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The Cayman Foodie: Insider Guides with Chelsea Tennant

CHELSEA, HI! TELL US ALL ABOUT YOU AND WHAT WAS IT LIKE GROWING UP HERE IN PARADISE?

I am a born and raised Caymanian with both of my parents coming from the district of North Side.  Growing up here was great as Cayman was a quieter place in the 90's.  We were a generation of kids who played outside by riding our bicycles, swimming in the canals by our house and doing a lot of outside after-school activities. I grew up in Newlands, but my parents made sure that we stayed connected to North Side every Sunday by visiting family and spending the afternoon at Rum Point.

NORTH SIDE IS GORG! WHAT'S THE BIGGEST CHANGES ON ISLAND THAT YOU SEE THESE DAYS ?

The island has continued to develop at an exponential rate especially in the western districts.  I have always appreciated that Cayman has two sides to it; the buzzing city-like atmosphere along Seven Mile Beach and the simple & quiet lifestyle of the Eastern districts.  I am all for development that is modern, sustainable and environmentally conscious, but I am happy for the divide we have as it allows visitors and residents the option of being "in the thick of it" or choosing "to get away from it all”.

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YOU ARE KNOWN TO BE OBSESSED WITH FOOD. TELL US YOUR FOOD HISTORY AND WHY THIS IS SO IMPORTANT TO YOU?

I've been watching the Food Network since I was a kid, but it was in my 20's that I really got into the celebrity chef culture. I have a huge respect for those who work in that industry because I feel it is one of the most difficult jobs out there; standing for 12 hours a day in front of a hot stove with sharp objects seems like a recipe for disaster (pun intended).  From the beginning, my focus has always been to promote the best that Cayman's food & beverage industry has to offer. I have gotten to do this through my website and Instagram account, but additional opportunities have given me more insight into this industry (and personal growth) including hosting a radio show, restaurant consulting and social media takeovers.  Be on the lookout for my next project where I'll host epicurean events that highlight Cayman's best chefs and bartenders!

SEEMS LIKE YOU HAVE A LOT ON THE GO! SINCE YOU'RE AN EXPERT ON FOOD, GIVE US 3 PLACES YOU WOULD GO FOR A ROMANTIC DINNER?

"Blue by Eric Ripert" at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman because it is the most luxurious and creative fine dining experiences you will ever have here or abroad.

"Veranda" at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort has a romantic décor, seaside dining and a menu that elevates Caribbean cuisine.

"Kaibo Upstairs" is known for their rare rum collection, tasty menu and their peaceful location in North Side. *Note that Kaibo Upstairs is very accessible for anyone located on Seven Mile Beach as Cayman Ferries offers round trip transportation from Camana Bay.

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YOU’RE MAKING US HUNGRY! WHAT ABOUT DRINKS? IF YOU HAD SOME VISITORS, NAME YOUR TOP THREE SPOTS, AND GO!

"Catch" because they have one of the most unique cocktail menus and a shaded, breezy deck overlooking Morgan's Harbour.

"Rackam's" because this seaside bar has incredible sunset views and a popular nightly tarpon feeding.

"Premier Crew" because their Tap Room is an intimate space with excellent happy hour prices and is the only place that allows you to drink and shop in the same location.

WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE GO TO DISH ON ISLAND? IS IT A HIDDEN GEM? IS IT POPULAR?

You can find me at "Chicken Chicken!" almost weekly as I love their wood-roasted and jerk chicken; that herbaceous rosemary sauce and array of delicious sides. You definitely get more bang for your buck at this restaurant so it is very popular with visitors and locals.

WHAT'S UP AND COMING? ANYTHING PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT?

Most of the major culinary events happen between October to May, so make sure that you attend: "Taste of Cayman", home to the island's largest food festival; "Cayman Cookout", 4 days of gluttony featuring celebrity chefs and beverage experts; businesses participating in October's "Restaurant Month" for budgeted prix fixe menus; and "Batabano" (Cayman Carnival) or "Pirate's Week" to enjoy some post-parade local dishes including Cayman Style Beef, Conch Stew and more.

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WE'VE BEEN WATCHING YOUR INSTA STORIES, TELL US ABOUT CAYMAN'S FOOD SCENE AND WHAT EVENTS PEOPLE SHOULDN'T MISS OUT ON?

Cayman's food scene is quite diverse because we are home to more than 142 different nationalities.  This makes us quite unique from other Caribbean islands because we have such a high expatriate community and therefore we can offer an array of authentic cuisine. Anchor & Den hosts foodie events constantly and I particularly love their authentic Spanish tapas night, "El Mercat", every Thursday and their all-inclusive brunch at night event "A&D Sessions" every quarter.  Cayman Cabana's "Farm-To-Table Dinner" is a favourite among locals and visitors because it's a (filling!) multi-course meal using local ingredients. 

YOU'RE ALWAYS STYLING IN YOUR POSTS! CAN YOU TELL US YOUR SECRET?

I'm not a huge shopper in general, but when I do shop on island it's mainly to add to my sunglasses collection from the stylish and charitable "Peripheral Life & Style".




Insider Guides: Capturing the island's beauty with Aldington Scott

TELL US YOUR STORY GIVE US SOME HISTORY ABOUT YOU AND WHERE YOU CAME FROM!

I was born in Jamaica, but moved to Cayman back in 1991. Literally the words “Beautiful Cayman Islands” back then was the game changer for me.

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WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT CAYMAN?

I just love how everyone knows one another. Well, that and the fact that I can wake up and step right onto the beach!

WE'VE BEEN FOLLOWING YOU. YOUR DRONE SHOTS AND PHOTOGRAPHY ARE INCREDIBLE! WHAT MADE YOU GET INTO IT IN THE FIRST PLACE?

Well, I see people all over the world that just don’t know about the Cayman Islands. So when I started photographing I just wanted tourists to see what I see and come visit this beautiful place.

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TELL US 3 OF YOUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO GRAB THAT PERFECT SHOT?

I have a lot of favourites but Spotts Beach is one where I can swim with turtles and sharks. Pedro St. James has a massive hole by the edge of the bluff. Sometimes it’s dry, and sometimes it’s filled with water and creates this gorgeous pool. Stingray City never gets old as I can photograph the most beautiful stingrays.

WHAT IS YOUR INSPIRATION TO PHOTOGRAPHY?

My inspiration is Cayman. Not to be fancy, but just to capture something that people don’t get to see often or usually found on the internet.

BETWEEN WORK AND PHOTOGRAPHY, YOU MUST GIVE YOURSELF A LITTLE YOU TIME... TELL US WHERE YOU LIKE TO SPEND YOUR DAYS OFF?

