13. Botanic Park
The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park provides a lush oasis for nature lovers to enjoy. Take a walk through the park in the morning hours before the heat of the midday sun. Wander through the nearly mile long Woodland Trail before visiting the Heritage Garden, 600’ orchid boardwalk, Xerophytic Garden, Floral Colour Garden and other corners of the Park.
While at the Park, visit the Blue Iguana breeding ground and try to catch a glimpse of larger Blues sunbathing
on grassy expanses or on the banks of the lake.
In the summer months, life slows down in Cayman, with many heading off on holidays and some businesses taking a well-deserved break. If you want to slow down as well, and calm your mind in the meantime, trying alternative therapies might be one method. Reiki for example, is a form of noninvasive alternative medicine which channels energy through the body, helping clients to relax and release stress, tension, and emotional blockages. Reiki practitioners transfer energy to the patient through their hands.
15. Protect your locks
The harsh rays of the sun can be absolutely brutal to your hair. Pick up a bottle of Mizani 25 Miracle Milk from CEL Beauty Centre and Supply to combat those UV rays and keep your hair soft and shiny. It’s a leave-in treatment that effortlessly detangles, and is infused with coconut oil, fennel seed extract and xylose.
It also controls flyaway strands and the frizz that goes hand-in-hand with the humid summer temperatures. Keep your locks dazzling, not dry.
16. Don your snorkel
While there’s tons to do on dry land, heading under the waves is a must. Cayman boasts an abundant selection of reefs, which are easy to snorkel from straight from shore. Some of the most popular spots include Smith’s Cove along South Sound, at Cemetery Beach, West Bay, and at Eden Rock along the George Town waterfront. With every trip there’s always something new to see, from gorgeous coral formations to brightly colored fish galore.
17. Golfing indoors
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, offers golfers a great way to improve their golf game this summer in air-conditioned comfort. Sign up for a few hours in The Bunker, where you can go up against world-famous courses, courtesy of a state-of-the-art simulator.
The Trackman Golf Simulator provides access to the sport’s leading golf trajectory tool and also presents 80 virtual course and terrain visuals, ranging from Pebble Beach to the Old Course at St. Andrews. You and your golf buddies can book by the hour.
18. Visit Strawberry Hill
Strawberry Hill, a legendary Island Outpost property in Jamaica, has some special offers running this summer that make a trip over there almost mandatory. If you’ve never been to Strawberry Hill, prepare to be dazzled by the breathtaking beauty of the mountains; unfettered views of Kingston, sprawled out beneath you; and the incredible friendliness of the islanders.
The cottages and villas are everything you’d expect from an island paradise, and when you’re not in the spa, consider walking the Gordon Town Trail through lush vegetation with your Rasta guide.
19. Update your wardrobe
3 Forty Five in Caribbean Plaza is known for its hip urban wear and name brands, but clothing was mainly geared towards the male of the species. The boutique is now switching gears, so to speak, and is adding a great line of ladies wear to its range of already popular garb.
The Banana Blue collection out of Australia will now be gracing the shelves, specializing in “exclusive designer knitwear in luxurious natural yarns and original colors and creatively shaped garment dyed linen, with attention focusing on soft fluid lines with contemporary details.”
20. Boating course
Thanks to our crystal blue waters and warm climate, boating is unsurprisingly a popular pastime in Cayman. Summer is a perfect opportunity to brush up, or learn first time, the skills necessary for safe boat handling.
Professional Yacht Management has partnered with International Yacht Training Worldwide to offer certified boating courses for all levels of boaters, from small powerboat and RIB Master, to Personal Watercraft and VF Communications. Courses involve class teaching at Cayman Islands Yacht Club as well as practical teaching on the water. Non-certified courses are also available as well as Boating 101.
21. Have friends over for delivery
Hot summer nights sometimes call for an evening in with friends, accompanied by air-conditioning and Netflix. To cater for these evenings, Cayman has two restaurant delivery companies. Fine Dine In and Island Grub can pick up food from any restaurant on their website lists, and deliver it to your home within an hour, for a small extra charge. It makes a wonderful change from the usual pizza delivery and allows people to eat dishes from their favorite restaurants in the comfort of their own home.
22. Crystal Caves
We’ve mentioned them before, but the caves in North Side certainly deserve a bit of extra recognition. The developers of the site stayed true to the surrounding flora and fauna, simply creating an easier way for everyone to enjoy this natural wonder with wooden walkways and cleared bush.
Anyone who has visited the caves absolutely raves about them; not just visitors, but locals as well. Our recommendation would be to book the early morning tour in the summer months.
23. Summer vacation with Cayman Airways
When traveling with the family on a summer vacation, you want as much as assistance as possible between destinations. Cayman Airways doesn’t just provide access to numerous strategic airports in the Caribbean and the U.S; the national airline also gives passengers two bags each, standard, and complimentary rum punch on all flights.
Beyond these extraordinary inclusions in an era when airlines are almost charging extra for the bathroom, the Cayman Airways’ desk staff in the airports KX serves are like having your own consulate wherever you go. You’re in good hands.
24. Dive into the deep
If you’re not a scuba diver and, for whatever reason, you have no intention of diving anytime soon, then you need to book a trip on the Atlantis submarine.
This very comfortable sub allows you to stay dry while you watch the wonders of the marine world around 100 feet down through picture windows. A narrator points out animals and features of interest that you might otherwise miss, as you share the experience with those around you.
Atlantis offers day and night dives, which each reveal their own unique sights.
25. Local beer in the sun
The Cayman Islands Brewery is known for its freshly brewed, award-winning beer. Caybrew, Caybrew Premium Light, Ironshore Bock and White Tip are staples on the menu, and then there are deliciously refreshing additions like Mango Tango and Twisted Citrus.
If you haven’t yet tried these locally produced beers, the summer is the perfect time to sample them. Hot day, warm Caribbean Sea, white sand and a cold beer.
The brewery also runs an active recycling program for its bottles to ensure that all that natural beauty you enjoy remains that way.