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The Royal Naval Dockyard is simply called Dockyard by locals. Once known as the “Gibraltar of the West,” Britain’s largest naval base outside the United Kingdom is now filled with adventure, local culture and luxury. West End Development Corporation (WEDCO) has been guiding the development of Dockyard since 1982 and strives to continually develop the area as a world-class destination built proudly on the past, with a clear view of the future. The challenge for most visitors is choosing what to do first, as there is always a variety of events and amenities for adults and families available both day and night. For up-to-date event and amenity details, please visit The Royal Naval Dockyard’s website or Facebook page. (234-1709; dockyardbermuda.com) HOME OF THE 35TH AMERICA’S CUP In May, the best sailors in the world convene in Dockyard for the 35th America’s Cup, presented by Louis Vuitton. The pinnacle of international sailing, the America’s Cup has generated intense excitement and fierce rivalries for more than 160 years. Now, for the first time, this premier event takes place in Bermuda, an island founded on a legacy of sailing. A nine-acre “island” has been created at Dockyard and provides the host venue for what is going to be “the best in the history of the sailing race event,” according to Sir Russell Coutts, the CEO of the America’s Cup Event Authority. This new addition to Bermuda’s landmass embraces the America’s Cup Event Village and features two team bases, a pit row, food and beverage venues, entertainment and concerts. It also provides prime viewing for the sleek, AC45F racing catamarans competing for the celebrated “Auld Mug,” the affectionate nickname for the ornate silver “cup” of America’s Cup. It is not only the oldest trophy in international sport; it predates the modern Olympic Games by 45 years and is yachting’s biggest prize. These fast, foiling “cats” are a far cry from the stately schooners that competed in the first Cup race in England, won by the New York Yacht Club entry, the yacht America. Thus began a winning streak that saw the cup remain in U.S. hands for 132 years, hence the cup’s familiar title, “The America’s Cup,” named for the yacht, not the nation. Racing in Bermuda’s Great Sound starts with the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers on May 26, 2017. Six teams from the U.S., U.K., Japan, New Zealand, France and Sweden compete in heats throughout several competitive weeks to be the successor to face defending champions, ORACLE TEAM USA, in the 35th America’s Cup Match beginning on June 17, 2017. For more information on the America’s Cup, visit acbda.bm. DIVE INTO HISTORY After losing the American War of Independence in 1783, and with no American ports at their disposal, Britain sought a port in the mid-Atlantic, between Halifax and the West Indies, from which it could face off America and France and also easily access its interests in the Caribbean. Bermuda’s central geographic position, as you might guess, made it a prime choice. In 1809, slaves laid the first local stones that would become The Royal Naval Dockyard’s foundation; and convicts from Britain followed as the next wave of labourers after emancipation. From the War of 1812 until just after World War II, the Royal Naval Dockyard and the base played an integral role in strategic defence for Britain. It wasn’t until 1951 that the Royal Navy officially pulled out from Bermuda. And in the first years after the Bermuda government purchased Dockyard in 1953, the area saw little use and began to fall into disrepair. But soon enough, plans were set into motion to preserve Dockyard as a public gathering ground and park. Immerse yourself in 500 years of history at the National Museum of Bermuda, housed within the island’s largest fort. The 15-acre property includes British military buildings of the Keep citadel and the award-winning Commissioner’s House. Inside its historic limestone walls, learn about Bermuda’s cultural links with the West Indies and the Azores, trans-Atlantic slavery, and the island’s defence through two World Wars. Marvel at local artist Graham Foster’s 1,000-squarefoot mural of Bermuda history and other maritime art. Explore the collection of small local watercraft and Shipwreck Island: Sunken Clues to Bermuda’s Past, an exhibit showcasing Spanish gold, colonial trade goods and other artefacts recovered from local shipwrecks. Kids will love the whimsical Museum Playground & Playhouse, complete with maritime interactives and a 70-foot moray eel. Open April through November