1. Swim with stingrays
With busy day-to-day lives it’s easy to forget the beauty of one of Cayman’s most popular tourist draws. A day trip to stingray city is a great way to reconnect with nature and recharge the batteries. Swim with the stingrays, soak up the sun, enjoy a spot of snorkeling, and marvel at the stunning aquamarine Caribbean Sea. Whether it’s on a private boat or with one of the many tour operators who head out to the North Sound daily, swimming with the stingrays is an absolute must.
2. Tour Cayman’s historical sights
Cayman is awash with a wealth of history and culture. The best way to soak it all up, and test your knowledge on Cayman’s historical past, is on a day trip to the many important sites dotted throughout Cayman. Popular spots include Pedro Castle, Fort George, the National Trust Mission House, and the Wreck of the Ten Sails. Make a day of it by taking a seat at Tukka and grabbing some binoculars to see the wreck.
3. Wine tasting and learning
Cayman offers quite a few venues to learn about, or simply enjoy, a glass of vino. A quiet summer evening might be the perfect opportunity to gather a group of friends to sample a few glasses. The Tasting Room in Caribbean Plaza offers customizable wine tasting experiences for up to 30 standing guests, paired with a tasting menu, while West Indies Wine Company is available for private tastings of their 1,000 wines. If you want to get even more serious with your wine knowledge, Wine School 3 in the Mirco Centre offers a variety of courses to turn anyone into a wine aficionado.
4. Enjoy a spa day
Nothing spells relaxation quite like a trip to the spa. Cayman boasts a plethora of spas to suit just about all tastes and budgets; however, those looking for a full day of relaxation would be best to check into either the la prairie Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, or the Hibiscus Spa at The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa. Both spas boast a host of amenities, including a relaxation room, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, as well as changing facilities, in addition to a wide range of relaxing and restorative treatments.
5. Sharpen your culinary skills
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, is now offering a selection of cooking classes to help inspiring chefs hone their culinary skills. Classes are held in the resort’s chic new Culinary Studio and include a wide range of subjects, such as ones covering traditional Caribbean fare, desserts, baking and ice cream making, as well as how to cook some of the finest dishes from the award-winning restaurant, Blue by Eric Ripert. Call 815-6117 for more details.
6. Help the museum celebrate
This year marks the Cayman Islands National Museum’s 25th anniversary, and events throughout the year will celebrate this milestone. Why not take refuge from the heat by visiting the museum and taking in the Twenty-Five Years: Piece by Piece exhibition or even purchasing the special anniversary book from the museum shop? The Miss Georgette exhibition and Museum Dress-Up will also continue over the summer, as well as some traditional Looky Ya! Events.
7. Walk a shelter dog
The dogs at the Cayman Islands Humane Society love to get out of the shelter, stretch their legs, enjoy a change of scene, as well as have some human interaction. Take a dog out for a quick walk around the block, or take one for a day out at the beach. Whichever you choose, you are guaranteed to be rewarded with lots of wagging tails and sloppy doggy kisses. With more than 70 dogs to choose from you are bound to find the ideal walking companion. Who knows, you may even fall for your four-legged friend and end up offering them their forever home.
Dog walkers are welcome every day. Call 949-1461 or visit the shelter on North Sound Road.
Yoga is popular any month of the year in Cayman, with options ranging from flow to hot, to full moon rooftop yoga. Bliss is offering special deals this summer to make the experience even more enjoyable than usual, and making happy baby poses even happier. New students can enjoy unlimited yoga in July and August for only $99, while existing students can enjoy the same deal for $199. The summer schedule has a range of classes throughout the day to fit anyone’s schedule, and there will also be workshops in July and August.
9. Rediscover Red Sail Sports
Did you know that Red Sail Sports offers truly amazing specials to residents over the summer? Residents, their friends and family can all get 50 percent off any watersports and trips that Red Sail provides, apart from the dinner and BBQ cruises. That means you can jet ski, snorkel, and get out over (and under) the waves for less.
No need to pull in those Godfather favors with people you know in the industry; just head to Red Sail and start booking.
10. Teppanyaki night
Gather your friends and enjoy some teppanyaki at Mizu Asian Bistro & Bar’s private teppanyaki table for a fun and memorable night out. Teppanyaki is a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron plate to cook the food. The food is cooked in front of guests, who sit around the eight-seat outdoor horseshoe-shaped table. The experience is an interactive one and includes appetizers, choice of entrees and dessert.
11. Turtle Farm park
Visitors usually have the Turtle Farm on their list to visit, but locals should take a fresh look at the park themselves. It isn’t just about the turtles anymore – there are lots of activities and sections at the park designed to beat the summer heat.
The Turtle and Breaker’s Lagoons are particular favorites, boasting the largest swimming pool in Cayman. Take a ride down the Turtle Twister Water Slide, which at over 15 feet high and 100 feet long is a definite highlight. Resident discounts for daily entry and annual passes.
12. The fountains at Camana Bay
Camana Bay has two fountain areas, perfect for young kiddiewinks who are out of school for the summer to play in. One fountain area is situated in Jasmine Court, not far from Café del Sol, making it a perfect spot for parents to observe while having a cup of coffee, while the other, with water bursts reaching 30 feet, is closer to the food (and wine) of restaurants on The Crescent.