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Experience A Mad Tea Party On Grand Cayman!

If you are a fan of afternoon tea or want to start drinking the classic beverage on a regular basis, use your upcoming trip to Grand Cayman to experience a tea party like no other. Inspired by the tea party thrown by the Mad Hatter in the timeless tale of Alice In Wonderland, this Grand Cayman event at the Anchor & Den happens every Saturday afternoon in May from 2:30pm to 5:30pm. Take a moment to learn about A Mad Tea Party and add it to your Grand Cayman itinerary.

“Decadent, Sweet, & Beautiful”

Described by the folks at Anchor & Den as a “decadent, sweet, and beautiful” tea party, this signature event features creative blends crafted by the masters at Tea Time. These blends accompany tea classics as well as plenty of cakes and other confections that dazzle the eyes as well as the taste buds. There’s even “Drink Me” potions just like the ones in Lewis Carroll’s story…well, maybe not quite like the concoctions Alice drinks, but they are extremely fun to try. These potions change by week so if you attend the event more than once, you will not taste the same recipes!

If you like a little fizzy alcohol with your tea cakes, Anchor & Den has you covered. Glittering champagne flutes pepper the tables and look extra tantalizing amidst lush roses and beautiful cakes.

A Few Important Details

If your Grand Cayman trip will take place in a few weeks, secure your reservations for this luxurious event now. Reservations are required, with the event costing $40 per person per party. Don’t wait another minute if this event is for you; book today to get the date you want.

Other Weekly Events

Anchor & Den puts on a variety of weekly events that keep tourists and locals coming back. In addition to the Mad Tea Party, the island favorite offers events such as their Boulangerie Brunch, a stylish, gourmet happening featuring homemade versions of brunch staples, as well as regional cheeses, charcuterie, and bread. All of the delicious deli specialties come with bottomless champagne.

Apothecary is another weekly event happening at the establishment’s Beach House mere steps away. Follow the White Rabbit to this house for tea or experience the Apothecary event featuring magical infusions. Mixologists work with dehydrated fruits, homemade syrups, and infused waters to create libations you won’t soon forget.

Make your Grand Cayman adventure even more memorable by booking accommodations with South Beach Bay Club, the luxurious resort featuring fully-equipped villas.

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  • April 17th, 2019

Going Kayaking For The First Time? Read This First

Whether you are a longtime fan of water activities or simply want to try something new, kayaking around Grand Cayman offers an experience you will remember always. Like any water sport or activity, there are a few things you need to know before you start paddling so you can enjoy a fun and safe experience instead of finding yourself going overboard. Use these tips to give yourself an extra edge before going kayaking for the first time:

Dress For The Water

The weather may be gorgeous on Grand Cayman most days of the year, but it still important to dress for the water instead of the weather. It is always a little colder on the water, even if you are in the Cayman Islands and not a river in the New England section of the U.S. Wear a wetsuit if you think it is appropriate, or at least board shorts and a rash guard. This, of course, is in addition to your lifejacket, which is an absolute must any time you engage in a water sport or similar activity.

Sit Up Straight

Proper posture is a kayaking necessity for easier paddling. Whether your kayak features a backrest or not, sit up straight so your lower back and behind are at a comfortable 90 degree angle to each other. Rest your feet in the kayak’s footpegs with your knees slightly bent outward so they make more contact with the thigh braces, if applicable. If your kayak is of the sit-in rather than sit-on variety, it will not include these braces.

Give Yourself A Brief Paddling Lesson

A working idea of how to paddle makes getting on the water much less complicated. To practice, sit in a chair holding a broom handle or hockey stick and imagine yourself on the water. Paddle from side to side and get a professional lesson if you need additional help.

Bring Extra Clothes

Bring extra clothes in the event of your kayak capsizing, and remember your safety and that of your fellow kayakers is more important than the small boats, especially in rougher water. Pay close attention to your instructor’s capsize drill and ask questions about anything you are unsure about. And remember, you are going to get wet even if you don’t capsize, so the extra clothes will be welcome once your kayaking adventure is over.

Discover kayaking and other fun Grand Cayman activities at South Beach Bay Club today.

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  • April 11th, 2019

5 Unique Cayman Island Attractions You Cannot Miss

Grand Cayman is filled with ways to spend your days. If you recently booked a trip to this island paradise, ensure your excursion is truly unforgettable by adding any (or all) of these unique attractions to your itinerary. Don’t forget to pack your camera along with some disposable back-ups so you have plenty of opportunities to snap amazing photos.

Stingray City

Ever wanted to kiss a stingray? Even if the answer is a resounding no, Stingray City just might be the most incredible aquarium touch pool on the planet. Situate yourself on a sandbar in the shallow, beautifully-blue water while southern stingrays wander up to feed. Don’t worry, they aren’t interested in feeding on you, and they are so used to humans that you can easily pet them.

Hell

Yes, you read that correctly. Visit Grand Cayman and “go to hell,” or the limestone formations in West Bay that could be mistaken for the fifth circle of that fiery place. Complete with a devil statue and a kitschy gift shop, it’s easy to spend a few hours in Hell. There’s even a post office so you can send postcards from the underworld. Keep in mind that Hell gets very hot (no pun intended) in the summer.

Siren Of Sunset Reef

Amphitrite, the underwater mermaid statue known as the Siren of Sunset Reef, is a 9-foot bronze wonder found 55 feet below the waves in a coral reef near the Sunset House Hotel. The sculpture by Simon Morris satisfies any mermaid fascination and is perfect if you desire a diving adventure as part of your Grand Cayman experience.

