There are far fewer sights of specific interest in Warwick than those of general scenic beauty, and the best vistas can be appreciated by simply traveling along either Harbour Road or South Shore Road as you explore the parish (Middle Road is busier and less scenic). From the harborside, the expansive Great Sound, stretching from the harbor entrance to the fishhook of Dockyard, offers a pristine panorama, its waters sprinkled with mostly private smaller islands where Bermudians live full-time, keep summer cottages, or camp in August and September.
Weekend yacht-racing and scheduled Bermuda dinghy-racing take place out here, as do impromptu public-holiday “raft-ups” of sometimes a dozen vessels or more, when local boaters tie up together at anchor for cockpit cocktails, picnics, and off-the-stern swims. Evening barbecue cruises to several islands can be arranged through Hamilton-based tour operators and boating outlets.
At Darrell’s Wharf, the border of Paget and Warwick, ferries shuttle businesspeople and tourists to and from Hamilton, a 15-minute ride. This is a good spot to watch the cruise ships sail by twice a week; Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons, they dwarf the distant Pembroke shore and the Hamilton skyline. Tugboats escort the ships through the narrow channel of Two Rock Passage into the harbor, where they dock, and at week’s end they head out again to the North Shore channel. Harbour Road’s tony properties, with brick drives, pergolas, spilling bougainvillea, and freesia-carpeted lawns, are also eye-catching.
Wide viewing spots on South Shore Road allow scooter motorists or taxis to pull over at particularly scenic vantage points along the route. Populated by whispering pines, bay-grape trees, goldenrods, and dramatic white-flowering Spanish bayonets, this route is also popular for local runners and walkers. Its high vantage point gives a spectacular aspect of the whole shoreline, as well as the boiler reefs, which lie exposed at low tide.
© Rosemary Jones from Moon Bermuda, 2nd Edition