Shopping in Bermuda is always an enjoyable experience. The main attraction/draw is, of course the lack of sales tax. Most Bermuda shopping opportunities are to be found in the island's four main shopping areas: the City of Hamilton, the city of St. George’s, Somerset Village and the Royal Naval Dockyard.
The Shops on Front Street in Hamilton
The City of Hamilton, the city of St. George, Somerset Village and the Royal Naval Dockyard. have been covered in the section on sightseeing. Despite the small size of the island, you won’t be disappointed by the high number of sophisticated, multi-story department stores, specialty shops, gift stores, jewelry outlets and perfumeries on the main streets and waterfronts of all four areas, not to mention the hidden shops tucked away all around the islands.
Service in retail stores is, for the most part, helpful and courteous. Sometimes, however, the pressures of the tourist industry will overcome even the most patient of service personnel, who tire toward the end of the day and whose tempers can become a little ragged. This doesn’t happen often, but if it does, just smile and pass right along. There’s always another store just down the road.
The best bargains in Bermuda are goods imported from Europe. such items as Italian, German, English and French knitwear can often be purchased at prices far below those in the United States. Watches (Rolex, Omega, Patek Philippe), jewelry, French perfumes, Icelandic woolen goods, and fine china can be 50% cheaper than at home.
For visitors arriving by air, Bermuda is served by most US airlines and by international airlines from Canada and Europe. Bermuda is also a major destination for the cruise ship industry.Look for the best travel deals to Bermuda: