St. George’s, Bermuda is the easternmost area of this magical group of Western Atlantic islands. The island is by far my favorite place to be in Bermuda and a must-add item to your Bermuda bucket list. If you find yourself visiting St. George’s, here’s your ultimate guide to everything the island has to offer, from beaches to military forts and beyond.St. George's Bermuda

The town of St. George is touted as the oldest land in the new-world – settled in 1612, seven years prior-to the permanent settlers in Jamestown, VA.

St. George’s was found unintentionally when the Sea Venture, a ship en route from Plymouth to Jamestown, intentionally drove into the reef to avoid a storm.

The survivors of the Sea Venture stayed on the island for nine months, building two smaller vessels (Patience & Deliverance) to return back to the colonies.

Originally called New London, St. George’s was the capital of Bermuda until 1815. Today, the town of St. George’s and its many historical landmarks are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.St George's Harbor

Getting to St. George’s

Getting around Bermuda by bus is relatively easy and straightforward. It’s easiest to pre-purchase tickets from a post office or pharmacy so you don’t have to deal with exact change (plus, this saves you a little in the long run).plant st george's Bermuda

The bus stops have a pink or blue pole (or are painted in either color). The pink bus stops go inbound toward Hamilton, blue bus stops are outbound.

Since St. George’s is the easternmost portion of Bermuda, the buses going there will read ‘St. George’s’ on the bus itself.

Tourists cannot rent cars in Bermuda, so that’s one less thing you’ll have to worry about.

mopeds and bicycles can be rented here

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For a scenic journey, try taking the ferry over to St. George. The orange line runs only in the summer and stops at the Royal Naval Dockyard before continuing on to the town of St. George.

Where to Stay in St. George’s

Vacation Rentals

VRBO’s are my favorite option for lodging whenever I travel. It gives the most honest depiction of daily life in whatever country it is that you’re visiting, in my opinion. If you’ve never stayed in one, I highly recommend it! 

The 1st two AirBnb’s listed below I’ve personally stayed at – the second two are higher-end options in case you’re looking for a little more luxury. The entire island is easily walkable, so location doesn’t factor in too much.

Jolly Cottage is owned by a good friend of mine, Don Ricardo. The view is absolutely ridiculous, and Don embodies the spirit of Bermudian hospitality. Easy walk to Tobacco Bay and Fort St. Catherine. It’s a great option for a place to hang your hat while you’re off exploring the island.

During my first visit to St. George’s, I stayed at Shannon and Tommy’s Airbnb, ‘Nossa Casa’. It’s got everything you need at a super affordable price and is right by the Unfinished Church and Tobacco Bay. If I hadn’t made friends on the island by now, I’d have kept booking this place every time I come back.

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Potters Inn Cottage

Where to Eat in St. George’s 

Wahoo’s Bistro & PatioTacos at Wahoos restaurant in St. George's

If you only go to one place to eat or drink for the entirety of your stay in St. George’s, let it be Wahoo’s. Seriously. During my first trip to the island, I was here every day. Each subsequent time I’ve been here… yep, I’ve been at Wahoo’s every. single. day. I wound up meeting some of the most wonderful people during that time – I actually met my (now ex) boyfriend here.

The staff is wonderful, super friendly, and helpful. Kevon, Tristan, Kai, Cam, Geza & the rest of the Wahoo’s crew will take excellent care of you. The food and drinks are delicious! My go-to is the Wahoo taco (if you’re unsure which size to order, know that they are HUGE – 1 is usually plenty for me).

When you first walk in, the area has a few high tops & an informal bar setting. This is where the fun happens. Regardless of the day, Wahoo’s is always a super popular spot with locals and tourists alike.

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A64A3289 2540 42A5 B002 F6B2DA053534There is a more formal restaurant setting toward the back of the building, with a covered patio and indoor seating as well.

At night you can find impromptu live music performances (sometimes by the staff!)