I would say just being home with my family. Or to be with my friends on the beach.

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE FOOD WITH US, GIVE US YOUR TOP 3 SPOTS TO GRAB SOME DELICIOUS LOCAL FOOD.

This one is tough… Mango Tree, Cracked Conch, and Fish Shack. It’s all about the seafood!

An Insider's Guide: Cortez Vernon

CORTEZ! TELL US YOUR STORY! WHERE YOU FROM, HOW LONG YOU'VE BEEN HERE AND WHY YOU MOVED HERE!

I'm originally from a small district just outside of Montego Bay Jamaica. It just happened that a company here saw my website at the time and thought it was creative enough for them to give me a call and offer me a job, this was back in 2005. I took the offer and have been here since.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT CAYMAN?

I love the amalgamation of the many different cultures/people. I love meeting new people and being here just makes it so much easier with CaymanKind.

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YOU ARE FAMOUS FOR YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY! TELL US HOW YOU CAME TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER, AND WHAT YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT IT? 

I'm a graphic designer and used to do lots of corporate brochures and print work so my employer at the time bought me a camera to get some headshots and I just got addicted after that. 

THAT’S AMAZING! ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER! YOU MUST KNOW SOME PRETTY GREAT PLACES TO SHOOT PHOTOS, TELL US WHERE YOU LOVE TO SHOOT!

There are countless amazing places on island to shoot, I love nature so I tend to explore to find them. My faves are the botanical park because of the wide variety of different plants/trees, Camana Bay for a bit more modern look and of course any one of the many beaches.

AND WHAT ABOUT YOUR DAY OFF? TELL US WHERE YOU SPEND YOUR TIME?

This is a tough one because I love trying new places like driving to East End and finding a random isolated beach and just decompress. I love Camana Bay to get some food and check out the latest movie, or, randomly choosing something touristy to do like parasailing or going on a Helicopter ride.

ANYONE WHO LIVES IN CAYMAN KNOWS WE HAVE THE BEST FOOD IN THE CARIBBEAN. TELL US WHERE YOUR 3 FAVOURITE RESTAURANTS ARE?

Cayman Cabana, Over The Edge, Mizu or Yoshi's for some sushi!

WHAT ABOUT THE TOURISTS? WHERE WOULD YOU SEND THEM FOR SOME ACTIVITIES WHEN THEY VISIT?

My top three would be Helicopter tour, Crystal Caves and the Bioluminescence tour.

YOU MUST KNOW THE BEST PLACE FOR LOCAL, TRADITIONAL FOOD? WHERE WOULD YOU TAKE THESE TOURISTS FOR THE ULTIMATE LOCAL FOOD EXPERIENCE? 

Cayman Cabana, Wellys Cool Spot, and Over The Edge

Insider Guides: Local tips from paradise with Alex Cowan

ALEX, WHAT’S HAPPENIN’? TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF! WHAT WAS IS LIKE GROWING UP HERE IN PARADISE?

Cayman is definitely an ideal place to grow up. The sense of community while growing up here is my favourite part. “Everyone knows everyone” is a saying you will hear a lot from Caymanians and this is true! Cayman is such a small, tight-knit community and you are not far from the support of family and friends. The safety and beauty of Cayman along with its people make it a perfect place to live and grow.

YOU’RE RIGHT! SO TELL US WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT CAYMAN?

The people of course! There are very few places in the world where you will witness a huge diversity of people from many different backgrounds living together in harmony. We truly are the most welcoming people on earth. We like to call that “Caymankind.” The ability for our people to welcome everyone to our beautiful islands is unique and truly a testament to our lifestyle and attitude.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHANGES YOU SEE ON THIS ISLAND SINCE BEING A KID?

The continuous development. Cayman (especially Grand Cayman) has developed tremendously over the years. The amount of new buildings going up all over the islands with older buildings being removed, has definitely changed how Cayman looks and feels. I remember as a child thinking five stories was high and I now find myself walking past high rises. The amount of development that has happened in Cayman over the years is astonishing and has contributed to our tourism product greatly.

SO WHAT DO YOU DO HERE? AND WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB/LIFE?

I consider myself an Entrepreneur. I own a few businesses on Island including a 24/7 fitness center and a rideshare web application, which I am hoping to launch very soon. I am also currently doing some part-time work in Real Estate which I am really enjoying. The ability to work on my own schedule is priceless. To do so in one of the most beautiful places on Earth is an amazing bonus.

WE ASSUME YOU HAVE VISITORS, YES? TELL US WHERE YOU WOULD TAKE THE VISITORS FOR SOME DRINKS AND GOOD FOOD?

I would definitely take my visitors to the north side of the island. Rum Point is the perfect spot to have a few frozen mudslides while relaxing in a beach hammock. The drive up also allows for great sightseeing. Back in George Town I would take my visitors to Cayman Cabana, which is a fabulous restaurant on the waterfront serving nice cold cocktails and fresh fish caught by the fishermen who bring their daily catch in right beside the restaurant! They also have a huge selection of unique local dishes. The final place I would take my visitors would be to the northwest point of the island to a bar and restaurant named Cracked Conch Macabuca. You may not be surprised by this but their Cracked Conch (fried conch) is the best on Island. Pair it with a nice cold local beer and a great local bar atmosphere, it’s tough to beat!

AND WHAT ABOUT THE SUNSETS? WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO GO?

I have seen some spectacular sunsets on Seven Mile Beach. However, Northwest Point just edges Seven Mile Beach in having the best sunsets on Island. Have a happy hour drink at the bar at Macabuca and watch nature put on a show!

EVERYONE LOVES A NICE DAY OFF, WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO SPEND YOURS?

My ideal days off are spent on the boat on the North Sound. You can’t beat a day on the water! Get some morning fishing in and then spend the afternoon at Rum Point and Starfish Point. Once anchored open the cooler, grab your drink of choice and relax under the sun. Island life at its finest!

PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE LOCAL FOOD - WHERE DO YOU GO FOR YOUR FAVOURITE LOCAL DISH?

Vivine’s Kitchen in East End is the hot spot for traditional Cayman food. It’s tough to choose a favourite local dish but Vivine’s has it all from Stew Conch to Cayman Style Beef to Cassava Cake for dessert. You name it she has it. Interestingly, her restaurant is her home! Vivine and her cooks prepare island delicacies from her own kitchen. The servers then bring the food out back where her guests are seated around tablesset out in her own backyard. This is a must do for a very traditional Caymankind experience.

