Head to Bermuda for Summertime Festivals

elbow_beach_1336501317_0Whenever someone asks for my advice about a summertime getaway, I make sure that they haven’t overlooked the island of Bermuda. Located in the North Atlantic Ocean about 650 northwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, Bermuda boasts near perfect weather all summer. The beaches are pristine, snorkeling and diving can be very good, and cities like Hamilton and the village of St. George’s offer fine dining and excellent shopping.

Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory and the people are proud of their heritage, which is woven into the fabric of their daily lives. In fact, many of the summertime festivals and activities harken back to the days when the British crown first arrived on Bermuda’s shores.

Here’s a look at a few things to keep you busy on Bermuda this summer:

Hamilton Harbour Nights

Wednesdays 7–10pm from April–September at Front Street, Hamilton

Front Street along Hamilton Harbour is the place to be on Wednesday nights in the summer. You may come across live concerts, fashion shows, magic acts, or Gombey’s (traditionally dressed folk dancers). Shop from a variety of street vendors or visit the boutiques that line Front Street. If you’ve got kids in your group, there are special activities for them like face painting, temporary tattoos, and hair braiding. Head to the Children’s Court for those activities. Casual food courts serve local favorites like fish and chips while nearby restaurants serve satisfying sit-down meals.

Destination Dockyard

Mondays 7:30–10pm from June–September at the Royal Naval Dockyard

Monday nights at Destination Dockyard are terrific for families. Bermudian street performers, like Gombey’s, magicians, jugglers, and unicyclists entertain while local craftspeople sell their wares from street-side stalls. There are plenty of restaurants and bars in the area and the Royal Naval Dockyard has a fantastic view of the sunset.

Bermuda Regiment “Beat the Retreat”

From May–October at 8pm across the island

Military buffs will get a kick out of the Beat Retreat Ceremonies staged throughout the island during the summer months. Pipers, buglers, and drummers dressed in red, white, and blue military garb march through the streets to re-enact the warning given to 17th-century army soldiers to return to their barracks for the night. Today the parades are performed by the Band and Corps of Drums of Bermuda Regiment and the Bermuda Islands Pipe Band.

Bermuda Cricket League

From May–September at club grounds throughout the island

Cricket has been a popular sport in Bermuda since 1844 and today boasts 17 different clubs with more than 500 men and boys enrolled. Head to a match while you’re on the island.

Where to Stay

There are several fantastic places to stay while in Bermuda. Our top three choices are…

Cambridge Beaches Resort and Spa

Elbow Beach

Rosewood Tucker’s Point

What Do You Think?

What’s your favorite part of visiting Bermuda during the summer months? We’d love to know. Comment below.

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—Emma Sandoval for Ultimate Jet Vacations