Wreck Of The Teignmouth Electron

Left to disintegrate on the beach of Cayman Brac is the Teignmouth Electron, a 40-foot vessel found adrift in the Atlantic Ocean in 1969. Donald Crowhurst, the ship’s builder and captain, was never found. Adding to his mysterious disappearance are his erratic log entries that have some speculating he jumped overboard. And while the ship had several owners after Crowhurst, it was eventually left to rot. If you love abandoned ships, this site is for you.

Davinoff’s Concrete Sculpture Garden

Old Man Bay in Grand Cayman features Davinoff’s Concrete Sculpture Garden, a stunning concrete garden masterpiece featuring an assortment of island and sea creatures, some of which are native exclusively to the Cayman Islands. The concrete blue iguana is one such creature, and that’s in addition to a giant octopus and crab among others.

Book your Grand Cayman stay at South Bay Beach Club to enjoy these and endless other unique attractions!

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  • April 3rd, 2019

Don’t Miss The Flavour Tour, Grand Cayman’s Best Culinary Experience!

Grand Cayman is more than glorious beaches and jaw-dropping landscapes. It also features plenty of fabulous restaurants serving delectable cuisine you will be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. If you plan to visit this island paradise in early April, get your tickets now for The Flavour Tour in Camana Bay on Grand Cayman. This all-inclusive culinary experience happens Wednesday, April 10th from 7 pm to 9 pm (among other dates.) The tour begins at the West Indies Wine Company to delight your taste buds.

Three Plates & Five Stops

Headed by one of Camana Bay’s incredible tour guides, this taste of Grand Cayman includes three plates, four beverages, and five stops. After starting your night with a wine tasting at the renowned West Indies Wine Company, you and your friends and family will move on to three outstanding Grand Cayman restaurants for small plates paired with island cocktails. End your night with refreshing gelato at Gelato & Co. to cleanse and satisfy your palette.

Weekly Menu Changes

Those who embark on this tour more than once will never taste the same thing twice. Menu items change weekly in light of the season and the whims of creative chefs. Each tour menu gets crafted that day to surprise participants and features the freshest ingredients from local markets.

A Walking Tour

The Flavour Tour also allows you to tour Camana Bay. As you move from restaurant to restaurant, your guide will tell you about the town and what makes it so special and historic. The walking aspect of the tour also relieves any guilt you may feel about consuming calories in rich foods!

The Details

Each tour accommodates up to 20 guests. Tickets must be purchased prior to tour attendance; tours occur every day of the week except Sunday and Friday. Email flavourtour@camanabay.com or call (345) 640-8687 for more information about private group tours or any other questions you have.

Farm-To-Table Dining At Its Best

Experience some of Grand Cayman’s best fare with this culinary adventure. Everything you consume is farm-to-table style so you get a true taste of what makes Grand Cayman cuisine one-of-a-kind. Make this tour part of your island experience so you can say you enjoyed local, fresh cuisine amidst a stunning tropical backup. Great food plus delicious drinks and spectacular views? Now that’s a trip anyone can enjoy!

Book your stay at South Beach Bay Club today for some of the island’s best accommodations.

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  • March 26th, 2019

Mark Your Calendars For Taste Of Cayman!

That famous food and drink festival is back once again! Taste Of Cayman happens on Saturday, April 6th, 2019 from 5 pm to 11:55 pm at the Camana Bay Festival Field in Camana Bay on Grand Cayman. As always, it is a festival not to be missed by locals and tourists alike. The event is about to celebrate its 31st year and attracts some 4,000 attendees who flock to sample cuisine and drinks from our tropical island’s best restaurants.

 

Fare From 36 Restaurants

 

What was once a small ‘80s festival featuring a few restaurants has blossomed into a huge affair featuring 36 of the island’s most amazing establishments. In addition to enjoying fare from fabulous restaurants, you will sip international wines, beers, and liquors. Many of the restaurants participating in Taste Of Cayman set up tables and chairs near their booths so attendees can sit and digest their food in comfort.

 

Cooking Demonstrations & Competitions

 

The island’s best chefs roll up their sleeves to show attendees cooking demonstrations they won’t soon forget. Taste Of Cayman includes a state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen so festival goers can marvel at the chefs doing what they do best.

 

Plenty of competitions also happen at this renowned festival, including heavy cake and mixologist competitions. Area bakers try to one-up each other as they craft delectable heavy cakes, also known as Grand Cayman’s unofficial staple dish. Cakes from finalists will be available for tasting. The live cocktail competition brings together the island’s most skilled bartenders and mixologists to compete and see who crafts the most delightful alcoholic beverage.

 

Secret judges will also be on hand to deliver prizes for the Best Booth, Best Drink, Best Food, and more.

 

Live Entertainment & Photo Booth Fun

 

Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night as you dance to tunes from the island’s best live bands. Tribute entertainers, as well as local musicians, will put on a show that will keep you light on your feet for weeks afterward. And if a photo booth is something you always look for at special events, Taste Of Cayman has you covered. The festival includes a fantastic photo booth complete with oversized culinary tools and foods to create laugh-inducing memories. The photos are immediately updated to Facebook so you can easily share the fun with your favorite people.

 

Get Your Tickets Now

 

Buy your tickets for Taste Of Cayman now to get that early bird special! If you need a place to stay, book a room at South Bay Beach Club and treat yourself to a luxurious vacation you will talk about for weeks to come.

