The Bermudian Heritage Museum once belonged to the Grand United Order of Good Samaritans, which aided newly freed blacks before and after their emancipation in 1834. Photo © Rosemary Jones.

Key Sites Along Bermuda’s African Diaspora Trail

Bermuda’s black heritage and the 200-year legacy of slavery on the island is remembered through a chain of monuments and museums. The African Diaspora Trail has a dozen points of interest throughout the island all officially designated UNESCO Slave Route Projects. Here are some of the key sights and points of interest along the trail.

Depiction of the west end of Hamilton Wharf circa 1857. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Bermuda’s Portuguese

On November 6, 1849, a sailing ship made port in Hamilton carrying 58 men, women, and children—the first Portuguese immigrants to Bermuda. Learn about their history from this first arrival to their fight for equal rights with other island residents as late as the 1980s to how their culture thrives today.

The red-tailed tropicbird is Bermuda's national bird. Photo © BlueOrange Studio/123rf.

Birds in Bermuda

Bird-watching enthusiasts will find plenty to marvel over in Bermuda. Expert author Rosemary Jones gives an overview of the species you’re likely (and not!) to spot, the best times of year to go bird-watching, and where to go.

Loquats. Photo © Rosemary Jones.

What to Eat in Bermuda

Is there a true Bermudian cuisine? Gourmands might snigger at such a proposition, but Bermuda has claimed its repertoire of hallmark dishes—usually a melting pot of items from other places adapted for local menus. The amalgam of British, West Indian, African, and Portuguese cultural influences has created a somewhat eclectic collection of local dishes.

Easter Kite in Bermuda. Photo © Rosemary Jones.

Bermuda’s Festivals and Events: January to June

In true Bermudian style, the island is awash with events and festivals all year round. Don’t assume this means every event is an excuse for a party; Bermuda is very much about enjoying your here and now whatever it might be. From January to June, here are Bermuda’s tournaments, parades, and cultural celebrations.

Barr’s Bay Park on the Hamilton waterfront is a staging point for concerts.

Planning Your Time in Pembroke Parish, Bermuda

Hamilton, in Bermuda’s Pembroke Parish, is an excellent home base for exploring the rest of the area and neighboring parishes. Expert author Rosemary Jones shares tips on getting around, area highlights, and suggestions to smooth your sightseeing experience.

In the 1940s an environmental tragedy nearly wiped out the Bermuda cedar.

The Bermuda Cedar

The Bermuda cedar (Juniperus bermudiana) is a symbol of survival for islanders, who have depended on the sturdy evergreen from the first days of human habitation on Bermuda. Nearly wiped out in the 1940s, the cedar is slowly making a comeback thanks to strong reforesting efforts.

Looking across the Great Sound, Bermuda.

Bermuda Landscapes: Geography and Geology

An archipelago arranged as a fishhook, “The Island” comprises a total of more than 100 islands encircled by a collar of coral. Bermuda landscapes are a diverse range of natural habitats—from marshland to sand dunes and cedar woodland—that support an equally varied ecology.

Wakeboarding is one of scores of popular water sports in Bermuda.

Best Extreme Sports in Bermuda

While many Bermuda residents spend weekends and downtime testing their limits against the island’s physical challenges, visitor activities were often somewhat, well, sedate. That’s all changed in the last few years with the arrival of numerous vendors offering outsiders a feel of the “real”—read extreme—Bermuda.

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.