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Top ThreeThings to Do in St. George, Bermuda -  Colonial Showcase (BDA)

Top ThreeThings to Do in St. George, Bermuda - Colonial Showcase (BDA)

If you're ever in Bermuda, there is one place you must see – the colonial town of St. George. I mean it! This place is gorgeous  – so gorgeous that UNESCO designated it a World Heritage site.

Originally the capital of Bermuda, St. George was established in 1612 - -and is considered the oldest (continually) inhabited town in the English New World.

I visited the area last week and was blown away.  What follows are my "top three" things to do here: 

Number 3 - Take the Ferry

Fort St. Catherine's - Bermuda   Photo: Calvin Wood

Fort St. Catherine's - Bermuda   Photo: Calvin Wood

Don’t drive to St. George – take a ferry! The views are spectacular!  

Regular service departs from King’s Wharf in Bermuda– and journeys up the coast.  

As you sail towards St. George, you will see all kinds of colorful houses, forts, and lush greenery – along with the stunning aquamarine water!  I hate the sun - but I forced myself to sit outside during the sailing.  I didn't want to miss all the beauty.

Multi-Color Houses - Bermuda   Photo: Calvin Wood

Multi-Color Houses - Bermuda   Photo: Calvin Wood

Harbor - St. George, Bermuda   Photo: Calvin Wood

Harbor - St. George, Bermuda   Photo: Calvin Wood

Tall Ships - St. George, Bermuda   Photo: Calvin Wood

Tall Ships - St. George, Bermuda   Photo: Calvin Wood

Number 2: Stop at St. Peter's Church

St. Peter's Church - St. George, Bermuda   Photo: Calvin Wood

St. Peter's Church - St. George, Bermuda   Photo: Calvin Wood

The one building you need to enter is St Peter’s Church – the oldest Anglican Church in the western hemisphere (built in 1612).  

The inside of the church features an exposed, cedar-beamed ceiling, rarely seen nowadays.  

And make sure you walk outside the building – there's a fascinating graveyard, right out of an Edgar Allen Poe thriller.

(The photo from the top of this post shows the entrance to St. Peter's)

St. Peter's Church Interior - St. George, Bermuda    Photo: Calvin Wood

St. Peter's Church Interior - St. George, Bermuda    Photo: Calvin Wood

Number 3: Explore the Non-Stop Colonial Color

St. George, Bermuda - Pink House    Photo: Calvin Wood

St. George, Bermuda - Pink House    Photo: Calvin Wood

Seriously – in St. George – to have a blast, all you have to do is walk around and admire the color.  That's it! Pinks, reds, turquoise, indigo, emerald green – ALL dynamic and vibrant.

And "charming" is how I'd describe the shapes and silhouettes of buildings.

It you're pressed for time, stay in the center of town and fan out. That's what I did. It's easy to navigate here (especially for my friends who get easily lost). And there's a photo op at every corner. No matter what – DON'T forget your camera! 

St. George, Bermuda - Green Shops   Photo: Calvin Wood

St. George, Bermuda - Green Shops   Photo: Calvin Wood

Town Hall - St. George, Bermuda   Photo: Calvin Wood

Town Hall - St. George, Bermuda   Photo: Calvin Wood

St George, Bermuda  Photo: Calvin Wood

St George, Bermuda  Photo: Calvin Wood

St. George, Bermuda - Canon   Photo: Calvin Wood

St. George, Bermuda - Canon   Photo: Calvin Wood

Barber's Alley - St. George, Bermuda   Photo: Calvin Wood

Barber's Alley - St. George, Bermuda   Photo: Calvin Wood

If you all the colors of the rainbow, what color do you get?

White!  And you will quickly notice tons white rooftops in St. George. 

White Roofs - St. George, Bermuda   Photo: Calvin Wood

White Roofs - St. George, Bermuda   Photo: Calvin Wood

Bermuda has no fresh-water springs, rivers or lakes. So how do people drink? The secret is in the design of their white stepped roofs. Steps?

Yes, steps. Turns out they are designed this way to harvest rain. The steps slow down heavy rainfall helping the gutters to collect the water and store it in a tank under the house. 

But fair warning from a world traveler (me!) who's had his fair share of stomach calamities from Tulum to Johannesburg – stick to bottled water...  I may be in St. George, but I still drink "Fiji"!

 

 

My Verdict

Original Legislature - St. George, Bermuda   Photo: Calvin Wood

Original Legislature - St. George, Bermuda   Photo: Calvin Wood

DO NOT miss this place!  

St George – deservedly – is considered (one of) the most historically significant sites in the western world.  

Well worth your time and effort to get there.  And an unforgettable day of architectural highlights and jaw-dropping color!

St. George, Bermuda - Cycle Livery   Photo: Calvin Wood

St. George, Bermuda - Cycle Livery   Photo: Calvin Wood

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