If you can’t decide between a city break or flopping on a beach, drop anchor in Hamilton and you won’t have to. Bermuda’s capital pushes all the best summer buttons with warm ocean breezes, sizzling nightlife and aquatic recreation. Visitors can take Royal Bermuda Yacht Club sailing lessons direct from the Hamilton Docks on Hamilton Harbour. Oceanside relaxation beckons minutes from the city, where visitors splash and sunbathe while the surf laps at sweeps of pink sand.

Hamilton’s oceanfront patios are magnetic in their appeal and also the best place to sip Bermuda’s unofficial national drink, the rum swizzle. Bermuda is best visited from June to October when the temperature hovers between 25 C and 30 C and the city’s hottest festivals kick into gear. 

Summer events not to miss: 

Harbour Nights

Wednesday evenings through August 30, Hamilton’s Front Street is the scene of this open-air festival. Street-food vendors, artists and craftspeople line the promenade while masked Gombey troupes perform Afro-Caribbean dance steps.

Cup Match

At this annual event (August 3 and 4), rivals St. George’s and Somerset face off in a heated cricket match. The accompanying two-day holiday features the Non-Mariners Race, in which locals and tourists take to the water in homemade floatables.

Getting there: WestJet flies to Hamilton, Bermuda, three times a week from Toronto.