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Surfing In Grand Cayman

The Cayman Islands may not be known as the top surfing spot in the world and they don’t have the biggest waves, but they’re perfect for riding some good swells. The occasional northwestern winds that blow through the islands during winter (December through March) generate powerful waves especially off of Seven Mile Beach.

 

There are some great places for beginners to learn to surf in the Cayman Islands. Most of the beaches have nice sandy floors, which makes dealing with the learning curve a bit easier.

 

From June until November, you’ll usually find the best surf at South Sound Community Centre and at Mariners Cover. These are not the most ideal spots for beginners, though, as there are sea urchins and coral on the bottom that may prove dangerous for the less-than-skilled.

 

Even though the Cayman Islands is comprised of 3 islands, most people who want to surf stick to hitting the waves at Grand Cayman, the biggest of the islands. If not for the surf, perhaps just for the fact that there’s so much to do on Grand Cayman when a surf session is through.

 

Definitely hit Seven Mile Beach and Mariners Cove on Grand Cayman.

 

Seven Mile Beach

 

On Seven Mile Beach, white sand stretches for as far as you can see. The ocean is a beautiful shade of blue, one that you don’t witness that often in nature. Yes, you may have found Heaven here and Heaven definitely should include a few hours of surfing.

 

Seven Mile Beach sits on Grand Cayman’s western shore and it’s a place that many people want to visit, to surf or to just relax and soak in the beauty of the space. For surfing, some may find the waves a bit mild. But, many enjoy the leisurely pace at which they can catch waves and take in a fun adventure.

 

The Best Times to Surf in the Cayman Islands

 

Any time of year is great for surfing in the Cayman Islands if you’re a beginner. Average swells are anywhere from 3 to 5 feet. If you’re looking for waves larger than that, visit the Cayman Islands between December and March. Keep in mind that late summer and early fall are our hurricane seasons and you may beat a tropical storm or two.

 

Part of the beauty of the Cayman Islands is that flat spells are just another excuse to enjoy the slow island life that we all treasure here. If the waves get too tame for you, hit up one of the restaurants or bars around Seven Mile Beach and South Bay Beach Club.

 

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  • November 6th, 2018

Cayman Islands Pirates Week Runs And Swim

The weekend of November 9th to the 11th will be an active one on Grand Cayman as amateur and professional athletes take part in various Pirates Week runs and swims.

On Friday the 9th, Grand Cayman residents and visitors will be able to take part in the 2018 Pirates Week 5K Run, a race running along Harbour Drive, starting and finishing in front of the Grand Terminal.

Saturday the 10th, at Governor’s Beach, locals and tourists will participate in the Pirates Week 5K Sea Swim Grand Cayman, the Cayman Islands’ oldest swimming tradition – an event that will award 3 female and 3 male contestants with prizes.

Pirates Week 10K “To Hell and Back” is the finale to Pirates Week’s athletic activities. This race starts at Kimpton Seafire Hotel and promises to be a thrilling occasion to watch and to participate in.

Pirates Week 5K Run

Cayman Islands’ Pirates Week 5K Run begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. on November 9th. Registration is currently open online and there is a $25 entry fee (or $40 total for those entering the 5K and 10K on November 11th).

Late registration on race day is possible from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in front of Grand Cayman’s Bar Crudo. Participants in this race are timed, water is available along the course and runners may bring their dog companions to race with them.

Pirates Week 5K Sea Swim Grand Cayman

On Saturday the 10th from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., the Pirates Week 5K Sea Swim Grand Cayman will be a fun event to watch and enjoy. This annual tradition is going on its 31st year in Grand Cayman and it’s a celebration of island life.

The Pirates Week 5K Sea Swim Grand Cayman combines the excitement of Pirates Week festivities with an open-water race that is truly an experience unlike any other. Race caps are provided during registration and swimmers must wear them during the race.

This race is one full 5K loop. Refreshments, T-shirts and trophies are given.

Pirates Week 10K “To Hell and Back”

If you dare to run in Pirates Week 10K “To Hell and Back” race, check in at 6 a.m. on Sunday, November 11th. The race starts at 7 a.m. sharp. You’ll start at Raleigh Quay Road not far from South Bay Beach Club and you’ll travel on West Bay Road, Town Hall Road and then Hell Road with a turnaround at Devil’s Hangout before retracing the route to end at Calico Jack’s.

Registration for Pirates Week 10K “To Hell and Back” is $25 online.

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  • October 30th, 2018

The Cayman Islands Triathlon Grand Cayman

If you’re visiting us over the weekend of Sunday, November 4th, consider participating in or watching The Cayman Islands Triathlon Grand Cayman, a fun event held at Seven Mile Beach.

 

This fantastic event takes place on a beautiful course that draws local and international competitors. It’s a race presented by Cayman First that attracts amateurs and professionals, people of many ages and backgrounds.

 

The race begins at 6 a.m. on the 4th and ends at 12 p.m. Runners start at TBC and enjoy a complimentary breakfast after the challenging run/bike/swim is over. There will be prizes for winners and some outstanding spot prizes.

 

Choose from the Sprint or Olympic distance events, and take part either as an individual or member of a two/three-person relay team (Olympic distance event only). There will be 3 training races held before the Triathlon, so competitors can build their endurance and strength before the main event.

 

The training events are well attended so entrants will get a good feel for the culture of the Triathlon on race day. Those new to Triathlons are strongly encouraged to participate in the training races.

 

Sprint

 

The Sprint race is a 750-meter swim, 12.4-mile bike, and 3.1-mile run.

 

Olympic Distance

 

The Olympic distance race is a 1500-meter swim, 24.8-mile bike, and 6.2-mile run.

 

Entry Fees:

 

Solo Sprint – $60
Solo Olympic – $80
2 Person Olympic Team – $165
3 Person Olympic Team – $165

 

Requirements

 

There is an option to register for The Cayman Islands Triathlon Grand Cayman as a Corporate Team.

 

Registration is not possible on race day.

 

Participants of the Triathlon must be members of the Cayman Islands Triathlon Association (CITA). If you are not a member of CITA, you can register on the association’s website.

 

The minimum age for participation in the Triathlon is 15 years of age (or 13 years for team swimmers). Parents and legal guardians should complete the registration forms for those less than 18 years of age.

 

Check-in for the Triathlon is 6 a.m. on race day. You will need sufficient time to check in. The race begins at 6:45 sharp.

 

This year, there will be some special awards including:

 

  • ITU-eligible Open Male, Open Female, Junior Male and Junior Female (age 16 to 19 at December 31st)

  • IOC-eligible Open Male, Open Female, Junior Male and Junior Female (age 15 to 18 at December 31st)

 

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  • October 24th, 2018

20 Fun Facts About The Cayman Islands

Ready to visit the Cayman Islands? While you’re counting down the days to your trip, prepare for the fullest adventure here possible by studying up on these 20 fun facts about the Cayman Islands. You’ll learn a little bit more about our culture, which will only help you enjoy your stay even more than you thought possible.

