Best of Devonshire and Paget Parishes
The Arboretum: Quiet trails wind through fiddlewood forests and meadows alive with bluebirds and cardinals, yet this undulating 19-acre park is surprisingly underused. Don’t miss the limestone quarry gardens, palm collections, or ornamental bridges near the Middle Road entrance.
Old Devonshire Church: Centuries old, this whitewashed, pocket-sized church is notable for its traditional architecture, cedar-fused interior, and quaint gardens that burst with roses and poinsettias.
Devonshire Bay Park: This bay encompasses a tiny beach that’s great for kids and nonswimmers and a small national park with a ruggedly spectacular outlook on the South Shore. The park also contains the ruin of an early coastal fort.
The Botanical Gardens: Bermuda’s favorite park has rolling lawns, storybook trees, gardens boasting roses, herbs, and medicinal plants, and a visitors center offering tea, sandwiches, and souvenirs.
Camden House: The Premier’s official residence is open for public tours.
Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art: This groundbreaking institution is the work of a nonprofit agency that has spent two decades repatriating Bermuda artworks by Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, and other luminaries. Local artists’ work is also on display in a former arrowroot factory.
Waterville: Antiques and oils adorn the interior of this gracious waterfront homestead, headquarters of the Bermuda National Trust, but the roses, mangroves, and gardens outside are even more spectacular. Watch ducks and boaters in the tranquil Foot of the Lane, or picnic in the quaint gazebo.
The Birdsey Studio: From her bottom-of-the-garden studio, watercolorist Jo Birdsey-Linberg dispenses practical advice, witty anecdotes, and local knowledge — along with landscapes and beautifully whimsical portraits, just like her famous father, Alfred Birdsey, did.
Paget Marsh: Teeming with birdlife, this former peat marsh can easily be explored via a quaint boardwalk. See original stands of cedars and palmettos, and enjoy benches provided for restful interludes.
Elbow Beach: One of Bermuda’s most famous pink stretches, this beach links several private South Shore resorts, but you’re still free to walk from end to end and swim in the clear turquoise rollers.
© Rosemary Jones from Moon Bermuda, 2nd Edition