When to Visit
Spring can be a lovely time to travel to Bermuda before the high humidity and peak number of tourists (and peak hotel rates) of the summer months hit. Average temperatures can range from around 20 degrees C in March up to around 23/24 degrees C in May (sometimes even warmer than that!), and visitors can often enjoy clear sunny days and lovely conditions for both exploring the island and relaxing in the warmth. March and April is whale watching season as humpbacks migrate past the island, and boat excursions out to see the whales are a must if visiting Bermuda during this time. The sea temperature is chilly in the earlier part of spring, so depending on preference wetsuits are advisable for swimming. Towards late spring, water sports can be enjoyed as the days become warmer and the seasonal water sport rental shops start to open again.
The summer months are the most popular time to travel to Bermuda for hot sunny days sunbathing on the beach and enjoying the beautiful warm turquoise ocean. The island is alive during the summer months and all the seasonal restaurants and water sport rental shops that close during the winter are open and thriving. Average temperatures can reach late 20 degrees C to early 30s and humidity is usually high at this time of year, although mosquitoes rarely pose a problem and there have been no reported cases of zika virus on Bermuda. Hurricane season runs from June to November, although serious hurricanes are a rare occurrence on the island. The Cup Match falls in either July or August each year, which is one of the biggest events on the island celebrated over two days. The event is centered around a heated cricket match between two island rivals, but the fun continues with concerts, beach parties and plenty of food and drink. Throughout the summer, cruise ships dock in Bermuda bringing lots of tourists and activity to the island. Popular beaches, such as Horseshoe Bay, can get busy but secret bays and lesser known beaches remain secluded and the perfect spot for some quiet sunbathing and snorkeling.
The Autumn months, particularly early on in the season, can be a fantastic time to travel to Bermuda as the warm sea temperatures can linger after the hot summer months, so water sports and swimming can still be enjoyed without the need for wetsuits. Average day time temperatures can range from high 20 degrees c in September to pleasant low 20s in November, so visitors can still enjoy beautiful days relaxing or exploring the island after the peak summer months. The hurricane season continues to run until November, but serious hurricanes are a rare occurrence on Bermuda. Unsettled weather and storms can pass over the island from time to time. Towards the end of the season in November, the sea water temperatures begin to drop and so wetsuits are recommended for any swimming or activities in the water.
The winter months are the off season for Bermuda and far fewer tourists visit the island. As a result, some seasonal water or beach front restaurants and bars, water sport rental shops and tour centres close. Although the weather can become more unsettled and temperatures fall to an average of around 18 degrees C, visitors can often enjoy beautiful days that are warm and sunny. The sea temperature does become cold, but even when the skies are overcast and the weather is a little unpredictable the ocean remains incredibly clear and the most remarkable turquoise colour. On a dry day, it is a lovely time to explore the island on foot or bike in the pleasant day time temperatures. A warm layer or two is recommended for evening times which can become chilly, and a waterproof mac is useful for more unsettled days.