Hamilton Port of Call
Hamilton © Jon Dawson
Hamilton, the gorgeous capitol of Bermuda and port city, is a small and picturesque pastel-coloured town retaining the strong character of its English colonial roots.
Many find the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute the most interesting attraction in Hamilton although it competes with historic Fort Hamilton and the natural beauty of Shelly Bay and Elbow beaches and the many golf courses.
Post-Panamax ships (more than maximum dimensions for the Panama Canal) cannot enter Hamilton Harbour making it less visited than it once was and often a ferry excursion from the King's Wharf which was built to accommodate larger vessels. Yet cruise liners less than 700 feet can enjoy Hamilton Harbour's central location at the heart of town.
A visitor centre is located at Walker Christopher premises in the Emporium Building
Most of Hamilton is within easy walking distance of the pier. This includes most attractions in town. For farther away destinations a public bus service offers transportation as does a ferry service which can connect to King's Wharf. Taxies are widely available although they are surprisingly expensive.
The best attractions are lessons in the city's history and natural surroundings. These include the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, which gives a simulated deep water experience, and the Bermuda Aquarium, Natural History Museum & Zoo. Fort Hamilton is a time capsule of English colonization and anywhere along Front Street will also transport visitors back to the Victorian age. Some exceptional golf courses also give stunning views and scenery and are usually open to day visitors. Beach relaxation is always just down on the shoreline.
Blue Bar and Grill - fine dining restaurant at a golf course with harbour view
Baracuda Grill - Seafood and steak fine dining in the centre of town
Hog Penny - Local hangout with pub food and south Asian menu
English pub grub
The best place for shopping is directly off the cruise ship at Front Street. Hamilton has duty free shopping although high prices may negate the tax free benefits. A trip over to King's Wharf gives some more shopping opportunities.
Explore Horseshoe Bay
Discover King's Wharf
Marvel at the Crystal Caves
Explore Harrington Sound
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