 

  1. There are more than 100 nationalities living in harmony in the Cayman Islands.

 

  1. Our country code is easy to remember. Just dial 345 before making a call to anywhere on our islands.

 

  1. There are no nude beaches on the Cayman Islands. Alcohol is allowed on the sand, but the legal drinking age is 18.

 

  1. The Cayman Islands’ currency fixes to the US$. Our paper currency features a photo of Queen Elizabeth II along with our Coat of Arms that includes a turtle, pineapple, and shield.

 

  1. The Banana Orchid is the national flower of the Cayman Islands.

 

  1. Our stunning Silver Thatch Palms are our national trees.

 

  1. If you want to sing our national song in a bar or anywhere, really, you’ll want to know the words and tune of “He Hath Founded it Upon the Seas.”

 

  1. You’ll find the highest point on all 3 islands on Cayman Brac. It comes in at 140 feet above sea level!

 

  1. Cayman Brac comes from the Gaelic phrase “craggy bluff” because it has a huge Limestone cliff.

 

  1. Liquor stores in the Cayman Islands are open until 10 p.m. You won’t be able to buy any wine, beer or spirits on Sunday at all so stock up!

 

  1. There’s supposedly a treasure on our islands that Neil Walkers, Henry Morgan, and Edward Blackbeard left behind when the pirates occupied Cayman Island in the 18th century.

 

  1. Seven Mile Beach, our islands’ most famous beach, is not actually 7 miles long. It spans 5.5 miles!

 

  1. Christopher Columbus had a good year in the Cayman Islands in 1503. He stumbled upon the islands and named Cayman “Las Tortugas,” Spanish for the turtles he saw all around.

 

  1. The first election in the Cayman Islands happened on December 10, 1831. Roughly 933 people voted.

 

  1. Cayman Crystal Caves, a relatively new tourist attraction in the Cayman Islands, are natural caves that have only been recently discovered and cleared for transit.

 

  1. Hell is officially located in the Cayman Islands. Actually, it’s a top tourist destination in West Bay and it’s a coastal spot with black limestone and rugged edges.

 

  1. Cuba is our nearest neighbor residing about 227 miles north of our beautiful Grand Cayman.

 

  1. Grand Cayman plans to offer 365 dive sites for locals and tourists someday.

 

  1. The 4-mile-deep Cayman Trench is not very far from Grand Cayman but not many divers venture there.

 

  1. If you’re going to rent a car on the Cayman Islands, remember to drive on the left side of the road!

 

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  • October 16th, 2018

5 Things To Know Before You Visit The Cayman Islands

Your visit to the Cayman Islands is sure to be a magical one, but there are some things you can do to make sure it’s as flawless as possible. Our islands are laid-back yet posh, filled with pubs and dotted with charming theatres. To enjoy it all to the fullest, prepare yourself for a Cayman experience by noting these 5 things to know:

 

  1. Go Mostly Casual with Clothing

 

The Cayman Islands call for mostly casual attire and lots of beachwear. Think of shorts, tank tops, sundresses, bathing suits, and flip-flops. The temperature on the islands is quite balmy year-round, so you’re not usually going to need traditional winter clothing. During July, it’s typically around 100F/37C and January often sees weather that’s a still-warm 70F/21C.

 

Even though you’ll probably be at the pool or on the sand for the majority of your trip, you may still want to step out to a nice dinner or see a theatrical production. For those evenings, make sure you have some special dress shoes and clothes to look and feel good in.

 

  1. U.S. Visitors Shouldn’t Need to Buy New Power Plugs

 

The Cayman Islands are a British Colony and people drive on the left here, but we coordinate with the United States when it comes to power plugs. If you’re from the U.S., you can bring your power units from home to charge your laptops, tablets and mobile phones. Travelers with other types of power plugs are wise to bring a multi-board converter plug that can charge all necessary gadgets.

 

  1. The Cayman Islands Uses Two Currencies

 

We use 2 currencies interchangeably in the Cayman Islands: CI (Cayman Island dollars) and U.S. dollars. You’ll find that the CI dollar is roughly 20% higher than the U.S. dollar, and you’ll see that our ATMs dispense money in both currencies.

 

  1. Tipping is Expected

 

Tipping is standard practice in the Cayman Islands. In fact, many waiters and waitresses automatically add 15 to 18 percent of the cost of your food to your check. Make sure you check your bill before you pay to see if you should add a tip.

 

  1. There’s More to Do than Visit Beaches

 

There’s no shortage of beaches on the Cayman Islands. From iconic Seven Mile Beach and its glistening white sand to Stingray City, a sandbar in the middle of a beautiful bay, you’re going to have plenty of places to enjoy the sun and to swim. However, our islands are much more than beaches.

 

We love hosting visitors at our restaurants and bars. Many pubs and dining establishments feature live music, another love of the people of the Cayman Islands. Bring your dancing shoes for a night of salsa and settle into a quaint seaside lounge for cocktails with the sunset as a backdrop.

 

The Cayman Islands features festivals throughout the year, such as Carnival Batabano and the Little Cayman Mardi Gras. We protect wildlife on our islands and we’re always excited to share information on native island species like turtles that live in The Cayman Turtle Farm, a conservation and research center.

 

These 5 tips only brush the surface of what you’ll find on Grand Cayman and its neighboring islands. For other tips on visiting the Cayman Islands, feel free to reach out to our staff.

 

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  • October 10th, 2018

Cayman Cocktail Week

Sip samples and celebrate everything cocktail-y at Cayman Cocktail Week 2018. This fun annual event in the Cayman Islands is in its 6th run and, as usual, the word is it will be the best and biggest Cocktail Week to date.

 

From October 19th to the 26th, locals and tourists will gather almost every day to make their own Gin, go on a historical cocktail tour and meet top industry professionals.

 

Not going to be in the Cayman Islands that week? Not to worry! Throughout October, there will be special branded cocktail menus at various Cayman Island restaurants and bars. You’ll also find great deals on high-end cocktail ware at some Grand Cayman shops. Residents and visitors have fun trying drinks they might not normally order and picking up barware they weren’t necessarily planning to buy.

 

Some of Cayman’s best bartenders are out and about during Cayman Cocktail week, creating masterpieces that you’ll only find here on our islands. Quality events, top-shelf ingredients and, of course, amazing cocktails are the focus of this popular Cayman Islands event.

 

Schedule of Events

 

The following are just some of the fun events that will take place during Cayman Cocktail Week:

 

Shopping and Cocktails

October 3, 2018

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Enjoy complimentary cocktails and 10% off all shopping at Carey’s Karma Closet. This annual pre-cocktail week event is a fun way to get into the spirit of Cayman Cocktail Week and it features many bargains, just in time for the holidays.

