Pink Duck’s Publishing’s director of ink magic, Joanna Lewis, has called Cayman home for more than 13 years. Here she handpicks some of her favourite things to see and do.
Nothing beats a great meal with family and friends. In the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean you’re never far away from some great eats, so trying to pull together a definitive list of some of the best is tough.
For local cuisine Grape Tree Café is my favourite spot. Their fish fry is divine. Enjoy it at one of the picnic benches with the sand between your toes and the Caribbean Sea stretching out before you.
Every Thursday, Anchor & Den at the Marriott Grand Cayman Beach Resort hold a fabulous Spanish-inspired tapas night, El Mercat - Nit De Tapes, where diners can enjoy authentic Spanish tapas. If you love nibbling on lots of dishes family style, this night is a must.
Camana Bay’s Flavour Tour is also a great dining experience, offering something a bit different. It’s a family style progressive dinner around the restaurants of Camana Bay. It’s a great option for those who can’t decide on just one restaurant.
Calypso Grill is a perennial favourite. My husband and I enjoyed our first date at this waterfront restaurant, and we had our wedding dinner their too. Just make sure you leave room for dessert – their sticky toffee pudding is divine. It’s so popular, that even the nearby road is named after it.
Spa days are a real treat, and I try to slot one in every three or four months or so. Cayman has a fabulous selection of world-class spas just waiting to pamper to your every need.
The Spa at Seafire, at the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, and the La Prairie Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman are two of Cayman’s largest spas and offer a host of luxurious pampering options to soothe mind, body, and soul.
The Hammam treatment at the Spa at Seafire is a treatment unlike any other on island and is without question one of my favourites. In fact, it’s so good that we are featuring it in the inaugural issue of The Cayman Book, so make sure you pick up your copy when it hits newsstands in November to find out more.
For such a tiny island, there really is a huge amount to explore, so probably the hardest part is deciding where to start.
One of my favourite spots is the Queen Elizabeth II Royal Botanic Park. I don’t go that often, primarily because it’s just too hot. But when the cool Christmas breezes roll around it offers the ideal spot to reconnect with nature and escape the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life.
I’m not a huge beach lover (primarily because I burn at the merest hint of sun). Having said that I do love Barker’s Beach, because you can often walk the whole beach and not encounter another soul. For snorkelling, Spotts Beach is a must. The reef is easily accessible, and, if you’re lucky, you’ll also spot a turtle or two.
Of course, getting out on the water is part of island life. Even after 13 years, visiting the sandbar and swimming with the stingrays never loses its appeal. And, a day out on the boat is always capped-off with a mudslide (or two) at Rum Point.
And finally, when I do manage to get over to the Sister Islands, I always find time to walk the Lighthouse Path along the Bluff on Cayman Brac. It’s a beautiful hike and the views are spectacular.
Whether you are here for the long haul or just visiting for a few days, there are so many ways you can get involved in the local community.
As an animal lover, I always suggest that those looking to give back head on down to the Cayman Islands Humane Society and take a rescue dog out for a walk.
The animal rescue organisation often has up to 70 dogs in its care and always welcomes dog walkers. Not only does it ensure you get out and stretch your legs, but your canine companion will be forever grateful too. Oh, and you might even find a four-legged friend too.