Things To See And Do in St George’s, Bermuda

Posted in: News - Last Updated: September 24th, 2015 by Dolores Thomas

Cruise Ship Ports In St George’s

Pennos Wharf Bermuda

The town of St George has two cruise ship terminals, Ordnance Island Dock and Penno’s Wharf (also spelled Peno’s Wharf). Both docks are a hundred feet away from each other, in St George’s Harbour.

Like, at the other dock in St. George’s, only ships up to 750 feet in length can stop at Penno’s Wharf. The dock is located on the mainland at the west-side of St George.

Located next to Penno’s Wharf is the World Heritage Centre – a former British Customs warehouse. The centre is around 4,500 square feet and contains the visitors information centre, where you’ll get all the information you need to get the most out of your visit to the island. It is definitely a major highlight of Penno’s Wharf and was unveiled in 2006. A theatre was added to the multi-million-dollar attraction in 2008 were you can watch an introduction to the town of St George. In the Orientation Exhibits Gallery, you will discover the rich history of the town including a reduced-size model of St George’s circa 1620 and a full-scale reproduction of the Sea Venture’s deck.

World Heritage Centre Bermuda

In the wharf, you can also find artisan studios and boutique shops. The whole of St George’s can easily be visited on foot and the Golf Club is only a couple of minutes from the Wharf. If you want to venture outside the town, you can use taxis, buses or rental scooters. There are bus services as well as ferries to Hamilton, Bermuda’s capital and liveliest city.

If you like watersports, Penno’s Wharf is a great place where to start a kayaking tour and discover Millionaire’s Row at Tucker’s Town, the coral and limestone cliffs along the Castle Island Nature Reserve, or even the sunset along the North Shore. You can have a break and relax in beaches only accessible from the water and even go snorkeling.

If your ship is too big to dock at St George’s Penno’s Wharf, it will probably dock at the Royal Naval Dockyard from which you can take a ferry to everywhere on the island. In fact, due to the ever increasing size of cruise vessels, only two ships are scheduled to dock in Penno’s Wharf in 2011: the Seven Seas Navigator will do two visits, and the Prince Albert II only one.

However, it was decided by the town council in 2010 that the Vendaam, a Holland America cruise ship that has 24 weekly calls to Bermuda scheduled each summer, would be allowed to anchor off of the shores at Murray’s Anchor. The 1,400 passengers are then be transported to Penno’s Wharf by ferry in about 30 minutes.

Ordnance Island Dock,Bermuda, is one of the two commercial ports of St George’s used by cruise and traffic ships. It is on Ordnance Island, which is part of St George’s town and located very close from the shore, right across from the town’s King’s square.
Ordnance Island was formed by joining together a few little islands, some of which used for execution in the first years of colonization. The newly man-made island measured a mere 7,000 square meters and was used in the 19th century as a Royal Army Ordnance Corp depot that was supplying munitions to defence systems around St George’s. It then became a United States submarine base during the Second World War.

It was only after WWII that the island was joined to the mainland and the bridge you use to access to the King’s Square is so beautifully designed that you wouldn’t have noticed it is a bridge if we didn’t tell you so!

But before you go on your way to the town from the dock, take the time to visit the replica of the Deliverance. It was one of the two ships built by the crew of the Sea Venture which crashed in St George’s reef in 1609 and which eventually lead to the start of the Bermuda occupation. Below deck, you will see a small museum showing the life of sailors in the ship. The Memorial Park, opposite the replica, was inaugurated in 1997 as part as the ceremonies for the twinning the town with Lyme Regis, England.

When you leave Ordnance Island Dock, you enter King’s Square, the heart of St George’s, with shops and historical monuments all around. You can see the town crier ringing the bell and announcing news to the town on Wednesdays and Saturdays, view reenactments of 18th century tribunals sending offenders to ducking stools and pillory, take a part in a candlelight walk, visit the weekly street festival, Market Nights, that occurs each Tuesday with craft stalls, live music and local dancers.

For those who want to see more of the beautiful waters of Bermuda, glass bottoms boats leave from Ordnance Island to explore the ocean and the reefs and you can also ride a glass-bottom catamaran to take you snorkeling through the reefs.

