50 FUN THINGS TO DO THIS SUMMER (1 – 12)

1. Climb the Bluff

Cayman Brac’s bluff is the focal point of the 12-mile-long island, rising majestically to 140 feet. As well as nature trails and caves, the bluff’s craggy sides provide a perfect location for rock climbing. Rock Iguana Ltd. offers rock climbing experiences for all ages, fitness and skill levels, with customizable routes and packages. Whether you are a climbing newbie, an intermediate or a hardened climber, there is something for everyone. As well as rock climbing and rappelling, the company also offers packages exploring the island’s caves and undertaking nature walks.

See www.climb.ky.

2. Extend your mane attraction

While you may lust after your favorite celebrity’s gorgeous locks, it might be that things are not as natural as they seem. Nowadays, long, full and luxurious hair can be created no matter what your natural palette, with salons island-wide offering bespoke extension services whether hand-tied, weaved, sewn in, clipped in, taped or fused with glue.

100 percent human hair is available, as well as synthetic types and mixed blends and there is a whole color spectrum to choose from which will match perfectly with your natural or treated
color.

3. Learn to cook a new dish

If you’re a serious foodie looking to raise your kitchen game, The Ritz-Carlton Culinary Studio’s “Immersion into Blue” could be the perfect place to hone your skills. During a one-hour culinary masterclass you’ll get to learn from distinguished chefs in the state-of-the-art Culinary Studio on the fifth floor, prepping and cooking your own meal. Then, take a well-earned seat and tuck into the fruits of your labor as part of a five or seven course tasting menu (starting from $315).

4. Buy local

Cayman has a plethora of craft and food markets where you can support local vendors.

Pick up the freshest fruit and veg at the Market at the Cricket Grounds from Monday – Saturday, or at Camana Bay’s Farmers & Artisans Market on Wednesdays. Apart from the larger food markets, stop by one of the roadside stalls which pop up on Crewe Road, Walkers Road or into the eastern districts. Crafts including jewelry and traditionally woven thatch goods can be perused on weekdays at the Cayman Craft Market in George Town, or at the Camana Bay and Cricket Ground markets.

See www.facebook.com/FARMCayman or www.camanabay.com/farmers-market.

5. Wine school

If you really want to make the most of your libation choices, or simply impress others at dinner parties, WineSchool 3 offers wine and bar school courses for both service industry personnel and the general public. Get to know your grapes and choose from courses covering Champagne, sparkling wine, cocktails, wine service and food and wine pairing. For professional bartenders, Barschool courses at WineSchool are approved by Shaker BarSchool and include an international bartending course and molecular mixology.

Visit wineschool3.com for more information.

6. Roll sushi at home

A fun activity for the whole family, learning how to make sushi can create an entertaining and yummy evening at home. If you missed out on one of Bon Vivant’s sushi classes, a plethora of information is available online, including educational YouTube videos which lead you through the process step-by-step. Sushi equipment, such as rolling mats, chopsticks, knives and other sushi equipment and accessories can be purchased at A. L. Thompson’s, while local supermarkets have all the ingredients necessary to whip up a complete Japanese feast.

For more information, see www.bonvivant.ky and www.althompson.com.

7. Cool down in a fountain

Camana Bay is an enticing oasis on sweltering days. Its tree-lined avenues and waterfront terrace offer plenty of shaded seating, free Wi-Fi and air-conditioned shopping galore. Little ones just love playing in the fountains, too.

Saturdays are set to be especially splash-tastic through July and August, as the fountain on The Crescent transforms into a huge summer playground from 3-5 p.m. Running every Saturday until August 26, water toys and family-friendly music by a live DJ will add to the fun and games.

8. Dine and dance at Peppers

The popular open air eatery Peppers Bar and Grill offers live entertainment from local bands. On Wednesday evenings, Dexter Bodden and the Coconut Cowboys delight diners with country music, while reggae, soca and popular music is provided by

JR Douglas and his band on Friday nights, and Burmon Scott and Los Tropicanos rock the crowd to soca and reggae on Saturdays. Dance the night away, or merely sit back and listen while you chow down on scrumptious jerk pork and chicken, BBQ ribs and chicken, homemade pizza, saltfish fritters and other delights.

Website: www.peppers.ky.

9. Enjoy a staycation

Even though we live on a beautiful island in the Caribbean, it can become hard to find the time to de-stress and enjoy our paradise. Making the time to enjoy a staycation here on the island forces us to relax and unwind. A weekend dipping your toes in the sand of Seven Mile Beach or the Sister Islands’ beaches, or taking advantage of room service and spa visits, will wipe the slate clean. Many of Cayman’s high-end resorts offer excellent staycation deals for local residents over the quieter summer months.

10. Take the plunge and learn to dive

Cayman may be beautiful above the waves, but what’s under them attracts divers from all over the world. With enough dive sites to keep you entertained every day of the year, it would be crazy not to take advantage. From the shallow depth of Stingray City to deep wall dives, or wrecks such as the Kittiwake and Captain Keith Tibbetts, there is something for everyone, and just as many diving outfits offering lessons and refresher courses.

 

11. Sip a local brew

When the mercury rises, there’s nothing better than a cold beer. Luckily, our small island produces some stonking drinks, meaning you can bask in the knowledge of supporting local producers while pleasing your taste buds. If you’re a beer drinker, say “cheers” to one of the Cayman Island Brewery’s premium lagers: Caybrew, with its crisp, clean hop character; the unique roasted notes of Ironshore; or White Tip, a smooth pilsner. You can even visit its brewery in Prospect to see how the stuff is made on a behind-the-scenes tour.

12. Take to the skies

Instead of driving around our beautiful island, why not take in the sights from the air? Cayman Islands Helicopters offers a variety of tours including a quick 10-minute flyby over Seven Mile Beach, 20-minute trips to Stingray City and longer 45-minute excursions which allow you to take in views of the whole island. There is also an option to fly, dive and dine – island-hopping between the three islands for a dive on each, or sunset flights which deliver you to your dinner reservations at The Ritz-Carlton or Camana Bay. Customizable private charters are also on offer.

See www.caymanislandshelicopters.com.