Attractions in Hamilton

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For tourists who insist on doing more than just lounging on the beach (which is perfectly acceptable in an area where such gorgeous beaches abound), a town like Hamilton is ideal.  It is the capital city of Bermuda, and thus a hot bed of culture and historic significance.  Here, your days are easily filled with trips to museums, touring centuries old homes, and stopping by government buildings.  The important thing about this town is that nature is equally as important, and you can alternate museum hopping with hiking and picnics in local parks. 


Elbow Beach

You will find an abundance of beaches to visit, though each of them are found just outside of Hamilton. Snorkeling is an option at some of these beaches, for visitors who enjoy the underwater scene. You can click on the name of each beach to read a detailed article concerning that section of the coast.

Grape Bay Beach: Grape Bay features a long, sandy beach in the island's Paget Parish. Shallow, clear sea water washes up on shore, inviting guests to take a relaxing swim or snorkel, while those on shore can take in the amazing panoramic view.

Another option worth considering is Elbow Beach. Elbow Beach, located south of Hamilton, stretches for nearly a mile and is bordered by hotels. The pink sands lead down to calm, reef-protected water.

Marley Beach: While there is not much that separates the several beaches that line the southern coast of Bermuda, Marley Beach is one of the few that are tucked away between developments, giving it a much more peaceful and natural appearance than the other beaches in the area.

Fortunately, you will find plenty of additional beaches nearby. Follow this link to visit our discussion of beaches for Hamilton.

Landmark Attractions

Waterville House

One popular destination is Bermuda National Gallery. It is found within downtown Hamilton. Watlington Collection The Watlington Collection is the core permanent exhibit, and features some of the European masters from between 1500 and 1850.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Waterville House. It is located in eastern Hamilton. A tour of the Waterville House is great for tourists interested in life on Bermuda for early settlers. The two main rooms of the house are furnished with relics donated to the museum by the Tringham family, and what is not original has been replicated to make the home appear as it was during the 19th century.

Bermuda Historical Society Museum: A quirky little history museum, the building itself is a speck of Bermuda history, designed by the first postmaster of the town, famous for his eccentricities. It shares a building with the library.

These examples are just a few of the available choices. To reach our detailed guide to other sites worth seeing in and around Hamilton, read this article.

Natural Attractions

Bermuda Botanical Gardens

One of the frequently visited natural attractions is Bermuda Botanical Gardens. The Bermuda Botanical Gardens is the largest garden on the island, a great place for visitors to stroll through and enjoy the beautiful flora.

Another local attraction that you might enjoy is Hungry Bay Nature Reserve. This protected wetland is home to a variety of shellfish and birds that all require the unique ecosystem to survive. As Bermuda continues to grow, Hungry Bay is one of the few remaining locations free of development.

These are just a few of what's on the island. To read more about natural attractions in and around Hamilton, use this link.


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