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Hamilton

Bermuda is a self-governing British territory located in the Atlantic Ocean, about 350 miles off the east coast of the United States. The capital city of Bermuda is Hamilton, which is actually the only city in Bermuda. There is also one town in Bermuda, but the rest are small parishes.  

Hamilton is a popular port of call for cruise ships, and as such has a very touristy feel to it along the area where the ships dock. However, if you go a little deeper into the city, you will find the locals to be more at ease. Hamilton has the best shopping in all of Bermuda, as well as more restaurants than any other parish. You won’t have trouble finding things to do whilst in Hamilton.

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Hamilton has the best shopping in all of Bermuda

When you get there, you may want to spend some time at one of the pristine beaches of Hamilton. Hamilton has two public beaches. John Smith’s Bay Beach is a smaller beach that offers summer lifeguards and offers a few concessions on the beach as well. Shelly Bay is a wonderful beach for families to enjoy because it has a lot of shallow water areas and a large family playground area. Shelly Bay is also very close to some other local attractions such as the Aquarium, Zoo and Museums of Bermuda.  

Just outside the city of Hamilton is the parish of Pembroke. It is here that you can pick up the Bermuda Railway Trail. Now a walking trail, this used to be the site of the Bermuda Railway. Some of the rails are still in existence and it makes for an interesting, historical walk.  

Over all of the small islands and islets there were, at one time, protective fortresses. More than 100 of these fortresses existed at one time, all of which are thought to have been built in the 17th century. Some of these forts are still in existence and open to the public for exploration. Pembroke, just outside of Hamilton, has one of these forts that tourists can visit. Fort Hamilton, in Pembroke, is called as such probably because it overlooks Hamilton and protected this area at one time. If you’re a history buff, you will find this to be a fascinating tour; many of the original cannons are still in place at the forts.  

On your way back to the shipyard, you probably won’t be able to resist the shopping. You’ll certainly at least want a souvenir or two. Bermuda doesn’t have many taxes, but export tax is one of them that you will have to pay. Bermuda’s export taxes can be quite expensive and so the merchandise prices have to be increased to cover them. Be prepared to pay a pretty penny or two for your shopping in Hamilton. Better yet, buy your souvenirs further in town, away from the tourist spots. Often you can save up to 25% by going where the locals go to shop, and you will have a more authentic Hamilton souvenir too.

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