Cruise Ships Calling On Pennos, Bermuda in 2014

DATE ARR DEP  VESSEL VISIT # BERTH LINE FROM/TO AGENT

April 2014

Mon 14/16 800 1500 Seven Seas Navigator 1 Ham 5/6/Pennos PCH NAS/CHA MA
Tue 22/24 1500 1700 Regatta 1 Ham 5/6/Pennos PCH NAS/NOR MA
Tue 22/23 800 1400 Silver Spirit 1 Pennos VSL FTL/HOR BSA

October 2014

Thu 30/31 1200 1400 Regatta 2 Pennos PCH NY/CHA MA

Seven Seas Navigator

Seven Seas Navigator Docks in Bermuda

The beautiful cruise ship Seven Seas Navigator will be sailing to Bermuda this season. The luxury vessel belongs to the Regent Seven Seas Cruises line, formerly known as Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, based in Miami, Florida.

The ship has had a fascinating history. Its hull was originally constructed in Admiralty Shipyard, in Leningrad in the onetime USSR. It was initially designed to be part of a Navel satellite tracking ship. However, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises purchased the hull and completed the work at the Mariotti shipyard in Genoa, Italy in 1999.

The Seven Seas Navigator has since risen to become a prominent cruise ship. It even appeared in a Hollywood movie, `After the Sunset` with Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek. The ship has been in service since 1999. She can reach speeds of over 19 knots, thanks to two controllable pitch propellers.

“It boasts an impressive gross tonnage of 28,550. The craft is 128 feet high and 560 feet in length. The ship is fitted with 13 decks, eight which are open to the public. It also holds 490 passengers, cared for by a crew of 340. This ensures you will have a stop off at Bermuda you will never forget. “

MS Regatta

The remarkable MS Regatta will be another welcome addition to the Bermuda shoreline this year. She will be making numerous visits to the island throughout 2014, where passengers can experience the beauty of Bermuda for themselves.

They will be ferried there on the striking Regatta class cruise ship. It is considered one of the prizes of the Oceania Line. The MS Regatta has the capacity to hold 824 passengers over 9 decks. She is staffed by a dedicated crew of 386. The mighty MS Regatta has a gross tonnage of 30,277 and is 180.96m (593.7ft) in length. She is complete with a 2 propeller propulsion system and can go as fast as 18 knots.

“It is famous for its opulent staterooms, most of which have their own terraces. This is along with having more than 300 lush suites. They are found on striking decks fashioned in wooden teak, complete with made to order tiling and stone finishing.

The Regatta boasts a wide range of features to enhance your journey. They range from the finest restaurants to a choice of bars and lounge areas. The cruise ship also has its own gaming casino, health spa, swimming pools and a sundeck among other attractions.”

The MS Regatta was originally built at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard St. Nazaire, France in 1998. The ship was formerly called the MS R Two and belonged to Renaissance Cruises. The vessel changed hands in 2001 and was sold to Cruiseinvest. The following year, renamed MS Insignia, she was chartered out to Oceania Cruises. The cruise ship was then rechristened the MS Regatta in 2003.

The former R class cruise ship was initially registered in the port of Monrovia, Liberia from 1998 to 2001. She was then registered at Majuro, in the Marshall Islands in the North Pacific Ocean, from 2001 to the present day.

The Silver Spirit

Silver Spirit

The Silver Spirit is another stunning vessel set to visit Bermudas shores. She is a super luxury cruise ship class owned and operated by Silversea Cruises. The craft has the distinction of being the biggest member of the fleet. She was built by Fincantieri in Ancona and has been in service since 2009.

The cruise ship weighs around 36,000 GT and is 642 ft in length. The vessel has a crew of 376 and can hold up to 540 passengers. The ship can go as fast as just over 20 knots at full capacity. The Silver Spirit also has around 270 suites with an ocean view. There are also a number of restaurants and spa and it has its own musical venue, the Stars Supper Club. It resembles a nightclub, with live music and disco dancing.

King’s Square

Town Hall St George Bermuda

King’s Square is at the heart of the historic town of St. George, the place where Bermuda’s history started and where the men of Sir George Somers first landed on the Island after their ship Sea Venture crashed on the reefs in 1609.

It is a designated UNESCO world heritage site and a must-see if you are going to the eastern part of the Island.

However, King’s Square, also referred to as the Town Square, wasn’t created before the 19th century when a marshy part of St. George’s harbour was filled. Some of the buildings that surround the square, however, are much older and part of the town’s and island’s history.

The Bank of Butterfield is Bermuda’s oldest bank and has a building on King’s Square. The imposing building was built in 1776 and was originally used by troops as a mess during the American Revolutionary War. It was then transformed into a hotel before the bank bought it and restored it to its original state.

