Cup Match Touted By NatGeo Top Travel List

May 21, 2015

Visitors looking for a warm destination this summer are getting a nudge in Bermuda’s direction thanks to a National Geographic article that suggests the island as one of the “Best Summer Trips 2015,” highlighting the Cup Match holiday as “Bermuda’s equivalent of the Super Bowl.”

Featured alongside locales such as Austrailia, South Korea, and Peru, Bermuda is detailed in full by the article as it touches on topics including seasonal events, transportation, accommodations, food and drink, shopping, and more.

Despite its broad scope, the article focuses on Cup Match, sharing a quote from Minister of Tourism and Transport Shawn Crockwell, who said, “If you want to experience Bermuda like a local—at its most welcoming, its most lively, its most fun—join us for Cup Match.”

Cup Match celebrations in 2014:

Cup Match Day 2 Bermuda, August 1 2014-4

The article suggests Rosewood Tucker’s Point as a place to stay when visiting the island, calling the hotel “posh and properly British,” while Art Mel’s Spicy Dicy and its deep-fried fish sandwich – which celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson recently called “perfection” – earning top mention when it comes to food and drink.

With its suggestions for food, fun, and accomodations out of the way, the article says, “Proper manners, including acknowledging others with the more formal ‘Good morning’ and ‘Good afternoon,’ always are appreciated.

“But, it’s also helpful to know a bit of Bermy [Bermuda] slang such as “Wopnin?” [What's happening?] and “greeze” [food or a big meal], as in ‘I’m hungry. Where can I get a greeze?”

Bermuda Aerial Media photo of the Non-Mariners Race in 2014:


“Cup Match is the only time when gambling is legal in Bermuda. The government-sanctioned game Crown and Anchor is a simple board and dice game traditionally played by British sailors. Look for the Crown and Anchor tent at the Cup Match cricket field to watch the raucous action or try your luck.

“On the Sunday immediately after Cup Match, normally proper Bermudians let loose at the annual Non-Mariner’s Race, where residents attempt to propel their barely seaworthy floats, often with satirical themes, across Mangrove Bay, to the raucous shouts of spectators.

“The first vessel to sink usually wins.”

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  1. swing voter says:

    Hey Bill, u see this yet? no need to create, modify, or mess with the formula but it could boost yur numbers bie ;-)

  2. “It’s not who you know but who knows you.” – (The key to success)I want to take this pportunity to thank National Geographic for remembering Bermuda is the, “Garden of The Atlantic.”

    • swing voter says:

      Apparently NetGeo released the article without any comments from out BTA…..didn’t they know about our multi million dollar dream team? Can’t help but draw parallels to Global Who ;-(

      • perspective says:

        The article is a result of BTA meeting with National Geographic Traveler editors in DC back in March. It’s appropriate for the Minister of Tourism to be quoted in such a feature.

  3. Typo:take this opportunity to thank National Geographic etc.

  4. Cow Polly says:

    An interesting take on how we are perceived by the rest of the World, or at least National Geographic and as Swing Voter says, one that can be utilized by the TA. Did a nice job of showing that we can be more than a ‘one size fits all’ destination.

  5. Kettle or pot says:

    Hope they got the plp permission! Don’t want to be breaking no laws or copyrights!

  6. John Silvester says:

    Interesting that none of the concerts around Cup Match have been endorsed by the BTA! The most culturally significant holiday yet they pump money into far fetched events.