Easter is just around the corner and across the four-day weekend of Good Friday and Easter Monday, Cayman offers a wide range of fun-filled activities for all to enjoy.
Here are six ways you can join in the celebrations.
Continue the tradition of Easter camping
Beach camping over the Easter weekend is a long-held tradition in Cayman. It is believed the tradition grew out of family dinners by the sea.
Today residents set up their camp sites in order to spend time with friends and relatives and enjoy some time under the Caribbean sun.
The islands may not contain any official campsites, but this does not stop hundreds of tents lining the beaches over the Easter holiday. Cayman offers a wonderful array of beaches to camp on, however popular destinations include Cayman Kai, Seven Mile Beach, East End Public Beach, and Barker’s Beach.
You can reserve a cabana on one of the public beaches by calling the Recreation, Parks & Cemeteries Unit on 946-8250.
You may even wish to take a trip to Cayman’s Sister Islands, the ultimate pristine getaway for reconnecting with nature. Favourite camping spots here include Little Cayman’s Point of Sand beach. Getting there is easy with Cayman Airways.
· Avoid camping on private property without the owner’s permission.
· Be sure to place your garbage in public bins or dispose of it properly elsewhere
· Dispose of human waste properly, either through a portaloo or public toilet.
· Do not light a bonfire without permission from the Department of Environmental Health, (949-6696) and the Fire Department (949-2276).
· If permission for a fire is granted, keep the fire far from trees and bushes. Before leaving, make sure it is extinguished, with the remains buried far beneath the sand to avoid causing burns to unsuspecting beachgoers.
Join an Easter brunch
Brunches are a perennial staple in Cayman and are one of the most popular ways to celebrate Easter, with many restaurants this year offering special brunches on Easter Sunday.
At Grand Old House, guests can dine on the expansive restaurant’s waterfront deck and enjoy a spectacular view of the sea. The all-you-can eat buffet will feature various stations to tantalise the taste buds including a live carving and egg station, a seafood boat, and a kids’ buffet.
The brunch takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food is $69.95, or $86.95 with endless bubbles. For guests 4 – 12 years of age, the brunch is $34.95.
At Ferdinand’s in The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa, guests can relax in a Caribbean casual atmosphere and treat themselves to a seafood and sushi bar, a station of locally supplied eggs, charcuterie, artisanal cheese, dim sum, alongside a selection of drinks.
The brunch runs from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. It costs $88, plus a 16 percent service charge, and kids under 12 can dine for $25, also with a 16 percent service charge.
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is holding an Easter brunch in its elegant Royal Ballroom. Guests will find a stunning array of food stations, offering a selection of raw items, smoked seafoods, carved meats, and more, as well as a kids’ section with items such as chicken tenders and margherita mini calzone.
The brunch takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $115, or $160 without Champagne. The cost for children 3-5 years old is $30, for children aged 6-12 years the cost is $50.
Enjoy tea with the Easter Bunny at The Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is hosting several culinary events sure to leave participants delighted and invested in the spirit of the occasion.
On April 19 and 20 at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., families are invited to the Silver Palm Lounge to enjoy foods including bite-size sandwiches, scones, and pastries in the company of a special guest – none other than the Easter Bunny. The cost is $75 for adults, $45 for children 6 to 12 years, and $30 for children 3 to 5 years. A 17 percent service charge is included.
Also, don’t miss two events on April 20. During the Easter Beach BBQ at 6:30 p.m. you can enjoy a firelight dinner and marshmallow roasting on the sands of Seven Mile Beach. Admission is $100 for adults, $50 for children 6 to 12 years, and $30 for children 3 to 5 years, including service charge.
From 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. dance to music from a live DJ as you experience a fine selection of creative cocktails, spirits, and cigars at the resort’s Silver Palm Lounge.
Experience the festivities at Kirk Freeport Easter Extravaganza
Families are invited to Bayshore Mall for the annual Kirk Freeport Easter Extravaganza on Saturday April 20, from 4 to 6 p.m.
In this evening of non-stop fun, participants can take part in the Bayshore scavenger hunt, win Easter surprises, and even meet the Easter bunny, who will be making the rounds here.
According to marketing coordinator Lorena Espiga, the event promises to be a magical afternoon for the entire family, including refreshments, cotton candy, popcorn, balloons, face painters, steel drum bands, and much more.
Free parking is available directly behind Bayshore mall.