Stocks and Pillory, King's Square, Bermuda

The Town Hall is on the east side of King’s Square and was built in 1782. You can visit sections of it and admire its wonderful floors and ceilings made of cedar wood, a species native to Bermuda. History buffs will be able to learn about the mayors of St. George whose portraits are displayed inside. These days, the hall is still used by the civic governments for meetings.

The Bermuda National Trust Museum is a 17th century building edified by Governor Samuel Day. It was turned into The Globe Hotel in the 19th century and, during the American Civil War, became the office of the Confederate Agent. It was later bought by the Bermuda National Trust and has been a museum since 1961.

The Square is also home to restaurants such as the White Horse Tavern, one of the oldest pub in Bermuda, and the George and Dragon, located in another 18th century building.

History is also present in the forms of replica of stocks and pillory outside the Bank of Butterfield. They were used in the 18th century’s British colonial days to punish those found guilty of drunkenness or other petty crimes. They are, of course, not in use any more but still functional and it is almost a tradition for tourists to get their photo taken with their head and hands through the stocks’ holes.

The other main tourist attraction of the square is another punishment artefact: it is a replica of a ducking stool on which nagging and gossiping women were sat and ducked into the water for punishment! The replica is now used to reenact the punishments with actors and volunteers taking part many days a week.

Fort St. Catherine

FORT ST. CATHERINE, ST. GEORGE

Near the spot where the shipwrecked Sea Venture docked in 1609 to start the first Bermuda settlement stands the wooden fort built by Richard Moore, the first Governor of the island, in 1612, as a defense against the Spaniards. It was one of the four watchtowers built on the island. It underwent several reconstructions, and the actual structure of the Fort St. Catherine dates back from the late 19th century.

One of the most imposing forts of Bermuda, St. Catherine is now home to a museum where you can see, among other exhibits and artifacts, a replica of the British Crown Jewels as well as a collection of antique weapons. There was five Woolwich Rifled Muzzle Loader cannons to defend the fort, each weighing 18 tons and able to fire 400 pounds shells.

The fort is surrounded by a dry moat and can be accessed by a drawbridge. As a prime protection for the island, it has numerous ramparts, redoubts, towers and tunnels that can be explored to get a feeling of the size of it.

Fort St. Catherine is an ideal visit for everyone, from history buffs to children who can experience the chanting of ‘George the Ghost’ in one of the lower chambers that was believed to be haunted, along with a Halloween light show. The belief was so strong that in the 1970’s an exorcism took place at the fort.

You can also walk on the main terrace that overlook the reefs below and enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the ocean. For the anecdote, the terrace was used as setting for theatrical displays, such as a production of Macbeth by Charlton Heston in the 1950’s.

St. Catherine is not located on any major bus route, but you can get to the fort by scooter, take the 30 minutes hike from the city centre of St. George, or go to the nearby beach by the minibus services that depart from King’s Square.

Take the time to visit Achilles Bay while you’re here and if you are planning on having food, the Blackbeard’s Hideout is right next to the fort. From its terrace, in the evening, you can admire the wonderful sunset over Achilles Bay.

Somers Park

Sommers Park

Would you like to breathe in some delightful greenery, plants and flowers while visiting Bermuda? Saunter down to stunning Somers Park.

It is a location of inherent natural beauty a found on Duke of York St in St. George. The garden is close to Kings Square, on the north east. The park was opened by the Prince of Wales in 1920 and has been astounding visitors ever since. Now you can savour the splendour of this stimulating garden. It is a closed off and tranquil environment in green verdant surroundings.

Somers Garden is a celebrated site to chill out and take a minute. The Garden is open all day and admittance is free. It is also ideal for lounging around in after dinner and spends a relaxing evening. This is the optimum place to explore breathtaking foliage, shrubs and plants. It is said the flowers bloom the fullest in the spring time. The garden is named in memory of the man regarded to have founded the island of Bermuda. His name is Admiral Sir George Somers and his ship crashed on a reef close to St. George in 1609.There is a small respectful tomb to the Admiral at the park. It is said the great man’s heart is interred in the park.

There was also a stone column laid as a lasting monument. Tourists could gaze upon it, as long as the other wonders the garden bearing his name has on show.

Fort George

Fort George Bermuda

Construction of amazing Fort George commenced in 1612. It is a superb example of the history of Bermuda, as it is one of the first settlers’ first military installations, built not long after arriving on our shores from Britain.