 

Cayman Cocktail Tour

October 22, 2018

5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

4 Surprise Destinations

 

This cocktail tour comes with a memorable share of 80s music and plenty of cocktails. Dress up in neon and sunglasses or just come to drink and watch others put on a show. Tickets for the Cayman Cocktail Tour are CI$50 per person and include 4 cocktails, bar bites and transport.

 

Cocktail Workshop with Zacapa Rum

October 24, 2018

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

CI$90 per person

 

This event is all you need to learn about Zacapa Run from Master Blender Lorena Vasquez. Tickets include a welcome cocktail, tastings of Zacapa 23 and XO and a bottle-your-own cocktail masterclass.

 

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  • October 3rd, 2018

Walk & Wag Fun Run On Grand Cayman

On Saturday, October 14th, the Cayman Islands Humane Society hosts its Walk & Wag Fun Run, a Grand Cayman event that will raise money and awareness of animals in need. From 7 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., Cayman Islands locals and visitors (furry friends included) will walk, wag and run for a good cause.

 

All of the proceeds of this fun gathering of people and animals benefit the Cayman Islands Humane Society, an organization that has helped shelter, feed and care for abused and homeless animals for more than 43 years.

 

Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. on event day. The price for entry into Walk & Wag Fun Run is CI$25.

 

The Walk & Wag Fun Run on Grand Cayman begins on Safehaven Drive just a short distance from South Bay Beach Club. Join animal loving residents and tourists, athletes and just people pledging their time and money, and support the importance of neutering and spaying to end overpopulation of Cayman Island animals.

 

All pets are welcome at the Walk & Wag Fun Run.

 

About the Cayman Islands Humane Society

 

The Cayman Islands Humane Society formed in February of 1972 when a winter island visitor named Dr. Wallace R. Eagle placed an ad in the Caymanian Weekly. He urged and invited all people interested in forming a humane society to attend a meeting where interested parties would discuss ways to alleviate the suffering of abused and homeless animals.

 

Just 2 days later, roughly 16 locals gathered to begin the groundwork for the launch of the Cayman Islands Humane Society and many others showed interest in helping. Initially, the association was an informal one with membership. In November of 1973, the Cayman Islands Humane Society was incorporated as a non-profit.

 

During the early years of the Society, volunteers boarded animals and some pets stayed at Cheval Ranch for their temporary home. A Thrift Shop opened in 1975, behind the public library in a rent-free building, as a way to earn money for the animals.

 

From 1994 to 1997, the Cayman Islands Humane Society rented premises on North Sound road. When that structure was auctioned off in 1997 under bank foreclosure, the Society was able to buy their space due to large pledges from two primary donors.

 

The Cayman Islands Humane Society today houses 37 dog kennels, a room just for puppies, a surgery room and a recover space. There is also a large cat adoption area, a playroom, and a quarantine space.

 

To learn more about the Walk & Wag Fun Run and the Cayman Islands Human Society, contact the Society or come talk to one of our friendly staff members.

 

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  • September 25th, 2018

Is There A Best Time Of Year For A Trip To The Cayman Islands?

Many potential visitors to the Cayman Islands ask us about the best time to visit. In response to this question, we always like to ask in return, “What is most important to you about traveling to the Cayman Islands?”

 

For some visitors, the weather is most critical as they either want to sun on the beach in warm temperatures or visit when it’s nice but not so hot. Other travelers find that their ideal trip to the Cayman Islands is in the non-peak season when they have more of a “run of the island” and there are less crowds.

 

Some plan trips to the Cayman Islands around the lowest airfares and accommodation rates. Others want to work around school schedules and even the fun annual events that take place on the Cayman Islands.

 

So, if you’re wondering when the best time of year is to visit the Cayman Islands, consider the following:

 

The Weather is Warm Year-Round

 

Our islands are warm nearly any time of the year, with average highs holding in the 80s F. January and February are the coolest months on the Cayman Islands and you’ll usually enjoy temperatures in the high 60s or mid-70s then. It rains between May and October, but showers typically only last for a few hours at a time. The western islands are generally sheltered from hurricanes, which usually run through the Caribbean from June to November.

 

This means that if you want to sunbathe on the beach, swim in our gorgeous waters, enjoy dinners on the beach and hit the pool all afternoon, you can probably participate in these activities no matter when you come to the Cayman Islands. Snorkeling, taking part in water sports, hiking and other outdoor adventures are part of the year-round culture in the Cayman Islands.

 

Air and Accommodation Rates Drop in the Off-Season

 

You’ll find the best deals on accommodation rates in the Cayman Islands between March and June. This is our “off-season” if you want to call it that because it’s really always “on” on our islands. If you’re looking to get to our islands for a reasonable price and stay in the ultimate lodging for a great deal, plan your trip for a stay between March and June.

 

You may be able to book a first-class plane seat and a spacious, residence-style accommodation at unheard-of prices during these months. Then, you’ll have more budget money to spend on our cool island cocktails and special souvenirs to take back home with you.

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  • September 18th, 2018

Gamers Bay 3: Video Game & Technology Convention

Gamers visiting Grand Cayman this September can participate in and watch Gamers Bay 3, the third annual video gaming tournament and convention in the Cayman Islands.

 

The event takes place on the 29th from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Camana Bay, a lively small town that serves as a gathering spot for locals and tourists. Gamers Bay 3 will be a place for gaming aficionados to show off their talents, connect with other gamers, and watch the best in the industry compete for prizes.

 

A culmination of gaming presentations, exciting activities, and competitive gaming, Gamers Bay 3 is a new type of entertainment on Grand Cayman, and it’s an event that draws young and old.

 

About Gamers Bay 3

 

Gamers Bay 3 is a free opportunity for the public to watch gaming competitions and discuss the top games on the market today. Competitors pay a fee to square off against the best, playing titles like Call of Duty World War II and SUPER SMASH BROS.

 

This event ties into the Cayman Islands’ National Youth Policy on several levels, as it’s a fun opportunity for young people in gaming to gain exposure and build confidence. Today’s gamers create cultural identity and strengthen social bonds through the activity.

 

Gamers Bay events have previously been connected with charitable organizations, including Feed our Future Foundation, whose mission is to end child hunger and support intellectual growth in the Cayman Islands.

 

The last Gamers Bay event, held in October of 2017, had more than 60 competitors and 500 spectators. This year’s event coordinators are looking to increase exposure and participation in the 2018 event and are actively reaching out to gamers between the ages of 16 and 45 in hopes of drawing them into the convention.

