"Hamilton ~ Bermuda's Friendly Capital City" Hamilton by starship
Hamilton Travel Guide: 22 reviews and 91 photos
With only two and one-half days in which to explore Bermuda, we reasoned that it might be best to begin our visit by making a day trip to the largest city, Hamilton. As well as being the capital of Bermuda, Hamilton arguably has the most to see and do of as far as having important historical buildings, museums, shopping, art galleries, restaurants, and parks. In the last day and a half, we also planned to visit St. George's (a UNESCO World Heritage site), the Royal Naval Dockyard which is located in Sandy's Parish, and last but not least, some of the world famous pink beaches.
As the center of Bermuda's important banking and insurance industries, Hamilton is the largest center of employment as well. [It might be interesting to note, that according to one resident, tourism has been supplanted by banking and insurance as the main sources of Bermuda's revenue.]
With a good map in hand, much of the city can be seen on foot, and a good deal of it, if not all of it, can be seen for free. We spent about 4-5 hrs. there seeing some, but not all that attracted our attention---those places we checked off of the "must see" list were the Sessions House (from the outside), City Hall and its ensconced art museums, Perot Post Office, Par-la-Ville Park, the Hog Penny Pub, the Birdcage, the Most Holy Trinity Cathedral, the Cenotaph, and some shops. We managed to try two places to eat. But, we missed any events scheduled for the evening. That being said, I'd say we have more than enough reason to revisit Bermuda in the future!
Just on the ship's pier, which was tied up at King's Wharf, a little kiosk sold passes in varying lengths of time for ferries and buses. We purchased a 2-day pass good for unlimited rides on ferries and buses for $20 per person (Oct. 2011 price) which is a very good deal --- individual rides can run $4.50 each way. So if you intend to make several trips in one day, day passes are the way to go. (It is considerably less expensive than taking a licensed taxi. However, at least once we did take an unlicensed taxi when we were in a time pinch!)
We hopped aboard the 10:30 am ferry to Hamilton. The scenic 20-25 minute ride brought us to the foot of the Front Street ferry terminal and the Tourist Information Center was only a few steps away. The nice people at the Tourist Information Center stand at the ready to dispense maps, information, advice, sell ferry & bus passes or tokens, and even postcards.
As an added bonus to convenience, from the Information Center you can enter Dangelini's Cafe for that morning coffee, tea, pastry or bite to eat you might not have had yet. Judging by the crowd that morning, Dangelini's seemed to be quite a popular stop with the locals and tourists alike.
Like crossing the borders of some countries in Europe (EU countries) where entering a new country does not automatically guarantee a stamp in your passport, so was the case for us when arriving in Bermuda by ship. But since we like collecting passport stamps if at all possible, we made it a point to try to find e where we could get it done.
The lady at the Tourist Information Center near the ferry port directed us to the Custom House on Front Street which wasn't far away. The Custom House is a busy place but we didn't mind waiting for the officer in charge to stamp our passports "Hamilton, Bermuda - Arrived by Sea." This stamp is one of my favorite "souvenirs" of our visit to Bermuda!
- Pros:Beautiful beaches, friendly people, green island, peaceful
- Cons:Can be expensive to stay & eat here!!
- In a nutshell:When can I go back????
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