Tobacco Bay Beach Bermuda
A Top Snorkeling Beach
Tobacco Bay beach is located in Bermuda's St. George's parish. It is small but a picturesque and a popular beach in the island. Locals say that the beach was so named because tobacco was found growing here many years back.
This is not a pink sandy beach like the ones you see on the south shore like Horseshoe Bay or Warwick Long Bay. The sand here is normal pale yellow in color.
This beach remains as one of our all time favorites for snorkeling. The water here is quite shallow and you get a fascinating view of the colorful fish along with corals.
If you can time it right when the wind is from the south, you'll find some of the most sheltered spots here in shallow waters... they are ideal for snorkeling.
We often found huge blue parrotfish, groupers, angelfishes, blue walruses and variety of other colorful fish at Tobacco bay. Under the water, you you can find many reef structures that are feeding grounds of large number of hogfish and even sergeant majors.
One of the tourists once mentioned that he had spotted lobsters and snapping turtles just a few feet down in the waters of Tobacco Bay. Well, we haven't been all that lucky.
Columns of limestone rocks of 15 to 25 feet high separate the bay from the open ocean. Near the rocks the water depth averages about 10 feet.
If you swim through the rocks out into the open ocean, the water depth increases very fast and the water becomes murky due to silt. I won't advise you to do that.
Wear water shoes while at this beach because some underwater parts of it are rocky. Some tourists have fun diving off the rocks. I heard one saying that the view is awesome from the top of the rocks. But it's risky and certainly not meant for all.
Sometimes, Tobacco bay beach gets quite crowded. This happens whenever there is a cruise ship in St. George. The beach gets full with the cruise ship passengers.
The beach is quite small and when it gets crowded, you won't have any space to move around. So check out the cruise arrival schedule before visiting Tobacco Bay Beach.
Here is a snorkeling option that we have tried and works out quite nicely if Tobacco bay beach gets crowded...
Instead of going to Tobacco bay, take a plunge into the nearby Achilles Bay
and snorkel along the rocky shoreline, not towards the Fort St. Catherine
, but towards Tobacco bay. Once you reach Tobacco Bay beach, walk back to Achilles Bay.
Facilities at Tobacco Bay
Tobacco Bay Beach is managed by the private company Beach Boys Ltd. since 2014. They have introduced a host of facilities here including many water sport activities.
There are bathrooms (handicap accessible) and showers,
A full-service beach bar & restaurant with open deck seating under canopies.
The food served is mostly snacks like burgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders, chicken wings, fries, etc. In drinks, you get rum swizzle, daiquiri, beer, soft drinks, etc.
The food price ranges from $17 to $27. Drinks from $8 (for a beer) to $12 (for a swizzle).
Complimentary wi-fi is available on the beach.
Beach rentals are available including sun loungers with umbrellas,
They also offer water sport rentals such as paddle boards, kayaks, snorkel gears, beach towels, water toys etc.
There is ocean-side pool table as well as water volleyball.
Locker facility is also available here.
During summer (May to September) there is beach bonfire and live music on some days of the week. With Soca fetes, beach lamps and bonfire, it offers one of the best beach party vibes in Bermuda.
The restaurant can also call you a taxi in case you don't want to walk back to the town.
The area behind the bar & restaurant is known as "The beautiful dead end" because of its picturesque setting... don't forget to take a picture of the scenes here.
Tobacco Bay Beach Imagery
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An Interesting History of Tobacco Bay
Tobacco Bay is associated with an interesting story of treason which took place in the year 1775 during the early stages of American Revolution.
A plot was hatched by the local Bermudians to steal and hand-over 100 barrels of gunpowder to American ships waiting offshore near Tobacco Bay which were transported to America to fight against the British colonization.
Read The Gunpowder Plot
to know why the Bermudians did so despite Bermuda being a British colony and what finally happened.
The Beach Bar and Restaurant at Tobacco Bay is open between 10am to 4pm daily (but till sunset on Fridays and Sundays).
How to reach Tobacco Bay
Address: #9 Coots Pond Road, St. George's, Bermuda. Phone: 441-705.2582
Visit the Beach Map
to see the location of Tobacco Bay and other great beaches.
