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Experience staying in St David's?

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Experience staying in St David's?

I'm looking at booking a vacation rental in St David's. does anyone have experience staying there? How are the local beaches? What are travel times to the main attractions? (We will likely have a scooter).

Also, the place I'm looking at doesn't have reviews - has anyone stayed here?

bermudarentals.com/east-end/…

Thanks so much.

Canada
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1. Re: Experience staying in St David's?

Is this your first time to Bermuda? I haven't stayed in St David's but I have stayed in St George's and liked it very much. You might be better off renting in a more central location if this is your first time on the island as you will have to travel to get anywhere else. If you plan to rent scooters you will get around ok but it's not too convenient otherwise. There is a bus service but limited.

Having said that the studio looks fine and Bermuda Rentals is a reliable company. The paragraph about restaurants in St George's at the bottom of the description needs to be updated.

Did you have a particular reason for choosing this property?

Edited: 2:07 pm, February 28, 2013
USA
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2. Re: Experience staying in St David's?

Even for tiny Bermuda, Saint David's Island is a bit '..remote..'...and Saint David's islanders like it that way. Most wouldn't mind all that much if the bridge connections failed and the '..rest-of-Bermuda..' drifted off into the Gulf Stream...never to be heard of again. By scooter, travels time to downtown Saint George's will be approx. 15-18 mins...to downtown Hamilton approx. 35-40 mins....to the south shore beaches approx. 50-55 mins....to Dockyard approx. 70-75 mins. If you're lookin' for quiet and secluded, Saint David's Island is probably the best place in Bermuda to find it

There isn't all that much out on Saint David's Island (besides the airport). There's the SAINT DAVID'S LIGHTHOUSE-- www.cyberlights.com/cgi-bin/showlight.cgi… There are a couple/few pretty little beaches at CLEARWATER BEACH and TURTLE BAY and a couple of pleasant, secluded, little beaches (Well Bay & Long Bay) back in the COOPER"S ISLAND NATURE RESERVE-- http://www.conservation.bm/coopers-island/ --(accessible on foot only). Perhaps the '..gem..' of Saint David's is the BLACK HORSE TAVERN-- bermuda-attractions.com/bermuda_000043.htm --waterside, on the shores of Smith Sound....as '..local..' a '..local restaurant..' as you'll find in Bermuda...with arguably the best Fish Chowder in Bermuda (though there are other 'contenders').

Canada
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3. Re: Experience staying in St David's?

They were having some problems recently with the staff at the Black Horse.

Some sort of a walkout. Hope it's been resolved.

USA
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4. Re: Experience staying in St David's?

Thanks...saw the piece in the news. It will probably (hopefully) be resolved shortly.

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5. Re: Experience staying in St David's?

We prefer rental motor scooters as our primary mode of transport in Bermuda...so I should point out that while Saint David's Island may be a bit '..remote..'....the scooter rides from almost anywhere in Bermuda to almost anywhere else are sheer PLEASURE (the exception being the Hatteras-Bermuda Tunnel route...not much to see down there). More times than not, the only thing wrong with any ride will be that because Bermuda is so incredibly beautiful...the ride ain't long enough. Sometimes you'll just want to turn 'round when you arrive...'n do it all over again.

Edited: 5:24 pm, February 28, 2013
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6. Re: Experience staying in St David's?

hi

I have not stayed in St Davids so cannot comment on apartments BUT i do know about the beaches.

You will need a scooter as the beaches are not on a bus route ,which is gr8 because that means the US cruise visitors (and there are thousands) get directed to other beaches.

About half a mile away from st davids are beaches: Clearwater beach, Turtle Bay, and Long Bay, they are all together.. We like Long Bay, the best way is by parking at Turtle and walking through the Coopers Island Nature Reserve about 100 meters. Hardly any people on beach, lovely blue calm waters excellent for photography, swimming and snorkelling. We go right to the end of the beach where you look out onto a rock with a White Notice on it, if you snorkel around there you will see lots of little fish including big parrot fish 2/3 foot long.