The Wharf

I’ve been to The Wharf many times for drinks, but haven’t had the food here. I’ve heard good things from locals, and the bar scene is nice at night (for the rare occasion I needed a reprieve from Wahoo’s).

Worth noting – this is the only establishment open on the island on Christmas Eve (at night)A8CB5112 B486 4CF0 A5F6 4686566452B4

View of St. George’s Harbor from outdoor tables at The Wharf

White Horse

Good spot to stop in for lunch or an afternoon beer, White Horse is located right in King’s Square. There is an indoor dining space as well as a separate bar area, and pictured below is part of White Horse’s outdoor seating.

The suicide wings at White Horse are delicious (although, I like to sweat when I eat, so I would consider these ‘hot’ at best ????).FA8084FB B4F3 47D6 8C28 2D820017620C

Tempest Bistro

I stopped in Tempest for lunch one day during my first visit. It’s a higher-end option than the aforementioned restaurants with a slightly more formal setting. Sadly I can’t make any specific recommendations here, as I had a daily special, but the food was quite tasty, I’d absolutely return.

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Mama Angie’sst geo diner aunt

If you’re looking for a full breakfast, this is the place to go (the only place, actually). My insider tip for Mama Angie’s – don’t expect them to open up at the time listed. I spent many mornings hangrily pacing down York St, where the restaurant is located.

Somer’s Supermart

If you find yourself too hungry to wait for Mama Angie’s to open, stop in Somer’s to get supplies to make your own breakfast. Somer’s also has a buffet-style selection of freshly prepared foods in case you don’t have kitchen access.

Swizzle Innrum-swizzle

The Swizzle Inn is an absolute must for any Bermuda traveler’s bucket list. This iconic spot not only serves up the original Rum Swizzle, Bermuda’s national drink, but it also offers a variety of delectable eats – think mouthwatering pizzas, juicy burgers, and classic English dishes like Shepherd’s Pie.

Situated in Bailey’s Bay, The Swizzle Inn proudly holds the title of Bermuda’s oldest pub, having first opened its doors in 1932. Conveniently located within walking distance of Crystal Caves and Blue Hole, it’s the perfect spot to unwind and indulge in a delicious meal after a day of exploring. Trust me, you won’t want to miss out on a well-deserved Swizzle at The Swizzle Inn!

Lobster Pot & Boat HouseFish-Chowder

In Bermuda, the island’s culinary pride shines through its renowned Bermuda fish chowder. Made with fish, tomatoes, onions, and a delightful kick of black rum and “sherry pepper sauce”, this mouthwatering dish traces its roots back to the 17th century, courtesy of Bermuda’s original British colonizers. For an extraordinary seafood experience, be sure to sample the award-winning fish chowder at the Lobster Pot & Boat House.

Things to do in St. George’s

Despite being a small island, there’s no shortage of things to do in St. George’s. The island is walkable and picturesque, so even getting lost is a fun activity!

Tobacco BayTobacco Bay in Bermuda

Tobacco Bay is by far the most picturesque (read: insta-worthy) place on the island, ESPECIALLY in the off-season, when you won’t find it overrun with crowds.

Despite the heavy influx of tourists come summer, the beach and surrounding bay is still a great option to relax, float around, and get some sun.

Click here for a history of tobacco bay

If you come during tourist season, bring a towel or a personal beach chair unless you want to shell out $20 to use a rental. Snorkeling equipment is available to rent as well. Don’t fret if you forgot the cooler – there’s a little bar with drink service right behind the beach.

Achilles’ BayAchilles’ Bay St. George's Bermuda

This tiny little beach is the perfect spot for a quick dip or for some early morning yoga photos. To get to the beach, you climb down a set of stairs located at a restaurant (Blackbeard’s). During the off-season, when the restaurant isn’t open, you can go down and (usually) have it to yourself.

Raggamuffin Charters

Capt. Nick Brown, whom I met at (surprise, surprise!) Wahoo’s will take you out on a 46′ Fountain Pajot Catamaran to enjoy a relaxing day on the beautiful Bermudian waters. Discover areas off the tourist radar, snorkel & swim, eat & drink, whatever!