 

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  • March 20th, 2019

Parasailing: 6 Things You Need To Know

Parasailing is one of the few ways humans can “fly.” If you wish to defy gravity with this thrilling water activity, there are few things you need to know before strapping yourself to a parachute. Keep the following in mind before parasailing on Grand Cayman or any other beachy paradise:

 

 

  • The Weather

 

 

You may have booked your reservation weeks ago, but the weather gods do not care. If dark clouds, high winds, torrential rain, or other bad weather is predicted the day of your excursion, reschedule to stay safe. This is especially important if the Coast Guard issued a safety warning. Parasailing towline failure can easily (and unfortunately) result in fatalities when the weather is rough.

 

 

  • Parachute Control

 

 

Any reputable parasailing instructor provides a short lesson on controlling the parachute while you are in the air. Pay close attention to your instructor and ask questions about anything you are unsure of. Parachute ropes typically feature color marks on either side to help you control the balloon-like object with ease.

 

 

  • Age & Weight Limits

 

 

Most parasailing companies have strict age and weight limits to protect their clients. Participants typically must be at least 10 years old or under 65 years old and weigh no more than 176 pounds. If numerous riders go up together, the combined weight should not exceed 450 pounds.

 

 

  • Eating & Drinking

 

 

If you have been enjoying island cocktails, you cannot go parasailing. Not only will you have problems reacting in time and may not be able to land correctly, but you may also find yourself getting seriously sick. A full stomach is another parasailing no-no because again it can make you feel ill. And who wants to say, “I threw up while parasailing!”??

 

 

  • The Crew

 

 

Since you won’t be able to communicate with the crew once you are in the air, get to know them before you leave the ground. Crews use either arm or hand signals to communicate with their riders, so go over all signals regarding direction, speed, desire to come down, etc.

 

 

  • Enjoying The Experience

 

 

Finally, enjoy your experience! Parasailing is a wholly unique activity almost anyone can enjoy. It provides views of your gorgeous tropical paradise that you cannot experience any other way, so consider bringing a GoPro or similar device to capture the magic for you while you sail through the air.

 

Learn about parasailing and other outstanding activities on Grand Cayman at South Bay Beach Club.

 

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  • March 13th, 2019

Snorkeling For The First Time? Keep These 5 Tips In Mind

Snorkeling provides a beautiful way to see more of what lies beneath the ocean’s glittering surface. It gives you an inside look into the watery lives of marine life, including fish, sea turtles, crustaceans, and coral among other creatures. If you plan on snorkeling for the first time during your vacation to Grand Cayman, use these tips to make it a glorious, unforgettable experience:

 

Get Your Mask Properly Fitted

 

Do not rush the mask fitting process, whether you are renting or buying. Find a mask that fits snugly but comfortably around your face. Press it gently against your face as you inhale through your nose to create suction. Breathe out as you take your hands off the mask–if it stays put and feels comfortable otherwise, it is the one for you. If it doesn’t, move on to the next option. Keep in mind the mask will have to accommodate the snorkel, so don’t leave the store or rental facility before trying the mask on with the curved tube.

 

Wear Comfortable Fins

 

Ensure your fins fit well and feel comfortable. Avoid those with heels since they will eventually rub and create blisters. Also, ensure your fins are sand-free before your snorkeling excursion to avoid further rubbing and pain.

 

Keep Your Mask Clean

 

Avoid foggy mask problems by keeping the accessory clean. Dirty masks accumulate moisture at a much faster rate because water droplets attach to dirt, oil, and dust. Clean masks allow moisture to collect at the bottom so it does not impair your vision. If you plan on snorkeling several times during your tropical trip, you may want to use an anti-fog solution made of 10 to 12 baby shampoo drops in a 2-ounce water bottle.

 

Use A Dry Snorkel

 

Work with a dry snorkel or one with a splash guard to keep seawater out of the breathing tube when you go under. Dry snorkels are particularly helpful because they feature valves that automatically shut the minute you go under water. These snorkels also have purges at the bottom so you can blow water out quickly and easily.

 

Practice First

 

Do a practice run in a pool so you get used to breathing in this slightly-unusual way. Practice runs also make certain you feel comfortable in your mask and fins. Make any adjustments as necessary so you spend every moment of your snorkeling adventure enjoying the views.

 

Snorkeling is one of the many activities available through South Bay Beach Club on Grand Cayman. Book your session today.

 

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  • March 6th, 2019

The Annual Grand Cayman Orchid Show Is Back!

Mark your calendar right now: the annual Orchid Show is coming to the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park on Saturday, March 30th and Sunday, March 31st, 2019. This annual festival is a must-see for anyone who grows the timeless blooms, as well as those who simply adore nature or want to get as much out of their Grand Cayman experience as possible. The show goes from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on both days and costs $8. Children under 12 get in free. This event is in partnership with the Cayman Islands Orchid Society.

 

The Show

 

The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park features 10 of the 28 recorded orchid species found on the Cayman Islands. Four of these orchids are found nowhere else on the planet. This makes the annual Orchid Show one you will never forget. In addition to the exhibition of locally-grown wonders, you will get to purchase imported specialty orchids, most of which should be blooming during the show. Conservation of native orchids is the heart of this festival, and your support goes towards creating an orchid garden within the botanic park. Professional orchid gardeners will also be on hand to provide the latest tips for cultivating and maintaining these eternally fascinating flowers.