Tobacco Bay Beach is located in St. George's. While visiting from the Dockyard (Kings Wharf), take the Orange Route ferry for St. George. It takes only 35 minutes to reach the ferry dock at St George.
However, the orange ferry route operates only in summers when cruise ships are in port. It has limited runs and not available on week ends. So check out the ferry schedule
. NCL cruise line has their own ferry for St. George which can be availed by cruise passengers.
From the Ferry dock at St. George, walk up to the town center Kings Square (less than five minutes). While coming from Hamilton City, bus routes #1, 3, 10, 11 will get you to Kings Square in about an hour.
From the town center (Kings Square), you have two options - take a minibus or walk.
The minibus fare is $7 for return ticket. The minibus leaves Ordnance Island (near Kings Square) 20 minutes and takes about 6-7 minutes to reach Tobacco Bay.
If you like to walk, it will take about 20 minutes to reach Tobacco Bay beach from Kings Square. The walk is uphill. The return walk is much easier.
From Kings Square, after about 40 yards or so take a right into Kings street and then left into Bridge street. You will shortly come to York street crossing.
Take a break and explore these two historical places. After all it's an uphill walk. And then on top of the hill you will find the Unfinished Church
. Go over the hill and keep following the road towards the ocean and you will find Tobacco Bay Beach.
There are couple of other great beaches within walking distance from Tobacco Bay.
is nearest (7 to 8 minutes walk, 600 meters)... it's a small beach, usually secluded and known for excellent sunset views.
Next to the beach is the famous Fort St. Catherine
... the largest fort in Bermuda built during the British colonial days and showcases historic military artifacts and exhibits including canons.
Right next to the fort on the other side is another lovely beach known as St. Catherine's Beach
or the Gates Bay.
From Gates Bay, you can walk along Barry Road with picturesque views of the shoreline for about 1.2 miles reach another beach - The Building Bay Beach
which is well known for its colorful sea glasses.
Right next to the beach is Alexandra Battery, which was built in 1860s by the British to guard the eastern waterways.
Walk further for about 3 minutes and you will reach another historic fort known as the Gates Fort
which is one of the oldest forts of Bermuda built in early 1600s.
Jimmy (May 2018)
Hello, Could you please provide a walking direction from St. George ferry terminal to tobacco beach. Many thanks.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) May 2018
Hi, from St. George's ferry dock at Penno's Wharf take Mullet Bay Road and keep walking towards east. It leads to York St. Keep walking and then take left on Government Hill road which passes by Unfinished Church and eventually leads to Barry road. Turn right and soon you will be at Tobacco bay. The total distance is about 1 mile and will take about 25 minutes.
Phyllis (May 2017)
Dockyard cruise NCL now has shuttle to St. George. If we take that, how do we get to tobacco bay beach from docking at St George? Thanks.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) May 2017
Depends on where the cruise shuttle docks in St. George. If it's at the ferry terminal, then you can take a minibus outside the ferry terminal (tickets are available at Kings Square Visitors Information Center... a short walk. You can also board the minibus at Kings Square). Of course you can also walk to Tobacco bay beach (about 25 minutes).
Minfei Leng (June 2014)
Raj, thank you for maintaining the site and responding. You are so helpful. I have read on your site that Tobacco Bay is one of the best snorkeling beach.
But I recently read on other cruise forums that a new company took over the management of the beach and started introducing motorized water sports like jet ski and even those flying jet packs.
People were worried that the quietness of the beach and the snorkeling environment would be destroyed by these motorized water sports. Have you been there recently or have you heard anything about it? We will be in Bermuda in 2 weeks (early July). Thanks.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) June 2014
Hi, Yes, this summer there has been a host of activities at Tobacco Bay Beach. Concessions at the beach are offering Jet Skiing and even flyboarding (flying jet packs), other than paddle boarding and snorkeling.
Flyboarding seems like a major attraction here. The beach bar organizes live entertainment on the beach including DJs, Steel Pan, Bongos etc etc, and all this is attracting a lot of locals and tourists. So a Snorkeler's paradise is now a fun beach, at least for this summer.