A stay on world-famous Seven Mile Beach is alluring but for those looking for something a little bit different, why not check out – and into – accommodations that offer another slice of Cayman life? Whether vacationing or staycationing, these stellar spots promise a restorative break off the beaten track.
The Far Side
If you want to get a feel of laid-back island living, it’s well-advised to take a trip to the “far side.” That’s what the locals dub the districts of North Side and East End – two quaint areas that exude the timeless charm of old-time Cayman.
For a peaceful beachfront experience, book a room at Morritt’s or Wyndham Reef Resort. Located side-by-side in East End, these resorts offer a quiet, refreshing getaway. Both organize activities such as karaoke, live music, an artisan market and meet-and-greet evenings and there is a range of amenities including pools, swim-up bar, watersports, dining and snorkeling right outside your door. There are nearby attractions and dining spots, with Tukka Restaurant & Bar providing a courtesy shuttle to its Australian-fusion waterfront eatery.
If looking for privacy and beachfront bliss, consider booking a condo rental at Cayman Kai. The Pools is an idyllic escape that is within walking distance to Kaibo Yacht Club and Rum Point, two not-to-be-missed beach hangouts in North Side.
The Pools is a collection of beachfront condos with a great perk: each comes with its own enclosed sea-view swimming pool. The white sand beach is right outside the door.
Nearby attractions include Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, Crystal Caves and Starfish Point.
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Get a glimpse of the past and rub shoulders with the locals at this quaint seaside town. It’s the oldest village on the island, once serving as the capital of the Cayman Islands.
A good place to stay is Turtle Nest Inn & Condos, a beachfront hideaway located just off the main thoroughfare. There are three buildings housing fully furnished apartments and condos. There are two beachfront pools and you can step right outside your door to bask in the sun or don snorkel and fins and go underwater exploring.
Attractions include historic Mission House, where history buffs can get a sense of how the early settlers lived, and nearby Pedro St. James, the birthplace of democracy in Cayman. There are several local eateries include the seaside Grape Tree Café and the roadside Czech Inn Grill.
This rustic district offers plenty of options for sightseeing, relaxing and exploring, and is a decidedly different experience from the Seven Mile strip (but, conveniently, just a short drive away).
Book a stay at Shangri-La, a boutique bed and breakfast tucked away on Sticky Toffee Lane (named after the famous confection served at nearby Calypso Grill). The property is perched on a man-made lake, and the rooms each have a theme. There is a pool, sundeck and barbecue.
Sea Orchard Retreat is another quiet spot nestled in West Bay on Conch Point Road. It features four Caribbean-style cottages, each with its own garden. The retreat offers creative workshops and can arrange watersports activities and excursions for guests. There is a wedding chapel and meditation room; oceanfront pool and hot tub; fitness center; and hammocks swaying in sea grape trees.
Some of the island’s most popular attractions are in West Bay: two dolphin parks, Cayman Turtle Centre, Cayman Motor Museum and Hell post office and gift shop. Barkers National Park is ideal for a peaceful stroll, and popular activities here include kitesurfing and horseback riding.
Sea Orchard Retreat
Slightly off Seven
Those looking for a Seven Mile Beach experience but aren’t keen on staying at a traditional resort or hotel, might find a good fit at Addison & Lee Cayman Villa, a newly renovated bed and breakfast on the southern end of West Bay Road. It’s located in a quiet residential area on Marbel Drive, just steps to the beach, a 10-minute walk to Camana Bay and a 15-minute stroll to downtown George Town.
The well-appointed seven-room villa offers a mix of shared and private spaces with such amenities as an inviting sundeck, pool and garden. Each room is named after a flower and feature an abundance of natural light. The villa can be rented individually, or the entire place can be rented, accommodating up to 14 people.
Addison & Lee Cayman Villa