Bermuda’s cultural ambassadors are the gombeys, a name meaning “drums” given to African-inspired dance troupes adorned in elaborate outfits featuring feathers, beads, and sequins.

Gombey Troupes of Bermuda

Bermuda’s cultural ambassadors are the gombeys, a name meaning “drums” given to a dance troupe grassroots tradition that borrows elements from Native American, British military, and Caribbean influences.

A National Museum of Bermuda exhibit showcases the legacy of shipwrecks.

National Museum of Bermuda

Bermuda’s largest and most-visited attraction, the National Museum of Bermuda combines a spectacular property with historic buildings and fascinating exhibits, artifacts, and cultural heritage displays. The site has been restored to its 19th-century military footprint encompassing all the fortifications of the Dockyard and historic buildings within, including the dramatic Northwest Rampart, linking the Keep fortress with the Casemate Barracks.

Even if they’ve never set foot on the island of Bermuda, most everyone knows that the archipelago lies in the maw of a spooky phenomenon dubbed the “Bermuda Triangle”.

The Bermuda Triangle

If there’s one thing most everyone knows about Bermuda—even if they’ve never set foot on the island—it’s the Bermuda Triangle. Surprisingly, Bermuda has never made much of the legend, even as a potential tourist attraction.

Watercolor painting by Winslow Homer of Bermuda's coast.

The Birdsey Studio and Other Bermuda Artists

Scores of artists made their way to Bermuda in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, with many finding fresh energy to paint and draw. Learn about their time in Bermuda, their works, and contemporary painter Jo Birdsey-Linberg, daughter of painter Alfred Birdsey, whose studio remains open to the public.

Gombey dancers perform at the daylong festival honoring Bermuda’s labor movement.

Bermuda’s Festivals and Events: July to December

Though the summer is generally prime festival season, don’t expect things to slow to a crawl in the latter part of the year. Outdoor sports and competitions continue on year-round, as do many of Bermuda’s heritage events. Here’s the annual line-up from July to December.

Cricket played in Bermuda at the Cup Match.

Cricket Cup Match in Bermuda

Don’t worry if you can’t fathom a “maiden over” or a “googly”—Cup Match is still the very best fun you can have in Bermuda all year. From beaching and boating to al fresco dance parties wrapped in swizzle-infused bonhomie, Cup Match is an authentically Bermudian festival. Make a very long midsummer weekend of Bermuda’s favorite public holiday.

Bermuda's South Shore in Warwick Parish

Where to Stay in Bermuda for Under $200 a Night

The constant demand for more affordable places to stay in Bermuda is increasingly being met by local residents who are renting out rooms, attached apartments, separate cottages, or transforming their homes into B&Bs. These are perfect for visitors who seek something more private or unusual than a standard hotel.

Sand dunes along Bermuda's south shore.

Camping Out Bermuda-Style

Crowds of locals lounging under roadside tarpaulins, blasting their stereos and barbecuing four-course meals—no, it’s not squatters or a sudden outbreak of homelessness, just the start of camping season, Bermudian-style.

A pair of cyclists following the Railway Trail in Bermuda.

Exploring Bermuda’s Railway Trail

Stretching the length of the island, the Railway Trail provides a serene 20-mile artery through Bermuda’s parishes, safely away from trafficked thoroughfares. Try two of the best sections on foot or bicycle.