 

In addition to educational presentations and hundreds of gorgeous orchids to marvel at, this festival provides barbecue fare to sink your teeth into. And what’s a local festival without local culinary magic?

 

The Details

 

Find this captivating botanic park off of Frank Sound Road. Keep in mind the barbecue will be available from 11 am to 3 pm only. Botanic garden staff also recommend coming early to “avoid disappointment” such as long wait times and a lack of food. Waiting too long to patronize the event can also mean the orchids you want to purchase are gone, so come early and ready to give your eyes, heart, and mind a real treat!

 

Your Grand Cayman Visit

 

This show is one of many fantastic events during the month of March. Whether you experience the Orchid Show or any other happening unique to Grand Cayman, you are giving yourself a cultural experience you will remember always.

 

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  • February 28th, 2019

3 Must-Take Cayman Islands Boat Tours

Spending the day on the brilliant waters of the Cayman Islands is one of the top things to do here. The calm seas plus the beautiful crystal blue hue of the ocean makes for a memorable occasion and for some outstanding photographs.

 

Many of our guests like to book a Cayman Islands boat tour to experience the cool breezes and stunning sights. Whether you choose to go on a boat tour in the North Sound or sail around our islands in a different location, there is so much available to enjoy.

 

Sailing the North Sound

 

Most boat tours of the Cayman Islands travel in the North Sound, an area of water that encompasses 35 square miles and is protected by a natural reef. This idyllic local is perfect for boat tours that allow riders to hop off for a bit of snorkeling.

 

The North Sound is also where you’ll find Stingray City, the world-famous Cayman Islands attraction that puts tourists and locals up close with some of the planet’s most fascinating creatures.

 

What Type of Boat to Cruise On?

 

The Cayman Islands is host to many boat tour companies who can show you the sights privately or in a group setting. There are also many options for short hour-long boat rides and all-day adventures.

 

Private charter boats give you the option to choose where you want to go and what you want to see. You create your own itinerary and sit back and enjoy the experience while your professional boat captain takes you to customized places around our islands.

 

Group boat tours of the Cayman Islands don’t offer the exclusivity of having a boat to only you, your family and friends in most instances. But they usually cost quite a bit less than a private tour and they allow you to meet new like-minded people.

 

Choosing Your Adventure

 

Many of the boat tour companies pick up and drop off at Seven Mile Beach, a top beach on Grand Cayman and one of the best places to relax near South Bay Beach Club.

 

From South Bay Beach Club, we recommend setting off to sea with these three Cayman Islands boat tour companies and several others we’ll be glad to tell you about when you stay with us.

 

  1. Stingray City Tours

Stingray City boat tours typically consist of three-hour-long trips to the clear waters known as Stingray City. Many island tour operators take visitors and Cayman residents out on these tours that sometime include snorkeling at Starfish Point and sitting down to lunch at Rum Point. Stingray City is home to roughly 90 gorgeous Southern stingrays.

 

  1. Snorkeling Tours

 

Grand Cayman boat tours frequently include a snorkeling component at popular sites like Cemetery Beach, Smiths Cove, Cheeseburger Reef or Wreck of the Cali. Our sister islands have some amazing boat tours where you can snorkel through mangroves and in the pristine waters that surround Grand Cayman.

 

  1. Sunset Cruises

 

There may not be a sight more incredible than a Cayman Islands sunset, and some of the best of them occurring within plain view of the waters of Seven Mile Beach. If you only take one tour while staying in the Cayman Islands, consider a sunset cruise on the Caribbean Sea. Gaze at the radiant sun as it sets into the scenic ocean and enjoy one of the vistas that we Caymanians get to take in every day.

 

Ask us about other Cayman Islands boat tours like luxury yacht tours, sailing school tours, and bioluminescence tours.

 

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  • February 6th, 2019

5 Best Picture Spots In The Cayman Islands

Whether you’re shooting to post on Instagram or snapping pictures for yourself, you’ll find many beautiful backdrops in the Cayman Islands. From sunsets and sand to caves and catamaran, there are gorgeous places to capture and to explore while you’re at it.

 

Within minutes of South Bay Beach Club, there are a ton of stunning spots that are perfect for photography and ideal for identifying just what makes the Cayman Islands so special.

 

Here are 5 of our favorite picture places in the Cayman Islands:

 

  1. Seven Mile Beach

 

Take in sweeping views of the beach, ocean, and sunset from Seven Mile Beach, one of the most popular beaches and tourist attractions on Grand Cayman. Even when the beach is at its most crowded, it offers uninterrupted scenery that is surely picture ready. So, bring your camera, and your beach towel and picnic, and hit Seven Mile Beach for some playful and beautiful shots.

 

  1. Cemetery Beach

 

A relatively quiet stretch of sand in comparison to Seven Mile Beach, Cemetery Beach is romantic and idyllic – just what you need to create a moody, media-worthy photo or a special picture to keep in your digital album. Cemetery Beach is a top spot for sunsets and it’s a great location for snorkeling.

 

  1. Macabuca/Cracked Conch

 

If you’re into food photography and want to snap some pictures with a pretty meal and a nice backdrop, head to Macabuca/Cracked Conch. This restaurant and bar sits in the West Bay and it’s well-known for its amazing views. Pull up a chair on the deck, order a happy hour drink and an appetizer, ready your camera and then prepare for incredible photos.