WOW! HER PLACE SOUNDS AMAZING! ANY OTHER ADVICE FOR TOURISTS? AS A LOCAL YOU MUST GIVE THEM SOME GOOD LOCAL TIPS! READY AND GO!

Tip #1: Buy and Support Local! Local farmers have so much to offer from fresh fruit and vegetables to fresh beef, pork, honey, hot pepper sauce and everything in between. Get directions for the Farmers Market at the Cricket Grounds and head straight there. Similarly, try our local beers and liquor! We have a lot of great local products to offer.

Tip #2: Mosquito repellent and sunscreen are your best friends. Load up on these two supplies for a more comfortable experience.

Tip #3: Don’t leave out our sister islands! Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are only a short plane trip away and offer so many different activities including caving, rock climbing and fishing. Exploring the caves in Cayman Brac and spending an afternoon on Owen Island in Little Cayman would be the perfect way to end your trip to Cayman.

Hatty Moon: Insider's Guide to Spas, shopping and more

HARRIET! THANKS FOR YOUR TIME! PLEASE, GIVE US YOUR STORY!

Hi! I’m Harriet Moon-Jenkinson, Co-Founder of Not Your Standard (https://www.notyourstandardagency.com), a local boutique full-service marketing and public relations agency. I grew up in Cayman, but went to the UK for boarding school, university and work in London, and have been back on-island full time for 8 years. 

For me, being a kid in Cayman is synonymous with that smell and sense of intense heat when you get off the plane after a long-haul flight. I have so many fond memories of endless summer days as a teenager here. Coming back from a long-term at school and meeting up with childhood friends that you may have not seen or spoken to in months, but it was like you'd never left each other. Carefree days at the beach, mid-week boat trips up to Rum Point or jet skiing across the North Sound – I'll never forget that sense of freedom and pure joy of long summer days (and very late nights!) in Cayman. 

THIS ISLAND HAS CHANGED SO MUCH IN THE LAST WHILE, hasn’t it? WHAT'S THE BIGGEST CHANGE YOU'VE SEEN SINCE BEING A KID? 

Development, even over the last 8 years. While I love the connectivity and conveniences of Cayman’s infrastructure, I would’ve loved to experience the island my parents and in-laws moved to in the late 70s/early 80s.

IF WE COULD ALL GO BACK, AMIRIGHT? SO WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT LIVING IN PARADISE?

You can’t beat the lifestyle here, having lived in London (and worked and lived at either ends of the city) the commute from West to East would take up to an hour each way. Here, you're never in the car much longer than 15 minutes door-to-door. The consistently great weather means there’s no excuse not to get outside for an early morning workout or an after work sundowner. The sun is always shining, it’s hard not to be happy in Cayman!

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SO YOU RUN A MARKETING AND PR COMPANY, THAT’S COOL! TELL US WHAT INSPIRED YOU to lead in THIS CAREER PATH?

For the last two years, my business partner, Michelle Wight and I have been working with a tight-knit group of local and regional clients who like to do things a bit differently, using our marketing experience and passion to really help them to drive sales, experiences and brand affinity through creating truly great brands, that have real visions and real stories, as well as innovative campaigns that utilise some of the newer marketing tactics – like experiential and influencer marketing – to captivate audiences. 

I always hoped to work in a creative industry. I trained as a journalist at London College of Fashion and had planned to work for a magazine, but fell over to the 'dark side' of public relations working for a couple of boutique fashion PR agencies before moving in-house to a high-end fashion boutique in the trendy parts of East London. When I moved back home to Cayman, I worked in the PR team of Dart Real Estate, and then in financial services Marketing & Communications, where I met Michelle, and we built out the global marketing function for a well-known financial services provider

WORK NEVER ENDS DOES IT? TELL US WHERE YOU LIKE TO SPEND YOUR DAYS OFF TO RELAX AND ENJOY YOURSELF!

Hmm, days off? The fun never stops as a small business owner! When I’m not behind my computer, on a client shoot or prepping for an event, I love simply getting lost in a book in the sun – we’ve just moved back to South Sound, where I grew up, and we now have a pool and overlook the sound, which makes doing this really easy! I’m a real bookworm from childhood and, more recently, I’d really let reading slide in favour of the inevitable millennial bad habits, like too much screen time. My new year’s ‘resolution’ this year was to read a book a month – and so far, so good. 

YOUR INSTAGRAM PROVES YOUR LOVE for style! GIVE US YOUR ISLAND SECRETS, WHERE DO YOU SHOP? NAME 3 PLACES AND GO! 

For surprisingly good second hand, Carey’s Karma Closet (https://www.facebook.com/CareysKarmaCloset/) – I’m always amazed by the high fashion finds I dig up in there that are often in pristine condition. The Mercantile (https://www.facebook.com/themercantileky/) at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort for boutique swimwear brands like Made by Dawn and Solid & Striped, and handmade jewellery from UK designer Cabinet Jewellery (https://cabinetjewellery.com). And the local thrift stores for absolute gems for dress up parties (there’s always a dress up party in Cayman!) and Hesha for the accessories. 

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WHAT ABOUT A LITTLE PAMPERING? TELL THE READERS YOUR TOP PLACES TO TREAT YOURSELF? 

No.11 Spa (https://no11spa.com) for the experience and the best facials on island – the Bespoke Four Corners Facial is out of this world and their Yin & Yang Facial is centred around facial reflexology, and will help cure ailments before they’ve even come to a head. For a day of true indulgence, the La Prairie Spa (http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/caribbean/grand-cayman/spa)  at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. 

A SPA DAY MUST INCLUDE COCKTAILS AND LUNCH! WHERE WOULD YOU TAKE YOUR GIRLFRIENDS FOR LUNCH AND FAB COCKTAILS?

Bacaro (https://www.bacaro.ky) for lazy late afternoon tapas and great cocktails. Tillie’s (https://www.tillies.ky) is the new place in town, with a good vibe and an interesting menu. Rackam’s (http://www.rackams.com) for dive bar prices and strong drinks plus their food is surprisingly good, too. 

LOCALS (and tourists) LOVE LOCAL DISHES. WHERE DO YOU SEND YOUR VISITORS FOR THAT LOCAL DISH THEY CAN'T LEAVE [CAYMAN] WITHOUT HAVING? 

The Grape Tree Café in Bodden Town for Fish Fry, on the way up to Rum Point for a Bioluminescent Kayak Tour with Cayman Kayaks (http://www.caymankayaks.com/our-tours/bioluminescent-kayak-tour).

An Insider's Guide with Julie Corsetti: For the Love of Outdoor Photography

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JC! YOU'VE BEEN IN CAYMAN FOREVER! TELL THE READERS ABOUT YOU! WHERE YOU'RE FROM, HOW DID YOU LAND IN PARADISE?

