Shallow turquoise waters in Tobacco Bay, Bermuda with stormy skies and jagged rocks coming up out of the ocean.

ultimate guide to st. george’s, bermuda

(Last Updated On: February 14, 2021)

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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.

brief history

Looking up an old brick street with colonial buildings in 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.

Looking over the harbor in St. George's, Bermuda, with sun coming through the clouds and a few ships in the harbor.

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 a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

British and Bermudian flags hanging outside of King's Square in St. George's, Bermuda.

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).

Bright yellow hibiscus close up in 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

bus fare information

bus schedule

Old, dilapidated bright blue building in St. George's, Bermuda

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

airbnb’s

AirBnb’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! Click here for $40 off your first rental.

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.

Panoramic views of the ocean from ‘Jolly Cottage’

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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.

Woman walking into small , run down apartment in St. George's, Bermuda
Entrance to ‘Nossa Casa’

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inns & hotels

Aunt Nea’s Inn

Potters Inn Cottage

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where to eat

wahoo’s bistro & patio

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 ???????????????????????? 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).

Interior of Wahoo's Patio & Bistro in St. George's, Bermuda during Christmas time.
Christmas at Wahoo’s

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.

There 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)

View of St. George's Harbor in St. George's, Bermuda from the Wharf Restaurant.
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 ????).

View of Ordnance Island and outdoor seating of White Horse restaurant in St. George's, Bermuda.

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.

mama angie’s

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.

things to do

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

View overlooking Tobacco Bay Lookout in St. George's, Bermuda.  There is a palm tree in the foreground and in the background is the ocean with a boat and some jagged limestone rocks sticking out of the water.

tobacco bay

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.

Limestone rocks jutting out of the water at Tobacco Bay in St. George's, Bermuda

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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’ bay

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.

Woman standing on a Bermudian beach in a black bikini looking down
Washed ashore Portuguese Man o' War on Achilles' Bay beach in St. George's, Bermuda

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 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.

raggamuffin charters

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st. catherine’s beach

St. Catherine’s beach offers a great view of the 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.

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

gates fort

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 some time 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.

Cannon facing the camera at Gates Fort in St. George's, Bermuda

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.

Two cannons, pictured from behind, looking out over the Atlantic in St. George's, Bermuda - located at Gates Fort
Shot of the sunrise from seated atop a cannon overlooking the ocean at Gates Fort in St. George's, Bermuda

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 reeflines. Overexposure made it vulnerable, and eventually it became obselete. The fort is now a museum, the interior preserved, dedicated to artifacts and historic exhibits.

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View of St. Catherine's Beach (from the hill that Fort St. Catherine is situated on) in St. George's, Bermuda

alexandra battery

Two cannons facing opposite directions at Alexandra Battery in St. George's, Bermuda

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 square

View of the front of the town hall at King's Square in St. George's, Bermuda

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!

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.

bermuda heritage museum

Image of the outer facade of the Bermuda Heritage Museum in St. GEorge's, Bermuda

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

Image of the outer facade of St. George's Historical Society.  The building is white with a typical Bermudian roof and deep forest green Bermudian shutters.  There are shrubs and gardens surrounding the outside of the building.  The skies in the background are slightly cloudy, but blue nonetheless.

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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bermuda national trust museum

Outer facade of the Bermuda National Trust in St. George's, Bermuda.  The building is a cantaloupe orange color with Bermudian and British flags hanging over the front door.

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 church

The Unfinished Church located in St. George's, 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 looking through the arches.

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View of the Unfinished Church in St. George's, Bermuda looking through the surrounding pine trees.

st. peter’s church

Picture looking up the steps of St. Peter's Church in St. George's, Bermuda.  The church is the oldest continuously used Protestant church in the New World.  The wooden double doors are open, and the skies are a deep blue with wisps of clouds dotting the sky.

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 a morning and an evening classes in a variety of styles.

Interior studio space of Just Breathe Yoga in St. George's, Bermuda

Forgot something at home? They also have a boutique where you can find anything practice-related that you may need.

Exterior facade of Just Breathe Boutique in St. George's, Bermuda

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

Just Breathe Coffee Truck in St. George's, Bermuda

know before you go

Sunrise over St. George's Harbor in St. George's, Bermuda

– 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 rain water 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.

Clear turquoise water and limestone rock formations at Tobacco Bay, Bermuda

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Have you visited St. George’s, Bermuda? What are your favorite things to do there? Do you know of any secret spots that I’ve missed? Drop a comment below! ????????????????????????


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2 thoughts on “ultimate guide to st. george’s, bermuda”

  1. This island looks beautiful and sounds like such a wonderful place to visit! Great article.

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