~Bermuda (Hamilton)~

Bermuda’s pretty pastel-shaded capital, Hamilton, named after Henry Hamilton—a former governor-hustles and bustles with local shoppers and sightseers. Although it is officially a city, boasting a massive 19th-century neo-Gothic cathedral, it is the size of a town and is inhabited by approximately 15,000 people. The population swells with the arrival of cruise ships that berth downtown next the main thoroughfare known as Front Street. Stretching along the harbor-front, Front Street represents the main shopping commercial district. Bob Hope once joked, “Bermuda is so British, the whole island is shaped like a stiff upper lip.” Throughout the town British influences have blended comfortably with the casual island style. Take a ride in a quaint horse-drawn carriage to get a better feel for Hamilton. See the Georgian-style Sessions House, on Church Street. It dates back to 1815 and serves as Bermuda’s House of Assembly and Supreme Court. Another must-see downtown is the “bird cage,” where Bermuda-shorts-wearing constables direct the traffic. Be sure to explore the South Shore where Gibb’s Hill

Lighthouse has been warning ships off the dangerous reefs since 1846. Today, the 117- ft.-tall structure is one of the world’s last standing cast-iron lighthouses with a beam that’s visible 40 miles away. Complementing the scenic South Shore drive is historic St. George, a charming UNESCO World Heritage Site, not far from Hamilton.