Time to ring in the New Year

There are few holidays as universally celebrated as New Year’s Eve, and it comes as no surprise that the occasion is significant across the Cayman Islands. New Year’s Eve in Cayman is a spectacular event with fireworks illuminating the skies above late-night parties, from Seven Mile Beach to Cayman’s northernmost point.

There’s so much going on and only one evening to usher in the new year, so we’ve created a list of a few of our top choices for ways to celebrate.

Take a trip to KAIBO

North Side may be Cayman’s quietest district, but every New Year’s Eve, that changes during one upbeat, family-friendly evening at KAIBO. The booms of fireworks resound through the air in two separate shows, one at 9 p.m. and another later in the night. A barbeque buffet serves up unlimited foods, and guests can dance until 2 a.m. to live music which includes Bona Fide and One World DJ.

Entry is $68 for adults and $44 for children ages three to twelve.

Guests looking for an extra-special evening can purchase one of two dinner options for upstairs at Kaibo. The three-course Early Bird menu is available from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at $68 per person. Courses include whipped goat’s cheese, roast Angus tenderloin and oxtail croquettes, and a Valrhona dark chocolate tart.

And, for the ultimate experience, try the six-course Chefs’ Tasting Menu from 8 p.m. onwards at $200 per person. Items include roasted wahoo, Kumomoto oyster, and lobster ravioli. Whatever option you choose, it’s sure to leave you with high spirits for the new year.

Tickets must be purchased online.

Celebrate in style at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is not a resort that ever passes up the chance for an enticing holiday celebration.

On New Year’s Eve at 6 p.m, Blue by Eric Ripert, one of the island’s finest restaurants, is offering an extra special menu comprised of delicious seafood delicacies. The dinner with wine pairing is priced at $500, or $350 without wine pairing. Children aged six to twelve years can dine for $95.

The pinnacle of celebrations, however, is the New Year’s Eve Ball. A stunning experience set in the resort’s own Cayman Islands Royal Ballroom, this lavish event features a sumptuous dinner followed by an impressive firework display at midnight along world-famous Seven Mile Beach. Admission is $350 for adults, $100 for children aged six to 12, and $50 for children aged three to five years old.

Concluding the itinerary is the New Year’s Day Brunch at Seven from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Just a few of the delights to be found on this special occasion are endless Champagne, craft cocktails, and a fresh squeezed juice bar. The brunch with champagne is priced at $150. A non-alcoholic brunch is priced at $120. Dining is $60 for children aged six to 12 years, and $30 for children aged three to five years.

Rarely is New Year’s celebrated with such extravagance!

For reservations, call (345) 815-6912.

Admire the stars and fireworks at Royal Palms

Join Royal Palms Beach Club for one of Cayman’s best-known New Year’s Eve celebrations: Under the Stars.

Royal Palms offers yet another excellent spot for enjoying the occasion against a nighttime Caribbean backdrop. The event kicks off at 9 p.m. Providing an energetic vibe will be DJ Lin, DJ Rion Kirk, DJ Yoyo, DJ Von HD, and DJ Preston.

The event offers several different levels of tickets depending on just how spectacular a celebration you’re after. General admission tickets are $25 and provide access to a beach area and a private bar. The $85 VIP beach tickets provide beach cabana access and unlimited drinks. Finally, the $125 ultra-VIP pool tickets offer pool cabana and swimming pool access.

Chances are, you’ll also have a great opportunity to view some of the spectacular fireworks along Seven Mile Beach.

Tickets can be purchased online at eventpro.ky

Witness an epic sight in Camana Bay

No list of holiday events is complete without a mention of Camana Bay.

On New Year’s Eve, head to the town centre or reserve a table at one of its fine restaurants for a magical firework display in the harbour at 8 p.m. Fireworks at Camana Bay appear in a spectacular array of forms and colours, with the shows ranking among the best on the island.

Some fantastic restaurants located directly on the waterfront are Agua Restaurant and Lounge, Gelato and Co., Pani Indian Kitchen, and KARoo.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve the Caymanian way

Cayman Cabana is a go-to spot for local cuisine, and those hoping to infuse a Caymanian vibe into their New Year’s Eve celebrations can head to this waterfront restaurant in George Town for a truly spectacular New Year’s Eve dinner menu.

Dine outdoors under the night sky with a special lobster menu and take a culinary journey through 2018 as the restaurant reprises some of its favourite dishes of the year.

The event takes place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. To reserve your spot email reservations@caymancabanarestaurant.com.

Kick back at Calico Jacks

A laid-back bar and restaurant on the sands of Seven Mile Beach, Calico Jacks is a hangout for those who enjoy soaking up some sun. On New Year’s Eve, the restaurant is home to a vibrant New Year’s Eve celebration, which also happens to offer no cover charge.

Usher in the new year in a way that’s casual and Caribbean, with some delicious drinks beside the beach. DJs are on deck from 9 p.m. and include Billy Corduroy, Urusai, and Jonesian.

The location of the restaurant also offers an excellent opportunity to view some of the fantastic Seven Mile Beach fireworks at midnight.

Finish the year with gratitude at The Marriott

Join the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort for an entrancing evening themed as Abundance 2019: A Year To Honour Your Fullest Self. The celebration takes place on the beach and at the fashionable restaurant Anchor and Den.

According to the resort’s blog, the theme of “abundance” is about more than just delicious food and the things we can have; it’s a sense of gratitude that “just needs to be tapped into.” Apparently, one way to do this is connecting with others in the beautiful and tranquil setting of Seven Mile Beach.

Still, there’s undeniably an abundance of great things to enjoy during this enchanting evening. Treat yourself to a delicious dinner and all-you-can drink bubbles to celebrate the richness of life and the possibilities of a new year.

As the celebration nears its end, enjoy the Marriott’s midnight display of fireworks.

The celebration takes place from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission is $160. Also included in the price is a Kids Club Pajama Party for ages five to 12.

For reservations call (345) 949-0088.

Enjoy a retro vibe at Southern Cross Club

Little Cayman may be the smallest and remotest of the Cayman Islands, but New Year’s celebrations even extend all the way to this pristine gem, in the form of a 1980s-themed evening under the stars.

The Southern Cross Club is known for its fabulous dining, and attendees of the New Year’s Eve buffet will be able to experience the cuisine at its best. Featured is a seafood bar with a series of delicious offerings: marinated conch, Alaskan king crab legs, calamari ceviche, clams, and mussels.

Further buffet options include Caribbean lobster tail halves, herb crusted yellow tail snapper, a carving station featuring leg of lamb, spinach and ricotta ravioli, green peas-stuffed plum Roma tomatoes, and more.

Round-off the meal with one of the excellent dessert options including New York cheese cake and Bailey’s Irish Cream brulee.

Be sure to stay for the fireworks at 11 p.m.

The regular rate for the buffet is $60. The rate for Little Cayman residents is $56. For reservations, call (345) 948-1099 or email frontdesk@southerncrossclub.com. Guests are being invited to don their best 1980s garb.

Look to the skies

One of the advantages of small islands is that nothing is ever far away – including many fireworks shows. At midnight on New Year’s Eve, especially if you find yourself along Seven Mile Beach, head outside and you may be able to view at least one of the exciting displays around the island as colourful fireworks erupt in every direction.