Front Street in Bermuda is a bustling street in the city of Hamilton. There are lots of high end boutiques, souvenir shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants. There are rows upon rows of iconic pastel colored buildings, featuring a colonial architectural style. They face the Hamilton Harbor where you can view many grandiose yachts and homes across the water. Even with a small cruise ship in port, we didn’t find that Front Street was overly crowded or busy, despite being one of the most popular places in Bermuda.
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Front Street’s Waterfront Promenade
On one side of Front Street, you have a line of pastel buildings that pay tribute to its famous pink sand beaches, coral reefs, and turquoise waters. These are home to shops, restaurants and bars. On the other side, admire stunning scenery of the harbor and the waterfront.
On the corner of Front Street and Queen Street, you can’t miss the pastel blue Gosling Brothers Ltd. For over 200 years, the Gosling’s distillery has created its world famous spirit, Black Seal Rum. It’s the primary ingredient in one of Bermuda’s national drinks, the dark n’ stormy. Pop by the store to grab a bottle while you’re walking down Front Street Bermuda.
Also on the corner of Front Street and Queen Street is the Bermuda Book Store. It’s over 70 years old and stocks all kinds of books about local legends and lore. Pick up a book about the Bermuda Triangle, pirate tales, or ancient shipwrecks. There’s an eclectic collection from Bermuda, the UK, and beyond waiting for you.
You might also want to get your hands on a pair of Bermuda shorts and some tall socks. Gotta look the part, right? There are quite a few clothing stores, ranging from souvenir shop to high end clothing stores that may have what you’re seeking. The English Sports Shop dates back to 1918 and you’ll also find an assortment of polo shirts and knee socks in a rainbow of colors.
Harbor Nights Festival
Harbor Nights is a weekly celebration throughout the summer by the waterfront. It’s the longest running street festival in Bermuda. It happens every Wednesday from the beginning of May through to the end of August. If you happen to be in town on a Wednesday, you’re in for a treat.
Essentially, Front Street in downtown Hamilton gets shut down to traffic, and the streets come alive. It’s like a giant party on Front Street. All of the Bermuda bars and restaurants stay open until late at night. There’s live music, dancing, decorations, and lights. You’ll have the chance to see gombey dancers (traditional music and dance that’s a blend of West African, indigenous, and British cultures). There are street vendors selling local arts and crafts. Simply put, Harbor Nights is one of the best ways to experience Bermudian culture.
Public Transportation at Front Street
On the west end of Front Street, you’ll find the main ferry terminal. There are ferry connections from Front Street Bermuda to several destinations all over the island, including Southampton, Warwick, and the Royal Naval Dockyard.
The Hamilton Central Bus Terminal is just two blocks north of Front Street on Washington Street. Public transportation in Bermuda is excellent and relatively inexpensive. Buses operate all over the island, and you can virtually get anywhere you need to be. Check out this guide to public transportation in Bermuda to learn more.
Wander Beyond Front Street
It’s not just about visiting Front Street Bermuda; it’s all about the surrounding side streets, too. Wander down any little alleyway that catches your eye. You’ll be able to discover the local art scene through galleries, outdoor art, murals and sculptures. We stumbled upon a moongate (a circular stone gateway that’s a good luck symbol), a water fountain with sculpted protruding whale tails, and beautiful architecture all around.
It’s perfectly safe to walk around Bermuda, even if you’re on your own. No matter where we went, we felt completely safe. It didn’t matter if it was the urban center of Front Street in downtown Hamilton or a faraway isolated beach. Don’t be startled if anyone approaches you for a chat. We aren’t used to people wandering up to us on the street, but the people of Bermuda are a polite and friendly bunch.
Justin and I were shooting some video with our GoPro along Front Street in Bermuda, and a man approached us for a conversation. He started asking us about the camera. Being from a bigger city, we aren’t used to strangers coming up to us out of the blue. After talking to him for a minute or so, he was genuinely curious about what we were filming and started telling us about Bermuda’s art scene. We later learned that being friendly and welcoming is part of the local culture. Here are some more interesting facts about Bermuda to know before you go.
Where to Stay in Bermuda
One of the top places to stay in Bermuda is the five star Hamilton Princess and Beach Club in Hamilton, Bermuda. If you’re looking to get to Front Street in Bermuda from your hotel, there’s no better accommodation than this. Within moments, we could walk from the front door of our hotel to lively Front Street. There’s also a dreamy infinity pool, spectacular suites, and top notch restaurants.
We felt like an extended weekend of four days was the perfect amount of time to spend in Bermuda. You could easily jet off to Bermuda for three days or even a week, depending on time and budget restrictions. Here’s our itinerary for a perfect four days in Bermuda.