Mark Twain is quoted as saying, “You can go to heaven if you want to – I’d rather stay in Bermuda.” The famed author sought refuge in the island’s climate and beauty, spending his later years basking in the island’s beauty and libations. Twain isn’t the only cultural icon who drew inspiration and creativity from Bermuda. Blending British colonial history with its dynamic African heritage, the island’s culture is one that is unique to Bermuda.
A history buff’s dream, Bermuda is home to the oldest continuously occupied town of English origin in the western hemisphere. Take a walk through the cobblestone streets of the Town of St. George, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you’ll come across colonial homes built in the 1700s and St. Peter’s Church which dates back to 1612.
The British influences continue from high tea to the famed Bermuda short to competitive matches of cricket. Originating in England, cricket has yet to permeate the United States sporting world, but reigns supreme in Bermuda. In particular, the two-day celebration and competition of the Cup Match, where long-standing rivals, St. George’s and Somerset, take to the pitch. This year’s Match will take place in late July and early August.
Explore the Sites in Hamilton
Along with being the capital of Bermuda, the City of Hamilton is the island’s cultural hub as well. From galleries to gardens, museums to murals; the parish is packed with colorful sites. The Bermuda National Gallery features a collection that tells the island’s history through art and artifacts. The Windjammer Gallery 2 at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club boasts a collection of Bermudian art spanning from print, sculpture and textiles. And the Bermuda Society of Arts Gallery features a rotating display of Bermudian artists.
The City of Hamilton is also known for its art found outside of museum walls. Dotted throughout the city and its outskirts, are bold and vibrant murals painted by local artists. Keep an eye out for murals inspired by the history and culture of the island, from the vivid Gombeys to the Instagram-able Bermuda postcard.
Enjoy the beauty of nature’s gallery with a visit to Bermuda Botanical Garden. Featuring 36 acres of carefully curated grounds and greens, the garden is a feast for the senses. Bermuda’s climate makes for the perfect growing conditions for some of the most fragrant and beautiful roses and hibiscus flowers.
No summer trip to Bermuda is complete without an evening visit to Hamilton’s Front Street, where visitors will partake in the lively sights and sounds of Bermuda’s iconic Gombey dancers. The Gombey tradition dates back to the early 1800s and is a fusion of the island’s diverse heritage--blending African, Native American, Caribbean and British cultures to combine one harmonious experience.
If you’re looking to take a piece of Bermuda home with you, look to the local shops and artisans on the island for the perfect souvenir.
The carefully curated selection at Tuck Shop features some of local owner Alicia Tucker’s favorite island and beyond finds. We are big fans of her chocolate delicacies, perfect for any sweet tooth in mind.
If you’re looking to add a little sparkle to your trip, inspired by the island’s beauty; look to one of Bermuda’s celebrated jewelry designers. Davidrose Jewelry draws color inspiration from the crystal blue waters and Rebecca Little pays a cheeky nod to the Bermuda Triangle, with her geometric collection.
Take the scents of the island home with a visit to The Bermuda Perfumery. Owned by Isabelle Ramsay-Brackstone, the Perfumery features her custom line, Lili Bermuda, which pulls notes of inspiration from the island. Her line pays homage to the island’s flora and history; with scents like Easter Lily, Coral, or Mary Celestia--a perfume inspired by a 150-year old bottle of perfume discovered intact in a shipwreck off of the coast.
Travel with confidence
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