Cashew City

Few tourists make it to this secret little spot in rural St. David’s but those that do are rewarded with a secluded beach and a grove of Cashew Trees. It makes a great snorkelling spot, with lots of the fish and sea creatures outlined in Bermuda’s Top 10 Wildlife on display. You will also be able to explore Fort Popple, built in the 1700s – finding it will require a sense of adventure! Park near Vaughn’s Bay, head to the shoreline and follow the markers.

If you seek shade under the Cashew Trees, take a closer look. Unusually, the seeds grow outside the main fruit – don’t be tempted to eat the cashews straight off the tree however; the seed is protected by a allergenic resin and anacardic acid, a toxin similar to that found in poison ivy. Not only will it sting your skin, but it’s poisonous if eaten. These toxins are destroyed by the roasting process which must be done outside to avoid inhaling droplets from the smoke.


Photo: Dr. Raju Kasambe (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

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