Optional custom meals are available, check out the website below for more info. Definitely a solid option for anyone who likes being on the water. Or eating good food. Or drinking.

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Horseshoe BayHorseshoe-Bay beach

Horseshoe Bay, the notorious pink sand beach in Bermuda, is quite a sight to behold. Depending on the day, the sand can take on varying shades of pink, making it nothing short of extraordinary. But have you ever wondered what gives Bermuda beaches their mesmerizing sand? It’s a delightful combination of parrotfish droppings and a peculiar single-celled organism named foraminifera, which adds a touch of red hue. These fascinating creatures found on coral reefs contribute to the enchanting allure of Bermuda’s sandy shores.

St. Catherine’s Beach

St. Catherine’s beach offers a great view of Fort St. Catherine, as well as a more expansive shoreline in comparison to the aforementioned beaches. I can’t attest to the crowds in season, but it’s been quiet and peaceful each time I’ve visited during the off months.B86A649E C9B6 4CBE BFA1 5413E564F056

It’s a great place to visit during the dawn hours – Bermudian sunrises are unreal.

Gates FortGates Fort Sunrise

The forts in St. George’s, Bermuda were all built to guard the Eastern waterways. Gates Fort & Fort St. Catherine were both built-in 1612, and Alexandra Battery was built sometime in the 1860’s.

Gates Fort is my personal favorite (not to mention the best spot to watch the sunrise). It was built to overlook and guard the Town Cut, the entryway into St. George’s Harbor.

If you’re here for sunrise and no one else is around, it can feel a little creepy. That staircase (pictured above center) didn’t help. No museum or anything here, just a unique place to explore and see the rising sun.sunrise gates fort

Fort St. Catherine

I’ve only seen Fort St. Catherine from the outside. As you can maybe tell from the photos, it was just before sunrise and clearly, not open.

Fort St. Catherine is a coastal artillery fort whose main purpose was to prevent any entering vessels attempting to come in through the reef lines. Overexposure made it vulnerable, and eventually, it became obsolete. The fort is now a museum, the interior preserved, dedicated to artifacts and historic exhibits.

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Alexandra Battery was built much later than Fort St. Catherine & Gates Fort, in the 1860’s. There is a beach just below (Building Bay Beach) that is renowned for its sea glass – it’s also where the Deliverance was built (hence the name).

If you go down to the beach and go to the right, you’ll find a cave where you can find more sea glass. Worth noting: It’s illegal to take the sea glass from the beach.

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King’s Squarekings square reenactment

The center of town and a meeting place for locals, King’s Square has a lot going on. Walk over to Ordnance Island to sit in the shade and take in the views, watch an 18th-century reenactment, see the ships going in and out of the harbor, grab a bite at White Horse – whatever!

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Paradise Gift Shop, located in the square, has slammin’ local hot sauce (walk in, take a sharp right and it’ll be on the wall in front of you). The Bermuda National Trust Museum is also located in the Square.

Elbow BeachElbow-Beach

Elbow Beach is the ultimate spot for soaking up the sun, taking a refreshing dip, and even indulging in a delightful rum swizzle. And hey, if you find yourself spending Christmas in Bermuda, you better believe Elbow Beach is where the local expat community throws the biggest holiday bash! Trust us, you won’t want to miss out on the festive fun and sandy shenanigans at Elbow Beach.

Bermuda Heritage Museum

In the Bermuda Heritage Museum, you’ll find all sorts of artifacts and documents pertaining to the history of slavery in Bermuda. The museum highlights the achievements of black Bermudians, as well as exhibits featuring stories of the end of segregation in Bermuda.

Adults $3/Children $2/Under 5 – free

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St. George’s Historical Society Museum

The St. George’s Historical Society Museum focuses on Bermudian history. The museum is adorned in period decor and features a recreated colonial kitchen. The museum is only open Wednesdays and Saturdays, but if you happen to be there on a Wednesday, you’ll catch a demonstration on the old Gutenberg printing press – in case that sort of thing interests you!

