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Welcome Message from the cayman islands director of tourism Welcome to the Cayman Islands! Your idyllic escape awaits through a diverse offering of experiences across all three islands. From wading in our tranquil waters, to swimming with southern stingrays at Stingray City or indulging in our over 200 unique culinary offerings available in the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean, there are unforgettable experiences for everyone to enjoy. Grand Cayman’s natural beauty, cultural attractions and modern amenities provide the perfect balance of awe and excitement. One must visit the famed Seven Mile Beach and participate in the wide selection of watersports options available. On land, you will find historical Pedro St. James, the Cayman Islands’ oldest structure and birthplace of our government, or explore amazing stalagmite crystal structures at Cayman Crystal Caves. Our Sister Islands – Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are perfect for those looking for a tranquil getaway. With over 100 caves and some of the best diving locations, there is an impressive array of wildlife above and under water, for all to enjoy. No matter the island you choose to visit or the activities you experience, I trust that you will experience the warm Caymankind hospitality for which we are renowned. With warm regards,

MRS. ROSA HARRIS Cayman Islands Director of Tourism

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Editors Joanna Boxall Charles Grover Sales Charles Grover Sean Kelly Mahreen Nabi Writers / Researchers Jessica Wright Clare-Louise McGrath Tasha Locke Design & Production Elyse Sinclair Brian Myers Claire Rohleder Cover Photography Julie Corsetti/ Deep Blue Images Additional Photography Cathy Church Julie Corsetti Cayman Islands National Archive DRCL Camana Bay Deep Blue Images Chuck Gloman Lynn Ebanks Logan Graydon Brenda Miller John Molyneux Marc Montocchio Picture This PW Office Taneos Ramsay Aaron Rebarchek Jonathan Sparrow Gary White Monika Wojtkiewicz Acorn Publishing Co Ltd. PO Box 31403 Grand Cayman KY1-1206 Tel: (345) 946 3200 Email: info@acorn.ky www.explorecayman.com

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Welcome to Explore Cayman – The award winning definitive guide to exploring Cayman. We have had fun researching all the latest things to do in 2019 and list hundreds of ideas so you can get the most out of your time in Cayman. The diversity of things to do in Cayman is amazing and caters to all tastes – from turtles to triathlons, horses to helicopters, bicycles to bioluminescence, cocktails to cooking classes, shipwrecks to salsa dancing, diving to duty free shopping and so much more. For the budget conscious, we list free activities including walking and driving tours, while for those looking to splurge we highlight gourmet dining options, spa treatments, boutique shopping and everything in between. We have partnered with over 60 businesses to help make your dollar go further, so mention Explore when making a booking to check if you are entitled to a discount. If you like this magazine, then you will love our new Explore Cayman app. The Deputy Premier of the Cayman Islands, the Hon. Moses Kirkconnell said “it’s like having a personal concierge in your pocket”. The app is free and available from the Apple app store; it has all the information we couldn’t squeeze into this magazine including, restaurant menus, interactive maps, a daily events calendar, flight information and weather data. You can even read reviews, make bookings and get directions to your destination. The app also works offline, saving you expensive roaming charges! Finally, all this information and way more is also available online at the all new ExploreCayman.com, so take a peek… Have fun exploring our beautiful Islands!

Joanna Boxall

Charles Grover

Explore Cayman is published annually in November. Complimentary copies can be found Island-wide and at all the hotels, condos and car rental agencies. This information and more can also be found at www.explorecayman.com or by downloading the Explore Cayman iPhone app or the iPad app. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means: electronic or mechanical, including photography and recording without the prior consent of the publisher. While every effort has been taken to provide information that is as accurate as possible, the publishers and respective contributors do not accept any responsibility for injury, loss or damage occasioned to any person as a result of material in this book. We always welcome contributions, suggestions or photos to make this magazine even more informative and visually appealing. Please send us anything from the smallest update to substantial suggestions. If you are a budding photographer and would like to get some of your photos published then send us your best. As you can see we publish a wide variety of images so don’t be shy! Email Joanna Boxall on Joanna@acorn.ky.

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About Cayman

Members’ Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Geography, History, Formalities . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Getting Around. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Accessibility Advice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Top 10 Tips for a Green Vacation . . . . . . . . . . 21 Calendar of Major Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Best Recommendations Best of Land & Air Based Activities . . . . . . . . 24 - Best of the Free Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 - Best of Parks & Playgrounds . . . . . . . . . . . 26 - Best of Health & Relaxation. . . . . . . . . . . . 28 - Best Cultural Activities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Best Shopping. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Best Restaurants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Best After Dark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Best Live Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Best Boating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 - Stingray City and Fishing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 - Protecting Cayman’s Coral. . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 - Cayman Waters Dos and Don’ts. . . . . . . . . 51 Best Watersports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Best Beaches. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Best Snorkelling & Diving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 - Dive Landmarks.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 - Know Your Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

Area Recommendations WEST BAY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 SEVEN MILE BEACH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 CAMANA BAY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 GEORGE TOWN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 EASTERN DISTRICTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .130 SISTER ISLANDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144

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Inspiration and thanks for this year’s Explore Cayman cover goes to the following people: Ela Turcotte and Coral Tomascik for looking so beautiful and modelling for us up at Cayman Kai. Julie Corsetti from Deep Blue Images for taking the wonderful photos. Sand Angels in Camana Bay for supplying us with a few of their stunning bathing suits. Jasmin (Yaz) Muratagic, (who operates 7 Mile Paddle (345) 326 4714) for lending us the paddleboards. Finally, for Elyse Sinclair and Jessica Wright, part of the dynamic Acorn team, who organised and then rescheduled the photoshoot so many times due to the poor weather this past summer, but who finally got the shot that we were all hoping for!

Real Estate Cayman Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152

Useful Information Medical Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160 Safety Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 Useful Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Activities & Religious Services . . . . . . . . . . . 164 Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 6

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Casual Seafood & Caribbean BBQ 345 640 0000 dukescayman.com

Mizu Asian Bistro

Sushi & Pan-Asian Favourites 345 640 0001 mizucayman.com

Waterfont Urban Diner

Breakfast, Salads, & Diner Classics 345 640 0002 waterfrontcayman.com

Craft Food & Beverage Co.

Craft Beer & Modern Cuisine 345 640 0004 craftcayman.com

The Brooklyn

Pizza & Pasta 345 640 0005 thebrooklyncayman.com

Lone Star Bar & Grill

Tex-Mex & Big Screen Sports 345 945 5175 lonestarcayman.com

Pani Indian Kitchen

Authentic Indian 345 640 0007 panicayman.com

Fresh Kitchen & Coffee

Quick Healthy Options 345 640 0008 freshcayman.com

Boggy Sand Caribbean Kitchen

Traditional Caribbean Fare 345 640 0009 boggysandkitchencayman.com

Saltwater Grill

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Explore Members’ Table Food & Drink

Abacus

108

Stylish restaurant overlooking the Paseo at Camana Bay

124

Farm to fire BBQ, Caribbean style gourmet smokehouse

68-69

Restaurant & bar overlooking the water with diving

84

Restaurant & bar fusing Island and Mediterranean flavours

85

A relaxed and casual seafood and BBQ place

86 87

Caboose

Cracked Conch Deckers Duke’s

Gino’s Pizzeria

New York style pizzeria - eat in, take-out or delivery

Island Naturals

Delicious, nutritious vegan and gluten free food

Kaibo Restaurant Beach Bar & Marina

137

Barefoot feet-in-the-sand escapism with great food

125

Seafood and steak restaurant overlooking the bay

88

Popular Texas BBQ sports bar and restaurant

89

Contemporary Italian and seafood, indoors or outdoors

90 91 143

Lobster Pot Lone Star LUCA

Ragazzi

Great Italian food with a wood burning pizza oven

Saltwater Grill

Hearty food with an extensive menu and great decor

Tukka

Waterfront restaurant serving Australian food with a twist

West Indies Wine Company

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Unique wine tasting and retail store

623 8282

CAM

945 1816

GT

945 5217

WB

945 6600

SMB

640 0000

SMB

623 7777

SMB

945 2252

SMB

947 9975

KAI

949 2736

GT

945 5175

SMB

814 0150

SMB

945 3484

SMB

640 0010

SMB

947 2700

EE

640 9492

CAM

949 4530

SMB

949 5679

GT

916 6408

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Diving 60 61 62

Ambassador Divers

A friendly and accommodating dive shop and operator

Don Foster’s

Offering daily boat and shore dives

Wall to Wall Diving

Dive trips to the best walls, reefs and wrecks

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CAM. . . .Camana Bay ED. . . . . .Eastern Districts GT. . . . . .George Town KAI. . . . . Cayman Kai SMB. . . . Seven Mile Beach WB. . . . . West Bay

. . . . .Suitable for Families . . . . .Fun . . . . .Educational . . . . .Wet Weather Activity . . . . .Water View

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Shopping 118 119

Artifacts

A very special antique shop in George Town

Cathy Church’s Photo Centre & Gallery Photography store, gallery and classes

Divers Supply

82

Dive/snorkelling gear, swim and beach wear

83

Cayman’s hippest fun wear boutique

106

Fine jewellery, diamonds, watches and sunglasses

120

Jewellery, sunglasses, cigars, Swarovski and Pandora

136

Leading retailer of fine wines, beers and spirits

121

Cayman’s largest jeweller carrying major brands

122

A treasure trove of rooms filled with art and gifts

123

A family owned boutique jewellery store

107

Fantastic collection of swim and resort wear

96

Sells the finest in surf equipment and apparel

Funky Monkey

Island Jewellers Island Plaza

Jacques Scott Frank Sound Kirk Freeport Pure Art

Rocky’s Diamond Gallery Sand Angels

Waterman - Blue Wave Surf Co.

949 2442

GT

949 7415

GT

949 7621

SMB

943 8659

SMB

640 5337

CAM

949 7098

GT

949 5397

ED

949 7477

GT

949 9133

GT

946 7851

GT

945 7263

CAM

769 7873

SMB

922 2177

SMB

945 6975

SMB

938 2525

CAM

927 2722

CAM

925 2101

CAM

945 5491

SMB

640 7500

ED

814 0170

SMB

623 4500

SMB

943 2002

SMB

Boating All Aboard Charters

44

Small group, private boat charters to snorkel and explore

42-43

Snorkelling, fishing, mangrove and Island tours

45

Luxury private boat charters for snorkelling or exploring

46

Private boat charters and Bio Bay tours

47

Private boat charters with snorkelling and Jet Ski

48

Snorkelling, fishing and Stingray City trips

49

Unique snorkelling and diving tours in East End

50

Boat trips to Stingray City, the Sandbar and more

Captain Marvin’s

Cayman Luxury Charters Crazy Crab

Five Star Charters

Frank’s Watersports Ocean Frontiers Tours Cayman

Accommodation 80

Caribbean Club

Cayman’s most exclusive boutique hotel on SMB

Health & Wellbeing 81

Da Vinci Centre

Vast offering of luxury wellness and alternative therapies

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Attractions Cayman Turtle Centre

70-71

A one-of-a-kind wildlife and cultural attraction

127

Modern interactive exhibits of Cayman culture and history

138

Cayman’s premier historic site with 3D theatre

139

Over 65 acres of local flora, fauna and walking trails

Cayman Islands National Museum Pedro St. James

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

949 3894

WB

949 8368

GT

947 3329

ED

947 9462

ED

925 3002

ALL

943 4354

GT

916 4799

WB

814 0193

WB

Tours & Activities 92 126 72 73

Cayman Safari Adventures Land Rover tours to see the real Cayman

CI Helicopters Helicopter sightseeing rides of the Island

Coral Stone Stables Horseback riding on the beach and in the water

Spirit of the West

Horseback riding on the beach and in the water

Watersports Waverunner tours to Stingray City and more

94

Watersports rentals and Stingray City jet ski tours

140

Eco-adventure wildlife and bioluminescent tours

95

Paddleboard rentals, sales and excursions

96

Kitesurfing lessons and equipment rental/sales

128

Thrilling water park with slides, obstacles and lots more

141

Unique snorkelling tours with small groups

97

Single, double or triple parasailing rides

98

Stingray City, bioluminescence and mangrove tours

129

Helmet diving and SNUBA shipwreck tours

99

Waterski, wakesurf and wakeboard adventure company

142

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Action Watersports

93

Aqua Watersports Cayman Cayman Kayaks

Cayman Stand Up Paddle Co. Kitesurf Cayman Oasis AquaPark

Ocean Frontiers

Parasailing Professionals Sea Elements

Sea Trek and SNUBA Cayman SWS - Summer Water Sports White Sand Water Sports

Sailing, snorkelling, diving, Stingray City and jet skiing

814 0173

SMB

(866) 212 8027

SMB

926 4467

KAI

938 4787

ALL

916 5483

WB

323 3394

GT

640 7500

ED

916 2953

SMB

936 8687

SMB

814 0188

GT

936 0669

SMB

938 7263

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Cayman Islands The

Geography

History

The Cayman Islands are made up of three islands: Grand Cayman, which occupies 76 square miles and is approximately 22 miles long, Cayman Brac (15 square miles) and Little Cayman (10 square miles). The Islands are the tops of pinnacles reaching up from the Cayman Trench – one of the deepest sections of ocean on Earth, with depths of around 25,000ft. The three Islands are separate uplifted fault blocks that were pushed up by friction between the North American and the Caribbean plates. The uppermost layer is composed of carbonates created by living organisms such as corals, algae and shells laid down during sea level changes over the past 30 million years.

Christopher Columbus first sighted the Cayman Islands in 1503 on his fourth voyage to the New World. Noting that the Islands and the seas around them were teeming with turtles, he named them Las Tortugas. This abundance of turtles soon led to ships sailing through the Caribbean to stop off in the Cayman Islands and stock up on turtle meat – a great source of protein for the crew. Sadly, so many turtles were hunted that their population remains severely depleted. The custom of eating turtle meat survives to this day.

Climate The most pleasant weather is during the winter (November-March) when daytime temperatures average 72-80ºF and generally the skies are clear and the sea calm. The occasional Nor’wester blows through during the winter, bringing cool winds and rough seas on the north and west coasts. You may need a jacket for cooler evenings in the winter. The summer months (May-October) coincide with the rainy season. Average temperatures range from 80-88ºF, with July and August being the hottest and most humid months. Rain can be heavy and persistent, but is a welcome relief from the humidity. Sea temperatures average 85ºF in the summer and 78ºF in the winter. Hurricane season runs from 1st June to 30th November. If you visit during hurricane season, take all hurricane or tropical storm warnings seriously. 14

Pirates Cayman remained uninhabited except for the turtles, alligators and lizards, until the 1660s. The first people who attempted to settle on Little Cayman soon fled after being attacked by pirates. Pirates used the Islands as a base from which to attack the galleons bound for Europe. During the 18th century some of the most infamous pirates of the Caribbean, including Blackbeard, Lowther and Henry Morgan, roamed these seas, stopping off on the Islands for repairs and to stock up on water and turtle meat. Cayman hosts a Pirates Week Festival, complete with a mock-pirate ‘invasion’ where old-time pirate vessels loaded with woodpeg-legged pirates ‘invade’ the shores of Cayman to the delight of the gathered crowds.

Time Zones The Cayman Islands are on Eastern Standard Time (or GMT –5) but daylight savings are not observed. From April-October we are one hour behind Eastern Time.

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Early Settlers The Treaty of Madrid, signed in 1670, officially decreed the Cayman Islands a British possession and a dependency of Jamaica. Although the Islands were not permanently settled until the 1730s. The earliest settlers, who were thought to have been deserters from Oliver Cromwell’s army in Jamaica, survived on farming and trading turtle meat with passing ships. An 1802 census recorded the population of Grand Cayman at just 933, roughly half were of British descent, the other half being of African descent (enslaved until 1833).

Shipwrecks & Tax In February 1794 ten merchant ships, led by the HMS Convert, foundered on the reef at Gun Bay in the East End of Grand Cayman. Local settlers went out to rescue the crew and not one life was lost. Legend has it that one of those rescued included a royal prince, and in gratitude to the people of Cayman for their bravery and gallantry, King George III declared that the Cayman Islands should forever be free from taxation and war conscription. While there is no hard evidence to support this story, it is a popular way of explaining the continued tax free status of the Islands. A more realistic explanation is probably the fact that up until the middle of the 20th century, most of the population was engaged in subsistence farming or fishing, or worked as merchant seamen on foreign ships. There was therefore little, if anything, to tax.

Cayman ’s Timeline

1503

Christopher Columbus first sighted the Cayman Islands

1670

Treaty of Madrid decrees that Cayman is British and a dependency of Jamaica

1730s

First recorded land grants were made in Cayman

1802

Population of Grand Cayman is 933

1962

Jamaica becomes independent and Cayman remains a British colony

1970

Population of Cayman reaches 10,000

2018

Population of the Cayman Islands 63,415

Mosquitoes Another factor in the slow development of the Cayman Islands was the vast number of mosquitoes that bred in the swamps. So severe was the problem that it was almost impossible to venture outside at night without smoke pots to ward off the bugs. There are even accounts of cattle being suffocated by swarms of mosquitoes blocking their nostrils. Thanks to the outstanding work of the Mosquito Research and Control Unit, nowadays you will probably only be aware of the odd mosquito around sunrise and sunset.

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Tourism & Finance Things changed quite abruptly in the 1950s: 1953 saw the opening of Grand Cayman’s first airfield, first hospital and first commercial bank – Barclays Bank. A few hotels also opened in the early 1950s and then in 1957 dive pioneer Bob Soto opened a commercial dive centre on Grand Cayman. A few years later the Government enacted legislation designed to take advantage of the absence of taxation and encourage the growth of the banking industry. Suddenly, the Cayman Islands were on the map – both as a tourist and diving destination and as an international financial centre. In the past few decades the changes in Cayman have been dramatic: the Islands have gone from a subsistence economy in the 1950s, to enjoying the highest standard of living in the Caribbean today. The population has increased from 10,000 in 1970 to approximately 63,415 today, with people from over 120 countries making the Islands their home. In 1970 visitors numbered just 403; today the Islands host over 2.1 million visitors per year.

Cayman Culture If you would like to immerse yourself in Cayman culture you could visit Pedro St. James, the Mission House, the National Museum or the Botanical Gardens where you will get a glimpse of a bygone era. You can visit local restaurants and try some traditional cuisine such as conch stew or fish rundown. Music and singing are another big part of Caymanian culture and local bands, such as the ‘Swanky Kitchen Band,’ sing a variety of folk music with strong European and African influences using lyrics that have been passed down through the generations. Finally, visiting a local church for a Sunday service (see page 165) and then driving around the Island to see local families gathered on their porches is another nice way to feel a part of the social fabric of Grand Cayman!

Formalities, Customs & Attire Caymanians are usually polite and respectful and will appreciate this being reciprocated. It is customary to open any conversation with “Good Morning” or “Good Afternoon”. If you know the first name of the person you are talking to, it is polite to preface their name with Miss or Mr. (Miss Annie, Mr. Charles). Expats and Caymanians usually dress in a smart casual fashion. Visitors are urged to be sensitive to the modesty of the local people and not to venture away from the beach in swimwear. Topless sunbathing and public nudity are forbidden. 16

Money & Banking

The official currency is the CI dollar (KYD). The exchange rate is fixed to the US dollar: CI$1 is US$1.25 or US$1 is CI$0.80. Banks do not offer a better exchange rate. US$ are accepted throughout the Islands, although you will probably be given your change in CI$. Credit cards are widely accepted and always charged in US$. Banks are open 9am-4pm throughout the week and some are open on Saturday mornings. ATMs are located throughout the Island.

Tips, Taxes & Haggling

A government tourist tax of 13% will be added to your hotel bill unless you can prove you are a Cayman resident. Many resorts also add a 10% service/gratuity fee. There is no sales tax. If gratuities are not already included, it is customary to tip 15% for good service. Haggling for a discount is not practised, however some businesses may offer a special discount if you mention this Explore guide!

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Cayman’s National Symbols

Flag: Navy blue with the UK flag in the upper left hand corner and the Caymanian coat of arms in the centre of the other half of the flag. Bird: Grand Cayman Parrot The Grand Cayman Parrot is iridescent green with a white eye ring, red cheeks, black ear patches and brilliant blue wing feathers.

Government The Cayman Islands are referred to as a British Overseas Territory and have a governor who is appointed by Britain. The governor is responsible for internal security, external affairs, defence, police and the civil service. The local government, elected every four years, is responsible for the daily administration of the country and the creation of laws. It is made up of a 19-member Legislative Assembly and seven members of cabinet. The Cayman Islands have a solid legal, judicial and court system which are based on English common law, with additions of local statutes.

Business Hours Most businesses operate from MondayFriday (8.30am–5pm) and some open on Saturday mornings. On Sundays only hotels, restaurants, the cinema, some pharmacies and gas stations are open, so be sure to stock up on groceries beforehand. Bars close at 1am (or later) on Monday to Friday and at midnight on Saturdays and Sundays. In observance of the Sabbath, no live music or dancing is permitted on Sundays.

Flower: Wild Banana Orchid The Wild Banana Orchid is the most well-known of Cayman’s 26 species of orchids. It has a scented flower with purple lips and white petals. Tree: Silver Thatch Palm The tall, slender Silver Thatch Palm was an important natural resource for early settlers who used the leaves to make rope, brooms and roofs. National Anthem: “Beloved Isle Cayman” Written by the late Mrs. Leila Ross Shier in 1930. Motto: “He hath founded it upon the seas” This is taken from Psalm 24 and reminds us not only of Cayman’s strong Christian heritage, but also the seafaring history of the menfolk of the Islands.

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Getting Around DRIVING

In Cayman we drive on the left. Bear the following things in mind: • You may turn left on a red light, but only after a full stop • The central lane is NOT for overtaking but is there to navigate across traffic • On roundabouts give way to traffic approaching on the right • Do not stop on the roundabout and indicate before exiting the roundabout • Four way stops operate on the basis that whoever arrives first, proceeds first • Drinking and driving laws are strictly enforced. The blood alcohol limit is 0.100% • The minimum age for driving is 17 • It is illegal to text or talk on a mobile device while driving unless hands-free • Breaking the speed limit will result in a fine. If you are a visitor and you will be renting a car then you will be issued with a Visitor’s Permit (CI$16) by the car rental company. If you are visiting family/friends and will be driving a privately owned car then you must have a valid overseas driving licence and the car must be insured for you to drive it. You do not need to obtain a Visitor’s Permit to be driving legally. When driving a vehicle in Cayman you must have your driving licence with you. The Vehicle & Drivers’ Licensing Department is located at 990 Crewe Road, on the outskirts of George Town. (345) 945 8344. Please refer to the up-to-date and accurate maps in this magazine to help you find your way around the Island.

SCOOTER & BICYCLE RENTALS Grand Cayman: Cayman Auto Rentals (345) 949 1013 has bicycles for US$15 that can be hired from 7.30am-5pm and scooters for US$60. Cayman Brac: 18

No scooter rentals are available. Little Cayman: Scooten Scooters Rentals (345) 916 4971 or www.scootenscooters.com. On the Sister Islands, most of the resorts have bicycles which you can borrow to go exploring. You just put them back when you have finished with them.

CAR RENTALS Rental prices start at around CI$18 per day, not including insurance and other charges. Grand Cayman: Alamo (345) 945 7368 and Economy & Discount Cars (345) 949 9550. Cayman Brac: B&S Motor Ventures (345) 948 1646, CB Rental (345) 948 2424 and Four D’s (345) 948 1599. Little Cayman: McLaughlins (345) 948 1000.

TAXIS Fares are set by the Government and are based on 1-3 passengers. If there are more than 3 people in the car then one third of the fare is added per additional person. Between the hours of midnight and 6am, 25% of the fare is added. In very bad weather, and when there is flooding, many taxis add 25%. The minimum fare, for any journey under 2.2km, is CI$8. We recommend that you confirm the fare before you get into the taxi and discuss additional charges. Also ask the restaurant and hotel for recommendations on which taxis to use or we recommend a few below. Sample fares for up to three passengers: Airport – Central George Town CI$12 Airport – Marriott Hotel & Resort CI$15 Airport – Bodden Town CI$35 Airport – East End CI$69 George Town & SMB: Truly Blessed Taxi (345) 517 2274, Ace (345) 777 7777, Super Cabs (345) 888 8888 and Crown (345) 916 0111. Eastern Districts: McCurley’s (345) 947 9626 (North Side) and Parrot Taxis (345) 329 1558 (Bodden Town). Brac: Maple Taxi Services (345) 939 6676.

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Grand Cayman’s Bus System A public mini-bus transport system connects all districts of Grand Cayman. The buses have a number in a coloured circle, making them easy to identify. There are some bus stops along major routes, but you can flag down a passing bus at any point. When you want to get off, just let your driver know! Fares range from CI$2 for short trips to CI$5 for longer trips to East End or Cayman Kai. If you are going to the end of the line, check with the bus driver that there will be a bus coming to pick you up, especially if you’ll be travelling back late in the afternoon. Cayman Turtle Centre

Monday to Thursday 6am–11pm Friday and Saturday 6am–1am A limited service operates on Sundays. For an additional fee of CI$1–$3, it is possible

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Accessibility ADVICE

With the Island being almost completely flat, and the water being clear, warm and mainly free of currents, Grand Cayman is naturally a welcoming destination for those with physical disabilities and mobility-limitations.

Grand Cayman The recent redevelopment of Owen Roberts International Airport has improved ramps and walkways for greater accessibility. At present, however, Cayman Airways is the only airline offering a boarding ramp for those with limited mobility and this is only used for some aircrafts. Other airlines should be contacted in advance to request special assistance. Whilst no car rental companies offer special assistance vehicles, many have vehicles such as the Ford Flex, which they consider to be more suitable. We suggest you contact car rental companies directly to discuss your requirements. There are several taxis and tour buses that have wheelchair lifts to get you from the airport and, more importantly, to ensure you see the Island at ease. Try: Elite Transportation (345) 949 3834 or Webster’s Tours Ltd. (345) 945 1433. Another helpful service is Empty Suitcase (345) 527 9638, which rents wheelchairs, beach wheelchairs and mobility scooters, and brings them right to your door. We recommended that you book in advance. Areas, such as George Town, West Bay Road and Camana Bay, have relatively easy access for those with limited mobility, as they have good sidewalks, ramps and pedestrian crossings. Camana Bay’s (SEE PAGES 100-109) traffic-free town centre is particularly accessible, and includes wheelchair accessible stalls in public restrooms, and you can borrow wheelchairs from the Security Centre on Forum Lane. Call (345) 640 4357. Decent accessibility also extends to most restaurants (make sure to ask before going) and most of Cayman’s top attractions including the Cayman Turtle Centre, the Cayman Motor Museum, Dolphin Discovery, Rum Point and the Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Gardens. 20

2018 has seen a huge advancement in making Cayman’s beaches mobility-friendly with the introduction of the Caribbean’s first Mobi-mat. Located at Public Beach on Seven Mile Beach, this specialist access mat allows wheelchair users to make their way down onto the beach and into the sea. Following the huge success of the Mobimat, there are hopes to have one placed at all of Cayman’s public beaches. A few of Cayman’s dive centres have instructors who are specially trained to accommodate those with physical disabilities, whether you are a new diver interested in learning or an advanced diver looking to improve. In addition, some offer the PADI Adaptive Support Diver course where you learn the common problems disabled divers may face, and how to deal with them. This buddy training course ensures everyone can enjoy Cayman’s coral reefs together! Try Divetech (345) 946 5658 whose wheelchair-friendly dock makes shore diving possible and boat diving easier.

Sister Islands The limited infrastructure in Little Cayman, and the diverse terrain of Cayman Brac – the highest point is 140ft above sea-level – means that accessibility in the Sister Islands does not match the standard of Grand Cayman. Cayman Brac The airport is very accessible and, like in Grand Cayman, Cayman Airways has a boarding ramp. Carter’s Taxi & Tours (345) 923 5494 is the only taxi/tour company on the Brac that has a wheelchair accessible van. Little Cayman The National Trust Centre, which overlooks Booby Pond and is home to the Little Cayman Museum, has a wheelchair ramp. It also has a wheelchair viewing telescope to allow you the best view of the Red-footed Boobies.

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Top 10 Tips for a

Green Vacation IN GRAND CAYMAN

1. Say “no” to plastic bottles Carry a reusable water bottle. You will find water stations at hotels and around Camana Bay. Cayman’s tap water is perfectly safe to drink and people are happy to refill your bottle.

2. Carry a reusable bag These can be bought at all supermarkets or pack your shopping in a day pack and help prevent plastic bags ending up in the landfill site.

3. Refuse plastic straws Refuse plastic straws at bars and restaurants or buy a metal straw locally.

4. Eat local Shop for local produce at the supermarkets and farmers markets. Choose local produce on restaurant menus. Try to eat local fish such as lionfish, snapper and mahi, avoid the endangered local grouper.

5. Watch your power and water usage Take short showers, keep air con use to a minimum, turn off lights when you don’t need them, ask for your towels not be changed daily and reuse beach towels.

6. Recycle Take your aluminium, glass, cardboard and plastic (1 & 2) to recycling stations at local grocery stores or in Camana Bay.

7. Use public transport and bicycles Buses are common around the Seven Mile Beach area and fares are very reasonable. Bikes are available to rent from most hotels.

8. Pick up litter Pick up any litter you see around, or join one of the monthly local beach clean-ups. Visit www. facebook.com/plasticfreecayman for details.

9. Use reef-safe sunscreen Chemicals in many sunscreens stunt coral growth, cause coral bleaching and kill marine life such as shrimp and clams. Use rash guards or purchase reef-friendly sunscreens available from Divers Supply (SEE PAGE 82), Waterman (SEE PAGE 96) and Le Visage in Camana Bay.

10. Drink local! Discover interesting beers and spirits produced in Cayman. The Cayman Islands Brewery offers eight regular beers locally and three seasonal beers that can be found in most bars and liquor stores, 19-81 Brewing Co. produces three craft beers and Cayman Spirits produces two great rums and a vodka. Enjoy! www.ExploreCayman.com

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Calendar

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Parade of Lights See boats adorned in millions of sparkling lights parade through The Harbour in Camana Bay, sing-along to Christmas carols and browse a local food and craft market.

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Cayman Islands Marathon Full and half marathons, a four person relay and a kids fun run with the beautiful scenic backdrop of the Island and Caribbean Sea. www. caymanislandsmarathon.com.

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Christmas Moonlight & Movies Every Tuesday leading up to Christmas, families can enjoy classic Christmas movies shown on a giant screen in Camana Bay.

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Holiday Farmers & Artisans Market Every Wednesday throughout December, Camana Bay’s weekly market will be infused with Christmas cheer.

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The Madness of George III Enjoy a screening of this production written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights, Alan Bennett. Visit www.bigscreen.ky/ cultureschedule.

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New Year’s Eve Fireworks Ring in 2019 with fireworks all along Seven Mile Beach; there are also displays at Camana Bay and Kaibo.

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Cayman Cookout Join Chef Eric Ripert for the annual Cayman Cookout, celebrating food and wine. Enjoy demonstrations from world famous chefs, competitions, tastings, gala dinners and more at The Ritz-Carlton. Taste of Cayman A food and drink

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KAABOO A weekend long festival with international chart-topping headline acts in music, food and comedy. www. kaaboocayman.com

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Cayfest An arts festival showcasing local talent. An eclectic mix of visual arts, music, theatre, film screenings and fashion design. Performances are held across the Cayman Islands. www.artscayman.org.

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Orchid Show A fantastic floral show that includes indigenous Cayman orchids with exotic orchids for sale. Also serves as a fundraiser. Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. www.facebook.com/ QEIIbotanicpark.

Chalkfest Artists are invited to leave their easels at home and use the streets MAR of Camana Bay as their canvas for this annual Chalkfest competition, open to artists of all ages and abilities.

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Batabano Carnival Junior Parade Featuring children’s parades, dancing, steel drum bands and delicious food. www.caymancarnival.com. Kaibo Kitefest A family fun day on the beach to honour an old Caymanian tradition, with kite competitions and a live band. Visit www.kaibo.ky.

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Rundown An annual comedy show that has been running for 27 years. It takes a light hearted dig at the multicultural society that is Cayman. www.artscayman.org.

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Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament Anglers compete annually in this much anticipated seven day event. www.fishcayman.com.

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Batabano Adult Parade An explosion of Caribbean music, dancing and costumes that brings George Town to life with steel pan bands, floats and a parade. www.caymancarnival.com.

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Flowers Sea Swim Over 1000 competitors, take part in this annual one mile swim along Seven Mile Beach. $100k of prizes to be won. www.flowersseaswim.com.

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Constitution Day Fireworks Celebrate Constitution Day at Camana Bay Harbour. Summer Moonlight & Movies Every Tuesday throughout July-Aug enjoy a family friendly movie under the stars in Camana Bay. Bring a picnic!

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Restaurant Month Participating restaurants offer value-for-money fixed price menus. www.caymangoodtaste. com/cayman-restaurant-month.

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Cocktail Week A celebration of Cayman’s cocktail culture with an incredible array of cocktail parties, culinary events and tastings.

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The Cayman Islands Triathlon A great community event. All you need to enter is a bathing suit, a bicycle, helmet and running shoes! There are also build-ups prior to the main event which are well attended. Pirates Week A swashbuckling good time for all three Islands! This event features a mock pirate invasion of the Island and capture of the Governor! The festivities continue for five fun-filled days of pirate parades, music, street dancing, competitions, wonderful local food and drink, kids day, sports events, Heritage Days and firework displays. www.piratesweekfestival.com. Annual Christmas Tree Lighting A giant Christmas tree decorated with thousands of fairy lights is switched on at Camana Bay by Santa himself. Enjoy the carol singing and the Christmas market. Gimistory An international festival that brings together storytellers from Cayman, the Caribbean and North America. Events take place in parks, beaches and even private backyards, evoking an atmosphere of the days of yore when storytelling was the only entertainment. www.artscayman.org.

