If you are on cruise ship that is less than 700 feet long, you'll dock in downtown Hamilton. A Visitor's Information Center is located at the cruise ship terminal. Make sure to get a Visitor's Map as you exit the terminal.
If, however, you're on a larger ship, you'll be docking at King's Wharf.
Ferries, buses and taxis operate between the two all day and into the evening so getting to and from Hamilton is easy. The Visitor Info Booth beyond the gift stand sells the unlimited Day Pass for buses & ferries ($12 for 1 day or $20 for 2 days) – printed bus & ferry schedules are given, along with a mini Bermuda guide.
Located in Bermuda's west end, once Britain's largest naval base outside of the United Kingdom, the Royal Naval Dockyard is a lively cruise port. This 75 acre facility is within easy walking distance to where the ships dock at King's Wharf. The area includes a snorkel park, shopping mall, craft market and maritime museum. There is also ferry and bus service to Hamilton, Somerset and St. Georges. Webcam.
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As you exit the cruise terminal you will find local tour operators offering a variety of tours of Bermuda and also the line of horse drawn carriages waiting to take you on a tour of Hamilton. This is a great way to become familiarized with Hamilton when you first arrive.
In Hamilton the only sights that are worth in-depth visits are Fort Hamilton, the Bermuda Historical Society Museum, and the Bermuda National Gallery. All easily visited on foot.
Opposite the Visitors Information center stands the much-photographed “Birdcage,” where you used to be able to see a in Bermuda shorts–clad police officer directing traffic on a pedestal likened to a birdcage.
The islands benefit from an excellent and frequent bus service, which connects all parts of the islands to Hamilton. The buses are used equally by locals and visitors. When catching a bus look out for the pink and blue painted poles which denote bus stops; pink indicates buses to Hamilton; blue from Hamilton.
There are also passenger ferries which ply the waters of Hamilton harbor and the Great Sound, and are a great way of getting to Somerset and the Dockyard. One bus or ferry trip costs $4.-, ask for a transfer if you must connect to another line.
A one day adult pass is $12 and a 3 day pass is $28 – good for unlimited use on all buses and ferries.
Taxis are another easy way of getting around the islands. They are available at taxi stands on Front St. in Hamilton, at the major hotels or by phone. All taxis are fitted with a meter and charge $4 for first mile plus $1.40 for each subsequent mile.
Bermuda's pink sand beaches are probably the number one draw for most visitors. Bermuda is interesting because there are both public and private beaches. One of the nicest beaches in Bermuda is also the closest beach to Hamilton. Elbow Beach, about two-miles from Hamilton, is a beautiful mile long beach of crystalline soft sand and calm turquoise waters.
Crystal Cave is more than you can imagine. You enter the cave and take a guided tour, which includes walking on a floating walkway through the center of the most incredible array of stalactites and stalagmites you can imagine. Crystal Cave is definitely worth the $20 entrance fee.
A nice assortment of stores exists in Hamilton, especially on Front Street. The area can be explored easily on foot.
The restaurants in close proximity to the cruise ship docks in, say, St. George's can be as much as three times as expensive as a comparable one in, say, Somerset Village.
Bermuda's currency is the Bermudian dollar, which has the same value as US$. US dollars are accepted everywhere, make sure you get change back in US$.
The principal language spoken is English.
The following are public holidays in Bermuda: new year's day; Good Friday; Bermuda day (24 May); HM the Queen's Birthday (June); Emancipation day (end of July); Somers day (end of July); Labor day (first Monday in September); Remembrance day (11 November); Christmas day; Boxing day.
Most stores and banks are closed on above days.
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