I’m From New York. I came to the island first with my family on a cruise ship in 1987. I returned as a tourist in 1993 and got a job offer as an underwater Photographer/Videographer at Bob Sotos.

THAT’S AWESOME! SO WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT CAYMAN?

The clear water. The beautiful light at sunrise. Stingray City. Palm trees and no winters!

YOU’RE A WELL KNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER ON ISLAND, TELL US A BIT ABOUT IT!

I’m outside and underwater daily. I do love capturing the Over/Unders with my housing. I strive to think different and to create images  I have not seen before. I absolutely love what I do. Also, I’m a Mom to a 15 year old daughter and a dog Mom to 2 pups. I Enjoy traveling and shooting landscapes as I explore! My gallery is online and available for print at https://www.juliecorsettiphotography.com/gallery/wall-art/

I'VE BEEN WATCHING YOUR TALENT FOR YEARS! TELL US WHERE YOU PULL YOUR INSPIRATION TO GET SOME OF THE BEST IMAGES ON ISLAND?

Stingray City or any remote beach is all the inspo! Don’t want to give away my secret spots as there aren’t many left.

COME ON! YOU MUST SHARE AT LEAST ONE SECRET! WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR BEST SPOTS TO GET THAT PERFECT SHOT?

South Sound is my favourite. A bit more off the beaten path too. I love the sunsets there. Golden with empty beaches and rugged ironshore. 

HARD WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES US DULL PEOPLE. WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE SPOT TO GRAB A HAPPY HOUR BEV FOR SUNSET DRINKS?

I am really enjoying the new Tillie’s. It’s the old Hemingway’s at Beach Suites but they have done an excellent job with their renovations!

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CAYMAN IS BOOMING WITH NEW SPOTS TO PLAY! WHAT'S THE BIGGEST CHANGE YOU NOTICE SINCE YOU'VE FIRST MOVED HERE?

I love Camana Bay, and what it has to offer. Nice restaurants, good bars, shopping and the picturesque tiny island. Nice to throw on a pair of jeans and enjoy some wine tasting :) Not loving all the High Rises. When I arrived in 1993 to work, the highest building allowed was 3 stories. 

HELP THE TOURISTS, JULIE - GIVE US YOUR TOP 3 SPOTS FOR THE BEST DINNER

Definitely Deckers, Brasserie and The Marriott

WE CAN'T FORGET ABOUT DESSERT AND COFFEE, WHERE WOULD YOU GO FOR A SWEET TREAT OR A CUPPA?

Love me a good cuppa. Although you can’t beat PG Tips at home with some digestive biscuits. Coffee…I am a sucker for a good Frappe at Cafe Del Sol.

ANY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE LOOKING TO RELOCATE TO A TINY ISLAND?

You need to enjoy the sun, enjoy outside activities, for sure learn to dive and have a sense of humour.

An Insider's Guide to the Island's: Best Children Friendly Places with Keri Jansen

HI KERI! TELL US YOUR HISTORY! YOU LANDED IN PARADISE AND NEVER LEFT, RIGHT? GIVE US YOUR DEETS!

I landed in Paradise on a job offer to open a brand new Jewellery store called The Mansion, located in Camana Bay. Island Companies had attended my School’s Career Fair at The Gemological Institute of America, where they offered me a job to which I accepted. I do not work for the company anymore, but now have a Lemonade Stand in the Royal Watler Terminal, catering to the Cruise Ship industry. 

Over the past 11 years, I’ve acquired a condo, had an amazing baby boy, met great people, enjoyed countless beach walks, and have pretty much planted my feet in the sand to stay.

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AMAZING! DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE AND CAYMAN IS THE BESt! WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT LIVING IN CAYMAN?

Obviously the beach! I’ve travelled far and to many places, Cayman has the best beach I’ve been on. But it's not just the pretty sand and turquoise sea. The lifestyle is amazing. You can get from point A to B in 15 minutes or less. Our small community living is close-knit and very family orientated. Locals are very open to expatriates living on the Island which makes it easy to say “Hey, I think I’m gonna call this place home from now on.”

WHAT WERE SOME CHALLENGES YOU FACED WHEN YOU FIRST GOT HERE?

Paperwork is always drag, but hey. If you want to live in Paradise it comes with the territory. Most times the company that hires completes most paperwork for you. Settling into a new Country has its ups and downs, but I believe that to give it a fair chance you must get to know the ropes, follow the flow of the Island, and to take it slow is best.

I think the "soon come” attitude was the most challenging idea to get used to. This phrase could mean an hour, a week, a month or even a year. Getting past the “I need it now” would be the most challenging thing to get used to. Island Time is real people!

Decide on your local Cayman Bank before you arrive. Contact them and find out what requirements are needed in order to open an account on the Island. You may need a reference from your home bank, so making this effort before you arrive makes it easy when you arrive. 

Island Fever. This exists. The need to get off the rock will arise and when it does be prepared for your weekend in Miami. Get your fill of shopping, Starbucks and driving on highways out of your system and ready for a reset. Only then will you appreciate why you actually live in Cayman!

GREAT ADVICE, KERI! WE LIVE HERE BECAUSE WE HAVE WATERSPORTS, FOOD & BEAUTIFUL BEACHES. WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO SPEND YOUR DAYS WHEN YOU'RE NOT WORKING? 

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Get on the water or strut the beach! I always say that if you do anything while living here, make sure you incorporate the sea life into yours. It's part of the history on the Island. I’ve learned to conch dive & scuba dive, I enjoy Flowers Sea Swim, beach walk or just hang on a Sunday at Rum Point. 

YOU HAve A BEAUTIFUL BOY! WHERE ARE SOME GREAT SPOTS for CHILDREN?

I couldn't think of a better place to have a baby. Forget snowsuits, boots, jackets and layers of clothing. All you need is bare feet and some sunscreen. We hang out at Ms. Laura’s pool for swim lessons every Tuesday. Motions Gym has an open gym for little people throughout the week which we attend regularly. Camana Bay is always great, free roaming for little ones while you stroll with a glass of wine, who can complain about that?

NO ONE CAN! WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS?

Cayman is so amazing for children. Everyone is so friendly and willing to accommodate no questions asked. 

The Kimpton Seafire - Breakfast is a great one! Family friendly and very affordable.

Morgan’s Harbour - Excellent food and great for kids. They have no problem accommodating menu requests or modifications. 

Peppers - Very affordable, great seatings and family friendly.

Casa 43 - Best Mexican outside of Mexico. Great for kids - go early though! They don’t take reservations.