 

  1. Catamaran

 

Discovering the Cayman Islands via catamaran is memorable and it makes for some awesome images. From the water on your graceful little craft, you can enjoy spectacular views all around. There are several spots in the Cayman Islands that afford heavenly 360-degree scenescapes, but a catamaran beats out a great deal of them. Take a peaceful ride on a catamaran, with a drink in hand of course, and shoot the islands from a unique perspective that many don’t experience.

 

  1. Cayman Crystal Caves

 

Tucked into a lush forest on Grand Cayman, in Northside, find Crystal Caves and uncover one of the best photo ops on our islands. Crystal Caves offers walking tours that take visitors through three underground spots that are tropical in a way many tourists never imagine. In roughly an hour and a half, you’ll likely find your SD card filled with thrilling scenes that paint a continued picture of life in the Cayman Islands.

 

If you need help finding more spots for photos on Grand Cayman and throughout the Cayman Islands, come see our warm and friendly island staff.

 

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  • January 30th, 2019

Music + More At KAABOO Cayman 2019

Searching for the music festival to beat all music festivals? KAABOO Cayman is coming to the Cayman Islands and you won’t want to miss it.

 

KAABOO Cayman is more than just music and it goes beyond a festival. Its music, art, culture, and cuisine jammed into one amazing event.

 

KAABOO Cayman is a new kind of party for people who love entertainment. It’s an escape for those looking for paradise. With more than 25 years of experience bringing KAABOO Cayman to music fans, foodies, art lovers, vacationers, and islands residents, this event’s organizers know how to enliven the senses.

 

World-class bands, inspiring artwork, belly-aching comedy, phenomenal fare and libations that just keep flowing are just some of what’s in store for you at KAABOO Cayman 2019.

 

Held on a strip of famous Seven Mile beach with the Caribbean Sea as a backdrop, KAABOO Cayman is the perfect getaway and celebration of life. The tides have shifted and you now have something entirely different in a music festival. Two days of sounds from around the world, tastes from all over the globe and more.

 

KAABOO Cayman is all about fun. But, it’s comfortable too. Attendees let loose, but they respect their surroundings. KAABOO Cayman is a break from the daily grind, and it’s a chance to come together where different backgrounds and perspectives align perfectly alongside the waves.

 

Experience the enjoyment and cleanliness of KAABOO Cayman, a music festival where every detail has been well-thought-out and designed to be memorable.

 

What to Expect at KAABOO Cayman 2019

 

Event Venue – The ideal place to hear a concert, view great art and eat fantastic food, Seven Mile Beach’s northern end welcomes you to KAABOO Cayman 2019. The average temperature in February in the Cayman Islands is a beautiful 77°F, so wear your lightweight clothes and kick off your shoes. Book your room at South Bay Beach Club and you can be at KAABOO in minutes.

 

The Music – Who’s going to be at KAABOO Cayman? Well, only The Chainsmokers, Jason Derulo, Duran Duran, Flo Rida, Blondie, Zedd, Bryan Adams, Counting Crows, Blues Traveler and dozens of other artists you’ll want to hear.

 

Comedy acts include Norm MacDonald, Kevin Nealon, and Darrell Hammond. Food and art and this beach party by day and night club at night will be headliner quality as well.

 

Contact us to find out more about KAABOO Cayman and to book your rooms for this not-to-miss event.

 

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  • January 23rd, 2019

Fill Up At The Cayman Islands Harvest Market

Every Wednesday in February, in Heliconia Court – a new public space at Camana Bay on Grand Cayman, island residents and visitors head to the Harvest Market to fill baskets with fresh produce and tasty food.

The weekly event is part farmers market and a community gathering place. It’s where you can go for food, friends and a memorable experience in the Cayman Islands.

The Harvest Market starts at 10 a.m. and is open until 3 p.m., but get there early to enjoy the best pick of freshly-picked fruits and vegetables, and the first choice of fresh-cut flowers.

The island’s top growers and makers are at the Harvest Market every week to provide locals and tourists with delicious ingredients for their cooked meals and tempting treats to take on the go.

The Harvest Market is the premier place on our islands to showcase things grown and made from scratch. Young and old love sampling seasonal products, and they are thrilled when they can talk to the farmers and makers who sell their special items themselves.

Head to Camana Bay next Thursday and the Thursday after if you’re still here with us. The Harvest Market is located between 18 Forum Lane and One Nexus Way. As many as 40 growers and makers will be waiting for you and will surely have amazing food and crafts for you to buy.

After you visit the market, stick around Camana Bay to stroll through the shops and have a meal at a restaurant. Camana Bay is Grand Cayman’s central hub, a community with a small-town vibe and entertainment for all.

About Camana Bay

From sprawling waterfront lawns to courtyards that were made for lingering, Camana Bay has it all. Local flavors, art and music are on display daily and the nightlife at Camana Bay is some of the best around.

Camana Bay is a 685-acre, master-planned mixed-use venue that promotes connectivity, walkability, diversity and sustainability through enriching programs, fantastic events, beautiful design and thoughtful amenities.

Visit Camana Bay near South Bay Beach Club to shop, eat, play and relax. Spanning from sea to sound, this open space is inspiring in its offerings and setting.

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  • January 18th, 2019

Why Winter Is The Best Time To Visit The Cayman Islands

Want to get away from the cold during winter? Head to the Cayman Islands.

 

Winter on the Cayman Islands isn’t a time when many travelers think they should visit. They wonder about sunning on the beach and snorkeling during wintertime. Is it possible? What about the weather and the surf?

