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  1. Taxi drivers (and many Bermudians) make their livings off tourism. A taxi driver with a guaranteed fare is not going to ditch it. We always make it clear that we require a return pickup before boarding. We have had taxis pick us up as far away as Clearwater Beach to come back to King's Wharf and have never had an issue. I guess anything is possible, but if all else fails, the #7 bus has a stop at Warwick Long Bay, and 90 minutes would be plenty of time to get back.
  2. It costs anywhere between $2500-$3000 to fly from NYC to Orlando for a family of 5. Four years ago we started driving instead. I have three kids, so we can only vacation during school breaks. Travel during these periods is inherently expensive because demand is high, but this is still an incredible increase over just 10 years ago or so. Back in '06 or '07, my wife and I (pre-kids) flew to Orlando for something like $99 round trip each on Delta Song. There are certainly deals to be found if you can travel last minute and are very flexible, but many people, especially families, don't fall into this bucket.
  3. If you really want decent snorkeling, wake up early and take a taxi to Jobson's Cove. It's about 30 minutes from King's Wharf in Warwick Parish, one parish over from Southhampton Parish (where Horseshoe Bay is located). By early, I mean, aim to get to the beach around 8 or 9 at the latest. Ask the driver to return to pick you up at 10 or 10:30. This is plenty of time to get back to the ship for a noon departure. For convenience, as others have mentioned, there is the snorkel park at the dockyard, but that place has enough 1 star reviews on TripAdvisor that I would avoid it. We have never gone there. Jobson's cove is filled with parrotfish and other interesting specimens. We really enjoy going there. If you want to ride the waves a little bit, Warwick Long Bay just a few steps away.
  4. Tobacco Bay is my least favorite beach on Bermuda. It also gets extremely crowded because it's small, so your photos will mostly be filled with other beachgoers unless you get there very early. There are other good photo opportunities in and around St. George as a whole though. If you really want good beach photo opportunities, I'd go out to Cooper's Island Nature reserve. There are beaches all around and great views if you walk past Turtle Bay to Long Bay and the observation tower.
  5. This is true of all vacation costs. Look at how expensive it is to fly now too. Vacation costs are outpacing inflation, and certainly outpacing any income increases.
  6. Amazing -- people need air conditioning and a private bathroom on the beach. We really are in the worst timeline. ---- We've only been to Nassau and the options there are not great. Atlantis (crowded pools/beach/waterslide) sounds like you'd hate it. They do have an aquarium and a casino and that's what my parents did in Nassau last week. My wife and I did a tour of Nassau once, but I didn't really find it to be that interesting of a place. Last year my parents went to Blue Lagoon and said it sucked. Nassau is definitely a good day to stay on the ship and take advantage of discounted spa deals and so forth.
  7. I have three young kids. Many vacations aren't as accommodating to five people as they are with four. When options are more limited (or increase significantly in price when you need more space), planning vacations early is important. Not everyone is in a situation where they can just wait until the last minute to find discounts on unused inventory.
  8. Bermuda is not a Caribbean Island - it is in the Atlantic Ocean. There is also more to do there than just beaches and snorkeling.
  9. Don't stress. The Packers will probably not improve much this season over last. No need to worry about catching playoff games.
  10. You should have done more research before booking. Shows generally stay the same on ships until they go into drydock for a refurb, and generally even longer than that. It is expensive to produce shows for cruise ships, cast them, build the sets, costumes, etc. And the logistics of doing all that on a vessel that is never in one place for more than a day is daunting. It is not feasible or practical for ships to rotate shows frequently.
  11. If you're beach people, I recommend just going to Horseshoe Bay if you have only one day in Bermuda. On a Sunday, almost all shops will be closed. Restaurants and bars are usually open, though some with abbreviated hours. I believe that the shops in the Clocktower Mall at King's Wharf are open on Sunday, so you could do some shopping there after you return from the beach.
  12. If you want to go to a remote beach without amenities, please don't break local laws by bringing unsealed food off the ship simply to make things more convenient for yourself. These laws are in place to protect local agriculture and all countries have them. Inform your cab driver that you'd like to stop somewhere to get sandwiches and snacks for the beach and you should be taken care of, and you'll be helping a local business owner as well.
  13. richg35

    Clearwater Beach

    Yes, the airport is directly across from the Beach. I wouldn't say planes were arriving every few minutes, but we have seen a few arrivals on our various trips to Clearwater.
  14. richg35

    Clearwater Beach

    Personally I don't see the appeal anyway - it's just piece of broken glass from bottles smoothed out by friction. It's basically just garbage.
  15. richg35

    Clearwater Beach

    I found that it was pretty easy to find beach glass at St. Catherine's Beach, which is in St. George's parish. It's about a five minute walk from Tobacco Bay to St. Catherine's Beach, although Tobacco Bay is my least favorite beach on Bermuda. I can't recommend any kayak information.
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