26. Swim with the dolphins
Did you know that Dolphin Cove and Dolphin Discovery are now one and the same company? Now you have two parks to visit where you can swim with, interact with, and even play with some of the most amazing marine mammals in the world.
There are packages from which you can choose, allowing you to tailor your experience based on your level of comfort and how long you want to spend in the water.
Swimming with the Dolphins in Cayman is in the top five activities rated on TripAdvisor. Go see why.
27. Dark Nights at Marriott
Head to Anchor & Den at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort for their monthly Dark Night event. The event features smoking sage, light bites, healing stones, stargazing, and atmospheric beats by a live DJ. The event, held on a new moon, is designed around intention setting and was created to appeal to Cayman’s holistic community.
Follow The Marriott’s Facebook page to be kept abreast of all their events: facebook.com/GrandCaymanMarriott.
28. Take it to the garden
It’s BBQ season, which means it’s time to create your own garden sanctuary, break out the cold drinks and socialize with friends and family in the great outdoors. You can get everything you need for summer fun at A. L. Thompson’s – that’s why they have a full section dedicated to that area, aptly called “The Outdoors.” Pick up a new grill, get yourself some garden furniture, maybe some inflatables for the pool, and prepare to party. P.S. Those NutriBullets make awesome margaritas!
29. Rock ‘n’ Roll Bingo at Lone Star
There is no shortage of social activities to be found on the island, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Bingo, held every Thursday night at Lone Star, is a very popular one.
Teams of friends gather to hear some classic tunes and hopefully win some prizes, but even if they walk away with nothing in hand, they certainly leave with a smile on their faces.
You have to give this a try at least once, but get there early. It starts promptly at 8 p.m. and regulars get in place before the sun goes down.
30. Shop till you drop at Camana Bay
Camana Bay has grown into a shopaholics dream with shops catering to just about every whim. Whether it’s a fabulous outfit for a night out, gorgeous home accessories, or even something for your four-legged friends, you’ll find it in the shops at Camana Bay. While at Camana Bay, don’t forget to head up the Observation Tower for stunning panoramic views of Seven Mile Beach. Finally, you can combine your shopping trip with a leisurely lunch at one of the many eateries for the perfect day out.
31. Enjoy a family picnic
Pack a picnic and head to the beach for the day. Family picnics are a great way to get together, share stories, and reminisce over old times. Cayman also boasts a wide selection of stunning beaches on which to set up, from the rustic beauty of Barkers, to the pristine white sands of Seven Mile Beach. Just don’t forget some cold beers!
32. Try a tortuga rum flight
The Tortuga company is well known for its rum cakes, sold in retail shops and cruise ships around the globe, but it is also revered for its award-winning rums. From light to dark, golden to flavored, Tortuga produces rums to suit all tastes. They are perfect for cocktails, or try the aged rums neat or on the rocks.
Give a variety a try this summer, and see which one is your favorite. If you’re looking for cocktail ideas, you can find recipes at www.tortugarumcakes.com/drinks.
One of the newest activities on the Seven Mile Beach stretch is the Segway tour. The 90-minute tour starts at the Seven Mile Shops Cayman Segway Tour office and rolls up to Camana Bay. The group leaves their Segways to ascend the Observation Tower to admire the view, before continuing around the harbor front of Camana Bay and then heading to Royal Palms on Seven Mile Beach for some on-sand action. As well as the Camana Bay/Seven Mile Beach option at various times throughout the day, there is a sunset Seven Mile Beach tour.
34. Binge-watch shows
How many times have friends told you about fantastic shows available on Netflix or iTunes that you never got around to seeing? The summer could be the perfect time to don those pajamas, lie on the couch, and watch one episode after the next in rapid succession. House of Cards, Sons of Anarchy, Veep … they’re all just waiting for you. Get yourself an Apple TV to make binge-watching seasons a breeze, then plan your strategy.
35. Beach reads
The Cayman Islands Humane Society’s Book Loft is the ideal place to spend an hour or so browsing its extensive secondhand book selection. You are bound to find some great summer reads here as there’s something to suit all, from murder mysteries and classics, to travel guides, cookbooks and biographies. All books are priced at under $5 with all funds going to help with the running of the shelter costs. The Book Loft is located above the shelter on North Sound Road.
36. Build a sandcastle
Yup, it sounds obvious and old hat, all at the same time, but it’s surprising how satisfying it can be to create a monument to summer in the sand. You’ll need some basic bucket and spade items and don’t forget the sunblock.
Most important is your location choice. Pick a spot close to the water to avoid long roundtrips for moisture, yet not too close or you’ll see your magnificent structure washed away before you finish it. Maybe use Game of Thrones as your inspiration, Khaleesi.
37. Snorkel with turtles
While visiting the Turtle Farm may appeal to some, swimming with turtles in their natural environment may be of more interest. Spotts Beach is a tucked away sandy strip just off Shamrock Road which allows a quieter place to sun worship and swim than Seven Mile Beach, and also offers turtle spotting at certain times of the day, usually early morning or late afternoon. Make sure you don’t interrupt them by touching or chasing them.