Port of King's Wharf
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King's Wharf is rich in naval history with an endless array of activities for all ages, be it culture, water sports, good food, shopping or kicking back at the beach. In addition to galleries, craft markets and museums, you can include world-class golf courses, parasailing, scuba-diving and dolphin swims on the short list of things to do. Trek up nearly 200 steps to the top of historic Gibbs Hill Lighthouse in Southampton; then follow it up with a listen to the lovely Gregorian chants of three nuns inside a teensy 1620 chapel at the Heydon Trust in Somerset. Shop at the Clocktower Mall, or pick up a scrumptious rum cake at the Bermuda Rum Cake Company, hop a ferry to anywhere, or stroll through the Arts Centre to view the works of Bermuda's premier artists.
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Where You're Docked
You'll call on the Royal Naval Dockyard in Dockyard Parish at the West End of Bermuda. Your ship will pull up to one of two docks: King's Wharf or Heritage Wharf, which are located right next to one another in the main port area.
Good to Know
If you're exploring the island via taxi or bus, don't be alarmed if you hear drivers routinely beeping at one another. Unlike in America, it's not hostile; rather, it's just a friendly indication that they know each other.
It's also fun to note the differing colors of license plates on scooters you see whizzing around town. The plates of tourists who have rented scooters during their stay are marked with a certain color to warn locals.
The people of Bermuda are friendly and helpful, but it's always good to be aware of your surroundings. Leave any unnecessary valuables and cash in your stateroom safe.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money
Legal tender is the Bermuda dollar, which is divided into 100 cents. BD$1 = US$1. U.S. currency is accepted in shops, restaurants, and hotels, but currency from Britain, Canada and other foreign countries is not. Getting money is easy at ATM's and banks. The Bank of Butterfield ATM is located at the Clock Tower Mall, and an HSBC Bank of Bermuda ATM is located near the Victualing Yard. The nearest actual bank branch is located in Somerset Village, about a five-minute ride from the port. For more currency exchange information, visit www.oanda.com or www.xe.com.
English is the official language in Bermuda.
Bermuda offers its best deals on U.K. imports like cashmere sweaters and Harris tweeds. You're shopping duty-free in many places, so that means prices run at least 20 percent less than in the U.S. You might get closer to a 40 percent range at some places, but prices aren't as good as they once were. Other souvenirs? Pick up some ginger beer (it's an acquired taste) and Gosling's rum to make a Dark 'n' Stormy back home. Don't forget the Bermuda shorts! Shop big-name (but less stocked) outposts such as Trimingham's-Smith's, the Crown Colony Shop and Crisson Jewelers at the Dockyards for your take-home treats.
You might also want to check out the Bermuda Craft Market, Glass Blowing and Rum Cake Factory and Bermuda Clayworks -- all located in Dockyard, most at the Clocktower Mall. Although the mall is not duty-free, there's no sales tax in Bermuda, so the price you see is the price you pay.