WHAT ABOUT THE SEA? BEST BEACHES FOR KIDS?

Naps at Rum Point are essential

Naps at Rum Point are essential

Rum Point - Wreck Bar - Im not sure if we love it or if Jax loves it more. This is the #1 on my list. You can get snacks, have a mudslide, pull a lounger in the water, nap in a hammock or wade in the shade. Need I say more?

Royal Palms - Excellent parking, service on the beach, white powder sand.

Public Beach - This is always a go to. They have a great park with slides and play structures and you can hit the beach for a swim right after. 

All of these places have bathroom facilities for changing and showering as well.

Spotts Beach would be on my list except the lack of bathroom facilities. Apparently they plan to install them this year, if so I will be there as it’s 5 minutes from our house. 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE WITH A FAMILY LOOKING TO RELOCATE HERE?

Relocating your family isn’t easy, but it can be if you prepare as much as possible ahead of time.

Research schools and know your options. Remember: public schools are not accessible for expatriates, so ensure you know where your child is going to attend school. 

Health Insurance - this is a big one. Make sure you know what you're getting and from which insurance agency. You can then contact them before you arrive to give yourself peace of mind knowing you’ve made contact. 

Housing - obviously you need a place to live. There are several rental agencies here to help, make sure to utilize them. 

Overall the one piece of advice I would give would be to send one family member to check out the island before diving in. Small island living definitely has its perks and benefits, but make sure you know what you're signing up for. 

An Insider's Guide: Pirate stories from Little Cayman with David Alberga

HI DAVID! I LOVE A GOOD “GROWIN’ UP STORY.” TELL US ALL ABOUT YOU!

I was born in Toronto, Canada and returned to Jamaica where we lived at the time, 2 weeks later. At around 9/10 months old, we moved to Grand Cayman and have been here ever since (other than for College/University). 

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FROM ONE ROCK TO ANOTHER, WOW! WHAT WERE SOME OF YOUR HOBBIES GROWING UP IN PARADISE?

Growing up here, everyone enjoyed the beach; mainly Seven Mile. Saturdays and Sundays were spent all along that beach. Beach Club Resort was a popular hangout. Lots of cooking, swimming, boating, skiing etc. As we got older in our teens we took to the bicycles, motorbikes and the sea. There were many developments (which had private roads), so we had lots of private land and dirt roads to ride our motorbikes on. We spent most of our time after school on bicycles, playing hide n seek, building forts in the nearby overgrown lots, or snorkeling/spearfishing. Other hobbies were soccer, mainly, bird bush (shooting birds (Seasonal) and the gun range.

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Fishing is obviously a big one, either catching Jacks in the North Sound, or heading to 12 mile bank for a little luck at the tuna and marlin. Little Cayman and Cayman Brac were always looked forward too on long weekends. Those were compiled of going up on the bluff, fishing, diving, snorkeling, and exploring the caves. In Little Cayman, it was about the beach at Owen’s Island or Point of Sand and getting together with family and friends and of course looking for conch, lobster, seafood and fishing, diving etc. Many great memories! Little Cayman always carried the stories of the Pirates that came through this area and so as kids we would naturally go looking for treasure. We often spent some of the day looking but were mainly unsuccessful and lost interest when we saw the Man o’ Wars swooping at the Mahi Mahi just outside the reef or when the fry-jacks appeared in a frenzy at the surface in the lagoon! Night time in Little Cayman was about gathering around the BBQ and listening to ghost stories; I still get goosebumps thinking of them!  Walking the beach looking for lobsters crawling in the Turtle grass or Turtles coming up on the beaches to lay their eggs was also a great treat to find and see.     

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AMAZING STORIES! WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT LIVING IN CAYMAN FOR YOU?

The convenience and safety. A great place for kids to grow up. It’s a 10 min drive to most places. Also geographically, a 1 hr flight and your in the USA to enjoy a weekend away or venture further to other places. No tax is also great, however, we pay that in other ways I suppose.

WHERE ARE YOUR TOP 3 PLACES TO TAKE FRIENDS FOR DRINKS? 

Any local beach bar these days as they are becoming less and less. Calicos, Hemingways (Now Tillie’s), Royal Palms. Rum Point is always great, too!

WHERE WOULD YOU GO FOR THE PERFECT DINNER DATE? 

Wharf or Grand Old House! If it’s just a fun date then Casa 43 or anywhere your allowed to get a little messy with your hands!    

TELL OUR READERS ABOUT THE HIDDEN GEMS THEY DON'T KNOW ABOUT?

East End has many local spots that are right on the beach and are GEMS in my opinion. Smith Cove, Barker’s Beach, Welly’s for some "local" food. Honestly, not much is hidden anymore but you can still find beaches that are isolated and tucked away if you wish. The Sealife and what it holds is truly our gem; I have never heard anyone here complain after a day on the water! 

WHAT ACTIVITIES DO YOU LIKE THAT DOESN'T INCLUDE WATERSPORTS? 

None really! Well, beach volleyball is fun but only for fun, and maybe bar hopping (yes that's an activity). Enjoying one of the many great restaurants is also a great treat. Cayman really does have an awesome array of restaurants and even though I am not a "foodie", as I believe they are referred to, I do enjoy visiting the restaurants for great food and the ambience.  

BEST PLACE TO GO FOR A SUNSET DRINK?

Sunset house, Calicos, Macabuca, Rum Point, Cayman Cabana, Crudo, Rackams… Way too many to list.

An Insider's Guide to Island Living: Julian Foster

JULZ FOSTER! PLEASE TELL OUR READERS A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR CAYMANIAN CHILDHOOD - WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO GROW UP IN PARADISE?

I actually split my time growing up between Florida and Cayman. Summers and Christmases were spent here running around with my cousins and working at Foster's. We'd spend weekends out at Cayman Kai eating mangoes, snorkelling, playing on the sandbars, fishing, and just enjoying life in the sun! 

FOR THE LOVE OF WORK, TELL US WHAT DO YOU DO ON ISLAND? 

I'm the Marketing Senior Manager for Foster's. It’s an amazing position because not only do I get to be part of such a great organization, but my team and I are constantly crafting connections between brands and our customers. We have fun exploring the infinite ways to creatively tell stories that matter to people and encouraging them to step outside their food comfort zone to try something new. Plus, we get to see and hear from the people that make Cayman such a special place every day.

YOUR INSTAGRAM IS GORG. WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO TAKE SUCH WONDERFUL PICTURES? 

Everything, really. I’ll raise my hand and be the first to admit I spend too much time on my phone, but I make it a point to stop and just look around. There is so much beauty around us that it’s easy to spot a cool angle or a colour that brightens your day. Capturing beauty isn’t some hard to master technique; if you’re feeling what you’ve captured, then it’s Insta worthy.