 

Details

 

Venue: Gamers Bay 3 takes place at the Camana Bay Arc Centre

 

Console: PS4

 

Competitive Games:

 

Call of Duty World War II – Competitor Fee of $600 and Cash Prize of $5000

 

FIFA18 – Competitor Fee of $150 and Cash Prize of $1200

 

Rocket League – Competitor Fee of $75 and Cash Prize of $500

 

SUPER SMASH BROS – Competitor Fee of $75 and Cash Prize of $500

 

There will be a Cosplay Competition, and several sponsors have already committed to the event.

 

Visit the Gamers Bay website to register and learn more.

 

Date: September 29, 2018

Location: Camana Bay | 10 Market Street | Grand Cayman, George Town KY1-9006

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  • September 5th, 2018

The Cayman Drama Society Presents “Anne Frank”

On Sunday, September 16, the Cayman Drama Society on Grand Cayman presents “Anne Frank,” a performance that will take place at The Prospect Playhouse near South Bay Beach Club.

About “Anne Frank”

“Anne Frank,” a play be Frances Goodrich and Albert Hacket, is based on “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” and has been newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman. The production invites guests to be a fly on the wall inside of The Secret Annex, a place where Jewish people have come to live and hide from the Nazi Regime.

The audience of “Anne Frank” will experience the highs and lows of the secret group’s hidden life together during World War II. We see their stories through the eyes of the household’s youngest member, Anne Frank.

Tickets and Time

This powerful adaptation of a well-known story brings a youthful tone of hope to a historic stage reenactment. Tickets for Anne Frank are $25 for adults, and $15 for students and children.

“Anne Frank” is expected to sell out quickly, so book now to secure your seat for one of the most anticipated shows in the Cayman Islands this year. The theatre performance begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 9:45 p.m.

Past Shows

Past productions from the Cayman Drama Society include:

  • Cocktails and Cabaret
  • A Playhouse Family Christmas
  • Sistahs
  • ‘60s RockNRoll
  • Footloose
  • Not Now Darling
  • A Breeze Through Broadway
  • Lagoon (Cambridge Footlights)
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • And more

Other shows scheduled for 2018 include:

  • Cambridge American Shakespeare Tour-The Tempest (September 24-26)
  • A Playhouse Family Christmas (November 23-December 09)

 

The Prospect Playhouse is located at 223B Shamrock Road, in Red Bay on Grand Cayman. The venue is just minutes from South Bay Beach Club, so consider adding this play to your list of things to do in the Cayman Islands while you’re visiting.

The Cayman Islands is proud of its cultural diversity, which manifests in a range of family friendly and adult-focused presentations held throughout the year. In addition to great theatre productions, the Cayman Islands are known for their live music venues and shows.

If you’re wondering what to do in the Cayman Islands or on Grand Cayman at any time of year, contact us. We’re happy to help you plan the perfect trip to our islands and arrange activities that will be memorable.

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  • August 28th, 2018

The Coolest Things to Do on a Road Trip Through the Cayman Islands

Taking a road trip on Grand Cayman allows you to see and experience activities and attractions that aren’t always highlighted in guide books and tour groups. Aside from the bigger destinations that you’ve likely read or heard about, you can take in many unique, small spots when you road trip on our island.

 

Starting in George Town and ending at the iconic Rum Point, follow this suggested road trip to enjoy a special take on the culture, history, and beauty of Grand Cayman.

 

Smith Cove

 

Leave George Town and head along the coast on South Church Street, where you’ll pass Grand Old House, one of Grand Cayman’s top restaurants and a local landmark. Stop at Smith Cove to take in the view and to snorkel with rainbow-colored fish if you like.

 

Prospect Village

 

Off of Bay Road, as it turns into Jack Road, you’ll find Prospect Village, Grand Cayman’s first settlement that is now a ghost town of sorts. You can still see an established fort and outpost here, which were erected in the latter half of the 1700s. There is a village church (abandoned in 1932), Watler Family Cemetery (dating from the 1800s), and a bit of beach (with shelters and toilets) to explore while here.

 

Village of Spotts

 

Continue on Jack Road until you get to the Village of Spotts, another historic village that is currently a private residential community. The Cayman Islands government’s plans are to turn the coast in the village into a public park and to develop the area as a docking space for cruise ships. A sandy public beach sits between sections of rocks and is a favorite swimming spot.

 

Governor Michael Gore Bird Sanctuary

 

From the Village of Spots, take a short detour north on Governor Spotts Newlands Road to visit the Governor Michael Gore Bird Sanctuary. This wildlife preserve is open all day, and it’s especially beautiful from April to June. This is when the most birds are present at the sanctuary, roughly 60 species of land and water birds. At least a quarter of the Cayman Islands’ native bird species call this refuge their home. Many of them use the two-acre freshwater pool at the center to cool off and quench their thirst.

 

Continue on your Grand Cayman road trip to discover the Village of Savannah, Pedro St. James National Historic Site, Bodden Town, and Meagre Bay Pond.

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  • August 21st, 2018

Experience the Best of the Cayman Islands With This Customized Itinerary

The Cayman Islands offer an abundance of things to see and do. So much so that many travelers have a hard time choosing what to experience first. From beaches and botanical parks to shopping and dining, there are plenty of ways to make a trip to the Cayman Islands exactly what you want it to be.
If you’re ready for fun on our islands but aren’t quite sure where to begin your adventure, consider following our customized itinerary. We’ve curated a list of some of the top attractions and activities, and some lesser-known gems that will surely be memorable.
Stay a weekend or a week. Squeeze the good times into a couple of days in the Cayman Islands or enjoy a more leisurely experience.
Cayman Kai
Visitors come from around the world to lay out on Cayman Kai and relax in the privacy of this beautiful beach. Cayman Kai sits on the northern tip of Grand Cayman, and it provides the epitome of island life. This secluded beach features stunning sea views and it’s great for swimming. Participate in water sports, splash in the lagoon, and linger under swaying palm trees.
Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park
Head to the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park to take in natural beauty along with history and culture. This pretty park showcases the simple elegance of traditional Caymanian gardens, and it highlights exotic floral displays. Guests who visit the park leave with an appreciation for nature and preservation, a delicate balance that must be considered by all island inhabitants.
Camana Bay

Camana Bay is a lively town on Grand Cayman that spans 675 acres between the North sound and Seven Mile Beach. The community is a sea-to-sound “village” with places to shop, dine, live, and play. Pedestrian-friendly and easily accessible via Seven Mile Beach, Camana Bay is an ideal destination for a day, afternoon, or evening. Lush landscaping and welcoming courtyards invite locals and tourists to linger and interact. Visit Camana Bay and pick up fresh produce at the weekly farmers market, sit down to cocktails and live music at a bar, browse jewelry and bookstores, swing an hour away on a hammock, or climb the 75-foot Observation Tower.