from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission 4 p.m.); December through March from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. (last admission at 4 p.m.). Adults, $15; seniors, $12; free for children under 16. (234-1418, 234-1333; nmb.bm) One of the most entertaining ways to learn about Dockyard’s fascinating history is the free Historical Reenactment and Walking Tour. Experience this amazing look into the past. For specific dates and times, visit dockyardbermuda.com. YEAR-ROUND EVENTS From festive holiday gatherings in December to regularly scheduled concerts, parties and family-friendly events during the summer months, there is always something happening in Dockyard. The events draw out locals as much as they do visitors, offering a great chance to mingle with Bermudians. The Royal Naval Dockyard’s website, dockyardbermuda.com, is the spot to check for updates on current happenings. But whether you plan to visit during one of the big annual to-dos or just pop by on a whim, you can count on a world of activities and experiences to fill up your day. Also, stop by the Dockyard Visitor Information Centre, which is conveniently located in the gazebo adjacent to the cruise ship pier and bus and ferry stops. The visitor centre offers up-to-date information on Bermuda events, attractions, tours and transport. You can also pick up your public transportation passes for the buses and ferries. (296-9400) GETTING TO AND AROUND DOCKYARD A practical way to reach The Royal Naval Dockyard is on the governmentoperated Bermuda Breeze buses or Sea Express ferries, which offer regular daily transport. Once in central Dockyard, visitors are able to rent a scooter from Oleander Cycles, which will allow you to travel around Dockyard and Bermuda on your time frame. Visitors can also take advantage of the free train shuttle within Dockyard when cruise ships are in port or the boundless taxis and minibuses available. For more information on transportation, please visit experiencebermuda.com/bermuda/ getting-around or visit the Dockyard Visitor Information Centre. ACTIVE PURSUITS Dockyard is full of exciting tours and activities on land and sea. And with some of the best winds on the island and a great beach just steps away from the stores, you’ll want to dive in right away. Situated on an acre of oceanfront property, Bermuda Fun Golf — the world’s No. 1 miniature golf course — features 18 challenging holes designed after famous holes in the U.S., Scotland and Bermuda. Special features include the Sunset Terrace, affording incredible views of Bermuda’s magnificent sunsets, and the Caddy Shack, their fully licenced bar. When the sun sets, enjoy their “glow in the dark” night golf. Bermuda Fun Golf is the perfect venue for the seasoned golfer and the family alike. “Putt a round” with them today! Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Located next to Snorkel Park Beach through the common archway. (400-7888; fungolf.bm) Dolphin Quest is a place where you can swim with beautiful dolphins in their oceanwater safe haven within the old stone fortress, now home to the National Museum of Bermuda, one of the world’s most extraordinary naval history museums. Feel the thrill of a lifetime as you touch, swim with and even kiss a dolphin. Enjoy a wide range of encounters for adults, children, families and groups. Dolphin Quest is open daily all year round from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reserve your encounter online or by phone. Be inspired and make a difference. Your Dolphin Quest participation supports marine mammal education, conservation and scientific study. (234-4464; dolphinquest.com) Simple elegance set amongst the most luxurious destinations in Bermuda, the Elizabeth is equipped to make your experience magical and memorable. Commemorate everything from cocktail parties to corporate meetings whilst enjoying the ocean sea breeze. A DJ, iPod or even a live band along with a large dance floor can be arranged to spice up any occasion. Their full catering options allow you to customise and transform the inside salon and outside deck into everything you’ve envisioned. Let their first-class crew members take care of your every need so you can enjoy a stress-free event. From weddings to corporate meetings and team-building days, the Elizabeth can host it all. Set the standards to new levels with every occasion on the Elizabeth, surrounded by the crystal blue waters of Bermuda. (747-2204, 234-2193; elizabethbermuda.com) Fantasea Diving & Watersports provides fun above and below the water. No certification is necessary