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Best of land & air activities

forest and around the network of caverns • Explore the Island with a local guide. Book culminating with a visit to a crystal clear a tour with Cayman Safari Adventures Ltd. (SEE PAGE 92), a private Island tour with Tours underground lake. Call (345) 925 3001 to Cayman (SEE PAGE 50) or a group tour with arrange a visit. Cayman in a Nutshell. SEE PAGES 42-43 • Cook ‘Cayman Style’ Learn to cook Caribbean and other cuisine styles at Bon • Cayman Turtle Centre is a modern day Vivant (345) 623 2665 or the National Trust reminder of Cayman’s seafaring history. (345) 749 1121. You can interact with turtles and marine life, feed exotic birds, enjoy a day in the • Sample Beer, Rum or Wine Take a tour snorkelling pool and ride the Turtle Twister of the Cayman Islands Brewery or visit waterslide. A free shuttle from Seven Mile Cayman Spirits Company Distillery. Try Beach is available. SEE PAGES 70-71 wine tasting at West Indies Wine Company • Go Horseback Riding along Barkers and sample some of the 80 different wines Beach or in the water for a unique on offer. SEE PAGE 109 experience with Coral Stone Stables (SEE • Mini Golf is great for young golfing PAGE 72) or Spirit of the West. (SEE PAGE 73) enthusiasts. This 18-hole mini-golf course The latter even offers moonlit rides. No is located next to Deckers Restaurant and previous experience is required. is fun for all the family. CI$5 per round for • Take the Flavour Tour for a guided dining adults and children. SEE PAGE 84 adventure around Camana Bay. Enjoy • Dining with a Twist View tarpon feeding small plates and featured wine or cocktail every evening at 7.30pm at the Lobster pairings for a fun and very sociable culinary Pot (SEE PAGE 125) and twice daily, 7pm and evening. SEE PAGES 100-109 9pm, at The Wharf (345) 949 2231. Kids • Blue Iguana Safari Meet Grand Cayman’s famous “Blue Dragons” behind the scenes at the breeding facility at the Botanic Park. Tours are held at 11am Monday to Saturday except on days when it rains. A guide will explain how the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme was able to bring this endangered species back from the brink of extinction and they will introduce you to their star breeders. SEE PAGE 139 • Check out the Cool Cars at the Cayman Motor Museum. Take a historical tour of the motoring world and see over 80 vintage cars including Rolls-Royces, Bentleys, Jaguars and more. Open November-May. • Take a Helicopter Ride for an awesome view of SMB, Stingray City and remote areas of Cayman with Cayman Islands Helicopters. SEE PAGE 126 • Visit the Crystal Caves Local guides take you through the surrounding tropical 24

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WET WEATHER

Should you experience a rainy day in Cayman, don’t fear, we have plenty of wet weather ideas. Visit www.explorecayman.com/ rainy-day-options to find out more!

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Best of the Free ACTiVITIes

• The Beach is without a doubt Cayman’s best natural resource and it provides an easy way to keep the whole family entertained. From building sand castles along Seven Mile Beach to combing shores further afield, any time on the beach is time well spent. • Try Diving for free with Ambassador Divers. They’ll teach you the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive, before testing them out in the swimming pool. SEE PAGE 60 • Camana Bay is a great option with two fountains to play in, the observation tower to climb, a harbour island and landscaped courtyards to explore. SEE PAGES 100-109 • Meet the Locals and learn about Cayman’s home grown produce and traditional dishes at the Farmer’s Markets at Camana Bay on Wednesdays or the Market at the Cricket Grounds on Monday-Saturday. • Peruse Local Art at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. The 9,000sq ft space is home to the permanent collection of Cayman’s most prominent artists. • Take a Walking Tour of downtown George Town. See Cayman’s capital, the fishermen on the harbour, do some duty free shopping and find some interesting landmarks. See page 116 for details. • Get Off the Beaten Track and explore some of the less-frequented beaches in East End. Jump in a car and discover some well hidden coastline and terrain. See the Eastern Districts section on pages 132-135.

• Ride the Slide at Margaritaville. Enjoy some casual dining and sip cocktails in the swim up bar while the kids ride the rooftop waterslide. • Beach Volleyball Nets on Seven Mile Public Beach are available for use throughout the week or grab a drink and watch local teams play every Sunday. • Historical Bodden Town Start at Bodden Town Park and explore the area that incorporates a playground, caboose and a small Caymanian style house. • Hike the Mastic Trail Start in the cool of the morning and follow the two-mile trail. Selfguide leaflets are available from the National Trust’s visitor centre inside Dart Park on South Church Street. (345) 749 1121. • Parks & Playgrounds Cayman has a great selection of public parks and playgrounds with climbing frames, swings, slides, restrooms and plenty of shade for little ones. Turn to pages 26-27 to find out where they are located around the Island.

Top Tip Download the free Explore Cayman app and get the most out of your time in Cayman. The app now includes offline maps of the Cayman Islands, latest event information, activities, tours, discounts and much more. Search for ‘Explore Cayman’ in the Apple store and download the free app today. www.ExploreCayman.com

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Best of Parks & Playgrounds

Cayman has a wealth of public parks and playgrounds with climbing frames, swings, restrooms and shade trees. They can be found everywhere from West Bay to North Side and are a fun place to spend time with your children.

1. Scholars Park Corner of Birch Tree Hill Road and Stadium Drive, West Bay | Sanded play area, playground, baby swings, restrooms, drinking fountain, gardens and shaded grassy areas. 2. Seven Mile Beach Park Next to Public Beach | Playground, grassy area, restroom facilities and shade trees.

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3. Camana Bay Fountains A. Jasmine Court, Camana Bay | Mini fountains, perfect for toddlers to splash around in! B. The Crescent, Camana Bay | Bigger kids will enjoy the fountains which spout water 30ft in the air.

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9. Moonbeam Park Moonbeam Drive, Savannah Jungle gym play area set in sand, cabana and a half basketball court. 10. North Sound Gardens Park Children’s play set, sand pit, BBQ, cabana, basketball court and landscaped areas.

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13. Jerald Smith Park Hutland Avenue, across from the North Side Police Station | Slide and swing set, shaded picnic area and restrooms.

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15. Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park Off Frank Sound Road, North Side | Over 65 areas with different gardens and trails to discover.

14. Mastic Trail Off Frank Sound Road | 834 acres of semi-deciduous forest and wetlands to explore. The National Trust offers a three hour guided tour.

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16. Captain George Dixon Park Sea View Road, East End | Play facilities, slide, shaded picnic areas, water fountain, BBQ area and restrooms.

Open & close times Parks are open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset!

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Best of Health & Relaxation

Beauty Treatments

Holidays are a great time to pamper yourself. Most of the hotels in Cayman have spas that offer a wide range of health and beauty treatments including aromatherapy, massage therapy as well as skin and nail treatments. The Westin (345) 945 3800, The Ritz-Carlton (345) 943 9000, the Marriott Beach Resort (345) 949 0088 and the Kimpton Seafire (345) 746 0000 all boast saunas, steam rooms and relaxation rooms, which you can enjoy before and after your treatment. Da Vinci Centre (SEE PAGE 81) offers massages, antiageing treatments, microdermabrasion, facials and more. Eclipze Hair Design & Day Spa in Camana Bay (345) 945 1188 offers a range of hair, nail and spa treatments. And out East there is a Le Soleil Spa (345) 946 3338.

Body Fitness

There are many places in Cayman where you can get a workout. Gym bunnies should check out Anytime Fitness, Crossfit and Ryde in Camana Bay (SEE PAGES 100109) , Life Extension (345) 949 3753 or World Gym (345) 949 5132. Other fitness options are yoga at Bliss Living Yoga (345) 949 9642, pilates at Energy (345) 946 6006 and Crossfit Cayman in Camana Bay (345) 929 8450. For mobile personal trainers contact Fitness Connection (345) 949 8485. Cardio Tennis is on offer at The Ritz-Carlton (345) 943 9000 or improve your game with a private lesson from the pros at the CI Tennis Club (345) 949 9464 or Cayman Tennis Academy (345) 547 6257. Horse riding is available at Spirit of the West (SEE PAGE 73) or Coral Stone Stables (SEE PAGE 72). Last, but certainly not least, there is the sea and beach. Seven Mile Beach is perfect for a safe sea swim in calm waters or a beach walk or run.

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Golf

Golf is a popular activity for visitors and residents alike. There are two golf courses on-Island: a nine-hole and an 18-hole. At both courses you can rent clubs and improve your swing with a lesson from the resident pro. You will find the courses are quieter during the week when residents are at work. North Sound Golf Club is an 18-hole course with a driving range and two putting greens. The par-71, 6,605 yard course has a USGA course rating of 73.1 and a slope of 139. The signature hole, #11, is a long par-3, playing into the wind with the picturesque North Sound as the backdrop. Tel: (345) 947 4653. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Course offers nineholes on the Greg Norman designed golf course. In October 2018 Golfscape, an independent, online golf reservation service, named the course as one of the 18 greatest golf resorts in the world. Players are challenged with five long par fours. You can also try their indoor golf simulator that precisely measures impact and ball flight pattern. Choose from over 80 virtual courses to play. Tel: (345) 943 9000.

Insider Tip

Both golf courses offer cheaper twilight rates, so enjoy a round of golf with a drink in hand as the sun sets.

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Best of Cultural Activities

The Cayman National Museum is a

great introduction to Cayman’s culture. The Museum houses permanent exhibits, themed displays and artefacts promoting Cayman’s art, traditions and natural history, including boats, furniture, textiles, paintings and ceramics. There is also a simulated submarine ride and a children’s gallery with interesting interactive exhibits. SEE PAGE 127

The Mastic Reserve and Trail is the

largest area of untouched, old growth dry forest remaining on the Island. It represents some of the last remaining examples of the Caribbean’s subtropical, semi-deciduous dry forest, and is home to a wide variety of animals unique to the Cayman Islands. Tours are available for CI$24 for adults and CI$12 for children under the age of 12. Minimum of six people per group. (345) 749 1121.

The National Gallery is home to the

Cayman Islands’ national art collection. It hosts up to eight exhibitions a year showcasing a variety of Caymanian and international artists. Admission is free. Located on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway. (345) 945 8111.

Pedro St. James Castle was built in 1780

and is set in over seven acres of beautifully manicured gardens. Explore the Castle, learn about its history, watch the multimedia show and walk the grounds. SEE PAGE 138

The Mission House is a unique replica of one of Cayman’s oldest buildings. It showcases original artefacts from the house dating from the 19th century. Uncover Cayman’s history and take a walk back in time to hear about the teachers, preachers and families who lived in the Mission House. CI$10 for adults, CI$4 for children. Call (345) 945 3769.

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is a

65-acre site made up of woodland, walking trails, a lake and wetland for wildlife, and a heritage and colour garden. You’ll see butterflies, birds, turtles and the endangered Blue Iguana. SEE PAGE 139

Mind’s Eye Tour The Cayman National

Cultural Foundation offers tours of Mind’s Eye - The Visionary World of Miss Lassie. Tour the house where the celebrated Caymanian artist, Miss Lassie lived and view her paintings that cover the walls, ceilings and furnishings. CI$8 for adults, CI$4 for children. Call (345) 949 5477 or visit www. artscayman.org/minds-eye.

Festivals & Events Pirate’s Week occurs every November with pirates invading Cayman’s shores. Batabano Carnival in May is a kaleidoscope of music, dance and pageantry, culminating in a spectacular street parade. Visit www.explorecayman. com or download the free Explore Cayman app for event listings.

INSIDER Tip Purchase a “Discover the East” Adventure Card at either Pedro St. James or the Botanic Park for CI$16, and receive 20% off admission to both attractions, as well as many other discounts from local businesses in the Eastern Districts. www.ExploreCayman.com

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Best

Locally Produced Goods

Shopping

Cayman offers an abundance of high quality locally produced items that make unique gifts and souvenirs. From original paintings, ceramics and underwater photographs to jams, Caymanite and handicrafts, there is something for everyone. Check out the Farmers and Artisans market (Camana Bay), The Craft Market (GT) and the following stores: Cathy Church’s (SEE PAGE 119), the CI National Museum (SEE PAGE 127) and Pure Art (SEE PAGE 122).

Cayman is such a popular shopping destination that it’s fast becoming known as a Caribbean shopping mecca. Famed for its tax free shopping status, it attracts thousands of shoppers each year looking to take advantage of cheaper retail prices than can be found in the US or Europe. Duty free cameras and leather goods are often considerably cheaper. Visitors will also find a wealth of high-end goods such as jewellery, watches, precious stones, antiques and more, all from world-class brands. Top Tip: Cayman’s main shopping area, George Town, can get very busy with cruise ship passengers, so head there after 3pm or on Saturdays when it is much quieter.

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4. 14k Diamond Eternity Band CI$799 Rocky’s Diamond Gallery SEE PAGE 123 5. 18K Rose Gold Bangles with Citrine, Peridot or Amethyst USD$6,400-USD$9,900 Balaclava

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6. Ulysse Nardin Cayman Islands Limited Edition Watch Discover 1503 U$9,900 Island Jewellers SEE PAGES 106 & 120 7. Kirk Freeport Signature Collection Necklace Kirk Freeport SEE PAGE 121 8. GoPro Hero Series 7 From CI$180.40 Cathy Church’s Photo Centre SEE PAGE 119 9. Rolex GMT-Master II Watch Kirk Freeport SEE PAGE 121

10. TAG Heuer Formula 1 Gulf Special Edition Watch Kirk Freeport SEE PAGE 121 11. Early Spanish New World Colonial Silver 1 Reales “Cob” coin dated 1687 mounted in 14kt gold Artifacts SEE PAGE 118 12. Grand Cayman Hand Carved Bracelets CI$25 Exclusively available at Funky Monkey SEE PAGE 83

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Best RESTAURANTS

Known as the ‘Culinary Capital of the Caribbean’, Cayman has fantastic restaurants to choose from. Here are some of our recommendations, and for the best Island restaurant guide, pick up a copy of the Good Taste magazine. For reviews, full menus, exclusive promotions and online reservations, visit www.caymangoodtaste.com.

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Ave

746 4111

Mediterranean dishes infused with local flavours

SMB

Beach House

945 3800

Delicious cuisine, romantic setting, award winning chef

SMB

Blue Cilantro

945 4372

Fine dining east meets west fusion cuisine

SMB

Blue by Eric Ripert

943 9000

Elegant AAA five star seafood restaurant

GT

Brasserie

945 1815

Stylish and elegant with good food

WB

Calypso Grill

949 3948

Romantic, fun, atmospheric with delicious food

WB

Catch

949 4321

Freshly caught seafood. International, Caribbean flair

WB

Cracked Conch (SEE PAGE 68-69) 945 5217

Great food, sunsets, sea views and more

GT

Grand Old House

949 9333

Old world charm with an oceanfront view

ED

Kaibo ‘Upstairs’ (SEE PAGE 137)

947 9975

Delicious food, chic, in a fabulous setting

SMB

Veranda

949 0088

Locally caught fish simply done at the Marriott

SMB

Wharf (The)

949 2231

Destination restaurant overlooking the water

Caribbean & Mediterranean Cuisine Coastal Cuisine

Elegant Indo-Caribbean Seafood

Gourmet Fusion

Continental Seafood Seafood

Caribbean Fusion

European and New World Inventive Caribbean Beachside Fish Grill

Continental Caribbean

Pan-Asian

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Chinese

China Village

945 3490

CAM

Mizu V

640 0001

CAM

Pani Indian Kitchen

640 0007

Authentic Indian cuisine with a modern twist

SMB

Southern Spice

949 5550

Simple, fresh, flavourful and colourful Indian cuisine

SMB

Taikun

815 6912

Quality sushi and the island’s largest sake selection

SMB

Thai Orchid

949 7955

SMB

Wok-N-Roll

949 0168

Cuisine from East and Southeast Asia

SMB

Yoshi Sushi

943 9674

Japanese Cuisine

GT

Unique blend of Cantonese, Chinese and Caribbean

Pan Asian

Japanese, sushi, Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese

Indian

Indian

Japanese Cuisine & Sushi

Thai Cuisine with Sushi Bar

Very good Thai food and sushi. Nice setting Asian fusion cuisine in a cosy setting Sushi and Asian dishes

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Local Traditional Caribbean Fare

WB

Boggy Sand Café

640 0009

Caribbean dishes prepared with fresh local produce

ED

Czech Inn Grill

923 1986

Fresh local and European-inspired daily dishes

ED

Eastern Star Bar & Fish Fry

526 5945

Wonderful fried fish served on the beach

ED

Grape Tree Café

324 5860

Traditional fish fry, chicharrón with gorgeous ocean views

WB

Heritage Kitchen

939 3474

Traditional fish fry, conch soup. Open till 10pm Saturdays

ED

Kurt’s Korner

947 8899

Caymanian cuisine and Kurt’s famous stewed turtle

ED

Over The Edge

947 9568

Fresh seafood and local dishes overlooking the sea

SMB

Pepper’s Bar & Grill

943 3000

ED

Rankin’s Jerk Centre

947 3155

Authentic Jamaican Jerk in super casual setting

GT

Singh’s Roti

946 7684

Trinidadian rotis and doubles spiced just right

ED

South Coast Bar & Grill

947 2517

Serves local seafood dishes and Caribbean classics

ED

Vivine’s Kitchen

947 7435

Hearty Caymanian favourites. Stunning sea views

WB

West Bay Diner

946 8000

Caribbean European Kitchen Caribbean Fish Fry

Beachside Fish Shack Fish Fry Shack

Authentic Caymanian Traditional Seafood

Jerk & Barbeque Smokehouse Authentic Jamaican Jerk, barbeque

Jerk Smokehouse

Casual Trinidadian Café

Casual Caribbean Cuisine Authentic Caymanian

American and Local Caribbean A quaint little place with affordable prices

Bar Fare Popular Bar

Bar Crudo

946 9000

Great drinks, delicious seafood and a harbour view

SMB

Fidel Murphy’s

949 5189

Classic pub fare and ales. Warm friendly atmosphere

CAM

KARoo

946 6633

Cosmopolitan urbanism meets Caribbean charm

SMB

Lone Star (SEE PAGE 88)

945 5175

Texan-style ribs and other hearty favourites. Fun bar

WB

Macabuca (SEE PAGE 68-69)

945 5217

Fun, waterfront bar with easy dining

Margaritaville

949 6274

Fun Jimmy Buffett themed restaurant with waterslide

GT

My Bar at Sunset House

949 7111

Family friendly, laid back place on the water

GT

Salty’s Sports Bar

333 1944

Popular place in Grand Harbour to watch the game

GT-D

South West Collective

946 3004

Simple, wholesome food and fresh fruity cocktails

SMB

Tortuga Beach Grill & Bar

945 3800

Healthy options, grill and pizza oven on the beach

GT

GT-D

Irish Pub

Small Plates & Tapas Texas Roadhouse Tiki Bar

Restaurant, Bar and Shop International Sports Bar

Social Club Style Café & Bar Beach Grill

Steakhouse Steakhouse Steakhouse

SMB

Copper Falls Steakhouse

945 4755

Popular steakhouse serving Certified Angus Beef

SMB

Seven

943 9000

Elegant steakhouse. Part of the Ritz-Carlton

Steakhouse

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Fast Casual SMB GT

GT-D

V

SMB GT SMB GT

943 4343

Good value, healthy kebabs, skewers and salads

Brasserie Market

945 1815

Fresh and organic produce. Serves breakfast and lunch.

Bread & Chocolate

946 6239

Modern, responsible, delicious vegan food

Burger Shack

949 2867

Caboose (SEE PAGE 124)

945 1816

Chicken! Chicken!

945 2290

V Conscious Cafe

926 0508

SMB

Eats Cafe

943 3287

SMB

Fresh Kitchen & Coffee

640 0008

Full of Beans

943 2326

GT

Mediterranean Kebab

Al La Kebab

SMB

V

Gino’s Pizzeria (SEE PAGE 86)

943 3663

SMB

V

Island Naturals (SEE PAGE 87)

945 2252

CAM

V

Jessie’s Juice

949 2012

SMB

Lauren’s

946 7745

SMB

Sunshine Grill

946 5848

CAM

Waterfront (The)

640 0002

Casual Café

Vegan Bistro

Gourmet Burgers

Freshly prepared, custom made burgers to go

Smokehouse BBQ

Farm to fire Caribbean style BBQ

Wood Roasted Chicken

Delicious, inexpensive wood oven-roasted chicken

Vegetarian/Vegan Cafe

Locally grown soups and seasonal salads

American Diner

Huge menu and affordable prices

Quick & Casual Café

All-day breakfasts, healthy lunches and quality coffee

Artsy Café

Feel the happiness. Great food and atmosphere

Pizza and more

New York style pizza, with outdoor seating

Gluten Free Vegan Café

Scrumptious eats for vegans. Fresh juices daily

Vegetarian/Vegan Café

Vegan/vegetarian food, juices and smoothies

Casual Café

Delicious creations served with a big heart

Casual Restaurant and Bar Famous for their fish tacos!

Urban Diner

Trendy diner, good family option, great prices

Italian Italian Andiamo

943 9000

Family-friendly restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton

SMB

bàcaro

749 4800

Great food and gorgeous views

GT-D

Casanova Restaurant

949 7633

Lively atmosphere in downtown George Town

SMB

Edoardo's

945 4408

Warm and atmospheric with great food

ED

Italian Kitchen

949 8210

Good Italian restaurant in East End

GT

Le Vele

233 8353

Upscale restaurant on the waterfront

ED

Lighthouse (The)

947 2047

Stunning water view. Sit on their dock if possible

SMB

LUCA (SEE PAGE 89)

814 0150

Innovative and stylish with great seafood

SMB

Ragazzi (SEE PAGE 90)

945 3484

Always busy with consistently good food

WB

Ristorante Pappagallo

949 1119

A destination restaurant in a very romantic setting

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Italian

SMB

Italian Tapas Italian

Italian

Italian Italian

Italian

Italian & Seafood Italian & Seafood Italian

V . . . . . Vegetarian/Vegan Menus GT . . . . .George Town Area SMB. . . . Seven Mile Beach WB . . . . .West Bay

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International CAM

Contemporary Caribbean

Abacus (SEE PAGE 108)

623 8282

Stylish food. Eat outside if possible

Agave

947 5555

Traditional Mexican cuisine incorporating local produce

SMB

Anchor & Den

949 0088

Internationally inspired comfort food at the Marriott

SMB

Avecita

746 4111

Spanish tapas-inspired dishes at the Kimpton

SMB

Bandidos Cantina

949 4944

Tasty Mexican cuisine with tasty drink specials

CAM

Brooklyn Pizza & Pasta (The) 640 0005

SMB

Casa 43

949 4343

Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar

SMB

Cimboco

947 2782

Fun, enjoyable, non-pretentious restaurant

WB

Commodore (The)

623 5100

International restaurant with a water view

SMB

Craft

640 0004

Speciality and artisanal beers. Bar food done well

Da Fish Shack

947 8126

Good value, local restaurant on the waterfront

SMB

Duke’s (SEE PAGE 85)

640 0000

Affordable, laid-back dining in a rustic setting

SMB

Deckers (SEE PAGE 84)

945 6600

Contemporary food with a double decker bus bar

SMB

Ferdinand’s

945 3800

Breakfast, brunch, lunch & dinner overlooking SMB

GT-D

Guy Harvey's Restaurant & Bar

946 9000

GT

GT Yacht Club

947 4892

Wonderful, relaxed island-style waterfront dining

GT

Harbour Grille

945 5200

Comfort food at Grand Harbour Shopping Centre

ED

Kaibo Bar & Grill (SEE PAGE 137) 947 9975

Fabulous laid-back atmosphere, toes in sand stuff

GT

GT

SMB

Mexican

Beach House Dining Tapas/Small Plates Mexican

Italian-American Cuisine

Pasta and pizza with an international flair

Mexican

Contemporary Caribbean

World Cuisine. Caribbean Flair Artisanal Beer Bar Fresh Fish Daily

Seafood & Rib Shack International

Caribbean Casual French/Seafood

Atmospheric, inexpensive French & Caribbean seafood

International & Caribbean Fusion International

Classic Beach Bar Sports Lounge

Legendz Classic Grille

943 3287

Bar fare with sports TVs

Lobster Pot (SEE PAGE 125)

949 2736

Waterfront seafood restaurant with an outside deck

SMB

Morgan’s

946 7049

Alfresco dining. Simply prepared local seafood

SMB

Prima

945 6358

Beachfront Restaurant & Bar

ED

Rum Point Club

947 9412

Contemporary International

Bar and restaurant in fabulous waterfront setting

SMB

Saltwater Grill

640 0010

One of Cayman’s newest restaurants on SMB

SeaHarvest

945 1383

Popular favourites and a great curry menu

SMB

Tahu

233 2233

Spanish inspired tapas with a Caribbean twist

ED

Tukka

(SEE PAGE 143)

947 2700

Unique cuisine, fresh seafood and more

VIVO Café & Restaurant

749 8486

Farm-to-table, organic, healthy food

GT

GT

WB

V

(SEE PAGE 91)

Steak & Seafood Seafood

Located above Royal Palms

International & Seafood International & Indian TAPAS

Australian Caribbean Fusion Sustainable Restaurant

Most of the restaurants listed on these pages offer vegetarian options, however, the restaurants we’ve highlighted with a V offer comprehensive vegetarian and vegan menus.

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Best After Dark

ACTIVITIES • Cooking Classes The National Trust (345)

749 1121 and Bon Vivant (345) 623 2665 offer lively cooking classes. • Mini Golf There is an 18-hole mini golf course beside Deckers. Open 5pm-10pm daily. CI$5 for children and adults. SEE PAGE 84 • Open Canvas Every Wednesday night artists are welcome to paint on canvas at KARoo, 7pm-9pm. (345) 946 6633. • Salsa Dancing On Tuesdays The Wharf offers a free Salsa lesson from 9.30pm-10pm. You can then continue Salsa dancing to a live DJ until 12.30am. (345) 949 2231. • Tenpin Bowling At King’s Sport Centre (345) 946 2695. Call or visit their website for operating hours and rates. • Trivia Show off your random knowledge and win prizes at the Lone Star’s Trivia Night. Every Tuesday, 8pm-10pm. SEE PAGE 88 • Wine Tasting West Indies Wine Company regularly hosts wine tasting events led by a sommelier. SEE PAGE 109

ENTERTAINMENT • After Dinner Wind down the evening with a drink at any of the following places: Abacus, Anchor & Den, bàraco, Catch, Kaibo, KARoo, Macabuca or West Indies Wine Co. Bars stay open late on Friday but they close at midnight on Saturday. • Cinema Camana Bay Cinema has six screens showing the latest releases. During the summer they screen a family movie every Tuesday outdoors on The Crescent (SEE PAGES 100-109). The Ritz–Carlton also shows family friendly movies nightly at their outdoor cinema. • Late Bars & Nightclubs Try Barolo at Edoardo‘s (Coconut Place, SMB), Calico Jack’s (Public Beach, SMB), O Bar (Queens Court Plaza, SMB), The Lodge (The Strand) where you can party until after midnight. 36

• Karaoke Sing your heart out every

Wednesday at The King’s Head in Camana Bay. Starts at 9pm. (345) 925 7732. • Full Moon Kaibo hosts ‘Luna del Mar’ every Friday nearest the full moon on the beach with a 3-course sharing feast, DJ and lanterns (SEE PAGE 137). Cayman Stand Up Paddle Co. offers full moon paddle board excursions (SEE PAGE 95), Sea Elements (SEE PAGE 98) offers a full moon kayak tour or try a moonlight horseback ride along Barker’s Beach with Spirit of the West. SEE PAGE 73

TOURS • Bioluminescence

Tour See this phenomenon which is present in only a handful of locations around the world. Contact Cayman Kayaks, Sea Elements, Crazy Crab or White Sand Water Sports to book a tour. See page 40 for more information. • Sunset Cruise Watch the sun go down with either All Aboard Charters, Cayman Luxury Charters, Crazy Crab, Five Star Cruises, Ocean Frontiers, Sea Elements or White Sand Water Sports. • Sunset Helicopter Tour For a truly memorable experience take a sunset helicopter ride and land in style at The RitzCarlton or Camana Bay for dinner. SEE PAGE 126 • Night Diving Experience the magical underwater world as the sun goes down. Contact the dive operators listed on page 58. • Night Fishing Go reef fishing with Oh Boy Charters. (345) 945 5033.

Event CalendAr

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Best Live Music

Cayman has a dynamic and diverse music scene with local artists performing in a variety of musical styles. From Calypso style bands to internationally inspired resident DJs, there is something to please everyone. Due to Cayman’s laws, live music is not permitted on Sundays.

MONDAY

Bar Jack, The Ritz-Carlton Live Caribbean band. From 4.30pm-7pm. Barolo Live acoustic music featuring up-and coming local artists. From 9pm-late. Veranda, Marriott Beach Resort Local band, Hi-Tide, performs live. From 5.30pm-10pm.

Anchor & Den, Marriott Beach Resort Live DJ every Friday. From 7pm-10pm. Bar Crudo Live DJ music overlooking the waterfront. From 6pm. Barolo Live DJ playing popular music until 2am. Deckers Hi Tide performs Caribbean music. From 7.30pm-10.30pm. Grand Old House Enjoy the sounds of Trinity playing original music and covers. 6pm-8pm. Kimpton Seafire Celebrate the first Friday of every month with live music at Ave. From 8pm11pm. Silver Palm Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton Dance the night away with DJ Lorna every Friday. From 9pm12am. The Wharf On the last Friday of every month let loose at ‘Boogie Night’s’ featuring 70’s disco and 80’s classics. From 9.30pm-1.30am. Wyndham Reef Resort Live music by Lammie overlooking the water. From 6.30pm-9pm.

THURSDAY

SATURDAY

The Lodge Live Reggae music. From 9pm-12pm. Wyndham Reef Resort Enjoy live music by Lammie overlooking the water. From 6.30pm-9pm.

TUESDAY Kaibo Enjoy a ‘Barefoot Beach BBQ’ with Caribbean BBQ, live band (Bona Fide), limbo and dancing from 6pm-9pm. A water taxi leaves Camana Bay 6pm, call (345) 325 7777. The Wharf Live music from 9pm and free salsa lessons. From 9.30pm-12.30am.

WEDNESDAY

Anchor & Den, Marriott Beach Resort Live Flamenco music and dancing. From 7pm-10pm. Bar Jack, The Ritz-Carlton Live Caribbean band. From 4.30pm-7pm. Deckers Hi Tide performs Caribbean music. From 7.30pm-10.30pm. Grand Old House Tu Suite performs laid back hits from the 20th century to the present day. 6pm-8pm. bàcaro Live DJ playing house music every Thursday. From 10pm-2am.

FRIDAY Abacus Contemporary Caribbean sounds. From 7pm-10pm.

Top Tip

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Deckers Hi Tide performs Caribbean music. From 7.30pm-10.30pm. Grand Old House Eugenio Leon plays the Spanish harp every Saturday. From 6pm-10pm. The Lodge Live jazz from pianists, saxophonists and guitarists. From 9pm-12am. Royal Palms Lounge DJ accompanied by a different live musician each week. High season only. From 6pm-12am. The Wharf Barefoot Man with Sea N’B perform live, singing a blend of calypso, reggae and country every Saturday. From 8pm-11pm. Veranda, Marriott Beach Resort Enjoy the sounds of local bands overlooking the sea on Seven Mile Beach. From 6.30pm-9.30pm. Wyndham Reef Resort Catch the Barefoot Man performing his own version of Jimmy Buffet style hits. From 7pm-10pm.

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Best of Boating

Spending time on Cayman’s beautiful waters is the high point of any visitor’s itinerary, and rightly so! The calm, crystal clear waters and the cooling breeze make for perfect boating conditions. The majority of boat trips tour the North Sound, a 35 square mile area of water protected by the reef, which guarantees calm waters and great snorkelling opportunities. It is also home to the world famous Stingray City and Sandbar.

Boat Trips When it comes to considering what type of boat trip you’d like to go on, there are several factors to consider, such as whether to opt for a private or group tour, whether to spend a full or half day on the water and where to stop for lunch. A private charter gives you flexibility to set your own itinerary: choose what time you set off, where you go, for how long and where to eat lunch. It’s completely up to you. You might even get access to boat toys such as tubes, water skis and wakeboards. Best of all, you get to enjoy the whole experience with just your friends and family. A group tour will mean you have to follow a set itinerary; however, the cost will be much lower. Boats are well-equipped and comfortable and you might even make a few new friends on your trip! Most charters, whether private or otherwise, will provide: a free pick-up/drop-off service for the Seven Mile Beach area; snorkelling gear; and complimentary water, ice and snacks.

POPUlar ITINERARIES

Stingray City See the Stingray City section on the opposite page for more details on Cayman’s number one attraction! Starfish Point A beautiful calm beach where you will find plenty of starfish. The sea here is warm, shallow and perfect for kids. Make sure not to remove the starfish from the water – it will kill them. Snorkelling Stop A snorkelling stop along the reef to locations like Fisherman’s Reef or Coral Gardens, should not be missed. You‘ll find the visibility is incredible and you will see an abundance of tropical fish and healthy coral. You might even spot the resident moray eel. Reef Fishing Experience the thrill of catching reef fish fairly easily. Most charters practise catch and release so the next excited fisherman can enjoy the fun too. Lunch! Enjoy a Caribbean lunch and marinated conch (when in season) with Captain Marvin’s (SEE PAGES 42-43). Alternatively, refuel at Kaibo (SEE PAGE 137) or Rum Point; both are laid back beach bars with exceptional food and drinks. Or try waterfront restaurants Calypso Grill, Catch or Morgan’s for their seafood. For casual waterfront dining try George Town Yacht Club or have a relaxed lunch at Camana Bay - ample dock space and waterside seating make it the perfect stop. SEE PAGES 100-109

Insider TipS Seven Mile Beach It’s possible to cruise along SMB with SWS Cayman (SEE PAGE 99). Ocean Frontiers (SEE PAGES 49 & 141) also offers snorkel trips to the Kittiwake! 38

Thrill Seekers! For a completely different perspective, take a tour with Cayman Islands Helicopters (SEE PAGE If you crave an adrenaline rush then check out Action Watersports, Aqua Watersports, The Sweet Spot’s or White Sand Water Sports jet ski tours, or SWS’s wakeboarding, water skiing or tubing lessons.

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Stingray City The world famous Stingray City is an absolute must-do for any visitor to Cayman and is often described as the experience of a lifetime. Stingray City is home to approximately 90 Southern Stingrays. These wild, gentle and graceful creatures roam free and even the most seasoned traveller will be enchanted by this incredible experience. History In the past, local fishermen would anchor their boats in the calm shallow water inside the reef while they gutted their catch and threw scraps overboard. Over time, Southern Stingrays came to realise there were free daily meals in certain spots of the North Sound and so they returned day after day. Today, dozens of rays continue to visit the two sites, although nowadays it is mostly divemasters and boat captains who feed them squid. Stingray City & the Sandbar There are in fact two separate sites. Stingray City lies in 12ft of water and so it is ideal for snorkellers and divers. Indeed, it is often billed as the best 12ft dive in the world. Stingray City Sandbar is where the majority of visitors are taken to. Here, the water is just two to four feet deep, so even non-swimmers can safely stand in the shallow water surrounded by stingrays. The Sandbar is suitable for all ages and offers incredible photo opportunities.

Fishing

Fishing is a year round sport in the Cayman Islands with the choice of reef, deep sea and shore fishing. With a plentiful supply of fish, experienced fishers and novices alike will return to shore happy with their catch! Reef Fishing Grand Cayman is surrounded by a reef which is home to an abundance of tropical fish. Reef fishing is a great activity for the whole family as even the youngest fishers are almost guaranteed success. Expect to reel in yellowtail, snapper, blue runner, bar jack and barracuda. When in season, you can also fish for conch and lobster. Deep Sea Fishing The joy of deep sea fishing in Cayman is that the drop-off is only a quarter of a mile from shore where depths reach 800m. Not far after that, the Cayman Trench extends down to 20,000ft where the sea is teeming with gamefish. Expect to catch wahoo, tuna, mahi mahi, barracuda and blue marlin weighing over 20lbs. The heaviest fish ever caught in Cayman waters was a 250lb blue marlin! Wahoo season runs from November-March, and tuna from March-June. Marlin and mahi mahi are plentiful throughout the year. Fishing trips tend to leave around 7am and some tour operators will serve lunch on board. Shore Fishing Anyone is allowed to fish from the shore but the practice of catch and release is encouraged and mandated in some places including South Sound. Fishing Trips & Charters Contact Captain Marvin’s and Frank’s Water Sports for group fishing charters. All Aboard Charters, Cayman Luxury Charters, Crazy Crab and Five Star Charters all offer private reef fishing.