Cayman Craft Market

During your visit to the Cayman Islands, set aside some time to go to the Cayman Craft Market in bustling Downtown George Town. This one-of-a-kind market features Caymanian crafters selling thatch bags and hats, authentic island jewelry, paintings and woodcarvings, and much more. Peruse vendors offering local spices, jams and jellies, pickles, and delicious snacks.

Seven Mile Beach

A trip to the Cayman Islands isn’t complete without a visit to the famous Seven Mile Beach, one of the Ultimate Beaches in the Caribbean according to Caribbean Travel + Live and TripAdvisor’s 4th Best Beach in the Caribbean. Seven Mile Beach lies on Grand Cayman’s western side and offers sparkling water, coral sand, and a shoreline filled with luxurious properties.

This is just a small sample of the many things to do and see in the Cayman Islands. If you need more ideas for activities and attractions during your stay, simply ask us!

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  • August 14th, 2018

Cayman Islands National Museum: 1938 Oxford University Biological Expedition Exhibit

Cayman Islands National Museum: 1938 Oxford University Biological Expedition Exhibit

The Cayman Islands National Museum welcomes locals and tourists to discover 1938 Oxford University Biological Expedition to the Cayman Islands, an exhibit running until August 18th and the first natural history survey of all 3 Cayman Islands. Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman’s flora, fauna, wetlands, and geology are on display in written reports that the general public is now able to view.

Then entomologists and Oxford students Gerald H. Thompson and C. Bernard Lewis provided the survey’s research into Cayman butterflies. This report offers interesting information on the number of species living on each island in 1938.

The Cayman Islands National Museum frequently hosts special exhibitions and it houses a number of permanent galleries. Some of the regular displays available to peruse include:

Natural History Gallery

In the Cayman Islands National Museum’s Natural History Gallery, visitors find a realistic representation of the Cayman’s flora and fauna. Guests are able to take a look at both the environment and the species diversity that exists on the islands.

This gallery covers the geological formation of the Cayman Islands, its current land and underwater life and more via a mixture of dioramas, taxidermy, panels and interactive features.

Legends of Scuba Diving Gallery

The Cayman Islands Ministry of Tourism established the ISDHF in 2000 to celebrate those who have made significant contributions to the growth and success of recreational scuba diving around the Cayman Islands. Notable advancements in equipment design, dive travel, innovation, and education are showcased in The Legends of Scuba Diving Gallery.

This gallery features an impressive array of artifacts inspired by early pioneers and international champions of scuba diving, all International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame inductees. The Legends of Scuba Diving Gallery is dedicated to Cayman dive honorees.

About The Cayman Islands National Museum

The Cayman Islands National Museum’s Old Courts Building is one of the only surviving 19th-century structures on the Cayman Islands. It has endured countless hurricanes and has stood for more than 180 years, providing a welcome sight for returning Cayman seamen. Before the lighthouse at the Museum was built, a Caymanian hoisted a lantern onto a flagpole each evening to aid in ships’ navigation.

A beloved building and public venue, the Cayman Islands National Museum sits at a historic corner in the middle of George Town. Once the home of the Cayman Islands’ first post office and an early Commissioner’s office, the structure has been a courthouse and a jail. It also served as a community schoolroom, public library, church hall, and savings bank.

3 Harbour Drive, George Town | Tel: 345-949-8368

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  • August 7th, 2018

Jam Night And Live Music At Lone Star Bar & Grill

Jam Night And Live Music At Lone Star Bar & Grill

Stroll the streets of the Cayman Islands and you’ll likely notice that life moves to a beat. It may be a calypso, reggae or jazz beat, but whatever the sound, it’ll be a beat that inspires and gets you moving.

With music in our veins here on Grand Cayman, you won’t have to go far to enjoy a fantastic live musical performance. Many of the bars and restaurants around South Bay Beach Club have jam nights and live music nights that locals and tourists love.

Lone Star Bar & Grill is one of those places where classic and contemporary musicians come together with the music-loving public to celebrate their relationship with rhythm and dance.

Jam Nights at Lone Star Bar & Grill

On Wednesdays, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Lone Star Bar & Grill, live music is served along with fabulous drink specials. The Oneworld Musician’s Showcase & Jamdown is hosted by Little Magic and it features great prices on Red Stripe & Bacardi all night.

Live Music Fridays at Lone Star Bar & Grill

Lone Star Bar & Grill is where music lovers want to be on Fridays. From 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., the restaurant and bar showcases a local band (a new band each week), and it creates the perfect atmosphere to relax and enjoy each other’s company.

The Music of the Caribbean

The sounds of the music of the Caribbean is as varied as the islands themselves. Cayman Islands music, in particular, runs the gamut from reggae beats and steel pan drum sounds to Latin rhythms.

What all of the music of our islands has in common is the ability to put people in a tropical frame of mind. It’s so easy to kick back, grab a drink and let worries slip away as you soak up the music of the Caribbean.

Music has always played an extremely important role in the life of the people of the Caribbean and the Cayman Islands. We consider it an art form, an escape, and our entertainment.

It’s often said that music is the universal language. We tend to agree with that statement. The people who live on Grand Cayman and who come visit us at South Bay Beach Club love to experience the Culture of the Caribbean and connect through music.

While you’re our guest, you’ll find many opportunities to sway to the beat and explore island culture when you attend a live music jam night or celebration.

For more information on live music events on Grand Cayman, feel free to contact us.

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  • July 31st, 2018

Music And More At Anchor & Den

Music And More At Anchor & Den

Just a stroll from South Bay Beach Club you’ll find a place where locals and tourists celebrate music throughout the week and relax from all of their worries. Anchor & Dan is a restaurant, bar and gathering space for people to reconnect and reunite – all in a beautiful setting where food and drink are flowing.

Anchor & Den’s chic music scene is one of the best on Grand Cayman. On any given Thursday, Friday or Saturday, you’ll be able to enjoy the sweet sounds of the Caribbean while dining on eclectic cuisine and soaking up the scenery.

Mercat: Nit de Tapes

Head to Anchor & Den on Thursdays for the transformation of the eatery into Mercat: Nit de Tapes from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., a weekly event where Spanish flavors and Latin music set the tone for an incredible evening.

Boogie Down

On Fridays at Anchor & Den, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m, it’s time to Boogie Down. Happy Hour drinks set the stage for tunes from Khy Boogie, who serves up new and vintage music. Anchor & Den’s crew, as always, pours the best cocktails and dishes up memorable food. The ambiance and lounge at Anchor & Den are arguably the nicest on our island.

Anchor & Den was inspired by a ship to shore concept that embraces the themes of adventure, craftsmanship, openness and a love of the islands. The goal when creating the restaurant was to capture the casual and relaxing seaside atmosphere that island residents and visitors love. This was done perfectly at Anchor & Den through use of nautical design elements and neutral textures.