for their Discover Scuba Lesson & Dive programme. They offer PADI certification courses and a two-tank wreck and reef dive. Take a short ride to a secluded island and enjoy a shallow-water snorkel. Try their power scooters and snorkel combo for a motorpropelled adventure. Go beyond snorkelling with tankless SNUBA for a dive experience with the simplicity of snorkelling. If you’d rather stay on the surface, experience their guided Eco-adventure Kayaking/ Paddleboarding tour. Seasonal whale watching tours are offered from February through May. The ideal way to experience Bermuda is to rent your very own pontoon boat for a half- or whole-day adventure. End your day on the Goslings Taste of Bermuda Rum Cruise by taking in the sunset and enjoying a Dark ’n Stormy. Fantasea Diving & Watersports has two convenient locations in The Royal Naval Dockyard at the Dockyard Watersports Centre and the Snorkel Park Beach Watersports Centre. Whatever your desire, they will make your Fantasea come true. (236-DIVE ; fantasea.bm) Island Tour Centre is Bermuda’s No. 1 provider of recreational sightseeing tours, activities and charters. With more than 25 years of local tour experience, countless options, easy online reservations and conveniently located booking offices, they are the first stop for your best Bermuda vacation experience ever. Choose from unbeatable diving and snorkelling opportunities, award-winning eco- and adventure tours, leisurely sightseeing excursions, heart-racing thrill rides and boat cruises to suit every taste imaginable. If you prefer to explore on your own, their knowledgeable staff can assist you with equipment rentals and private charter options. From luxury yachts to party bus pub crawls, they have it all. Visit their website, call or drop by one of their two booking offices at Island Outfitters and at the Dockyard Watersports Centre, both conveniently located across from the ferry stop, which is in walking distance of the bus, and Dockyard cruise ship terminals. (236-1300; islandtourcentre.com) Jessie James Cruises offers a two-stop snorkel and glass-bottom adventure. Weather pending, they will stop at two out of three amazing locations: shipwreck snorkel, beach and island snorkel, and a coral reef snorkel. They carry top-of-the-line snorkelling equipment and buoyancy/snorkelling vests (wet suits in cooler months). This is a great time for beginners and experienced snorkellers ages 8 and up. They have a toilet on board, and private charters are welcomed on request. Let them show you a part of Bermuda that will remain in your memory and leave you wanting to come back again. (747-2204, 234-2193; kirksadventures.com) Get ready to have the time of your life with K.S. WaterSports (Adventure Tours & Rentals), Bermuda’s No. 1 watersports company for fun and adventure. They offer Jet Ski tours, parasailing, boat rentals, private boat charters and WildCat high-speed boat tours out of The Royal Naval Dockyard. Experience the thrill of a lifetime on one of their amazing Jet Ski Adventures, which are rated one of the best fun activities to do in Bermuda. Splash and dash throughout Bermuda’s aqua blue waters as their friendly, fun and knowledgeable guides show you some of the best places to see on the water, plus point out many historic landmarks, too. Some of their Jet Ski Adventures even stop off at a shipwreck to feed fish, at a pink sandy beach area for a short swim or near hidden coves to spot sea turtles. Lowest Jet Ski rates in Bermuda with several exciting Jet Ski Adventures to choose from. Two-hour, three-hour and half-day private Jet Ski tours are available. Instructions provided to all participants to ensure a safe and memorable experience. All ages welcome. Must be 16 years or older (by law) to drive a Jet Ski. Fancy something a little more daring and exciting? Then experience the high-flying thrill, panoramic views and pure excitement of parasailing. Soar over Bermuda’s crystalclear waters aboard the Thrill Seeker. This powerful winch boat allows you to take off and land without getting wet, unless of course you request a dip. The professional crew assures you of a safe and memorable experience. Looking for the ultimate thrill ride or sightseeing adventure? Then step aboard the WildCat, Bermuda’s spectacular tour boat sensation and rated one of the best sightseeing adventure tours and must-dos in Bermuda. The WildCat is a high-speed powered catamaran that takes passengers on an exhilarating and exciting sightseeing adventure around Bermuda’s coastline. See more of the island in less time whilst enjoying the speed, comfort and safety of