Summer is here and with it our guide to  the top 25 things to do to make the season unforgettable. From gorgeous hikes and vibrant music to turtle spotting and spontaneous day trips, there’s something here for everyone.

Whether you cherry pick your favourites or make a point to do them all, this bucket list has all the best to do and see for the best Bermuda summer ever!

Let the adventure begin!

Spend a few hours kayaking around the beautiful Castle Harbour.
Get yourself a kayak from Blue Hole Water Sports and try to see how many turtles you can spot in a trip!


Eat a Bermuda fish sandwich.
Woody’s (pictured above), Mammia Mia, Swizzle Inn, and Seaside Grill are all good options to grab one – maybe even try one of each as you traverse the island over the summer.


Attend the Concert in the Lakes to see the Go Down Berries play on August 1st. Kick of the Cupmatch Holiday with a concert on the water – good music and good vibes only!


Go to the game at Somerset Cricket Club. Enjoy playing Crown & Anchor, local food vendors and a swizzle while watching the game. Cup Match is a time in which the community enjoys a two day celebration of cricket, boating, swimming and spending time together.
The holiday celebrates the life of Mary Prince and the emancipation of enslaved people in Bermuda in 1834.


Go snorkelling at Church Bay. It’s a lovely cove backed by green cliffs. The snorkeling here is excellent and the reefs are at a shallow depth, making this the perfect spot! The rocks at either side of the beach are particularly rich in marine life, and you should see plenty of parrotfish (pictured) and other marine life here.


Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower. Seen as the Earth moves through debris from the Swift–Tuttle comet, the meteors appear to be coming from the constellation Perseus, hence their name.
It runs from July 17th – August 24 but the peak will be the 12 & 13 of August with up to 100 meteors per hour.


Be a part of the Bermuda Sandcastle Competition on August 21st as a competitor. It’s free to enter with multiple categories and they even have free workshops leading up to the big day! More of the spectating type? No problem, people are encouraged to come and watch these masterpieces being built and to cheer on their friends & family.


Stop by Vegan Fest on August 25. Enjoy the plant based goodies and products that are for sale as well as the free workshops and live art performances happening throughout the day. A kids-zone will be ready for the little ones to get their energy out.


Celebrate Bermuda Pride in August. There are many events put on this summer for Bermuda pride, there is something for everyone! The biggest and best has to be the Pride Parade & Party in the Park held on August 31. A parade around Hamilton to start followed by a party at Victoria Park. There will be multiple performances by local talent as well as local vendors to keep you refreshed and full so you can enjoy yourself all day.


Take the History With A Twist tour. Discover the fascinating history of 18th century buildings in the Town of St. George and, at each site, indulge in a signature craft cocktail made with Goslings spirits and fresh, locally-sourced ingredients by a skilled mixologist. If that doesn’t speak to you check out the other tours offered by Kristin White who is an award-winning tour guide for a reason!


Go fishing off a dock – any public dock will do! Is there anything more nostalgic than heading down to a dock with some friends, a fishing line, some bait and a dream to spend an afternoon? Maybe you catch dinner, maybe you catch a bream or  maybe you catch nothing. It will be a great day regardless.


Feeling like a challenge this summer? Try stand up paddle board yoga with Salt Yoga.
Immerse yourself in the salt, sun, and sea. All their SUP yoga classes are open level, and no experience of paddle boarding is required either. Just a willingness to try something new, and probably get wet!


Take in some art! On the 2nd floor of the City Hall & Arts Centre is the Bermuda National Gallery which houses Bermuda’s national art collection and presents innovative exhibitions and programming for every member of your family.  And on the 3rd floor is the Bermuda Society of Arts which is the largest exhibition space in Bermuda and features a series of exhibitions throughout the year, showcasing individual artists, group shows and school shows.


