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Hamilton, Bermuda

Visitors traveling to Hamilton, capital of Bermuda, find a duality in the bustling action of city life, and the calmer, relaxed atmosphere of a day in tropical paradise. Whether you crave a relaxing afternoon on the harbor or a busy day of shopping, the small city of Hamilton holds appeal for every traveler.

Founded in 1793 and named after a former governor, Hamilton sits to the north of Hamilton Harbor, which fills frequently with large cruise ships where tourists come to explore, shop, and dine. The city also holds the main ferry terminal and bus departure and return points, creating a major transportation hub for the rest of Bermuda. Travel usually starts and ends in the city of Hamilton, so basing yourself here gives a definite advantage for a day of exploration.

The crowds from the cruise ships flock to Front Street first, and with good reason. Hugging the curve of Hamilton Bay and dotted with pastel buildings, it arguably holds the best shopping in Bermuda. Shop the many unique stores for clothing, jewelry, antiques, and other souvenirs before grabbing a bite from the tempting array of restaurants. Ranging from elegant dining to casual pubs, pick up anything from a quick sandwich to a sit-down lobster or conch delicacy. For those looking for a lazy afternoon, spend a few hours sipping a drink and watching the ships come in from one of many balconies with harbor views.

Adventurous travelers may choose to tear themselves away from Front Street and explore the downtown area. The remainder of Hamilton largely devotes itself to business, but there are still several sights worth checking out. Make your way past the Bird Cage (containing the famous Bermuda short-wearing, traffic directing constable) and visit the Bermuda Cathedral on Church Street, a vast neo-Gothic church with breathtaking views of the city. Other sights in the city include the City Hall and Arts Center, which the seat of the government as well as a gallery featuring local art exhibitions. For a peaceful hour or two, stroll through one of the many parks scattered throughout the city, such as Victoria's Park, Par-la-ville, Point Pleasant, or Barr's Bay. A bit further outside of the city, history buffs can visit Fort Hamilton, constructed in the 19th century, and featuring a beautiful moat-turned-garden.

After a day of exploration, kick back and relax with Hamilton's nightlife. The area offers clubs, bars and live entertainment. Harbor Nights on Wednesdays feature opportunities for family fun - Front Street closes to traffic and fills with food, music, dancing, vendors, and activities. Take in the culture and scenery, and relax at the end of a busy day.

The city of Hamilton contains something for every traveler, from shopping, dining, and nightlife to beautiful views and the many peaceful parks. Make Hamilton a stop on your next tropical vacation, and enjoy all that this bustling city offers.











     
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