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Hamilton Bermuda Visitor Tips and Attractions

Front Street, Hamilton
Front Street is the main shopping and dining district in Hamilton. Credit: Wikimedia Creative Commons license
The town of Hamilton is one of the most common tourist attractions on the island of Bermuda.

Hamilton is the capital of the island and located in one of nine parishes. It is a short distance from C.F. Wade International Airport.

The town is the smallest of three cruise ports on the island. Most cruise visitors arrive at the Royal Navy Dockyard on the northern tip of the island. Only a handful of small ships now directly visit Hamilton.

It is a 45-minute drive from the Royal Navy Dockyard to Hamilton. Cruise visitors will need either a rental car or excursion bus to reach the town.

Unlike the capitals of other island destinations in the Caribbean and western Atlantic, Hamilton has a small permanent population of only about 1,000 people. The small size of the town makes it ideal to tour it via moped, bicycle or taxi.

Hamilton is the center of trade and shipping for Bermuda because it is the only container port on the island. As a result, visitors on small cruise ships get quick and easy access to the city.

When arriving, they first see Front Street, which lies along the edge of the water. It is the main road of Hamilton for restaurants and shopping.

Local restaurants include Chopsticks for Chinese and Thai food; La Coquille for French and Mediterranean; Le Figaro and Monte Carlo for French; Little Venice for Italian; Pickled Onion for American; and Robin Hood Restaurant and Bar for a sports bar atmosphere.

Harbor Night takes place every Wednesday night during the summer. Visitors will find performers, crafts and additional shopping.

Nearby Bermuda hotels include Waterloo House, Fairmont Hamilton Princess, Rosedon Hotel and The Royal Palms.

Visitors exploring beyond Front Street will find a number of attractions including:

1. Holy Trinity Church
2. Fort Hamilton
3. Bermuda Maritime Museum
4. Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo
5. Tom Moore's Jungle
6. Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute
7. Garden Club of Bermuda Tours
8. Hamilton City Hall
9. Blue Hole Park
10. Bermuda National Gallery -- collections of international art

Cave explorers will want to investigate the photographic Crystal Caves and Cathedral. They lie another 20 minutes northeast of Hamilton.

Anyone wanting more information can go to the west end of Front Street to the Visitor's Service Bureau to get additional advice about touring the area.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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January 07, 2018
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