Nonsuch Island Nature Reserve

Part of the Castle Harbour Islands Nature Reserve, Nonsuch Island is not only an island conserved for its natural aspects, but for its historical significance as well. A retired conservationist named David Wingate spent a large portion of his life restoring the island from what was a barren landscape to its former glory during it's original settlement.

Nonsuch is 14.25 acres which house bays and water areas as well a unspoiled vegetation and a cemetery that is so old that the headstone no longer offer names.

A few trails exist on the island, allowing visitors to make their way around the reserve in about half a day.

Location

Nonsuch Island Nature Reserve is situated in the heart of Nonsuch Island, near Cooper's Island; it is 2.5 miles to the south-southeast of St. George.

A boat is required to reach the island; transportation is normally included as part of an organized tour.

Nearby Restaurants

There are plenty of eateries to choose from in the neighborhood nearby the wildlife reservation. The most nearby eatery to Nonsuch Island Nature Reserve is Blackhorse Tavern, which serves Caribbean meals. It's just about a mile and a half from this wildlife reservation, so stop in and try something off the menu. Cafe Boulevard and Sur Mer offer additional nearby lunch and dinner possibilities. At Sur Mer you can try out French food and experience the flavors of Bermuda.

Nearby Attractions

Vacationers that are a fan of nature preserves, and would like to see others, might consider a trip to Cooper's Island Nature Reserve and Smith's Island Nature Reserve; the first and closest of which is a half mile to the north-northeast of this wildlife reservation. There are at least one or two other activities in the area, including Castle Island, which is three quarters of a mile away Castle Island. Furthermore, you can consider making the trip to St. Davids Lighthouse, which is another attraction in the area.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. The following table contains a list of attractions nearby.

Attractions Near Nonsuch Island Nature Reserve
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Castle Island Historic Site 0.7 mi. (4.6 km) SW Castle Island
St. Davids Lighthouse Other Attraction 1.3 mi. (3.1 km) NNE St. David's Island
Carter House Museum 1.5 mi. (1.7 km) NNW St. George's Island
Great Head Park -- 1.5 mi. (3.0 km) NNE St. David's Island
Little Head Park -- 1.7 mi. (2.7 km) NNE St. David's Island
Fort Popple Historic Site 1.8 mi. (2.9 km) NNE St. David's Island
Fort Cunningham Historic Site 1.9 mi. (1.9 km) N Paget Island
Gates Fort Historic Site 2.2 mi. (1.4 km) N St. George's Island

More Information

Hours

Tours of the island are not available between July and August.

Policies

These days, you can only visit Nonsuch as part of an organized tour, or by special permission with a permit in hand. You can request a permit by contacting the Terrestrial Conservation Officer at the Department of Conservation Services. Visitors are not allowed to visit on their own without first obtaining specific permission to do so.

Location: Nonsuch Island

Phone

(441) 293-2727

FAX: (441) 293-6451

Website

http://www.conservation.bm/nonsuch-island/

 

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