1. Brazilian Zero – Halo
There is a plethora of smoothing treatments available from Cayman’s salons. While some treatments make hair poker straight, those who don’t want to give up the option of wearing their hair in waves and curls may prefer the Brazilian Zero. A softer version of its cousin, the full Brazilian Blowout, the Zero removes frizz while still allowing the hair to curl if desired. The Zero also lacks the formaldehyde found in other blowouts. Halo Salon in Caymanian Village offers both the full Brazilian blowout and the Zero version.
2. Lyrical Soul – at Breezes by the Bay
Breezes Bistro & Lounge in central George Town is offering a fresh, locally inspired menu. It also hosts Lyrical Soul, a spoken word night, which includes stand-up comedy performed against a musical backdrop. Music for the evenings is provided by Beneil Miller, Jason Gilbert, Capo Fitz and Rico Rolando, along with live art by local artists each week. Lyrical Soul takes place every Friday from 7-11 p.m. and dinner and cocktail specials are available.
3. Apple TV
Okay, we know the Apple TV has been around for a while, but it’s certainly worth a mention with all the great shows available on Netflix and iTunes these days. Simply hook it up to your TV and you can stream movies and series without having to plug in your laptop or mobile device with cables and the like. We guarantee that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it when you get online for the first time. It opens up a world of entertainment.
4. Represent your country
If you’ve been on the fence about entering for Miss Cayman, time is running out. The deadline for applications is Aug. 5, with the pageant taking place early next year. The pageant was first held in 1977 and has produced such cultural ambassadors as Mona Lisa Tatum, Nichelle Welcome, Lindsay Japal, Tonie Chisholm and Monyque Brooks. Open to 18-24 year olds, it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and winning provides a chance to represent Cayman at Miss World and Miss Universe. See misscaymanpageant.com for more information and registration regulations.
5. Pokémon Go
The Pokémon brand already covers video games, comics, toys and trading cards, but its newest endeavor takes it up a notch. Pokémon Go is a “mobile augmented reality game,” and allows users to hunt down Pokémons using their phone’s camera, with the creatures found in real world imagery. Users may find their favorite characters in their local area, at businesses and in backyards, and will know they’re close when their phone vibrates. Once found, players catch them by throwing Poké balls at them.
6. Rum Point Ferry
Remember the good old days when the Rum Point Ferry made regular trips across the North Sound? Well, it seems these days are back! Cayman Ferries has begun service, taking passengers from Camana Bay to Kaibo (with a shuttle to Rum Point) and back again, allowing car-less visitors to enjoy the other side of the island, and residents a chance to have a mudslide or two without the 45-minute return car journey. While the eye-catching yellow ferry will start with two trips out and two back, it may increase service frequency depending on demand.
7. Read local
Summer is here, and weekends spent reading are on the schedule. Why not try one of the many books published by local authors? From historical endeavors and biographies, to sci-fi options such as Ross Tibbett’s “The Walker” or poetic collections such as Roy Bodden’s “Reflections from a broken mirror,” there is truly something for everyone. If you have kids, there is also a selection of children’s books for various ages such as Taura Ebanks’ “Let’s Explore the Cayman Islands” and Kathleen Bodden-Harris’s “Quest on the Marl Road.”
8. Stretch it out
Miss Jackie’s School of Dance is holding stretch classes beginning Aug. 2. Focusing on mature students, the classes will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15 – 6 p.m. and promise a host of health benefits, including pain relief, increased energy and blood circulation, better posture and muscle coordination. Two classes a week for a month cost $100, while one a week for a month is $50 and the drop-in rate is $15 per class.
9. Starfish Cay
A spectacular treat for the children is taking them to Starfish Cay at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. This water-themed playground offers an exciting way to while away the hours.
Featuring a zero-entry splash pool, interactive water nozzles, water slides and water buckets ready to soak nearby children, Starfish Cay provides a fun day out for children and a chance to keep cool in the summer heat. Starfish Cay is open to hotel guests as well as local residents who can purchase passes at the front desk with proof of ID.
10. Wine delivery
Premier Wines & Spirits’ “The Drink Concierge” is a beverage delivery service that allows customers to order tipples of their fancy from home. It is run through islandgrub.ky so normal delivery fees apply, and can be used during Premier’s store hours. Not only will you not have to move from the sofa, but there is also no minimum order, so whether it’s a bottle of wine for a one-on-one dinner, or a bulk order to stock the fridge for visitors, you’ll be set. Visit islandgrub.ky for a complete listing of Premier’s beverages available for delivery.