St. David's Lighthouse

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St. David's Lighthouse
This lighthouse overlooks the east end of the island, providing some great scenic views.
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Davenport, FL2,752 contributions
Oct 2013 • Couples
My wife and I came to Bermuda via cruise ship spending 3 days on the island. During our second day we went over to Clearwater Beach and Cooper's Island Nature Reserve. From there you can see St. David's Lighthouse.

Since we traveled to this side of Bermuda via moped we decided to find this lighthouse to have a look. While we would not traverse the entire island for this site alone, we were glad we made the effort once already over there.

The road leading up to the lighthouse is not easy to find. There are a number of residential roads with dead ends or one ways. We made a series of errors but continued to try until finally reaching it. We parked the moped, used the clean restrooms available at the base, signed the guestbook and ascended the 85 steps to the top.

This lighthouse is not as tall as many others, including the famed Gibb's Hill Lighthouse we climbed the day before on the other side of the island, but the views are still wonderful, especially because it is already perched on Mount Hill which is 208 above sea level.

From the top you have a great view of the airport, Clearwater Beach and Cooper's Island Nature Reserve (see my review under Clearwater Beach if you are not familiar with the reserve), St. George and the coastline including many small islands.

While we did not linger, we were the only ones during our visit. We enjoyed the view and taking pictures. We also enjoyed looking through the guestbook. This lighthouse is free to climb, there is not even a donation box. I would have gladly put in a couple bucks.

This area is not touristy. It is quaint, located in a residential area. If you are in the area already, be sure to stop by.

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Written October 9, 2013
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Ray C
Providence, RI252 contributions
Oct 2012 • Family
I visited St. David's in 10-12 during a cruise on NCL's Star. I love lighthouses, so it was on my list. Further, I had a scooter so it was a very pleasant ride. If you're docked at King's Wharf and need to take a bus / taxi, I would say don't bother - UNLESS you also plan (somehow) to go over to Clearwater Beach, Turtle Bay. *Be advised that this end of Bermuda is also gorgeous in a different way - unlike the rest of the island it is VERY quiet and serene. Even on scooter it took me the better part of an hour to get there - but personally I am real glad that I did. There's very little else to do on St. David's island and the Southside. I would recommend the Black Horse Tavern - I think that it is the only one! Let me be clear that if you made it to St George's, Tobacco Bay, Fort St. Catherine's - you're real close to this lighthouse. Up to you whether this would be worth your while :-)

**You should check to make sure that this lighthouse is open the day you plan to go - call ahead to the Park Ranger's Office or have someone on the ship call...**

When I arrived there were just two people there, we chatted for awhile and then my kids showed up :-). No admission fee, when open it's usually 7:30am - 4:00pm daily, but again, call first. Built in 1879, the walk up is 55 stairs - I think (might be a few more)? It's real easy and open. Without question Gibbs Lighthouse is much better. That said, the view from the top at this east end of the island is quite nice! There is no gift shop, food / water, etc. There were rest rooms (thank God)!

So, pretty isolated area overall, yet quaint. No need for a special trip to this attraction. Oh, there is a fort, St. David's Battery, which is interesting. If this is your first trip to Bermuda, I would likely skip it. If it's your 3rd or 4th or more and have not been to St. David's, then I would say give it a go and explore and enjoy! Caveat: doing this far east end of Bermuda is fun and easy - *on a scooter. Otherwise, it is definitely out of the way...
Written December 13, 2012
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Morris Plains, NJ47 contributions
Jun 2012 • Couples
Nothing much else to see around there, but we enjoyed the trip out there off the beaten path a bit. If you are going by bus, take the number 6 as it is the only one that goe out there. You can climb all 85 steps to the top of the lighthouse for terrific views.
Written June 17, 2012
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Brooklyn, NY11 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
Always wanted to explore this end of the island. It's very out of the way, an expensive cab ride from anywhere, and two cab drivers (one who took us there, one who engaged us in conversation at the lighthouse when he was waiting for his passengers) told us in coded terms that the area wasn't so safe. After we climbed the lighthouse and were alone and waiting for our cab, a group of seven or eight locals arrived on their mopeds. They engaged in a profane verbal argument in the parking lot which escalated to a physical fight in which a knife was pulled. Needless to say, we freaked out and walked away as fast as we could. As we were retreating back to the main road, my husband tried calling 999 on his phone but was blocked (US phone didn't recognize Bermuda emergency number). We were afraid that someone was going to be seriously injured or killed in a knife fight, and also afraid that the combatants were going to pass us on the road going down the hill and confront us about what we saw. Fortunately we made it to the main road without incident and found a local business where we could call/beg AGAIN for a cab and tell someone about the fight. The owner told us "forget it, ignore it, the police don't care" and told us there was a SHOOTING nearby recently! The owner did eventually call the police about the knife fight, but we waited almost 30 minutes for a cab, in clear sight of the only road up to the lighthouse, and the police never came.

