26. Go twitching in Little Cayman
Wildlife lovers should hop across to the smallest sister island to lay eyes on a dazzling array of rare wetland and shore birds, including the western hemisphere’s largest colony of red-footed boobies. Based on a land-locked saltwater lagoon fringed by mangroves, the Booby Pond Nature Reserve is home to some 2,500 active nests of the small seabirds. Spy on the avian life from a large observation gallery overlooking the unspoiled terrain, and take advantage of free-to-use state-of-the-art telescopes to catch a closer glimpse.
27. Stock the drinks cabinet
Champagne Lanson, Stolichnaya vodka, Hendrick’s gin… Whatever your poison, we’ll bet you can find it on the shelves of Tortuga Fine Wine and Spirits. And what with all those pool parties, boat trips and barbecues over the summer months, there’s plenty of opportunity to indulge in a delicious glass or two. Tortuga has over 13 locations across Cayman, from West Bay to Smith Road and even the Brac. So, no excuses for having an empty fridge and wine rack when visitors drop round.
28. Underwater photography classes
Why not take your photography skills to the next level and learn how to shoot underwater? Being lucky enough to live in an area surrounded by water with outstanding visibility, there is no better place in the world to try this out.
Cathy Church Photography offers affordable private classes and regular group courses for beginners hoping to learn the basics of shooting underwater as well as intermediates wanting to get more out of their camera. They also sell a wide range of equipment and technology for all your underwater photography needs.
29. Afternoon tea
Perfect for birthdays or special occasions, you should consider swapping brunch for an elegant afternoon tea. The Marriott hosts an Alice in Wonderland-inspired Mad Hatter’s Tea Party every Saturday afternoon with a delicious menu of savory and sweet nibbles. Silver Palm at The Ritz-Carlton is ideal for a more subdued affair with an interesting take on the traditional afternoon tea menu. Think poached lobster on plantain tostones. Both offer a wide variety of teas or if you prefer, a glass of the bubbly persuasion.
30. Flow Kids App
Flow’s younger viewers now have a kid-friendly service that delivers children’s content anytime, anywhere, on any device via the new Flow Kids app, specially developed by Toon Goggles, the top kids’ on-demand entertainment service. This could be a life saver on rainy days. The Flow Kids app offers viewers approximately 1,000 hours of high-definition children’s content – thousands of fun and educational cartoons for boys and girls, live action shows, comedy, engaging games for preschool to older age groups – something for every child.
31. Flavour Tour
Try out the guided foodie tour through Camana Bay. Stopping off at some of the signature restaurants, sample fresh, local produce paired with complementing cocktails. Start the evening with a glass of bubbles at West Indies Wine Company before tucking into four small plates and their accompanying tipple, finally finishing off the evening where it all began – at the West Indies Wine Company – to taste one of their many vintages. Tours last for two hours and cost US$89 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
32. Luna Del Mar @ Kaibo
Another evening beach event is the monthly full moon extravaganza at Kaibo. It is the perfect way to escape the usual full moon celebrations and dine under the stars, thanks to award-winning Chef Laurence Tham serving up three courses with the help of his team. After dinner, enjoy the paper lantern display and be prepared for dancing on the beach as the tempo lifts. Check the website for dates. Tickets are $55 for just the dining experience or $75, which also includes a water taxi from Camana Bay.
Why not spend the summer getting through the list of fix-up jobs that you have been adding to for months? Now is the time to hang that hammock for lazy summer days in the garden or finally pick out that fire pit you have been meaning to get. For all your DIY needs, look no further than A. L. Thompson’s. Head to The Outdoors section of the store for some great DIY ideas, and look for all sorts of fun games and gadgets ready to be snapped up off the shelves.
34. Crystal therapy workshop
Celebrities have been the driving force behind this holistic following recently with the likes of Adele, Katy Perry and Miranda Kerr calling themselves fans. The Crystal Shop in Coconut Plaza hosts regular Crystals 101 workshops for those wanting to learn a bit more about crystal healing qualities, characteristics and personal uses for the holder or for those who just want to see what all the fuss is about. The store also carries a wide range of crystals, jewelry, accessories and information on crystal healing therapy.
There are many charity and non-profit organizations in Cayman that would benefit from your time. From wildlife conservation to sporting events, an abundance of worthy causes need the support of volunteers. Whether you want to take a pooch out for a weekend stroll at the Humane Society, deliver food to elderly folk for Meals on Wheels, clean up the beautiful beaches of Cayman, protect and conserve turtle hatchlings, lend a hand at one of the many Cancer Society events or join a mentor program for young people in school or the workplace, you will get just as much out of your good deed as those you help.
36. Outpost Bar @ Pedro St James
A new bar has just opened at the Pedro St James landmark. Serving food and beverages daily they also offer rum tasting tours Monday through Thursday and on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday evening kicks off the Sea Sessions Happy Hour from 5 p.m. until late with 2-for-1 drinks. Against the backdrop of a breathtaking sunset, there will be entertainment provided to ease you into the weekend. With a stunning setting like Pedro St James, where better to say “hello” to the weekend?
37. Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman
Try a different take on the typical brunch and head to Margaritaville Beach Resort for the Burger & Beer Brunch. Locals and resort guests can enjoy a brunch station with custom-built burgers, gourmet sides and garnishes so you can make your burger just how you like it. Top it off with unlimited Hoegaarden or Stella Artois draft beer.
Brunch takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday at the 5 O’clock Somewhere Bar & Grill and is priced at $27.50 per person.
38. West Bay Loop
This is a must for avid cyclists and novices alike. There is the option of taking the guided three-hour tour which follows safe, quiet roads starting and finishing at the Cracked Conch restaurant, following a loop right around West Bay area. Pass through landmarks such as the infamous Hell post office and Barkers National Park where you can discover deserted beaches or if you’re lucky, catch kite surfers in action. Bikes can be hired from the Cracked Conch.