In Bermuda, nearly everything revolves around the capital of Hamilton. The city is the hub of commerce, politics and culture in the island nation and where people head to spend an evening on
the town, do serious shopping or attend to business. At one side, the city looks quaint and traditional but on other side, it is cosmopolitan and busy. You can relax in a century-old restaurant on the Waterfront, sip on a rum swizzle, order up local rockfish with peas, take a carriage ride down the mansion-lined coast or zoom through traffic on a scooter.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Bermuda is either March or April when the temperate weather becomes pleasant for beach bathing, even if it’s not quite warm enough for swimming yet. And the prices aren’t as high as they are during the busiest season, from May to October.
Top Places to Visit in Hamilton
1. Front Street
It is the pulsing heart of Hamilton, the harbor-front road lined with candy-colored Victorian buildings in shades of sky blue, bright lemon, apricot and lime. Many are adorned with overhanging verandas, and one of the most lovely ways to spend an evening is to wine and dine as you gaze at the boats gliding across the harbor.
2. The Royal Naval Dockyard
It is just a quick ferry ride from the capital and is one of the best places to dive into Bermuda’s culture and history. The old naval installation has been transformed into a charming shopping and dining district where visitors can climb the old ramparts, feast on fish and chips and explore the underwater world by snorkeling. The Royal Naval Dockyard also hosts the National Museum of Bermuda, a collection of eight historic buildings that include exhibits on Bermuda’s history of slavery, the islanders’ ancestries, the country’s maritime history and more. Take in the local history, then catch stunning views from the ramparts. The craft market of there is filled with the works of more than 60 local artists, including needlework, paintings, fabric art, jewelry, cedar work, quilts and ornaments.
3. National Botanical Gardens
The 36-acre paradise of the National Botanical Gardens are located just outside the capital, and highlights include a miniature forest, bromeliad exhibit, greenhouse full of exotic orchids, palm garden and aviary rich with bird life.
4. Clarence Cove
At Clarence Cove, you can swim year-round in the exquisite lagoon-like setting, and some of the best beaches in the country are just a short drive from Hamilton.
5. Churches in Hamilton
The Anglican Cathedral on aptly-named Church Street is a living landmark of local artisanship made of native stone. The wooden St. James’ Church dates back to 1789, and visitors are welcomed by ornate entry gates. St. Peter’s Church is the oldest Anglican church site in the New World in continuous use. Since 1612, it has welcomed the island’s faithful on Duke of York Street.