I have visited Bermuda over 20 times and have NEVER had an experience like this before. In hindsight, we should have heard the underlying message of both cab drivers but we didn't, lulled into a sense of safety by never feeling unsafe or threatened in Bermuda before. This was early afternoon on a summer weekday, and the area heading up the hill to the lighthouse is less affluent than that surrounding Gibbs Hill but nothing to set your radar dinging. Ten minutes before the mopeds arrived, there were two mini-buses of cruise-ship passengers there and it felt totally safe and fine. VERY unsettling and frightening.

We read the local paper in dread for the next few days after our visit, ready to phone the police if we saw anything about a stabbing, but nothing was published.

If you decide to visit St. Davids lighthouse anyway, hire a sightseeing cab and have the driver wait for you. Better yet, just go to Gibbs Hill. It's nearer to other sights and the beaches and the view is better.
Written July 17, 2015
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Calgary, Alberta7 contributions
If you want to see a lighthouse, I definitely would not recommend this one... Go over to South Hampton to the Gibbs Lighthouse. Much better setting. We took the long trek out to St. Davids and then learned that they were not opening that day (no warning). It is out-of-the-way and not that spectacular.
Written May 24, 2009
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Collierville, TN259 contributions
Sep 2015 • Family
Applied for a 2 day transit authority pass upon arrival on NCL Breakaway at the Dockyard. The pass was $31.50 each and allowed unlimited passage on all city buses and ferries. Might seem a little complicated at first, but you can easily get around on buses and ferries. We wore them out and all went smoothly. City Bus dropped us off at the far northeast corner of the island and a very short walk to the lighthouse. You can climb the 100 plus steps to the top and there is no charge. Needs to be a sunny day with good visibility for best viewing.
Written September 19, 2015
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North Wilkesboro, NC913 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
My husband and I took the bus route to visit this lighthouse. When disembarking from the bus a local told us the lighthouse was closed. I still thought, I'll get some photos - I love lighthouses. This lighthouse is off the beaten path, away from any tourist areas. So here my husband and I were out in an area we had no clue about. You could easily tell the lighthouse had been closed for some time. However, one of the locals spoke to us to ensure we were safe and told us how long the wait would be for the next bus. I would venture to say the views from the top of the lighthouse would have been amazing - only wish I had known it was closed and the proximity to nothing nearby to see. We visited September 2018.
Written October 27, 2018
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Oak Bluffs, MA557 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
After making a few wrong turns on the twisting streets that make up this part of St David's Island we finally made it to the lighthouse. Great views from the base only, as there is no public access to the lighthouse itself. Over to one side is a pretty red house with a moon gate. You can also see Cooper's Island watchtower from there.
Written August 18, 2017
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Onuri S
North Carolina2 contributions
Jul 2016 • Friends
My husband and I traveled to Bermuda and visited the St.Davids Lighthouse we really enjoyed it. The views were beautiful and the teen tour guides were very humorous and gave us lots of information about the lighthouse and the island. We definitely recommend this lighthouse to anyone traveling to Bermuda. Our experience was fantastic!
Written July 1, 2016
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Bewdley43 contributions
Apr 2015
A great place to view the island from, (after the climb!)
The gift shop is probably the cheapest on the island, we returned here to get gifts to take home.
Written August 1, 2015
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