Its purpose was to guard the north of the Island and formed part of quite an imposing string of defenses that sprung up around St. George’s. It started life as Riches Mount, named after Governor Moore, and was a mere small wooden lookout turret and, after this was destroyed by a hurricane in 1619, was rebuilt to include a gun fixture.

It then remained relatively unchanged for around 160 years, when it was given a massive and swift upgrade by British Royal Engineers and quickly grew in size to become a defense of some power and might, during a period of significant world history – the American War of Independence (1775–1783).

Completed and renamed Fort George in 1788, after the British monarch King George III, it was a defiant act by the British after the US victory in the War.

In the 1840’s, it was further enhanced to become a redoubt fort (this is where a military installation has armaments on the exterior and interior of a building or site – a sort of double protection system). It was built in an 8-pointed star shape which can still clearly be seen, particularly from aerial photographs, and comprised an inner keep with protective, perimeter wall and dry moat with access by drawbridge. It had munitions inside and outside the perimeter wall as well as a 150 ft (45m) escape tunnel and was manned round-the-clock.

In 1871, several 11-inch rifled muzzle loader guns – which are, as the name suggests, loaded from the muzzle or gun barrel – each weighing a massive 25 tons and manufactured by the oyal Gun Factory of London, were installed to protect the Island. One of these remains today and is eerily pointed towards the cruise ships docked at St. George’s Town!

Berumda Maritime Operations Centre

Because of the Fort’s spectacular and distant viewpoints from St. George’s Harbour around to St. David’s Island and the Atlantic Ocean, the Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre has set up its headquarters here and the Fort is now a hub of national and international maritime operations.

Owned and run by the Government of Bermuda Department of Marine & Ports Services, Fort George is now home to search and rescue under Rescue Co-ordination Centre (RCC) which often receives distress calls covering the whole of the Western Atlantic Ocean, management of identification of traffic under Vessel Traffic Surveillance Center (VTS) and vital communications and relay services using the Coast Radio Station (CRS).

Town Crier of St. George’s

The town of St. George’s is one of the biggest attractions for tourists in Bermuda, especially because it is a Unesco World Heritage site and because it was the first town built on the island by the colonists in 1612.

There are many things to see and visit in the former capital of Bermuda such as the replica of the Deliverance on Ordnance Island, one the ships built by the first settlers who shipwrecked on the island. Among the many attractions available, the Town Crier of St. George’s is one that many visitors remember long after their time here.

The tradition of the town crier of St. Georges is inherited from the old British tradition of town crier, an officer of the court in charge of making public announcements such as market days, government proclamations, bylaws, adverts and so on.

As in many other cities all around the world, St. George’s has kept alive the tradition of town crier and has made it an attraction for tourists. The town crier of St. George’s is part of the folklore of the town and is usually playing his part in the Town Square of St. George’s every weekday at noon.

One of the role of the town crier was to announce the specific punishments that was going to be administered to those who had broken the law. In Bermuda, the traditions consist of consign criminals to the stocks and leave them here for several days exposed to the public, or to be pilloried and whipped, to be submitted to ducking stool sessions, or even executed. These sentences were announced and led by the town crier of St. George’s and they are today reenacted for tourists.

On King’s Square, there are replica of the ceddar wood stocks and whipping posts to show how the punishments were inflicted and everyday some tourists are locked into the stocks for diverse punishments. Just before noon, the Town Crier of St. Georges enters the square and chose some tourists to form the ducking crew before announcing the start of the trial. Some tourists are chosen by the Mayor to be the jury and to judge others tourists usually found guilty. Some of them are locked into the stocks while others are being dunked up to five times in the water as a punishment.

The current town crier of St. Georges is Mr David Firth who has held the position since 2004. He once won the top prize at the Armada Cup, the English international town crier competition. In this type of competition, the town criers are judged on their diction, the clarity of their voice, their consistent pitch and volume as well as their appearance.

The former town crier of St. George’s, E Michael Jones, also won the Armada Cup back in 2000, while the most famous town crier of St. George’s is Major D.H. Burns, MC, who in the mid 1980’s became the holder of the Guinness World Record for the loudest human speaking voice. His was recorded at 113 decibels.

Featherbed Alley Printery

Featherbed_Alley_Printshop

There are many places to visit while in Bermuda, and the variety of subjects means that there is something for everyone and every taste. But even if you are not a fervent historian, the Featherbed Alley Printery, in St. George should definitely be in your list of visits not to be missed.

This shop is located on Featherbed Alley, just around the corner from the Historical Society Museum and has the particularity to be the exact replica of an 18th century printshop.

