Any time is a good time to visit the Caribbean, and more specifically, Grand Cayman. It’s sunny year-round and even during off-peak seasons the island offers an abundance of holiday fun for the entire family.
Though there is truth in the statement that Cayman offers visitors approximately 360 days of sunshine, if you happen to be visiting during the 60 odd days of rain and thunderclouds, you might find yourself at a loss for things to do. Fortunately, there's more to Cayman than sun, sea and sand. Below are a few of the indoor activities you can enjoy during the odd rain shower.
It's no secret that parks are important contributing factors to the overall health of our communities and environments. Parks play a vital role in our everyday lives, improving mental health and providing us with all manner of social, environmental, economic, and health benefits.
Parks and protected public lands not only assist with our mental and physical wellbeing, but they benefit our environment - providing habitats for wildlife and protected species (in our case the Blue Iguana) and offering people a place to connect with nature and each other. Though Cayman is small and suffers similar sustainable development challenges as most islands, it prides itself on it’s parks and the efforts made to preserve their natural, exotic beauty.
The Dart Family Park was founded in 2005 and has been a favourite amongst families ever since. The Dart Family Park is one of the largest public parks in Grand Cayman. The park has 180-degree ocean views, a 'lickle' beach area as well as an amphitheatre. The picturesque picnic spots are shaded by wild almond trees, towering palms and dotted throughout with indigenous, sweet-smelling tropical flowers.
The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is a two-acre park boasting exotic tropical wildflowers, lush greenage and some of Cayman's most beautiful native birds. The Botanic Park is home to the Woodland trail, the Blue Iguana breeding programme and all the indigenous fauna and flora of the Cayman Islands. Take a stroll or relax under a shady palm while you take in the beautiful surrounds.
Barker’s National Park
This park runs over 261 terrestrial beachside acres and is accessible from a barely noticeable path near Pappagallo Restaurant at the farthest end of West Bay. The park offers stretches of secluded space for leisurely activities like splashing in the beautiful blue waters of the Caribbean, lounging on its beaches shaded by large mangrove trees or exploring the grounds in search of its variety of indigenous wildlife.
Full and plentiful blooms in springtime in Cayman herald in the arrival of butterfly breeding season at the Cayman Turtle Centre's Butterfly Garden. These fragile little creatures are integral part of the Cayman ecosystem and responsible for the vital process of pollination necessary to keep our biodiverse tropical island region healthy.
Mastic Trail and Reserve
Cayman's most iconic and well-known hiking trail can be found in an expansive nature reserve. The Mastic Reserve is home to a wide variety of fauna and flora unique to the Cayman Islands and or the Caribbean. Though the Cayman Islands are no longer abundant in the larger tree types like mahogany and logwood trees, the nature reserve and some smaller parks protect the remaining species and some smaller Caribbean varietals such as coconut, thatch palm, seagrape, almond and casuarina (Australian pine). An afternoon meandering through the rich tropical nature reserve is an afternoon well spent, by far one of Cayman's most enjoyable inland activities.
For more information on Cayman's protected parks and nature reserves contact the Cayman Islands Tourism Association or visit their website: www.visitcaymanislands.com
Pirates Week is a personal favourite for many of the locals in Cayman. It’s become a lovely tradition for families, teenagers and adults alike. It’s been going on for over 40 years and is still wildly popular.
The traditional activities begin with the ‘invasion’ of the pirates, capturing the Governor and taking him/her on-board their pirates ship. Everyone lines the streets in town to watch this light-hearted, pirate-filled showcase. Following this, the festivities are kicked off with a bang! Quite literally, as wonderful fireworks light up the night.
Life on a tropical island revolves around laidback activities like strolling along the sandy shorelines in search of sunset spots and shore-side snacking. But on the weekends the island awakens from its tropical slumber and offers up a myriad of activities that appeal to individuals of all sensibilities.
When you come to Cayman cookout, you'll experience the world’s most talented chefs, culinary influencers, wine and spirit experts coming together at The Ritz-Carlton with a backdrop of beautiful seven mile beach. You'll meet world renowned chefs, hosted by Eric Ripert, José Andrés, Emeril Lagasse and too many others to name. Make sure you get a picture with them.
‘Mystery bus tour invite’ popped up in my inbox one sleepy Monday morning peaking my interest and distracting me from my video editing timeline. Full of intrigue, I clicked to find details of a Taste of Cayman media bus tour to sample some of the culinary offerings we’ll see at this year’s festival. Free food & drink and an afternoon out of the office - why not?
A floating city in the middle of the turquoise Caribbean sea, Stingray City in the Cayman Islands is a natural wonder where stingrays glide through the shallow clear waters beneath you. It’s a must-do & must-see when you’re on the island, so here’s a few things that you might not know about the home of these gentle giants and this slice of paradise Cayman is so famous for.