1. Moonlight Trekking
If you’ve never tried horse riding on the beach in Cayman, then you are seriously missing out. Trekking along golden sands in the sunshine or riding bareback in the warm ocean waters may not float your boat when the temperatures are hot, so why not try a full moon ride under the stars? Various stables in West Bay offer this magical experience, including Pampered Ponies and Spirit of the West, and they’ll usually have resident rates too. Don’t wait until you’ve got visitors before you give this a try.
2. Let’s Get Physical
Feeling a bit lazy after a summer of vacations, family visits and general lounging around? Jumpstart your energy levels by going to the annual Fitness Palooza at Camana Bay, an event that helps raise money for the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association. Taking place on Sept. 23, it’s something that all ages can enjoy. Some of Cayman’s best fitness instructors team up to teach us mere fitness mortals to dance, stretch, flex and strengthen. Entry is $20 for adults and free for kids.
3. Spice it Up
Rich sauces, delicious daals, and tantalizing spices … what’s not to love about Indian cuisine? Decide for yourself when you check out the newbie on the Cayman food scene, Pani Indian Kitchen. Located in Camana Bay, it opened its doors in August, ready to tempt our taste buds with its divine choice of flavors. Brought to the island by the Market Street Group, expect some incredible traditional recipes with a few contemporary twists thrown in for good measure. Go for the décor and stay for the dishes.
4. Pure Art
If you’re looking for gifts to send to relatives or you just want to give yourself a little treat, the wonderful products sold at Pure Art are ideal. It’s been open for over two decades now and is handily located in a pretty seaside cottage on South Church Street. At first blush, it seems to be a small building that would take only five minutes to peruse, but step inside and be dazzled by your surroundings. From handcrafted tableware to soy-wax scented candles that smell good enough to eat, you’ll undoubtedly want to leave with everything.
5. Scream for Ice Cream
Hot weather just screams out for ice cream and luckily Cayman has plenty of it! There’s nothing better than tucking into a waffle cone piled high with multiple scoops of this sweet and creamy dessert, especially on a lazy Sunday afternoon … or any other day of the week, for that matter. Enjoy pure decadence at the Häagen Dazs stores in George Town and Camana Bay or boggle at the vast range of unbeatable flavors at Gelato & Co. Cremeria Italiana, also located in Camana Bay.
6. Girl Talk Club
There may be no better time to join a club on the island. The Girl Talk Club Circle of Babes is hosting a free event at the la prairie spa in The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on Sept. 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. It’s a ladies-only get-together and encourages chat and female empowerment. To help the girls relax and get in the groove, there will be complimentary bubbly, food and mini-treatments on the menu. Might be the perfect way to make new friends and treat yourself at the same time. Sign up on the Girl Talk Club Facebook page.
7. Books, Books, Books
Whether your family is in back-to-school mode or not, burying your head in a great book is always a good idea. With September being a sleepy time for events, slip your shoes off and enjoy a night in instead with a classic novel, action-packed fiction or fascinating biography from Books & Books in Camana Bay or The Book Nook in Galleria Plaza. Yes, technology does allow you to download books onto your tablet or Kindle device, but there’s still something very Zen about thumbing through physical pages.
8. Staycation Time
Cling on to the summer holiday period and take advantage of the low tourist season by enjoying a staycation. With many places offering great deals in September, you’ve got the perfect excuse to step back and really enjoy all the things the Cayman Islands have to offer. Choose luxury at one of the resorts on Seven Mile Beach, get some peace and quiet at a boutique hotel down East End, or jet off to Little Cayman or Cayman Brac for a secluded getaway.
9. Go for a Spin
Get back into an exercise regimen with the help of Ryde, the latest fitness studio to hit our shores. Using high tech spinning bikes and world class instructors, visitors can sweat it off to some great tunes and atmospheric lighting at this brand-new, state-of-the art studio. Head down to Ryde at Camana Bay later in the month and get your heart pumping at a choice of spinning classes to suit all abilities. No hot sun and no flat tires to worry about; these are the ideal biking conditions.
10. In the pink
The Breast Cancer Gala, held in The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, is one of the most opulent and prestigious events on the seasonal calendar. Tickets sell out early and then the waiting list begins. Guest speakers this year are Bill and Giuliana Rancic and the night includes an exciting live auction and entertainment. Now is the time to buy your seats before they all run out. How popular is this gala? About half the tables are booked a year in advance. You have been warned.