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How to Plan Your Bermuda America’s Cup Adventure

The countdown is on for the #RaceToBermuda! From May 26 - June 27, 2017, Bermuda will host one of the biggest events in its long history: The 35th America's Cup, presented by Louis Vuitton.

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The America's Cup is the very pinnacle of international sailing, with the best sailors in the world competing for the "Auld Mug," a trophy that's been coveted for 160 years. Bermuda was chosen as the home of the 35th America's Cup for its temperate climate, near perfect year-round sailing conditions, optimal Atlantic location, time zone and rich sailing history stretching back four centuries. It's a match made in maritime heaven.

The setting for the America's Cup has never been so spectacular. The action takes place on Bermuda's Great Sound, a magnificent natural amphitheater with a brilliant backdrop of islands and beaches. With a new event village being built in the South Basin of the Royal Naval Dockyard, the island will offer an unmatched experience for spectators from around the world.

The 2017 America's Cup consists of an action-packed month of activity in May/June 2017. It begins with the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers and Challenger Playoffs, to determine the top challenging team. The winner will then face the defending champion, ORACLE TEAM USA, in the America's Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton, beginning on June 17.

Sound good? Here's what you need to know to start planning your Bermuda America's Cup adventure.

Where To Stay

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Bermuda knows hospitality. Hotels here range from small boutique properties with 60 rooms to larger, luxury resort-style properties. Bermuda is just 21 square miles, so no matter where you end up, you won't be far from the excitement.

The best way to experience the 35th America's Cup, presented by Louis Vuitton? Book an official travel package that includes accommodations, airport transfers, spectator boats, and memorabilia.

Or, if on the water is more your style, charter your very own catamaran for up to eight guests to watch all the excitement on the race course. Guest yacht packages offer on board accommodations for a minimum of seven nights and are available all five weeks of the 35th America’s Cup, presented by Louis Vuitton and the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup qualifiers.  The packages include private ensuite double cabins, generous living areas, daily gourmet breakfast and lunch, separate accommodation for your crew and exclusive on water race viewing. 

Bermuda America's Cup Packages offered include:

The Qualifiers Package: 5-night package

  • Five nights accommodation
  • Round trip airport transfer
  • Two days on official spectator boats watching the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers
  • Complimentary official America's Cup cap
  • Cost from $1,747 per person

The Challenger Package: 7-night package

  • Seven nights accommodation
  • Round trip airport transfer
  • Three days on official spectator boats watching the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Challenger Play-Offs
  • Complimentary official America's Cup cap
  • Cost from $2,507 per person 

The Finals Package: 5-night package

  • Five nights accommodation
  • Round trip airport transfer
  • Two days on official spectator boats watching the America's Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton
  • Complimentary official America's Cup cap
  • Cost from $1,982 per person

Package price includes hotel tax of 11.75% and gratuity. Resort fee payable locally. Optional flights can be organized if required. Prices based on two people sharing a room.

In addition to this official tourism website, AmericasCupTravel.com and Helmevents.com are vital resources for planning an island vacation around this highly prestigious event.

Getting Here 

Take a look at a map of the world. Notice anything? Bermuda is pretty much right in the middle. That means that it'll be easy to get here for the big event.

Arriving by Plane 

Located in the North Atlantic Ocean, Bermuda is just a two-hour flight from most east coast airports and only seven hours from London's Gatwick Airport. Check out your airline options and other Bermuda travel basics.   

Arriving by Private Jet 

Chartering your own flight to Bermuda for the America's Cup? Go to the Department of Civil Aviation for flight permits and further information. Check out 9 Tips for flying your business aircraft to Bermuda

Arriving by Private Vessel 

The America's Cup Superyacht Program offers premium berthing locations in Hamilton and in the heart of the America's Cup Village at Royal Naval Dockyard. Only superyachts berthed in the America's Cup Superyacht Program will receive VIP viewing flags providing front row access to the racecourse. Owners and their guests will enjoy exclusive privileges and experiences, including access to Club AC (the official hospitality venue) and invitations to special VIP functions and parties. Learn more

When To Come

When to come depends on what (and how much) you want to see.

May 26 - June 5: Louis Vuitton's America's Cup Qualifiers Round Robin Race Period

June 1-5: Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, RDV2017

June 7-12: Louis Vuitton's America's Cup Challenger Series

June 13-14,19: Superyacht Regatta

June 15-16: J Class Regatta

June 16: Marion Bermuda Race

June 17-18: America's Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton

June 21-22: Red Bull Youth America's Cup

To purchase tickets for spectator expereinces please visit the America's Cup website

Added Bonus: The Carnival-style Bermuda Heroes Weekend, one of the island's most popular cultural celebrations, takes place June 16-19, 2017, with a large "raft-up" party, live entertainment and various events such as the J'Ouvert party where bands and guests dance throughout the streets. 

Check out the America's Cup schedule.