If you’re not at church on Sunday morning in Cayman, it’s likely you’re prepping yourself for communion of a different kind. People flock to hotels and restaurants each Sunday for Cayman’s famous brunches, where tables are piled high with delectable seafood, chefs whip up made-to-order pasta and egg dishes, and the desert selections are out of this world (as are the free-flowing bubbles). The Kimpton Seafire + Spa, Mizu, The Westin, Anchor & Den, Blue Cilantro, Luca, or Karoo are all excellent brunch options on the Seven Mile strip, whereas Guy Harvey’s and Cayman Cabana are favorites in town.
If you want to head east, Tukka and The Lighthouse also host brunch. Most brunches start at 11 a.m. or noon but check with venues as to their seasonal closing dates as many close up shop over the slow summer season.
If you want to swap Moet for mutts and do something more energetic and charitable, the Humane Society on North Sound Road is always calling out for dog walkers. Between 8:30 a.m. and noon, visit with their adorable pups and take them for a short walk nearby or an off-leash runaround and game of fetch in the enclosed grassland across the road. You can also use this time to get to know some of the dogs better if you are planning to adopt, or stop by the cat room to snuggle with some kittens. There is a treat and water station for the dogs on Sundays and donations of biscuits and chews are always appreciated. Dog lovers can also sign out a dog before noon and take them to the beach up until 4 p.m., an activity loved by residents and tourists alike.
Another must for dog lovers is the Beach Training Program created by Kenneth Morgan and primarily provided for shelter dogs. Arrange to bring a shelter dog to Public Beach at 11 a.m. on Sundays and give them a break from the shelter as well as providing them with basic training which will increase their adoptability. Call the Humane Society for more info on taking one of their dogs on 949-1461. Shelter dogs take part for free, but if you want your own dog to take part contact Kenneth for special rates on 916-2075.
If you’ve gorged at brunch, or even if you haven’t, join the masses at one of the island’s post-brunch staples – Royal Palms – where many converge to socialize, enjoy a libation or two, and possibly a dip in the Caribbean Sea.
Hemingways has also become a very popular spot on Sunday afternoons, and take advantage of it now before they close, with their last day being Sunday, Sept. 2. Go for the drinks and stay for the sushi Those with young children may wish to stop by in the morning to take advantage of the pool before the brunch crowds arrive.
If the sea is calling your name on a Sunday head to Stingray City and Starfish Point by boat to soak up the rays. If you need to pick up a tipple for your boat ride you could pull up at The Cayman Islands Yacht Club and stop into Anchors, or Camana Bay for West Indies Wine Co., as many other liquor stores are closed on Sundays.
Italian tapas style restaurant Bàcaro is a popular spot for weekend lunches and dinners, and offers Sunday Funday deals from 3 to 6 p.m. with $25 cocktail pitchers and $25 Cichetti Platters. Bàcaro is the Venetian word that describes a humble restaurant serving good, simple food, and while the beautiful Yacht Club location and the restaurant’s exquisite interior design could hardly be called humble, Bàcaro definitely serves very good food.
If spoiling yourself gastronomically doesn’t take your fancy, why not head to a spa or beautician on Sunday to preen in readiness for the new week? Many spas are closed on Sundays but call around to check as some may surprise you. Touch of Thai and Polished are two that stay open, while the hotel spas offer extensive and very indulgent service menus. Head to The Ritz-Carlton’s La Prairie Spa for a signature caviar massage, or The Kimpton Seafire for a two-hour Hammam Journey.
While restaurants may be buzzing Monday to Saturday, Sunday nights are better spent on the couch curled up with a takeaway in front of your favorite Netflix binge. If you can’t face heading out to pick up food, order delivery or try one of Cayman’s food delivery services such as Fine Dine In or Island Grub (which at time of press was on a hiatus to upgrade, but promises to be back soon). These services allow you to order your favorite restaurant food to your home, for a small fee, even if the restaurant itself does not deliver.
Check out Camana Bay Cinema’s listings for a late-night movie, some screen times start as late as 9 or 10 p.m., perfect for the night owls or shift workers amongst us. And for a sweet pre-movie treat, Dairy Queen in town caters for ice-cream lovers until 9:30 p.m.
Peachwave in Cayman Falls is open until 10 p.m., and Gelato & Co. and Häagen Dazs in Camana Bay until 11 p.m.