Check out our recommendations for what to do, where to go and what to eat in some of Cayman’s favorite overseas destinations this July
Culture: The affluent, beachy town in upstate New York has played artist’s studio to many of the greats, most notably Jackson Pollock and his wife, Lee Krasner. At the Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center, in East Hampton’s Springs area, you can tour their 1879 residence and studio, complete with paint splotches on the floor.
Shopping: Go antiquing with the pros at Black Swan Antiques in Sag Harbor and then up your hostess-gifting game at Copious Row with stylish must-haves like candles by Karl Lagerfeld and notebooks by Christian Lacroix.
FOOD: The threads may be designer, but the food is deliciously casual and simple at the many seafood shacks on the beach in the Hamptons. Brunch with the jet set at Wölffer Kitchen where you’ll get one of the most generous lobster rolls around.
Cocktails: It could be said that the Hamptons invented the concept of day drinking. At Andre Balazs’ famed Sunset Beach on Shelter Island, the party starts early (before lunch) and goes late. Sip on the owner’s renowned collection of rosé and enjoy the sun-soaked deck.
WHAT’S HOT This Month: Celebrate the ultimate American holiday with the Fourth of July party at Rick’s Crabby Cowboy Café & Marina in Montauk, a down-and-dirty seafood joint that comes alive one night of the year. Filled with celebs and locals, it’s a can’t-miss affair that defines summer.
Culture: Surfing culture is king in the aptly named “Land of the Gods,” where ocean worshippers have been lured since the 1960s. Beginners courses are taught on Legian Beach, where the shallow waters, sandy shores and small waves are ideal for the first timer.
Shopping: Embrace the magic and mysticism of Balinese culture. Stroll Ubud, Bali’s artistic hub, for rare primitive art and handmade jewelry, punctuated by hidden temples and petal-lined lanes.
Food: All of this exploration will leave you hungry. A trip to Bali is not complete without a good helping of traditional suckling pig. Visit Warung Ibu Oka for Balinese-style roast babi guling and order a “spesial” to get the best cut.
Cocktails: Enjoy a bohemian open air vibe at artsy Lamak. Order the tangy and tart El Diablo, made of tequila, crème de cassis, lemon juice and ginger ale.
WHAT’S HOT This Month: If you book now, you could snag a ticket to Ombak Bali, the city’s foremost surf and film festival scheduled for August 6, 7 and 8. The event will take place at La Plancha in Seminyak again this year with surf film screenings, music and art. The film screenings are usually the main draw, and entry is free
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Culture: With its postcard-perfect beauty and retro elegance, Montego Bay brings to mind the Jamaica of vintage James Bond. Tap into its “spirited” heritage with a visit to Rose Hall, an 18th century Georgian mansion set on a windy bluff, and keep a look out for the infamous ghost of Rose Hall: the White Witch.
Shopping: Retail therapy comes with major benefits at The Village at Half Moon Bay resort. Browse luxury upscale resort wear by La Perla and Moschino, while taking in the resort’s lush landscape, towering palms and Mediterranean-style fountains.
Food: Montego Bay is about road tripping in the countryside, so make time to pit stop for the amazing jerk at the Lilliput Jerk Centre. The vibe is more casual than resort dining. Sit outside, crack a cold one and dig in (just make sure you have a designated driver
Cocktails: Having enjoyed the serenity of Mo Bay by day, follow the masses to the Hip Strip for a bustling evening of oceanfront fun. Located mostly on Gloucester Avenue, the strip features three bar lounges all within walking distance including the famous Margaritaville.
WHAT’S HOT This Month: July brings the music event of the year to Montego Bay. For over 20 years, Reggae Sumfest has celebrated Jamaican reggae music with concerts, dances and parties. Events are spread across Montego Bay with each night of the event featuring a different theme.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Culture: More than 380,000 spectators are expected to descend upon Rio in August for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, and in preparation, the city is enjoying a boom. Visit Praça Mauá, a once derelict port, that is now home to several stunning new museums, including the beautiful Museu do Amanhã, designed by Santiago Calatrava.
Shopping: Rio is the city of rhythm, and for good reason. Visit Toca de Vinicius and browse racks of CDs and vinyl (old school alert!) all honoring the city’s jazz-samba music culture. Time it right and catch one of the monthly in-house concerts featuring the biggest names in Bossa Nova.
Food: Rio is not a city for the meat-shy. Head to Porcão Rios, the last word in Rio’s all-you-can-eat churrasco meat restaurants. Several challenge for the crown, but this is named by many as the original and best.
Cocktails: Enjoy a traditional caipirinha at famous Ipanema Beach, Copacabana’s more eclectic and less touristy little sister, for people watching, surfside strolls and sunset watching. Visit Arpoador on the East End for the best perch.
WHAT’S HOT This Month: Over 200 nations will compete in the world’s biggest sporting spectacle when the 2016 Summer Olympics roll into Rio this summer. 35 venues around the city will host sports, but the main action will be in Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Deodoro, and Maracanã.
Culture: It may be easy to categorize Orlando as strictly kid-friendly but the city is an emerging creative and cultural hub with areas such as Ivanhoe Village drawing hipsters galore. Check out the Charles Hosmer Morse Musem of American Art in historic Winter Park for the largest collection of Tiffany glass in the world.
Shopping: Like many central Florida cities, Orlando is on a grid and the best experiences can be found on a “strip” of some sort. Check out Thornton Park, just East of Orlando’s bustling downtown financial district, for quaint shopping that takes you out of the mega mall.
Food: Keep your walking shoes on for a park-and-walk at Milk District, the area aptly named for the T.G. Lee Milk national headquarters smack-dab in its center. Jimmy Fallon reportedly loves the big bites at Beefy King, an Orlando institution since 1968 (the same year Walt Disney World opened).
Cocktails: The best cocktails always leave us begging for a recipe and the folks at The Courtesy Bar have planned accordingly. This downtown spot’s owners now offer a cocktail class twice a month. We recommend the Honey Cut: a suitably whimsical blend of gin, honeydew juice, vermouth, lime, simple syrup, Himalayan pink salt and mint.
WHAT’S HOT This Month: This summer brings brand new theme park attractions including Epcot’s Soaring Around the World, where visitors travel to remote countries and fly over unique natural landscapes, and the Rivers of Light show in Animal Kingdom