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Hamilton Parish, Bermuda Travel Guide

Hamilton Parish Summary


  • Great scuba diving and fishing spots
  • Proximity to the airport and to the City of Hamilton
  • The Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo is a huge complex complete with a living coral reef and hundreds of species
  • The stunning Crystal Caves are on of Bermuda's major natural wonders
  • Shelly Bay's calm, shallow waters are great for families, plus it's always fairly empty
  • Home to historic Tom Moore's Tavern, Bermuda's oldest restaurant, and to popular Swizzle Inn, arguably the most famous tavern in the islands (tip: order their famed Bermuda rum swizzle)
  • Secluded spots, like the Blue Hole Park, great for bird-watching
  • Great views from Crawl Hill
  • Good golf at Tucker's Point Golf Club


  • No historic sights and few attractions
  • Fewer beaches than in other parishes
  • Mostly expensive accommodations

What It's Like

Hamilton Parish is a tranquil area surrounding Harrington Sound, on the northern end of Bermuda's Main Island. Few visitors choose to stay here, for hotels are mostly expensive and are quite far from everything if you rely solely on public transportation, but most properties are only a 15-minute drive from the City of Hamilton and historic St. George.

Hamilton Parish, along with Sandys, is possibly the most family-friendly parish, with a couple of calm, shallow beaches, and the fascinating Bermuda Aquarium, home to hundreds of different species and a large living coral reef. The Crystal Caves at Bailey's Beach are one of Bermuda's major natural wonders, with impressive formations and a subterranean lake open to visitors of all ages.

Where to Stay

Hamilton Parish could be divided into two sections -- the sparsely populated eastern side of Harrington Sound, great for romantic getaways and golfers; and the family-friendly northwestern side, with calm, shallow beaches and easy access to the Bermuda Aquarium.