26. Seaside fish fry
Get a true taste of the island by hitting up a roadside fish fry. In Bodden Town, Grape Tree Café is a weekend hot spot. Located on a stretch of beautiful white sand beach, patrons can sit down at shaded thatch-roof picnic tables on the beach or dine on the small terrace attached to the hut. Snapper and mahi-mahi are popular local fish on the menu, along with such inviting sides as roasted breadfruit, fritters, plantain and fried cassava. The cooling breezes add to the laid-back atmosphere.
27. Make a BBQ pit stop
Big Tree BBQ is a roadside pit located on Austin Connolly Drive in Gun Bay, East End. The menu features ribs, chicken, steak, local turtle and conch stew. Guests sit outside under the aforementioned big tree in the front yard of the family home of Henry Harris. The reviews on TripAdvisor and Facebook are complimentary, to say the least.
One post raves: “My husband and I will add to the long list of great reviews by saying Big Tree BBQ was a highlight of our trip. The hospitality is warm, food superb.”
28. Check out the Czech Inn
This Bodden Town eatery is a little roadside grill that’s big on variety. Some of the many items on the menu: Conch fritters, burgers, sandwiches, chicken wings, pork belly and local catch. Or, go for a taste of central Europe with chicken schnitzel and gulas (a European beef and vegetable stew seasoned with paprika and other spices, which comes with Czech-style dumplings). It’s run by chef Jiri Zitterbart, former head chef at Morgan’s Harbour and Grand Old House. A great place to relax outdoors and soak up the rustic charm; you can bring your own wine and beer as well.
29. Raise your spirits
Sip and savor fine rums from the Caribbean and around the world at the Rare Rum Bar, located at Upstairs at Kaibo in North Side. This curated collection features a wide range of high-end rums, including some Caymanian samples. Among the tipples: Ron Zacapa XO, a premium blend from Guatemala; Matusalem Gran Reserva, a luxury rum from the Dominican Republic; Pyrat XO Reserve produced in Anguilla; Flor De Cana aged 18 years, made in Nicaragua; and several fine Jamaican rums. Patrons can also sample the bar’s rare rum flights, an assortment of sipping rums.
30. Trivia night
A: What is the capital of Australia?
B: Who was the first Beatle to release a solo album?
C: Who was the first female actor to earn $20 million per movie?
If you enjoy testing your brain power, then get a gang together and join the fun at Salty’s Sports Bar in Grand Harbour every Tuesday for trivia night. The pub quiz starts at 7:30 p.m., and teams have a chance to win prizes and bragging rights.
31. Ryde in Camana Bay
Indoor cycling can take your fitness to the next level, with high energy classes and inspiring instructors who push you to succeed each time. Cayman has offered spinning for years now, both in gyms and at popular Revolutions Indoor Cycling in the Barnett Building.
The newest kid on the block is Ryde, situated in Camana Bay, which offers a variety of performance and rhythm classes on its Stages SC3 bikes, stadium style seating in the amphitheater-like Ryde Room and performance tracking technology. Single and multiple class packages are available, and private events can also be arranged.
32. Rum Point ferry
It’s hard to resist the call of an ice-cold mudslide and the calm serene waters of Rum Point or Kaibo. In fact, the only thing to deter you might be the drive – but now there is no excuse.
Cayman Ferries will whisk you from Camana Bay to Kaibo or Rum Point for US$25 for adults and US$20 for children aged 5 to 11. Children 4 and under are free. With multiple times to pick from, getting to the other side of the Sound is quick and easy, allowing for quick jaunts for a day under the casuarinas, or evening dinner stops.
33. Red Sail evening catamaran cruise
Why not take your happy hour to the sea this summer?
Red Sail’s sunset cruises from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday allow for beautiful sunset views off Seven Mile Beach while sipping cocktails from the onboard cash bar of the 65-foot catamaran. Pick up is from Seafire or Westin beaches and cost is $45 for adults and $22.50 for children 3 to 11. Dinner cruises from 5:30 to 8:45 p.m. are also available for $85 for adults and $42.50 for children 3 to 11.
34. Petting ‘zoo’ at the Equestrian Center
If you have children, keeping them entertained over summer can be a challenge and a half.
A lovely morning activity on-island is a visit to the Equestrian Center on Linford Pierson Highway. The Center offers riding instruction for all levels, horse care, boarding, training and feeding programs as well as a summer pony camp. Young children will also love the Pony Park, open 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays, and home to Lulu the donkey, Pebbles the mini horse, and bunnies and goats – all who are extremely friendly.
35. Little Island Yoga
If you’re planning a Sister Island jaunt this summer, add a spot of refreshing and revitalizing yoga into your schedule. Claire McGee opened Little Island Yoga on Little Cayman in 2016, much to the delight of yoga enthusiasts living on or visiting our smallest Sister. On Wednesdays, Claire offers a scheduled class at the Little Cayman Beach Resort, and for those who are truly embracing a holiday vibe and not moving too far from home base, she offers sessions at client’s private homes, condos or at the resorts. Claire is also a massage therapist and mobile massage will very soon be on offer.
36. Kings climbing wall
If you can’t make it to the Brac this summer to climb the Bluff with the Rock Iguana climbing company, you can hone your skills on Grand Cayman. Kings Sports Centre offers indoor and outdoor climbing walls, with bungee jumping also available. The wall can be used just for fun, to increase skills or as a team building exercise and has benefits such as increasing muscle tone, improving cardiovascular health and helping with weight loss. The air-conditioning at the indoor wall also doesn’t hurt during summer’s soaring temperatures.
37. Cabana Locavore Brunch
Cayman Cabana’s farm-to-table dinners have been raved about on the foodie scene for a while now, and recently they added another meal which is getting equally positive reviews.
Their ‘Locavore Brunch Experience’ takes place on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and serves up delectable options such as Oxtail Benny, to-die-for avo toasties, coconut bacon French toast as well as seaside tacos, fish and chips and fresh juices. Sourcing local fare, Cabana’s farm-to-table dinner and locavore brunch are definite must-dos if you haven’t already.
Seven Mile Beach offers perfect conditions for paddleboarding up and down the coast – with often calm waters and clear blue sea allowing you to see aquatic life.
There are a few outfits that offer paddleboarding; Cayman Stand Up Paddle Co., Liquid Life, Paradise Paddle and Vitamin Sea are four, while on the other side of the island, you’ll find White Sand Watersports and Sweet Spot Watersports. Each company offers different services, with most offering tours, lessons and rentals. Full Moon paddling, SUP yoga and other options are also on offer with some, so call around to find your fit.