Walk or bike the Railway trails and see much of the beauty Bermuda has to offer. The trail is divided into nine sections, ranging between 1 mile and 3 ¾ miles, traversing the parishes of Bermuda. This is a map of the various sections to plan your trip, as not all the sections connect make sure to have a look at a map before you head off.


Try you luck at seeing glowworms. Back in the day they were prolific, now they’re a little timid. They live in protected bays, rocky bottoms and swim to the surface 2 and 3 days after full moon to spawn during summer months. Females emit a bright green glowing liquid while swimming in circles. Males recognise the cue and swim up emitting short bursts of light. The Ana Luna sails monthly, two days after the full moon, in search of them.


Spend a day at Coopers Island – It is home to a quiet and unspoiled park with walking trails, stunning views of Castle Harbour and access to several beautiful public beaches, including Turtle Bay and the popular Clearwater Beach. Start with a walk to the Wildlife Observation Tower at the far end of the peninsula, grab lunch from Sunjammers and enjoy your afternoon on one of the beaches!


Harbour Nights has been a staple of Bermuda’s summer calendar for almost 30 years.
The street comes alive with local vendors and music each Wednesday evening. You’ll find everything from locally made crafts and stunning artwork to delicous food and fresh baked goods. The Gombeys perform every week, making it a great opportunity to see them.

 


Take the ferry from Dockyard to St. Georges. This 45 minute ride takes you from the far west to the far east of the island. Take a seat on the top deck of the ferry and catch views of the cliffs at Admiralty House, the  Government House, Shelly Bay, Fort St Catherine’s, and Gate’s Fort. Once you get to St. Georges enjoy what the Old Town has to offer: food, shops, historic sights and lots of culture.


Explore the caves & go cliff jumping at Admiralty House – this 16-acre recreational park with fantastic views and trails was once owned by the British Navy and is now popular spot for locals and tourists alike. Venture into the caves (you can even swim from them), bask in the beautiful waters of Clarence Cove, and try Cliff Jumping if you’re brave enough!


Take a visit to Walsingham Nature Reserve, known locally as Tom Moore’s Jungle, and walk lush forest trails and explore subterranean caves at this 12-acre reserve. Along the trails you’ll see mangroves, several bird species and natural grottoes. Before leaving, pay a visit to Bermuda’s oldest restaurant, Tom Moore’s Tavern in th 17th-century estate at the edge of the reserve.


Have a drink and take in the Live Vibes at The Birdcage. Every Thursday from 5.30-8.30 enjoy live music featuring local musicians. Unfortunately this is the Birdcage’s last summer so make sure you enjoy it while it’s here! They’re open Tuesday-Saturday and any night it’s worth stopping by to see the sun go down over Hamilton harbour and catch up with friends. As a bonus they have delicious mocktails so you won’t be left out if you’re not an alcohol drinker.


 Rent a boat from BDA Watersports at Somerset Bridge and go feed the fish at the Vixen. Just a short ride away from the rental dock – The Vixen is a must see. Her bow comes out of the water making it easy to find and there are thousands of harmless fish who live around the wreck – just hoping for snacks! The wreck is beautiful to snorkel around, as long as you don’t mind having lots of fishy friends.


Experience amazing local fare St George’s Seafood Festival on September 15. This annual showcase of Bermuda’s rich seafood culture will be held in the historic town of St George’s. The best of the best local vendors will be serving up dishes from our ocean and while you chow down, you will be sure to be entertained by a host of Bermudian performers. With a fun park section dedicated to the little ones, this is a great day out for the whole family.


It’s not summer in Bermuda until you’ve had a snow-cone!
There is nothing more refreshing on a hot summers day than a snow cone from a roadside vendor.
There are stands by a lot of the major beaches and in Hamilton.


Take a tour of Harrington Sound . An expert local guide will provide you with a coastal cruise on the Callista. You will learn about the history and ecology of the area, get to spend an evening on the water, and hopefully get to spot some spotted eagle rays. The cruise runs every Monday & Thursday over the summer but book up quickly so make sure you secure your place early!