Ft St Catherine & Tobacco Bay, Bermuda
I was in Miami in December 2002 and saw in a travel agency a cheap ticket to Bermudas Islands. Then I decided to go there the next day.
I spent four days in those islands. They are like gardens for the exuberant nature. People are gentle and always smiled to me and even greeted me in the morning.
Saint Georges was my favorite place to rest and enjoy. There, everybody looked rich, even children played golf and dressed very nice. Bermudas is not like the poor Caribbean islands such as Jamaica, or Haiti, or Cuba, where people live very bad.
The islands were discovered by the Spanish navigator Juan Bermúdez at the beginning of the XVI century, but they were left abandoned and not added to the Spanish possessions in the Caribbean Sea. English arrived over a century later and occupied them.
Since I was short of money I slept in the gardens and when I needed a shower I used the golf premises, that were opened to everybody, day and night, and nobody never checked if I was a member of the club.
Thanks to having a lot of free time I could visit quite well Saint Georges and its fortifications, which today are in the list of UNESCO, but when I was there I did not know it.
Bermuda is blessed with beautiful beaches both large and small. The pocket-sized Snorkel Park Beach is a small jewel, and is really quite stunning in its own right even when compared to the gorgeous Horseshoe Bay Bridge with its sweeping breadth. Snorkel Park Beach is a sheltered little cove framed by a rock jetty on one side and the scenic, high stone walls of the National Museum of Bermuda on the other.
Having just finished our visit to National Museum of Bermuda and the Frog and Onion Pub, we walked the short distance over to Snorkel Park Beach in the late afternoon. The gates were open and no admission was being charged which we appreciated since we had just come to look around. The sun was still warm and small groups of people were clustered under colorful sun umbrellas or lounging on the beach. A few had rented water craft and were manuvering about much further out from the shoreline. Many had already retreated to Hammerheads Bar and Grill enjoying the views and relaxing for a late lunch or drinks while music drifted on the air.
Located inside the Royal Naval Dockyard, Snorkel Park Beach is within walking distance of cruise ship wharfs, ferry docks, and bus stops has become very popular with families and couples. The beach has fine, white sand though is a little rocky along the water's edge and bottom (aqua shoes may be needed). Snorkel Park Beach, though good-sized, is not as large as others you will find on the island. Still, with its gorgeous views, waterside facilties, many watersport offerings including snuba tours, kayaking and great snorkel opportunities, plus the addition of the adjacent FunGolf minature golf course, there is something here for everyone during the day as well as night. You could easily spend a full day here.
Admission to the beach onlly is $5 weekdays, and $10 on weekends per person. Not such a bad deal when you realize that these fees not only help maintain the facilities here but part of the proceeds go to local marine conservation.
At night, people come for the Club Aqua but more especially for the "Beach BBQ and Island Beach Party." Doors open at 6:45 for the BBQ buffet and early entertainment followed later with the evening show featuring lots of local entertainment including the Bermuda Gombeys dance group to the fire limbo suitable for the whole family.
The particulars vary according to which package you choose. From snorkelparkbeach.com, the facts are as follows:
"Open for admission: Monday and Thursday, beginning April 30th to November 1st.
Saturdays from April 21st-August 25th.
Additional Mondays on April 9th and April 16th
Beach BBQ and Island Beach party, doors open at 6:45
Beach BBQ and light entertainment 7-8pm ($58.00) (2013 prices)
Island Beach Party 8-10pm ($20)(2013 prices)
(Includes entertainment only, small rum swizzle, entry to Cub SPB our open air night club, seating can not be guaranteed.)
Full package includes reserved seating, delicious buffet, one large complimentary Bermuda Rum Swizzle, Lots of Fun entertainment entry to Club SPB our open air nightclub open from 10pm-3pm"
If you walk from St George's past the Unfinished Church towards Fort St Catherine's you'll discover Tobacco Beach . If you don't want to walk catch one of the St George’s Minibus Service’s vehicles.
The bay is protected by Daliesque limestone rock formations and good for snorkeling with colourful tropical fish like parrotfish and sergeant majors. The calm, relatively shallow water has good visibility and is ideal for children.
It can go from no people to lots of people in minutes depending on wether or or not a cruise ship is in!!
St. George's has many interesting places to visit, and one of the
most scenic might be the nearby "Tobacco Bay Beach." Admittedly it is a good walk from the center of town, but very doable on a nice day.
The beach area itself is a little small compared to the famous Horseshoe Bay Beach and other southside beaches, but it does have advantages: Tobacco Bay Beach is a sheltered, cove-like area which means most likely you will have no large wave action or undertow thus being a bit safer; there are nice facilities available unlike some of the more natural beaches; every beach in Bermuda seems to be scenic but Tobacco Bay Beach is particularly so and happens to be within walking distance of St. George's or a short ride away.
Fort St. Catherine is just one of many forts preserved for our enjoyment. It had Victorian-era cannons and dizzying drops into the sea.
Scott was in his glory. His notes: The fort is located up a huge hill on the NOrth shore up from the town of St. George. The fort was completed in 1614 and extensive rebuilding and remodeling continued until the 19th century. The museum has dioramas covering the island's history.
St. Catherine's Fort was built in the 1600's and has a spectacular view of the ocean from its heights. A replica of the British Crown Jewels is inside, as well as dioramas depicting British history. Our grandchild was enthralled with the muskets, swords and military paraphenalia. There is even a tower! We paid $5 for adults and $2 for children.
There is a spectacular beach located at the foot of this fort, St. Catherine's beach. We found it to be the nicest of two we visited.
The original Fort ( of wood ) dates back to 1612 and has been rebuilt several times.
Today it is a massive fortification complete with a moat, drawbridge, ramparts and a maze of tunnels. It is used as a museum containing period weapons, and replicas of Britain's crown jewels. An audiovisual presentation focuses on the many forts located around Bermuda.
Admission is $5.00
There is mini bus from the town square or you can walk in about 25 minutes.
Explore the forts, try to find uninhabited beaches,get underwater, go boating, GO FISHING WITH http://jumpdembones.01.free.bm/
History back to 16 C., unbelievably clear water and pink sand, fish of all color and size
Look around and enjoy the colours of Bermuda. White beaches, blue ocean, pastel cottages, colourful flowers. Especialy the colour of the sea can be very contrastful