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Hamilton Parish

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Hamilton Parish is on the island of Bermuda.

Understand[edit]

Baileys Bay is a district in Hamilton Parish known for its caves.

Flatts Village is a small area with an aquarium, restaurants and a few shops, built around an inlet where Harrington Sound connects to the Atlantic Ocean. The narrow inlet forces the tidal waters to flow at a surprisingly quick rate. It's not a place to spend all day, but worth a visit if you're touring Bermuda for a few days.

Get in[edit]

Bailey's Bay is less than five minutes taxi ride from Bermuda's airport ($10), or about twenty minutes ($20-$25) from downtown Hamilton. You can also take any of the following busses: 1, 3, 10, 11. If coming from the airport, take direction "Hamilton". If coming from Hamilton, take direction "St. George's".

Drive: From Hamilton, take Middle Road or North Shore Road east for about 15 minutes.

By Bus: Busses #3, #10 and #11 pass through Flatts Village on their way between Hamilton and St. George's.

Get around[edit]

The district of Baileys Bay is less than a mile long. If you are fit enough to walk five city blocks, then you can walk. There are usually taxis going back and forth from the airport that can take you a short distance if you need it.

Flatts Village is small enough to walk around on foot. Public parking is available across the street from the aquarium. Roads are very narrow and not all have sidewalks -- keep close to the curb and walk single file.

See[edit]

  • Crystal Caves
  • Flatts Bridge -- the unusual tidal forces are visible each day. It's a good place for seeing fish life, including the occasional spotted eagle ray, as well as Bermuda's rarest native bird, the common tern. Some locals youths jump off the bridge into the water during the hot summer in spite of the signage.

Do[edit]

  • Explore Blue Hole Park, with its caves, fishy ponds, and calabash trees.
  • Walk the Railway Trail between Coney Island and Bailey's Bay for fantastic ocean views.
  • Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo -- Flatts' main attraction is a remarkably extensive aquarium of Bermuda's local fish life, as well as samples of animal life from Australasia, Madagascar and the Caribbean. At $10 per person, it's a great way to spend an hour or two with the kids. Open 9-4 every day except Christmas.

Buy[edit]

  • Memorabilia from the Swizzle Inn

Eat[edit]

  • Swizzle Inn, +1 441-293-1854. 3 Blue Hole Hill, Baileys Bay, Hamilton Parish. One of Bermuda's most iconic establishments offers great food and is home to the Rum Swizzle. According to the motto, you Swizzle Inn and Swagger Out.
  • Jamaican Grill, Coney Island Road. Jamaican take-out, including ox tail, jerk chicken and curried goat.
  • Rustico Restaurant - the nicest restaurant in Flatts, offering delicious suppers at Bermuda's usual high prices. Reservations recommended: 1 (441) 295-5212.
  • Indigo -- Indian fusion with possibly the most varied menu in Bermuda. Not all dishes are winners, but certainly worth a try, and not as expensive as most sit-down restaurants on the island. Reservations usually not necessary. 1 (441) 292 9800.

Drink[edit]

  • Swizzle Inn's famous rum swizzle.

Sleep[edit]

  • Brightside Guest Apartments -- nothing fancy, but an affordable Bermuda option in Flatts Village.

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