The Featherbed Alley Printery museum features amongst other pieces a replica of the Gutenberg press, the one which was invented by Johannes Gutenberg in 1445. This was the first printing book which served to print the first ever book, the Gutenberg Bible in 1452. The museum is housed on the lower level of the Mitchell House, built in the 1720’s, in what used to be the servants’ quarters. Featherbed Alley Printery is for the most part dedicated to the first printing business of Bermuda, which published the first island’s newspaper, the Bermuda Gazette in 1784.

Its owner Joseph Stockdale used to operate its business from the cellar of his house on Printer’s Alley. The newspaper lost many of its subscribers when it was moved to Hamilton after it became the capital of Bermuda in 1815 and was forced to close down. Early editions of the Bermuda Gazette can also be seen in the museum.

The replica Gutenberg press of the Featherbed Alley Printery was used for more than 300 years and is still able to produce printed material. It can be seen in action 5 days a week thanks to the passionate people who run the museum.

While you are in St. George, take the time to visit the many other places of the historic town and a UNESCO World Heritage town. Right next to the Featherbed Alley Printery is the St. George’s Historical Society Museum, a great example of the Bermudian architecture in the 18th century.

There you will see examples of antique and period furniture, old documents, paintings and even a rare bible. You can also visit the original kitchen that has been kept as it was. Of course, don’t miss the King’s Square, the centre of the town surrounded by many historical buildings and with features such as a the replica of a pillory and stocks. These were used to punish criminals and expose them to the public. The Town Hall is on King’s Square and is used as a meeting place by the corporation governing St. George. You can visit the building which has antique cedar furniture and a gallery of portraits of the previous Lord Mayor. You can also watch a multimedia presentation called Bermuda Journey that is shown several times a day.

Near the Town Hall is the Visitors Service Bureau where you can get information about the area, with times of opening of the different venues and the cost of admission, as well as maps of St.George.

St Georges Historical Society Museum

St Georges Historical Society Museum in Bermuda

The St Georges Historical Society Museum is one of the longest standing, most durable buildings on the island of Bermuda.

It is located at Featherbed Alley in St. George. This distinctive structure was constructed around 1730. The property started out as a private residence called Mitchell House. It once belonged to Isabella and William Archer. They were a wealthy black couple whom kept slaves and owned a profitable restaurant visited by military personnel called The Gun Tavern. But their former home has been the domain of the Historical Society of St. George’s since 1922. It has been a museum ever since.

This greatly admired tourist destination is frequented by those fascinated with the past. The exhibit shows visitors what Bermuda was like in colonial times the museum keeps items used in the home in the 1700’s. This is as well as having articles indigenous to Bermuda. These include a letter written by the first President of the United States George Washington. This is in addition to having cutters used on whale blubber. It is as well as axe heads, and a Bible which has survived for three centuries. The museum illustrates how a kitchen was run in the colonial era. It has an excellent selection of utensils, dipping gourds and palmetto baskets to name but a few.

The museum also shows how printing was carried out in those days. There are printing presses from the period as well as old newspapers and archives. This is merely an idea of the many wonderful exhibits this amazing museum has on display.

Historical Re-enactment In St. Georges

St George Punishment Re-enactment

Is there someone you have always wanted to get rid of? Is there a person in your life that never stops talking and you want to silence once and for all, just to get a bit of peace?

Well, if you go down to the town of St Georges today, then you are in for a big surprise. This is because, as part of the historical walking tour of the area, you could watch a thrilling recreation of an age old public punishment. It is the “Historical Re-enactment of St. Georges”. This is a fate which befell many offenders back in the 1900’s. Kings Square in St Georges is now the site of the traditional ducking of the nagging wench.

It was an occasion which saw a local woman, found to have been a gossip and a busybody, being forced to stand trial and answer for her offences. This is with the knowledge that, if found guilty, she would be summarily punished, by being ducked in water.

The humorous, light-hearted re-enactment also takes a local woman, puts her in period dress, and makes her stand trial for her incessant nagging and gossiping. She would then be found guilty and ducked in the pool, in front of a baying crowd of tourists and residents alike. The proceedings are overseen by the town crier of St Georges, and it always gets a big cheer.

It is a great fun, but educational recreation, will show you exactly how justice was dispensed in Bermuda on the old days, but not in a heavy handed way. It is just makes for a highly enjoyable day out.

The informative but educational demonstration is one of the hallmarks of the historical tour of St. Georges. It takes place every day of the week except Sunday.

