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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. To plan the ultimate experience, start here.

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The America's Cup features the world’s best sailors competing for the "Auld Mug," a trophy that's been coveted for 160 years. This year, racing teams will take to Bermuda’s legendary waters and become part of the island’s rich sailing history as they vie for the sport’s prestigious top prize.

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

Where to Stay: Hotels & Packages

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No matter where you stay, you won’t be far from the action. The 21-square-mile island of Bermuda offers luxury beach resorts, stylish boutique properties, intimate guest cottages and more – there are even unique on-the-water options available especially for the America’s Cup. Options include:

  • Official Hotel Packages: Enjoy island accommodations at your choice of hotel along with prime race viewing on official spectator boats and round-trip airport transfers. Select from 5-, 7- and 12-night packages. Explore hotel packages >
  • Official Catamaran Packages: Stay on a professionally captained luxury yacht – it’s the ultimate way for water lovers to experience the America’s Cup. You’ll enjoy up-close race-course views and always be close to the action. Explore catamaran packages >

Or, browse places to stay and book with Bermuda hotels directly. It's common for visitors to use online travel agencies to do research and scope out availability, but during major events, many local properties choose to sell their inventory via their own websites and reservations systems. Bookings are currently still available at various island properties and rentals. Book as soon as possible to ensure your place in Bermuda.  

How to Get Tickets

Bermuda hosts the America's Cup for the first time from May 26 – June 27, 2017.

America’s Cup tickets offer a full range of viewing options, from grandstand seating to official spectator boats and VIP experiences. You may buy tickets for individual events or purchase tickets as part of a comprehensive package. Explore all ticket options >

Getting to Bermuda

Located in the North Atlantic Ocean, Bermuda is easily reached by commercial plane, private jet or private vessel.

  • Arriving by Plane: Getting to Bermuda is easier than ever thanks to increased non-stop flights from major U.S. East Coast airports. The island is just a two-hour flight from most U.S. East Coast airports and only seven hours from London's Gatwick Airport. Check out 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 race-course. 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 about getting to Bermuda by private vessel.
  • Once You Arrive: For information on navigating local transportation, see tips for getting around Bermuda.

When to Come: Races & Events

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The 35th America's Cup will bring an action-packed month of sailing competition to Bermuda in May and June. When to come depends on what (and how much) you want to see.

Events kick off 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 June 17.

During all the America’s Cup action, don’t miss the Carnival-style Bermuda Heroes Weekend, one of the island's most popular cultural celebrations. Taking place June 16-19, 2017, Heroes Weekend features live entertainment, a large "raft-up" party and exciting events such as the J'Ouvert party, where bands and revellers go dancing in the streets.