1. Take a brewery tour
Summer is typically the hot, sunny time of year, but they also don’t call it the rainy season for nuthin’. When it’s too wet to go outside, it is time to turn to indoor activities. Take a tour of the Cayman Islands Brewery! You’ll see the bottling plant, the brewhouse, the tanks, tap room and kegs galore. Best of all, you get to sample five beers to get a real taste of freshly made brews. Visit the retail shop to load up on souvenirs. Tours run weekdays every hour from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at only US$10 or CI$8 per person; free for anyone under 18. Get there early.
2. Invest in your own kayak
Heading out on a speedboat is a favorite pastime for anyone living in or visiting the Cayman Islands, but if you prefer to take things at a slower pace, you should seriously look at investing in a kayak. You don’t have to be super-fit to use one (so long as you don’t head out in large swells) and you get to see the water from a whole new perspective. A. L. Thompson’s stocks the perfect starter kayak: the Pelican Argo 100. It is lightweight, very stable, has adjustable footrests and padded backrest, and features a storage hatch. Why rent when you can own at a reasonable price?
3. Discover the Cayman Turtle Centre
You may not realize this, but the Cayman Turtle Centre is about so much more than just turtles. You can meet exotic birds, go for a swim or take advantage of the onsite water slide to help you cool off in the summer months. There is no better time to be local, as you can take advantage of significantly reduced entrance fees. Adults are only $10, children 4-11 years old are $4 and under 4s get in free! You can buy refreshments, browse the gift shop, or just enjoy the adventure of being in the park and getting to know the wildlife.
4. Watch the World Cup
If the game of footie is your thing, you’ve no doubt got June 14 circled on your calendar. The World Cup 2018, held in Russia, will be available to all Logic customers, free of charge, on channels 500 and 501, starting at 10 a.m. on that date and running through to the finals on July 15. Germany was the last World Cup winner; who will emerge victorious this year from the 32 participating teams? Logic will also be doing giveaways throughout the tournament on social media and the radio. Get ready to cheer on your favorites!
5. Get fit!
The idea of getting fit may not seem fun, but there is no greater fun than being able to slide into your favorite jeans or going on a shopping spree once you’ve lost those extra pounds. Complete Fitness in Galleria Plaza can help you reach your goals, with personal trainers who can tailor your program to your body type. They assist with nutritional information and use a mixture of methods to help you make the most out of your sessions. When you live in the Caribbean, every day is a swimsuit day!
6. Scuba for less
Even though scuba diving is a huge draw for visitors, a lot of residents still haven’t given it a try. Now is your chance! Every weekend in June, residents can sign up for a Discover Scuba course at Red Sail sports for only $50. This is a one-day course that introduces the landlubber to diving to see if they are interested in pursuing their Open Water certification. The morning is spent on theory and in the pool, and in the afternoon, you’ll head to the sea for a guided shallow reef dive. Minimum age is 10 years old. Sign up and dive!
7. Immerse yourself in history
You’ve heard the stories of Pedro St. James, now take a step back in time when you visit this national treasure in Savannah. Walk the grounds and imagine what it was like in those days. Tour the Great House and admire its attention to detail, giving a true sense of the original building. Take a seat in the Pedro Theatre and experience the 3-D multi-sensory presentation, transporting you to the era of the early settlers. To learn about Pedro and other Cayman sites, visit the Tourism Attraction Board’s website.
8. Distilling Tortuga
Tortuga Rum Cake is pretty famous in Cayman, as well as the company’s wide selection of rums. Did you know you can visit Tortuga’s location in Seven Mile Shops and see Tortuga Rum being made in the distillery? One of the most interesting parts of the tour is being able to speak with the master blender; learn how they create the distinctive flavors that have put Tortuga on the map. You even get to try free samples of the gold and light rum. Stop by any time from Mon – Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
9. Salsa dance the night away
Every Tuesday night, the dance floor at the Wharf comes alive with the beats of salsa music. This popular evening has been going for years and shows no signs of slowing down. It all begins with free lessons, so amateurs can learn a step or two, then it’s time for them to spread their wings and fly. Not only is it a lot of fun, it’s also a great way to burn calories without even thinking about it. Don’t worry if you’ve got two left feet – there is no judgment here.
10. Host a board game night
It seems that ever since technology took over, people are more inclined to reach for their tablets or smartphones than they are a book or a good old-fashioned game of Monopoly. Have we forgotten how great it can be, playing board games with our friends? Remember the days of Trivial Pursuit? Scrabble? Clue? Dig those boxes out of your cupboard (you know they’re in there somewhere), invite everyone around and get ready for some laughs. It’s free, it’s easy and no two games are the same. Will it be Colonel Mustard with the candlestick in the library? Play and find out!
11. Explore the reef after dark
Much like any city, when the sun goes down Cayman’s underwater worlds take on a different character. Octopus, squid and eels come out to hunt, parrotfish put on their ‘pajamas’ (changing to a paler color) and lay down on the reef, and turtles stick their heads under rocks to catch 40 winks. All this and more can be seen on a night snorkeling tour run by The Ritz-Carlton’s Ambassadors of the Environment center. Accompanied by a pair of guides, you’ll swim to a shallow reef off Seven Mile Beach and shine your torches down at the nocturnal sea life. A mesmerizing encounter, totally unlike snorkeling or diving by day.
12. Kayak Cayman’s mangroves
Discover a peaceful and lesser-known side to North Sound as you paddle around the mangroves. Boasting lots of smart adaptations that allow them to thrive in salty water, these vital ecosystems act as a buffer to storm surges and nursery grounds for juvenile marine life. As your kayak meanders through the shallow waters, you might spot a seahorse, anemone, starfish and sea slugs close enough to touch, as well as Cassiopeia jellyfish and a variety of fish. Tours typically last two hours, and local operators include Sea Elements, The Ritz-Carlton or Cayman Kayaks.