Bermuda

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photographer and Moon author Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma

Travel writer and photographer Lebawit Lily Girma was nine months old when her parents moved the family from Ethiopia to Côte d’Ivoire. She grew up and studied in francophile Africa, England and the United States, and fell in love with travel and exploring cultures. After graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law and practicing in Washington DC at a top US firm for several years, Lily took a leap of faith to pursue travel writing and photography. She focused on the Caribbean, a region she has now explored and loved for the past 10 years. The Dominican Republic, Belize and Jamaica kept her returning, including for long term stays.

While writing and researching this updated guide to the DR, Lily spent a full year living in the Dominican Republic and traveled the entire country solo, in addition to her past visits. Her Spanish fluency helps her blend in like a local, finding those uncrowded spots that travelers crave and capturing the nuances of Dominican culture. Her favorite base is the Puerto Plata coast, for its diverse landscape, cultural activities and proximity to the Cibao Valley. Lily’s writing and photography on the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean destinations have been published in Sunday Times Travel Magazine, AFAR, Here & Beyond Magazine, CNN Travel, BBC Travel, MorningCalm Magazine, Every Day With Rachael Ray, The Travel Channel, New York Magazine, and American Way, among others. When not living in the United States, Lily splits her time between the Dominican Republic and Belize.

Follow Lily's adventures on Instagram @sunandstilettos