Adults $5/Children $2/Under 5 – free

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Building Bay Beach

Imagine stumbling upon a hidden gem: a beach covered in sea glass! Nestled beneath Alexandra Battery on the island of St. George, this off-the-beaten-path destination is a well-kept secret. But here’s the catch – don’t get too carried away with your beachcombing adventure! Taking a souvenir from the beach is strictly illegal! So, enjoy the mesmerizing sight, but remember to leave nature’s sparkling treasures right where you found them.

Railway TrailBermuda-Railway-Trail

As you explore the island, the Railway Trail beckons from both ends. This delightful trail spans the length of an abandoned railway, meandering through tranquil landscapes and tracing the edges of Bermuda’s picturesque coastline. Immerse yourself in 18 miles of bygone times and breathtaking vistas, whether on foot or by bike. Oh, and don’t forget, motorized vehicles aren’t allowed, so keep that in mind when planning your adventure. Happy trails await!

Bermuda National Trust Museum

The Bermuda National Trust Museum used to be a hotel, followed by the office of the Confederate Agent during the U.S. Civil War. In 1961 the building was converted to a museum, where you can find a replica of the Sea Venture and a movie on the founding and development of St. George’s, Bermuda.

Adults $5/Children $2/Under 5 free

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Unfinished Churchunfinished church in Bermuda

Part of the Anglican Parish of St George, the picturesque ruins of the Unfinished Church are a quick walk from the center of town. With soaring stone arches, a grassy floor, and the sky for a roof, the church has obviously been a popular tourist attraction in St. George’s.

The interior of the church is currently closed to the public while repairs are made to those areas of the building where weathering has caused structural deterioration. However, the grounds of the church are easily accessible, and you can get a good view of the inside by looking through the arches.

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St. Peter’s ChurchSt. Peter's Church

The oldest (continuously used) Protestant church in the new world, St. Peter’s is also the oldest Anglican church outside the British Isles.

Just Breathe Yoga

Just Breathe Yoga offers morning and evening classes in a variety of styles.

Forgot something at home? They also have a boutique where you can find anything practice-related that you may need.DC7DD92B DDC8 47AC BFDB 39E31258AFF1

After class head out back to the adorable little coffee truck with gorgeous views of St. George’s Harbor.

Jobson’s CoveJobsons-Cove

Jobson’s Cove – a beach so compact it could be easily overlooked, yet it holds an undeniable charm. Nestled between formidable, jagged rock formations, this minuscule stretch of pink-hued sand paints a picturesque scene worth exploring. Not only is Jobson’s Cove a sight to behold, but its tranquil waters serve as the ultimate oasis for a refreshing dip beneath the scorching Bermuda sun.

Warwick Long BayWarwick-Bay

Warwick Long Bay, one of the top beaches in Bermuda, invites you to indulge in the perfect escape from tourist crowds, unlike the ever-popular Horseshoe Bay. It’s the ideal spot for those seeking a tranquil oasis to soak up the sun and embrace the hidden treasures of Bermuda.

Snorkel ParkSolo snorkeler at Snorkel Park

Snorkel Park is a sunny beach hangout spot that requires admission for entry. Offering snorkel gear rentals, exciting water sports, and a laid-back bar & grill, it’s the perfect choice for families and anyone with a love for exploring the underwater world! Situated conveniently next to the Royal Naval Dockyard, a visit to both spots promises a delightful and effortless day of fun in paradise! Located at 7 Maritime Lane, Royal Naval Dockyard, Somerset Village, MA01.

Jet Ski and Snorkel Safarijet-ski-tour-Bermuda

Explore the wonders of Bermuda, both above and below its crystal-clear waters. Don’t miss out on the epic jet ski and snorkel safari offered by K.S. Watersports – it’s a must-have experience for every Bermuda adventurer. Unlike traditional snorkel tour boats, these small jet skis allow you to uncover hidden gems that often go unnoticed by other snorkeling enthusiasts. With rates starting at $225, it’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss! 