Images available as premium postcards at select locations across the island with more locations being added all the time. You can purchase them directly through Julian by reaching him on his Instagram handle @iamjfoster

YOU'RE CLEARLY A DOG LOVER, TELL US ABOUT YOUR CUTIE AND WHERE'S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE FOR DOG WALKS? 

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My sweet boy! I fell in love with Remy at an event for Jeep and the Humane Society a couple of years ago, it was love at first sight. He loves long walks down the beach in South Sound or North Side, chasing leaves and tennis balls, and giving me the side eye when he hears me calling him but pretends to not. He’s also super into laying around the house [just like his dad]. 

AN ISLAND BOY MUST HAVE A FAVOURITE SPACE TO HANG OUT ON HIS DAYS OFF? TELL US YOUR TOP 3 PLACES YOU ENJOY AND WHY?

Would you judge me if I said my couch? Outside of that though... I’m always up for a snorkel with the turtles at Spott’s, a coffee at Bay Market (so delicious and affordable!) or a drink at Seafire. FAVE THING THOUGH - spending the weekend up at Cayman Kai. It's like a whole other world out there - so relaxing and peaceful. 

BRUNCH SHOULD NEVER BE MISSED, NAME YOUR FAVES!

Ritz, Kimpton or Marriott! The Ritz’ food is top notch and the free flowing Moët seems to make all your troubles go away [at least until Monday]. The Kimpton has stellar views, my favorite dessert station, and delicious handcrafted cocktails. The Marriott’s vibe is unmatched and no matter who you go with you always have a great time. 

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WHAT ABOUT A GOOD COCKTAIL, OR COLD BEER? WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO HANG OUT FOR THE PERFECT SUNSET? 

There are so many options! Da Fish Shack, Coccoloba, Sunset House, Tillie’s. 

LASTLY AND OF COURSE, TOURISTS NEED GUIDANCE. AS A CAYMANIAN, WHERE WOULD THEY NEED TO GO, NO QUESTIONS ASKED? 

No questions asked? Stingray City, Botanic Park, Blowholes, Cemetery Beach and The Crystal Caves. Hit those spots and you'll get to see an amazing mix of the beauty this island has to offer.

Insider guides : Photographer Chad Munro

WHERE ARE YOU FROM AND WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO MOVE HERE?

Toronto, Canada is where I was born and raised, the baseball diamond and golf course is where I spent most of my days. What brought me to this picturesque island was merely a change of scenery with a short-term forecast, coming up on 3 wonderful years later.  With having West-Indian roots, father is from Grenada, the tropical sunshine and Caribbean lifestyle run in the veins. 

WHAT GOT YOU INTO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY?

What initially started as a hobby developed into a career that I’m extremely fortunate for. With an education and past work experience in Finance & Business, I always felt that something was missing. After taking photos with my iPhone I realized that I loved capturing more than an image. Within every frame there is a story to be told. It was amazing to me that every photo I took on my phone was sending a message. Fast forward a few months and leaving my financial profession, I decided to approach wedding photography, because what stronger message is there than love? I have been so fortunate to travel and do what I love and have come to make lasting friendships with the couples I meet.

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ADVICE FOR PEOPLE LOOKING TO VISIT CAYMAN?

Seven Mile Beach is a must see attraction, with miles of white sandy beaches and blue, clean waters. Unless you are staying on the beach, beach access can be hard due to lack of parking, however parking is available at public, governors, cemetery, and west bay beaches. 

People drive on the left and is not that hard; just follow the cars. There are lots of roundabouts; you have to yield to cars on the right and once inside you have the right of way.

Because the country is a religious nation, Sundays are taken very seriously. Every business except gas stations, resorts, some restaurants are closed all day Sunday. Bars stop serving alcohol by 12:00am Sunday. 

The island is a conservative place in which that beach attire is inappropriate outside the beaches, even though it is a casual place. Cover your attire when leaving.

With growing development on the island, traffic can be quite bad to and from Georgetown during rush hours when cruise ship traffic is at its peak so try and avoid if possible. 

FAVE RESTAURANT FOR BREAKFAST?

With so many great restaurants on the island, its difficult to narrow down to one favourite. Hence why Grand Cayman is known as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean. A few locations are: Vivo, Anchor & Den, Bread & Chocolate. 

WHERE TO GO FOR LUNCH?

 Vivo, Tukka, Coccoloba, Andiamo, Czech Inn, Chicken Chicken. 

WHERE'S GOOD TO GO FOR DINNER?

 Luca, Casa 43, Aqua, Papagallo.

YOU CAPTURE PEOPLE'S MOST ROMANTIC & SPECIAL MOMENTS, WHERE'S THE MOST ROMANTIC PLACE ON ISLAND IN YOUR OPINION?

Romantic locations vary based on the individuals and their personalities. A stunning and calming sunset view along Seven Mile Beach never disappoints. Also just taking a drive with no destination in mind to witness all the beautiful that the island has to offer .. stargazing on the east / north side, where there is very little light pollution is probably my place to be. 

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 WHAT'S YOUR ADVICE FOR PEOPLE GETTING MARRIED IN CAYMAN?

Be aware of all the marriage requirements in terms of all the right documentation that is required. Dress accordingly to the weather and style of the wedding. The Cayman dress code is typically smart Casual unless formal is indicated. Plan accordingly regarding buying the wedding necessities. The island has a vast array of shops for gifts and favours, but nowhere near the same variety you’ll find in the US and Europe. 

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MUST-SEE ATTRACTION:

I’d recommend getting off the beaten path and explore .. botanical gardens, mastic trail and then experiencing Stingray City via a jet ski tour. Being on the water, zipping across the crystal clear waters is an exhilaration that’s difficult to match. 

 ANY EXCITING TRAVEL PLANS WITH YOUR CAMERA?

I’m quite fortunate to be in a position to travel the world with my camera and capture destination weddings, elopements and general travel imagery. Some of the upcoming locations for 2019 are: Moab-Utah, Germany, Ireland, Turkey, Ukraine, North Carolina, Toronto, Nova Scotia. 

Insider Guides : Model/influencer Amber Smith from city to sand

WHERE ARE YOU FROM AND WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO MOVE HERE?

Born and raised in the heart of Toronto, I took a chance on the island to avoid winter in 2015.  

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE LOOKING TO VISIT CAYMAN?

Instagram is a great tool to do some research of the island's offerings, from local food tours to scuba diving - it helps to see photo and video content to plan your dream vacation.

