Best Of: The Cayman Islands
I’m a coffee person, so this was a no-brainer. Grand Cayman offers hundreds of delicious foods and culturally relevant dishes (more on that later), but my favorite experience was in a quaint café on a nondescript street. The café contained no more than eight tables, had a mosaic-tiled and chalkboard menu, and smelt of fresh eggs and spice-laced coffee.
Best Nature: Caribbean Sea
They’ve named a color after it for a reason. The Caribbean Sea is a distinct blue that just can’t be mistaken for anything other than the most clear, vibrant light-but-not-too-light blue that paint companies have tried to replicate since island-inspired home décor became popular and blue was declared the most calming of colors. The white sand and the jungle trees were beautiful, too, but let’s be honest: sand is actually kind of gross and trees are trees wherever you go. The Sea, though, that’s something different. It flashes like brilliant diamonds when the sun strikes it. It clouds when the sky takes on a murky grey. It rushes at you in crushing waves and recedes just before it’s gone too far. It’s moody, and that’s what inspires artists to photograph it, paint it, sculpt its form in stone, and dedicate sonnets to its essence. That moodiness is what draws people to watch it for hours and listen to it for days. (more…)
Things To Do In The Cayman Islands: Part 2
Reflective coves, clear ocean waves, and over 300 days of sunshine a year make Grand Cayman a premiere destination for underwater sightseeing and close encounters with sea life. (more…)
Things To Do In The Cayman Islands: Part 1
It’s all blue when you arrive; deep blue, light blue, blue sea, blue tiles, blue shutters waving on dots of yellow and white against a blue skyline. Grand Cayman, like most island destinations, packs an itinerary full of lazy beach days, snorkeling, dolphins, sting rays, and the promise of sunny, cloudless skies.
THE LAZY DAYS
7-Mile Beach: This beach can be busy (too busy) on weekends and the days that cruise ships come to port, but otherwise it is a beautiful stretch of white sand to frolic for an afternoon. You can bring a book and sprawl out under one of the many umbrellas, soak up the sun in a lounge chair feet from the sea, or you can be adventurous and book a parasailing expedition over the Caribbean. There are also water sport rental shacks, restaurants, and changing facilities for convenience.
The beach has everything you could need for a day in the sun. If you do go on a port day be sure to get there early because thousands of passengers flock to this beach and it’ll be difficult to get a lounge chair, umbrella or even a space on the beach without rubbing elbows with fellow beach-goers. (more…)