 

Surprisingly, winter is one of the best times to visit the Cayman Islands. Summer storms have diminished and there isn’t a likelihood of encountering a hurricane.

 

Temperatures on the Cayman Islands are moderate and you probably won’t even encounter much rain. Winds will have died down, making for perfect lazy days on the sand and easy boating excursions in our waters.

 

The beaches are actually at their most pristine during wintertime, unlike during summer when nor’easters blow debris onto the shore. Seven Mile Beach is gloriously swimmable and the oceanfront restaurant’s welcome guests during this season for special holiday meals and drinks.

 

Planning a Winter Getaway in the Cayman Islands.

 

Because winter weather is so ideal in the Cayman Islands, it’s a popular time of year to visit. Though prices at resorts and restaurants tend to go up over the winter season, the benefits of travel during this time increase as well.

 

Plan for lovely temperatures in the mid-80s generally and around 77 degrees on the coldest side. Don’t bring winter parkas or boots. You definitely won’t need them.

 

Swimsuits are a must on a winter trip to the Cayman Islands as are sundresses, t-shirts, sunglasses, and brimmed hats.

 

Holiday Activities Abound During Winter in the Cayman Islands

 

Winter is a special time of year for locals and tourists in the Cayman Islands. Christmas activities fill to-do lists and schedules. There may be no more magical time of the year!

 

One of the top holiday things to do during winter in the Cayman Islands is the Christmas Tree lighting in Camana Bay. At this fun event, the town tree – a towering 40-foot beauty – is illuminated with sparkling lights and decked out in glittering ornaments.

 

The Parade of Lights is also a must-do during winter activity in the Cayman Islands. The parade features impressively dressed and lit boats that sail the harbor competing for prizes as well as oohs and aahs.

 

Ready to plan your winter getaway to the Cayman Islands? Book your holiday at South Bay Beach Club and get ready for a most memorable time.

 

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  • January 8th, 2019

What To Do In Winter In The Cayman Islands

Winter is one of the most popular times in the Cayman Islands. This is also the most expensive time as well. If you want to visit the Cayman Islands during peak season, we suggest you wisely plan your trip to save time, sanity and money.

From mid-December to mid-April, over Christmas and New Year’s, it’s quite busy on the Cayman Islands. This means that you should plan your trip months in advance and look into booking tours ahead of time as well.

Winter weather in the Cayman Islands is surprisingly pleasant. Locals and tourists hang out at beaches, and parasailing is even possible due to light winds.

The Cayman Islands are one of the world’s top scuba diving destinations, so plan on taking part in this thrilling adventure during wintertime (unlike during summer when tropical storms churn the water and make for hazardous conditions.)

There are endless ways to enjoy a vacation in the Cayman Islands during winter. The sun is shining and the sand is waiting. Stretches of beaches, caves, and coves provide for the perfect escape from cold weather and lack of activities elsewhere in the world.

Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman is the largest of our islands and it’s filled with scuba spots, dive destinations, and barefoot beach encounters. Art and culture abound as do charming little restaurants and shopping venues.

On the west side of Grand Cayman, you’ll want to make your way to Seven Mile Beach even during winter. Caribbean Travel + Life named this beach one of the ultimate beaches in the Caribbean and TripAdvisor called it the fourth best beach in the region.

Grand Cayman’s North Sound is a place where visitors enjoy discovering a large community of stingrays, so large in fact that residents on our island call the area Stingray City.

Georgetown is a popular place for uncovering notable architecture and duty-free shopping.

Little Cayman

If you’re seeking a tranquil winter getaway, visit Little Cayman, the smallest of the Cayman Islands. Little Cayman is home to a diverse array of wildlife including many endangered seabirds and iguanas.

A winter retreat to Little Cayman should include days lounging on empty beaches and bike rides from small towns to the seashore. South Hole Lagoon is a great ride destination and the reward is a private swim in miraculously blue water.

Cayman Brac

Cayman Brac is named after a stunning bluff and it’s a winter wonderland for laid-back tropics lovers. West End, Cotton Tree Bay, and Water Place are some of the little communities you’ll want to explore before going for a trek in limestone caves or searching for sinkholes that endangered birds call home.

Ready to come to the Cayman Islands during winter? Pack your normal summer attire with a light sweater or jacket thrown in, and maybe one pair of long pants, and get ready for the trip of a lifetime.

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  • January 2nd, 2019

Taste The Flavors Of The Caribbean At The Taste Of Cayman Food And Drink Festival

The Taste of Cayman Food and Drink Festival is a top event every year on Grand Cayman. It takes place in Camana Bay near South Bay Beach Club and it’s a fun festival that brings the people of our island together.

Tourists and locals alike love attending The Taste of Cayman Food and Drink Festival, one of the largest epicurean festivals in the Cayman Islands. The January event rounds up the best chefs and culinary offerings that Cayman has to offer, and presents amazing food and drink in a memorable setting.

The unparalleled experience comes to Camana Bay this year on January 26th. A diverse array of fare from all over the Cayman Islands will be presented on the Festival Green and foodies will be in gastronomic heaven.

The Taste of Cayman Food and Drink Festival is now in its 30th year. For the past three decades, there have been delicious delicacies to tempt all taste buds. This year, we’ve heard the festivities will be the best ever.

Bigger and better than before, the festival will serve tasty ice creams, bumped-up-a-notch cocktails, gourmet masterpieces, and sensational street food. Indulge at this Cayman event that stirs up all the senses.