the WildCat; not to mention, it’s one fun, wild ride. Tours are narrated from start to finish. No trip to Bermuda would be complete without a thrilling WildCat ride. Want to plan your very own adventure? Then rent one of their brand-new 13-foot or 16-foot Boston Whaler boats or their larger 23-foot pontoon boats. Whether half day or full day, beginner or experienced driver, their instructors will have you up and ready to captain your own boat in no time, so you can head out on the water and explore Bermuda at your own leisure. A detailed map with routes and points of interest to see is provided with every boat rental. Or you can privately charter one of their four amazing premium charter boats ranging from 23 feet to 55 feet long, which are perfectly priced for smaller groups, families and friends who want to relax, cruise and explore Bermuda’s waters in style and comfort. Swim, snorkel, tour the island, picnic, spot sea turtles and more. Your dedicated captain will customise your experience to suit all your needs. Located at the Dockyard Watersports Centre, across from the Bone Fish Bar & Grill (441-238-4155, or book online at kswatersports.com). Don’t forget to visit their other locations in Hamilton and St. George’s, which offer Jet Ski tours, boat rentals, kayaks, paddle boards, Hobie Cats, private boat charters/tours and more. Kirk’s Coral Reef Adventures offers a wide range of different boat tours and private charters. Some of their tours include Snorkelling, Glass Bottom, Fishing, Sail & Snorkelling, Bermuda Triangle Night and Banana Boat Tubing. With eight different boats to choose from, your options are endless. Their smaller boats are perfect for intimate settings, and their larger boats come equipped with a full bar, stereo system, lights and an upper- and lower-deck dance floor for a great party atmosphere. Their boats are perfect for celebrating special events like birthdays, weddings, themed parties and even whale watching. Give them a call and let them know what you want and they will work with you to create the perfect experience. (747-2204, 234-2193; kirksadventures.com) Bermuda’s most popular award-winning sailing catamaran, Rising Son II, is a custombuilt 60-foot Simonis with all the amenities on board you could ever need for comfort and entertainment on the water. When the boat anchors at a beautiful and secluded swim or beach site, take advantage of their paddleboards, kayaks and snorkel gear, or simply lounge and relax in the sun with a cocktail from their full bar. The crew’s hilarious commentary and the upbeat, fun atmosphere will make your day trip in paradise the highlight of your vacation. Tours are available between May and October and include a Sail & Snorkel Adventure and a themed Sunset Sail. Meet their Bermudian captain and crew as strangers, and you will definitely walk away as friends. Private charters are also available year-round for groups up to 65 passengers. (236-1300; islandtourcentre.com) The Royal Naval Dockyard’s Snorkel Park Beach (SPB) may be the most fun beach in Bermuda. The park boasts all the exciting watersports and activities you want in one fantastic beachfront location. Rent a Jet Ski for a guided island tour. Kayak, paddleboard, pedal boat, raft or snorkel over stunning coral reefs, a shipwreck and sunken cannons, just feet from the protected beach. Relax and enjoy spectacular views, majestic sunsets, local food and refreshing drinks at Hammerheads Bar & Grill. Tropical fun awaits the whole family at their Sunset Markets, Tiki Parties and Bonfires on the Beach. A hidden oasis inside The Royal Naval Dockyard, enjoy the picturesque property and the famous friendly Bermudian service. There is something for every family member to enjoy; build a sandcastle, get in on a game of volleyball, or have a family competition of Giant Jenga, Connect 4, or old-fashioned Horseshoes. For the more laid back, chill out to the soft island music, walk the beach, relax oceanside and wiggle your toes in the sand or sea as the waves lap around you. Book online or with your concierge. (234-3100; snorkelparkbeach.com) Spirit of Bermuda, the island’s only sail training vessel, spends two weeks on sail training voyages with local students, then a week of maintenance, then two more weeks of sail training, and so on throughout the school year. On weekends throughout the year, and during maintenance weeks, Spirit is available for charters and is perfect for birthdays, family reunions, corporate events and other special occasions. Learn about Bermuda’s maritime history, their sail training programme and the island. Spirit has a capacity for 50 passengers/guests, and food and beverage can be arranged by the charterer or can be provided by special arrangement. They offer two- or three-hour daytime or sunset sailing cruises around the Great Sound. Cruises can start from either Dockyard or Hamilton, and rates start at $3,400 for the two-hour cruise, which includes the ship and crew. Spirit was voted Best Charter Boat in this year’s Best of Bermuda Awards. Create your own unique experience and find out for yourself how enjoyable a day or evening on the water can be. (737-5667; bermudasloop.org) PIECES OF BERMUDA As you make your way through Maritime Lane, you’ll see an array of hard-working artisans and artists who are eager to open their doors for you. Pop in to any of the galleries to view how they create beautiful masterpieces that you can take home. The Bermuda Craft Market has the largest collection of Bermuda-made crafts and products on the island. As you wander around the historic building, you will see craftsmen at work. Please stop and chat with them. All items are available for purchase and include Bermuda banana dolls; Bermuda pink sand; sterling and 14-karat gold-filled jewellery; pottery; candles; handmade soaps; sea glass pendants; cedar bowls; jams and jellies; and lots more. (234-3208; bermudacraftmarket.com) But the delights of Dockyard don’t end with artistic creations. The Bermuda Rum Cake Company is the only micro bakery on the island, and it’s dedicated to the incredible island indulgence, Bermuda Rum Cake, which is made with the island’s rum — Goslings Black Seal — at 80 proof. Six samples to taste daily are Traditional Rum, Rum and Ginger, Rum Swizzle, Banana Rum, Coconut Rum and Rich Dark Chocolate Rum. They also offer special seasonal cakes, which are truly delicious. This is the only rum cake made in Bermuda other than every Bermudian’s aunty and grandma’s. The Bermuda Rum Cake Company is a recipient of TripAdvisor’s Excellent Awards. (234-4216; dockglass.com) Crown & Anchor is a classic Bermudian clothing label, inspired by the island’s unique nautical history and British ties. Offering quality nautically inspired clothes, favoured by both locals and visitors for lasting style and comfort, the collection draws from Bermuda’s distinctive island heritage yet features timeless classic British influences. Crown & Anchor is named after a stillpopular dice game brought to Bermuda in the 18th century by sailors in the royal naval merchant fleets. The collections are designed locally and embrace Bermuda’s motto Quo Fata Ferunt, roughly translated, “where fate carries us.” The award-winning flagship Crown & Anchor store sits in what was once a sea captain’s residence within historic The Royal Naval Dockyard and offers a truly unique local shopping experience. Whilst deeply rooted in Bermuda’s history, Crown & Anchor clothing is for wherever modern life, or fate, takes us. (296-9552) Diamonds International Bermuda is the one jeweler in Bermuda that offers the finest selection of diamonds and gemstones plus exclusive brands like the Crown of Light Diamond, Safi Kilima Tanzanite and Safi Kilima Couture plus Marahlago, Forevermark diamonds, Kabana Jewellery selection, and world-class items like Mont Blanc watches, pens and other accessories; Hublot watches; Bulgari watches and so much more. The personal attention from their matchless customer service sets Diamonds International Bermuda in a class of its own. This is your personal invitation for a preview of the latest styles from the world’s top brands, all under one roof. Experience VIP treatment from the friendly experts at Diamonds International, who’ll make you jewellery dreams come true. (234-0500; shopdi.com) Digicel is Bermuda’s most popular mobile provider, with the best-value Prepaid and Postpaid plans, the widest selection of phones and a Price Promise that means you will never pay more. Only Digicel offers plans specifically for visitors. Ask how to get free Facebook, What’sApp and Instagram, and ask about a “Phone to Go” option at their authorised dealer store, Dockyard Pharmacy, located here in Dockyard. (500-5000; digicelbermuda.com) As you round your way through the stores and galleries and back to the pier, you’ll also have the chance to restock on anything you may need or have forgotten for your day’s activities. Located at the entrance to Dockyard, The Dockshop at Pier 41 Marina offers berthing for both local and visiting yachts, as well as a variety of marine services. Visit the Dockshop by land or sea for all your cravings. Pick up a bottle of world-famous Goslings Rum or chill out