Paget is a favourite parish with visitors. It’s not only close to Hamilton but also offers a wonderful beach and some interesting attractions.
Hotels and places to stay in and around this area include:
- Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort & Spa
- Coco Reef Bermuda
Attractions and Activities
The Bermuda Botanical Gardens opened in 1898 and is the island’s best known park. Hundreds of species of flowers, shrubs, and trees are set in a variety of gardens and open spaces.
The park is also home to the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art. The charity began repatriating Bermuda-inspired works of art in 1987 but only opened this permanent exhibition space in 2008. Situated in a former arrowroot processing factory, its galleries feature the works of artists such as Wilmslow Homer and Georgia O’Keeffe. The artworks on display are regularly rotated so it’s still worth paying a visit if you’ve been before.
Camden, the official residence of the Premier, also lies in the Botanical Gardens. The leader doesn’t actually live here but uses the house for receptions and entertaining dignitaries.
Elbow Beach is a lovely half-mile stretch of sand on the southern shore of Paget. It’s mainly public though a section is reserved for guests of the Mandarin Oriental Elbow Beach. Blue Water Divers have a concession here offering shore dives and water sports rentals.
Waterville is one of the oldest buildings on the island. It was once the home of the Trimingham family (the owners of the famous department store) but is now the headquarters of the Bermuda National Trust. The organisation owns and manages some of the island’s most fantastic buildings and important areas of land. Paget Marsh is one such property and is just ½ mile from Waterville. It’s a wetland nature reserve and one of the least-disturbed areas on the island. A boardwalk has been built over the marsh and allows visitors to view the many birds that frequent it.
Crow Lane lies at the western end of Hamilton Harbour. There’s a small park here but the main attraction is Johnny Barnes. Every weekday morning the retired bus driver stands in the centre of the roundabout and shouts greetings to commuters as they drive into the city. If you miss him you can walk up the road towards the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute and admire a statue erected in his honour.
There are tennis courts at Elbow Beach, Coco Reef, and Newstead Belmont Hills.
Restaurants & Bars
Places to eat and drink in Paget Parish are listed below.
The list was last updated on Friday 29th of November 2019.
|Beau Rivage||Newstead Belmont Hills|
|French||$$$||French restaurant at Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort and Spa. Awesome views of Hamilton Harbour.|
|Café Lido||Elbow Beach|
|Mediterranean||$$$||Restaurant at Elbow Beach. Great ocean views.|
|Fourways Inn||1 Middle Road|
|French||$$$||Award-winning, upmarket fine dining restaurant. Smart dress code.|
|Ice Queen||130 South Road|
|Fast Food||$||Takeaway in Paget Parish. Offers burgers, chicken wings and nuggets, fries etc. Open late.|
|Seafood, Mediterranean||$$||Beach bar and bistro on the sands at Elbow Beach. Open throughout the summer.|
|Paraquet||68 South Road|
|American, International||$$||Family-style diner popular with locals and tourists. Offers breakfasts, crepes, waffles, omelettes, salads, sandwiches, burgers etc. Close to Elbow Beach.|
The MarketPlace group has two supermarkets in the area. The Modern Mart is on South Road is within easy walking distance of Dawkins Manor and Coco Reef. The second store, the A1 Paget, is situated just of Middle Road. Lindo’s Family Foods in neighbouring Warwick Parish is another option.
The Bermuda Agricultural Exhibition is the biggest event of the year in Paget. It’s held in April at the Botanical Gardens. The three-day fair showcases the best of the island’s livestock and produce, and also features equestrian events, craft demonstrations, and food stalls.
Transport – Buses and Ferries
Paget Parish is crossed by all three of Bermuda’s main roads. Harbour Road runs along the north shore, South Road along the southern shore, and Middle Road through the central area. The roads get busy in the rush hours so plan your journeys accordingly.
Buses don’t run along Harbour Road but the area is connected to the capital by ferries on the Pink Route. The ferry stops in Paget Parish are
- Lower Ferry
- Hodsdon’s Ferry – adjacent to Newstead Belmont Hills
- Salt Kettle Ferry – close to Greenbank Guest House and Salt Kettle House
Bus 2 and bus 7 travel along the South Road and are convenient for the Botanical Gardens, Camden, Masterworks, Dawkins Manor, Coco Reef, Elbow Beach, and the Mandarin Oriental Elbow Beach. Bus 8 goes along Middle Road and stops near Paget Marsh.
Scooters can be rented from Oleander Cycles or Elbow Beach Cycles. There’s a taxi rank at the Mandarin Oriental Elbow Beach.
Services & Information
Paget is home to the Bermuda’s major hospital. The King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH) is situated on Point Finger Road, next to the Botanical Gardens.
Both Butterfield and HSBC have ATMs at KEMH and at Rural Hill Plaza (near the Ice Queen). Butterfield also has an ATM at the Modern Mart. There’s a branch of Clarien Bank at Paget Plaza.
The Paget Post Office closed in 2015. The closest post offices are Devonshire Post Office and Warwick Post Office.