Survivors of Sir George Somers’ ship, the Sea Venture, gave this bay its name after they discovered tobacco growing here.
The bay is sheltered by unusual Daliesque limestone rock formations and is a haven for colourful tropical fish like parrotfish and sergeant majors. The calm, relatively shallow water has good visibility and is great for snorkelling and children to paddle in.
Facilities include a cafe and bar, restrooms, changing facilities, and a concession that rents snorkelling gear, chairs, umbrellas, floats and noodles.
Tobacco Bay is located at the north eastern tip of St George’s. No public buses go directly to the beach. To get there by public transport first catch a bus (1, 3, 10, or 11) or a ferry to St George. From St George you can walk to the beach in about 10 minutes (uphill) or catch a taxi from Kings Square. A private minibus service also departs from Kings Square for Tobacco Bay. Ask for details in the Visitor Information Centre.
Although Tobacco Bay is the best known beach in the area, there are two other options nearby. Achilles Bay is just east of Tobacco Bay. It’s tiny but is also good for snorkelling and offers a more substantial restaurant and bar (The Beach House at Blackbeard’s). Go a little further past Fort St Catherine and you’ll come to St Catherine’s Beach. It’s the largest of the trio and is usually deserted.
Tourist attractions and things to do near Tobacco Bay Beach include:
- Achilles Bay Beach (0.2 miles) - Beach next to Fort St Catherine
- St Catherine’s Beach (0.3 miles) - Historically significant beach next to Fort St Catherine. It was here were Admiral Sir George Somers and the first colonists landed in 1609
- Fort St Catherine (0.3 miles) - Fort and museum
- Unfinished Church (0.4 miles) - Roofless church
- Old Rectory (0.4 miles) - One of the oldest buildings in St George
- Bermuda Perfumery (0.5 miles) - Manufactures Lili Bermuda perfume
- St Peter’s Church (0.5 miles) - The oldest Anglican church in the Western hemisphere
- Bermuda National Trust Museum (0.5 miles) - Housed in one of the island's oldest stone buildings
- State House (0.5 miles) - The island's oldest building
- Tucker House Museum (0.6 miles) - Offers a glimpse of early Bermudian life
- Deliverance (0.6 miles) -
Restaurants and places to eat and drink near Tobacco Bay Beach include:
- Blackbeard's Hideout (0.2 miles) - Beach bar overlooking Achilles Bay. Close to Fort St Catherine and Tobacco Bay.
- Temptations (0.5 miles) - Local cafe offering breakfast, sandwiches, salads, and snacks. Reasonable prices.
- Wahoo's (0.6 miles) - Waterside seafood restaurant in the historic town of St George.
- White Horse (0.6 miles) - Waterside pub in the historic town of St George.
- Griffin's Restaurant (0.6 miles) - Casual restaurant at the St George’s Club.
- Tempest Bistro (0.6 miles) - Offers French home-style food. Located in the old Carriage House Museum. Run by the same team as Mad Hatters.
- The Wharf (0.6 miles) - Waterfront restaurant with beautiful views of St George’s Harbour.
Nearby Transport Links
Transport links near Tobacco Bay Beach include:
- St George’s Ferry (0.6 miles) - Ferry stop serving the town of St George.
Map showing location of Tobacco Bay Beach.
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Tobacco Bay Beach
Coot Pond Road
St George's Parish