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About the Stingrays Southern Stingrays are large creatures. Their wingspan can reach two metres across, however, males are noticeably smaller than females. Their wings are soft and silky and feel like velvet as they brush past you. Stingrays are incredibly gentle animals, and their instinct is to flee from danger. The poisonous sting in their tail is only used for defensive purposes, mainly against sharks, which are their only predators in the open water outside the reef.

Interacting with the Stingrays

When you reach Stingray City your crew will explain how to interact with the rays and put you at ease. You may touch the rays and you will even get a chance to feed them their favourite dish: squid. After the rays get a whiff of the squid and swim towards you it can feel intimidating, but as they vacuum it off your hand (remember to keep your thumbs tucked in) you’ll fall in love with these amazing animals and will not want to leave the water! You may even be tempted to give your favourite stingray a kiss – if you do, you will be rewarded with seven years of good luck! Safety note: Please respect the animals and note that lifting the stingrays out of the water is seriously discouraged. Wearing fins is prohibited and when in the water you should practise the “Stingray Shuffle” to avoid stepping on any sleeping rays.

Insider Tip Stingray City can get quite busy especially when there are a lot of cruise ships in Grand Cayman. You will find it is quieter after 3pm and on the weekends.

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Bioluminescence Cayman is lucky enough to be one of just a handful of places worldwide where you can experience the bioluminescence phenomenon. Bioluminescence is the emission of light by living organisms that live in the water. There is such a high concentration of these organisms in the Bay that when the water is disturbed it glows brightly. All Aboard Charters (SEE PAGE 44), Cayman Kayaks (SEE PAGE 140), Crazy Crab (SEE PAGE 46), Sea Elements (SEE PAGE 98), The Sweet Spot (SEE PAGE 43) and White Sand Water Sports (SEE PAGE 142) offer evening tours so you can witness this wonderful light show!

Protecting Cayman’s Coral

Most sunscreen contains oxybenzone, an ingredient that is proving toxic to coral reefs around the world. Recent studies have shown that the sunscreen we lather on - all 6,000 – 14,000 tonnes of it - remains in the ocean long after we are gone. It is estimated that 25% of the sunscreen we apply is dispersed into the ocean in the first 20 minutes of us entering. This is causing numerous problems to an already fragile ecosystem and it has recently been declared the third biggest threat to coral reefs worldwide. Oxybenzone has been found to be mutating the DNA of coral, having a similar effect on DNA as gasoline would. It harms the coral’s immune system and reproductivity often making it completely sterile. This infertility, paired with the fact that oxybenzone causes the outer skin of coral to turn to bone, has made scientists label heavily affected areas “zombie reefs”. These alarming new discoveries prompted researchers to try and ban oxybenzone sunscreens altogether, but until then there are many reef-friendly options: look for sunscreens that contain nonnanonized titanium oxide or zinc oxide and avoid sunscreens with oxybenzone or spray sunscreens. Use rash guards or buy reeffriendly sunscreens available in Cayman from Divers Supply (SEE PAGE 82), Waterman (SEE PAGE 96) and Le Visage in Camana Bay.

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Boat Tours

Action Watersports

STINGRAY CITY SNORKEL TOURS PRIVATE GROUP

FISHING TRIPS Reef Fishing

Deep Sea Fishing

GROUP/PRIVATE PRIVATE

JET SKI SUNSET TOURS CRUISE

(Waverunner tour) p93

All Aboard Charters p44

Ambassador Divers (Snorkelling) p60

Aqua Watersports

(Waverunner tour) p94

Captain Marvin’s p42-43

Cayman Luxury Charters p45 Crazy Crab p46 Don Foster’s p61 Five Star Charters p47 Frank’s Watersports p48

Ocean Frontiers p49 & 141

Sea Elements p98 SWS Cayman p99 Tours Cayman p50 Wall to Wall p62 White Sand Water Sports p142 The Sweet Spot (Waverunner tour) p43

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C a p t ai n Marvi n ’s

S n o r k el l i ng, Fi s hi ng, Ma ngro v e & Isl an d To u r s

1114B West Bay Road, across from the Westin Hotel SMB MAP page 74 9 s

www.captainmarvins.com www.sweetspotwatersports.com www.caymaninanutshell.com www.caymanferries.com

HI G HL IG H TS • 2 & 3-stop stingray/snorkel trips • Stingray/snorkel/lunch trips • Reef and deep sea fishing • Mangrove & Bio Bay tours • Jet ski Stingray City tours • Dophin Discovery experiences • Cayman Ferries to Kaibo • Hell/Turtle Centre Island tours

BEST B OATING

• Stingray, starfish and caves combo

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• Stand up paddleboarding tours • Masks, snorkels, fins provided

DE TA IL S 2-Stop Stingray/Snorkel Tours US$40/adult, US$30/child 4-11 3-Stop Stingray/Snorkel Tours US$45/adult, US$30/child 4-11 Beach Lunch Stingray/Snorkel US$75/adult, US$55/child 4-11 Stingray, Starfish & Caves Combo 5.5 hours. US$99/adult, US$89/child Reef or Deep Sea Fishing (Typically) 8am-12noon or 1pm-5pm Cayman in a Nutshell US$99/adult, US$79/child 4-11 Payment method: Cash, Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover

Captain Marvin’s Tel: (345) 945 6975 www.captainmarvins.com Established in 1951 by Captain Marvin Ebanks, who is the ‘granddaddy’ and founder of snorkel trips to Stingray City Sandbar. The team at Captain Marvin’s strives to continue his legacy by providing great tours at affordable prices. Stingray/Snorkel Tours Choose between a variety of stingray/snorkel tour options. Visit the stingrays then snorkel the Barrier Reef or Coral Gardens. You can even opt to enjoy a seafood lunch on the beach. All snorkel equipment is provided. 2-Stop Stingray/Snorkel Tours 2.5 hours, US$40/adult, US$30/child 4-11. Three trips per day: 8.30am, 11.15am and 1.45pm. Monday-Friday only. (Seasonal - please check.) 3-Stop Stingray/Snorkel Tours 3 hours, US$45/adults, US$30/child 4-11. Two trips per day: Monday-Friday 10am and 2.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am and 1pm. Beach Lunch Stingray/Snorkel Tours Includes 2 snorkel stops, a visit to the stingrays and a fresh seafood lunch on the beach. Conch dive while in season (Nov-Apr). Monday-Saturday 9.30am-2.30pm. 10 person minimum. US$75/ adult and US$55/child 4-11.

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Stingrays, Starfish & Snorkelling - A more exclusive tour (avg 18-20 people) on a motor catamaran. US$69/adult, US$59/child 4-11. Deep Sea & Reef Fishing Charters With experienced captains who can help you catch big marlin, tuna or wahoo. Half day tours from 8am-12noon or 1pm-5pm. Full days to the outer banks also available. All gear provided.

The Sweet Spot Tel: (345) 925 8129 www.sweetspotwatersports.com Bioluminescence Tour Experience the natural phenomenon of Cayman’s Bio Bay with informative guides. 2 hours, US$55 per person (children under 4 are free). Visit the website for tour dates, times and online bookings. Mangrove Tours Explore by kayak, SUP or boat with an informative guide who will teach you about this one-of-a-kind ecosystem. Stand Up Paddleboarding A variety of boards are available for short or long term rentals. Lessons are also available.

Jet Ski Stingray City Tours Enjoy a 2-stop guided tour to Stingray City with snorkelling stops. US$125 single rider, or US$175 for a double rider. Daily at 10.30am and 12.30pm. Hourly jet ski rentals are also available Sun-Fri.

Cayman in a Nutshell Tel: (345) 526 8687 www.caymaninanutshell.com Complete Nutshell Island Tours Experience all the best highlights that Cayman has to offer from the Turtle Centre to seeing the stingrays and having a wonderful lunch on Seven Mile Beach. Or try the Far Side tour for something completely different. Dolphin Discovery Experiences A variety of packages are available for interaction with the dolphins. Prices US$99- $169 per person.

Cayman Ferries Tel: (345) 325 7777 www.caymanferries.com Offering a nice smooth ferry service from Camana Bay to Kaibo or Rum Point from Tuesday to Sunday. Times vary and a full schedule can be found on their website. US$25/adult or US$20/child 5-11. Private charters available. Call for reservations. ES

Stingray, Starfish & Caves Combo Visit Stingray City, Starfish Point and Cayman Crystal Caves (www.caymancrystalcaves.com) 5.5 hour tour, US$99/adult, US$89/child 3-11. Or 3 hour tour of stingrays and starfish only US$59 adults, US$49 kids.

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A ll A bo a rd Ch ar t e r s Pr i v a t e Bo at C h ar t e r s

Dock D1, Cayman Islands Yacht Club, Yacht Drive SMB MAP page 74

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Tel: (345) 922 2177 www.allaboardcharters.ky

allaboardky@gmail.com

HI G H L IG H TS • Private, small group boat charters • 26ft boat can hold up to 10 people • Visit Stingray City, Starfish Point and snorkel the Coral Gardens • Explore the Bioluminescence Bay • Friendly, courteous and hospitable staff willing to go the extra mile

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• Clean boat with fantastic guides

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• Skip the crowds and book with All Aboard Charters • Set your own itinerary • Complimentary sodas and snacks

DE TA IL S Operating hours: Morning, afternoon and evening trips available Prices: 3 hours US$570 Half-day/4 hours US$650 Full-day/7 hours US$950 Reef Fishing (up to 4 people) US$550 Bioluminescent Bay/2 hours US$470 (up to 7 people) Payment method: Cash, Visa, MC and Discover

PROM O T IO N S Mention EXPLORE and receive US$20 off any tour.

All Aboard Charters is a private boat charter company offering a fantastic range of tours exploring Cayman’s beautiful waters. Some of the special spots include Stingray City, Starfish Point and Rum Point. They also offer a snorkelling tour of Coral Gardens and the reef where you can swim with stunning tropical fish and explore the coral heads. All you need to do is pick your favourite tour! The team at All Aboard Charters aim to provide you with an unforgettable experience designed to meet your needs. Their professional captain and crew will ensure you enjoy the perfect Cayman experience. They look forward to sharing their passion for Cayman’s waters with you and treating you as part of their family! About Cobalt – The Boat Boating through Cayman’s waters is even more enjoyable aboard Cobalt! At 26ft the boat can hold up to ten people. It is clean, comfortable, fast, luxurious and features the following: - Restrooms - Swim platform - Ladder for easy access to the water - Bimini top protection from sun and rain - Table for enjoying snacks and drinks. Enjoy the boating experience of a lifetime. All Aboard Charters is the premier choice for countless visitors to the Cayman Islands.

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Cay man Lu x ury Cha rters P r i v at e B o a t C ha r t er s

10 Market Street, Camana Bay CAM MAP page 100

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Tel: (345) 938 2525 www.caymanluxurycharters.com info@caymanluxurycharters.com

For an unforgettable experience on the water look no further than Cayman Luxury Charters. They offer luxury private charters aboard their stunning boats where you’ll enjoy a special day cruising the North Sound.

Itinerary With a private charter you have the luxury of setting your own itinerary. Options include Stingray City, Starfish Point, touring the mangroves and snorkelling along the reef. You can also stop at a waterfront bar for refreshments, or a beach picnic can be arranged. An evening cruise is particularly special as you relax with a drink in hand watching the sun set. Whatever itinerary you choose, the professional and friendly crew will ensure you have the best day possible. Extras Snorkelling gear is provided plus complimentary water, soft drinks, fruit and snacks. You may bring your own drinks and snacks to enjoy on board. Off season discounted rates from 1st September to 1st November.

• Luxury private boat charters • Four glamorous boats • Boats docked at Camana Bay • Speed around Starfish Point using the onboard waverunner • Visit Stingray City and the reef • Fishing, jet skiing and tubing included • Set your own itinerary • Complimentary sodas and snacks

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Boats & Watersports Cayman Luxury Charters operate four exceptional boats that provide great fun for the whole family. Three of the boats come with an onboard waverunner and all four offer access to a range of thrilling watersports at no extra cost. Activities include: snorkelling, reef fishing, jet skiing and tubing.

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Operating hours: Morning, afternoon and evening trips available La Vida 51’ Leopard Power Catamaran (15 passengers, $50pp surcharge over 15, max of 38) US$595/hr, min 4 hours Cayman Elusion 42’ Sea Ray Sundancer (14 passengers) US$395/hr, min 4 hours Sea Star 40’ Sea Ray Sundancer (12 passengers) US$350/hr, min 4 hours Cayman Evasion 29’ Sea Ray sport yacht (7 passengers) US$275/hr, min 3 hours

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Mention EXPLORE and receive: US$150 off La Vida charters US$100 off Elusion/Sea Star charters US$50 off Evasion charters www.ExploreCayman.com

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Pr i v a t e B o at C h ar t e r s

C ra zy C rab C aym an

Camana Bay Harbour CAM MAP page 100 8x

Tel: (345) 927 2722 www.crazycrabcayman.com

fun@crazycrabcayman.com

HI G H L IG H TS • Personalised private boat charters for up to 8 guests • Experience Stingray City and snorkel the Coral Gardens and the Barrier Reef • Visit Starfish Point and the mangrove forests around Booby Cay

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• Discover Bioluminescence Bay at night

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• Enjoy lunch or drinks at dockside restaurants • Daily charters from 2-8 hours • Optional reef fishing, tubing and onboard photographer

D E TA IL S Check availability and book online Prices: Charters from US$500 Visit website for pricing details and easy online booking Payment method: All major credit cards and cash

PR OM O T IO NS Book direct with voucher code EXPLORE and receive US$50 off any 4+ hour charter.

Let Crazy Crab take you on a day of adventure on your own private pleasure boat with personal crew, experiencing the very best of the sparkling clear marine playground of Grand Cayman. Explore the favourite sites like Stingray City, Coral Gardens and Starfish Point. Snorkel vibrant coral reefs, swim among dazzling fish, feed magnificent rays, hold radiant starfish and cruise mangrove forests. Your captain... your guide Experience the beauty and wonder of Cayman’s marine world on your very own boat with a local captain and guide. The Crazy Crab crew will ensure you have a fantastic, memorable day. This Caymanian familyowned and operated company is not the biggest, but is working hard to be the best. Your boat... your freedom Experience all the amazing sites, but come and go as you please and stay as long as you like. Your boat is perfect for exploring Cayman’s marine wonderland, nimble enough to avoid the crowds and place you in the very best spots. Your schedule... your pace Whether you want to fit in as many activities and sites as possible or set a relaxed pace, your charter will be tailored to you. Swim with the rays, bask in the sun, enjoy a sunset view or an evening visit to Bioluminescence Bay.

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Fiv e S t ar Ch a rters Lu x u r y P r i v at e Bo a t C ha r t er s

Cayman Islands Yacht Club & Camana Bay CAM MAP page 100

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Tel: (345) 925 2101 US: (703) 266 0018 www.fivestarcharterscayman.com info@fivestarcharterscayman.com

Create Your Five Star Day Allow Five Star Charters to customise your cruise with the perfect blend of activities and relaxation. They offer three time-based luxury cruises (sunset, half-day or full-day), each including delicious hors d’oeuvres and Veuve Clicquot Champagne. The half-day and full-day cruises also include all-day rum punch. Additional food and beverage options are available upon request, including a gourmet barbecue on the boat or beach with a private chef. Set Your Spirit Free Five Star Charters’ luxury private charter is ideal for couples, families and friends seeking a first-class experience on the water. From exciting activities like jet skiing and tubing to more relaxing options such as cruising the coastline or floating in the sea, Five Star Charters offers everything you could want in a luxury cruise.

HIGHLIGHT S • Relax on a luxurious yacht with everything you need and more • Enjoy delicious food and beverages included with every cruise • Cut loose with a jet ski, subwing or on a tube • Snorkel at some of the best reefs and wrecks Cayman has to offer • Swim with the stingrays at Stingray City & Sandbar

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Five Star Charters, an exclusive luxury private boat charter in Grand Cayman, provides a one of a kind experience for guests to escape and indulge. Their pristine 48’ Sea Ray Sundancer provides all of the comforts of home, including an air conditioned cabin. All you need is a bathing suit – they have the rest covered: beach towels, sunscreen, snorkelling gear, jet ski, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, homemade rum punch, Champagne and cold drinks. Free yourself with a Five Star day in Grand Cayman.

• Experience live starfish at Starfish Point • Dine at the bars and restaurants at Rum Point and Kaibo

D ETAILS Operating hours: 7 days a week, 8am-8pm Prices: Check their website for prices www.fivestarcharterscayman.com Payment method: Cash, Debit, Credit

PRO M O T IO N S Mention EXPLORE for a US$100 discount when you book a cruise; does not apply to the sunset cruise. www.ExploreCayman.com

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F ra nk ’s Wate r S p orts

Sno r k el l i ng & Fi s h i n g C h ar t e r s

Safehaven Marina, SMB SMB MAP page 74 26

Office: (345) 945 5491 Cell: (345) 925 2783 www.frankswatersports.ky cptfrank@candw.ky

HI G HL IG H TS • Snorkelling, fishing and Stingray City trips • Well maintained fleet of boats • Specialises in small groups • Over 40 years experience • Safety conscious operation

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• Refreshments and snacks (on half-day tours)

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• Freshly cooked lunch (on full-day tours)

D E TA IL S Half-Day Snorkel Tours: Stingray City, Coral Gardens and/or the Barrier Reef, US$45 per adult, US$35 children 4-10 yrs Full-Day Snorkel Lunch Trips: US$90 per adult, US$55 children 4-10 years Private Snorkel and Combination Snorkel & Reef-Fishing Charters: Halfday US$625, full-day US$1,025 (price includes lunch) Payment method: Cash, Visa, MC, Discover and Travellers Cheques

PR O M OTIO NS Mention EXPLORE and receive 10% off all tours with cash payments.

Captain Frank is proud to welcome repeat guests over and over again on his snorkelling, fishing and Stingray City trips. Putting safety and customer satisfaction first has resulted in loyal customers and numerous referrals. With a fleet of four well-equipped boats ranging from 33ft to 53ft, all fitted with large swim platforms for easy access to the water, plenty of shade, bathroom and changing facilities, guests are assured of comfort and fun in equal proportions. Half-day trips and private charters are available. Snorkelling Trips 3 hour boat trip with 2-3 stops: Stingray City Sandbar, Coral Gardens, and/or the Barrier Reef (if time allows). Daily (with reservation) 9.30am and 1.30pm. Private Boat Charters Choose your own itinerary on a private charter. Half-day trips (4 hours) or full-day trips (6 hours) which include a delicious freshly cooked lunch. Fishing Charters Reef fishing, bone fishing or tarpon fishing, half-day and full-day charters for 1-4 people and can be combined with snorkelling stops. Extra people will be an additional cost. Operating Hours Monday-Friday 7.30am-7.30pm. Sunday and Saturday 7.30am-3pm (with advance reservation).

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O ce an Fron ti ers

S n o r k e l l i n g B o a t Tr i ps

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Tel: (345) 640 7500 www.oceanfrontiers.com

reservations@oceanfrontiers.com Ocean Frontiers’ signature snorkel trips provide unique adventures for all levels of experience, with ultra small groups and personal service.

HIGHLIGHT S • Small snorkel groups • 5 Star customer service

Reef & Rays: North Sound – 2-Stops US$50 Visit the Stingrays then explore the coral reefs of Rum Point. Great for families. Check-in and depart: Kaibo.

• Snorkel packages available

Cayman Classic Snorkel: North Sound – 3-Stop US$60 Stingrays, Snorkelling and Starfish Point all in one trip. Play with our friendly rays and then go snorkeling at Rum Point Reef. Top off your trip with a relaxing beach visit to look for starfish. Check-in and depart: Kaibo.

• Frank Sound tours

• Stingray tours • Kittiwake tours • East End tours • Family and kid friendly • Enjoy tours away from the crowds • Two dedicated snorkel boats

Champagne Stingrays: North Sound – 1-Stop US$60 A Stingray encounter in the late afternoon sun, sip bubbly while the sun sets. 4pm during the winter, 5pm during the summer. Check-in and depart: Kaibo.

Hours of operation: Daily 7am-6pm

Dawn Stingrays: North Sound – 1-Stop US$60 The ultimate Stingray experience, 90 minutes on the Sandbar, no crowds and lots of Stingrays. Check-in and depart: Kaibo.

WhatsApp: (345) 321 7500

Shipwreck Snorkel: Kittiwake – 1-Stop US$50 Snorkel Cayman’s biggest shipwreck and artificial reef. Check-in and depart: George Town. Private Charters: East End, North Sound or Frank Sound Choose your own itinerary and explore the best the Island has to offer. Cruise, Snorkel, Explore and Sightsee. 3 hours US$500, 5 hours US$700, 8 hours US$900.

D ETAILS Tour prices: US$50-US$60 per trip, packages: pick-3 trips US$135, pick-5 trips US$199, private charters from US$500 Visit the website for snorkel tours schedule. See page 141 for more boat tours by Ocean Frontiers Payment method: US$ or CI$ cash, VISA, MC, Discover and AMEX

P RO M O T IO N S Free snorkel gear rental on all trips. www.ExploreCayman.com

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• Eco-certified and leader in conservation

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To u rs C aym an

Sno r k el l i ng & Isl an d To u r s

Turnberry Road, Safehaven SMB MAP page 74

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Tel: (345) 916 5478 www.tourscayman.net sebanks@candw.ky

HI G HL IG H TS • Private charters at excellent rates • Snorkelling and Stingray City stops • Very reasonable rates • Welcoming Caymanian hosts • Fruit punch and water included • Snorkel gear provided

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• Super Thursday tour includes entry into the Turtle Centre

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• Private Island tours available • Free shuttle service to the boat

DE TA IL S Operating hours: Tours run Monday to Saturday Private charters available on Sundays Kids’ prices for ages 3 to 12 years

Tours Cayman is a local, family owned and operated business with over 20 years’ experience. Their crew, all of which are Caymanians, offer professional and reliable tours, with the added bonus of getting to know some true ’Island people’. A variety of boat trips and land-based tours are available. You can even customise your excursion, making your day of adventure exactly what you want it to be. Amazing Mondays 3 stops: Stingray City Sandbar, Coral Gardens and Starfish Point. Adults US$45/Kids US$38. 2pm-5pm. Aquafest Tuesdays 4 stops: Stingray Sandbar, Coral Gardens, Starfish Point and Barrier Reef. Adults US$55/Kids US$40. 1pm-5pm. Rum Point Wednesdays 4 exciting stops: Stingray City Sandbar, Coral Gardens, Starfish Point and Rum Point Beach Break. Adults US$70/Kids US$45. 11.45am-5pm.

Payment method: Cash, Visa and MC

Super Thursdays 4 stops: Stingray Sandbar, Turtle Centre, Coral Gardens and Starfish Point. Adults US$70/Kids US$55. 1pm-5pm.

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Fantastic Fridays 3 stops: Stingray City Sandbar, Coral Gardens and Starfish Point. Adults US$45/Kids US$38. 2pm-5pm.

Mention EXPLORE at the time of booking for 10% off on cash payments.

Awesome Saturdays 4 stops: Stingray City Sandbar, Coral Gardens, Starfish Point and Barrier Reef. Adults US$55/Kids US$40. 11am-3pm.

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Water Safety Tips

1. Never Swim Alone Always let someone know when you are heading into the water. 2. Know Your Swimming Limitations Cayman has clear, calm waters, however always err on the side of caution. If you get into trouble stick your hand in the air and shout for help. 3. Supervise Children Keep an eye on children at all times. Ensure they wear lifejackets, especially in deep water and on board boats. 4. Recognise When Someone Is In Trouble Drowning is not the violent, splashing, call for help that people expect. When people are struggling to breathe, speech and screaming become secondary. The natural reaction is to extend arms laterally and press down on the water’s surface, as opposed to waving, so be vigilant at all times. 5. Avoid Using Inflatables in Strong Winds A gust of wind could sweep you out of your depth in just a couple of seconds. 6. Don’t Drink & Swim Alcohol slows down your reactions, affects judgment and leads to greater risk taking. 7. Avoid Sunburn See page 53 for sun safety tips. 8. Prevent Dehydration Make sure you drink plenty of water to avoid cramps, exhaustion and heat stroke. 9. Jellyfish Stings Although a rare occurrence, if you are stung by a jellyfish, rinse the area immediately and remove any tentacles with tweezers. Apply a heat pack to the affected area, or immerse it in hot water to reduce pain and inflammation. 10. Don’t Touch You should never touch coral. Not only is it fragile, but some species can take thousands of years to grow. Fire coral is a painful irritant. Avoid contact with lionfish and moray eels, as it will hurt a great deal if you are stung or bitten!

Cayman Waters

Dos and Don’ts

Below is a summary of the marine and environmental laws in the Cayman Islands. Any breach of these laws are considered a serious offence and you could face a fine and imprisonment. Boating & Jet Skiing No boating or jet skiing is permitted in designated swim areas (most of these are located along Seven Mile Beach), and you should travel at less than 5mph when your vessel is within 200 yards of the shoreline. When you get farther out, keep a really close look out for people snorkelling and diving. If you approach a boat, assume that people are in the water near it and steer a wide berth around the area. If it is flying a dive flag, you are obliged by law to slow to 5mph and proceed cautiously. Fishing Catch and release is encouraged. There is an eight inch minimum on any fish caught and there are very strict rules on which fish cannot be removed from the sea. Visit the www.doe.ky website and see the Conservation Laws tab on protected fish and catch limits. See the Fishing section on page 39 for details on fishing charters. Seasons & Catch Limits: Lobster Season: 1st Dec to 28th Feb. Lobster Limit: Three per person per day or six per boat per day, whichever is less. Six inch tail size minimum. Spiny lobsters only. Conch Season: 1st November to 30th April. Conch Limit: Five per person per day, ten per boat per day, whichever is less. Starfish: It‘s illegal to remove or raise them out of the water. Lionfish Culling: Lionfish are voracious predators of small juvenile reef fish. Their culling is encouraged, and they are the only thing you can catch while diving. To report environmental crimes call The Cayman Islands Department of Environment on (345) 949 8469 or (345) 916 4271. As well as calling you can take a photo and email it to doe@gov.ky. www.ExploreCayman.com

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Best of WATERSPORTS

• Bioluminescence The phenomenon of bioluminescence appears in only a handful of places around the world throughout the year. At certain times of the moon cycle, you can witness billions of light-emitting organisms that ‘flash’ when they are disturbed. Call Cayman Kayaks (SEE PAGE 140) , Crazy Crab (SEE PAGE 46) , Sea Elements (SEE PAGE 98) , The Sweet Spot (SEE PAGE 43) or White Sand Water Sports. SEE PAGE 142 • Diving Cayman is internationally recognised as one of the best diving destinations in the world. See the Diving section on pages 57-63. • Fishing Take a private charter or join a group for bottom fishing, bone fishing or deep sea fishing outside the reef or at 12Mile Banks. Yellow and blackfin tuna, mahi mahi (from April to June), wahoo (from November to July) and marlin between 2560lbs are regularly caught. See the Fishing section on page 39. • Flyboarding Soar up to 50ft into the air, dive into the water like a dolphin, and perform incredible aerial flips and spins. Learners are usually up in the air within 1015 minutes! Call SWS Cayman. SEE PAGE 99 • Helmet Diving For Sea Trek underwater helmet diving tours, call Sea Voyages (SEE PAGE 129) and reserve a spot. • Mangrove & Bio Bay Tours Exploring the mangroves by kayak or boat is a wonderful experience. You can even hop into the water and snorkel the mangroves! Learn about the plants that grow there and the animals that use the mangroves as their breeding ground. Look out for birds, fish, anemones, iguanas, jellyfish and even the elusive seahorse. Call Cayman Kayaks (SEE PAGE 140) , The Sweet Spot (SEE PAGE 43) , Sea Elements (SEE PAGE 98) or White Sand Water Sports. SEE PAGE 142 • Jetovator Rides Balance on top of a moving hose of water and jet forward at a speed of 25mph. Cruise in comfort 52

and dive for short bursts underwater for a thrilling experience! Call White Sand Water Sports (SEE PAGE 142) for more information. • Jet Ski/Waverunner Safaris Take a jet ski safari with Action Watersports (SEE PAGE 93) , Aqua Watersports (SEE PAGE 94) , SWS Cayman (SEE PAGE 99) or The Sweet Spot. (SEE PAGE 43) Cruise across the North Sound to Stingray City Sandbar where you’ll stop for some snorkelling and then carry on to Rum Point or Kaibo (SEE PAGE 137) for lunch. • Kitesurfing Learn to kitesurf and experience the feeling of flying! Experienced instructors at Kitesurf Cayman (SEE PAGE 96) or White Sand Water Sports (SEE PAGE 142) will show you the ropes in waist-deep, calm waters and in no time you will be kiting along Barkers Beach. Equipment rental is available for experienced kiters. • Paddleboarding A great way to explore Cayman’s waters. Rent a board or join a tour with Aqua Watersports (SEE PAGE 94) , Cayman Stand Up Paddle Co. (SEE PAGE 95) , SWS Cayman (SEE PAGE 99) , The Sweet Spot (SEE PAGE 43) or White Sand Water Sports. SEE PAGE 142

• Parasailing Up to three people are attached to a large canopy from the back of a boat and hoisted over 500ft into the air. Enjoy spectacular views of Seven Mile Beach. Call Parasailing Professionals. SEE PAGE 97 • Sailing For something a bit different try a Hobie Cat sail with White Sand Water Sports. They are ideal for beginners. SEE PAGE 142

Travel Tip Travelling between Camana Bay, Kaibo Yacht Club and Rum Point has never been easier! Enjoy a round trip Tuesday through Sunday with Cayman Ferries (SEE PAGE 43). CI$20 for a return journey. Call (345) 325 7777 or visit www.caymanferries.com for times and reservations.

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• Snorkelling Tours Many operators combine a snorkelling trip to Coral Gardens in the North Sound with a visit to Stingray City Sandbar. Alternatively, explore new pristine snorkelling sites in the Eastern Districts with Ocean Frontiers (SEE PAGE 141) and White Sand Water Sports (SEE PAGE 142) . You could even pack your snorkelling gear and find magical places off the beaten path like the veritable sea aquarium under the Morritt’s dock in East End. See the Best Snorkelling section on page 56 for locations. • Surfing While not renowned as a surf destination, the waters off the Caribbean Club (SEE PAGE 80) on Seven Mile Beach are great for beginners. South Sound is better for advanced surfers, especially during the winter months if a Nor’wester passes through. To rent a surfboard call Waterman. SEE PAGE 96 • Swim with the Dolphins Dolphins are said to have the unique ability to interact with humans. Call Dolphin Discovery on (345) 769 7946. Various swim packages are available. • Swim with the Stingrays See pages 39-40 for more details. • Yacht & Motor Boat Charters You can enjoy Cayman’s waters on a luxury boat, either with just a skipper or as a full service experience including dinner. See the Boating section on pages 38-41 for more information. • Underwater sightseeing Non-certified divers can get underwater using SNUBA diving equipment (SEE PAGE 129) or if you prefer to keep your hair dry book a trip with Atlantis Submarines (345) 949 7700, or Nautilus (345) 945 1355. • Wakeboarding, Wakesurfing & Water Skiing Get the adrenaline pumping with any of these exciting watersports from SWS Cayman. SEE PAGE 99 • Waterparks Enjoy hours of entertainment at Oasis AquaPark (SEE PAGE 128) which offers an obstacle course of fun with a trampoline, waterslide, ladders and more. Suitable for ages 6 – 60+! Starfish Cay at The Ritz-Carlton is perfect for children with a shallow splash pool, gentle waterslides and fountains. Call (345) 943 9000 to purchase a day pass.

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1. Seek shade during the hottest part of the day: 11am-2pm. 2. Please use an oxybenzone-free waterproof sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher and reapply every one to two hours. 3. For maximum protection, ensure you and the kids wear a UV sun top. These protect the skin all day and provide protection even when wet. Divers Supply (SEE PAGE 82) and Sand Angels (SEE PAGE 107) offer a great selection. 4. Wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your head and eyes. 5. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially when playing outside or exerting yourself. www.ExploreCayman.com

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Best Beaches

Cayman boasts some of our blue planet’s best beaches. Miles of white powdery sand, crystal clear warm water, palm trees and a lovely tropical breeze come as standard. Seven Mile Beach is Cayman’s most famous beach but there are plenty of other picturesque beaches to discover. Whether you want to lounge on the beach, snorkel, swim or relax with a drink in hand, these are our top picks:

A West Bay Public Beach A nice beach

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with changing room facilities, close to Alfresco restaurant and the West Bay dock.

deserted south-facing beach with cliffs at either end and a dock in the middle. Great place to see turtles. There are no facilities. Beware of strong currents.

B Cemetery Beach (SMB) A great beach for snorkelling, offering plenty of shade plus parking facilities. Located at the north end of Seven Mile Beach, in front of the cemetery. The reef is a seven minute swim from the shore and there is lots to see.

G Coe Wood Beach A sandy beach in Bodden Town with cabanas, a children’s play area and restroom facilities. There is a fish fry available at the Grape Tree café. Walk west for good beachcombing. Be cautious after sunset.

C Public Beach (SMB) A popular and wide beach. It has a children’s play area, cabanas, restrooms and outdoor showers. In due course it will have more shade trees and an open lawn area.

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K Starfish Point Just beyond Kaibo at the very tip of Cayman Kai is Starfish Point. Facing into the North Sound, the sea here is calm and shallow. There is also some shade and fun spots for kids. As you would expect, you will find lots of starfish! Located at the end of Water Cay Road with limited parking.

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Best SNORKELLiNG

1 Stingray City & Sandbar

See the Stingray City section on pages 3940 for more information.

2 Turtle Reef (West Bay)

Primarily a shore dive with a mini–wall; snorkellers can follow the edge of the wall, admiring the bright reef fish and soft corals. Access to the water is easy from Macabuca (SEE PAGES 68-69). Look out for the sea turtles.

3 Lighthouse Point

Just a short swim from shore, snorkellers can enjoy the mini wall and Lighthouse Point’s thriving reef. You’ll also see the Guardian of the Reef statue.

4 SMB Snorkelling Sites

Cemetery Beach Swim out to sea for 5-10 minutes to find the most vibrant part of the reef. A top snorkelling spot on SMB. Governors Beach A white buoy marks a coral reef where you’ll find lots of friendly fish and maybe even some rays. Marriott Check out the 300 artificial reef balls installed in the water in front of the hotel which are now home to stunning marine life. Kittiwake See page 59 for details. Not accessible from the shore.

5 Cheeseburger Reef (George Town)

In front of Burger King swim straight out to sea for 150 yards to find an abundance of reef fish and impressive coral formations.

6 Wreck of the Cali (George Town)

Less than 50 yards from shore, the wreck of a 220ft schooner lies in 20-30ft of water. Sunk in 1944, many fish and corals have made the wreck their home.

7 Eden Rock and Devil’s Grotto

From Eden Rock or Don Foster’s (SEE PAGE 61) swim out to the mooring balls to explore tunnels and overhangs, where large tarpon and grouper hang out. In the early summer

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8 Smith Barcadere (South Sound)

Swim straight out from the beach and meander through lots of coral heads scattered all over a shallow sandy sea bottom. Then, explore the shoreline where the ironshore creates interesting rock formations with lots of little gullies and inlets.

9 Spotts Beach

A great site to spot turtles as they feed on the sea grass. Beware of strong currents.

10 Eastern Districts

Ocean Frontiers (SEE PAGES 49 & 141) and White Sand Water Sports (SEE PAGE 142) offer a number of snorkel tours around various sites in the Eastern Districts. Their crew will take you to the best spots.

11 Morritt’s Dock

Underneath the Morritt’s dock a plethora of curious fish congregate. They seem unafraid and quite happy for you to swim with them. Do not swim out to the reef at this spot though, as the currents are very strong and there is a lot of boat traffic.

12 Cayman Kai Public Beach A good drift snorkel, the east to west current will push you along towards Rum Point. Expect depths of 3-10ft and lots of fish and soft corals. Not suitable for children.

13 Rum Point, Cayman Kai The calm and shallow waters make this an ideal spot for beginners. There is a little reef to the right of the dock and many fish congregate under the dock.

TOP TIP See pages 54-55 for the snorkelling map.

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Best DIVING A Bucket List Favourite

Ask someone what’s on their Bucket List and more often than not you’ll hear the words “scuba diving”. With this exciting adventure sport you get to breathe underwater, discover an unspoiled part of the world, see fascinating fish life and learn about a whole new ecosystem! Scuba diving is also a great form of exercise and hobby to enjoy with friends.

Cayman – A Top Dive Destination If you are dive-curious, then Cayman is one of the best places to get certified. You’ll find 365 different dive sites to explore including easily accessible wrecks, caves, shallow reefs plus more challenging deep walls. Cayman’s warm, clear waters also provide outstanding visibility and a vast array of marine life, such as colourful tropical fish, stingrays, turtles, moray eels, lobsters and the occasional shark. On top of all that, there are numerous reputable dive operators who are keen to teach you about their passion. It’s no wonder that the Cayman Islands are featured on most top dive destination lists.

Dive Trips Once you are certified you will be free to join boat dives or navigate your own shore dives. Two tank boat dives are a great way to get out on the water and explore new dive sites. Good dive operators will set up your gear, provide water and snacks and give a safety briefing before you enter the water. A dive instructor will lead both dives, they’ll know where they’re going and be able to show you the best that a dive site has to offer.

Your first dive will be the deepest, and then after a suitable interval break you will jump back in to explore a second site. You’ll emerge feeling exhilarated and exhausted, but ready to chat about the dives over a well deserved drink before heading home for the night!

Getting Underwater There are several ways to get your first taste of scuba diving: • Discover Scuba Diving Course (DSD)/ Resort Course If you’re not quite ready to take the plunge with a certification course, but want to see what all the fuss is about, then try a DSD course. In shallow water you will learn how to use the equipment before diving in about 30 feet of water. If you catch the dive bug then this course can be used towards your full certification. • Open Water Certification With an organisation such as PADI you can complete the certification in two stages. First you must pass the e-learning which can be done at home. You’ll then take to the water to learn how to use the equipment in shallow water. Once you have passed a series of underwater skill tests you will undertake four open water dives before obtaining your certification. The whole process can be done in three to four days. • Children’s Dive Courses Children aged 10 and up can become Junior Open Water divers. For those under 10 there are plenty of fun water-based scuba/snorkel activities to participate in while parents are out diving.

WHERE To GET your GEAR: Your dive operator can provide you with rental gear for boat dives. Alternatively, for shore dives, equipment can be rented, along with tanks from Divers Supply. SEE PAGE 82 www.ExploreCayman.com

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Diving options Shore Diving

There are a number of great dive sites accessible from the shore and a short swim can take you to wrecks, caves, reefs and wall drop-offs. A Turtle Reef Located at Cracked Conch in West Bay. A short swim will take you to the mini wall and a tarpon cave. Expect to see beautiful coral and lots of fish. SEE PAGES 68-69 b Lighthouse Point See the 13ft statue of the mythological creature ‘Guardian of the Reef’ which sits 65ft under water. c Wreck of the Cali A 220ft schooner only 50 yards from shore in George Town. Eden Rock Discover caves and tunnels. D In summer months you’ll witness millions of silversides which fill the tunnels. South of George Town. e Sunset House A shallow dive where you’ll see the 9ft mermaid statue ‘Amphitrite’ in 55ft of water.

Wreck Diving See the opposite page for information.

Wall Dives Cayman’s dramatic walls descend almost vertically into the abyss of the Cayman Trench reaching depths of around 25,000ft. Expect to see incredible coral formations plus nurse sharks, reef sharks and maybe even a hammerhead!

Underwater Photography For lessons on taking photographs underwater, or to buy stunning underwater prints, visit Cathy Church’s Photo Centre. SEE PAGE 119

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Night Diving Despite seeming a little scary, night diving allows you to see the underwater world in a whole new way. As you shine your torch around, you’ll see the nocturnal critters, including octopus, go about their business under the cover of darkness.

Freediving Experience diving with no bubbles or noise. Divetech offers a freediving programme to increase your breath hold range and safety in the water.

Advanced Diving Introduces divers to deep diving, search and rescue, navigation and diving with enriched air, which allows for longer bottom time. Contact the dive operators below.

Stingray City See pages 39-40 for more information.

Local Dive Operators • Ambassador Divers (345) 949 4530 SEE PAGE 60 • Don Foster’s (345) 949 5679 SEE PAGE 61 • Ocean Frontiers (345) 640 7500 SEE PAGES 49 & 141 • Wall to Wall Diving (345) 916 6408 SEE PAGE 62 • White Sand Water Sports (345) 938 7263 SEE PAGE 142 For alternative ways to discover the underwater world, check out Sea Voyages (SEE PAGE 129) for SNUBA or Helmet diving tours.

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Diving Landmarks

Amongst the 365 dive sites in the Cayman Islands, there are some stand out landmarks that divers may want to ensure they tick off their to do list and get that great photo of course!

Kittiwake The ex-USS Kittiwake is a former submarine rescue vessel that served in the US Navy from 1945 to 1994. The ship has five decks to explore and divers can discover the crew’s quarters, the recompression chamber, ammunition lockers and even the bathrooms – complete with mirrors. The Kittiwake attracts an abundance of marine life, including schools of tropical fish, sea turtles, eagle rays, barracudas, groupers and much more! In October 2017 the Kittiwake shifted onto its port side in a passing storm and the deepest part of the wreck now lies at 70ft and the shallowest at 35ft. Many people who have dived the Kittiwake are now excited to dive it in its new position, as it will feel like a completely new dive. To visit the Kittiwake you must use a licensed dive/snorkel operator. See the opposite page for a list.

The Mermaid & The Nicholson After a six to seven minute swim from Sunset House you will come across Amphitrite, a nine-foot tall, 600lb bronze mermaid statue that stands 55ft below the surface. She attracts plenty of marine life and offers a wonderful photo opportunity. Swim a little farther and you’ll also find a WWII landing craft, the Nicholson.

Wreck of the Cali Less than 50 yards off-shore of George Town, and only 20-30ft deep, the wreck of the Cali is an easy and enjoyable dive for beginners. The 220ft steel schooner is easily accessible from the shore and you can swim out to it in under a minute. To visit the Cali you could either rent tanks from Divers Supply (SEE PAGE 82) or take a SNUBA trip. SEE PAGE 129

Keith Tibbetts, Cayman Brac This 330ft Russian frigate was sunk in 1996 and is now home to thousands of fish, turtles and grunts. Lying about 200 yards off-shore and 56ft underwater, it is the only Russian warship in the Western Hemisphere available for scuba diving. The drop off to the wall is a mere 100ft away from the wreck and extends down thousands of feet. See page 148 for details of dive operators in Cayman Brac.

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Guardian of the Reef A 13ft bronze sculpture of ‘The Guardian of the Reef’. The statue, a mythological creature, half ancient warrior and half seahorse sits off Divetech’s Lighthouse Point in West Bay. The statue has attracted plenty of marine life and over time, coral and sponges have started to grow on the statue’s base.

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TOP TIP To record your diving adventures rent an underwater camera from Cathy Church’s. (SEE PAGE 119) www.ExploreCayman.com

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Tel: (345) 949 4530 www.ambassadordivers.com ambassadordivers@candw.ky

HI G HL IG H TS • 28 years in business • Daily Stingray City trips • Kittiwake wreck dives • 5 Star PADI IDC facility • Daily AM & PM 2-tank dive trips • Large boats with small groups • Friendly staff • Valet service

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D E TA IL S Hours of operation: Open daily 7am-5pm Rates: 3 Stop Stingray City Snorkel Tour: US$48 Discover Scuba: (pool only) Free 2-Tank Dive: As low as US$100 Payment method: Cash, Visa, MC and Discover

PR O M OTIO NS Mention EXPLORE and receive 10% off the Stingray City 3 Stop Snorkel Tour.

Ambassador Divers is Grand Cayman’s premier small dive operator. Their philosophy is to provide the best diving possible with fantastic customer service. Their team of experienced instructors are passionate and knowledgeable about Cayman’s best dive sites. They’ll introduce you to their favourite sites including wrecks, reefs and spectacular wall dives. They’ll also visit dive sites suitable for families and new divers, as well as more thrilling sites for the experienced diver. Discover Scuba (DSD) - Pool Only FREE If you have always wanted to try diving and explore the underwater world you can do so easily with their DSD course. Daily DSDs are conducted in the mornings in the Comfort Suites pool where you will learn and practice necessary dive skills to get you comfortable to dive with your instructor. Minimum age is 10 years old. 3-Stop Stingray City Snorkel Tour You’ll spend an afternoon with the gentle stingrays where you will meet, feed and interact with them. In addition, you will also visit two snorkel stops to swim with tropical fish and you might even spot a turtle! This tour takes a maximum of 12 people so get your spot reserved as it is a highlight of any visit to Grand Cayman. This tour is conducted in the afternoons once the cruise ship visitors have departed.

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Dive Shop: (345) 949 5679 Office: (345) 945 5132

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www.donfosters.com dfd@donfosters.com Don Foster's is conveniently located on the waterfront in George Town and offers a fleet of luxurious dive boats, professional instruction, friendly staff and quality service.

Discover Scuba Courses (DSD) Discover the wonders of the deep with their daily DSD course. You’ll be given a short lecture, learn about the dive equipment and get to practise your dive skills in their on-site pool. Once you’re comfortable in the water, you’ll hop in the ocean for a memorable shore dive to Casuarina Point Reef. Once you complete this dive you will be able to dive again with Don Foster's, accompanied by an instructor. Value For Money Don Foster’s is a full service dive shop offering very competitive prices. Enjoy discounts on dive trips and free shore dives when you book a dive package. Retail Store After diving, drop into the store to pick up souvenirs, T-shirts, dresses, shorts, hats, sodas and snacks.

• Daily 2-tank dives • Affordable dive package pricing • PADI Certification courses from Open Water to Divemaster • Discover Scuba Courses • Kittiwake shipwreck dive and snorkel trips • Stingray City dive and snorkel trips • State-of-the-art dive boats • Souvenir shop • Complimentary shuttle service • Cayman’s longest standing dive operation

D ETAILS Hours of operation Open 7 days a week 8am-4.30pm Prices: 2-tank dive: US$115 Discover Scuba: US$115 Dive packages: from US$210 (includes free shore diving) Prices subject to change. Payment method: Cash, Visa, MC, Discover and AMEX.

PRO M O T IO NS Mention EXPLORE to receive US$10 off any 2-tank guided dive. www.ExploreCayman.com

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Boat & Shore Diving Don Foster's offers daily 2-tank and 1-tank dives, as well as trips to the Kittiwake and Stingray City, which is suitable for both divers and snorkellers. Their shop is perfectly situated for easy access to Casuarina Point Reef, where you can swim through coral gullies to spot lobsters and juvenile trunkfish, or cruise out to the sand patch and spy some southern stingrays. The reef starts at about 20ft extending to a depth of 55ft.

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H IG H L IG H TS • Great personal service • Private dive instruction • Daily boat dives in small groups • Stingray City diving and snorkelling • Private charters • Kittiwake wreck dives

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One-tank dive: US$75 Two-tank dive trip: US$105 (discounts for multiple days) Three-tank dive trip: US$165 (includes lunch) Learn to dive: Resort Course US$115 Open Water Course US$495 Half-day private charter: (2 dives) from US$600 Full-day private charter: (3 dives) from US$1100 (includes lunch) Payment method: Cash, Visa, MC, Discover

P R OM O T IO NS Mention EXPLORE and receive a 10% discount on the rates above and all instruction.

Owner operated for over 17 years, Wall to Wall Diving was created with the discerning diver in mind, offering flexible and personalised diving in small groups. With two large, custom–built 36ft and 32ft boats and experienced staff, who clearly love what they do, you can be assured of personal service and attention with no need to sacrifice comfort. As they take a maximum of eight divers per boat, you are guaranteed not to be crowded above or below the water. With over 60% of their divers being repeat customers they must be doing something right! One, Two and Three–Tank Boat Dives Dive the best walls, reefs and wrecks in Grand Cayman on the North, West, South and East sides of the Island with the highest levels of service and the least crowded dive boats. Private Charters Half-day and full-day charters available to get that extra special trip you are looking for or just to have a boat to yourselves. Instruction Dive for the first time or tune up your skills. The instruction is private with knowledgeable and skilled instructors. All levels of instruction available up to divemaster. Courtesy pick up available from all SMB hotels/condos.

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Know Your FIsh

There are photos of 13 different types of fish on this page. Find them all on your trip!

Big thanks to Cathy Church’s Photo Centre for the awesome fish photos!

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• Encounter Wildlife and Nature at the Cayman Turtle Centre. Here you can swim with turtles and other colourful marine life in Turtle Lagoon, take a ride on the Turtle Twister waterslide, walk down a historic Cayman Street and visit exotic birds in the Caribbean Aviary. There is also a nature trail, two lagoons, waterfalls and a Predator Reef tank where sharks and other marine predators live! Plus, you can meet the turtles, which range from tiny hatchlings to adults weighing over 500 pounds. Don’t miss the chance to pick one up out of the touch tank or participate in a turtle feeding! There is a courtesy shuttle bus from SMB to the Cayman Turtle Centre. SEE PAGES 70-71 • Explore Barkers National Park and get away from it all on a deserted beach, located at the north-eastern end of West Bay. There are no facilities and the entire area closes at dusk. • Dive Underwater to explore some great shore dives and snorkel spots. Divetech offers shore diving, boat diving and snorkelling. (345) 946 5658. You can get your beginners or advanced divers certification and even learn how to cull lionfish. Don’t miss the 13ft statue of the mythological creature “Guardian of the Reef” which makes a great underwater photo. Turtle Reef is just off the Cracked Conch restaurant (SEE PAGES 68-69) and has a mini wall with lots of fish, vibrant coral and a cave where huge tarpon love to hang out. • Learn to Kitesurf on Barkers Beach with Kitesurf Cayman. Suitable for ages 10-70, this is a phenomenal experience that gets the adrenalin pumping. Rent equipment and hit the water or book a lesson and learn how to kitesurf in waistdeep calm waters. SEE PAGE 96 • Saddle Up and Go Horseback Riding along Barkers Beach with Coral Stone Stables (SEE PAGE 72) or Spirit of the West (SEE PAGE 73). Choose from morning, afternoon, sunset or moonlight rides on their gorgeous, well-trained horses. You can even swim with the horses in the sea for a truly unique Caribbean experience.

• Snorkel the thriving reef at Divetech’s Lighthouse Point, see the mini wall and the ‘Guardian of the Reef’ statue. The waters off Cemetery Beach also offer spectacular snorkelling. • Swim with a Dolphin in one of two dolphin parks. Learn about and swim and interact with these beautiful creatures. Call Dolphin Discovery on (345) 769 7946. • Take a Trip to Hell and take the opportunity to send your friends a “postcard from HELL”! Hell is a unique geological wonder of rugged blackened limestone, estimated to be 10-15 million years old. A flock of white migratory birds can be seen nesting in the rocks during late December/early January. • Visit the Cayman Motor Museum and see their collection of vintage cars which include Maseratis, Bentleys, Rolls-Royces and more. Open during high season only: November-May.

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West Bay DININg

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Alfresco A relaxed seafood restaurant with amazing views over the sea. (345) 947 2525. Boggy Sand Caribbean Kitchen Offers both local and Caribbean cuisine as well as pizzas. (345) 640 0009. Heritage Kitchen An authentic Caymanian restaurant serving reasonably priced food. Open Wednesday-Sunday. (345) 939 3474. Macabuca Oceanside Bar & Grill Offers fabulous views of the sea, a relaxed atmosphere and a great happy hour on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays. Located below the Cracked Conch. SEE PAGES 68-69 VIVO Café & Restaurant Offers delicious plantbased food, lionfish dishes and gluten-free options. Located at Lighthouse Point with great views over the water. (345) 749 8486.

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Find Foster’s Food Fair grocery store, Jacques Scott liquor store and Body Barn Hair & Beauty salon right at the start of West Bay, plus a bank, pharmacy and Subway at the four–way stop. Gift shops can be found at the Cayman Turtle Centre and the Cayman Motor Museum. You can also find locals selling beautifully varnished conch shells along the side of the road.

Calypso Grill Located on the water at Morgan’s Harbour, you can watch boats entering the dock, while enjoying a great atmosphere and superb seafood. You must make a reservation, even for lunch. Closed on Mondays. (345) 949 3948. Catch Located in Morgan’s Harbour, this waterfront restaurant serves delicious fresh seafood with international and Caribbean influences. The outdoor patio receives a lovely cooling breeze. They celebrate the full moon each month with live music. (345) 949 4321. Cracked Conch Across the road from the Cayman Turtle Centre, Cracked Conch boasts breathtaking views of the water. You can have a casual lunch or elegant dinner outside on the terrace or in air conditioned comfort. Their Caribbean-fusion food is always innovative and delicious. SEE PAGES 68-69 The Commodore Waterfront Restaurant & Bar Offers Caribbean and Mediterranean dining in a picturesque setting. Enjoy the cooling breeze from the North Sound. (345) 623 5100. Ristorante Pappagallo Famous for its tall thatched roof, beautiful location on an inland lake and their great Italian food. (345) 949 1119.

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HIG H L IG H TS • Great oceanfront attraction • Stunning sea views • Fun outdoor tiki bar with all day bar food • Fine dining menu at Cracked Conch

• One of Cayman’s best shore dives

• Easy and safe snorkelling • Happy Hour Monday 5pm-10pm and Tuesday-Sunday 5pm-7pm

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Opening hours: Cracked Conch: Lunch: 11am-3pm (Dec-May) Dinner: 5.30pm-10pm (Every night) Macabuca: Monday-Friday 11am-1am Saturday and Sunday 11am-12am Sundivers: Monday-Friday 7.30am-4pm Saturday and Sunday 7.30am-5.30pm Tel: (345) 949 6606 Payment method: Cash, Visa, MC, AMEX, Discover and Travellers Cheques

Fine dining, casual tiki bar, snorkelling, diving, sunbathing, live music and dancing under the stars… Cracked Conch offers all this and more in one ideal location. Take advantage of the combined services of the restaurant, bar and dive shop - you may well end up staying all day (and night)! Cold drinks and Caribbean style snacks are served all day at Macabuca Oceanside Tiki Bar and Grill. Relax on the spacious deck, soak up the sun and enjoy the ocean views.

Alternatively, enjoy lunch or dinner at the Cracked Conch, where you can dine on one of the multi-level terraces, or in the air conditioned dining room. Cracked Conch offers sophisticated Caribbean fusion dishes and fresh seafood in elegant surroundings. Events & Parties Cracked Conch has one of the most striking waterfront positions in Cayman with beautiful sea views, a cooling breeze and stunning sunsets. Their Executive Chef, Gilbert Cavallaro, can create the perfect menu to suit your group, whether it’s a party of 30 or 300. Live music and entertainment can also be arranged. With seating available under the stars or in air conditioned private rooms, you can make it an event to remember.

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Open for lunch and dinner daily in high season and, as the name suggests, includes a variety of signature conch appetizers, along with other mouthwatering seafood and meat dishes. You can choose to dine in the air conditioned restaurant or go alfresco on the terrace. Offering a sophisticated cocktail lounge, a private dining room seating up to 40 and spacious indoor and outdoor dining areas. They cater for weddings and events for up to 300 guests. Appetizers starting from CI$11 Conch Ceviche, Short Rib Ravioli, Pan Fried Octopus, Calamari Entrées starting from CI$28 Seared Local Snapper, Wild Shrimp, Daily Vegetarian Creation, Poached Lobster, Pan Seared Scallops

Sundivers, located on the Cracked Conch premises, will rent you dive gear to explore Turtle Reef at your own leisure. If you prefer, take a dive guide with you or for non–divers, rent snorkel gear and explore the top of the wall. Dive instruction and certification is available. Call (345) 949 6606 for rates and information. Providing you collect your gear before 5.30pm and leave dive lights with the bar afterwards, you can also make it a night dive. Boat dives can also be booked here, although the boats depart from Morgan’s Harbour or Public Beach, depending on the dive site. Full dive gear rental Tank & weights only Snorkel gear Guided dive

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PRO M O T IO NS The name, which translates as “What does it matter?” sums it up! A great place to simply while away a few hours, and there is plenty of seating and direct access to the sea. Fantastic daily specials, sandwiches, salads and entrées served all day until 10pm. Sandwiches & Burgers starting from CI$12 Homemade Burgers, Vegetarian Panini, Lobster Sandwich, Brie BLT Entrées starting from CI$12 Chicken or Shrimp Curry, Fish Tacos, Mum’s Fish & Chips, Spiced Chicken Quesadilla

Macabuca Mondays All-you-can-eat BBQ for CI$17, plus Happy Hour 5pm-10pm with CI$13 Caybrew Pitchers. Saturday & Sunday Jerk chicken special all day for CI$10. Live music every Saturday, 7pm-9pm. Happy Hour 5pm-7pm and CI$17.50 daily beer bucket specials. All Week Daily food specials, cocktails and beer bucket specials. www.ExploreCayman.com

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H IG HL IG H TS • Cayman’s largest land-based attraction

• Free-Flight Aviary, Butterfly Garden and nature trail • Snorkel with turtles and reef fish in the Saltwater Lagoon • Poolside cocktail bar, restaurant and café • Ride the Turtle Twister waterslide into Cayman’s largest freshwater pool • Free shuttle service to SMB hotels

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Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 8am-5pm. Last admission at 4.30pm. Please check website for special events, holiday hours and shuttle service timetable. Feeding Times: Bird Feeding: 10.30am and 3pm Shark Talk: 10am, Monday-Friday Shark Feeding: 11am, Monday-Friday Turtle Feeding: 11.30am and 3.30pm Crocodile Feeding: Seasonal Admission: Full Park Adults: Full Park Kids: Turtle Centre Tour Adults: Turtle Centre Tour Kids: Resident specials available

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Payment method: Cash, Travellers Cheques, Visa, MC, AMEX, Discover

TURTLE ENCOUNTERS The Green’s Breeding Pond Meet some of the most majestic and ancient animals in the world. Green Sea Turtles were actually around to see the dinosaurs come – and go! Here you will find a few turtles weighing more than 500 pounds that are more than sixty years old. Despite their huge size, they are as gentle as they are graceful, and you are allowed to feed them too! Turtle Touch Tanks & Wading Pools Here you can reach in to touch or pick up yearling turtles while they are swimming and playing. Professional photographers are there to help you catch that photo of a lifetime! Turtle Hatchery From May to October, you can take a peek at the baby turtles hatching out of their eggs! The transparent window helps you see what is happening deep in the sand – replicating a natural turtle nest on the beach. To keep up to date on scheduled hatchling and turtle releases please email: info@turtle.ky. WILD CARIBBEAN Caribbean Free-Flight Aviary See and handfeed the beautiful, colourful birds of Cayman and the Caribbean. Some birds are busy making nests or foraging for food. You can also see peafowl on one of two islands in the middle of the Saltwater Lagoon. Smiley the Saltwater Crocodile In 2006 an 11ft Crocodile swam from Cuba to Cayman in and now he resides at the Cayman Turtle Centre.

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You can watch Smiley being fed during the scheduled feeding times. Butterfly Central The Butterfly Garden, right next to the Free-Flight Aviary, is a great place to see a wide range of butterflies. A total of 18 different butterfly species have been found there. The plants have been specially grown to attract a wide range of butterflies. AQUATIC ADVENTURES Turtle Lagoon You can do more than just watch the turtles! Jump in and swim with yearling green sea turtles and other colourful marine life. Snorkelling gear is supplied and swimwear and goggles are available for purchase at the Splash Gift Shop. Breaker’s Lagoon & The Turtle Twister Water Slide Cool off and relax at Breaker’s Lagoon. It boasts two exciting and fun waterfalls plus its own underwater viewing panel for an opportunity to look into the fascinating Predator Reef! Or why not make a great big splash with the twisting, turning, 40ft Turtle Twister waterslide! Predator Reef Clear viewing panels allow you to come nose-to-nose with nurse sharks, tarpon and barracuda! Don’t miss the captivating Shark Talk by the resident Aquarist to learn amazing facts about the predators that live on the reef and in the surrounding waters. NATURE AND CULTURE EXPLORATIONS The Nature Trail Reconnect with nature as you

walk the winding path through a canopy of indigenous trees and plants, including Cayman’s national flower, the Wild Banana Orchid, as well as the elusive Ghost Orchid, and the Silver Thatch Palm which is Cayman’s national tree. Cayman Street A gravel path takes you past the façade of Cayman Cottages showcasing old time Caymanian architecture complete with gardens traditionally adorned with beach sand, conch shells and surrounded by native trees, plants and, of course, the resident chickens! Education Centre Offers an interesting glimpse into the life-cycle of a sea turtle with a chance to view live hatchlings during the breeding season (May-Oct). The theatre shows a video on how turtles and Caymanians have lived alongside each other for generations. Learn more about the innovative research and developments in Sea Turtle Conservation that the Centre is involved in, and the ways that you can help protect these beautiful endangered creatures. Splash Gift Shop Beautiful handcrafted local treasures and turtle-themed souvenirs, resort wear, books and gifts in one of Cayman’s most unique shopping destinations.

PRO M O T IO NS Mention EXPLORE for 10% off full park admission and 10% off at the Splash Gift Shop. Cannot be combined with any other offers. www.ExploreCayman.com

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Tel: (345) 916 4799 www.coralstonestables.ky

coralstonestables@gmail.com

H IG H L IG H TS • Shore rides, water rides and private rides all along the quiet shores of Barkers National Park • Friendly, well-trained horses • Courtesy shuttle available from your hotel or rental location • All levels welcome, no riding experience necessary

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PR O M OTIO NS Groups of 6 or more riders will receive a special rate of: Shore Ride - US$70 per person Water Ride - US$115 per person

Whether you are a first time visitor or resident of the Cayman Islands, Coral Stone Stables invites you to enjoy the unforgettable experience of horseback riding along the quiet shores of Barkers National Park, West Bay. They also offer water rides through the warm, crystal clear ocean waters, guaranteed to be an experience of a lifetime. Coral Stone Stables offers beach rides for the novice to the experienced rider with the choice of walking along the shoreline or a daring adventurous ride, bareback through the beautiful, warm waters of the Caribbean Sea – a huge favourite! Their gentle, welltrained horses and friendly tour guides will ensure that you enjoy every moment of your amazing ride. Contact them and you can be sure that they will make your horseback riding experience a memorable one. Shore Ride (1½ hours) US$80 (US$75 if paying cash). A scenic trek along the shoreline of a quiet beach. Shore & Water Ride Combo (2 hours) US$135 (US$125 if paying cash). An amazing combination of the Shore Ride and swimming in the warm, crystal sea. Private rides are available for more experienced riders wishing to canter. US$20 extra per person.

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Tel: (345) 814 0193 www.caymanbeachrides.com info@seahorses.ky For a truly unique experience look no further than Spirit of the West (SOTW) who offer horseback rides along the remote Barkers Beach. Take in the stunning views of the white sandy beach and turquoise waters as you trek along the edge of the Caribbean Sea. All the horses at SOTW are magnificent, gentle creatures that are well looked after and welltrained, meaning that even novice riders will feel at ease. Each ride is led by an experienced guide and tours are designed to cater for riders of all levels. During private tours, and upon request, experienced riders will be given the opportunity to canter along the beach.

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HIGHLIGHT S • Beautiful beach rides, private rides plus exhilarating ride and swim options • Unique Moonlight Tours where you can ride under the full moon and stars • Gentle, well-trained horses • No experience necessary • Experienced trail guides

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The Caribbean Swim Ride US$125/US$150 Revel in the magic of this popular and exhilarating beach ride. You’ll enjoy a bareback ride into the refreshing Caribbean Sea. As the water deepens your horse will swim along in the warm water with you holding on. Group or private tour. Approx. 1 hour 45 mins.

Tour Times: 10am, 2pm, 5pm. Moonlight Ride (dependent on full moon schedule)

The Moonlight Ride US$125/US$150 Experience the serenity of a horse ride guided by the moonlight. Trek along the deserted beach and be mesmerised by the reflections in the water, bright moon and canopy of stars. Group or private tour. Approx. 1 hour 15 mins.

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Hours of operation: Monday-Friday, closed weekends and public holidays

Payment method: Visa, MC and Discover

Mention EXPLORE and groups of five or more will receive a 5% discount.

www.ExploreCayman.com

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The Beach Ride US$75/US$90 Ride along Barkers Beach and lose yourself amongst the magical sea, sand, flora and fauna with this unforgettable excursion. Group or private tour. Approx. 1 hour 15 mins.

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• Go Snorkelling at Cemetery Beach at the north end of SMB, Governor’s Beach or the small artificial reef just off the Marriott Hotel. See the Snorkelling section on page 56. Numerous boat operators offer daily snorkelling trips. • Try Sailing along Seven Mile Beach on a Hobie Cat which can be hired from one of the big hotels. Also see the Boating section on pages 38-50 for more information on boat trips.

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• Paddleboard in the calm waters off Seven Mile Beach. Rent boards from any of the following: Aqua Watersports (SEE PAGE 94), Cayman Stand Up Paddle Co. (SEE PAGE 95), SWS Cayman (SEE PAGE 99) or White Sand Water Sports. SEE PAGE 142

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• Go Fishing for wahoo, marlin, tuna and mahi mahi, then have your catch prepared onboard. See the Fishing section on page 39 for details. • Take a Sunset Cruise around the North Sound. See the Boating section on pages 38-50. • Dive the West Side and discover the spectacular wall, the reef and the Kittiwake wreck. See the Diving section on pages 57-63.

• Jump in a Kayak with Sea Elements (SEE PAGE 98) and explore the mangroves either by day or by the light of the moon. Alternatively, rent a kayak from Aqua Watersports (SEE PAGE 94) or White Sand Water Sports. SEE PAGE 142 • Go Parasailing with Parasailing Professionals (SEE PAGE 97) for an exhilarating ride and great view of the Island. • Try Kitesurfing with Kitesurf Cayman (SEE PAGE 96) for an adrenaline-filled experience. Free pickups available along Seven Mile Beach. • Hop on a Stingray City Boat Tour to the Sandbar where you can frolic with the rays. See the Stingray City section on pages 39-40. • Banana Rides can be arranged at most hotels or call Red Sail Sports. (345) 949 8745. • Try Flyboarding, Wakeboarding & Wakesurfing with SWS Cayman for a thrilling adventure on the water! SEE PAGE 99 • Take a Jet Ski Safari with Action Watersports (SEE PAGE 93) or Aqua Watersports. SEE PAGE 94 EXPLORE 2019 • Explore more with the free Explore Cayman iPhone and iPad app


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• Take an Island Tour and see Cayman’s highlights with Cayman in a Nutshell (SEE PAGES 42-43), Cayman Safari Adventures (SEE PAGE 92) or Tours Cayman. SEE PAGE 50 • Go Golfing at the North Sound Golf Club which offers 18 holes of play (345) 947 4653 or at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club which offers nine holes of golf plus an indoor simulator (345) 943 9000. Lessons and twilight rates are available at both clubs.

• Take a Helicopter Ride with Cayman Islands Helicopters (SEE PAGE 126) and enjoy an amazing view of the Island. Trips leave from the helipad in George Town. • Keep Fit by walking along the shoreline, visiting the hotel gym or trying one of the gyms on Seven Mile Beach: Anytime Fitness, Crossfit or Ryde in Camana Bay, Life Extension in Park Place or World Gym behind Queens Court Plaza. • Play Tennis at The Ritz-Carlton (345) 323 0049 or at the courts in Camana Bay (345) 640 2878. Many hotels and condos have tennis courts available for guests to use. • Practise Yoga at Bliss Living Yoga (345) 949 9642 or Cayman Yoga Club (345) 769 4511. • Wander Around the National Gallery taking in the national art collection. They host up to eight exhibitions annually. (345) 945 8111. • Catch a Movie at the six-screen multiplex in Camana Bay or on The Crescent during the summer months and special holidays (SEE PAGES 100-109). The Ritz-Carlton (345) 943 9000 also shows a family friendly movie under the stars every evening.

You’ll find great shopping in the Seven Mile Beach area, from clothing and jewellery to locally produced goods such as soaps, Cayman Sea Salt, rum cakes, jams, hot sauces, sculptures and more.

JEWELLERY & WATCHES Cayman is a great place to invest in certain luxury items since watches, gems and precious metals have no sales tax. Jewellery stores on SMB can be found in The Westin and The Ritz-Carlton, and there is a beautiful jewellery store found in Governors Square called Balaclava Jewellers. SEE AD INSIDE BACK COVER

ART GALLERIES & LOCALLY MADE COLLECTABLES Art galleries carry a great selection of work by local artists and craftsmen, from original paintings to Caymanite jewellery and hand-woven thatch products. Galleries to check out include the Kennedy Gallery in the West Shore Centre which sells original paintings and prints by talented local artists (345) 949 8077, the gallery at The Ritz-Carlton which displays local artists’ work on the walkway and finally, view the national art collection at the National Gallery. Local items can also be found at the Farmers & Artisans Market held in Camana Bay (SEE PAGES 100-109) , the 3 Girls & a Kiln store in Camana Bay and the gift shop in the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa.

DIVE & SNORKEL EQUIPMENT Divers Supply (SEE PAGE 82) in the West Shore Centre is open seven days a week and sells well known scuba brands including Aqua Lung, Atomic, Mares, Oceanic, Scuba Pro and Sherwood. They also sell swimwear. You can rent dive and snorkel equipment from them as well. www.ExploreCayman.com

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• Indulge in a Spa Treatment at the spas at The Westin (345) 945 3800, The Ritz-Carlton (345) 943 9000, the Marriott Beach Resort (345) 949 0088 or the Kimpton Seafire (345) 746 0000. They all offer jacuzzi and steam rooms and a relaxation room to chill after your treatment. Alternatively, check out the Da Vinci Centre (SEE PAGE 81) for massages, facials and other wonderful treatments.

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Stock up on food and other supplies at Foster’s Food Fair in The Strand. You’ll find everything you’d expect to find in an American or British supermarket. There are liquor stores in most shopping plazas along Seven Mile Beach. Most shut at 7pm except Jacques Scott (SEE PAGE 7) and Blackbeards (SEE PAGE 5), which are open until 10pm. All are closed on Sundays except for West Indies Wine Company (SEE PAGE 109) in Camana Bay. Jacques Scott, Blackbeards and Vino Veritas (345) 526 8466, which is a boutique wine specialist, will also deliver alcohol to your home or condo, so why not place your order before you arrive!

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Beach & Resort Wear: Great options can be found at Divers Supply (SEE PAGE 82) , Funky Monkey (SEE PAGE 83) , Sand Angels (SEE PAGE 107) and Waterman (SEE PAGE 96). Little Angels in Camana Bay sells great kids wear, hats and beach shoes. The boutiques at The Westin and The Ritz-Carlton also have a nice selection of casual resort wear for adults and children. Elegant Evening or Day Wear: Try Funky Monkey (SEE PAGE 83) or head to Camana Bay (SEE PAGES 100-109) where there are a number of stylish stores. Sportswear: Visit Activ Angels in Camana Bay, Waterman (SEE PAGE 96) or Sports Supply in Galleria Plaza.

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The majority of restaurants are located on Seven Mile Beach. Our recommendations below give a good cross-section. For a comprehensive list grab a copy of the Good Taste restaurant guide or visit www.caymangoodtaste.com. Anchor & Den Stylish bar and restaurant located at the Marriott Beach Resort. (345) 949 0088. Ave Located at the Kimpton Seafire, they serve Mediterranean cuisine. (345) 746 4100. Bandidos Cantina Lively Mexican restaurant with an extensive food and drinks menu. Located in 7 Mile Shops. (345) 949 4944. bàcaro Located in the Cayman Islands Yacht Club, this is an authentic Italian tapas restaurant with lots of style. (345) 749 4800. Beach House An upscale but casual restaurant located at The Westin. (345) 945 3800. Blue Cilantro Sophisticated Mediterranean food with an Indian twist. Located in the Fidelity Centre. (345) 945 4372. Blue by Eric Ripert An AAA Five Diamond restaurant at The Ritz–Carlton. (345) 943 9000. Casa 43 Mexican Kitchen A Mexican restaurant that also serves great cocktails. Located opposite The Strand. (345) 949 4343. Copper Falls Steakhouse A cosy and popular steakhouse. Located opposite The Strand. (345) 945 4755.

Coccoloba Mexican restaurant located right by the water at the Kimpton Seafire on Seven Mile Beach. (345) 746 0000. Craft An excellent gastro-pub style menu with craft beers from around the world. West Bay Road. (345) 640 0004. Deckers An alfresco restaurant offering a menu full of Island flavours and Mediterranean influences. All-You-Can-Eat Lobster every Tuesday and Saturday plus live music throughout the week. SEE PAGE 84 Duke’s Seafood & Rib Shack A beach style outdoor restaurant serving Southern style cuisine. Opposite Public Beach. SEE PAGE 85 Edoardo’s Italian restaurant in Coconut Place. Nightly specials. (345) 945 4408. Ferdinand’s A contemporary restaurant with a focus on local food and flavours. Located at The Westin. (345) 945 3800. Legendz Classic Bar & Grille New York style bar. Falls Plaza. (345) 943 3287. Lone Star Popular Texas BBQ sports bar on West Bay Road serving Tex-Mex food. It has

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an indoor and an outdoor bar. SEE PAGE 88 LUCA Beach front seafood restaurant serving superb innovative food. Their Sunday brunch is extremely popular. (SEE PAGE 89) Located in the beautiful Caribbean Club (SEE PAGE 80) , a boutique hotel overlooking Seven Mile Beach. Morgan’s Waterfront restaurant serving fresh seafood dishes. Cayman Islands Yacht Club. (345) 946 7049. Prima Beach front restaurant on Seven Mile Beach. Above Royal Palms. (345) 945 6358. Ragazzi Popular seafood and Italian restaurant with an award winning wine list, reasonable prices and fun atmosphere. Buckingham Square. SEE PAGE 90 Saltwater Grill A sophisticated seafood restaurant with a large menu, patio and a great bar area. Galleria Plaza. SEE PAGE 91

Southern Spice Popular Indian restaurant serving fresh and tasty dishes. Located in Baytown Plaza. (345) 949 5550. Tahu A Spanish inspired restaurant serving a tapas style menu and great cocktails. Caribbean Plaza. (345) 233 2233. Thai Orchid Authentic Thai food and Japanese sushi. Queens Court Plaza, West Bay Road. (345) 949 7955. Veranda A beachside restaurant located at the Marriott Beach Resort serving fresh seafood. (345) 949 0088. Wharf (The) A waterfront restaurant with an extensive wine collection. Nightly tarpon feeding at 7pm and 9pm. (345) 949 2231. Yoshi Sushi Japanese cuisine with a great selection of sushi rolls. Located in Falls Plaza. (345) 943 9674.

Burger Shack A wide variety of great burgers and sides. Marquee Plaza. (345) 949 2867. Cimboco Relaxed, good value for money restaurant in Marquee Plaza. (345) 947 2782. Chicken! Chicken! Chicken cooked in a wood-fired oven. West Shore Centre. (345) 945 2290. Fresh Kitchen & Coffee Healthy breakfasts, salads, bowls, sandwiches, juices, smoothies and coffee. Galleria Plaza. (345) 640 0008. Island Naturals Café A delicious vegetarian

café serving healthy homemade food. Park Place, off West Bay Road. SEE PAGE 87 Gino’s Pizzeria Cayman’s original New York style pizzeria. Also subs, salads, pastas and wings. Call for delivery or takeaway. Caribbean Plaza. (345) 623 7777. SEE PAGE 86 Lauren’s Freshly prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dine inside or outside. Buckingham Square. (345) 946 7745. Peppers Bar & Grill Casual restaurant serving Jamaican Jerk and smoked BBQ. West Bay Road. (345) 943 3000. Wok-n-Roll Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. Regency Plaza. (345) 949 0168.

Bars & Pubs Barolo Bar & Lounge Popular Bar with a live DJ on Fridays. Located next to Edoardo’s. (345) 945 4408. Bar Jack Cocktail bar at The Ritz-Carlton with a live DJ on Friday nights. (345) 943 9000. Coconut Joe’s Casual outdoor place with reasonably priced food. Opposite Comfort Suites. (345) 943 5637. Fidel Murphy’s Irish bar with a ‘pub grub’ menu. Great place to catch the game. Queens Court Plaza. (345) 949 5189. Havana Club Cuban cigar bar and lounge with live music. Caribbean Plaza. (345) 946 5396.

Lone Star Texan style joint with an outdoor bar and TV screens. West Bay Road. SEE PAGE 88 O Bar Nightclub with popular DJs. Queens Court Plaza. (345) 943 6227. Ports of Call at The Wharf Waterfront bar with great cocktails. (345) 949 2231. Royal Palms Lively beach bar with a pool and live entertainment. (345) 945 6358.

The Lodge Friendly pub with live music and dancing. The Strand. (345) 323 1669. Tortuga Casual beach bar at The Westin with great food and drinks. Live music every evening at sunset. (345) 945 3800. www.ExploreCayman.com

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Quick & Easy Dining Al La Kebab Good value and healthy Mediterranean kebabs. Open until 4am Mon-Fri. Marquee Plaza. (345) 943 4343.

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Tel: (345) 623 4500 www.caribclub.com

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• Cayman’s most luxurious and exclusive boutique hotel on Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman • Three different types of villa: Tower Oceanfront, Beach Front and Pool View • Beautiful kitchens, top of the line bathrooms - the essence of luxury • All rooms have ocean views • On-site gourmet Italian seafood restaurant • Private and beautiful stretch of beach with free cabanas and lounge chairs. Walking distance to all of SMB amenities • Stunning infinity pool with waterfall, fitness centre and more • Personalised guest services

D E TA IL S Guest Services & Amenities: Concierge and laundry service Nightly turndown Grocery shopping Free parking Meeting/boardroom facilities Payment method: VISA, MC, Discover and Cash

Caribbean Club is a luxury boutique hotel located on the spectacular Seven Mile Beach. They offer 37 spacious 1-3 bedroom suites and villas on the water’s edge that combine the glamour and adventure of a worldfamous resort, with the comforts of a truly opulent home. Guests enjoy impeccable service and warm Caribbean hospitality while having access to world-class amenities. Award Winning Boutique Hotel Year after year the Caribbean Club has won prestigious awards including: Top 25 Luxury Hotel in the Caribbean and Top Small Hotel in the Caribbean. When you visit you will see why! Weddings Whether you are looking for a barefoot ceremony for just the bride and groom, an elegant beach wedding for a small group or a wedding celebration for 150 guests, Caribbean Club can create your perfect day. They offer a dedicated wedding planning team who will customise your wedding to ensure you have the best day of your lives. LUCA Caribbean Club is also home to one of Cayman’s best restaurants: LUCA. LUCA’s contemporary menu is described as Italianbased with international flavours. Every Sunday they host a magnificent brunch with delicious fresh seafood, breakfast favourites, salads, a pasta station, meats, cheeses, mouth-watering desserts and free flowing Prosecco. See page 89.

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Tel: (345) 943 2002 www.davinciwellnesscentre.com info@davinciwellnesscentre.com

Massage and Spa Treatments Relieve stress, boost overall health and improve injuries with Deep Tissue, Swedish, Prenatal, Hot Stone, Lymphatic, and Chinese massages. Signature Facials, HydraFacials, Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peels and Waxing. Reflexology is also offered. Alternative Medical Treatments Treatments to improve your wellbeing include: Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Hypnotherapy, Physiotherapy, Sleep Evaluation, Chinese Therapies, Cardiovascular Screening and NeuroCognitive Testing. Hormone Blood Panel analysis, full Anti-aging Programme and Regenerative Cellular Therapies are also offered. Aesthetic/Cosmetic Therapies Improve your appearance with treatments such as Candela Laser hair and vein removal, Skin Tightening, Botox, Carboxy Therapy, Dermal Fillers, Mesotherapy, Body Contouring, Sclerotherapy and Cellulite treatments.

H IGHLIGHT S • Providing luxury, cosmetic and aesthetic treatments • Anti-aging and regenerative medicine • State of the art luxurious facilities with an exclusive spa-like wellness centre • Latest and most advanced treatments available • Full staff of doctors, therapists and aestheticians • Free consultations • Online booking available

D ETAILS Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 8am-5pm Tuesday and Thursday 10am-7pm Payment method: Cash, Visa & MC

P RO M O T IO N S Mention EXPLORE and receive 10% off treatments and a free consultation. Visit the Da Vinci Centre Facebook page for additional monthly promotions.

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The Da Vinci Centre is an exclusive wellness and alternative therapy centre that is proud to be Luxury Travel Guide’s ‘Wellness Centre of the Year’. They offer luxurious facilities, a wide range of treatments and a team of doctors, therapists and aestheticians. Whether you’re seeking a pampering spa retreat, holistic healing therapies or rejuvenating skin and anti-aging treatments, the Da Vinci Centre’s extensive menu of services caters for a range of wellness needs.

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Tel: (345) 949 7621 www.diverssupply.ky

www.facebook.com/diverssupplycayman info@diverssupply.ky

HI G HL IG H TS • Largest selection of diving and snorkelling gear on the Island • Scuba repair service • Only authorised Suunto Repair Service Centre • BCDs, regulators and dive computers less expensive than in the US • Swim and beach apparel

Divers Supply is a one-stop-shop for all diving, snorkelling and beach related needs. Whether it’s your first set of diving gear or a quick fix to get you back in the water, a beach towel, swimsuit or sunscreen, Divers Supply’s professional staff can help. Beach Gear: Choose from a wide selection of adult and children’s swimwear, resort wear, flip flops, beach towels and sunscreen. Brands include Body Glove, Hurley, Oakley, O’Neill, Reef, Sanuk and more.

• Friendly and experienced staff

DE TA IL S Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 8am-9pm Payment method: Cash CI$ and US$ and all major debit and credit cards

PR O M OTIO NS Mention EXPLORE and receive 10% off selected products.

Dive Gear: Choose from a large selection of dive equipment including regulators, BCDs, dive computers and more. Brands include Aeris, Akona, Aqua Lung, Atomic, Cressi, Deep Blue, Deep See, Genesis, Henderson, Innovative, Lavacore, Mares, Oceanic, O’Neill, Princeton Tec, Scubapro, Sherwood, Subgear, Trident, Underwater Kinetics and XS Scuba. Rentals and Repairs: Divers Supply has the largest scuba repair service centre on the Island and is the only authorised Suunto repair service in the Caribbean. They also have a large inventory of quality snorkelling and dive equipment that is available to rent at the best rates on the Island.

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Tel: (345) 943 8659

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Governors Square, West Bay Rd across from The Westin Hotel

www.funkymonkeycayman.com jodi@funkymonkeycayman.com

HIGHLIGHT S • Cayman’s hippest fun wear boutique • Best selection of Analili, Elan, Volcom, Johnnie O and Green Dragon clothing • Party and everyday wear • Sports and yoga clothing • Swim and beachwear • Helpful and friendly staff

Drop by the store and you’ll be able to choose from a selection of party dresses and everyday clothing such as shorts, tank tops and beach wear, including sundresses, bikinis, sandals, kaftans and more. You’ll also find sportswear, yoga gear and a variety of accessories including hats, bags and costume jewellery. Men can browse a selection of linen shirts, shorts and pants, plus dress shirts, swimwear and everyday wear. Funky Monkey is also a great place to find unique gifts for the kids, house-sitter and friends back home. They have some of the most helpful and friendly staff around who will happily assist, whether you’re looking for something special or simply indulging in retail therapy. From the beach to the street, Funky Monkey has the entire family covered from head to toe!

• Authorised Desigual dealer

D ETAILS Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 10am-6pm Saturday: 10am-5.30pm Payment method: Cash, Visa, MC and Discover Plenty of parking directly in front of the store

PRO M O T IO NS Mention EXPLORE and receive 10% off any regularly priced item.

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Funky Monkey is a trendy lifestyle wear boutique that sells fashionable clothing and accessories for men, women and children, for a range of budgets. They stock brands such as Analili, Elan, Banana Moon, Desigual, Johnnie O and Volcom, to name just a few, which are imported from Australia, France, Spain and the USA. Funky Monkey imports a limited number of each item, so you can rest assured that all your friends won’t be wearing the same pieces!

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D E TA IL S Opening hours: Dinner nightly: 5pm-11pm Happy Hour: 5pm-7pm Cocktail Bar: 5pm-1am Cigar Shop: 5pm-12am Mini Golf: 5pm-10pm Payment method: Cash, Visa, MC and AMEX

PROM O T IO NS Enjoy nightly happy hour from 5pm-7pm.

Deckers Caribbean Inspired Grille will demand your attention from the moment you enter. There is an original English double decker bus incorporated into the unique bar/lounge. Giant palms and colonial pillars frame the outdoor terrace, providing you with a charming alfresco dining experience. The menu is a fusion of Island flavours and Mediterranean influences. At the bar you can enjoy signature cocktails like the Blood Orange Mojito, while listening to live music three nights a week. Every Tuesday and Saturday is the legendary ‘All-You-Can-Eat Lobster’, where Caribbean lobster tails are grilled to perfection. Lobster Nights All-You-Can-Eat Lobster CI$49.95 per person Every Tuesday and Saturday night enjoy Lobster Bisque or Caesar Salad, Grilled Caribbean lobster with melted butter, local vegetables and mashed potatoes. Mini Golf Check out the 18 hole mini golf course next to Deckers that’s great fun for all the family. Adults and children are both charged $5 per round. It is open from 5pm-10pm daily. Live Music Enjoy Hi Tide performing authentic Caribbean music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at Deckers. Grab a delicious meal or a snack and a drink at the bar while you listen.

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Tel: (345) 640 0000 www.dukescayman.com info@dukescayman.com

Menu Highlights Appetizers Snow Crab Legs Maui Ribs Peel ‘n Eat Shrimp

CI$13.95 CI$10.95 CI$11.95

Main Courses Duke’s Steam Pots Baby Back Ribs Cayman Jerk Chicken

CI$29.95 CI$23.95 CI$10.95

Desserts Homemade Chocolate Brownie CI$6.95 Duke’s Colossal Strawberry Rum Cake CI$7.95 Duke’s showcases awesome surfing photos and a rustic reclaimed driftwood patio bar. Their Big Kahuna statue with shades and a surfboard, riding a manta ray, is a favourite for photo opportunities amongst visitors and locals alike! Guests hang out at the rugged beach-style bar, enjoying good food, drinks and Duke’s happy hours, hoping that their Cayman vacation never ends. Rib meat that melts from the bone, friendly and helpful staff and an authentic BBQ experience – Duke’s has the best of what the Cayman Islands have to offer.

HIGHLIGHT S • Free Wi-Fi • Family friendly, kid’s menu • Outdoor patio • Take out and catering services available • All-you-can-eat BBQ and all- you-can-eat Lobster BBQ • Sunset Happy Hour • Full service bar • Casual wear and pet friendly • Awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence • Private functions

D ETAILS Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 11.30am-11pm All-you-can-eat-BBQ CI$19.95 Every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday 6pm-9pm All-you-can-eat-Lobster CI$39.95 Every Saturday 6pm-9pm Payment method: Cash, Visa, MC and AMEX For delivery please call 643-DINE

PRO M O T IO NS Take a photo of this coupon and receive a 10% discount on all food and drink at Duke’s. www.ExploreCayman.com

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Duke’s combines some of the finest in Southern cuisine and Caribbean influences. With its laidback, family friendly atmosphere it has become one of the top Caribbean and Cajun cuisine restaurants on-Island.

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• Island-wide delivery • Pizza parties available • Subs, salads, pastas and wings • Serving beer and wine • Open until 1am on the weekend • Late-night poutine and kebabs • Eat-in, take-out or delivery • Lunch specials for under $10 • New ‘Pizza of the Day’ every day • Awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence

DE TA IL S Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-11pm Friday and Saturday 11am-1am Payment method: Cash and all major credit cards

Gino’s Pizzeria is Cayman’s original and only New York style pizzeria! Find pizzas made from the freshest ingredients using handmade dough, a special in-house marinara recipe and all your favourite toppings. As well as a large selection of pizzas, there are healthy salads and sandwiches, fresh pastas and their Island-famous chicken wings. Gino’s is perfect for a late-night food stop with kebabs, poutine, wings and hot pizza by the slice. They also serve wine and Caybrew beer. Gino’s is a must visit for homemade comfort food and quick and easy bites! GINO’S MENU HIGHLIGHTS Appetizers Conch Fritters (12 pieces) CI$10 Chicken Noodle Soup Cup $2.75/Bowl $5 Pizzas per slice/14”/18” Gluten-free base available for CI$6 Basic Cheese Pizza CI$3/$16.75/$19.75 Meat Mania Pizza CI$4/$22.75/$26.75 BBQ Chicken CI$3.75/$21.75/$25.75 Veggie Supreme CI$3.75/$21.75/$25.75 Salads Small/Large CobbCI$5.50/CI$8.25 Other Options Turkey Swiss on Wholewheat  Philly Cheese Steak

CI$7.50 CI$8.50

Dine-In Drinks Bucket of White Tip Beer (5) Gino’s House White/Red Wine

CI$15 CI$7

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Coconut Plaza (behind Edoardo’s), Seven Mile Beach SMB MAP page 74 12

Tel: (345) 945 2252 www.islandnaturals.ky info@islandnaturals.ky

Menu Highlights Breakfast Super Acai Bowl Fruity Oatmeal Hearty Breakfast Wrap Salads Kale and Spinach Salad Sesame Soba Noodle Salad BLT Salad Bowls Green Coconut Curry Quinoa Falafel Bowl Greek Buddha Bowl

CI$9.50 CI$7.50 CI$10.50

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HIGHLIGHT S • Vegan and gluten-free options • Breakfast, lunch and dinner • Soups, salads, wraps, pastas and bowls • Specialty coffees • Healthy and delicious smoothies and juices • Dine-in and take-away • Delivery available to SMB and George Town areas

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Island Naturals Café was created from a passion for fresh food, natural and organic ingredients and eating to nourish your body, mind and soul. They offer a wide selection of dishes from breakfast all the way through to dinner. Their newly expanded menu aims to please all palates and includes vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options. Dishes include wraps, salads, pastas, bowls and more. They also offer daily lunch specials, including a soup of the day. Coffee enthusiasts will not be disappointed with the café’s extensive coffee selection. Or pick from a range of made-toorder smoothies from the nutritious Green Smoothie to the more indulgent Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Smoothie.

• Awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018

D ETAILS Opening hours: Monday-Friday 7am-8pm Saturday 8am-6pm Sunday 8am-5pm Delivery: Minimum order is CI$45. Delivery charge is CI$4 to SMB area and CI$6 to George Town Payment method: Cash, Visa and MC

www.ExploreCayman.com

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688 West Bay Road, Seven Mile Beach SMB MAP page 74 20 d

Tel: (345) 945 5175 www.lonestarcayman.com

info@lonestarcayman.com

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• 29 HD TV’s • Indoor and outdoor seating • Wood-burning smoker • Daily happy hour specials • Tuesday Trivia Night • Thursday Rock ‘n Roll Bingo • Family friendly

DE TA IL S Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 11.30am-1am Friday 11.30am-2am Saturday-Sunday 11am-12am Payment method: Cash, Visa, MC and AMEX For delivery please call 643-DINE

PROM O T IO NS Take a photo of this coupon and receive a 10% discount on food and drink at Lone Star.

Lone Star Bar & Grill is a casual Tex-Mex restaurant and sports bar on the SMB corridor. Established in 1985, Lone Star has been a favourite amongst locals and visitors alike for meeting friends, drinking beer and watching sports on one of the 29 TV screens. Weekly Events at Lone Star Monday is 50 cent wings night. Put on your thinking cap for Tuesday Trivia Night, and on Thursday enjoy the popular Rock ‘n Roll Bingo! This is not your grandma’s bingo. The numbers are replaced with your favourite bands and you are invited to rock all night. Food & Drinks Lone Star offers mouthwatering Tex-Mex and BBQ dishes including enchiladas, fajitas, their Loco Burrito and their Big Bang Nachos. The menu features some of the best smoked meats in Cayman, alongside everyone’s favourite baby back ribs and smoked brisket. Wash down the Tex-Mex food with Lone Star’s signature frozen margarita. Alternatively, treat yourself to a Hurricane; it is the Caribbean after all! At night, head inside and take a seat at the Jack Daniel’s Bar for a top-notch cocktail, only available inside. Whether you are watching your favourite sporting event or sitting in the air conditioned restaurant after a day at the beach, Lone Star and its fun energetic staff will have you returning for more, time and time again!

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Tel: (345) 814 0150 www.luca.ky luca@luca.ky

Sample Appetizers Pan Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras CI$21 Raspberry balsamic purée, butter brioche toast, pickled figs, wine reduction, Maldon salt Beef Carpaccio CI$13 Arugula, truffle espuma, shaved parmigiano reggiano and roasted artichokes Tuna Poke CI$15 Local Yellowfin tuna tartare in sesame oil, chili aioli & soy ginger glaze, crispy quinoa, wakame Sample Entrées Pumpkin Ravioli CI$23 Drawn thyme butter, sundried tomatoes and shaved parmigiano reggiano Branzino al Sale CI$36 Whole Mediterranean striped bass with salt crust, vegetables, chardonnay caper sauce Herb Marinated Lamb Rack & Shank CI$39

HIGHLIGHT S • Contemporary Italian and seafood • Wine Spectator ‘Best of Award of Excellence’ • Beach front location • Bottomless Prosecco Sunday brunch. Reservations essential • Catered weddings and private parties • Over 1,100 wines from France, Italy, Austria, USA and South America

D ETAILS Opening hours: Lunch: Monday-Saturday 11.30am-2.30pm Dinner: Nightly 5.30pm-10.30pm Sunday Brunch: 11.30am-2.30pm Payment method: Cash, Visa, MC and AMEX Reservations recommended

DETAILS Fixed price lunch: three courses and a glass of wine for CI$25.

www.ExploreCayman.com

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Brought to you by the same team that created Ragazzi, LUCA is a contemporary Italian and seafood restaurant located on Seven Mile Beach. Committed to using only the freshest and best quality produce, Chef Roman aims to keep the preparation simple, fusing international flavours with traditional Italian dishes. LUCA has one of the best wine cellars on the Island with more than 1,100 wines from around the world. A sophisticated interior featuring marble floors, wood panelling and leather banquettes opens out on to a sunny terrace, with an infinity pool overlooking the white sands and turquoise waters of Seven Mile Beach.

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Tel: (345) 945 3484 www.ragazzi.ky

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• Award winning wine list • Wood-burning pizza oven • Central location with ample parking • Specials change daily • Warm, friendly atmosphere • Children’s portions • Great family restaurant • Homemade gluten-free pasta available as well as gluten-free or whole wheat pizza crusts

DE TA IL S Opening hours: Daily 11.30am-11pm Payment method: Cash, Visa, MC and AMEX Reservations recommended Takeaway and catering service available

Ragazzi is brought to you by the same dynamic team that created LUCA. A longterm favourite among residents, Ragazzi is always buzzing. The menu includes excellent pizzas cooked in an authentic wood-burning oven, great pastas, meat dishes and daily specials, all at reasonable prices. Convenient opening hours mean you can drop in any time for a quick snack or a full meal. Alternatively, various banquet menus are available for private parties and events. Sample Dishes Antipasto Misto CI$14.95 Prosciutto, bresaola, salami, mortadella with pistachios, peppers and parmesan cheese Local Red Snapper CI$26.95 Pan-fried with capers, olives, artichokes, oregano and cherry tomato with herb rice Shellfish Linguine CI$25.95 Lobster, shrimp, scallops, mussels, olive oil, diced tomato, garlic and basil Four Salami Pizza CI$16.95 Parma ham, pepperoni, bacon, Italian sausage Grilled Jumbo Shrimps CI$27.95 With seafood risotto and pesto basil sauce Zuppa di Pesce CI$39.95 Lobster, jumbo shrimp, scallops, mussels and snapper steamed in a tomato–basil broth served with garlic crostini

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S alt w at e r Gr ill Re st au r an t & B a r

Galleria Plaza, West Bay Road, Seven Mile Beach SMB MAP page 74 21d

Tel: (345) 640 0010 www.saltwatercayman.com info@saltwatercayman.com

Menu Highlights Grilled Calamari CI$11 Tomato, red onion, greens, balsamic glaze Crab Cakes CI$18 Maryland style, jumbo lump and claw meat, Old Bay seasoning, Dijon mustard Braised Lamb Bites CI$12 Creamy polenta, cumin infused tomato sauce Caribbean Lobster CI$32 Garlic butter grilled, callaloo gnocchi, asparagus, drawn butter Lamb Rack CI$36 SWG ratatouille, couscous, rosemary jus Seafood Pappardelle CI$22 Lobster, shrimp, scallops, calamari, mussels, tomato, light cream sauce

H IGHLIGHT S • Extensive wine and cocktail list • Full service bar • Indoor and outdoor seating • Air conditioning • Covered outdoor patio • Take-out and catering available • Happy hour specials twice daily • Kid’s menu available • Lunch and dinner daily • Sunday buffet brunch

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Saltwater Grill is a stylish and casual family friendly restaurant specialising in fresh, grilled seafood. Conveniently located on West Bay Road, patrons can choose to enjoy their meal inside the designer dining room surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, abstract lighting and local contemporary art, or embrace the beautiful weather outside on the open-air garden patio. Their inviting and stylishly decorated bar area offers a multitude of liquors, perfect for making the very best cocktails. With affordable prices, an elegant ambience, friendly service, and delicious dishes, Saltwater Grill is a great place to bring the whole family.

• Saturday à la carte breakfast and lunch • Ample parking • Free Wi-Fi

DETAILS

Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 11.30am-12am Lunch: 11.30am-4pm Dinner: 4pm-10pm Sunday Brunch: 11.30am-2.30pm Happy Hour: 4pm-6.30pm, 10pm-12am Payment method: Cash and all major credit cards accepted

www.ExploreCayman.com

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Tel: (345) 925 3002 www.caymansafari.com

info@caymansafari.com

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• Knowledgeable, informative guides

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• Land Rover tours around the Island • Experience Cayman culture beyond the tourist spots • Meet interesting local people • Sample real Caymanian food • Visit remote areas of the Island • Highly rated on TripAdvisor • Small group size

DE TA IL S Hours of operation: Tours run daily Tour Prices - includes entrance fees: 1/2 East: Adults US$79, kids US$69 West Safari: Adults US$79, kids US$69 Crystal Caves: Adults US$89, kids US$79 Call or visit the website for more tour options as well as private and customised tours. Location: Pick up and drop off from all hotels, condos and cruise ship terminals Payment method: Cash, Visa, MC, Discover and Travellers Cheques

PROM O T IO NS Mention EXPLORE and receive 5% discount per person on the West Safari.

Try something different this vacation! Hop into one of Cayman Safaris’ customised Land Rovers for a unique and exciting adventure around Cayman! More than a sightseeing tour, it’s an interactive journey of discovery. Tours are led by superb local guides who have a deep love for and strong historical ties to the Island. You will enjoy genuine Caymanian hospitality, learn about the Island’s past and experience a different way of life as you venture into the cultural heart of Cayman. You will see some of the most beautiful places on the Island and encounter some unique photo opportunities! This is a great adventure for all ages. 1/2 East Safari (3.5 hours) Explore the eastern side where stops may include Pedro Castle, Botanic Park and the craft market. The full East Tour with a local lunch included is available on Fridays. Phone for the price and availability. West Safari (3.5 hours) Explore the western side where stops may include the unique and quiet Barkers National Park, Hell, Tortuga Rum Cake Store and the Cayman Turtle Centre. Crystal Caves Safari (3.5 hours) An underground adventure into a fascinating world. Explore the caves where you’ll see stalactite and stalagmite crystal structures and other worldly formations. As you travel along the outer districts there will be a few photo op stops along the way. Guests must be able to walk up stairs unaided. Activity level: moderate.

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Tel: (345) 814 0173 www.ciactionmarine.com

reservationsactionwatersports@gmail.com

Stingray City Tours: This is their most popular tour. As part of a group, you ride your own waverunner (with up to two passengers) to Stingray City Sandbar, where you can feed and interact with friendly stingrays in just 3ft of water. The tour then continues to the beautiful beaches of Rum Point, where you can relax on the beach or enjoy food and drinks at the restaurant and bar. Rentals: You can also rent a waverunner separate from the tours. Take a waverunner for an exciting spin for a half-hour, or rent one for an incredible half-day of fun.

HIGHLIGHT S • Waverunner Stingray City tours • Waverunner rentals by the hour • One or two passengers • Kayak rentals by the hour • Paddleboard rental • Free transportation to the dock

DETAILS Stingray Tour/Rum Point Tour (Approx. 2 hours): 1 rider US$110, 2 riders US$150

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Action Watersports offers some of the most unique tours available in the Cayman Islands where you’ll experience the magnificent waters of the Caribbean up close and personal on your very own waverunner. Chose to visit Stingray City and Rum Point or enjoy a 3-stop tour to Stingray City, Starfish Point and a beautiful snorkel spot. Alternatively, explore the beautiful mangroves and shoreline in your own kayak.

Waverunner rentals: ½ hour US$75 (1 rider), 1 hour US$130 3 hours US$300, 5 hours: US$450 Kayak rental: 1 hour US$20 (one person) Stingray/Starfish and Snorkel Tour: 2.5 hours 1 rider US$125, 2 riders US$175

Kayak & Paddleboard Rentals: Rent a kayak by the hour and explore Cayman’s beautiful shoreline. Take a mask and snorkel and experience the unrivalled underwater beauty that Cayman has to offer.

Hours: Monday-Saturday 8am-6pm

Directions: They are located at Cayman Islands Yacht Club. Free transportation is available from Captain Marvin’s Watersports at the waterfront centre near the cruise port and from the hotels along Seven Mile Beach.

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Payment method: Cash, Visa, MC and Discover

Mention EXPLORE and get 10% off per person for direct and cash bookings only. www.ExploreCayman.com

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www.aqua-watersports.com info@aqua-watersports.com

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Aqua Watersports offers the largest range of premium watersports and jet ski rentals on Grand Cayman, as well as one of the most comprehensive Stingray City jet ski tours.

• Water bikes, transparent canoes • Free delivery and shuttle bus available • Jet ski Stingray City four-stop tour

D E TA IL S Jet Ski Stingray City Tour (4 hours): 1 rider US$150, 2 riders US$195 Jet Ski Rentals: 1 day (6 hours) US$525 Kayak & SUP Rentals: 1 day from US$85 Jet Board Rentals: 1 day from US$175 Free delivery for rentals, and shuttle bus for tours. Great discounts for multiple day rentals. Payment method: Cash, MC and Visa

PR O M OTIO NS Mention EXPLORE when you book a jet ski tour for a 5% discount. Book any rental equipment for more than 3 days and get 10% off.

Stingray City Jet Ski Tours: Jump aboard your Sea-Doo GTI for a safari of a lifetime. Their four-stop/four-hour tour includes Stingray City, Rum Point (lunch), Starfish Point and Kaibo, as well as a free bonus kayak tour and free snorkel gear. This is a luxury tour with a commercially qualified jet ski tour guide and safety rider. No other jet ski tour offers this amazing itinerary. A free shuttle service is available from your accommodation to the launch dock. Watersports Rentals: You can rent leading brand Sea-Doo jet skis, kayaks, pedal kayaks, clear canoes, stand up paddleboards (including yoga, pedal and electric), water bikes and jet boards. Rentals are available from one day up to two weeks, and they deliver right to your hotel, condo or villa on Seven Mile Beach, West Bay, Rum Point and Kaibo. Jet Board Rentals: They are the only company on Grand Cayman to offer electric and petrol jet boards. These amazing ‘toys’ propel you up to 40mph thanks to inbuilt jet drives. With a little tuition you’ll soon be cruising and carving the tranquil waters of Seven Mile Beach. Perfect for kids (on the tamer electric version) and adults alike. An experience you’ll never forget!

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Tel: (345) 938 4SUP (4787) www.caymanstanduppaddleco.ky info@caymanstanduppaddleco.ky

Rentals Whether you’re a novice or an experienced paddleboarder, Cayman’s clear, calm water makes it one of the best places to enjoy the sport and further your skills. CSUPco will deliver paddleboards to your hotel, condo or nearest beach and, after a quick lesson, you will be gliding along the water in no time. You can rent paddleboards for just a couple of hours or a full week, and they’ll be delivered to you on-time by courteous staff. Guided and Customised Tours If you would like to explore more of the Island, then join them on a guided paddleboard tour. Customised tours can also be organised. Discover Cayman’s varying coastline, from the beaches to mangroves. You can travel through canals and even paddle at night using Noqua illumination. CSUPco also run exciting full moon paddles. You will paddle along Seven Mile Beach as the full moon rises and stop for a quick refreshment at a beach bar – a truly memorable Cayman experience!

H IGHLIGHT S • Paddleboard rental with mobile delivery service • Fun for everyone • New, high quality equipment • Custom day and night excursions • Professional, experienced staff • Extendable paddles, lifejackets and leg ropes • Sales and repair service • Team building packages and kids parties • Highly rated on TripAdvisor

D ETAILS Hours of operation: Rentals available 7 days a week Rental prices: Hourly (2 hrs min) US$30/CI$24 Half day rental (4 hours) US$80/CI$64 Full day rental (24 hours) US$95/CI$76 2-4 days US$75/CI$63 per day 5-6 days US$55/CI$44 per day Full week (7 days) US$50/CI$40 per day Group rates and discounts for repeat customers available

PRO M O T IO NS Mention EXPLORE and get four board rentals for the price of three. www.ExploreCayman.com

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Cayman Stand Up Paddle Co. (CSUPco) is a specialist paddleboarding company owned and run by watersport enthusiasts. They offer rentals, board delivery, lessons, guided tours, down-winder tours and much more. CSUPco has an infectious enthusiasm for paddleboarding that will help you get the most out of this versatile sport.

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Kitesurf Cayman Barkers National Park, West Bay

Tel: (345) 916 5483 K i tes u rf C aym an

Ki t es ur f i ng L es so n s & Re n t al s

www.kitesurfcayman.com info@kitesurfcayman.com

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Tel: (345) 769 7873 www.watermancayman.ky info@watermancayman.ky

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• No experience needed. If you can swim, you can kitesurf and windsurf!

• Courtesy shuttle available along Seven Mile Beach and George Town area • Two hour private and semi-private lessons plus packages available • Kitesurf and windsurf equipment rental and pro-advice • Radio helmet coaching • Hydrofoiling lessons from Jhon Mora, a world kite race circuit professional

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DE TA IL S Hours of operation: Kite School: Seven days a week 8am-6pm. Waterman: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. Payment method: Cash, Visa, MC, Discover and Diners Club.

PR OM O T IO NS Kitesurf Cayman: Mention EXPLORE and receive 5% off cash bookings. Waterman: Mention EXPLORE and receive 5% off purchases.

Kitesurf Cayman offers you a unique opportunity to try something exciting this vacation! Located on sun-drenched Barkers Beach, they offer world-class conditions for beginners to master this sport with confidence. Warm flat waters, expansive open space, and a waist deep teaching area offers first-timers the perfect learning environment. Experienced IKO instructors will help guide you in a fun and easy way. Kitesurf Cayman’s introductory lesson will help you decide if kitesurfing is the sport for you! Feel the rush of adrenaline and experience what makes kiting so addictive for those who try it. Individual 2 Hour Private Lesson: CI$216 Semi-Private 2 Hour Lesson: Two students, one instructor, one kite to share - CI$120pp Advanced: Foiling and kite-tricks lessons CI$100-CI$200 Windsurf Lessons: CI$120pp Discounts available for 8 hour packages. Waterman - Blue Wave Surf Co. offers the finest in surf apparel from brands such as RVCA, Quiksilver, Roxy, Billabong, Vissla, Amuse Society, Reef, Olukai, Freewaters, Dragon, and Kaenon. They also stock surf, stand up paddleboard and kitesurfing equipment from Firewire, Al Merrick, Slingshot, Boga, Fanatic, Rogue, Smooth, Mystic, Dakine, 7s and more.

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Tel: (345) 916 2953 www.parasailgrandcayman.com

HIGHLIGHT S • Single, double or triple parasailing rides • Breathtaking views • Suitable for all ages • No experience necessary • Fly up to 500 feet up in the air

Additional Information The Parasailing Professionals crew will pick you up and drop you off by boat at most locations along Seven Mile Beach.

DETAILS

Trips last 30-60 minutes, with approximately 10 minutes “flying time”. A 1,000ft line will winch you to heights of up to 500ft.

Prices: Single US$90 Double US$170 Triple US$210

Don’t forget to take a camera (waterproof cameras recommended!) for great aerial shots, or leave it with one of the crew to take photos of you from down below. The highly experienced staff will make your trip hassle-free and exciting. Parasail rides are subject to maximum combined weight of 400lbs and a minimum weight of approximately 160lbs to 200lbs depending on weather conditions.

Hours of operation: 9am–5pm

Trips last 30–60 minutes, with 10 minutes flying time Convenient shuttle boat pick-up and drop-off along SMB Payment method: Cash, Visa, MC and Discover

PRO M O T IO NS Book direct and receive US$10 off per person when you mention EXPLORE.

www.ExploreCayman.com

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For a breathtaking bird’s-eye view of Grand Cayman and the crystal clear waters of Seven Mile Beach, take a ride with Parasailing Professionals. A safe but exhilarating ride suitable for the whole family, you will “fly” hundreds of feet in the air above the sea. They offer single, double and triple rides which take off and land on the boat – it’s a smooth ride and no skill or experience is required.

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S e a E l e m e n ts

Ma ngro v e, Ka y a k , Bo a t & S n o r k e l To u r s

Blue Horizons

Cayman Islands Yacht Club, Dock C4, Yacht Dr. (off West Bay Rd) SMB MAP page 74

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Tel: (345) 936 8687 www.caymanseaelements.com caymansea@gmail.com

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Bioluminescent Boat Tour Adult US$65, child US$50 approx. 2.5 hrs Mangrove Kayak Tour Adult US$50, child US$40 approx. 1.52 hrs Stingray City and Reef Snorkel Tour Adult US$50, child US$40 approx. 2.5 hrs Private Charters From US$500 - call to customise your tour Guided Mangrove Snorkel Tour Adult US$40, child US$30 approx. 1.5 hrs Mangrove Boat Tour Adult US$40, child US$30 approx. 1.5 hrs Under 2’s are free, 2-9 yrs child rates Payment: Cash, Visa, MC, Discover and AMEX

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Sea Elements offer a variety of interactive ecotours with experienced and knowledgeable guides. Boat tours include the Bioluminescent Bay, Stingray City and Coral Gardens, or you can kayak through the mangroves. Flexible tour times are offered and private charters are available at an affordable rate. Bioluminescent Bay Boat Tour Swim or snorkel in the shimmering waters of the Bio Bay. The less adventurous can observe the amazing light show from the comfort of the boat. You are welcome to bring your own refreshments for the ride home under the stars, yes, “adult” beverages are allowed. They provide a cooler and ice on board. Mangrove Kayak Tour Paddle into the mangrove forest, see the beauty under the mangrove canopy and learn about this amazingly diverse eco-system. Stingray City Tour An experience not to be missed! Play with these gentle creatures and snorkel the shallow protected barrier reefs. Private Charter Enjoy a private trip on the North Sound at an affordable price. Set your own itinerary: Stingray City, Starfish Point, the Barrier Reef, mangroves and maybe even stop for lunch on the beach.

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Guided Mangrove Snorkel Tour Perfect for underwater photographers.

Mention EXPLORE at time of booking and receive US$4 off for any adult, $2 off any child. Prepaid bookings only.

Ask about the Full Moon Kayak tour and the Mating Glow Worm tour. Reservations required for all tours. Call for tour schedule.

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Flyboarding Lessons A flyboard is a type of hydroflighting device which supplies propulsion to drive the flyboard into the air to perform a sport known as hydroflying. The rider can fly up to 50ft in the air or dive headlong through the water down to 8ft. SWS’ skilled teachers will guide you as to how to do it. Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Wakesurfing & Tubing Lessons and Adventures Learn how to waterski, wakeboard, wakesurf and even try tubing. Have a fun adventure with your family and friends while learning a new skill or perfecting your moves on the water. Let’s get social! Find them on Facebook and Instagram @swscayman. Book your experience today, spaces are flying!

HIGHLIGHT S • One of the leading watersports company in Cayman • World class instructors and state of the art equipment • Fully customised trips to Stingray City available • Only place to learn how to waterski, wakesurf and wakeboard • Kids of all ages will enjoy this on- the-water experience

DETAILS Hours of operation: Open 7 days a week Flyboard lessons: $100/15 min, $150/2 people/30 min, or $250/1 hr

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Join SWS Cayman for an adventure on-thewater! From flyboarding to wakeboarding, wakesurfing, waterskiing, tubing and personalised Stingray City tours, a day with SWS Cayman will be the highlight of your Cayman Islands visit. Their carefully selected crew have over 20 years of combined experience. SWS’ team have taught, performed and competed all over the world in locations including China, Dubai and the United States. No better place to learn than with the pros themselves!

Waterskiing, wakeboarding, wakesurfing or tubing boat charters: 1 hour – CI$325 3 hours – CI$795 6 hours – CI$1400 Payment method: US or CI cash or credit/debit cards

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Camana Bay Located just steps from Grand Cayman’s world-famous Seven Mile Beach, the lively waterfront town of Camana Bay is a must-see destination for visitors. Take a step onto the Rise, a pedestrian overpass that leads you from sea to Sound, from West Bay Road straight into Camana Bay’s bustling Town Centre. With world-class shopping and dining, family-friendly entertainment, authentically local experiences, a packed events calendar and lush outdoor spaces with unique attractions, Camana Bay is not to be missed! PHOTO BY CAMANA BAY

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Visitors can get a glimpse of local life every Wednesday with the weekly Farmers & Artisans Market and the Flavour Tour. Can’t make it on Wednesday? The shops of Camana Bay carry a wide selection of products made in Cayman or inspired by its natural beauty and storied history.

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The Flavour Tour On Wednesdays at 7pm following the Farmers & Artisans Market, guests can savour the flavours of Island life on the Camana Bay Flavour Tour! With three plates from Camana Bay’s signature restaurants, four beverages and five stops, this guided walking tour highlights local ingredients and offers a fun and diverse dining event. The menu changes every week and is crafted the day of the tour with fresh ingredients from that morning’s market. To purchase tickets, visit the Flavour Tour page at www.camanabay.com. To enquire about private group bookings, please email: flavourtour@camanabay.com. The Perfect Souvenir The boutiques at Camana Bay are proud to carry local products, ensuring visitors can always find an authentic piece of Cayman to take home. Visitors can browse the All About Local gift guide to find an item that speaks most to them. View the guide online at camanabay.com/local. From cottage industry creations to thoughtful mementos that are uniquely Caymanian, this guide makes the hunt for an authentic piece of the Islands that much easier. EXPLORE 2019 • Explore more with the free Explore Cayman iPhone and iPad app


Play at Camana Bay Events in the Town Centre From family-friendly activities such as community art events, live story readings and free outdoor movies to the beloved annual lighting of the Camana Bay holiday tree, the Town Centre hosts hundreds of signature events throughout the year. For a complete calendar of events visit camanabay.com/events/.

Interactive Fountains Let the kids loose in the interactive fountains. In Jasmine Court, water spurts mingle with colour, delighting tots and toddlers. On the Crescent, dancing waters with skyward bursts reaching 30ft thrill brave youngsters. The Courtyards Choose a book from Books & Books and relax in one of the five courtyards: Jasmine, Cassia, Gardenia, Canella and Heliconia. Named after the prominent flowers found in their garden, each courtyard has a distinct character and offers cool breezes and welcoming seating.

Poof the Blue Dragon Snap a picture with Poof. Part of the Blue Dragon Trial, Poof is one of 15 largerthan-life sculptures of Grand Cayman’s endangered Blue Iguanas located around the island. Live. Work. Love the harbour views, cool breezes and more than 40 shops, restaurants and amenities that are at your fingertips in Camana Bay? You can move your home or office and never have to leave! Whether you are looking to own a home in OLEA, Camana Bay’s first residential for sale neighbourhood, rent a luxurious Terraces apartment in the heart of the Town Centre, or lease premier office space, Camana Bay is the destination on Grand Cayman for global business and Caribbean community. For more information on residential options ranging from studios to four-bedroom townhomes or to enquire about turnkey solutions for office space, email: info@ camanabay.com. For a complete calendar of events, visit camanabay.com/events.

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The Observation Tower Walk up the majestic 75ft Observation Tower for 360-degree views of Grand Cayman and be mesmerised by the floorto-ceiling marine mosaic mural on the way up. Made up of over three million Venetian tiles, the stunning display illustrates an underwater scene familiar to divers who have experienced the renowned dive sites for which Cayman is known. The tower is equipped with elevator access for all to enjoy.

The Island On a palm tree-lined beach, the Island provides a peaceful place to relax in a hammock and watch boats sail through the harbour, including Cayman Ferries, which makes daily roundtrips to Kaibo (SEE PAGE 137) in North Side.

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Camana Bay Explore some of Grand Cayman’s top restaurants and discover a tempting mix of cafés, markets and signature restaurants with dining options for every craving.

Cafés & Sweet Treats • Bay Market Gourmet coffees, smoothies, sandwiches and pastries. (345) 815 1080 • Gelato & Co. Authentic Italian ice creams, pastries and cakes. (345) 743 9999 • Häagen-Dazs Fine ice creams, sorbets and smoothies. (345) 946 8061 • Jessie’s Juice Bar Fresh juices, smoothies, teas, coffees and health foods. (345) 949 2012 • Petit Paris French bakery with sweet treats and European classics. (345) 328 4000

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• Abacus Sustainable farm-to-table and ocean-to-plate cuisine with alfresco dining. (345) 623 8282 SEE PAGE 108 • Agua Italian cuisine with a Peruvian twist. Indoor and out on the patio by the water seating. (345) 949 2482 • The Brooklyn Pizza + Pasta ItalianAmerican cuisine with international flair. (345) 640 0005 • KARoo Crisp designer cocktails, small plates and tapas. (345) 946 6633 • The King’s Head Traditional British pub. (345) 925 7732 • Mizu Asian Bistro + Bar Southeast Asian-inspired fare with a waterfront Teppanyaki table. (345) 640 0001 • Aroma Trendy and friendly neighbourhood gem fit for foodies. (345) 743 1012 • Pani Indian Kitchen Authentic Indian restaurant with flavour profiles from various regions of India. (345) 640 0007 • The Waterfront Urban Diner Freshly made American classics and gastro-pub fare. (345) 640 0002 EXPLORE 2019 • Explore more with the free Explore Cayman iPhone and iPad app


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Camana Bay As Grand Cayman’s premiere shopping destination, Camana Bay’s Town Centre is the perfect place to enjoy some retail therapy. Browse the shops and discover an eclectic mix of local treasures and top international brands, including POLO Ralph Lauren, Prada, Gucci, Michael Kors, Lacoste and more. Find everything from duty free jewellery, designer fashion and resort wear, luxurious skincare and cosmetics, to locally made treasures, bestselling books and high-tech gadgets, all in one convenient location.

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Food, Wine & Home • 3 Girls & a Kiln • Bay Market • Bedside Manor • Bon Vivant Kitchen Studio • Design Studio • West Indies Wine Company SEE PAGE 109

Books & Technology • Audi Cayman Islands • Bang & Olufsen by Audiophile • Books & Books • Cayman MAC Store

Entertainment Camana Bay Cinema If you need a break from the sunny skies and sandy beaches, Camana Bay Cinema is the island’s only six-screen complex showing the latest movies including a VIP theatre with leather recliners and a dedicated concession area and bar, serving a full menu of food and drink options. Call: (345) 640 3456.

TOP TIP For more information on Town Centre happenings, please visit camanabay.com or call the Visitor Centre at (345) 640 4000. www.ExploreCayman.com

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• Activ Angels SEE PAGE 107 • De Sunglass Man SEE PAGE 106 • Eclipze Hair Design & Day Spa • Island Company • Island Jewellers SEE PAGE 106 • Le Visage • Little Angels SEE PAGE 107 • NKY • NKY Collections • Pandora • POLO by NKY • Sand Angels SEE PAGE 107 • Silhouette • SOLES Shoe Salon • Sportista

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• Island Jewellers Cayman’s retailer of choice since 1978 • Extensive collection of the world’s top brands in jewellery, watches and sunglasses • De Sunglass Man Significant savings with duty and tax free prices Island Jewellers (345) 640 5337, is Camana • Largest selection of loose diamonds on Grand Cayman G H L IG H TS Bay’s only jewellery and watch store and one • HI Easy and FREE parking Highlights of six locations in Grand Cayman. The design • Cayman’s retailer of choice since 1978 • Cayman’s retailer of choice of the store was inspired by Cayman’s great • Extensive collection of the world’s top brands in jewellery, watches and sunglasses since 1978 houses and famous public buildings and offers Island Jewellers Home to a stunning collection of fine jewellery, diamonds, tanzanite and other • Significant savings with duty and tax free prices a unique and relaxed shopping environment. • Extensive collection of the world’s coloured gemstones. Famous jewelry brands include Pandora, Hearts on Fire, FOPE, John Hardy, Alex • Largest selection of loose diamonds on Grand Cayman With extensive collections of loose diamonds watches top brands in jewellery, and Ani, Tacori, Temple St Clair, Swarovski, Marahlago and the Cayman Memories Collection. Great • Easy and FREE parking and diamond jewellery, Island Jewellers and sunglasses watch brands like Ulysse Nardin, Hermes, Zenith, Oris, Tissot, Movado, Hamilton, Michelle, Frederique is known locally as “the only place for Constant and others. Shipwreck coins, pearls and gold too. • Significant savings with duty and diamonds.” They have a strong focus on their Island Jewellers Home to a stunning collection of fine jewellery, diamonds, tanzanite and other tax free prices own unique and exclusive Island Jewellers De Sunglass Man – The Sunglass Superstore. Brands like Cartier, Ray Ban, Oakley, Maui Jim, Prada, coloured gemstones. Famous jewelry brands include Pandora, Hearts on Fire, FOPE, John Hardy, Alex • and Ani, Tacori, Temple St Clair, Swarovski, Marahlago and the Cayman Memories Collection. Great Largest selection of loose Tiffany, Tom Ford, Jimmy Choo, Michael Kors, Gucci, Dior, Tory Burch, Coach and Dolce. Watches from collections of gold, tanzanite, sapphires and watch brands like Ulysse Nardin, Hermes, Zenith, Oris, Tissot, Movado, Hamilton, Michelle, Frederique diamonds in Grand Cayman G-Shock, Baby-G, Guess, Calvin Klein, Seiko and others. other gemstones. You will also find world Constant and others. Shipwreck coins, pearls and gold too. famous jewellery brands such as Pandora, Easy and FREE parking • De Sunglass Man – The Sunglass Superstore. Brands like Cartier, Ray Ban, Oakley, Maui Jim, Prada, Hearts On Fire, FOPE, John Hardy, Tacori, Tiffany, Tom Ford, Jimmy Choo, Michael Kors, Gucci, Dior, Tory Burch, Coach and Dolce. Watches from Temple St Clair, Swarovski, Marahlago and G-Shock, Baby-G, Guess, Calvin Klein, Seiko and others. watch brands such as Ulysse Nardin, Gucci, Zenith, Oris, Tissot, Movado, Hamilton and D E TA IL S Frederique Constant.

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Island Jewellers opening hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm De Sunglass Man opening hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm Payment method: Cash, MC, Visa, Discover, AMEX and the Camana Bay Gift Cards

De Sunglass Man (345) 640 5339, has been an Island favourite for over 20 years and is one of two locations that are Cayman’s only dedicated sunglass stores. With over 800 frames from well-known brands such as Rayban, Maui Jim, Oakley and designer styles from Gucci, Dior, Tom Ford and Cartier, frequent visitors to the Island list De Sunglass Man as a “day one activity”. It is also home to fashion watch and jewellery brands such as G Shock, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein and Anne Klein.

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Tel: (345) 945 7263 (SAND) www.sandangels.com sandangels@candw.ky

Sand Angels is your passport to style with a world class selection of swimwear, resort wear and accessories to suit all body types, conveniently located in one beautiful store. Choose from this season’s must-haves and let the talented team at Sand Angels find the perfect fit for you. Create a stunning ensemble with cover-ups, tunics, summer dresses and accessories or select a statement piece that will set you apart from the crowd, with that one-of-a-kind Sand Angels look.

Little Angels a lifestyle store for children from age 0 -14 years offering an incredible selection of top brand swim and resort casual wear, Cayman Islands branded t-shirts, UV50+ sun protection swimwear and rash guards –plus a great selection of fashion accessories from sun hats and beach shoes to fashion jewellery and amazing must-have gift items.

H IGHLIGHT S • Swimwear, resort wear, yoga and active wear specialists • Finest selection of world class brands exclusive to their stores • Bra-sized, body-control, one-piece and bikini separates • Yoga pants & accessories galore • UV50+ sun protection swim and apparel for the whole family • A wide variety of price points to fit all budgets • Exemplary customer service and personal attention • All your favourite name brands at comparable US/CI prices

DE TAILS Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm Payment method: Cash, MC, Visa, Discover, AMEX, Camana Bay & Sand Angels Gift Cards

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Activ Angels a specialist Active / Yoga / Athleisure lifestyle store offering the widest selection of top brand yoga / performance apparel and accessories for women, men and children. Leggings galore from SUP to Hot Yoga or Pilates to the Street - plus technical performance apparel for Crossfit and outdoor exercise. Complement your active lifestyle with the hottest on-trend styles in athleisure clothing from Boho Chic to SoCal Style and UV50+ sun apparel for men and women.

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PROM O T IO NS Tapas dishes in the chic bar and lounge start at $6.95.

Abacus, whose slogan is ‘Tapas, Cocktails, Dining, Wine’, is a chic culinary destination with a vibrant lounge, sophisticated dining, and a cool Caribbean breeze. Their menu focuses on sustainable and farm-to-table ingredients with cutting-edge cuisine. Weekly lunch and dinner menus are organised by Land and by Sea and the all-day tapas menu is the perfect way to sample an array of dishes. Abacus offers an inspired, artistically crafted cocktail menu featuring local seasonal fruits. Sample Tapas & Appetizers Roasted Octopus CI$9.95 Corn and jalapeño salad, cilantro Oxtail Springroll CI$10.75 Island spiced coleslaw chili dip Artisanal Board CI$14(Sm)/CI$24(Lrg) Assorted cheeses, cured meats, chicken pâté, melon, candied pecans, kalamata olives, country bread Sample Dinner Options Ribeye Steak On The Bone 20oz. . CI$47 Hand-cut steak fries, seasonal vegetables, salsa verde Oxtail Ravioli CI$22 Sautéed wild mushrooms, local cherry tomatoes, basil creams sauce, parmesan Seafood Platter CI$32-CI$36 Local catch, scallops, shrimp, local vegetables, grilled watermelon, charred lemon, parsley potatoes, caper relish

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West Indies Wine Company is a true tasting room. Every day of the week you will find 80 different eclectic and exclusive wines by the glass, each served perfectly via stateof-the-art Wine Station® machines. Their inhouse experts can assist you while you serve yourself a one-ounce taste, three-ounce half glass or five-ounce full glass with your preloaded smart card.

West Indies Wine Company also offers a fine selection of artisan meats and cheeses from around the world to pair with your wine selection. They also serve craft beer, sparkling wine and Champagne by the glass. West Indies Wine Company is the only location on the Island where customers can purchase wine, Champagne and spirits by the bottle at regular retail prices, seven days a week and extended late night hours. West Indies Wine Company is also available for parties and corporate functions for up to 200 people. Call to reserve your table at West Indies Wine Company today.

H IGHLIGHT S • Over 80 different wines by the glass • In-house experts • Selection of artisan meats and cheeses • Craft beers, Champagne and sparkling wine available • Purchase wine, Champagne and spirits by the bottle at retail prices, seven days a week

DE TAILS Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 12pm-10pm Friday-Saturday 12pm-12am Sunday 1pm-9pm Payment method: Cash, MC, Visa, Discover, AMEX and the Camana Bay Gift Card

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George Town It is well worth a trip to George Town, the capital and financial hub of the Cayman Islands. George Town is where the Government conducts its business. It is also home to many high-end jewellery and beauty stores. There is lots to do here and, unlike most capital cities, it is surrounded by crystal clear waters, making for interesting snorkelling and swimming. PHOTO BY JOHN MOLYNEUX www.ExploreCayman.com

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• Learn All About Cayman at the National Museum. It was built in the 1830s and is a remarkably sophisticated museum with interactive displays that provide a great introduction to Cayman's heritage. Great for both adults and children. SEE PAGE 127 • Shop and make the most of duty free and tax free prices. In George Town you will find stores carrying top of the line jewellery, cameras, artwork, souvenirs, gifts, clothes and collectables. See later in this section for more information and suggestions. • Have Fun at the Waterpark located off Eden Rock. Oasis AquaPark offers an obstacle course of fun with a trampoline, waterslide, ladders and more. SEE PAGE 128

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• Take a Walking Tour and learn about some of Cayman’s history and culture. See page 116 for our recommended family and guided walking tours.

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• Dive the clear blue waters around George Town. Don Foster's (SEE PAGE 61) and Wall to Wall Diving (SEE PAGE 62) can also take you on boat dives to the Kittiwake and Stingray City. At Eden Rock you can explore the caves, or discover the Wreck of the Cali, a 220ft schooner. • Non-divers can experience the thrill of breathing underwater with a SNUBA or Helmet Dive with Sea Trek. SEE PAGE 129 • A Submarine Tour with Atlantis Submarines is a unique way to view the underwater world. (345) 949 7700. Or contact Nautilus (345) 945 1355 for a tour in their semi-submersible boat. • Snorkel the calm waters around Eden Rock and you'll come across two reefs: Eden Rock and Devil’s Grotto. Alternatively snorkel out from Don Foster's (SEE PAGE 61) and discover Casuarina Reef. Snorkel gear costs US$6-$14 to rent for the day. • Ride the Slide at Margaritaville. Kids will enjoy taking the waterslide while adults enjoy refreshments. • Feed the Tarpon every night at The Lobster Pot (SEE PAGE 125) at 7pm and watch them thrash around in the water! The Wharf also offers tarpon feeding at 7pm and 9pm. It’s also worth stopping by the Fish Market on North Church Street, next to Cayman Cabana, to watch the fishermen cleaning their daily catch.

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In November each year downtown George Town comes alive for Pirates Week, the country’s largest celebration. Festival events include street dances, a float parade, landing pageant and fireworks. www.piratesweekfestival.com.

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• Take a Helicopter Tour with Cayman Islands Helicopters (SEE PAGE 126) and view this beautiful Island from the air. Choose from an Island or Stingray City tour or, for a truly memorable evening, go on a sunset flight followed by a romantic meal. You can even fly to Little Cayman and Cayman Brac in one day!

• Take an Amphibious Bus Ride to key sites on land and then splash into the sea and explore offshore sites as well with MarineLand Tours. (345) 945 8687. • Relax at the Dart Family Park just a short drive south of George Town (5 mins). This shady park features lush landscaping, family playground facilities, a small amphitheatre, gazebos, restrooms and picnic tables. The National Trust's Visitor Centre and shop is located right inside the Park. • Walk a Dog From the Humane Society The dogs at the shelter would love you to take them for a walk to stretch their legs! The cats would love some cuddles and play time too! Located on North Sound Road. (345) 949 1461.

Downtown George Town is where you will find many high-end jewellery shops as well as a few interesting and unique stores where you can find great gifts to take home with you. As a reminder, George Town is quietest on non-cruise ship days. All downtown shops are closed on Sundays.

Local Art & Collectables • Artifacts Ltd. is a treasure trove of antique jewellery, maps, prints, china, shipwreck treasures and more. It's the perfect place to pick up a unique gift. SEE PAGE 118 • Cathy Church's Photo Centre, which is located in South Sound, is home to Cathy's famous collection of underwater photography. Photographs are available to purchase in a variety of sizes. SEE PAGE 119 • Cayman Islands National Museum Shop offers a wide selection of locally made products and souvenirs. They are the official distributor for Cayman flags and Coat of Arms plaques. SEE PAGE 127 • Pure Art is located one mile south of George Town and is a treasure trove full of original paintings and prints by local artists, plus handmade jewellery, bags, ceramics, cushions and more. SEE PAGE 122 • The Craft Market, located on the waterfront, is a great place to watch local artisans at work and to pick up a unique gift or even a collector’s item. Choose from one of a kind woodcarvings and paintings, handmade products such as conch and caymanite, plus local jellies, jams, pickles and snacks. You can even have your hair braided! Open MondayFriday 8.30am-3pm. • Cayman Nature Store is located in Dart Park on South Church Street and stocks jewellery, apparel and accessories made by local artists. (345) 749 1121. • Guy Harvey Gallery & Shoppe Marine themed original works of art, prints, clothing and gifts. Located on South Church Street. www.ExploreCayman.com

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• Brewery & Distillery Tours Learn about the brewing process during a tour of the Cayman Islands Brewery (345) 947 6699, where you’ll meet the experts and sample each of the beers. Spirit lovers will enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the 5,000sq ft Cayman Spirits Company Distillery. Learn how they produce their handcrafted spirits and then sample fresh batches of their two rums and locally made vodka. (345) 925 5379.

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Other great things to buy are watches, gems, and precious metals as they are duty free and exempt from sales tax. Head downtown and wander around Island Plaza (SEE PAGE 120) on Harbour Drive, or one of the many Kirk Freeport (SEE PAGE 121) stores located on Cardinall Avenue or in Bayshore Mall. Both companies offer a wide range of diamonds and other gemstones, as well as top-of-the-line jewellery. With duty free and tax free prices, buying jewellery and watches in Cayman is a smart move. Boutique, family owned jewellery store, Rocky's Diamond Gallery (SEE PAGE 123), specialises in high-end jewellery. They offer an extensive collection of gemstones, perfect for life's big events. You can even have a piece of jewellery designed and made by their in-house jewellery designers. If you're looking for beautiful antique pieces then head to Artifacts (SEE PAGE 118) and view their extensive collection.

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CAMERAS Cameras are duty free in Cayman and can often be less expensive than in the US or Europe. Cathy Church’s Photo Centre (SEE PAGE 119) at Sunset House Hotel, located on South Church Street, sells a wide range of digital cameras and accessories including GoPro, Nikon, Olympus and Pentax along with multiple brands of underwater cameras.

BEauty PRoducts You'll find plenty of beauty stores along Cardinall Avenue. Kirk Freeport’s La Parfumerie store (SEE PAGE 121) sells brands such as bareMinerals, Chanel, Clarins, Dior and Lancôme. You will also find a MAC make-up store and a Victoria's Secret on the same street.

Clothing Loliday in Bayshore Mall sells trendy clothing, shoes and bags. Elegant evening or day wear can be found at Arabus (345) 949 4620 on Edward Street. Blue Wave Lifestyle Wear & Surf Shop (345) 949 8166 specialises in beach clothing, swimwear, surf wear and accessories. Guy Harvey Gallery & Shoppe, located on the waterfront, sells marine themed clothing.

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Bread & Chocolate Healthy vegan breakfast, lunch and dinner options, plus sweet treats. (345) 946 6239 South West Collective Wholesome food for breakfast and lunch. Harbour Place. (345) 946 3004. Singh’s Roti Shop Family run roti and local Caribbean restaurant. Great value for money. Dine inside or outside. Shedden Road. (345) 946 7684. The Caribbean Kitchen at the Old Gaol A wide range of traditional local dishes with daily specials depending on which fresh local produce is available that day. Located in the CI Museum. SEE PAGE 127

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BARS

Bar Crudo Popular bar on the waterfront with a great value happy hour. (345) 946 9000. Cayman Cabana A waterfront bar that serves authentic Caymanian fare. (345) 949 3080. Rackam’s Waterfront Bar and Grill A popular waterfront bar with a wide selection of drinks and good bar food. (345) 945 3860. Silverside Rum Gallery & Grill A selection of over 200 rums plus tasty Caribbean tapas. Located above Eden Rock with stunning views. (345) 749 3434.

Restaurants

Casanova Ristorante Much loved Italian restaurant with great food and friendly staff. Located on North Church St. (345) 949 7633. Da Fish Shack Rustic restaurant serving fresh fish on the waterfront. Great place to enjoy the sunset. (345) 947 8126.

Guy Harvey’s Restaurant & Bar Offers a mix of French cuisine and local seafood with views over the harbour and a warm atmosphere. Their Sunday Caribbean brunch is excellent. (345) 946 9000. Le Vele Restaurant A relaxed but upscale Italian restaurant on the waterfront offering seafood, pizza and pastas. North Church St. (345) 745 8353. Lobster Pot A legendary seafood and steak restaurant. Enjoy your meal on their deck and enjoy stunning sea views. SEE PAGE 125 Margaritaville Jimmy Buffet themed restaurant and bar. Kids will love the waterslide on the rooftop pool. Located on the waterfront in George Town. (345) 949 6274.

South West Collective A trendy bar with an innovative cocktail menu. (345) 946 3004.

Food & Drink Outskirts The Brasserie Offering gourmet fusion food served in a stylish setting. They also offer a market, a juice bar, farm-to-table dinners and cooking classes. Cricket Square. (345) 945 1815. Caboose A gourmet smokehouse offering American real-smoke BBQ. Talk directly to the chef to learn all about the different meat choices before tucking in. SEE PAGE 124 China Village Cantonese and Szechuan Chinese cuisine. Great dim sum on Sundays. Plaza Venezia. (345) 945 3490. George Town Yacht Club (GTYC) Offers fresh, local seafood with a lovely pool area for kids to splash around in. Arrive by boat or car. (345) 947 4892 Grand Old House (GOH) Located on the water, GOH has old world charm and great food. Live entertainment throughout the week. South Church Street. (345) 949 9333. Sunset House Laid back waterfront bar and restaurant. South Church Street. (345) 949 7111. www.ExploreCayman.com

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Gelato & Co Authentic Italian gelato made in-store. Cardinall Ave. (345) 743 9999.

The Wicket Located in Cricket Square next to The Brasserie. Open every Friday, 5pm-7pm, for Happy Hour. (345) 945 1815

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Start at the National Museum A great introduction to Cayman’s natural history and heritage. There are interactive displays, a movie theatre, a children’s gallery and gift shop. (Allow 40–60 mins) 2• Step Well Keeping the waterfront on your right, walk to the stingray fountain outside Bayshore Mall. Walk into the mall and at the end of the building, on the left hand side you will see a small door leading to the oldest structure in the Cayman Islands, which dates back to the 1700s. Entry is free. (5–10 mins) 3• Craft Market Continue walking along the waterfront with the sea to your right for 5 minutes. Here you will find locally produced goods and crafts ollector's items which make great gifts. More stalls are open when cruise ships are visiting. Monday-Friday 8.30am-3pm. (15–30 mins) 4• Heroes Square Walk past the Museum, turn right into Cardinall Avenue, then left into Albert Panton Street. 100 yards on the right you will see a long colourful mural depicting Cayman’s history. Continue another 50 yards past the law courts and you can explore Heroes Square and the Wall of Honour, which lists the names of 500 Caymanians who have contributed to the development of the Cayman Islands. You'll also see the clock tower which was built in 1937 in memory of King George V. (15–20 mins) 5• Fort George Now turn left into Fort Street and walk towards the waterfront. At the end you will find the 18th century fort that once stood overlooking the harbour. It's believed to date back to around 1790. You'll see a replica of a cannon that was used to defend Grand Cayman from attacks by Spanish marauders and pirates. (10–15 mins) 6• Fish Market Continue walking with the waterfront to your left for 5 mins to where the fishermen sell their daily catch. (10 mins)

Other Points of Interest Elmslie Church Named after Rev. James Elmslie and was built in the 1920s by naval architect Capt. Rayal Bodden. You'll notice the roof is designed like a ship's hull turned upside down. Harbour Drive. Open to visitors Monday-Friday 7am-3pm. 8 Legislative Assembly Where the Government meets. When Parliament is in session, members of the public can watch from the gallery on the 2nd floor. 9 Seamen’s Memorial The statue represents a father and son on a ship’s deck and features the names of 450 brave and heroic Caymanian seafarers who lost their lives at sea. Located in Heroes Square. 10 WWII US Navy Base Code named 'Baldpate', this secret base of 4060 men helped monitor submarine activity in the area. The base consisted of a radio shack, supply office, barracks/tents and an officers' club. 7

Maritime Heritage Trail This 20 stop tour celebrates Cayman’s rich maritime heritage. It's usually a driving tour, with stops marked by roadside signs, but you can walk to two of the sites in George Town. For more information on the tour, pick up a booklet from the National Museum. SEE PAGE 127 Hog Sty Bay A busy port with anchorage 11 for local vessels, visiting merchant navy and cruise ships. Archaeological finds suggest that the shoreline dates back to the mid-1700s. In 1773 British Navy Surveyor, George Gauld, wrote "This, in good weather is a very convenient place for wooding and watering and getting stock and other refreshment". 12 Shipbuilding Look very carefully for a slipway carved into the ironshore where the Arch family’s shipyard launched their vessels. Local wood was used in construction, including mahogany, cedar and pop nut. You will find a number of other slipways if you follow the iron shore south towards Dart Park.

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Cayside Galleries, Harbour Drive, George Town GT MAP page 110 8

Tel: (345) 949 2442 www.artifacts.com.ky artifax@candw.ky

HI G HL IG H TS • Ancient Greek and Roman coins • Shipwrecked Spanish and Dutch coins • Antique estate jewellery • Antique prints and maps

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• Handmade glass, ceramics and enamels • Shipwrecked china • Large selection of exclusive Peter Baumgarten jewellery • Local artwork - prints and originals

DE TA IL S Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9.30am-5pm Saturdays 10am-2pm Sundays and Public Holidays closed Payment method: Cash, all major credit cards and local cheques

PROM O T IO NS Mention EXPLORE and receive a 10% discount on cash purchases. (Not available on consignment.)

Artifacts is an antique store founded in 1971 and is a treasure trove of antique jewellery, maps, prints, china, shipwreck treasures and more. It’s a great spot to pick up a unique gift with a fascinating story behind it. Artifacts is constantly adding to its collection so there is always something new to interest customers and collectors. Artifacts has a great reputation for selling quality goods from trusted sources. The staff are extremely knowledgeable about antiques and are happy to explain the history of any items for sale. Antiques Artifacts' antiques are generally 100 years old or older. The collection includes prints, maps, paintings, estate jewellery, porcelain, china, silver, telescopes, opera glasses, compasses, scientific instruments and much more. Shipwrecked Treasure An extraordinary selection of ancient and shipwrecked coins sold both as collectibles and set as jewellery. All coins are sourced either directly from the salvors of the shipwrecks or international coin auctions and come with a certificate of authenticity. Handmade Crafts Artifacts also stocks handmade modern crafts such as ceramics, glassware and enamels which will likely be valuable antiques in the future.

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Tel: (345) 949 7415 www.cathychurch.com cathy@cathychurch.com

For Sale: Digital Nikon and Olympus cameras at every price level, Polaroid, GoPro and drones; large selection of accessories, chargers, lenses, flashes, tripods, camera bags and backpacks, waterproof cases for smart phones, electronic adaptors, frames, gifts, binoculars and souvenirs. Complete underwater camera systems for rent and for sale including Olympus, SeaLife, Go-Pro, Sea&Sea, Ultralight, Nauticam, dive lights, video lights and more. Free mini-lesson with every camera sale or rental. Gallery: Cathy’s beautiful underwater photos are available at affordable prices in all sizes from post cards to huge formats, on fine-art papers and canvas, available ready to hang or rolled for travel. Instruction: Evening group classes for any level of photographer. Private lessons are popular for above water and underwater photography. Lessons cover all types of cameras and video, as well as Photoshop and video editing.

H IGHLIGHT S • Great deals on cameras • Beautiful underwater prints • Wedding and event photography • Underwater photo classes • Best custom photo printing on canvas and fine art papers • Four high-speed photo printing kiosks • Charter Cathy’s private photo school boat

D ETAILS Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, closed Sundays and some Public Holidays Payment method: Cash, Visa, MC and Discover

P RO M O T IO N S Mention EXPLORE and receive 10% off gallery images.

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Cathy Church’s has a worldwide reputation for superb and friendly service, low prices and a huge inventory. Cathy is one of the world’s leading underwater photography instructors and her gallery of underwater photos is worth the trip. Her professional staff offer wedding and all types of event photography. They teach every aspect of photography above and below water. Her resort boutique also offers tropical supplies for travellers.

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The Island Plaza Shopping Mall (under Margaritaville) Harbour Drive, George Town GT MAP page 110

HI G HL IG H TS • Over 50 famous brands under one roof • Extensive collection of the world’s top brands in jewellery, watches, sunglasses and cigars

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• Largest selection of loose diamonds in Grand Cayman • Cayman’s retailer of choice since 1978

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On the Waterfront: Island Jewellers, (345) 949 7098, (Two locations in the Island Plaza). Home to a stunning collection of fine jewellery, diamonds, tanzanite and other coloured gemstones. Famous jewellery brands include Hearts on Fire, Le Vian, FOPE, John Hardy, Alex and Ani, Tacori, Temple St Clair, Marahlago and the Cayman Memories Collection. Great watch brands like Ulysse Nardin, Zenith, Oris, Tissot, Movado, Hamilton, Ball, Fendi, Michelle, Frederique Constant, Seiko and others. Shipwreck coins, pearls and gold too. De Sunglass Man, (345) 946 2507. The Sunglass Superstore. Brands like Cartier, Ray Ban, Oakley, Maui Jim, Prada, Tiffany, Tom Ford, Guess, Michael Kors, Gucci, Dior, Tory Burch, Coach and Dolce. Watches and jewellery from G-Shock, Baby-G, Guess, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors and Anne Klein.

Location: Situated on the Waterfront at the corner of Harbour Drive and Cardinall Avenue directly underneath Margaritaville.

The Swarovski Boutique, (345) 946 0859. Cayman’s only Swarovski boutique featuring crystal jewellery, watches, figurines, gifts and accessories.

Payment method: Cash and credit cards

The Pandora Store, (345) 946 9964. Cayman’s only Pandora store featuring the full range of jewellery and the collectible "Cayman Islands" charms. Churchill’s Cigar, (345) 945 6141. The Island's longest established cigar retailer. Here you will find a wide selection of Cuban and non Cuban cigars and accessories.

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Kirk Freeport has been a premier retailer of duty free jewellery, watches, fragrances, leather, crystal and china, and accessories in the Cayman Islands since 1972. So if you’re looking to take advantage of the duty free and tax free prices, then Kirk Freeport’s network of over 22 stores are the perfect place to treat a loved one, or yourself, to something special.

Watches Kirk Freeport is the Official Rolex Retailer of the Cayman Islands. Their unrivalled collection of watch brands showcases breathtaking horological works of art. The collection includes over 40 of the world’s top brands including Cartier, Omega, TAG Heuer, Breitling, Patek Philippe, Panerai, Vacheron Constantin and many more. Fragrances & Beauty Products With three dedicated boutiques stocked with the hottest new products in makeup, skincare and fragrances, you’re certain to find what you are looking for. Top brands include Chanel, bareMinerals, Prada, Clarins, La Prairie, Dior, Sisley, Shiseido, black | Up and many more.

• Duty free and tax free prices • 22 stores across the Island • World-class brands and top designers • Jewellery, watches, fragrances, leather, crystal, china and accessories • Professional jewellers in-store • One of the largest collections of Rolex watches in the world

D ETAILS Locations and opening hours: Bayshore Mall and Cardinall Avenue, George Town Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm The Strand, Seven Mile Beach Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm The Westin Grand Cayman Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm The Ritz-Carlton, Seven Mile Beach Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm Visit website for locations. Free parking at Bayshore Mall for customers. Payment method: Cash, Visa, MC, AMEX, Discover and Travellers Cheques www.ExploreCayman.com

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Designer Jewellery Kirk Freeport offers a large selection of the latest designer collections and must-have styles from brands such as David Yurman, Roberto Coin, Mikimoto, John Hardy, Hearts On Fire and Marco Bicego. They also stock a large collection of diamonds, sapphires, emeralds and other gemstones.

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5 Denham Thompson Way & South Church Street GT MAP page 110 14

Tel: (345) 949 9133 www.pureart.ky

pureartcayman@gmail.com

H IG HL IG H TS • Beautiful Cayman gifts • Unique local collectibles • Fine art local paintings, plus wonderful Cayman prints, maps, photos and cards • Souvenirs sure to delight

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• Kid's toys, books, clothes • Local goodies • Cayman jewellery • Hand woven baskets • Cayman Christmas corner • Cayman scents & corporate gifts • Gift certificates available

D E TA IL S Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-6pm Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm Payment method: Cash, debit and credit cards

PR OM O T IO NS Complimentary gift wrap, plus gift certificates and group specials.

Pure Art Gallery & Gifts has been offering local art and Island-style gifts for over 30 years from their charming Cayman cottage. Just a mile south of George Town, Pure Art is a treasure trove of unique Caymanian paintings, prints, jewellery, handmade crafts and more. Gifts galore! Paintings & Prints Find one-of-a-kind fine art paintings and prints from talented local artists. Prices are reasonable by international standards, allowing you to showcase wonderful original pieces in your home, office or condo. Jewellery & Accessories View an ever-changing collection of necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more. Pure Art also stocks Caymanite, a semi-precious stone only found in Cayman. Accessories include sarongs, bags, scarves and plenty of other gorgeous Island gifts. Household Gifts Add beautiful touches to your home with stunning hand painted baskets, throws, ceramics, glassware, tableware, candles and decorations. Cooking Goodies Stock up your pantry with locally produced goods such as pepper jelly, jams, hot sauces, spices, Cayman Sea Salt, Tortuga Rum Cake and Cayman coffee and teas.

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Tel: (345) 946 7851 or US: 1 (860) 400 0018 www.rockysdiamonds.com sales@rockysdiamonds.com

Rocky's is a family owned company with extensive experience in the jewellery business. They specialise in high quality jewellery and unforgettable customer service, while offering duty free and tax free prices. At Rocky's they don't just sell jewellery, they aim to create memories. Honesty and customer service has made Rocky’s a must-visit store whilst in Grand Cayman.

Perfect Present Rocky’s also offer a wide selection of jewellery that is perfect for every occasion, including engagements, birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, or just because! - Engagement rings and wedding bands - Eternity rings - Bracelets and pendants Custom Designed Jewellery Those looking for a one-of-a-kind piece of jewellery should take advantage of Rocky’s custom design service. Their talented and knowledgeable designers will work with you to create the perfect piece of jewellery. They also offer an out of hours service.

• Duty free and tax free prices • Excellent customer service • GIA Certified Diamonds • High-quality rubies, emeralds, sapphires and tanzanite • Custom designed jewellery • US based service centres • Lifetime upgrade policy

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High Quality Jewels Browse their extensive selection of quality jewels from GIA Certified classical diamonds and radiant rubies to magical emeralds and mystical tanzanite.

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• Ranked the #1 jewellery store in the Cayman Islands on TripAdvisor

DETAILS Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday 9.30am-5pm For after hours or a special viewing call (345) 546 6250. Payment method: Cash and all major credit cards

PRO M O T IO NS Visit the store, take a picture of or mention EXPLORE and get a FREE Topaz necklace.

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Cricket Square, 171 Elgin Avenue, George Town GT MAP page 110 15

Tel: (345) 945 1816 www.thecaboose.ky order@thecaboose.ky

H IG H L IG H TS • Quality naturally-raised meats • Organic local vegetables • Vegetarian and vegan options • Shaded alfresco dining area • Happy hour drink prices 4.30pm6pm weekdays • Takeaway 11am-6pm weekdays

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• Artisanal Maine root sodas • Housemade BBQ sauces • Catered events and private parties

D E TA IL S Opening hours: Monday-Friday 11am-6pm Walk in – no reservations required View seasonal menu: www.facebook.com/caboosecayman Payment method: Cash and credit cards

S P E C IA L S Daily Lunch Specials: Option 1: 1/2lb lunch special (2 meats and 2 sides) $12.99 Option 2: 1/4lb lunch special (1 meat and 1 side) $7.99

The Caboose is a gourmet smokehouse in the heart of Grand Cayman’s Cricket Square. Whether you like Texas-style, North Carolinastyle, Memphis-style or Kansas City-style, the Caboose has you covered as they bring classic American-style real-smoke BBQ to the Island using local sweet wood. The Menu: Find mouthwatering smoked brisket, pork ribs, pulled pork, turkey, smoked local chicken and jerk tofu. Dry rubbed, wet rubbed, marinated in sweet BBQ sauce, or immersed in a vinegar-based marinade, all meats are tender and juicy thanks to an experienced team and just the right amount of gentle smoke. Treat yourself to sides made using ingredients from The Brasserie’s organic garden and local Island farmers like breadfruit salad, mixed greens and marinated tomatoes. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available. The Experience: A fast, casual environment where you can talk directly to the chef to learn about, and order, the meat choices that are right for you. Continue down the line to select from a delicious range of hot and cold sides. Finish your Caboose experience by pouring a soda fountain drink made from pure sugar cane and no artificial ingredients. Dine in the stylish shaded alfresco area or takeaway. Order online and pick up curbside.

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Tel: (345) 949 2736 www.lobsterpot.ky info@lobsterpot.ky Established in 1965, Lobster Pot is a family owned restaurant that has gained legendary status as one of the most popular restaurants in Cayman. Perched high above the bay, you can enjoy a meal on their marvellous deck with breathtaking views of the ocean and fresh sea breezes.

HIGHLIGHT S • Outside waterfront deck • Panoramic ocean views • Deliciously fresh seafood • Talented chefs and friendly staff • Full service bar

Lobster Pot also has a fantastic wine list with wines imported directly from Austria. Their warm and cosy wine bar means you can enjoy a pre-dinner drink or cocktail! Appetizers Lobster Bisque Marinated Queen Conch Queen Conch Fritters Lobster & Mango Salad Main Courses Caribbean Lobster Tail Captain’s Catch of the Day Cayman Trio Seafood Penne Filet Mignon & Lobster Mash

CI$8.95 CI$11.95 CI$11 CI$21

• Exceptional wine list • Large selection of Austrian wines • Children's menu and portions • Air conditioned

D ETAILS Opening hours: Lunch: Monday-Friday 11.30am2.30pm, Sunday 11.30am-2.30pm Dinner: Every night 5pm-10pm Payment method: Cash, cheques, Visa, MC or AMEX

PRO M O T IO NS CI$49 CI$29.25 CI$39.75 CI$29.50 CI$39.95

Mention EXPLORE when you make a booking and receive a complimentary glass of prosecco. upon arrival.

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Fresh fish has a whole new meaning at the Lobster Pot, and they have created many signature dishes, that are highly regarded around the world. Local favourites include their unique Conch Fritters, catch of the day and the famous Cayman Trio: broiled lobster tail, grilled mahi mahi and garlic shrimp!

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HI G HL IG H TS • Exhilarating helicopter rides • A unique view of the Island and surrounding waters • Exceptional customer service • Great photo opportunity

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DE TA IL S Operating hours: Monday–Saturday: 8am–sunset. Closed Sundays, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Maximum six passengers per trip All tours depart from the George Town Helipad (between Lobster Pot and Burger King) Payment method: Cash, Visa, MC and Discover

PROM O T IO NS Mention EXPLORE and receive US$10 discount per person on the Stingray City and Island Tours.

A helicopter sightseeing ride from Cayman Islands Helicopters is the most exciting way to see the Cayman Islands from a unique perspective. From the air you will truly appreciate the magnificent colours and clarity of the Caribbean Sea. See the famous stingrays, spot fishing boats and lavish mansions hidden from view and take unforgettable photos from the helicopter. Stingray City Tour (approx. 15 mins) Fly across the North Sound to Stingray City Sandbar and view the stingrays from above. Continue over the reef to the Kittiwake, 7 Mile Beach, before returning to George Town. US$155 per person. Island Tour (approx. 40 mins) Follow the coast around Grand Cayman, taking in the azure waters and views of the whole Island from above. US$370 per person. Sunset Flight & Dinner For a truly memorable evening take a sunset helicopter ride and land in style at either The Ritz-Carlton or Camana Bay for dinner. After dinner a limousine will whisk you back to your hotel. US$1,100 for up to six people. Fly/Dive/Dine Fly by helicopter to Cayman Brac to dive the USS Keith Tibbetts, then take the helicopter to Little Cayman and dive Bloody Bay Wall. Have lunch at Southern Cross. Helicopter back to Grand Cayman to dive the USS Kittiwake. Finish the day with cheese and wine watching the sun go down on the Lobster Pot deck. POA.

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C aym an Is l and s N a ti ona l M us eum

Nat i o n al M u se um

3 Harbour Drive a Shedden Road, George Town GT MAP page 110 9

Tel: (345) 949 8368 www.museum.ky info@museum.ky

HIGHLIGHT S • Intro to Cayman’s history & heritage • Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Exhibit • New exhibits for 2018/2019: Cayman Coat of Arms Exhibit and Cayman Airways 50th Anniversary Exhibition • A Special Tribute Gallery featuring a legendary Caymanian • Audiovisual presentation on the Islands’ history • Fun Children’s Gallery • See the historic Old Gaol (Jail) • Gift shop with locally made souvenirs • Guided tours by appointment • Old Gaol Café serving local food

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Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm Admission: • Adults US$8, Seniors US$6,

Children 5-12 US$3, Children under 5 enter for free • Residents visit for free on the first Saturday of every month • School groups and Museum members enter for free Payment method: Cash, Visa and MC

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The Cayman Islands National Museum celebrated its 28th anniversary in November 2018. The museum is housed in the oldest surviving public building of the Cayman Islands, built in the 1830s. The Museum holds two permanent exhibition galleries, three changing galleries (one for children) and an audiovisual theatre. With a mission to celebrate the unique natural and cultural history of the Islands, the Museum provides creative and educational exhibits and fun programming. Natural History Gallery Explore Cayman’s unique habitats, take a virtual submarine dive down to Cayman's famous wall, view a turtle nesting site, see the wetlands and learn about Cayman’s animal life. Cultural History Gallery Themed displays with a storytelling seaman, video re-enactments of court trials, Caymanian industries and the pioneers who shaped Cayman’s development. Special Events & Programmes ‘Looky Ya!’ heritage celebrations, International Museum Day, Speaker Series lectures and Museum Anniversary Celebrations, Heritage/Cultural Demonstrations. Gift Shop Browse a range of unique Caymanian gift items including Caymanite jewellery, flags, prints, silk ties, jellies, thatch baskets, craftwork and books. The Caribbean Kitchen Sample a wide range of local food prepared by two chefs with over 60 years experience. Popular dishes include fish tacos, conch ceviche, jerk chicken, curried goat and more. They also offer festive drinks.

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Tel: (345) 323 3394 www.oasisaquaparkcayman.com info@oasisaquaparkcayman.com

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DE TA IL S Operating hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4pm Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm Minimum age/height requirement for entry into the waterpark is 6 years old and/or 42" in height Payment method: Cash, Visa and MC

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Oasis AquaPark is a unique inflatable playground that provides entertainment and excitement for the whole family. Cool down in the water as you run, jump, climb and slide your way across the obstacle course. Challenge your friends and family to a race and see who is victorious! The Oasis AquaPark is guaranteed to leave you with wonderful memories that will last a lifetime! Oasis AquaPark is the only watersports attraction in the Cayman Islands that has certified lifeguards with over 30 years of experience to ensure that their customers enjoy the activities in a safe environment. All customers will be given a life jacket before entering the waterpark. Your safety is their number one priority. Tourist/Visitor Rates: USD$50/hour for ages 13yrs and older USD$30/hour for ages 12yrs and under/ senior citizens. Local/Resident Rates: CI$20/hour for ages 13yrs and older CI$15/hour for ages 12yrs and under/senior citizens. VIP/Annual Passes Oasis also offers an annual pass starting at CI$250 per year. Customers can apply on their website. Oasis accepts payments at the gate or admission can be purchased online. Please call or email for group rates.

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Sea Trek Helmet Dive: Allows those with no swimming skills the opportunity to explore the underwater world. Specially designed helmets let you breathe naturally, keeping your hair and face dry (you can even wear your prescription glasses) as you walk on the seabed, breathing cool and filtered air conditioned air. Experience the sensation of zero gravity, while your crew guides you along a sandy undersea pathway through coral gardens and schools of fish at Soto’s Reef. One hour tour with 40 minutes dive time.

• Experience the underwater world with no training required • Suitable for the whole family, from age eight upwards • Helmet diving tours available to non-swimmers • Excellent customer-to-crew ratio • Never more than 10 people per tour

DETAILS Tour details: • Tours cost US$89 per person, with discounts for groups of over four • Tours depart from Cayman Cabana (lower deck) in George Town • Reservations required • Tours run hourly from 7.30am to 2.30pm. Payment method: Cash, Visa, MC, Discover and Travellers Cheques

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Shipwreck SNUBA: Tours allow you to swim at depths of 5ft–20ft, bridging the gap between snorkelling and diving. No heavy dive equipment is required, just the ability to swim. Following a short briefing on the easyto-use gear, you will be swimming alongside tropical fish and exploring the Wreck of the Cali, with a surface raft never more than 20ft away. Two hour tour with 40 minutes dive time.

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Eastern Districts The Eastern Districts of Grand Cayman are scenic, unspoilt, quieter and less developed than the manicured sands and luxury resorts of Seven Mile Beach. You will find a wealth of things for the whole family to enjoy, from cultural activities to diving, or kayaking to just relaxing on the beach. PHOTO BY REBECCA DAVIDSON www.ExploreCayman.com

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• Pedro St. James Castle was built in 1780 and is set in over seven acres of manicured gardens overlooking the sea. Explore the castle that is often termed “the birthplace of democracy” in the Cayman Islands. It is also where, in 1835, it was announced to the community that slavery had ended in the British Empire. Don’t miss the multimedia show or the rum tasting! SEE PAGE 138

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• Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is a 65–acre site made up of a woodland walking trail, floral colour gardens, an undisturbed lake and wetlands for wildlife, a heritage garden with an old Caymanian house where you can learn how early settlers lived. You will also see butterflies, birds, turtles, agoutis, reptiles and the indigenous and endangered Blue Iguana. SEE PAGE 139 • The Mission House was built in the 1800s. Once owned by Presbyterian missionaries, this traditional Caymanian house is a time capsule of life in the 1800s, with some of the original antiques still on show. Closed in September. CI$8 for adults and CI$4 for children under 12. (345) 749 1121. • The Mastic Reserve and Trail is the largest area of untouched, old growth dry forest remaining on the Island. It represents some of the last remaining examples of the Caribbean’s dry, subtropical, semideciduous dry forest and is home to a wide variety of animals unique to the Cayman Islands. Tours available for CI$24. (345) 749 1121. • Lighthouse Park was a port of entry in the 19th century with vessels departing on fishing and turtling expeditions. It’s the site of Cayman’s first lighthouse where a light keeper was employed to hoist a lantern to the top of the mast at 6pm daily. Today visitors can climb to the top of the lighthouse and enjoy the incredible views out to sea. (345) 749 1121.

TOP TIP If you are going to visit both Pedro St. James and the Botanic Park, ask for the “Discover The East” Adventure Card when buying your tickets and save 20%. You’ll also receive discounts on other East End businesses.

Other ACTIViTIES

• Go Beachcombing in Bodden Town, where the sand is littered with turtle grass, interesting coral and shells that the sea has washed up on the beach. There are restroom facilities at Coe Wood Public Beach. Further along the coast is Heritage Beach which is also strewn with turtle grass and has a great view. • Dive the Walls in East End which are known for their dramatic coral and drop offs. Many of the dive sites in this area are a short boat ride away. You will see brightly hued sponges, coral, sea fans, turtles, eagle rays, angelfish, reef sharks and groupers - just to name a few of the 500 species of marine life documented here. For dive trips contact Ocean Frontiers (SEE PAGES 49 & 141) and White Sand Water Sports (SEE PAGE 142) , both in East End. • Kayak the Mangroves with Cayman Kayaks (SEE PAGE 140), The Sweet Spot (SEE PAGE 43) or White Sand Water Sports (SEE PAGE 142) who take small groups into the mangroves on eco– adventure tours. Look out for starfish, sea anemones and jellyfish. • Experience the Bioluminescence which is found in the mangroves off Cayman Kai. Explore with an easy kayak ride or aboard and marvel at this magical world (on moonless nights). For this unforgettable experience call Cayman Kayaks (SEE PAGE 140) who also have an electric powered catamaran or White Sand Water Sports. SEE PAGE 142 • Feed the Frigate Birds and Tarpon at Tukka from 5pm daily. This feeding frenzy will delight children. SEE PAGE 143 • Go Watersports Crazy with White Sand Water Sports. Choose from jet ski, snorkelling, kitesurfing and kayaking tours or try an exhilarating Jetovator ride! SEE PAGE 142

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• Relax at Cayman Kai or Rum Point with their white sandy beaches, calm waters and lots of shade, it is easy to while away the whole day! Kaibo Beach is a tranquil palm fringed spot, offering toes-in-the-sand beach front dining and a fantastic menu. There’s a quiet beach to relax on while you watch the boats coming and going from the dock. Drive further on and you’ll find Starfish Point, a secluded area where starfish rest in the calm, shallow water. Rum Point is usually fairly busy, with lots of beach loungers, hammocks and it has a casual restaurant/bar. • Go Paddleboarding by renting a paddleboard from White Sand Water Sports (SEE PAGE 142) or The Sweet Spot and explore the area. SEE PAGE 43 • Explore New Snorkelling Spots on this side of the Island. Find plenty of coral formations, sea fans and schooling fish. Choose from one of Ocean Frontiers’ (SEE PAGES 49 & 141) many snorkelling tours which range from early morning trips to see the Stingrays, to sunset

tours with champagne! Alternatively, book a snorkelling safari with White Sand Water Sports (SEE PAGE 142) who also offer 7am trips to Stingray City. Snorkelling under the dock at Morritt’s is also fun as you’ll spot tarpon and a whole host of brightly coloured fish. • Take a Driving Tour around the Eastern Districts with Cayman Safari (SEE PAGE 92) or see our recommended Eastern Districts Driving Tour later in this section. • Try Bird Watching at Governor Gore’s Bird Sanctuary, and marvel at the abundance of native and migratory birds that Cayman attracts. The pond’s popularity with the birds is seasonal, and the greatest activity is during the dry season. Butterflies also congregate in this area, and the native freshwater turtle - the Hickatee - is often spotted amongst the reeds. Turn into Spotts Newlands Rd, off Shamrock Road. Take the first right to Pennsylvania Ave. • Visit Davinoff’s Concrete Sculpture Garden located on the highway between Old Man Bay and the Queen’s Monument. View a range of concrete animals such as a 16ft blue iguana, a 6ft land crab and a 17ft crocodile. A great spot to take photos and kids will love climbing over the sculptures! • Book a Guided Tour of the Crystal Caves where you’ll see stalactite and stalagmite crystal structures and other natural formations. Located in Old Man Bay. (345) 945 4698. www.ExploreCayman.com

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• Take a North Sound Boat Trip with White Sand Water Sports (SEE PAGE 142) or Ocean Frontiers (SEE PAGES 49 & 141) . Both offer dawn boat trips to Stingray City Sandbar, which is an incredible experience as you have the rays all to yourself as the sun comes up! White Sand Water Sports’ pontoon boat has two slides and is perfect for kids and the young at heart!

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David’s Deep Blue Restaurant Located at Morritt’s, this restaurant serves fresh seafood. (345) 947 7449. Eagle Ray’s Dive Bar & Grill Caribbean dishes and bar food at reasonable prices. The fish tacos and sliders are delicious! Enjoy an 180 degree view of the water. Located at Ocean Frontiers. SEE PAGES 49 & 141

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Italian Kitchen A small Italian restaurant opposite The Wyndham Reef Resort. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 5pm-9.30pm. (345) 949 8210.

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Kaibo Beach Restaurant Stylish, yet with a relaxed atmosphere, this restaurant is located on the beach in Cayman Kai. Their delicious menu features plenty of locally sourced ingredients, plus pizzas made in their wood-fired oven plus a selection of salads and local fish. The ‘Barefoot Beach BBQ’ every Tuesday is terrific fun with live music, and the monthly full moon party, ‘Luna del Mar’, is a very special experience. SEE PAGE 137

Rusty Pelican An outdoor beach bar and restaurant located at the Wyndham Reef Resort. (345) 947 3100. South Coast Bar & Grill Located on the water in Breakers, this casual restaurant serves local Caribbean food at very reasonable prices. (345) 947 2517. Taco Cantina Enjoy delicious margaritas and an expansive taco menu. (345) 947 7278. Tukka This waterfront restaurant serves fresh local seafood with an authentic Australian flair and a Caribbean twist. They host an Australian night on Wednesdays and also a Fresh Fish Friday, where you can watch the fish being filleted and prepared by the chef. Their delicious Sunday brunch, served with endless bubbles, is always extremely busy. SEE PAGE 143

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Kaibo Espresso Daily gourmet coffees and breakfast served from 7am, perfect for a beachside breakfast with a great view. SEE PAGE 137

Czech Inn Grill A rustic shack serving up local food with an Eastern European twist. Try the fresh salads, sandwiches and burgers. (345) 923 1986.

Kaibo Upstairs Dine alfresco on the sea-view veranda at this lovely upscale restaurant which boasts a Michelin-starred chef. We recommend the tasting menu with wine pairings. Enjoy vintage rums, artisan cocktails and snacks on the cosy couches of the Rare Rum Bar. SEE PAGE 137

Grape Tree Café A simple beach café serving excellent fresh and local flavours. Open Friday-Sunday. (345) 324 5860. Over the Edge Find great seafood at reasonable prices at this waterfront restaurant in North Side. (345) 947 9568.

Lighthouse (The) Located in Breakers, they offer an Italian menu and a superb wine list. Dine inside or on their dock that stretches out over the water.

Rankin’s Jerk Centre Enjoy Miss Rankin’s delicious, authentic Caymanian dishes. (345) 947 3155

Mimi’s Dock & Restaurant Located at Morritt’s, and surrounded by the sea, they serve food all day. (345) 947 7449.

Vivine’s Kitchen Local cuisine served in a homely setting. Try the conch, crab or lobster. (345) 947 7435.

Rum Point Club Restaurant International food with a Caribbean flair. Closed during the summer. (345) 947 9412.

Wreck Bar Contemporary American fare served on picnic tables by the water. (345) 947 9412.

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Eastern Districts Driving Tour

You can easily spend a full day on a driving tour of the Eastern Districts as there is a lot to see and it would be nice to fit in a lunch stop along the way. Pick and choose from the list below, depending on how much time you have, what you are interested in, and whether you have kids to entertain. • Lighthouse Park Stop at this historic landmark and climb to the top of the lighthouse. Enjoy the sea views. (15-20 mins). • Blow Holes Continue on and, if it’s windy, admire these dramatic water geysers as they shoot sea water skywards from the ironshore. (5 mins). • Lovers Wall Just a bit further up the road you will see a heart-shaped sign for Lovers Wall. Stop for a quick photograph and enjoy the spectacular view. (5 mins). • Pedro St. James Castle Learn about “the birthplace of democracy” in the Cayman Islands at this National Historic site. Explore the house and gardens, then watch the 3D presentation in the theatre. (1–2 hours). SEE PAGE 138 • Dining Under the Stars Dine on Kaibo Beach or treat yourself to fine dining Upstairs. On full moon nights, celebrate Luna Del Mar with your toes in the sand (SEE PAGE 137) or head to Tukka where they put tables on the beach so you can admire the stunning full moon. SEE PAGE 143

SHOPPING There is a Foster’s Food Fair grocery store in East End and at Countryside Shopping Village in Savannah. You’ll find a Jacques Scott Wines & Spirits shop (SEE PAGE 136) on Frank Sound Road, so stop by to stock up on liquor for your condo or beach and boat trips! You can hunt for presents and keepsakes in the gift shops at Kaibo Espresso, Pedro St. James and the Botanic Park. Kaibo Espresso also has a gas station. www.ExploreCayman.com

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• The Mission House Visit this historic house in Bodden Town and get a taste of how people lived in the 1800s. (30–45 minutes, by appointment only). (345) 749 1121. • Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park If possible, it’s best to visit the gardens in the cooler hours of the day. Enjoy walking the grounds. Located on Frank Sound Road (1–2 hours). SEE PAGE 139 • Lunch Stop Time to recharge your batteries. Kaibo Beach (SEE PAGE 137), Tukka (SEE PAGE 143) and Eagle Ray’s Bar & Grill (SEE PAGES 49 & 141) offer great food at reasonable prices with views to write home about. • Go Swimming & Snorkelling Drive to Cayman Kai and cool down on the beach at Rum Point or Kaibo. Rum Point is a great snorkelling spot as the clear shallow water is ideal for children. The snorkelling from Cayman Kai’s Public Beach is also excellent. Ideally it is done as a drift snorkel and you will see lots of healthy coral and colourful fish. Alternatively, drive on to East End and snorkel beneath Mimi’s Dock at Morritt’s. • Cayman Kai Stop in at Kaibo Beach for a refreshing cocktail and snack. (SEE PAGE 137) Starfish Point is lovely for swimming and, as you might expect, you’ll spot lots of starfish. • Find a Deserted Beach Take the road east and enjoy the rugged “other side of the Island.” Find a secluded beach and go exploring or snorkelling. • Wreck of the Ten Sail Keep driving south past the Wyndham Reef Resort and Ocean Frontiers and you’ll see this historic site out at sea. (10 mins).

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846 Frank Sound Rd, Silver Thatch Plaza, Frank Sound ED MAP page 130 7

Tel: (345) 949 5397 www.jacquesscottonline.com

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• Six locations across the Island with a shop in every district • Award winning wines for sale • Monthly specials on wine, sparkling wine, Champagne and spirits • Order online before 3pm and receive you order, with free delivery, the same day (M-F only) • Ice for sale • Exciting promotions with prizes from trips to wineries to BBQ grills

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DE TA IL S Opening hours: Open Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm Payment method: US$ or CI$ cash, VISA, MC, Discover, AMEX and Travellers Cheques Delivery in Grand Cayman only

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Jacques Scott is the leading retailer of fine wines, beers and spirits in the Cayman Islands. Their brand new store on Frank Sound Road is perfectly located for those staying in the Eastern Districts to stock up on liquor for your condo or trip to the beach! They also sell ice to help keep your drinks at the perfect temperature! Award Winning Wines & Champagnes Shop for the finest French, Italian and American wines including Antinori, Gaja, Bertani, Taittinger, Jolivet, Guigal, Ridge and Beringer. They also offer a large collection of award winning wines from Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal, Chile, Argentina, Germany and South Africa. Beers Choose from a selection of Cayman brewed beers, plus international brands such as Heineken, Red Stripe, Amstel Light, Amstel Bright, Guinness, Coors and Strongbow. Spirits You’ll find the finest brands of vodka, whiskey, rum, gin, tequila and more. Ordering Online Order online and Jacques Scott will deliver free across the Island. If you order before 3pm (Monday-Friday) you will receive your order on the same day. 1. Go to www.jacquesscottonline.com and click on the category you want. Place your order in the shopping cart and pay. 2. Sit back and relax, your order will be delivered free of charge. Collection is also available.

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Kaibo Beach: Take one of Cayman’s established beach restaurants, and in it muddle lapping waves, a cool breeze, and a generous pour of Caribbean nauticalia. Shake well and serve over a laid-back Cayman beachfront. Garnish with a global crowdpulling menu and lashings of sunshine filtered through coconut palms. Sit back, drink in, and relax. You have arrived at Kaibo. Kaibo “Upstairs”: A highly ranked restaurant on TripAdvisor, it offers fine dining cuisine in vintage Caribbean plantation surroundings. Alfresco dinner on the balcony overlooks the stunning marina. Fine vintage rums, artisanal cocktails and bar snacks are available indoors on the cosy couches of the Rare Rum Bar. Kaibo Espresso: Breakfast daily on the beach

with gourmet fair trade coffee, cold brew, freshly baked croissants and hot paninis.

H IGHLIGHT S • 3 restaurants on 1 beautiful beachfront location • Kaibo Beach: feet-in-the-sand fun • Kaibo “Upstairs”: award-winning alfresco dining and Rare Rum Bar • Kaibo Espresso: gourmet coffee, breakfast, marine fuel and gifts • “Barefoot Beach BBQ” Tuesdays, live band and local dishes

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As the late, great Anthony Bourdain said “Food tastes better with sand between your toes.” That’s why he was a fan of Kaibo, and why you’ll get a memorable meal when you visit this foodie hideaway. Nestled in the palm-fronded white sand nature reserve in Cayman Kai, you’ll find the Caribbean version of ‘sitting at the dock of the bay’ whilst boats pull in and out of the marina. No wonder Kaibo has gained global notoriety, and the hashtag #worthgoingfurtherfor over the years. Kick back, relax, have a rum (and leave your shoes at home).

• “Luna Del Mar” Fridays, monthly full moon sharing feast with DJ • Kaibo catering: for dinner parties • Online takeout ordering available

DETAILS Opening hours: Kaibo Beach: Daily 11am-late Kaibo Upstairs: Daily from 5.30pm (closed Tuesdays). Reservations essential! Kaibo Espresso: Daily from 7am

P RO M O T IO NS Barefoot Beach BBQ: Live band, limbo, gourmet Caribbean BBQ. Adults $29, Kids $15. Boat/BBQ package: Adults $49, Kids $25. Boat departs Camana Bay at 6pm Luna Del Mar: Sharing Feast $55. Feast and Boat Package $75 www.ExploreCayman.com

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• 18th century Great House • Multi-sensory 3D movie theatre • Old stamp collection & picture room • Local rum tasting tours • Seven landscaped acres and panoramic ocean views • Gift shop and small playground • Stunning wedding location • Free Wi-Fi, all day, every day

DETA IL S Opening hours: Daily 8.30am-5pm Admission: Guided tours: CI$15, Selfguided tours: CI$10, kids (6-12): CI$5. Guided tours are on the hour, every hour. Last guided tour at 4pm Rum Tours: Must be over 18yrs, CI$5. Daily 9am-4pm (excl. Fridays) “Discover The East” Adventure Card: 20% off admission to Pedro Castle and Botanic Park plus discounts at other Eastern District businesses. CI$16 Payment method: Cash US$ and CI$, Visa, MC, and Discover

PR O M OTIO N S Take a photo of this coupon and get 20% off admission and 10% off gift shop purchases.

Known by locals as ‘Pedro Castle’, this Great House is the oldest surviving stone structure in the Cayman Islands and is home to many cultural and historic tales. It was built using slave labour in 1780 by a wealthy Englishman, William Eden and has been put to a variety of uses, including a cotton plantation, courthouse, jail and Government Assembly. It was the venue for not only the decision in 1831 to form the Cayman Island’s first elected parliament, but also to announce that slavery had been abolished in the British Empire in 1835. Surviving hurricanes, fires, vandalism, and rumours of being both jinxed and haunted, it stands today, in its restored state, as a dynamic piece of Cayman’s heritage. Pedro Castle Great House & Gardens Relive history at the 18th century Great House, explore the rooms and learn about its history of pirate raids, tragedy, triumph, and political reformation. Take a stroll through the seven acres of lush gardens, enjoy stunning sea views, rugged bluffs, and perhaps even sip on a 1780 rum, only available at the Castle! Pedro Tour, Theatre & Rum Tasting Enjoy a 3D multi-sensory movie that will transport you back in time, or a guided tour to learn about the true history and heritage of Cayman. A rum tasting tour can be found in the Outpost Bar, overlooking the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Seating and shade are available for those wanting to stay a while and relax in the tranquil atmosphere.

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Heritage House & Garden Explore a traditional Caymanian home, view artefacts, a medicinal and sand garden, a cooking Caboose and learn how early settlers lived. Woodland Trail The trail is just under a mile long and takes you through lush natural landscape which is home to 40% of Grand Cayman’s native flora. Lake & Wetlands Popular with birdwatchers. In cooler months the banks are a lovely spot for a picnic. Colour Garden A series of gardens arranged by colour, the garden is a year-round explosion of hues. Meander through the trails and end at the gazebo, a favourite for weddings and intimate brunches. Blue Iguana Recovery Programme The National Trust operates this wonderful programme to help increase the endangered species’ population. Tours are available Monday-Saturday at 11am. Tours can be booked at the Botanic Park Admission Desk.

HIGHLIGHT S • Over 65 acres to discover • Tropical landscape and comfortable trails to follow • Five themed gardens • Home to the National Trust’s Blue Iguana Programme • Picturesque picnic area • Spot butterflies, parrots and other native wildlife • Gift shop • Stunning location for weddings

D ETAILS Opening hours: Open daily 9am5.30pm, last admission at 4.30pm Admission: Guided tours: CI$15, (Tuesdays & Thursdays at 2pm only). Self-guided tours: CI$10, kids (6-12): CI$5, infants (0-5): free “Discover The East” Adventure Card 20% off admission to Pedro Castle and the Botanic Park, plus discounts from local businesses in the Eastern Districts. CI$16 Payment method: Cash US$ and CI$, Visa, MC and Discover

PRO M O T IO N S Take a photo of this coupon and get 20% off admission and 10% off gift shop purchases. www.ExploreCayman.com

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The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park was opened in 1994, in partnership with the National Trust, to preserve and promote local flora, fauna and wildlife. It is home to the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme, and is the only place in Cayman where you can see these magnificent creatures. The Botanic Park is split into several areas for you to explore. Here are just a few highlights:

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• Focused on preservation • Novice kayakers welcome • Stargazing laser show • Small groups • Certified staff • Fully guided • Free parking at Rum Point or transportation can be arranged

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DE TA IL S Bioluminescent Kayak: US$64 per person. Minimum age of 6 years old, weight limit per person 250lbs Bioluminescent Electric Boat: US$69 per person. Minimum age of 4 years old, weight limit per person 270lbs Location: Rum Point Club – parking is free. Transportation can be arranged Tour Times: 7.15pm and 9.15pm. Please arrive 10 minutes early Payment method: Cash, Visa, MC, Discover and AMEX

PROM O T IO NS Mention EXPLORE at time of booking to receive US$5 off per person with cash payments.

Cayman Kayaks, established in 2006, is the original tour operator of Bioluminescent Tours in Grand Cayman. They really do care about preserving its existence for future enjoyment. Help protect and preserve the Bioluminescent Bay in Grand Cayman and explore the enchanting waters on either of their eco-friendly tour options. Bioluminescent Kayak (1 ½ hours) Kayak slowly for ten minutes under a blanket of stars from Rum Point. The kayaks are all sit-on-top with a comfortable backrest for your journey to the Bay’s calm water. Come prepared to get wet and bring towels for afterwards. These kayaks are suitable for all skill levels or lack thereof. The small group, guided kayaking tour is a great way to appreciate Cayman’s Bio Bay in a quiet and leisurely way. Bioluminescent Electric Catamaran (1 ½ hrs) This electric catamaran is like no other. Walls built around this custom boat create a perfect pocket of darkness to view the stars above and the Bioluminescence below. The deck is low to the water and has hatches that open up so guests can sit on the deck, allowing your hands and feet to swirl around in the glowing world below. Cayman Kayaks suggests wearing a swimsuit, t-shirt and shoes that can get wet (or go barefoot at your own risk) as you will have to walk in shallow water to get into the boat. There is no need to swim, see it for yourself from the comfort of Cayman’s only Bioluminescent electric catamaran.

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reservations@oceanfrontiers.com Ocean Frontiers’ signature snorkel trips provide unique adventures for all levels of experience, with ultra small groups and personal service.

HIGHLIGHT S • Off the beaten path • Small snorkel groups • 5 star customer service

X-Snorkel: East End – Point-to-Point US$60 Snorkel an undisclosed location along the East End Barrier Reef for a one-of-a-kind experience. Check-in and depart: East End.

• Visit the Stingrays at dawn or dusk

Coral Explorer Snorkel: Frank Sound –

• Eco-certified and leader in conservation

3-Stops US$60 An adventure on the frontier of snorkelling in Grand Cayman. Snorkel uncharted sites and visit reefs few have ever seen. New in 2019! Check-in and depart: Frank Sound. Night Rider: East End Boat Tour US$20 Ride along as a passenger on a scuba night diving trip. Stargaze as Mother Nature puts on a spectacular star show. Enjoy the boat ride sipping hot cocoa with local rum. Check-in and depart: East End. Dawn Stingrays: North Sound – 1-Stop US$60 The ultimate Stingray experience, 90 minutes on the Sandbar, no crowds and lots of Stingrays. Check-in and depart: Kaibo. Private Charters: East End, North Sound or Frank Sound Choose your own itinerary and explore the best the Island has to offer. Cruise, Snorkel, Explore and Sightsee. 3 hours US$500, 5 hours US$700, 8 hours US$900.

• Snorkel packages available • Stingray City tours • Kittiwake tours • Family and kid friendly

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Coral Reef Snorkel: East End – 3-Stops US$50 Explore the protected coral lagoon without another boat in sight. Great for families. Check-in and depart: East End.

• Enjoy tours away from the crowds • Two dedicated snorkel boats

• Eagle Rays Dive Bar & Grill on-site

DETAILS Hours of operation: Daily 7am-6pm

Tour prices: US$50-US$60 per trip, packages: pick-3 trips US$135, pick-5 trips US$199, private charters from US$500 WhatsApp: (345) 321 7500 Visit the website for snorkel tours schedule. See page 49 for more boat tours by Ocean Frontiers Payment method: US$ or CI$ cash, VISA, MC, Discover and AMEX

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Free snorkel gear rental on all trips. www.ExploreCayman.com

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• Island-wide delivery of SUP, kayaks and snorkelling gear. Best price guaranteed • Specialise in small intimate groups • Pristine uncrowded reefs • SCUBA diving and introductory courses - 8 divers max • Jet ski rentals and excursions • Retail and gift shop on site • Sunrise Stingray City trips • Bioluminescence boat and glass bottom kayak tours • IKO Certified Kite School • Party boat with water slides

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DE TA IL S Operating schedule: Open Monday-Sunday 9am-4.30pm Tour prices (USD): Stingray City Tour: Adults/Kid $64/$49 Jetovator: Starting at $99 2 Stop Snorkel Tour: Adult/Kid $59/$49 Jet Ski Tours: Starting $80: 1 person, 1 ski $105: 2 people, 1 ski Private Charters: Starting at US$399 Boat and Glass Bottom Kayak Bio Tours: US$59 Intro to Kiteboarding: US$149 Payment: Cash, Visa, MC and AMEX

PR OM O T IO NS US$5 off your snorkel or jet ski tour if you ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

White Sand Water Sports, located at the beautiful Wyndham Reef Resort as well as in George Town, has something to offer everyone. Explore uncrowded reefs on one of their many different dive or snorkel tours. Paddle on the cobalt water with a SUP board or kayak. Feel the exhilaration of speeding across the water on a jet ski, kiteboard, or flying high above it on the Jetovator. Sunrise Stingray City Tour Avoid the crowds and join a Stingray City trip to remember. Leaving Kaibo at 7am, which usually means you’ll have the rays all to yourself. They also offer a mid-day, afternoon or a private charter. Bioluminescence Explore Bio Bay two different ways: with Cayman’s only glass bottom kayak tour for a truly unique experience, or on their low profile Bio boat. Either way you will be amazed by the glowing water! Water Slide Pontoon Boat Tours White Sand’s newest boat Sterling Sliver. With two water slides, and ample seating, this it truly a family boat full of fun. Leaves right from East End beaches.

Jet Ski Adventure Tour This 45-minute cruise around the East End with spectacular sights, including The Wreck of the Ridgefield. Also available as a 1.5 hour Jet Ski Snorkel Safari. Dive trips and certification courses available.

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Walk-About Wednesday Once a week you can enjoy a themed four-course meal for one low price. This is a great chance to sample everything from lamb, kangaroo, crocodile, lobster, barramundi or mahi mahi. Fresh Fish Friday Capture the real essence of East End when the local fisherman drop off their catch for the Tukka chefs to fillet, prepare and cook right in front of your eyes. It’s the best way to try a variety of Cayman fish, like wahoo, yellowfin tuna, mahi mahi, snapper and our unwanted, but very tasty, lionfish. Sunday Brunch Sundays mean brunch at Tukka. There are shrimp on the barbie, a hot and cold buffet and endless bubbles. As you eat, enjoy the cool breeze on the veranda, overlooking the sea and the Wreck of the Ten Sail – a top historic site.

HI GHLIGHT S • Taste of Australia with a Caribbean twist • Family and pet friendly • Spectacular oceanfront views • Romantic beach dining • Frigate bird and tarpon feeding daily from 5pm • Monthly full moon dining event • Walk-About Wednesday’s dinner • East End’s Fresh Fish Friday • Oceanside Sunday Brunch

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If you’re craving cuisine from Down Under, then you don’t need a Qantas ticket, simply head to Tukka in East End, where there’s great food served with a laidback oceanfront atmosphere. Opened in 2010 by Chef Ron Hargrave, Tukka presents Australian and Caribbean fusion dishes that will make your mouth water. A traditional Aussie Burger, Steak and Mushroom Pie, Crocodile and Conch Fritters, Kangaroo Sausages, Tukka Brochettes, a sizzling Bouillabaisse Plate and a Date and Walnut Pudding are just some of the signature dishes you’ll find at Tukka.

Opening hours: Lunch: Everyday 11am-5pm Dinner: Everyday 5pm-10pm Breakfast: Sunday 8.30am-11am Sunday Brunch: 11am-3pm. Group transportation available, call for discount rates on small or large parties from SMB. Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 3pm-6pm Payment method: Cash, Visa, MC, Discover and AMEX

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Sister Islands The Sister Islands, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, are best known for their tranquil atmosphere and outstanding diving. Lying 90 miles northeast of Grand Cayman, these Islands are a world away from the hustle and bustle of normal life. The essence of a laid back Caribbean lifestyle means one bank, more iguanas than humans, and beautiful spots where you can enjoy the slow pace of a tropical island paradise. With small populations (2,000 for the Brac and 200 for Little Cayman) and incredibly friendly people, you’ll find that strangers greet you with a cheery hello. PHOTO BY DEEP BLUE IMAGES www.ExploreCayman.com

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The most easterly of the Cayman Islands, the Brac is 12 miles long and just over a mile wide. Early Scottish fishermen who settled here gave the Island its name: Brac being Gaelic for “bluff”. It was named after the limestone ridge that runs down the centre of the Island, reaching an elevation of 140ft at the eastern end, which is the highest point of all three Islands. The friendly Brackers share their Island with over 200 bird species and numerous iguanas. The dramatic scenery and rugged terrain boasts a plethora of hidden caves, winding trails, a unique cultural history and is ideal for a number of outdoor land–based activities, in addition to the superb diving, which it is famous for.

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Christopher Columbus first sighted Cayman Brac and Little Cayman on 10th May 1503. The first recorded settlers on the Brac were there from 1661-1671. Recorded history suggests that Spanish, and later British privateers, roamed the Cayman Islands until the late 1700s. Many stopped to replenish their food and fresh water supplies, and careen their vessels. Much like the settlers of Grand Cayman, Brackers made their living primarily from turtling and other local industries. The most prominent geological feature on the Brac, the Bluff, has special historical significance to Brackers. During the ‘32 hurricane, residents sheltered in the caves of the Bluff when 200 miles per hour winds pounded the Island. The Brac was left devastated; 109 people died, some of whom were very young children. Today, Brackers still consider the ‘32 storm to be one of their most haunting historic events.

Getting Around The best way to explore the Island is to hire a car. However, cycling is a great way to get around the south shore (which borders the Bluff), particularly on days when you are exploring caves and trails, as you will be off the bike and on foot for at least half the time. Hotels and resorts often supply complimentary bikes. Navigating is easy: main roads run along the north and south shores and on the Bluff, with a few secondary roads crossing from one side to the other. It is not possible to drive the whole way around the Island.

Getting There There are no ferries operating between the Islands, so access is by air only. Cayman Airways and Cayman Airways Express (345) 949 2311 operate several flights daily between Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. There are also direct flights to Cayman Brac from Miami. Cayman Islands Helicopters also fly to the Sister Islands. SEE PAGE 126

Food & Drink Two popular restaurants are the Cayman Brac Beach Resort restaurant and the Captain’s Table, located next to Carib Sands. If you want to sample some wholesome local food, particularly seafood, try Paradise Creations, La Esperanza or Star Island Restaurant.

Money & Banking There is one bank on Cayman Brac with one ATM. Debit cards, Visa, MC and Discover are accepted at most establishments, but few accept American Express.

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Accommodation Visitors have a choice of accommodation on Cayman Brac, ranging from resorts and condos, to guest houses and rental villas. Visit www.itsyourstoexplore.com for more accommodation options in the Brac. • Brac Caribbean Beach Village www.866thebrac.com (345) 948 2265 • Cayman Brac Beach Resort www.caymanbracbeachresort. com (345) 948 1323 • Carib Sands Beach Resort www.caribsands.com (345) 948 1121 • Cayman Breakers www.caymancondosonline.com (345) 927 8826 • Sea Dreams Villa www.seadreamsvilla.com (321) 226 0440

• Outdoor Enthusiasts will find plenty of activities to keep them occupied on the Brac. Get ahold of a Nature Tourism brochure (available at the airport, car rental agencies and hotels) for information and details on all manner of outdoor activities.

• Free Guided Tours are available Monday to Friday through Nature Cayman. Tours last three to four hours and cover all the main • Bird Watching is particularly good from points of interest on the Island, but it can October to April when migrating birds pass also be tailored to your specific interests. through in search of fresh water and warmer To book a tour call (345) 948 2222 or email: weather. With some 200 species of full and naturecayman@gov.ky. part-time resident birds, the Island is an ornithologist’s paradise. Land birds you may • Hike one of the 12 marked trails while you are see include the rare Cayman Brac Parrot, on the Brac. They take you through wetlands, the Red–legged Thrush and the West Indian forests, over the Bluff and to historic landmarks. Whistling Duck. There are also five seabird Trails are well marked, and whilst guides are colonies. The 310-acre Brac Parrot Reserve not necessary, they are encouraged. Hikes was established in 1990 to protect the Brac’s are graded from easy to rough and ceramic endemic parrot and various other species of signs on the roadside mark the start of each birds. A two-mile trail through the reserve trail. Sturdy footwear is recommended, as is gives you a chance to see some rare species. sunscreen and water. www.ExploreCayman.com

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• Explore the Island’s Caves. There are many to visit, and more to be discovered as some entrances are still concealed by thick vegetation. Some caves were even used by pirates to stash their treasure chests and, more recently, residents took shelter in the caves during hurricanes. Check out the stalactite and stalagmite formations in both the Great Cave and Nani Cave, enjoy views of Spot Bay from Peter’s Cave or learn about the grim history of Rebecca’s Cave and the devastating ‘32 hurricane.

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rocks painted red with white lettering which • Rock Climbing enthusiasts have rated indicate prime shore diving spots. The Sister Cayman Brac as one of the top ten exotic Islands Tourism Association (SITA) has a useful climbing destinations worldwide. There Shore Diving Guide that is available at dive are 75 routes on offer that have bolts in shops and gift shops for US$20. place for climbers who can abseil from the top of the bluff down to the sea and climb back up again. Getting to the sites • Diving on Cayman Brac is some of the best in the Caribbean with walls, drop-offs, patch and is a challenge in itself and most are only finger reefs, and the wreck of the MV Captain suitable for experienced climbers. For Tibbetts, a 330ft Russian warship to explore. more information on climbing call Rock The sea is pristine, visibility is excellent and Iguana Ltd on (345) 936 BRAC (2722). marine life abundant. There are two dive shops: Reef Divers at the Cayman Brac Beach • Go Fishing in the crystal clear waters Resort (345) 948 1642 and Brac Scuba Shack which are teeming with reef and game (345) 925 3215. They also run dive trips to fish. Keen anglers can go shore fishing Little Cayman on request. for tarpon or deep sea fishing for wahoo, mahi mahi, blue marlin and tuna. Ask your hotel for information on fishing charters • Spa Treatments are available from the Beach Spa (345) 925 2772 and the Tropical Touch or contact El Jeffé Fishing Charters at Day Spa at the Cayman Brac Beach Resort fishthebrac@outlook.com to book a deep (345) 948 1323. sea fishing trip. There are also several fishing tournaments throughout the year. • Pioneer Bakery is well known throughout the Cayman Islands for its delicious round bread, • Rent a Kayak and take a leisurely paddle which is baked fresh daily. Stop by around around the calm waters off the south 11am to sample out-of-the-oven goodness! coast. Explore the shoreline and view the (345) 948 0519. They also sell other delicious Island from a different perspective. Kayaks baked goods. can be rented at the Cayman Brac Beach Resort. • Heritage House is a lovely historic home that was once a tannery. Here they host a • Lie on the Beach or go Beachcombing. number of cultural activities throughout the Although the shoreline is predominantly year, including a craft market that sells locally composed of limestone, there are a few made products such as jewellery, silver thatch sandy beaches along the south coast, the items, plants and food. The market is also best of which is probably Public Beach. held weekly at the Cayman Brac Beach Resort, You will also find sandy beaches and great from 4pm-6pm on Thursdays. For further hammocks in front of the Cayman Brac information on these activities call (345) 948 Beach Resort. Although the swimming is 0563. not great as it is shallow and rocky. • Snorkelling is better off the north shore • The Cayman Brac Museum is the oldest museum in the country. Browse exhibits on (weather permitting). Try the site at turtling, shipbuilding and other traditional Buccaneer’s Inn, at the end of Robert occupations that illustrate the way of life on Foster Lane, where there is a ladder the Island in years gone by. One of the main in place to access the water and the exhibits features the catastrophic story of the unfinished Barcadere has created a ’32 Storm when the eye of the storm passed salt water swimming pool. Only strong over Cayman Brac, devastating it, and claiming swimmers are advised to venture out into many lives. This exhibit contains images of the open sea from there. Radar Reef in survivors and quotes from those who lived to Stake Bay is a good snorkelling spot and tell of the harrowing events during the storm. shore dive. You can also try Handcuff Reef Artefacts which survived the storm can also across from the police station in Creek. be seen on display. Admission is free. Keep an eye out as you drive for beach

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Ten miles long and a mile wide, Little Cayman is truly little; the airport and fire station are housed in one building, there is one shop and one bank on the Island and, with a population of around 200 people, humans are vastly outnumbered by birds and iguanas. A genuine island hideaway, you cannot avoid slowing right down, resetting your body clock to island time and doing a whole lot of nothing. One of the last undeveloped islands in the Caribbean, Little Cayman offers peace, relaxation and unspoiled natural beauty on land and underwater. For those who want to explore, there are secluded beaches, numerous lagoons, mangrove forests, salt ponds and tropical forests strewn with orchids. For divers, the sea holds a plethora of world-class dive sites.

History

The smallest of the Islands, Little Cayman was first settled in the 1600s by turtle fishermen. Although it was not until 1833 that permanent settlers established Blossom Village. By the early 20th century, several hundred people earned their living trading phosphate ore, coconuts

and marine rope. The great hurricane of 1932 devastated the Cayman Islands, particularly Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. In the wake of the hurricane, many people left Little Cayman; by the late 1950s, the population was down to a mere 12 people. www.ExploreCayman.com

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One main road circles the Island, hugging the coast, so you may want to hire a scooter or car to explore. Alternatively, many of the resorts offer complimentary bicycles, although it is unlikely that you will be able to circumnavigate the Island on a bicycle. See the Transport information on page 18. Take it slow – the Sister Island Rock Iguana, only indigenous to the Brac and Little Cayman, have the right of way and their own crossings (you’ll see the signs). The speed limit is a gentle 25mph. Points of interest are sign-posted along the way so stop to explore frequently and enjoy views of the largely undeveloped coast and the Caribbean Sea.

Cayman Airways Express flies to Little Cayman from Cayman Brac and Grand Cayman several times a day.

Eating & Drinking The Hungry Iguana at Paradise Villas offers an à la carte menu. Birds of Paradise at Little Cayman Beach Resort offers a buffet. The restaurant at Pirates Point serves a set menu which changes daily and the food is very good. Visitors who are not staying at the resort must reserve before 12pm. Southern Cross Club also has a restaurant. There is a small grocery store in which you can buy the basics (and a multitude of frozen goods) but most people staying in private cottages will bring a cooler full of fresh food with them from Grand Cayman.

Money & Banking There is one bank, Cayman National Bank, which has an ATM. The branch is only open on Mondays and Thursdays. Visa and MC credit and debit cards are widely accepted, but AMEX less so.

Accommodation There are four hotels and resorts on Little Cayman, along with villas, condos, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts. Visit the website www.itsyourstoexplore.com for more accommodation options. • Cayman Villas www.caymanvillas.com (345) 945 4144 • Little Cayman Beach Resort www.littlecayman.com (345) 948 1033 • Paradise Villas www.paradisevillas.com (345) 948 0001 • Pirates Point www.piratespointresort.com (345) 948 1010 • Southern Cross Club www.southerncrossclub.com (345) 948 1099 • The Club at Little Cayman www.theclubatlittlecayman.com

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Things to Do

• Relax! There are few places in the world that invite you to relax as completely as Little Cayman does. Find a hammock, grab a book and sway gently to the sounds of the waves and the wind in the palm trees. • Discover Unspoiled Beaches! Over a dozen white sand beaches are dotted around the coast. The prettiest is Point of Sand, a shifting cape of pink sand at the eastern end which is protected by a barrier reef. Great for swimming and snorkelling, but do be aware of currents and don’t swim at dusk or after dark. • Owen Island is a picture-perfect island idyll. This tiny uninhabited islet lies about 200 yards off the south shore and is surrounded by white sand and the clearest blue water. Kayak or take a boat over and spend the day on your own deserted island. A real Robinson Crusoe experience!

• Snorkel some of the best sites in the Caribbean. Swim out over the famous Bloody Bay Wall drop off and peer over the underwater precipice into the deep blue abyss. Jackson Bay and Preston Bay also offer excellent snorkelling. However, these sites are exposed, so only strong swimmers should attempt them and only when the weather is fine and the water is calm. • Go Fishing! World class offshore, sports and deep sea fishing and flyfishing can be done in Little Cayman. Tuna, wahoo, mahi mahi and occasionally marlin can be caught year-

• Birdwatching Thousands of migratory birds pass over Little Cayman and there are also many resident populations, due to the ponds and numerous wetland areas. The National Trust’s Booby Pond Nature Reserve, home to the largest breeding colony of Red-footed Boobies in the Western Hemisphere, is a 200acre site of international importance. 20,000 Boobies breed here, as does a large colony of magnificent frigates. Take advantage of the Trust’s viewing deck that is equipped with telescopes, to watch the herons, ducks, warblers, plovers, sandpipers and other birds dip and dive. Call the National Trust on (345) 623 1107 for more information. • Get On Your Bike! Set off late in the afternoon for a gentle bicycle ride (hotels usually offer them to guests, free of charge) and follow an eight mile loop around the Island. Stop along the way at wildlife viewing stations or at a sunset viewing spot. Take lots of water and even pack a snack for a picnic at one of the many unspoiled beaches along the way. • Hike along the Salt Rock Nature Trail, a historic right of way between Blossom Village and the north shore. Keep an eye out for birds, iguanas, butterflies and native flowers and orchids. www.ExploreCayman.com

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• Dive the world famous walls of Little Cayman. Sheer drop offs, starting in as little as 18ft, exceptional visibility and abundant marine life, coupled with the charm of the Island, have made Little Cayman one of the leading diving area in the world. Most famous is Bloody Bay Marine Park and Jackson Wall on the north side, although the dive sites on the south side are equally as impressive.

round. The drop off is very close to shore, so boats spend very little time getting to fishing grounds, maximising the time spent actually fishing. Flyfishing along the Island’s many shallow flats is also a favourite past time for anglers. South Hole Lagoon and Owen Island are well known spots for bonefish. Tarpon Lake is an inland lake where a school of tarpon have been trapped since a storm cut off access to the sea. Catch and release is practised in the Cayman Islands and local anglers respect Marine Conservation Laws. Experienced guides are available at the Southern Cross Club (345) 948 1099.

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REAL ESTATE

Why Buy? The Cayman Islands has more to offer than sun-drenched beaches and world class diving. The country boasts the highest standard of living in the Caribbean, and is also highly ranked internationally. As the 6th largest banking centre in the world, the economy is stable. It is also one of the safest places in the Caribbean and residents have access to exceptional services that are comparable to those found in major cities worldwide; there are three well-equipped hospitals located in Grand Cayman alone. Top medical facilities offer advanced diagnostic testing technology, such as 4D ultrasounds and cutting-edge stem-cell therapy for sports injuries. The redevelopment of the Owen Roberts International Airport, which will facilitate the continued growth in tourism, is projected for completion in early 2019.

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No Barriers to Ownership The Cayman Islands has zero annual property taxes and there are also no restrictions on foreign ownership of a single property. With no requirements for immediate development on purchased land, building is another great option for those desiring a second home. Investment Landscape There has never been a better time to invest in Cayman property! Agua, Seacrest and The WaterMark are amongst the new wave of exclusive luxury developments rising up along the sought-after Seven Mile Beach corridor. Featuring 54 residential units, The WaterMark will provide owners with access to 12 swimming pools, a library and an exclusive owners lounge. South Sound has experienced a housing boom recently and modern developments like FIN, situated on the waterfront, are becoming a top choice for investors. For those seeking sustainable living complemented by luxury services and amenities, look no further. New standards of environmental practices, panoramic roof

terraces, private beaches, salt water lagoons, and private elevators are just a few of the distinguishing features that these properties boast. Overview of Areas Below is a brief description of the areas with properties for sale: Seven Mile Beach: Properties along Seven Mile Beach (SMB) usually demand a premium price. Depending on the type of property you intend to purchase, there is an option for your budget. You can purchase a 400sq ft Margaritaville Resort Suite (with garden views) for US$278,000. Sometimes the rare detached beach front home pops up on the market, such as the immaculate four-bedroom ‘Lizard Run’ boasting 75ft of white sand for US$5.9 million. Canal Front Properties: Prestigious canal front neighbourhoods along the Seven Mile Beach corridor, such as Vista Del Mar, Salt Creek, Canal Point and Crystal Harbour, have some of the Island’s finest homes. For those on the hunt for more affordable luxury, properties in Governors Harbour, Snug Harbour, The Shores and Patricks Island, may start as low as US$700,000 but can reach in excess of US$4.5 million.

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1. No restrictions on foreign ownership 2. No property, income or capital gain taxes 3. High standard of living 4. Stable economy

5. Safe communities

6. Top dive sites and beaches

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South Sound: The affluent seaside community of South Sound has a good mix of homes on the market including modern development Vela II, where one-bedroom and twobedroom townhomes start at CI$285,000 and CI$405,000 respectively, ranging all the way to beach front mansions that would withstand the scrutiny of the most discerning luxury property buyers in the world. North Side & Cayman Kai: A wide selection of condos, luxury villas and delightful Caymanstyle beach cottages are for sale in North Side. A stunning four-bedroom beach front home in Rum Point can start at around US$1,850,000.

duty is paid before construction begins, duty is payable only on the land value and not on the building. There are other charges such as the one-off 1% duty on mortgages of less than CI$300,000 and 1.5% on mortgages of CI$300,000 or higher. Choose an Agent There are many real estate companies based in the Cayman Islands, so there is an ample roster of professionals on hand to assist you with your search. As a visitor to the Islands, we strongly recommend that you select an experienced real estate professional to guide you. You can find some popular real estate agencies on the following pages.

East End: The district of East End offers a quiet and more laid back feel yet some properties are as well-appointed as those found along the Seven Mile Beach corridor. Average cost for an elevated ocean front lot with panoramic views is US$967,666. Sister Islands: The Brac’s Bluff has stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and is perfect for those who want a sea view with the added height protection from a potential storm surge. A beautiful 1.2 acre beach front parcel starts at US$120,000. A one-bedroom 2537sq ft ocean view cottage can be yours for US$340,984.

Stamp Duty and Other Charges A one-off 7.5% stamp duty is payable on all real estate purchases and transfers. This duty is paid by the buyer of the property on the purchase price or market value – whichever one is higher. If you’re building a house, provided that stamp

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Financing There is a level playing field for prospective home owners and investors. Banks welcome overseas clients and many offer great mortgage packages. Interest rates are quoted based on the CI and US dollar prime rates published in Cayman’s retail banks. Many banks require a life insurance policy for mortgages. Your loan officer will advise you if this is required. Standard mortgage terms are usually between 10 to 15 years and can be taken out in either CI or US dollars.

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Trusted Healthcare Providers

healthcare, doctor & pharmacy services Grand Cayman has 3 fully-equipped hospitals (Cayman Islands Hospital, CTMH Doctors Hospital, Health City Cayman Islands), while Cayman Brac is home to Faith Hospital. The Islands are also home to 24 healthcare practices with over 100 physicians, over 100 private healthcare facilities (including pharmacies, laboratories, physician clinics and therapy clinics), and numerous private specialists. Given the broad variety of services available, Cayman can provide quality care for most medical situations. Pharmacies are well-stocked, open at convenient hours and have informed, helpful pharmacists. However one must note that healthcare and medications are costly, so it is recommended that you have a health insurance policy that covers travel. It is important to be prepared for the unexpected so the following is some detailed information on key services you may need while visiting.

HIGHLIGHTS • Urgent care services for major hotels and condos along Seven Mile Beach • General & family practice

The Strand Medical Centre is a general practice and surgery that

• Minor surgery

provides premium healthcare for the whole family. Led by Dr. Louis

MEDICAL CAR E

• Child health

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• Women’s health • Musculo-skeletal injuries • Treatment of scuba diving related medical conditions

A. Cona MD, his experienced and caring staff create a welcoming environment for every child and parent, with a network of specialists located throughout hospitals in Florida and Cayman. The practice offers a range of services including urgent care, minor surgery, general and family practice, treatment for musculo-skeletal injuries, dive medicine, allergy treatment and work permit and insurance physicals.

• Allergies / allergy testing • