Crystal clear waters, luxurious shorelines, and quintessential weather are words you could use to describe Grand Cayman.
Situated in the west of the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands are made up of three stunning islands; Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman. Grand Cayman is the largest with a land mass of some 76 square miles and the experiences on this island are endless. Adam Clark plays tourist for the day and shares his ultimate day out.
Good eats to kick-start the day
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so start the day off with a traditional Caribbean breakfast. In my mind, there isn’t a better place on island than Cimboco cafe. Find this gem in the Marquee Plaza, along Seven Mile Beach.
Step into Cimboco and you’ll be greeted by a large open clay oven, bright colours, and a cheery interior inspired by the Caribbean. It’s a popular spot with both residents and tourists alike and offers a range of breakfast items, meaning there is something for everyone.
During my visit I opted for Cimboco’s high performance breakfast, a hearty dish featuring an eight-ounce pork chop, two eggs, sautéed mushrooms, and Cimboco’s signature roasted rosemary potatoes, washed down with a freshly squeezed orange juice. It was $20 well spent, inclusive of gratuity.
With a full belly, I made my way to my next stop; the Cayman Island Yacht Club.
Play with the rays
The Caribbean Sea plays an intrinsic part of everyday life in Cayman, so it only seemed right that I continue my morning by taking a trip out to Cayman’s famed Stingray City sandbar. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to meet the sandbar’s friendly stingrays and interact with them, offering an unbeatable experience.
Departing the yacht club, the boat took approximately 35 minutes, travelling east across the turquoise landscape out into the North Sound, offering spectacular views along the way. We anchored just shy of the sandbar and then made our way into the calm and shallow waters. Within seconds we were all surrounded by the friendly rays, brushing around our ankles.
During this excursion I was able to feed the stingrays with squid. It’s a must do, even if it is just to feel the strong suction they can produce from their mouths and to have the opportunity to feel their silky underbellies. You can also snorkel, offering the ideal opportunity to watch these gentle giants gracefully swim around in the shallows. The occasion was made even more memorable as I was lucky enough to engage with seven of them and get photos.
Our 45-minute adventure soon ended, and we were back on board the boat travelling to our snorkel stop. Coral Gardens was the location and it is highly recommended, even for those who are wary of what lies beneath! Snorkel amidst stunning coral reefs and view a colourful array of exotic fish.
Back on dry land, I made my way to Seven Mile Beach, a stunning stretch of beach featuring white powdery-soft sand, crystal clear water, and a wide selection of water sports.
I decided to rent a jet ski as there is no better place on the island to experience the excitement of the waves crashing around you, while travelling at high speed.
The service provider, Red Sail Sports, were highly knowledgeable of the island, activities to engage in, and where to go on the jet ski. This is an activity that you must participate in. Not only does it offer an exhilarating thrill, but the views of the different hotels and buildings that makeup this world-famous beach is simply breathtaking.
There is no better way to end the day than by soaking up a sunset while indulging in some great Caribbean eats, and, of course, a refreshing drink or two.
The best sunsets can be found along Seven Mile Beach and South Sound where there are a host of venues where you can watch the sun dip below the horizon. Popular spots include Royal Palms Beach Club, The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort, and Hemmingway’s Restaurant and Pool Bar.
I selected Sunset House to conclude my day. Located right on the waterfront along the heart of residential South Sound, Sunset House’s breezy open-air restaurant offers the ideal spot to watch the sunset cast an ethereal glow. Here, you can sit back, relax, and indulge in local cuisine while sampling an array of delicious cocktails. It’s the ideal way to end a perfect day.