Paddleboard

Woman stand up paddle boarding in Bermuda, paddling away from the camera

Bermuda beckons with its serene waters and picturesque coastline, making it an ideal destination to embark on the thrilling adventure of Stand-Up Paddleboarding (aka SUP). This fast-growing watersport has captivated the hearts of locals and tourists alike, regardless of age. As the sun begins its descent, some companies even provide the opportunity to partake in mesmerizing sunset SUP sessions. But for those seeking an extra challenge, Lucky Elephant Yoga dares you to test your equilibrium (and discover your Zen) through the captivating art of SUP yoga!

Whale WatchingHumpback whale breaching out of the water in Bermuda during migration.

During the early spring months of March and April, Bermuda becomes the stage for a breathtaking spectacle: humpback whales making their way north to their feeding grounds in Canada, Greenland, and Iceland. Witness these remarkable, 40-ton creatures in action as they parade through Bermuda’s surrounding waters. Brace yourself, because as humpbacks like to show off with their water acrobatics, getting wet is almost a guarantee! Island Tour Centre stands out as the go-to option for organized tours in Bermuda, although several other companies also offer captivating whale-watching experiences.

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Dive to a Ship WreckShipwreck-Dive

For centuries, Bermuda has gained notoriety as the shipwreck capital of the Atlantic. The island, once known as the “Isle of Devils,” owes its reputation to the treacherous and cunning reefs that surround it, leading countless vessels to meet their watery demise. Beneath the seemingly flawless waters of Bermuda, a fascinating underwater world awaits, where over 300 shipwrecks spanning from the fifteenth century to 1997 lie.

Today, these sunken treasures beckon snorkelers, scuba divers, and adventure seekers from all corners of the globe, promising some of the most remarkable wreck diving experiences known to man. If you’re up for exploring more recent shipwrecks, set your sights on the captivating east side of the island. But, if you yearn for the mysteries of the past, the enigmatic west end will provide you with a dive into history like no other.

National Trust MuseumBermuda-Heritage-Museum

Back in the day, this place had some serious career changes. First, it was a hotel, then it became the nerve center for the Confederate Agent during the U.S. Civil War. Fast forward to 1961, and bam! The Bermuda National Trust Museum was born. Now, this place is home to history buffs and adventure seekers alike. Check out the short film on how St. George’s was founded and don’t miss the replica of the legendary Sea Venture, the very ship that dropped off the OG settlers on these stunning islands. It’s like time travel but without the pesky time machine.

Bermuda Botanical GardensBermuda Botanical Gardens

The Bermuda Botanical Gardens, nestled in the charming Paget Parish, treat visitors to a delightful immersion in nature. With sprawling 35 acres of enchanting indoor and outdoor gardens, it’s a sensory paradise. Step foot here, and you’ll encounter a fascinating array of Bermudian flora, each species boasting its unique charm. And if you’re lucky, you might stumble upon an exquisite wedding ceremony, adding a touch of romance to your visit!

Tucker House

The Tucker House in St. George’s is all about celebrating the Tucker family and their influential role in the American Revolution. And guess what? Not only will you get to know the fascinating Tucker family, but you’ll also discover what life was like in old St. George’s and Bermuda in general. It’s like taking a time-traveling adventure through history!

Blue Hole Park

Blue Hole ParkTake a journey through the enchanting trails of Blue Hole Park and discover secret caves and picturesque grottoes in the heart of Tom Moore’s Jungle. This sprawling park spans 12 acres and features a network of underground tunnels connecting pools and caves filled with crystal-clear water. And let’s not forget the main attraction, the impressive and oh-so-deep Blue Hole! Nestled among lush mangroves, this magical oasis offers a perfect spot for a refreshing swim surrounded by nature’s embrace. Best part? Entry to this captivating park is absolutely free. Don’t miss out on this memorable experience!