St. Peter’s Church

St Peters Church in St Georges Bermuda

The magnificent St. Peter’s Church is found in the parish of in St. George’s in Bermuda. It has the distinction of being the longest standing Anglican church in existence out with the UK.

The structure is reportedly the longest surviving Protestant church in what was known as The New World; i.e. the Western Hemisphere. The location is now an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The church was established just after the settlement of St. George in 1612. But it now stands as a place of regional historical consequence. The church is an eye catching tourist destination as well as an enduring place of worship.

The church was initially constructed from wood with a thatched roof. However, it didn’t last long. The church has actually gone through a great deal of renovation and rebuilding in its time. The structure currently has limestone walls. The building has a limestone slate roof on a frame fashioned from Bermuda cedar. There are also components dating from 1620.

The inside is the church is elegant but uncomplicated, with beams made of cedar. The font predates the settlement of the island itself. It has been in existence for five centuries. The interior of the church is furnished with celebratory plates, with gravestones in the exterior. It is said there are many prominent figures from Bermudas history laid to rest underneath the floor of the church.

It is the beauty of and the history of the building, among other aspects. These are what make St. Peter’s Church in St Georges such a fascinating place to visit.

The Old Rectory

The Old Rectory In St George’s
The Old Rectory is one of the longest standing structures in St George. The property was a private home; built by a former slave trader and pirate named George Dew. It can be traced back to before 1700.

The building is found on Broad Alley, to the rear of St Peter’s Church. Its name comes from the fact it was the home of Pastor Alexander Richardson. Mr. Richardson was a bishop and had served as rector of The St. Peter’s Church. He died in St. Georges in 1805.

The building is now the property of the Bermuda National Trust. It is a national historical monument. The house is a testament to vernacular building design and architecture from Bermuda’s past. The structure is fashioned from limestone. It has living quarters upstairs and a basement level below. There is a staircase on the outside of the building which connects them. There are huge chimneys laying the foundation for the gable ends. The windows of the building rest rigidly against attic or roof space. The house has beams made of cedar inside, along with a beautiful garden.

The Old Rectory is still rented as a private home, if on a limited basis. But it is lauded as a tourist destination. It does not charge for admission but donations are welcomed. However; the house is only open to the public on Wednesdays and between the months of November and March.

The Love Tales Walking Tour

St Georges

For many, there is nothing more relaxing, or romantic, than taking a stroll. So how would you like to take a trip on foot which is both entertaining and informative? If looking for the perfect romantic walk, you could head off on the “Love Tales Walking Tour” of the town of St Georges.

This is another excellent feature of Love Month in Bermuda. It begins on Saturday mornings at 10.30 am, from, appropriately enough, right outside the St George’s Town Hall. It was first built when Bermuda was a British colony, back in 1782. It is now at the heart of local government, and stands as a base of operations for the council and the Mayor of St Georges. This long standing building, with its distinctive cedar design, is just one of the many historical locations you will see on the “Love Tales Walking Tour”.

As the name suggests, this is not just any tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also an account of the many great love stories which have taken place in this beautiful town. They say every picture tells a story, well, the same can be true of a place, as St. Georges has many wonderful tales.

When you take the “Love Tales Walking Tour” you will be told all about the past and the history of a particular area. If it has romantic resonance, or is the scene of a great love story, then the tour guide will tell you the tale. This is a sightseeing expedition which brings St Georges romantic past to the fore. It will also let you try the latest goods and products made in the region, bringing the past and the present together. The occasion is also marked with an enthralling historical re-enactment, held at Kings Square at 12 noon.

If you wish to walk in the footsteps of romantic days gone by, then take the “Love Tales Walking Tour” of St George’s.

Gombeys Restaurant & Bar

Gombeys Bar and Restaurant

Are you taking a trip to the beautiful Clearwater Beach, at St. David’s, on the South side of the island? You could perhaps stop for a bite to eat at the glorious Gombeys Restaurant.

This is a heavenly spot for people dining out on American style burgers. It also serves the finest local seafood. Gombeys Restaurant & Bar is a well loved family restaurant, where you can have a delicious lunch while looking out at the ocean. It is renowned for its stunning beachfront scenery and breathtaking vistas. They make the most wonderful surroundings for you to enjoy your meal.

Gombeys Restaurant & Bar is the place to find the most succulent chicken burgers on the island. This is as well as offering the finest freshly caught fish. You could stop off for lunch before heading for the beach.