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FAVE RESTAURANT FOR BREAKFAST?

Although it is technically “Brunch” - the Marriott is my favourite spot for breakfast on a Sunday. They have the cutest mason jars filled with the most delicious breakfast bites. The vibe is awesome and the mimosas are not to be missed!

WHERE DO WE GO FOR LUNCH?

Lunch is easy, South West Collective has a gorgeous air-conditioned view of George Town and they even have a fully stocked bar, which you wouldn't expect from their super delicious (yet health-conscious) menu. The food is carefully curated to look as good as it tastes and their staff are the most friendly! 

DINNER SPOTS?

There are so many incredible restaurants here in Cayman you can’t go wrong but I always enjoy Edoardo’s! On a Friday night you can finish up and cross over into Barolo where the party is just getting started on their patio. It’s always a see and be seen hotspot and a good time! They have one of my favourite wines there, Tamber Bey Deux Cheveaux Chardonnay from Napa Valley. 

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MUST-SEE ATTRACTION:

Must see attraction is a famous 7 mile sunset! The best spot to see this from is ON the water. The guys @cobaltcustomcharters cruise over to east end but can also charter along the beautiful 7 mile with pickups nearly anywhere along the famous strip of beach. 

WHERE DO YOU WORK OUT?

The Performance Lab is the spot. From Boxing to HIIT class and high quality personal training with the best on island, these guys know how to transform a body and lifestyle and make working out fun. My favourite class is their Friday Happy Half Hour with DJ and glow in the dark strobe lighting, a must try! 

YOU ALWAYS LOOK SO FLAWLESS, WHAT ARE THE BEST SPA TREATMENTS ON ISLAND?

No.11 Spa has saved my life here in Cayman. The sun and salt are incredible during a beach day but long-term my skin needs extra TLC. Nurse Kelly at No.11 specializes in incredible treatments that have rid me of any blemishes and left my skin glowing. Highly recommend.

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WHAT'S THE BEST PLACE TO SPEND A WEEKEND IN CAYMAN? 

I recently enjoyed a Staycation at The Ritz. The outstanding service and quality of every aspect of that property is astounding. The service as a whole, the food and the cocktails are all top notch. 

WHAT SHOULD BE ON OUR CAYMAN BUCKET LIST?

Rum Point On a Sunday! I’ve never seen anything like it. If you’ve got a group of friends - Cayman Private Charters has the most gorgeous 60 foot Sea Ray with a hidden jetski on board. 

HIDDEN LOCAL SPOTS?

If I told you this, they wouldn’t be hidden anymore! What I can tell you is PRIME FOOD TOURS is your guide to the best local hidden gems on island! 

BEST PLACE FOR A SUNDOWNER?

This one is tough - can I give my top 3? Calicos, Palms and Rackhams. Not in any particular order. 

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Insider guides : Underwater Photographer Irene Corti Insider guide to Cayman

WHERE ARE YOU FROM AND WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO MOVE HERE?

I am originally from Milan, Italy. But for the past ten years I’ve been living in few different countries like Jamaica, Australia and Thailand. I moved here for the pristine water of Cayman… a paradise for an underwater photographer like me.

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WHAT GOT YOU INTO PHOTOGRAPHY? ADVICE FOR PEOPLE LOOKING TO VISIT CAYMAN?

Coming from Italy, I grow up surrounded by amazing art and artists, there you get inspired from everything that is around you and from all the art exhibits we have. I think a big impact on me was made from the book “The Decisive Moment” by Cartier-Bresson, it opened my eyes on photography and on the way I look at the world. I always had the need to create and to express myself, before was with painting but when I started traveling around I discovered that photography was the perfect fit for me. A good thing about Cayman is that its a small country, really easy to get around or to fly to the sister islands from Grand Cayman. It’s also a safe island, perfect for “Solo Travelers” or for a “Girl Only” vacation type.

FAVE BEACH?

My favorite beach is Spotts Beach, it never feel’s busy and snorkeling is phenomenal … perfect spot for swimming with the green sea turtles.

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FAVE HIDDEN SPOT?

My hidden spot is underwater, I love the Gamma Wreck on the south part of Seven Mile Beach. Really shallow wreck, perfect for underwater photography or for a fun afternoon of snorkeling.

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WHAT'S THE BEST LOCAL HANGOUT?

I really like to hang out at Macabuca on the North West point of the island, it’s a fantastic cozy oceanfront tiki bar with amazing food and drinks.

FAVOURITE SUNSET SPOT? I love watching the sunset on Seven Mile beach near Boggy Sand road, it’s really quite never crowded and picture perfect.

YOU SHOOT A LOT OF WEDDINGS, WHAT'S YOUR ADVICE FOR PEOPLE GETTING MARRIED IN CAYMAN?

Cayman is perfect for destination weddings for the easy flights we have from the USA daily. Plus you can’t beat the turquoise water and white sand of the world famous Seven Mile Beach for a dream wedding setting. Just be prepared for the hot weather when you pick up your wedding attire, especially for the groom, standing on the beach with a full suit can get hard.

WHAT MAKES CAYMAN SO UNIQUE?

I fell in love with Cayman for the underwater world, with the 100+ feet of visibility underwater and this is one of the reasons Cayman is one of the best diving destinations in the world.

WHAT SHOULD BE ON OUR CAYMAN BUCKET LIST?

A must is taking a boat tour out to Stingray City sandbar, where you can interact with the southern stingray. A really amazing experience.

WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU, ANY EXCITING TRAVEL PLANS WITH YOUR CAMERA?

I just spent the past 11 months traveling in North America in a Van, from the Florida Key all the way to Arctic Ocean in Canada to Alaska and back to Florida touching all the 50 states… it was a journey of 36 thousand miles and thousands of photographs! Next, before settling down in Cayman again, I am planning a European road trip with another Van. It seems like at the moment I can’t stop seeking beauty all around the world but Cayman has a special place in my heart.

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Insider Guides: Fishing tips with PJ

Insider Guides: Fishing tips with PJ

My name is Peter John Balls “PJ”, but know also as Ballsy in general or the fishing community. I was born in Grand Cayman, and spent the better part of life in Cayman besides some school in Canada. My parents migrated here from Jamaica in 1973. My Father was a Barclays Offshore manager who moved & lived throughout the Caribbean and then eventually made Cayman his home.

Insider Guides: Sean Hennings

Insider Guides: Sean Hennings

I was born in Trinidad to a Caymanian father and Trinidadian mother. We moved to Cayman Brac when I was around 5. My parents then came to Grand Cayman to find work and I stayed in the Brac with my grandparents. Eventually my sisters and I moved over to Grand Cayman to join my parents when they settled into jobs and a house. We lived on Shedden Road in an old style Cayman home which is now the site of the building Anderson’s Square. And that’s pretty much where we grew up until my parents bought a “modern” house on Walkers Rd.