Cooper’s Island Nature ReserveCooper's Island Nature Reserve

Head to Cooper’s Island at the southeastern point of Bermuda for an adventure through 12 acres of pristine landscape. Prepare to be amazed by the sight of seabirds swooping through the air, enormous land crabs scuttling about, and majestic Bermudian cedar trees standing tall.

This nature reserve had quite the history! It was a no-go zone during World War II due to the presence of the U.S. military, and later NASA took over the area for their space tracking station. Talk about exclusive access! But fear not, it finally opened its doors to visitors in 2011. Now, explorers can wander through scenic trails and discover hidden beaches that are just perfect for a delightful day trip or a relaxing picnic. Oh, and don’t forget to climb up the wildlife observation tower for breathtaking panoramic views of the entire island!

Crystal Cavescrystal-caves-boat

The Crystal and Fantasy Caves in Bermuda absolutely belong on any Bermuda bucket list! This place is out of this world. Just listen to what Mark Twain had to say:

“He visited a truly marvelous cave… Perhaps the most stunning cave in the world. He descended 150 steps, entering a magnificent space that stretched 250 feet long and 30 or 40 wide. A crystal-clear lake shimmered beneath his feet, while the entire ceiling dazzled with countless sparkling stalactites. Thousands and thousands of them gleamed white as sugar, and thousands more displayed hues of brown, pink, and other captivating shades.”

Mark Twain believed that Bermuda’s Crystal Caves are a must-visit for everyone. These natural wonders are open to the public every day from 9 am to 5 pm (excluding certain holidays). Take a guided tour (and be sure to wear rubber-soled shoes!) to immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of one of Bermuda’s most enchanting spots.

Royal Navel YardBermuda Royal Naval Dockyard with blue skies, a few clouds

One of the coolest things to do in Bermuda, especially for those visiting on a cruise, is spending a day in Royal Naval Dockyard. Once serving as a major naval base, the dockyard now hosts the island’s primary cruise terminal, King’s Wharf. Thousands of cruise-goers and visitors flock to Royal Naval Dockyard each year to soak up its fascinating history, indulge in shopping, savor delectable dining options, and bask in the beauty of the coastline.

For sun-seeking visitors, Snorkel Park Beach is just a stone’s throw away and perfect for families. Not far off, Bermuda Fun Golf awaits with its claim to fame as the world’s greatest miniature golf course. Of course, no trip would be complete without exploring the Clocktower Mall, a charming former Royal Naval warehouse transformed into a hub of major shopping outlets, tourist must-haves, and unique homemade souvenirs.

When hunger pangs strike, a stop at Frog and Onion Pub, Bermuda’s only brewhouse housed in a former cooperage, is a must. Another popular option is The Anchor—don’t miss their legendary wahoo sandwich! And whenever you’ve got some room left, treat yourself to something sweet from Dockyard Pastry Shop.

Getting to Royal Naval Dockyard is a breeze, whether by ferry, bus, or simply on foot if you’re arriving via cruise. With an abundance of activities and attractions, a full day is recommended to fully explore and enjoy this remarkable part of the island.

Know Before You Go

– Yes, everything is stupid expensive. Cooking at home won’t help, it’s pretty much the same as eating out.

– Don’t be surprised if things don’t open when they say they will. You’re on island time.

– Drink tap water at your own risk. Bermudians collect rainwater from their roofs into tanks, so there may be some pathogens or bacteria present that your body has no immunity/tolerance for. I’ve drank the tap water, and have never had a problem, but we all have different immune systems.

– If you live on the U.S. east coast, flights are less than three hours – the perfect excuse for a long weekend.

– That pink sand that Bermuda is famous for? Parrotfish poop. You’re welcome.

– Tourists can’t rent cars here, only bicycles and mopeds. Unless you’re an experienced moped rider, I’d highly recommend a bicycle or public transportation.