Best places to stay in Bermuda
St George is located at the eastern end of Bermuda. The parish has two major islands of similar size - The St. George Island covering the northern and western part of the parish and St. David's Island circling south and east. The town of St. George is the main center of the parish and where you’ll find all the charm. The historic town of St. George was founded in 1612 and was capital until 1815. As such, St. George’s is an outstanding example of the earliest English urban settlement in the New World. The town therefore holds much historical significance and is designated a World Heritage Site. A stroll through St. George’s will take you back in time with its Old English architecture, old forts with artillery still intact, monuments and other things of historical significance. Wandering through the alleys and along the waterfront; visitors take a step back in time, as almost everything here is reminiscent of the sights and sounds of an era that is long gone.
If you choose to stay in St. Georges, you will truly get an appreciation for mainland charm and laid back vibe in this heritage town. Inded, theres much to see here, however it’s a good idea to begin with the Bermuda's World Heritage Center which provides an overview of the town, including its heritage and historical background through depictions, drama, art, interactive videos, pictures and even a short film.
Located towards the western side of Bermuda between the Southampton and Paget parishes, Warwick is famous for its south shore, pink sand beaches, national parks and other great attractions. This district is all about the outdoors being a natural beauty with several sightseeing attractions. Warwick is also the site of some of the best golf and horseback riding options in Bermuda. Visitors come here mostly for the beaches; Warwick Long Bay being one of the finest. With all this allure, over the years Warwick has become one of the top tourist destinations in Bermuda.
On the north side, you will find stunning views of the island while in the popular south; there are the splendid stretches of open shoreline, quiet little coves at Astwood Park, Jobson Cove and Chaplin Bay. These are great options for snorkeling. Here, the reefs are healthy, generally close to shore, and the fish abundant and colorful. Jobson’s Cove is right next door and is one of best places for children to snorkel.
Southampton is located at the lower western end of Bermuda and forms a narrow stretch of land between Sandys and Warwick parishes. This parish is all about beach fun. Whether it’s sunbathing, swimming or snorkeling, there's a beach in the parish to suit you. Beyond that, Southampton offers several excellent hotels and guesthouses with magnificent view of the water and access to south shore beaches.
Expect to see locals and tourists surfing, water skiing, boarding and other youngsters expecting to have fun. Little wonder there are more hotel rooms in Southampton than in any other parish in Bermuda. In addition to beach joys, Southampton offers excellent golfing and nature trail tours offering dramatic scenery for hikers.
Boat tours and scuba diving are popular pastimes here. Boat charters offer scenic views of life below the Atlantic’s surface from glass boats. Aquatic Bermuda can be a great option for such experiences.
Smack in the center of Bermuda, Pembroke has much to attract visitors. The home of Bermuda’s very first hotel, Pembroke now hosts several lodging choices. Wherever you opt to stay, you are never far away from picturesque water views. The quintessential accommodations on the island are small cottages amid the woods but not far away from open water. This is particularly suited to those looking for seclusion. As such, the island is a popular choice for couples on honeymoons and getaways.
Pembroke also holds the distinction of hosting the island’s capital city, Hamilton. Hamilton is the vibrant hub of Bermuda. It boasts a wide variety of museums and several exquisite buildings with stunning olden and modern architecture. Staying around the Hamilton area, with its many activities, might be the best idea for a first visit to Bermuda. The city is a great way to see many of Belize’s top parks, restaurants and churches. As an example, Hamilton offers an Anglican cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity. There are numerous forts, fortifications and bits of Royal Naval heritage here, hinting to Belize’s history. There are cinemas, a variety of shops, bars, hotels and restaurants. The city is also blessed with markets, gardens, stalls, beaches, squares and plazas with wide streets and boulevards. Places to visit in the City of Hamilton include the Bermuda National Gallery, Bermuda Historical Society Museum, Queen Elizabeth Park and Bermuda Cathedral.