Easy-to-access, easy-on-the-wallet offerings include complimentary walking tours, free beach bonfire events and inexpensive-to-enter natural attractions. They all offer an unforgettable time on just about any budget. Here are 21 free or inexpensive ways to dip into island life.
1 City of Hamilton Walking Tour with Ed Christopher
Join Town Crier, Ed Christopher, and experience our capital on foot while discovering unique facts about places inthe City. Dressed to impress, Ed leads you through Hamilton’s vibrant streets as you learn about the history and culture of this
Dates: Mon–Fri | Price: FREE Time: 10:30 am Note: min. of 8 and max. of 45 people
2 Experience Harbour Nights
The restaurants, shops and businesses on the City of Hamilton's bustling Front Street stay open late every Wednesday night during the summer for Harbour Nights, a lively street party. Shops and bars offer deals, restaurants serve up special dishes and local artists and craftspeople show and sell their wares. There's also live entertainment, including music and the brightly costumed Gombey dancers.
Front Street, City of Hamilton When: Wednesday, 7-10 pm; May - August Price: Free
3 Ride the SeaExpress Around the Island
Bikes, scooters and taxis can get you around Bermuda, but you can also cross the island via the SeaExpress ferry service. Spacious double-decker boats with air conditioning and breezy decks zip from place to place on four different routes. They stop in spots like the City of Hamilton and the Town of St. George, and offer a different vantage point of Bermuda.
The first sunrise hits Bermuda in the east, near where the early British settlers arrived onshore in 1609. Stand in their footsteps and take in a piece of history as you drink your morning coffee. Then walk to the nearby Town of St. George where there's history around every cobblestoned corner.
Cut Road, St. George’s Price: Free
5 Catch the Sunset at Daniel's Head Park
The westerly ocean peninsula of Daniel's Head Park overlooks the waters of Somerset Long Bay, and it's one of the best places to watch the sun sink into the sea. Grab a picnic table near the water and marvel as the moon rises. Calling birds and crashing waves create a magical soundtrack.
Cambridge Road, Sandy’s Parish Price: Free
6 Head to Wet Wednesdays at Snorkel Park
Get ready to splash into some real summer fun and join DJ JBird on the water for an island raft up—a oating party right on the beach or, shall we say, in the bay! Paddle your way out to the oating bar for a cool drink, splash around with family and friends, get on to some great island music and party Bermy style—it’s a fete, get WET! Plus splash pools and sprinklers for the kids and don’t forget to take a ride on the water slide. (Fees apply for floats and water- rides.)
Planned as a replacement for St. Peter's Church in the mid-19th century, the Town of George's Unfinished Church looks like a romantic ruin out of a fairytale. The roofless edifice, though overgrown with grass in spots, features Gothic arches and a nave open to the sky.
Government Hill Road, Town of St. George
8 GOMBEYS IN THE PARK
Head to Queen Elizabeth Park in the City of Hamilton to watch the colourful Gombey dancers in their vivid costumes swirl to the rhythms in the heart of the City. Make sure you bring your camera to capture their live performance!
Full of artists and artisans, the East End has transformed into a natural Art District with its historic displays, Bermuda-inspired jewellery, paintings and so much more. Get to know the artists, their stories and inspiration behind the scenes.
JILL AMOS RAINE – Bermuda’s well-known painter will share her inspiration that fuels her
paintings. Location: Bermuda Memories, Water Street Date: Thurs Time: 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
LEE ANN STEPHENS – Flamemaker providing an up close and personal flame working demonstration. Location: Bermuda Memories, Water Street Dates: Mon–FriTime: 10:30 am–12:00 noon & 1:30 pm–3:30 pm
KELLI THOMPSON – Jewellery maker who crafts her unique designs using freshwater pearls, semi-precious stones, sea glass and pink sand from Bermuda’s beaches. Location: Saltwater Jewellery Design, Water Street Dates: Mon, Tues & Fri Time: 11:00 am–12 noon, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
DAVID & ROSE ZUILL – Bermuda’s award-winning designers sharing stories that inspired their fine jewellery pieces. Location: Davidrose Jewelry, Somers Wharf Dates: Thurs Time: 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
TARA CASSIDY – One of Bermuda’s most eclectic artists always working on new projects with an array of materials. Location: LaGarza, Bridge StreetDates: Mon–ThursTime: 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Also Join Tara for Free StylFridays, an acoustic open jamsession in the front garden.Time: 7:00 pm–8:00 pm
CIRQLE SPIN SUNDAYS – Aerial acrobatic Location: LaGarza, BridgeStreet Dates: First Sun of everymonthTime: 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
KELLY DIEL – Creating jewellery ornaments and decorative pieces from Bermuda sea glass, driftwood,pottery and other sea debris. Location: Seaglass by Kelly Diel, Somers Wharf Dates: Mon–Sat Time: Stop by any time from10:00 am–4:00 pm
ALLISON CONYERS – Showcasing her notecards and paintings featuring the island’s flowers and plants.Location: Bermuda National Trust Globe Museum Dates: Thurs & Sat Time: 12:00 pm–2:00 pm
10 See Calico Jack's Pirate Fire Show
The Pirates of the Caribbean have nothing on the performers of Calico Jack's show, where tricorn-hat wearing rascals sword fight, joke and create a spectacular fire-dance display. After the 30-minute pirate performance, you can pose for selfies with the cast.
