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.

Bermuda's Royal Naval Dockyard. Photo © Lev Savitskiy/123rf.

Visiting Bermuda’s Royal Naval Dockyard

Like the old town of St. George’s in the East End, the Royal Naval Dockyard on Bermuda’s western point is crucial to understanding what shaped the political and social history of Bermuda. It’s also loads of fun to visit.

Snorkeling in clear shallow water in Bermuda's Blue Hole Park.

Bermuda’s Blue Hole Park and Walsingham Nature Reserve

In Hamilton Parish, this property incorporates coast and forested land from Blue Hole Park to Tom Moore’s Jungle (as Walsingham Nature Reserve is commonly called). Learn about Tom Moore’s local legend and his calabash tree, the honeycomb of forest caves, and the amazing swimming grottoes and underwater caves.

The wreck of the HMS Vixen. Photo © Gary Parker/123rf.

Bermuda Shipwreck Dive Sites

Bermuda is known as the shipwreck capital of the Atlantic. Most of these unfortunate vessels, from treasure-laden galleons to U.S. Civil War-era steamers, lie less than 60 feet deep, making accessibility a breeze.

Horseshoe Bay in Southampton Parish. Roman Stetsyk/123rf.

Bermuda Beaches: Southampton Parish

Southampton Parish is home to one of Bermuda’s favorite beaches, but if you’re looking for a less-crowded beach, Southampton has that too, as well as a picture-perfect picnic beach and an excellent spot for snorkeling.