If you're planning a Bermuda cruise, historic St. George will likely be one of your top places to explore on holiday. St George's Parish consists of several islands all connected by bridges. These islands make up Bermuda's East End. St. George's town is the central town and the historical heart of Bermuda. The town is more than four centuries old. The Island's first settlers, Sir George Somers, and his men landed in St. George in 1609.
St. George's is a designated UNESCO site and steeped with history. Visiting St. George's is like traveling back in time. It consists of centuries-old buildings and architecture. St George's is a joy to explore on foot thanks to its narrow grid of streets that are lined with old statuesque buildings.
1. Start at the World Heritage Centre
To get an excellent introduction to the history of Bermuda, make the World Heritage Centre your first sightseeing stop. It features displays on the U.S. Civil War and Revolutionary War and gives information on Bermuda's role in these two wars. You'll also learn about Bermuda's whaling trade. This is an excellent museum for kids too. They can dress up and learn about life and early from you too. There are a variety of interactive displays in Hands-on exhibits that are fun for kids of all ages. The world heritage center is located at 19 Penno's Wharf, which is just a ten-minute walk from the cruise port. Admission is only $5 for adults and $2 for children.
2. Visit Historic St. Peter's Church
St. Peter's Church is the oldest church that has been continuously used in the Western Hemisphere. Rebuilt in 1713, it has a long history that stretches back to Bermuda's earliest days. Inside the church are elaborately carved cedar beams and rustic furniture that is believed to be the island's oldest. There are two graveyards outside that are full of history as well. The Eastern Graveyard serves as the final resting place for some of the most famous Bermudians. Slaves and African Bermudians were buried in the Western Cemetery up until the time that segregation was outlawed in the 1960s. You can visit St. Peter's Church and other famous St. George's sites on the Scenic St. George Tour.
3. Explore Cooper's Island Nature Reserve
Cooper’s Island Nature Preserve is one of Bermuda's most picturesque natural parks. The wooded 77-acre reserve is made up of salt marshes, unspoiled beaches, and lovely woodlands. Nature trails cut through Bermuda olive woods, palmettos, and cedars. You can also find allspice and Brazilian pepper growing naturally throughout the reserve. The beaches are perfect for snorkeling. Make sure you check out the giant land crabs, herons, and seabirds that can usually be found near the marsh. Bring a picnic basket and enjoy a delicious meal and a peaceful day at the park. No public transportation goes all the way to the preserve. However, the Hidden Gems Exploration Adventure includes a visit to Cooper’s Island along with some of the best sites in Bermuda.
4. Snorkel in Tobacco Bay Beach
Tobacco Bay Beach is an exceptional snorkeling beach. It got its name from the wild tobacco that used to grow there in the 1600s. Shipwreck survivors came across the tobacco and named the beach Tobacco Bay.
The water is shallow, which makes it perfect for snorkeling. Some of the colorful marine life often found on this beach include Angelfishes, blue parrot fish, and wild blue walruses. There are also plenty of sergeant majors near the many reefs. The best way to visit this beach is to take the St. George's Treasons Walk & Tobacco Bay Beach shore excursion. It includes a walking tour of St. Peter’s Church and more.