Heritage Wharf, Royal Naval Dockyard
When: Monday and Thursday, 9-10 pm Price: Free
11 Dig Into Military History at Fort St. Catherine
Fort St. Catherine, which towers against a backdrop of ocean and pink beaches, was constructed in 1614. The largest fort on the island, it underwent numerous upgrades during the 19th century. Now, after crossing the dry moat, you can see its impressive ramparts, keeps and a museum showcasing life in Bermuda in the 17th century. Not to miss: the impressive collection of antique weaponry, including pistols, swords and muskets.
St. Catherine’s Point, City of St. George
When: Monday - Friday, 10 am - 4 pm Price: $7 adults; $5 seniors; $3 children 6-15; children 5 and under free
12 Climb to the Top of Gibbs' Hill Lighthouse
Climb the 185 steps to the top of the oldest cast iron lighthouse in world for panoramic views of the island. The Gibbs' Hill Lighthouse has been flashing its beam to seafarers in 1846.
Lighthouse Road, St Anne's Rd, Cross Bay SN 01 When: Monday to Saturday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm; Sundays and holidays 10 am – 4:30 pm Price: $2.50 per person, children under 5 free
13 Birdwatch at Spittal Pond
This 59-acre nature reserve is a birdwatcher’s paradise. The wide variety of natural habitats within the sanctuary makes Spittal Pond a haven for migratory shorebirds, waterfowl and many other species. In January, you may see as many as 500 species near the pond.
South Road, Smith’s Parish Price: Free
14 Hike Up to Fort Scaur for Views of the Great Sound
As one of the original outposts of the British Empire in the Western Hemisphere, Bermuda is home to several formidable fortresses, including the perfectly preserved Fort Scaur. Hike to the fort, explore the ramparts and soak in a spectacular view of Bermuda’s Great Sound. See any invading pirate ships on the horizon?
Somerset Road, Sandys Parish
15 Explore the Bermuda Railway Trail
All year-round, you can explore Bermuda on foot via the 18-mile long Railway Trail. Following the path of the train which served the island from 1931 to 1948, the popular path attracts bikers, joggers and walkers. It's also a great spot to snap photos.
16 See the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo
Get up close to cute seals, powerful sharks and peaceful water birds at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo, a three-in-one attraction located in Flatts Village. Naturalistic habits, animal feedings and scientific exhibits up the appeal.
40 North Shore Road, Flatt’s Inlet, Hamilton Parish When: Daily (except Christmas Day), 9 am – 5 pm Price: Adults $10, senior citizens $5, children (5 to 12 years), children under 5 are free
17 Cozy Up to a Bonfire on Tobacco Bay Beach
Tobacco Bay Beach earned its name when survivors of the Sea Venture shipwreck discovered tobacco growing here. Now, you'll notice unusual limestone formations off the shoreline, a haven for aquatic life like parrotfish and sergeant majors. This popular destination in St. George's Parish offers equipment rentals and a snack bar, too. You can also kick off your shoes at Tobacco Bay's Sunsets, Bonfires and Bohemia events on Friday nights, which feature live music, happy hour specials and a roaring beach bonfire.
1 Coot Pond Road, St. George’s Parish Price: Free
18 Witness a Reenactment in St. George's
Watch Bermuda’s history come to life as the St. George’s town crier conducts an 18th-century style trial in King’s Square. This entertaining and light-hearted historical reenactment shows how an offender was publicly punished and includes the dunking of a nagging wench.
King’s Square, St. George When: Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 12:30-1:30 pm until Nov. 30 Price: Free
19 Featherbed Alley Print Shop
Visit an 18th century print shop to see a demonstration of a Gutenberg Press and learn about the rst printing business of Bermuda which published the island’s first newspaper, the Bermuda Gazette in 1784.
St. George’s Historical Society, Mitchell House, Featherbed Alley, St. George’s When: Wednesdays; 10:00 am–2:00 pm Price: $5
20 Sip Locally Roasted Coffee
Drink java made from the only coffee beans roasted on Bermuda at the Rock Island Coffee. Also known for its friendly vibe – there's an outdoor patio and colourful works by local artists on the walls – the spot bakes its own scones, cookies and muffins. Oh, and a cup of joe will only set you back a few bucks.
48 Reid Street, Hamilton When: Monday-Friday, 7 am – 6 pm; Saturday, 8 am – 1 pm
21 TALES FROM THE MUSEUM BY THE RUBBER TREE
Step inside the Bermuda Historical Society Museum to hear the riveting tales and view artefacts of the past.
When: May 27, June 24, Aug 26, Sept 30, Oct 28 - 11:00 am Price: FREE