A long, lazy breakfast is an ideal way to kick off your Saturday, and you have options galore. Try one of these popular hangouts for a true island taste.
Over the Edge is a rustic eatery in North Side that is a dining destination at the weekend. Fresh breezes roll in from the sea, where diners enjoy panoramic views from the outdoor terrace. The food is simple and flavorful (including traditional Caymanian and Jamaican dishes). Casual and relaxing, it’s easy on the wallet too. The callaloo omelet and the ackee and codfish, for example, both ring in under $8. Pair them with coffee or add a Bloody Mary, Caesar or Mimosa, also nicely priced at $7. Breakfast is served from the reasonable hours of 8 to 11 a.m.
Cimboco is another island mainstay, a vibrant Caribbean eatery in the Marquee Plaza. The food is fresh and reasonably priced with a good variety on the menu. It features Saturday brunch specials such as the Weekend Delight – an omelet with Canadian bacon, red onions, tomatoes and parmesan cheese served with wheat toast and roasted sweet potatoes. Breakfast is available from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends.
West Bay Diner is a friendly little eatery that serves breakfast all day, with most items under $10. Try Chef Leo’s Eggs Benny or go for the Big Breakfast – three eggs, bacon, sausage, pancake, tomatoes, mushrooms, baked beans, breakfast potatoes and toast. The diner is located just past the four-way stop on West Bay Road and it is open all day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Sunshine Grill is a casual spot that serves breakfast poolside. The service is friendly, the prices are reasonable, and portions are hearty. Located in Sunshine Suites Resort, the menu includes a variety of scrambled egg tacos, its ‘famous’ pancakes and a nice selection of omelets. Breakfast is served from 7 to 10:45 a.m.
There are all kinds of options for a great Saturday afternoon, and retail therapy is among them. Browse the shops in pedestrian-friendly Camana Bay or play tourist and head downtown and check out what’s in store. You might be pleasantly surprised at some of the finds and even pick out an early-bird Christmas present or two with a Cayman twist to send to friends and family abroad.
A stop at Foster’s Food Fair, Hurley’s or Kirk Market to stock up on groceries is on many people’s Saturday to-do list. The bonus is that in Cayman, grocery time is also social time as friends and acquaintances catch up in the aisles.
For something different, take in the Mad Tea Party at Anchor & Den at the Marriott. It runs from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and features delicious cakes and live entertainment. For traditional afternoon tea, book a table at The Tea Room at Every Bloomin’ Thing or the Silver Palm lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.
Saturday and sports go hand-in-hand with rugby and cricket top draws to watch live games on-island, or head to Fidel Murphy’s, PD’s, Legends, Lone Star or Salty’s to catch your favorite team on the screen.
Of course, living on an island means taking advantage of what’s in our own backyard – the warm, inviting waters. You can simply go for a dip in the sea or try out a new adventure such as kite surfing (Kitesurf Cayman in West Bay offers lessons), kayaking or jet skiing. Island Boyz Watersports (facebook.com/Islandboyzwatersports) is a new kid in town, offering a number of water toys such as kneeboards and wakeboards along with snorkel tours, jet skis, kayaks and more.
Island Boyz has a good hook to lure you out on the water: A 30-minute kayaking session will burn 437 calories and give arms, shoulders and upper body an intense workout and the back and core a moderate workout. That means a couple of guilt-free drinks at Happy Hour.
Friday may reign supreme when it comes to happening happy hours, but Saturday can be a little more restful and relaxed. Drink in the view at one of the island’s scenic happy hour spots. Bar Crudo and Guy Harvey’s in George Town overlook the harbor while the George Town Yacht Club offers a serene setting by the marina, serving up specials from 5 to 7 p.m.
Macabuca in West Bay offers panoramic seaside views along with an extended happy hour from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday. Sunset House is an island icon that is a prime locale to catch the sunset over a cocktail or two.
Cayman is hailed for its vibrant dining scene, so make a reservation for a Saturday night dining adventure. Book a table with a view, or wine and dine to the backdrop of live music. Abacus features a Farm-to-Table Dinner every Saturday evening from 6 to 10 p.m., with live music.
Grand Old House has a wonderful waterfront setting, with legendary harpist Eugenio Leon serenading tableside every Saturday. Deckers on West Bay Road offers an all-you-can eat lobster night on Saturdays, accompanied with live music by island duo Hi Tide.
Other popular Saturday spots include The Wharf, where Barefoot Man and Sea N’ B perform a blend of calypso, reggae and country, along with Veranda at the Marriott Beach Resort, where local bands play from 6:30 p.m.