Sports & Activities
Hamilton City & Pembroke Bermuda
You can find abundance of both sporting and recreational activities in Hamilton City and Pembroke parish. Some of the popular activities include guided tours, boating, tennis, fishing, riding horse drawn carriages, soccer, scuba, health and fitness centers and lot more. While all such activities may not be available right at the city center, there are plenty in the surrounding Pembroke Parish where Hamilton City is located. They are all within few minutes walk or drive.
Tennis in Pembroke Bermuda
William Joell Tennis Stadium is one of the most popular and well known tennis clubs in Pembroke and is owned by the Government of Bermuda. Anybody including tourists can play here by paying a fee. However the rush hour starts after 5pm on the weekdays.
Until 2003, this was known as the Government Tennis Stadium. Later it was renamed after Joell who was instrumental in breaking the racial discrimination on the courts of this stadium. Now the blacks can also freely participate in the games. Joell also went a step forward to elevate Bermuda's tennis skill levels by organizing funds to bring in external coaches. He received Queen's Certificate for his valued contribution towards Bermuda's Tennis.
There are eight courts in the stadium - 3 clay courts and 5 hard courts. Three of the courts are lit at night. There is a pro who provides tennis lessons here. There is a shop selling cold drinks, tennis balls etc.
Location and Open Hours: 2 Marsh Folly Road (Cedar Avenue), Pembroke. Phone: 441/292-0105. 8am - 10pm (Monday - Friday), 8am - 5pm (Saturday and Sunday).
Health and Fitness Centers in Hamilton and Pembroke
Tours in Hamilton and Pembroke
Before I suggest the professional guided tours, let me share a self guided walking tour of Hamilton City that I have designed following our many family vacations in the island. If you like to walk, I think this Hamilton Walking Tour
will give you a comprehensive flavor of the city covering the historical buildings and museums, parks, churches, forts and several other points of interest, and most importantly, it's free :-)
Tim Rogers from Bermuda Lectures & Tours offers a 2-hour free walking tour during wintertime. These tours are sponsored by Bermuda's Department of Culture. He also offers custom walking tours during the high season that are chargeable, but at reasonable rates.
offers regular and personalized tours in their mini bus. They have guides certified by the tourism department. The Eastern Parishes tour covers Hamilton City in addition to St. George's. A personalized tour requires a minimum of six persons.
Town Crier of Hamilton City Ed Christopher with his full colonial costumes and feathered hat organizes walkabouts starting from the City Hall located on Church Street. He has a wealth of information about the island's history and shares his knowledge as you walk along with him.
Bermuda Train Company
operates a one-hour non stop Train Trolley Tour
. It's a mini train on wheels and goes around the Hamilton City on road. It's a great way to get a flavor of the city if you are not fond of walking. It starts from the Flagpole on Front Street.
Boat Tours in Hamilton
Jessie James Cruises
has always been one of our favorite boat tours in Bermuda that leaves from the Flagpole at Front Street. Winner of the "Best of the Best" award from tourism department, they take you to three different places during the 3-hour tour on their small boat. The boat tour includes a visit to a small beach, shipwrecks and the coral reef sea garden. They also let you snorkel along the way.
is one of the largest boat operators in the island and offers various boat tours including glass bottom and snorkeling tours. The boats leave from different locations in Bermuda including the Albuoys Point in Hamilton.
Scuba Diving in Pembroke
There are some great diving centers in Pembroke. Dive Bermuda
has PADI-5 star facilities and offers 2-tank dives everyday at noon from its Hamilton center during the summer time. The dives include both reefs and shipwrecks. They also offer offshore snorkeling trips. Another place is Bermuda Sub Aqua Club
located at Admiralty House Park. They organize regular dives for the club members (Phone: 441/291-5640). Club nights are held on Wednesdays in their Club House. Visitors can also join.
Fishing in Pembroke Bermuda
located in Spanish Point is run by the veteran Allen DeSilva. His 56-foot air-conditioned charter fishing Carolina boat DeMako
is the largest in Bermuda. He himself holds the record for the largest Blue Marlin. Another operator is Playmate Charters
operated by father and son Keith and Kevin offering 43-foot Torres Sports boat Playmate
fully equipped with modern game fishing. Check out Charter Fishing
to get their offering details and contact info. They both offer half and full day charter fishing.
Spanish Point Boat Club
is one of the main centers in Pembroke for sports-fishing. While it's a members club, they also welcome tourists. They have a fishing dock. The day's haul from the boats are recorded on a hauling equipment.
You can still take a horse carriage ride in Bermuda although such slow moving vehicles have been under scanner for a while in such a highly populated island. You will get the horse carriages on Front Street
in Hamilton City next to the no. #1 cruise ship passenger terminal. I suggest that you take a relatively traffic free and scenic route rather than riding within the congested city limits. A good route would be to take the Pitt's Bay Road
and meander through the lanes of the Fairyland
and reach up to the Point Shares
Yachting in Hamilton
Royal Bermuda Yacht Club
is located on the harbor side and is the largest yachters club in the island. The club hosts a number of international yachting events like the Newport Bermuda Race and the King Edward VII Gold Cup.
Soccer and Other Activities
Bermuda National Sports Center
located in Devonshire (only 10 minute bus ride from Hamilton) is the premier sporting facility in the island and offers facilities such as athletic tracks, swimming pool, fields for soccer, cricket, rugby, and hockey, Gym, a multi-purpose pavilion with a hall, and more.
Bermuda Athletic Association has been promoting various sporting activities including soccer, badminton, rugby, swimming, track and field etc. Weekend soccer games are played in its club field. Admission is free. 24 Woodlands Road, Pembroke. Phone: 441/292-3161.
Visitors' Reviews and Comments
Bill Buker (February 2014)
We are visiting Bermuda next week, staying at the Fairmont Hamilton downtown. Are there squash courts / clubs available nearby (downtown/walking distance), without "cabbing it" all the way out to Devonshire / BSRA ? Thanks in advance for your assistance.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) February 2014
Hi, You can try in Court House Squash and Wellness located at 31 Victoria Street, Hamilton City. Phone: 441/292-8357; Email: [email protected]
They have three squash courts. usually only members allowed but they have reciprocal arrangement with over 3,000 clubs worldwide.