Insider Guides: Cristin (Alexander) Bruton

Insider Guides: Cristin (Alexander) Bruton

Well, I was born in Cayman to a Caymanian mother, Carlene, and a British father, Alistair or 'Alex' as he was fondly known. I consider myself to be pretty lucky having grown up with a large, close-knit family and an idyllic childhood, living at Silver Sands condos and roaming Seven Mile Beach at every waking moment. I was a real beach baby! At seventeen I headed off to boarding school in Canada where I attended Trinity College School (which my husband says reminds him of Hogwarts) and then on to Western University in Ontario to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Psychology. Upon returning to Cayman I threw myself into beach volleyball and then Miss Cayman Islands. And what amazing adventures those were!

Insider Guides: Paradise Appreciation with Jade Webster

Insider Guides: Paradise Appreciation with Jade Webster

Hello! I’m Jade Webster and I am extremely lucky to call the Cayman Islands home! Born in the '90’s to a Scottish mum and a Caymanian dad. My younger sister and I didn’t particularly grow up in a district, as we seemed to move quite a bit. Growing up in the Cayman Islands was and still is pretty amazing! 

Insider Guides: Growing up in Cayman with Alyssa Gilbert

HI ALYSSA, WHY DON’T YOU TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?

I’m Alyssa Gilbert. I’m 19, from West Bay and was raised as an only child with a half-sister. My family works in legal, government, and IT related fields. My hobbies include shopping, going to the beach, filming videos, reading, and my new favourite: going to afternoon tea.

WE LOVE TEA! SO WHAT DO YOU DO NOW?

Currently, I’m a fashion student at London College of Fashion studying fashion media (styling and creative direction), and creating fashion related content for my Youtube channel, xoallyy 

SO WHERE ARE YOUR TOP 3 PLACES TO GO SHOPPING FOR THE BEST FASHION?

My favorite places to shop in cayman are NKY in Camana Bay, Funky Monkey at Governors Square, and Kirk Freeport for my accessories.

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WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT CAYMAN?

My favourite thing about Cayman is by far the beach. It’s the only place that I feel at peace and could stay there for hours on end. Not to mention it’s the only place I can get my color back after living in London for a while!

WORST THING ABOUT THE ISLAND? PET PEEVE?

My least favorite things about Cayman at the moment are the lack of untouched land, the ridiculous amounts of litter everywhere, and the pesky mosquitoes in the afternoon.

CAN YOU NAME 4 OF YOUR FAVOURITE RESTAURANTS FOR US?

My four favourite restaurants on island are Ragazzi, Casanova, Papagallos and Copper Falls. I LOVE Italian food, and Copper Falls is on a whole other level of deliciousness!

WHAT ABOUT THOSE HIDDEN GEMS? TELL US ABOUT SOME COOL PLACES!

Some “hidden gems” that I enjoy going to for some peace and quiet are the side beaches in East End (through a path of trees on the side of the road) and Boggy Sands. For some good eats, I like Di Kit-Chin Jerk Stand and Grape Tree Cafe.

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FAVOURITE LOCAL DISH AND WHERE CAN YOU FIND IT?

My favorite local dish is Cayman Style Beef with rice and beans and you can find it in my grandmother’s kitchen, Island Taste restaurant, and anywhere else that sells local cooked food.

WHAT ABOUT A COCKTAIL, WHERE WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO GO FOR SUNSET DRINKS?

My favourite place for sunset drinks is Royal Palms because you have a perfect view of the sunset over the ocean from the bar, and there are 2 for 1 drink specials (which is always a win!)

Insider Guides: Brittany Kelly

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF, BRITTANY!

I’m a born and raised Caymanian. My Caymanian roots run deep. My father was born in Jamaica to a Caymanian mother and my mother was born in the US to Caymanian parents. They both moved to Cayman full time in their teens and met while working at Foster’s Food Fair and then got married and had me. 

WHAT DO YOU DO HERE IN CAYMAN?

I’m a film writer & producer. I work in Cayman and the US and I’m currently based in LA. I just wrapped on two feature films in South Florida. In Cayman I produced the Frank E Flower’s short film Tocsin. This short was made with an all Caymanian crew, which was a really exciting and proud moment for me. To have so many talented local individuals working and collaborating on one project was amazing. 

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THAT IS AMAZING! SO WHERE WOULD YOU SEND PEOPLE HERE IF THEY ARE INTERESTED IN THE FILM INDUSTRY?

There are so many talented individuals working in the film industry in Cayman. The thing about Cayman is that it’s so small, so everyone knows or knows of everyone. If you’re looking to get involved in the film industry I recommend going to local film screenings, talking with the filmmakers, camera crew and actors (they don’t bite!) I would also recommend the newly found record label GoldFyr, where local Cinematographer Samuel Lancaster is holding film lessons and they also provide film equipment rentals.

TOP 3 PLACES FOR BREAKFAST?

Anchor & Den Brunch at The Marriott: I am obsessed with this brunch. Their food never disappoints, their atmosphere is so serene and the staff is so lovely. 

Over The Edge: For me, it is a bit of a haul to get there, but the view and their delicious Ackee & Codfish makes the drive worth it. 

Kirk’s Supermarket: They have a full spread and it’s so easy to grab and go. Their cornmeal porridge is pretty delicious as well. 

SO WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE FOR A TRUE CAYMANIAN DISH?

There’s a place in Savannah behind the Wendy’s and Rubis called Chill Spot. I love their oxtail and pepper steak. 

FAVOURITE PLACE TO BE IN CAYMAN AND WHY?

I love being at my grandma’s house. It’s right near the airport, so we can hear the planes landing. She has a lot of large mango and breadfruit trees. Just watching the sunset through those trees reminds me of how beautiful life is on this tiny island. 

WHERE WOULD SEND PEOPLE FOR DIVING? FISHING? SNORKELING?

For fishing and a good time out on the water I would send them to Get Bent Charters. For a simple snorkel I would recommend Smith’s Cove on a calm day or anywhere on the waterfront on a day with no cruise ships in. 

ANY ACTIVITIES PEOPLE SHOULD TRY WHEN THEY'RE HERE?

If you’re interested in local culture and history, check out The National Gallery, The Museum, Pedro Castle and The Botanical Gardens. I’m obsessed with the bioluminescence kayaking tour, it’s absolutely stunning to experience. And Brunch, always brunch.