waterside in their huge hammock with a Cuban cigar. They carry a variety of snacks, hot food, drinks, beer, liqueur, fuel, marine items, fishing gear, ice, international calling cards and much more. (238-4141; pier41.bm) The glistening of marvellous creations will likely catch your eye. That’s the Dockyard Glassworks Glass Gallery & Working Studio, where artists will tempt your senses. Come see hot molten glass, like light on the move, as creations happen. Relax in the comfy theatre as you experience the expertise and drama. Lampwork artists prepare small sculptural collectable creatures, many native to the island. Shop in the colourful Glass Gallery, open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and till 7 p.m. when ships are docked. Dockyard Glassworks Glass Gallery offers overseas shipping via FedEx, or they have next-day delivery to your accommodation, dutyfree always. Dockyard Glassworks Glass Gallery & Working Studio are recipients of TripAdvisor’s Excellent Awards. (234-4216; dockglass.com) Dockyard Pharmacy specialises in serving visitors to Bermuda and is located in the heart of Dockyard, adjacent to popular attractions. Cruise ship and ferry passengers find Dockyard Pharmacy a convenient option when looking to fill a wide selection of European and American prescriptions and purchase over-the-counter medications, vitamins and health and beauty aids. Dockyard Pharmacy also stocks a vast array of local and foreign magazines, postcards, greeting cards, souvenirs, beach gear, sun-care products, snacks and beverages. Dockyard Pharmacy is open Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (279-5410; phoenixstores.bm) At The Bermuda Craft Market in Dockyard you will find Jennifer Rodrigues Designs’ beautifully hand-fabricated jewellery. Jennifer has a deep love and admiration for the natural beauty of Bermuda. Her Bermuda Pink Sand Designs are hand carved in wax and cast in sterling silver. They will take your breath away and are one-of-akind keepsakes to always remember your vacation experience in Bermuda. (232-1884; jrdesignsbda.com) Exquisite handmade contemporary ceramics is the signature feature of the Jon Faulkner Gallery, located on Camber Road. The gallery represents the work of local master potter, Jon, and other local and international ceramic artists/studio potters offering a diverse range of styles from collectables for the art connoisseur to functional, quality tableware. This historic repurposed building has an open plan design that allows studio visibility for visitors. On-site resident artists, operational kilns, a paint-yourown- pottery café and a full palette of tactile and visual experiences make a visit to the gallery and studio a cultural highlight. International shipping is offered for gallery purchases and custom orders. The gallery is open daily except Good Friday and Christmas Day. Admission is free. (234-5116; jonfaulknergallery.com) At Morrell Designs, artist Lynn Morrell tries to re-create textures and shapes that capture her attention using sterling silver and semiprecious gems. The result is a wide range of handcrafted Bermuda charms, earrings and pendants that celebrate her island home. She also loves to use individually sourced gemstones in interesting ways, as well as colourful, semiprecious beads and freshwater pearls. Lynn’s jewellery is simple, elegant and very easy to wear. (236-7138; morrelldesigns.com) SWEET AND SAVOURY DOCKYARD A day of shopping or watersports at Dockyard will certainly work up an appetite. Fortunately, some of Bermuda’s best restaurants and bars are located right here, where you’ll enjoy delicious food and deluxe libations and top off a wonderful day with friends and family. Alex & Pete’s is Bermuda’s only artisan ice cream company. They sell a selection of island-inspired ice creams, milk shakes and desserts. Everything is made in house, from the chocolate chip cookies and brownies that go to make their ice cream sandwiches to the salted caramel and chocolate sauces that enhance their ice creams. (292-3411) Anchor Restaurant, Bar & Lounge showcases a selection of international cuisine and a fusion of local traditional cuisine, all at affordable prices. They feature gluten-free and Paleo dishes on their menu. Anchor Restaurant is open seven days a week and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with the added convenience of takeout. There is also live entertainment during the week, and they offer free Wi-Fi to their customers. The restaurant is located just inside The Royal Naval Dockyard gates. (232-1345; firstname.lastname@example.org) Bone Fish Bar & Grill