All bands have launched, we’re actually behind the curve if we’re now planning but Bermuda Carnival can be planned quickly, so no fret. Flights for the most part are still reasonable.
Bermuda Carnival is what i consider the perfect balance of vacation and carnival. The island is gorgeous and known for their pink sand beaches with undeniable vibes and the largest beach raft up. What’s not to love?
When is Bermuda Carnival?
Bermuda Carnival falls between June 13 – 18, 2019. There will be a plethora of events taking place, and the parade date is on June 17th. Make sure you pack your jouvert clothes – yes there is jouvert too.
How do I get there ?
You would fly into Bermuda. The airport code is BDA. While only a few cities have direct flights, it doesn’t take that long to get there. The beach view landing is certainly worth it.
When: June 13 – 18, 2019. Airport Code: BDA
Who Would I Play Mas With?
For a considerably small carnival, there are a lot of bands to choose from. It’s important to know that this is a dry carnival so pack your alcohol backpack or bring your cup filled with your preferred spirit. There are options to purchase drinks packages from the bands as well.
The carnival starts at 10AM and concludes in a “festival” setup with DJs and soca artists bidding us farewell on stage around 8pm. A Lunch break will occur half way through the parade so that masqueraders can refuel, then pump some more. These are the bands you have to choose from:
I personally will be on the road with Party People. Not only are they the 2018 Band of the Year but the vibes I experienced with them in 2017 and top notch service left a mark on me. They are now like family. So check out their costumes. Sections are actually moving really quickly
Where Would I Stay?
Bermuda is drive-able, so no location is too far, but ideally, you would want to be in the Hamilton Parish area. AirBnB is also an option for apartment rentals if a hotel reservation will not fit your needs. Bermuda is extremely westernized and safe, so restaurants and transportation are in abundance.
Some hotels to check out are:
- Fairmont Southampton
- Grotto Bay Beach Resort
- Hamilton Princess and Beach Club
I stayed at the Grotto Bay Beach Resort in 2017 and had a wonderful time at this hotel. Very modern with great amenities, a beach to walk to, and restaurants to choose from.
For those of you who would like to visit Bermuda for carnival and have no clue where to begin, you can utilize Absolute Bermuda for packages. There are packages for groups and the price points are dope! so grab a friend and go!
Where to Party ?
The weekend’s festivities include several parties, a concert, and a large beach event called Raft Up. At Raft Up, several catamarans and boats, anchor in the ocean while party attendees dance, drink and enjoy the clear blue waters. My favorite event was Raft Up. Each ticket for raft up is different so be sure to pay attention when purchasing. The BHW Jouvert is also one of the biggest and littest jouverts I’ve witnessed. Patrons come with their slack behavior and get ready to indulge in the year’s theme. The 2019 Jouvert’s theme is Scallywags.
Glow Bermuda is also a must attend fete. This is an all white, all-inclusive event. Who doesn’t love unlimited booze and white clothing mixed together? Choosing your fetes now? The 2019 Bermuda Carnival fete list will be available soon.
It’s time to start planning! Feel free to read more about my personal experience in Bermuda. Is there anything else you want to know? Ask me in the comments below.
Yours in Mas