All of the food at Anchor & Den is gourmet and homemade. The menu is internationally driven and the sensory experiences were intentionally created to showcase Grand Cayman’s diversity.

Anchor & Den’s beverage program is modeled after an apothecary where elixirs and other magical ingredients come together to produce holistic drinks and cocktails. Mixologists use homemade syrups, dehydrated fruits, and infused waters to craft unique and special botanical blends.

Our guests love spending evenings at Anchor & Den. They also love visiting several of the bars, restaurants and live music venues near South Bay Beach Club to revel in the island music spirit. If you need ideas for places to enjoy live music while you’re staying with us, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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  • July 24th, 2018

Weekly Events At Camana Bay

Weekly Events At Camana Bay

Spend summer days on Grand Cayman at Camana Bay, a lively waterfront town located just a short stroll from South Bay Beach Club. Throughout the week during summertime, Camana Bay features movies, shopping, kids’ camps, story time, a farmers’ market and more.

Classics at the Cinema

Every Tuesday, Camana Bay hosts Classics at the Cinema, an event featuring a new film each week. Classic movies run in the venue’s VIP theater and tickets are only CI$20. Cinemagoers receive a free small popcorn with ticket purchase.

Summer Splash

All summer long, splash around in Camana Bay’s Jasmine and Crescent Fountains from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. or watch as others have fun. Escape the heat by playing in the fountains (kids can build their own playgrounds). Stay into the evening and enjoy dinner at one of Camana Bay’s fantastic restaurants.

Story Time

Story Time takes place every Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Camana Bay Cinema. Toddlers love Story Time Tuesdays where they also sing along to favorite kid tunes. Story Time at Camana Bay is open to everyone and free to the public.

Live Music

On Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Abacus in Camana Bay presents evenings showcasing live music from Grand Cayman’s best musicians. Savor drinks and a meal on Abacus on the Paseo as you soak up sounds of the Caribbean.

Camana Bay Cinema’s Kids Club

Every other Saturday morning at Camana Bay Cinema is reserved for the Kids’ Club. Families can sit down to see beloved movies in a setting with softer sounds and brighter lights just for little ones. Ticket prices are only CI$5.

The Flavour Tour

West Indies Wine Company invites Grand Cayman locals and visitors to discover the flavors of life in the Cayman Islands. The Flavour Tour is held every Wednesday at 7 p.m. and it includes 3 plates from Camana Bay’s top restaurants, as well as 4 beverages. The walking tour makes 5 stops in Camana Bay and is a fun event that’s not to be missed.

Open Canvas

Open Canvas is a weekly event providing a public venue for Grand Cayman artists to show off their work and talents. They also work on artistic creations right there with audience watching. Art enthusiasts love watching paintings go from beginning to beautiful end, one stroke of the brush at a time.

Find the heart of Camana Bay at 10 Market Street | Camana Bay | Grand Cayman KY1-9006.

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  • July 17th, 2018

Kids’ Summer Events At Camana Bay

Kids’ Summer Events At Camana Bay

Kids and their families can have fun all summer long in Camana Bay, a lively waterfront town located just minutes from South Bay Beach Club. From cooking classes and photograph lessons to story time and imaginative play, there is something to keep little ones occupied during a long and lazy season.

These are some of the top kids’ summer events taking place at Camana Bay on Grand Cayman:

Story Time

Every Tuesday and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., children can hear stories at Books & Books in Camana Bay. These events are free and they’re perfect for toddlers who like to listen to a great story and participate in sing-alongs.

Each week there is a different exciting book to explore and new songs to sing. Young readers can use their imaginations and expand their minds, as they embrace their creative sides with popular stories and singing.

Imagination Playground

Camana Bay’s Imagination Playground is a new concept in play that fosters sensory exploration and creativity. The playground is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Tuesday and Saturday in July.

Imagination Playground a free space for kids that promotes inclusion and discovery. Giant foam blocks, wagons, mats, crates and fabric provide the perfect setting for building, dreaming, exploring and playing. After an afternoon at Imagination Playground, snack it up at one of the restaurants or snack shops in Camana Bay for a treat or dinner.

Summer Camps in Camana Bay

Every summer, Camana Bay hosts summer camps for kids of every age. There are opportunities to dive into cuisine, art, photography, sports and craft projects. In the past, children have learned to play frisbee, cricket, golf, football and basketball at Camana Bay summer camps. They’ve enjoyed science projects, ocean exploration, along with gardening and building community.

A Budding Chef Culinary Camp is always a highlight of the summer. Children make pasta and Super Snacks as well as farm-to-table dishes created with ingredients sourced from Camana Bay’s weekly farmers market.

Last year’s music camp for children ages 4 to 12 was a hit. Young musicians trained their ears to appreciate the fine details of music and they even put on a talent show.

Many of the summer activities that take place at Camana Bay are fee-based. So, contact Camana Bay to find out more about the cost of the events you’re interested in.

Camana Bay | 10 Market Street, Cayman Islands | 345.640.4000

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  • July 10th, 2018

Live Music On Grand Cayman

Live Music On Grand Cayman

Listen to the sounds of the Caribbean throughout the week by hitting up some of the live music venues near South Bay Beach Club. There are tunes to suit everyone and venues that inspire. Of course, drinks are always flowing and you’ll meet tons of great people.

Here are some of our favorite live music events on Grand Cayman:

Live Music at Bar Crudo

Every Tuesday and Thursday, Bar Crudo hosts musicians that entertain with a variety of material. It all happens in George Town below Guy Harvey’s, which is just minutes from South Bay Beach Club.

Live music events at Bar Crudo are free to attend and there are $5 happy hour drink specials available starting at 5 p.m. Head over there and enjoy the sounds of DJ Cardiac. The waterfront atmosphere is completely relaxing and perfect for ending an evening.

Music Tuesdays and Thursdays at Bar Crudo starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m.

Bar Crudo | 49 South Church Street, George Town, Grand Cayman

Jam Night at Lone Star

Grab a seat at Lone Star on Wednesdays for Jam Night, a fun event that draws Cayman Islands residents and tourists. From 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. every Wednesday, Lone Star comes alive with pumping beats and drink specials!

In addition to live music, you’ve got to make it to Lone Star for the Red Stripe & Bacardi Razz specials that flow all night long. What better way to wind down after an active day on Grand Cayman than listening to tunes while sipping cocktails with new and old friends?

Lone Star | 688 West Bay Road, George Town, Grand Cayman

Live Music Fridays at Lone Star

From 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays in July, Lone Star in Grand Cayman hosts musicians in a range of genres. There will be a new band every week. So if you’re visiting the Cayman Island for a while, make Lone Star Live Music Fridays your regular weekly event.