Gombeys is not just a restaurant after all. It is also a way station, decking you out for your day out at St. David’s. If you wish to lounge on the beach, they can hire you a beach chair and umbrella, to shade yourself with. If you feel like exploring the shoreline, above and below the waves, there is snorkeling equipment for hire. There are also paddle boats available, so you can take a trip out on the water.

If you are looking for a thrilling day on Clearwater Beach, then pay a call on Gombeys Restaurant & Bar. It is a fantastic beach front restaurant to really make a song and dance about.

Wong’s Golden Dragon Restaurant

Wong's Golden Dragon Restaurant
Wong’s Golden Dragon Restaurant offers the best high quality Chinese food in St. George’s Town, on the east of Bermuda. It was set up to fill the need for a good Asian take out and restaurant in the area and has more than met the task.

The restaurant may be seen as the crowning glory of the noted chef Chunlee Wong, whom distinguished himself while working for Chopsticks. Mr Wong now runs his own business, in collaboration with his wife Monette Wong, with their two children lending a hand. It truly is a family enterprise, which only adds to its warm and welcoming atmosphere. When you stop by the Golden Dragon, you can order from a fusion of Sze-chuan and Mandarin styled food. Patrons may also like to know that every dish comes with fried and steam rice.

The Golden Dragon will also provide a rich pageant of the foremost seafood, meat and vegetarian meals, to cater to any guest. The restaurant has lunch specials on offer on Monday to Saturday, from 11.30 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon.

There are also lobster specials when in season every day except Sunday, from 11.30 am to 10pm. If you are in the mood for the most captivating Chinese food on the east side of Bermuda, then visit Wong’s Golden Dragon Restaurant at St. Georges’.

Sung Sing

Sung Sing St.Georges

Sung Sing is an intimate Chinese restaurant in York Street, in St. George’s parish. This compact eatery is one of a chain, offering patrons a varied selection of Asian cooking, taking in Chinese and Mongolian influences, at a value rate.

It has all the hallmarks of a first rate restaurant, providing the best in Chinese cookery. It has mouth-watering curry dishes, along with a vast range of specialty meals.

For instance, Sung Sing has the most superlative subgum wonton and the classical Peking duck, served in a black bean sauce. The kitchen also prepares some of the most captivating crabmeat foo yung to be found on the island. This is as well as cooking a brilliant bean curd that goes great with brown sauce.

Sung Sing has astonishing combination platters going for a song, which you could have with egg roll or fantastic fried rice. Patrons could also have something to drink with their food, from refreshing juice drinks or soft drinks, among other beverages.

The restaurant furthermore provides an exceptional delivery service, where, if you are based nearby, you could have your food brought to you free of charge.

When seeking one of the top rated Chinese restaurants in St. George’s parish, come to Sung Sing. It has the most exceptional Asian menu on the island, which will be music to the ears of any diner. Just look over the marvellous menu and see what we mean.

Club Minaj

nicki-minaj

It seems everybody is talking about the superhot hip-hop sensation Nicki Minaj. Well there is a bar and nightclub on the eastern side of Bermuda which shares her name and is just as hot. This brand new club is situated on Water Street, in the heart of St. Georges. It is called Club Minaj and is considered the latest must see island nightspot.

The venture is the brainchild of Benjamin Smith, who manages the Swizzle Inn, and the renowned Disc Jockey Dennis (Bussy) Maynard. The club is designed to showcase the skills of numerous island DJ’s and boost the tourist industry. It is the intention of Club Minaj to be a shot in the arm for tourism in St. George’s. This will help improve the local economy, as well as creating new jobs.

Club Minaj sets out to create a unique clubbing experience in Bermuda. It is a prime location to visit with friends, where you can hit the dance floor or enjoy the live entertainment. The club also has the best sets from the top DJ’s.

It will additionally shine a light on untapped, undiscovered talent by holding open mike nights. This is along with letting its patrons show what they can do by hosting karaoke evenings. The club has a number of lounge areas where you can relax and a pair or large screen TV’s. It also offers plenty of parking and is convenient for the fast ferry, as the dock is only a stone’s throw away.

When seeking out the centre of nightlife in St. Georges, make a night of it in Club Minaj. It is the excellent new club that everybody is talking about.

Beautiful Beaches In St. Georges Parish

Beaches in St Georges parish

You can have a glorious time touring the beaches of St. George’s parish while on holiday in Bermuda.

There are a number of gorgeous beachfronts on the eastern point of the island. St. George’s Parish is made up of two major islands, St. George Island and St David’s Island. It is linked to the mainland by a causeway.

