Check out our recommendations for what to do, where to go and what to eat in some of Cayman’s favorite overseas destinations this June.
Culture: Take Cayman Airways to Tampa this summer! Visit the restored Tampa Theatre, an elaborate 1920s-era theater which still shows art house and independent films. Movies and performances are still opened with an in-house organist which drops from the ceiling as the last number is performed.
Shopping: International Plaza is an ideal place to get your retail therapy fix, with Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom’s acting as anchor stores to over 300 shops, which are connected by a central avenue of well-known watering holes to fuel you in between sprees.
Dining: Visit the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa’s trendy Hyde Park historic district of South Tampa. The food-focused, AAA 4-Diamond venue features a state-of-the-art culinary classroom known as the Epicurean Theatre; Élevage, a restaurant where classic recipes are re-imagined; EDGE Social Drinkery rooftop bar; Chocolate Pi patisserie and Bern’s Fine Wines & Spirits wine shop.
Cocktails: Ceviche is a waterfront tapas and cocktail bar on the residential riverside location of Bayshore, and also has locations in St. Pete and Orlando. The sangria is famous, however the restaurant offers an array of libations with a Spanish twist such as the sweet Valencia Peach Sunset or the brandy-laden Spanish Sidecar.
Must Do This Month: Summer brings the best blockbuster concerts in the South with Ellie Goulding, Cyndi Lauper, Drake, Future and Carrie Underwood playing dates in the Bay Area. More of an ‘80s fan? Don’t miss the epic coming together of Journey and the Doobie Brothers on June 10.
Culture: Start at The Smithsonian Institute, the world renowned museum and research complex that includes 17 museums and galleries as well as the National Zoo. Step into the film National Treasure for no cost whatsoever, as entry to all locations is free.
Shopping: Hit up Georgetown for quintessential Olivia Pope-style preppy perfection. Visit Annie’s Creamcheese for high end vintage clothing; Relish for the best in international designers; and, for the men, Lost Boys offers appointments with stylists and personal shoppers for a truly bespoke state capital experience.
Dining: Stay on the President’s motorcade route in famous Dupont Circle and dine at Iron Gate. From the lamp-lit stone entryway to the back courtyard complete with a gazebo, Iron Gate is quintessential Washington fine dining. Ask for a table out back in the courtyard, go all-in with Chef Chittum’s tasting menu, then just point to the wine list and order a bottle.
Cocktails: Many local bars pour made-here stuff: Look for wares by DC Brau or Atlas Brew Works or cocktails starring local hooch like Don Ciccioe & Figli’s Italian-style liqueurs. Most facilities are open for tours and tastings, too.
Must Do This Month: Chefs from across the country will descend on DC for the Safeway Barbecue Battle to smoke up Pennsylvania Ave, competing for big prizes.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Culture: The fort of El Morro is one of two historic fortresses that bookend the city of Old San Juan, harking back to the days that the city was ruled by Spain. The six-story structure was built in 1539 and is best visited at sunset, as it offers stunning views of the bay and the ocean.
Shopping: Old San Juan is seven square blocks of narrow streets and a seemingly endless array of shops, cafes and restaurants. Space is tight, so ditch the car and wear a pair of comfortable shoes or otherwise take the free trolley if the steep hills get tough.
Dining: For major Miami Beach vibes, check out the Condado strip, which hugs the beach to the east of Old San Juan and the new-ish local haunt Casa Lola, by Check Rovert Treviño. Try the mahi mahi with sweet plantains and local sausage.
Cocktails: Sit practically right on the beach at Oceana and sip cocktails with the white linen-clad locals. Oceana is perfect for people watching or star gazing; Latin Caribbean rhythms get louder as the night gets long. Enjoy a simple but perfect rum and tonic for just US$4.50.
Must Do This Month: For an evening in paradise fit for the entire family, Disney On Ice “100 Years of Magic” is at the Puerto Rico Coliseum José M. Agrelot.
Culture: Drive to Tua Rita, one of Tuscany’s most famous vineyards. Put your best foot forward and do a little research beforehand on the family who started this legendary wine property. Complete your triumvirate of wine tasting with visits to Ornellaia and Siro Pecenti for a true taste of Tuscany winemaking at its best.
Shopping: The beauty of Tuscany is in the supreme, old world quality of its handmade goods. Stop at Busatti, for Tuscany’s own artisanal linens; gorgeous hand loomed runners, tablecloths and bedding that have been in the Busatti family since 1842.
Dining: Lunch on the terrace is nearly unmissable at Badia a Coltibuono, a converted 11th century abbey high in the Chianti hills. The restaurant offers eight rooms, most overlooking a beautiful formal garden, with a pool.
Cocktails: Switch to a high ball glass and order the Tuscan cocktail at Negroni Club in Viareggio, a mix of gin, sweet vermouth and Campari. Tasting of hot pepper and honey with a slight flavor of absinthe, the world famous cocktail was created between 1919 and 1920 in Florence by Count Camillo Negroni and the young barman Fosco Scarselli.
Must Do This Month: Get ready for a visual spectacular on June 16 and 17 as Pisa stops and celebrates Luminara on the eve of the city’s patron saint San Ranieri’s celebration. Through the night, more than 70,000 tiny oil or wax lamps are lit on the façades of buildings and towers.
Culture: Treat yourself to one of Melbourne’s most stunning tourist attractions: its views. Visit Skydeck’s “The Edge,” an activity that will suspend you from the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform.
Shopping: Melbourne has some of the best tailors in North America and, at Smart Alec, the well-heeled of Melbourne top off their looks with a range of custom hats including trilbies, flat caps, berets and more.
Dining: Eat at Attica, one of the restaurants on Michelin’s radar in the haute cuisine capital. Run by Chef Ben Shewry who hails from neighboring New Zealand, native ingredients such as red kangaroo or pearl oyster meat make a regular appearance.
Cocktails: Hit popular Swanston Street and make a pass at Cookie, the go-to Friday night drink spot for Melbournians. Grab your main squeeze for prime placement on the balconette and then pop upstairs to the Toff in Town for drinks and dancing.
Must Do This Month: Take your trip to the Big Top with TWENTYSIXTEEN, a two-hour outdoor circus experience for audiences of all ages. Created in 2016, this explosive show features high-voltage acrobatics and extraordinary aerial antics, all accompanied by the sensational Circus Oz band.