You’ll love the casual and celebratory vibe at this restaurant that features plenty of TVs, seating and cocktail options. Lone Star is a local favorite hangout with drinks, food, and fun.

Lone Star | 688 West Bay Road, George Town, Grand Cayman

Welcome to Grand Cayman and our great live music scene. If you need more information about any of the live music events that take place throughout the week near South Bay Beach Club, let us know!

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  • July 4th, 2018

July Summer Events In Camana Bay

July Summer Events In Camana Bay

July in Camana Bay will be filled with thrills for kids’ and nighttime movies to art displays and fresh farmers market eats.

Camana Bay is a lively waterfront village on Grand Cayman, just minutes from South Bay Beach Club. It’s our island’s version of a small town and it comprises 685 master-planned acres of shops, restaurants and gathering spaces.

The mixed-use community promotes connectivity, walkability, diversity, and sustainability through beautiful and thoughtful design as well as regular events that take place throughout the year.

This July, residents, and tourists will enjoy:

Farmers & Artisans Market (Every Wednesday)

Head to The Paseo in Camana Bay on a Wednesday, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., to discover an array of local purveyors of fruits, vegetables, farm goods and handcrafted items. The weekly market also features live entertainment, art displays, and cultural activities.

Open Canvas (Every Wednesday)

Every Wednesday in July in Camana Bay, Open Canvas provides a venue for local artists to display their work to the public. They come together to reveal their latest creations, and many of the artisans paint new pieces right at the venue. Watch art come to life at Open Canvas, which takes place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Camana Bay Cinema’s Kids Club (Saturday, July 7)

On Saturday, July 11, kids and adults can enjoy a classic family-friendly movie with softer sound and brighter lights, perfect for little ones and their older companions. Tickets to the Camana Bay Cinema’s Kids Club at Camana Bay Cinema on the 11th are CI$15 per person and Cars 2 (PG) is the scheduled film (subject to change).

Culture at the Cinema (Saturday, July 21)

Culture at the Cinema is a series of films screened at Camana Bay Cinema. On Saturday, July 21, Macbeth is the movie of choice and it begins promptly at 8 p.m. Culture at the Cinema is an 18-years-and-over event. Tickets are available at the Camana Bay Cinema box office.

Getting to Camana Bay

To get to Camana Bay from South Bay Beach Club and Seven Mile Beach, just follow the footpath sights that sit along West Bay Road. You’ll go up and over The Rise, a pedestrian walkway, and then straight into The Paseo in Camana Bay’s Town Centre.

Camana Bay | 10 Market Street | Camana Bay | Grand Cayman KY1-9006

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  • June 27th, 2018

Constitution Day Fireworks, Grand Cayman

Constitution Day Fireworks, Grand Cayman

On July 4th, Grand Cayman celebrates independence with its American friends. The date marks Constitution Day in the Cayman Islands, a commemoration of the first written Cayman Island constitution approved by London in 1958 and official on July 4th, 1959.

The holiday is a proud time each year for residents on our islands. We get together and revel in freedom and friendship, and enjoy a grand fireworks display in Camana Bay.

This year’s festive Constitution Day celebration in Camana Bay takes place on Monday, July 2, just a couple of days before the actual holiday. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Crescent in Camana Bay, we will listen to live music, eat great food, play games, win prizes, paint our kids’ faces and watch a spectacular fireworks show.

The Crescent is an open-space that’s our version of a small town center with meeting areas and incredible views of the water into the North Sound. Join us at The Crescent for a free fireworks display and good times. The entertainment will be off the charts and there will be plenty of drinks flowing.

About Constitution Day

Constitution Day in the Cayman Islands celebrates the day when we no longer were a dependency of Jamaica. The Cayman Islands relationship with Jamaica changed once again in 1962 when that country became independent. In 1972, a revised constitution had a profound effect on Cayman and all of its residents.

There would be other constitutional changes over the years, with the Bill of Rights established in 2012 perhaps being the most significant. A public meeting of roughly 500 people led to a spirited discussion and debate that would shape the Bill of Rights and the rights of the Cayman public.

Head to Camana Bay on July 2nd and revel in Constitution Day joy with us. This day and celebration is an important part of our culture and heritage.

About Camana Bay

Camana Bay is a lively waterfront village located on Grand Cayman, just minutes from South Bay Beach Club. This small town area features shopping, dining, and events that give Cayman locals and tourists a myriad of opportunities for enjoyment each day and night.

There’s something for everyone at Camana Bay. With more than 685 master-planned acres spanning from sea to sound, you’ll be able to find the perfect place to explore, relax, connect and learn more about the Cayman Islands.

Constitution Day Fireworks | 10 Market Street | Camana Bay | Grand Cayman KY1-9006

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  • June 20th, 2018

Moonlight & Movies: Summer Series (Camana Bay, Grand Cayman)

Moonlight & Movies: Summer Series (Camana Bay, Grand Cayman)

Head to Camana Bay every Tuesday in June for Moonlight & Movies: Summer Series. This popular summertime event on Grand Cayman features free movies throughout the summer under the stars at one of the most popular Cayman destinations.

Film screenings begin at 7 p.m. in Camana Bay’s Gardenia Court. All ages are invited to attend this family-friendly celebration of summer and movies. Watch a different cinematic hit each week if you’ll be visiting Grand Cayman for a while. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the grass or just come with your blanket in tow.

Relax and enjoy the movie on an outdoor big screen and delight in the company of Cayman residents and tourists. This kid-approved event takes place just minutes from South Bay Beach Club.

About Camana Bay

Camana Bay is a lively waterfront town tucked into a beautiful spot on Grand Cayman. It’s where much of our island’s nightlife and daytime fun happen. Restaurants, retail boutiques and good times await at this amazing place that satisfies food cravings, offers luxury retail therapy and fosters a sense of community with expansive gathering spaces.

Swing on a hammock, shop the weekly Farmers & Artisans Market, climb a 75-foot Observation Tower and enjoy people watching. Kids are frequently found splashing in Camana Bay’s fountains and rolling happily in the grass.

The joy and excitement of Camana Bay take place just steps from stunning Seven Mile Beach. This master-planned area comprising more than 675 acres stretches from sea to sound and provides a place for all to explore, be inspired and unwind.

The mixed-use project promotes connectivity, walkability, diversity and sustainability through creative, attractive and thoughtful design. Discover Camana Bay near South Bay Beach Club and enjoy the many events that take place there throughout the year.

Getting to Camana Bay

By Foot

You can easily get to Camana Bay from the strip at Seven Mile Beach. Just follow the footpath signs that sit on West Bay Road. They’ll guide you up and over a pedestrian walkway called The Rise and you’ll be on your way to The Paseo in Camana Bay’s Town Centre.