As st Davids is at one end of the island it will take you around 30 mins to 'scoot' to Hamilton, and 45 mins to get to the south shore beaches Elbow beach and Gibbs lighthouse and 1 hour to get to Horseshoe bay.

Tobacco bay and St catherines fort beach is closer to you, they are in St George (20 mins). Tobacco is good for snorkelling too if you explore.

Any more info required message me

deborah

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7. Re: Experience staying in St David's?

>>>...You will need a scooter as the beaches are not on a bus route ,which is gr8 because that means the US cruise visitors (and there are thousands) get directed to other beaches.

About half a mile away from st davids are beaches: Clearwater beach, Turtle Bay, and Long Bay, they are all together..<<<

Not exactly....Clearwater Beach, Turtle Bay, Long Bay and Well Bay are actually all located along the eastern shore of Saint David's Island. Though getting to them by public bus is cumbersome and a bit inconvenient, they are accessible via the #6--Saint George's-Saint David's bus route. You can either begin from the main bus terminal in Saint George's....or transfer from the #1, #3, #10 or #11 bus routes to the #6 at the Swing Bridge/Southside round-about. The cumbersome/inconvenience comes in that the #6 bus route(s) run infrequently (check the bus schedule-- http://tinyurl.com/64cmdhv ). So, you're right, either rental motor scooter or taxi is probably the best way to get to/from 'em. Both Long Bay and Well Bay are located back in the pedestrian-only, Copper Iswland Nature Reserve...so even with taxi or scooter, you must still walk back in (approx. 500 yards) to these little beaches from the preserve's entrance gate.

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8. Re: Experience staying in St David's?

Hey everyone, thanks for all the news. We are sailing to Bermuda in April. We are planning on renting a scooter to get around. Anyone have any recommendations on where to rent?

USA
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9. Re: Experience staying in St David's?

>>>...We are planning on renting a scooter to get around. Anyone have any recommendations on where to rent?...<<<

We (as well as numerous family, friends and acquaintances) have been renting mopeds and motor scooters from--

OLEANDER CYCLES--

http://www.oleandercycles.bm/

--for decades and have always been VERY SATISFIED with their equipment, service and pricing. Oleander has a rental location in the Royal Naval Dockyard complex, situated a few yards from the landward-end of your King's/Heritage Wharf cruise ship pier. Oleander also has shop locations all over Bermuda, from end-to-end--http://www.oleandercycles.bm/rentals/locations --so that if you ever encounter any sort of problem, you can simply roll into a nearby shop and have it taken care of then 'n there. Oleander will also offer a 10% rate discount for on-line pre-reservations.

ROYAL NAVAL DOCKYARD MAP/DIAGRAM--

moon.com/files/map-images/berm_04_Royal-Nava…

experiencebermuda.com/maps/…DockyardMap.pdf

A word of advice....***BEFORE***BEFORE***BEFORE*** you zoom off into Bermuda traffic, with an ear-to-ear grin and a haze of 2-stroke smoke...take the time and make the effort to ***PRACTICE***PRACTICE***PRACTICE*** riding around Dockyard and the large open waterfront area near the exit to better familiarize yourself with the equipment...how it operates, handles, responds and '..feels..'. Ride in circles, figure-eights, start, stop, turn, etc. Do this first as a '..single..'; then go back and do it all over again as a '..double..'. The scooter will handle, respond and '..feel..' differently with the added weight of a pillion passenger. This needn't take very long and should improve your confidence and give you a better '..feel..' for riding an unfamiliar SERIOUS MOTOR VEHICLE...on the '..wrong..' side of what are often narrow, winding roads.

If there is one mistake that visitors make more often than any when riding rental motor socoters, it is that they will often try to '..force an issue..' i.e, when riding and they come upon a turn that they need/want to take, they'll try to turn or stop suddenly...at the last moment...without giving proper consideration to other surrounding traffic. DON"T DO IT. You're on vacation. There's nowhere you need to be. If you come upon a turn or a place suddenly and don't have sufficient time to make a proper turn, with regard to surrounding traffic...just keep going until you come to a place to stop safely, turn around and go back for your turning. NEVER FORCE IT--NEVER !!

Edited: 11:04 pm, March 17, 2013
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