King’s Wharf is the gateway to Bermuda for most cruise passengers. You walk off your ship into a historic British Navy base — once dubbed “Gibraltar of the West” — that has been transformed into a hub for visitors. Inside the historic stone buildings there are art galleries, museums, restaurants, and countless shopping opportunities.
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Everything is Central: You can sample rum cakes, watch glassblowers, and chat with artists right at the port. The National Museum of Bermuda is there, too. You can also swim with dolphins, ride a Segway, or explore the small beaches.
Easy Transport: If you want to leave the port area, ferries and buses make it easy to get around the 20-square-mile main island on your own — including to visit the capital city of Hamilton, historic St. George’s, and the famous pink sand beaches.
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Nearby Beaches: You can get to famous pink stretches like Horseshoe Bay (which always makes the lists of top beaches in the world) within 25 minutes via taxi or bus.
Bermuda Triangle: Shore excursions take you to snorkel or dive among some of the hundreds of wrecks in the Bermuda Triangle (the nighttime tours are particularly eerie).
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Who It's Best For
Multigenerational Families: The port was developed with all cruisers in mind — from kids to seniors — and there are attractions for everyone (including bars for the party crowd).
History Buffs: Several museums are dedicated to the island’s naval past, as well as historic reenactments in the Victualling Yard and walking tours (from May to October).
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You’ll Spend Bucks: Nothing on the island of Bermuda comes cheap — not the food, nor drink, nor bike rentals.
It’s Very Visitor-Focused: King’s Wharf is clearly a tourist area. You won’t meet any locals except those working in the restaurants and shops. Wander beyond for more of a local experience.
Fran Golden is a Cleveland-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for USA Today.