Where to go in Bermuda & how?

Greetings from Eastern Massachusetts in the USA. I will be arriving in Bermuda via Royal Caribbean Explorer of the seas on April 30, 2011. I will have one traveling companion, and we are interested in seeing a little bit of the island, sightseeing, perhaps some shopping, and some much needed beach time at Horseshoe bay beach. 
I would like to make sure that there is a bus route, or routes that can get us to these desired locations, and also ask your recommendations for any specific places to visit. 
Are there buses that can pick us up at Kings Wharf, with a direct route to Horseshoe bay, and are we able to hop on and off at other points of interest? 
Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions. I can not wait to see the pink sand beach, and spend some time in warm sunshine 
Nancy Thibault (April 2011) 
Hi Nancy, There is a bus stop and also a public ferry terminal at the Kings Wharf Dockyard. They are quite close to where the cruise ship docks. Dockyard is where Bus routes #7 and 8 end. For Horseshoe Bay Beach, you should take bus #7 which goes along the scenic south shore. 
I suggest that you buy a day's transportation pass. You will get it at the Visitors Information Center located at the dockyard itself (address: Pier 41, Clocktower Parade, Dockyard). The pass allows unlimited use in public buses as well as in ferries and remains valid for the whole day. This will be the cheapest and most convenient for traveling around the island. You can then hop on and off the buses any number of times. 
For maximizing your day in Bermuda, I recommend that you go through the tours and itineraries (both guided and self guided) that I have described in the link below, and choose the one that you like the most. Here is the link: Bermuda Tours 
Have a great time in Bermuda!! Regards, 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) April 2011  
I would suggest that you also check out Bermuda Compact Itinerary - a forum discussion where a visitor asked a similar question to find a compact fulfilling itinerary in Bermuda during her short stay. 
Visit Bermuda Bus Routes to know about the main places of interest and the bus routes serving those locations. 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) April 2011 
Thank you very much for responding to my email. I will definitely spend some time looking on the site, and am glad to know we can get all around via bus, and some other interesting modes of transportation. So much to see, so little time....thanks again 
Nancy (April 2011) 
My husband and I are going to be visiting the KINGS WHARF, BERMUDA area on our cruise this May aboard the Celebrity Summit and want to visit a nice public beach, the Swizzle Inn, and for him any place that makes rum.  I would like to ask what would be the best way to see these things on our own and not through an excursion. For example what things are within walking distance from the port and what will need transportation.  Thank you so much. 
Lisa Barch (January 2012) 
Hi Lisa, 
The best beach in Bermuda is Horseshoe Bay in Southampton which is on Bus route #7 that leaves from the dockyard itself. It'll be about 20mins from the dockyard. But in May, the beach is likely to be quite crowded. Otherwise continue on the same bus route and there are several other great beaches on south shore including Warwick Long Bay and Church Bay which should be little less crowded. 
The original Swizzle Inn is in Hamilton Parish. You can take a ferry from the dockyard and come to Hamilton City (takes 20 minutes) and then Bus #1, 3, 10 or 11 for Swizzle Inn. They are the originator of rum swizzle which is a great rum based concoction. If you don't have time to go all the way, then try out Swizzle Inn South Shore, a branch that has been opened recently. It's on Bus route #7 and in Warwick parish. This pub is located on South Road between Astwood Cove and Elbow Beach. You can combine your 
beach visit with this one. 
There are a number of other attractions within the dockyard itself which are all within walking distance, like Maritime Museum (now the National Museum of Bermuda), Dolphin Quest (a dolphin display center), Snorkel Park (an artificial beach with lots of water sports activities including island beach parties at night), Clock Tower Mall with many boutique shops (most of them are quite expensive though and are good for window shopping), Frog n' Onion pub in the dockyard which too serves rum and other drinks, etc. etc. 
I recommend that you check out the following link and know everything that you can do from the dockyard. You don't need to take any shore excursions offered by the cruise ship and enjoy everything on your own at much lesser cost. 
Assuming that you have two and half days in the island, you can keep one day to explore the Historical town of St. George or the Capital port Hamilton City. Visit the following link where I have suggested self guided walking tours of the two places along with many others. You can take direct ferry to either of the two places and comeback. 
Buy a transport pass for the day or number of days you will be in Bermuda. You can get it at the Visitors Information Center at the dockyard. That pass gives unlimited access to both buses and ferries during its validity period. 
Hope this helps!! Have a great time in Bermuda. 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com)  January 2012 
Thanks so much. Our cruise will be there in early May for 2 days so hopefully Horseshoe Bay won't be overly crowded but if so we will try one of your other suggestions. 
Lisa Barch (January 2012) 
From 1959 to 1963 my father was stationed at Kinley AFB.  We lived in Baily's Bay the entire time.  I am planning a family vacation there in 2013. My sister and her family are also coming.  We are renting a house. I would like to know if there is any way I can find information about the house we lived in.  It was Sandy ---something.  I can't remember the last part of it. Is there a way to get a list of houses with Sandy?  
Margaret Romero (March 2012) 
I will be arriving by ship in Oct this year. Do u know where I can get my passport stamped? I was in Bermuda last year on a cruise and didn't have time to look for a place. Thx. 
Michele (April 2013) 
Hello Michele, 
You can try stamping your passport at the Customs office in Hamilton City. Here is the address: 
Custom House, 40 Front Street, Hamilton HM 12, Bermuda 
You can write to them (Email: [email protected]) to confirm this and check if there is any other place in Bermuda where you can get your passport stamped (I am assuming you are looking for the shiny customs emblem that serves as a souvenir). 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) 
We are planing a trip to Bermuda and are staying next to the lighthouse. How long of a walk is it to Hoseshoe Bay from the lighthouse in minutes? Thanks in advance, 
Ralph Marrero (August 2014) 
Horseshoe Bay Beach is about 1.2kms (.75 miles) from Gibbs Hill Lighthouse. Will take about 15 minutes by walk. 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) August 2014 
Greetings..this is our second cruise to Bermuda..will be heading down in June 2015..have one open day that we would like to spend on Island just discovering...botanical gardens nature type stuff. Do you have any suggestions?? Also what would be the best way to travel from place to place....we did rent a moped two years ago, that was OK but would rather be a bit more relaxed this time! 
Kathryn Woods (February 2015) 
Hi, Other than Botanical Gardens (at Paget), you may consider visiting Spittal Pond Nature Reserve (at Smiths) and Paget Marsh (at Paget), Ferry Reach Park (St. George's Parish), Coopers's Island Nature Reserve (St. David's) etc. Use public bus and ferry wherever possible. A transport pass (for 1-day, 2-day, 3-day etc) will give you unlimited access to both buses and ferries... it's great if you like to hop on and off several times a day. You can get them at any Visitors Information Centers, Ferry / Bus terminals in Hamilton etc. Alternatively you can also buy a pack of tickets (booklet of 15) from bus/ferry terminals in Hamilton or any post office. 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) February 2015 
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