Top 10 Things We Love This Month – April 2017

1. Climb like an iguana

Cayman Brac is one of Grand Cayman’s stunning Sister Islands and is unique, thanks to its bluff that rises to a 140-foot peak at North East Point. The founders of Rock Iguana Ltd. have long been exploring its potential as a climbing destination and now the company has officially opened its doors. Rappel tours, rock climbing lessons, cave tours and mapped routes for intermediate and experienced climbers are all available, offered by professional trainers who are well familiar with the landscape. It’s only a short flight away. What are you waiting for? See www.climb.ky.

 

2. Appleton’s Joy

Joy Spence, Master Blender at Appleton Estate, is an extraordinary woman. She was the first female master blender in the world when she attained that designation; a role model and pioneer in her field. Now, after 20 years in this position, Appleton is lauding her achievements in fine style with a limited edition 25-year-old rum, appropriately called “Joy.” Said to “open with a delicate orange peel top note, with ginger and spice, [finishing] with notes of warm vanilla, butterscotch, coffee and layers of almond and toasted oak,” this is a classic, like the lady herself.

 

3. Paddle your heart out

Why stay indoors when you can get outside for a great cause? Grab your paddle board, kayak or any other self-propelled watercraft and join in the Kayak Paddle Board Race on April 9 in support of the Cayman Heart Fund. This is a family-friendly event along Seven Mile Beach with funds raised going to the charitable organization. It is $25 for adults and $15 for under-16s. Don’t forget to bring your watercraft or you won’t be able to participate. Visit the site at www.caymanheartfund.com for more information.

 

4. VIP movie treatment

It’s finally here! The renovated theater at Regal Camana Bay is open for business, taking a night at the movies to a whole new level. Reclining sofa-style chairs, a 4K resolution projector and the latest Dolby Atmos surround sound system are just some of the luxurious upgrades you can expect to revel in. Oh yeah, and try the freshly baked pizzas now on the menu at the concession stand. This is what they must have meant by dinner and a movie … how sweet it is!

 

5. Cayman to Roatan

Cayman Airways has officially added one of the Bay Islands to its quiver of destinations. Roatan is rustic, green, laidback and will remind many of Cayman about 30-40 years ago in terms of development. There is great diving to be had there, along with plenty of outdoor activities including zip-lining and wildlife encounters. You can book a short Thurs-Sun getaway, or stay a little longer. The direct flight makes it so easy to discover the charm of this Honduran gem. For more info, see www.caymanairways.com.

 

6. Easter eggs

Why is it that the first half of the year seems to revolve around chocolate when we’re all trying to stick to our New Year’s resolutions? First there’s Valentine’s Day, and the moment all the hearts disappear off the shelves, they are replaced by bunnies, chicks and heavenly chocolate Easter eggs. All the major supermarkets have been displaying them for the last month, courtesy of Tesco, Waitrose and Cadbury. If you haven’t yet got yours and they’re on your list, now is the time to act because just like the Easter Bunny, once they’re gone, they won’t be back until next year.

 

7. Table 22

This new wine and cocktail bar in Shoppes at Grand Harbour is a welcome addition to the landscape. It has delectable tapas on the menu, a cozy, relaxed atmosphere, and the very popular 5 o’clocktails promotion, where from 5 – 7 p.m., special cocktails are only $5 each. You’ll want to get there early to grab a seat perfect for people watching. This is the kind of place you can go to as a single and have no worries about the odds of meeting others. Check out the Facebook page for Table 22 and see what you’ve been missing.

 

8. Launa’s Jewelry

Launa Green is quite the personality, which is one of the reasons why she is such a successful jewelry maker and seller. You’ll often find her and her wares at the various local craft markets, chatting with customers and discussing the materials she uses. Her pieces are formed from conch shell, Caymanite, coconut shell and other indigenous items, making them particularly popular with visitors. One of her big sellers is her selection of handmade charms. The inserts fit all Pandora bracelets, making them unique gifts. See www.launasjewelry.ky.

 

9. Jump for J’Ouvert

If getting up at 3 a.m. to join a parade at 4 a.m. sounds like your Nirvana, then you should probably sign up for the second annual J’Ouvert event on April 22, part of Batabano Carnival. Last year saw a huge throng of revelers in official T-shirts and shades, covered in mud and paint. Top DJs provided the music as everyone danced the morning away. Organizers are expecting it to be even bigger this year and as tickets are not available at the gate, anyone wishing to participate must register in advance. See www.caymancarnival.com.

 

10. Donate your hotel amenities

You know when you stay at a hotel, you tend to grab the soaps, conditioners, shampoos and all the other little amenities in the bathroom? How many do you actually use when you get home or elsewhere? We have many a wee bottle of all of the above taking up space in the house, just waiting to be utilized. This month, consider grabbing all of your treasures – including the sewing kits and emery boards if you so choose – and donate them to the Cayman Crisis Centre.