boasts an exquisite view of Bermuda’s breezy Great Sound; an award-winning, top-rated chef at the helm; and plenty of fresh fish, top-grade meats, homemade pastas, a great wine list, draft beer and desserts to die for. How can you go wrong? (234-5151) Located at the corner of The Clocktower Mall is Café Amici, an Italian family-style restaurant. It is a place for friends and family to gather and enjoy the spirit of Italian culture and cuisine, enjoying laughter, exceptional food and each other. (234-5009) Calico Jack’s Floating Bar has been appropriately named after Calico Jack, one of the only pirates having set foot in Bermuda. This 75-foot pirate-themed floating bar, transformed from an original Bermuda ferry, has an island vibe and is known for its signature cocktails, laid-back atmosphere and breathtaking panoramic views. You can relax on board and listen to great music and sip on some of their signature cocktails, like a Frozen Pink Palm Tree or a Grog. Take in the fantastic views of the marina, watch the boats sail by or interact with the locals. For the adventurous guests, you can “walk the plank,” use their giant inflatable slide or even rent out the Coconut Rockets Flyboard that operates off of Calico Jack’s. If you’d prefer to just swim in Bermuda’s crystal blue waters, grab a noodle and float around for a while or rent one of their paddleboards. After 9 p.m., Calico Jack’s has nightly entertainment by some of Bermuda’s best resident DJs. Go on board for a quick rum swizzle or hang out the whole afternoon or dance the evening away. Don’t forget to check out their souvenir shop, Jack Shack. Calico Jack’s is permanently docked just through the main security gates of the cruise ship terminals (near the Moongate). They are open seven days a week from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. and beyond in peak season. Closing hours vary when cruise ships are not in port. Calico Jack’s is available for private buy-outs alongside the dock or as a private charter. (504-5225; calicojacksbda.com) The Dockyard Pastry Shop offers dailymade pastries, Danish or cookies, together with freshly brewed speciality coffees and teas. Light lunches, such as paninis, club sandwiches, salads and quiches, are on the menu. One can enjoy a traditional serving of an English-style afternoon tea, as well as a nice glass of wine or a cocktail. (232-2253) Step back in time and drink up the historic atmosphere in the British-style pub, Frog and Onion. At this unique pub in The Royal Naval Dockyard, you can enjoy great comfort food and tasty gastropub-style dishes. Join the Frog and Onion for one of the fine brews from its on-premises microbrewery, Dockyard Brewing Company, featuring five different types of beers and ales. (234-2900) Glaze Bakery-Café is Bermuda’s No. 1 bakery, famous for its unique and flavorful products, warm hospitality and colorful interior design. This Dockyard Pharmacy location features breakfast, pastries and coffee in the morning, and burgers, sandwiches, shakes, smoothies and ice cream desserts throughout the rest of the day. Glaze offers fast, friendly service, with the best prices in Dockyard! Open Monday through Sunday. Additional locations in Hamilton. (292-4422; glaze.bm) Hammerheads Bar & Grill at Snorkel Park Beach is the place to relax and unwind island-style. Enjoy delicious Bermudian and American-influenced cuisine, classic snacks and the most refreshing frozen cocktails to chill you in the summer heat. Get local and enjoy a Bermuda Rum Swizzle, a Dark ’n Stormy or Tequila’s award-winning Shark Oil from the terrace bar whilst you take in spectacular beach and ocean views. Island favourites are served daily, and sunset dining features live entertainment on select nights. When the sun goes down, the beach heats up with the open-air dance floor and late-night dining. Bermuda’s top DJs bring you all the hits and island favourites (18+, ID required). You can party under the stars all night long. (234-3100; snorkelparkbeach.com) No visit to The Royal Naval Dockyard is complete without a visit to the Nannini Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Parlour in The Clocktower Mall, open seven days a week and featuring only Häagen-Dazs ice cream, sorbets and frozen yoghurt. Treat yourself to one of the 16 flavours in a cone, sundae or milk shake. It can even be packed for you to take home. Nannini also offers a variety of indulgences from Italy. So give yourself a treat and visit the Nannini Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Parlour. (234-2474)
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