You can soak up the sun on so many different beaches in St Georges. Residents and holiday makers often head for the astonishing Achilles Bay, near the town of St. George. This Bermuda National Park is a private beach, for members of the St. Georges Club. It is a quiet locale, with white sandy beaches and calm blue waters, with the remains of the historical Fort of St. Catherine closeby.

St. Catherine’s Beach is known for its supple white sandy beaches and its peaceful shore. It is close to the town of St George, with the aforementioned fort in the background.

Located on Cooper’s Island, close to St. David’s Island, is the captivating Clearwater Beach and Park. This former reserve used by the American military is now a public park and beachfront, covering 36 acres.

Coopers Island is furthermore the location of Long Bay and Soldier Bay. This is a stunning peninsula, taking in 44-acres. It was previously used by NASA as a tracking station, but is now on the frontier of tourism in Bermuda. It has numerous striking beach fronts and bird sanctuaries, and is close to South Shore and Castle Harbor.

Many people also visit Turtle Bay and Tobacco Bay. This has been deemed the most popular and most visited beach in the parish. It is famous for its dazzling pink sand, with amenities available to the public. This is the ideal spot to go sunbathing, swimming and doing water sports.

These are among the fantastic beaches you can go visit in St Georges Parish.

Tobacco Bay Beach

Tobacco Bay Beach is one of the most popular beaches of the Northern shores, located at only 10 minutes walk from the centre of the historic city of St. George.

Tobacco Bay Beach was named by the first settlers, those who survived the crash of the Sea Venture, after they found tobacco growing wild here.

Even though it can get pretty crowded when a cruise ship docks at St. George, this one beach ticks all the boxes, whether you are coming there with your family, to snorkel, to sunbath, or for the stunning sightseeing.

There is no pink sand and it is located in a relatively small cove. Evidently, snorkeling is the prime activity on Tobacco Bay Beach. The water is crystal-clear and  the bay is separated from the open ocean by columns of limestone forming a kind of very large and quiet pool. The water can be as deep as 10 feet along these rocks and it is an ideal place to see many fish species, probably where you can spot the most: angelfish, blue parrot-fish, groupers, blue walrus…

On the other side of the rocks, the depth of the ocean increases rapidly and you can find reef structures harbouring other fish such as sergeant majors and hog-fish. If you are lucky, you might even spot some snapping turtles, octopuses and lobsters.

Closer from the beach, the water is shallow so kids and those who don’t snorkel can still see schools of fish passing around them. It is a very safe beach for children who can play and walk in the water quite a distance without having to swim.

One of the advantages of Tobacco Bay Beach is the presence of facilities. There are toilets and changing facilities as well as a food concession and a beach bar. During the summer months, you can rent snorkelling gears, chairs and umbrellas at the Tobacco Beach Rentals.

For some, the walk uphill from St. George to the beach might be too tiring but there is a minibus leaving from the city’s King’s Square (St. George’s Minibus Services). The ferry docks are a 20 minutes walk to the beach but you can also get a taxi from there. Of course – you could make it even more accessible, with a scooter rental from Elbow Beach Cycles!

Tobacco Bay Beach is located not too far from the Fort St. Catherine and it is worth to have a walk about while are here.

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Bermuda’s Best St George’s Scooter Rental Service

Looking for the best scooter rental shop near St George’s in Bermuda? You have found it!

If you are on one of the amazing cruise ships that are visiting St George’s in Bermuda this year, we have a special scooter rental delivery service and pick up to and from St George’s, Bermuda! Elbow Beach Cycles are NO1 in Bermuda for Scooters and bike hire – and we have a long and proud tradition of delivering the very best scooter rental service for St George’s visitors.

If you are expected to arrive at St George’s Bermuda – just let us know by booking online with our easy to use booking form, and let us know the date and time of arrival, and our scooter delivery team will have your scooter ready and waiting for you when you disembark.

Don’t settle for cheap, unreliable scooter hire operators – choose Elbow Beach Cycles!

From Sun-up to Sun-down, if you are visiting Bermuda and expecting to land in St George’s, have Elbow Beach Cycles have your scooter ready for you, and even pick it up again when you are finished with it! Our scooter rental service is ideal for St George’s cruise ship passengers who just want a quick trip around Bermuda, and even for those looking to book a rental for a few days or a week.

Check availability today and book your scooter now – you can even get a fantastic pre-pay 15% discount if you book your bike, or moped, now.

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