About Camana Bay

Camana Bay is the perfect location for a food festival. The small-town atmosphere makes for an intimate and authentic event, yet the well-designed space is large enough for a grand island celebration.

One of the top attractions on Grand Cayman, Camana Bay is a gathering spot for island locals and visitors throughout the year. In addition to many festivals held at Camana Bay throughout the year, you have dozens of restaurants and bars to look forward to at this unique island destination as well as retail shops and art-focused venues.

Camana Bay sits just minutes from South Bay Beach Club. No matter when you visit us, you’ll find that it’s easy to get to Camana Bay and well worth it. During all seasons, there is something for young and old to do at this master-planned community.

To get to Camana Bay from Seven Mile Beach, just follow the signs located on West Bay Road. They’ll guide you along the footpath, up and over The Rise, and down the walkway that will take you right to the middle of the town center.

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  • December 26th, 2018

Cayman Cookout Comes To Seven Mile Beach

A new year means new possibilities for food and fun in the Cayman Islands. This January, once again, Grand Cayman will welcome fresh fare and talented chefs to Seven Mile Beach for Cayman Cookout, a celebration of culinary innovation on our islands.

Cayman Cookout will become the cuisine epicenter of the Caribbean from January 16th to the 20th, five days that will welcome some of the world’s top chefs, dishes, drinks, and food influencers.

The exclusive near-week-long event allows attendees to interact with epicurean gurus and have experiences in a laid-back setting on the sand, on one of the most beautiful locations in the world.

Step barefoot onto the beach and dive into the tastes of the Cayman Islands. This casual yet elegant affair offers some of the most exquisite wines, appetizers and main dishes ever showcased on Grand Cayman. The festivities take place just minutes from South Bay Beach Club.

Cayman Cuisine Traditions

Travelers to the Cayman Islands are usually looking for an authentic Cayman cuisine experience, which is found during our islands’ food festivals, and at the many restaurants and bars that dot our towns and line our beaches.

The Cayman Islands are home to many of the world’s top chefs and restaurants. It’s customary for visitors to our islands to make the rounds and hit up several different dining venues during their stay.

The artisanal fare at the eateries here offers something for every taste. The innovations at the food festivals held throughout the year are beyond compare. Discover the Cayman way when it comes to eating by making your way to one of our restaurants or food-related events.

From small dining venues and large restaurants to pubs and lively nightlife spots, you’ll love the opportunities for food and drink on the Cayman Islands.

If you need help discovering the best of food and drink on Grand Cayman while you’re here, ask our staff to point you in the right direction. We know the top places for dining on our island and we’re always happy to make recommendations.

Looking for restaurants near South Bay Beach Club? Even when there aren’t any food festivals going on, you’ll find plenty of places to grab an appetizer or sit down to breakfast, lunch or dinner – all on or around Seven Mile Beach, one of the best gastronomic hot spots on our island.

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  • December 19th, 2018

Why Winter Is The Best Time To Visit The Cayman Islands

Want to get away from the cold during winter? Head to the Cayman Islands.

 

Winter on the Cayman Islands isn’t a time when many travelers think they should visit. They wonder about sunning on the beach and snorkeling during wintertime. Is it possible? What about the weather and the surf?

 

Surprisingly, winter is one of the best times to visit the Cayman Islands. Summer storms have diminished and there isn’t a likelihood of encountering a hurricane.

 

Temperatures on the Cayman Islands are moderate and you probably won’t even encounter much rain. Winds will have died down, making for perfect lazy days on the sand and easy boating excursions in our waters.

 

The beaches are actually at their most pristine during wintertime, unlike during summer when nor’easters blow debris onto the shore. Seven Mile Beach is gloriously swimmable and the oceanfront restaurant’s welcome guests during this season for special holiday meals and drinks.

 

Planning a Winter Getaway in the Cayman Islands.

 

Because winter weather is so ideal in the Cayman Islands, it’s a popular time of year to visit. Though prices at resorts and restaurants tend to go up over the winter season, the benefits of travel during this time increase as well.

 

Plan for lovely temperatures in the mid-80s generally and around 77 degrees on the coldest side. Don’t bring winter parkas or boots. You definitely won’t need them.

 

Swimsuits are a must on a winter trip to the Cayman Islands as are sundresses, t-shirts, sunglasses, and brimmed hats.

 

Holiday Activities Abound During Winter in the Cayman Islands

 

Winter is a special time of year for locals and tourists in the Cayman Islands. Christmas activities fill to-do lists and schedules. There may be no more magical time of the year!

 

One of the top holiday things to do during winter in the Cayman Islands is the Christmas Tree lighting in Camana Bay. At this fun event, the town tree – a towering 40-foot beauty – is illuminated with sparkling lights and decked out in glittering ornaments.

 

The Parade of Lights is also a must-do during winter activity in the Cayman Islands. The parade features impressively dressed and lit boats that sail the harbor competing for prizes as well as oohs and aahs.

 

Ready to plan your winter getaway to the Cayman Islands? Book your holiday at South Bay Beach Club and get ready for a most memorable time.

 

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  • December 13th, 2018

Local Tips For Visiting The Cayman Islands

The ultimate trip to the Cayman Islands is had by unlocking insider destinations and activities that give you more of a feel for our islands than standard tour guides. For the perfect visit to Grand Cayan or any of the islands, take note of these local tips for an ideal vacation or getaway.

