities taking place across the island, as well as an uptick in the weather forecast. The average temperature in March begins to slightly warm, with average highs of 70 degrees F (21 degrees C) and lows of 61 degrees F (16 degrees C).

Events to check out:

  • The Bermuda International Film Festival takes place on the island each year in March.
  • The Grey Goose World Par 3 Championship takes place at Turtle Hill Golf Club, where 120 golfers from more than 10 countries will compete in one of the island's biggest golf events. (Golf is another popular sport in Bermuda.)
  • The Triple Challenge is a three-day obstacle course (with over 75 obstacles) across different venues on the island. Each day includes a post-event party, and active travelers are encouraged to sign up and participate.

April

The best time to visit Bermuda is in late spring, in April and May, before the tourist season begins in full swing in June through August. Though if you book your trip for early April, you may just miss beach weather: The average high temperature in April is 72 degrees F (22 degrees C) and the average low is 64 degrees F (18 degrees C).

Events to check out:

  • The Bermuda Agricultural Exhibition is three-day event in Paget Parish celebrating Bermuda’s agricultural heritage at the Botanical Gardens National Park. 
  • Peppercorn Ceremony: An annual ceremony in St. George that celebrates the moment in time when peppercorn was accepted as rent payment (on the island, centuries ago). Expect period costumes and horse-drawn carriages at the festivities.
  • Good Friday KiteFest: The annual kite festival over Horseshoe Bay Beach occurring on Good Friday every year. Also includes a fish cake and a tasty hot cross buns competition.
  • World Triathlon Bermuda: Scheduled for April 18, 2020, participants will be biking, swimming, and running through Bermuda’s capital, Hamilton.

May

The high season officially kicks off in May in Bermuda—Bermuda Day is when many people dip in the water for the first time of the year. The average high temperature is 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) and average low is 68 degrees F (20 degrees C).

Events to check out:

  • Antigua Bermuda Race: A popular sailing race, from Charlotte, Antigua to Bermuda.
  • Bermuda Day: This long weekend of festivities announces the start of summer in Bermuda and celebrates the island’s heritage. It includes a parade of music and dancing that goes all night long.

June

Bermuda’s festivals are in full swing in June. The average average high is 82 degrees F (28 degrees C) and the low is 73 degrees F (23 degrees C).

Events to check out:

  • Annapolis Bermuda Ocean Race is the longest ocean race on the East Coast of the U.S. at 753 miles.
  • Bermuda Heroes Weekend: A carnival-style celebration with boat rides, a parade, breakfast parties, and "Pan In The Park" with international Steel Pan musicians.
  • Newport Bermuda Race: Among the most famous sailing races in the world, covering Newport, Rhode Island to Bermuda.

July

There is a break from the major festivals in July, so travelers looking to experience a traditional Bermudian sailing race or cricket match should consider visiting in June or August. The average high temperature is 86 degrees F (30 degrees C) and the average low temperature is 77 degrees F (25 degrees C).

Events to check out:

August

August is the hottest month, with an average high of 86 degrees F (30 degrees C) and a low of 79 degrees F (26 degrees C). August marks the last month of Harbour Nights (which began in April), and is when the Cup Match, one of Bermuda’s most anticipated cricket events, takes place.

Events to check out:

  • Cup Match: Festivities including concerts, dance parties, and (of course) cricket, occur during this weekend in which island rivals, St. George’s and Somerset, face off annually in the cricket match.
  • Non-Mariners Water Raft Up: The final hurrah after the Cup Match parties, when legions of boats anchor in Mangrove Bay early Sunday morning to celebrate the holiday.

September

The average high in September is 84 degrees F (29 degrees C) and the low is 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). September and October are slower months on the island, and travelers can score better travel deals on airfare and hotel costs.

Events to check out:

  • Bermuda Sand Sculpture Competition: Artists from around the world compete in the annual competition at Horseshoe Bay (established in 1996 by the Institute of Bermuda Architects).

October

October is the wettest month with an average 7.9 inches (200 mm) of rain, an average high of 81 degrees F (27 degrees C), and an average low of 73 degrees F (23 degrees C).

Events to check out:

  • City Food Festival: This Hamilton festival has wine tastings, three-day chef competition, and a food festival featuring many of the capital’s restaurants.

November

Things start to cool off in November, but there are still sporting event weekends to be had in Bermuda. There is an average high of 75 degrees F (24 degrees C) and a low of 68 degrees F (20 degrees C).

Events to check out:

  • World Rugby Classic: Some of the greatest rugby athletes from around the world gather for this event which features concerts and parties for fans and athletes to celebrate together.
  • Viper North American Race: The Viper North American Championship is a sailing race of the Viper 640, one of the fastest catamarans, in Bermuda.

December

December is in the off-season for Bermuda, but there are still celebrations to be had for the holidays. The average high temperature in December is 72 degrees F (22 degrees C) and the average low is 64 degrees F (18 degrees C).

Events to check out:

  •  Bermuda Goodwill Golf Tournament: This is world’s oldest Pro-Am tournament with competing teams hailing from the U.S., England, and Canada.
  •  Christmas Walkabout: See 17th-century homes in the town of St. George decorated for the holiday season, and watch reenactors in period costume sing Christmas carols along the candle lit streets.
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