By Car

Effortlessly drive to Camana Bay by car from George Town, West Bay and Owens International Airport.

By Boat

Use the following coordinates to arrive at Camana Bay channel entrance by boat:

Latitude: 19.323510 Longitude: -81.367715
Coordinates for the Camana Bay Harbour:
Latitude: 19.321573 Longitude: -81.376449

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  • June 12th, 2018

Grease By The Cayman Drama Society

Grease By The Cayman Drama Society

Grease is coming to The Prospect Playhouse in Red Bay, Grand Cayman for 3 weekends of performances in June. Tickets to the event are now on sale and are expected to sell out quickly, so grab yours while you can.

Rediscover a classic story set against the hoppin’ backdrop of Rock ‘n’ Roll in the 1950s. Theatergoers will be transported to Rydell High School in 1959, right into the lives of new-girl-in-town Sandy and too-cool-for-school Danny Zuko. A secret summertime romance spins this tale that skips a beat when the pair get back to school in the fall.

Things are different now. Sandy tries to navigate Rydell’s tricky social circles and stay on Danny’s radar. Danny, however, has to maintain his reputation of the school’s tough guy and doesn’t have time for sweet stuff. Leave it to the Pink Ladies though to help their new girlfriend Sandy win back the greaser gang’s leader.

Grease was created by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey in 1971, and it was performed 3,388 times during its first run on Broadway. The play received 7 prestigious Tony Award nominations. Grease played in London’s West End in 1974 and the film adaptation because a pop culture sensation in 1978. In fact, the eponymous movie is often cited as the most popular cinematic musical of all time.

Since it’s rise to cult status in the 70s, Grease has been back to famed Broadway and the West End. It has also run around the world. Cayman Drama Society is proud to bring Cayman Islands visitors and locals their rendition of Grease beginning on Friday, June 1st.

Cayman Drama Society provides quality live theatre performances to enrich, educate and entertain residences and tourists of the Cayman Islands. The company offers lifelong opportunities for performers and fosters creative expression. You can find out more about Cayman Drama Society by visiting their website or Facebook page.

Grease Performance Dates:

June 1-2; June 7, 8, 9, 10; June 21, 22, 23, 24

Happy Hour: 6:30 p.m.

Show Time: 7:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Adults – CI$30, Students/Children: CI$20

Location: The Prospect Playhouse | 223B Shamrock Road, Red Bay, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

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  • June 5th, 2018

Flowers One Mile Sea Swim & Walk & Watch 2018

Flowers One Mile Sea Swim & Walk & Watch 2018

What better way is there to enjoy the beautiful blue waters surrounding Grand Cayman than participating in a refreshing swim and leisure walk on the shore? Casual and Olympic-level swimmers can dive into the sea or simply onlook on June 18 for the annual Flowers One Mile Sea Swim & Walk & Watch.

The yearly event draws roughly 1,000 locals and tourists who take part in a 1-mile swim running parallel to Seven Mile Beach. Though there are great prizes to be had just for finishing the swim, many participants just come to walk the beach and watch the swimmers.

Schedule of Events

Flowers One Mile Sea Swim & Walk & Watch starts at Tiki Beach and ends at Westin Grand Cayman. Check-in is from 12 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. and the race starts sharply at 2 p.m. (Depending on the ocean currents on the day of the race, the start and finish locations may reverse – all notifications will be announced prior).

On Monday June 18th, serious swimmers will take part in Flowers International 5K and 10K swims. Check-in, arm marking and the reading of the rules for this race is at 5:30 a.m. The Male 5K and 10K begins at 7 a.m. and the Female 5K and 10K starts at 7:05 a.m. The location for this event is TBA (see the Flowers Sea Swim for updates).

Swim & Walk & Watch

If you’re visiting Grand Cayman from June 16th to the 18th, head to Seven Mile Beach to compete in or watch the Flowers One Mile Sea Swim & Walk & Watch. Discover a great gathering of people along the crystal clear and flat waters of this world-famous beach. The sunning shoreline at Seven Mile Beach is one of the biggest tourist destinations on the planet for a good reason, and this natural wonder is home to one of Cayman’s top sporting events during June.

A rich and rewarding race, Flowers One Mile Sea Swim & Walk & Watch offers the opportunity to win $100,000 in prizes. Better than these riches, the event is also a fundraiser that sees all entry fees donated to a local charity. Competitors each year are from various abilities and range from 8 to 80 years young. Every race so far has brought Cayman brothers and Olympic swimmers Brett and Shaune Fraser to participate. These locals have also provided children with inspiration.

If you don’t want to get in the water, you can walk the beach or sit and watch the race. This is an excellent way to share the thrill of the day and contribute to a great cause. Walkers and watchers can win fabulous prizes too!

For more information, visit the Flowers Sea Swim website.

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  • May 29th, 2018

Free Cayman Islands National Museum Admission For Residents

Free Cayman Islands National Museum Admission For Residents

On Saturday, June 2, residents of the Cayman Islands will receive free admission to the Cayman Islands National Museum. The museum is a great place to learn about the cultural heritage of all 3 islands and discover more about our unique geography.

While visitors to Grand Cayman don’t get into the museum free of charge, the attraction is still worth a trip. This year, the Cayman Islands National Museum celebrates its 27th anniversary. The beloved museum sits inside of the oldest surviving open-to-the-public building in the Cayman Islands, which was constructed in the 1830s.

Galleries at the Cayman Islands National Museum

The Cayman Islands National Museum houses 2 permanent galleries, 3 rotating galleries (including 1 for kids) and an audiovisual theatre. Its mission is to provide educational and creative exhibits and programming that engage people in a fun way.

Natural History Gallery

In the museum’s Natural History Gallery, explore the various habitats on our islands and take a simulated submarine dive all the way down to the Cayman Islands’ famous wall. Learn about nesting turtle sites and Cayman animal life as well as our wetlands.

Cultural History Gallery

The Cultural History Gallery features themed exhibitions that tell a tale of a seafaring man and his catboat. Uncover the details of the pioneers, industries and court trials that shaped the development of the Cayman Islands. Video re-enactments of history are a highlight of this gallery.

Special Programming and Events

Throughout the year, the Cayman Islands National Museum holds celebrations and annual events like International Museum Day and a Museum Anniversary Celebration. There are ongoing speaker series and guided tours, and schools may come in for special programs.

Gift Shop

Visit the museum gift shop to pick up a special Caymanian gift like a piece of Caymanite jewelry or a thatch basket. The gift shop also sells flags, crafts, prints, postcards and books.

The Cayman Islands National Museum is located at:

3 Harbour Drive at Shedden Road, George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.

Hours of Operation:

Monday through Friday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tickets:

Adults – KYD$6.40
Seniors/Children/Residents/School Children: Ask about discounted tickets

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  • May 22nd, 2018