 

Rent an Open-Top Jeep

 

Renting an open-top jeep is one of the best ways to discover the beauty and thrill of the Cayman Islands. In an open-top jeep, head to the eastern side of Grand Cayman to visit Pedro’s St. James, Lighthouse Park, and the Blow Holes.

 

Take a ride along Queen’s Highway and visit the Crystal Caves, a newly opened attraction that is simply a must-see. Cool off after a hot day at Rum Point.

 

Spend Time Underwater

 

There is a lot to see in the Cayman Islands, but arguably some of the most beautiful scenes are underwater. On warm days and any day, dive deep to discover reefs and marine life that are unlike anything you’ll see in the world.

 

Want to go on a real adventure? Ask your dive guide to take you searching for the underwater statues that surround the Cayman Islands. Enjoy art and nature in a completely unique way by scuba diving around our islands.

 

Stroll Through the Botanic Park

 

Seven Mile Beach may be one of the most well-known natural wonders on our islands, but that doesn’t mean nothing else compares. The Botanic Park on the scenic and tranquil North Side of Grand Cayman leaves an equally or greater impression.

 

Wander through some of the most gorgeous gardens and learn more about the landscape that Caymanians are proud to live amidst.

 

Ride the Water Taxi from Camana Bay

 

For a memorable Tuesday evening on Grand Cayman, ride the $20 water taxi from bustling Camana Bay to the Kaibo via the North Sound. The Kaibo features a regular Tuesday night buffet complete with live entertainment and fun limbo antics.

 

Uncover the Hidden Entrances to the Mangroves

 

You might miss some of the most peaceful scenes of the Cayman Islands’ mangroves if you don’t know the inside scoop. There are several hidden entrances that will take you inside of the mangroves so you can lazily paddleboard without seeing another tourist or Cayman resident on most occasions.

 

Check Out the Coral Heads in the South Sound

 

Many areas of the South Sound feature the most amazing coral heads you’ll see anywhere along with stunning marine life. These spots are only accessible via kayak or paddleboard because the water is so shallow.

 

View Starfish at Starfish Point

 

Sea stars and most commonly known as starfish but they’re not fish at all. Get up close and personal and find out why by viewing the beautiful creatures at Starfish Point.

 

Here, you’ll get to encounter marine animals in a shallow and quiet setting, on a beach that offers the perfect place for kids and adults to play and be inspired.

 

Need help locating this local-approved attractions and activities? Ask the South Bay Beach Club Staff.

 

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  • November 29th, 2018

A Quick Guide To The Music, Culture And Food Of The Cayman Islands

You can learn a lot from the Cayman Islands by taking a look at the music, culture, and food here. Whether you’re strolling Grand Cayman’s streets or visiting one of the Cayman Islands’ beautiful beaches, you’ll no doubt come into contact with rhythms, people and flavors that make you take notice.

 

Everything to discover on our islands seems to revolve around great tunes, events, and eats, in fact. The sounds of a kitchen band blending jazz and soul surround you one minute before you’re suddenly emerged in a vibrant street art scene or tempting to relax in a beachside bar.

 

The Cayman Islands’ love of reggae and calypso music leads visitors to become entranced nearly anywhere they go. Festivals throughout the year bring together contemporary and classical musicians, and art galleries present rotating and permanent exhibitions that echo our people’s energy.

 

There is so much to discover on the Cayman Islands and so much to learn about those who call the islands home. Architecture in a full spectrum astounds. From Old World buildings to modern design, it all merges seamlessly alongside the Cayman population.

 

Here is just a quick guide to the music, culture, and food that’s in store for you in the Cayman Islands:

 

Pedro St. James National Historic Site

 

At the Pedro St. James National Historic Site, take a step back in time to experience the heritage and history of the Cayman Islands. Popularly known by residents as “Pedro’s Castle,” the grand great house that sits on the site is the oldest stone structure on all of the islands.

 

Many tales, cultural and historic, come out of and are inspired by this spot. Pedro’s Castle was built in 1780 by Willian Eden, a wealthy Englishman who used the house as a plantation, jail, courthouse and government assembly. Created by slave labor, the site is said to be haunted and jinxed, yet it has survived hurricanes, vandalism, and fires.

 

Cayman Cookout and the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean

 

Many visitors who come to the Cayman Islands want to discover the best food and drink around. It’s no wonder to us locals why they call the islands, in particular, Grand Cayman, the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean.

 

World-renowned chefs have their restaurants on our islands and you’ll find amazing artisanal fare nearly anywhere you go. During the first part of every year, the annual Cayman Cookout in January offers some of the tastiest cuisine by some of the most talented chefs on the planet.

 

Many food festivals take place throughout the year on the Cayman Islands, and there are always bars and pubs serving up their delicacies. You’ll meet some incredible master mixologists right here near South Bay Beach Club, in fact. Live music almost always accompanies cocktails on Grand Cayman.

 

Music and the Arts

 

Music, film, visual arts, theatre, design, and fashion are celebrated daily on the Cayman Islands. It’s not hard to find movie screenings, art shows and comprehensive festivals that showcase local and international artistic talent.

 

Enjoy attending art discussions, dress-up events, and other parties and festivities when you’re visiting the Cayman Islands.

 

Need someone to help you plan the perfect visit to our islands? Get insider tips for the best things to do and see on Grand Cayman and beyond by talking to one of our staff members.

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  • November 21st, 2018

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