1. Café Amazon
Café Amazon is a new café house on Elgin Ave in George Town that has gone completely green … in a good way. An all organic-menu, including coffee and tea from all over the world, has won the café a host of loyal fans. The breakfast here is fantastic – the omelet and smoothies are a must try! Sometimes, it serves up a nine-bean soup. Who knew there were even nine beans out there? Its opening hours are Mon-Fri 7:45 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; closed on Sundays.
2. Margaritaville Beach Resort
The spirit of Jimmy Buffett has made its way up Seven Mile Beach and now resides in the newly opened Margaritaville Beach Resort. Sip a signature margarita at the 5 O’Clock Somewhere poolside bar or head to YARA restaurant when you’re in the mood for steak and more. It’s also great to see that the property has immediately employed local musicians to entertain locals and tourists throughout the week. Barefoot Man is one of the resident troubadours, playing with Sea N’ B every Wednesday night.
3. Keeping mozzies at bay
The Cayman Islands and mosquitoes go together like sun and sunburn; the latter is usually an unfortunate accompaniment to the former. You could cover yourself with OFF spray which will keep them at bay, but then you’ll smell like you’re wearing Eau de OFF. Medella Naturals’ all-natural insect and mosquito repellent will repel bugs all year round while leaving your skin smelling divine. It is made without fragrance, dyes, DEET, phthalates, pesticides, alcohol, formaldehyde, preservatives or petrochemicals. Pick up a spray bottle at local stores such as Kirk Market, Pure Art and West Bay Pharmacy & Gifts.
4. Starvin’ Artists
Starvin’ Artists is a co-op of local artists, headed by jeweler Mitzi Callan. Here you can expect to find art, paintings, and photography from Cayman’s up-and-coming talent. Based at Mitzi’s Fine Jewelry on West Bay Road, one can now purchase very affordable local pieces. They also carry a lot of other items such as original hand sketches and painted glassware that start as low as $10. They are a new company and are just settling in, but already word has spread about them and customers are rolling in.
5. Negative space makeup
If using eyeshadow in the old-fashioned way seems so very last season, it might be time to try something different and trending. It’s called “negative space” makeup, and it basically entails leaving parts of the eyelid unpainted. Think of it as a cutout dress, but for your eyes. The makeup-free areas, which can be lines, stars or any other shape, pop out against the surrounding shadow to create a glam look that would go perfectly with a negative space manicure.
6. Go Bose wireless
The Bose QuietComfort® 35 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® around-ear Wireless Headphones are perfect for shutting out the noise of the world around you. Once they are switched on, sound is powerful and balanced without any interference from your surroundings, such as the roar of an airplane engine. They are lightweight with an around-the-ear fit for complete comfort, and even come with an integral mic/remote for calls and music on apple devices. You’ll get 20-hour battery life per charge; and up to 40 hours in wired mode. Bliss.
7. Sail with friends
They say the two best days of a boat owner’s life are the day they buy and the day they sell. Why own a boat, which brings myriad unexpected costs and headaches, when you can simply hire others to take you out for the day? Sail With Friends Cayman offers a personalized service for you and your guests on a sailboat or power boat where they do all the captaining so you can do all the enjoying. Rated #1 on TripAdvisor out of 68 tours. See www.sailwithfriendscayman.com
8. Security first
The Nest Cam Security Camera is an excellent gadget to have around with 24/7 live video streaming. Once the Nest app is downloaded onto your smartphone, it will alert the user if it detects movement. The user can then access the camera via the app to see what is happening. The camera has a built-in speaker and microphone, allowing the user to get someone’s attention and has a night vision camera that allows the user to see the whole room when it is dark — not just a limited spotlight view.
9. corkcicle canteen
We have to admit that when we were given one of these as a Christmas gift, we dismissed it fairly quickly … until we gave it a try. The canteen absolutely lives up to its claim that it will keep drinks ice cold for up to 25 hours, and hot drinks steamy for up to 12 hours. On an island in the Caribbean, a bottle that will keep beverages really cold for a long time is a winner. It comes in different sizes to suit your lifestyle and thirst levels and can be found at Atlantic store in Paddington Place, Godfrey Nixon Way.
10. Light Up The Night
The seventh annual Light Up The Night beach walk is back, raising money for the Breast Cancer Foundation. Walk to remember a loved one or support someone dealing with breast cancer. It starts at 7 p.m. at Royal Palms, taking participants along the beach under the light of an almost-full moon with the turnaround point at The Ritz-Carlton. A donation of $25 also gets you a raffle entry. Register at breastcancerfoundation.ky. It is always a wonderful event of hope and camaraderie.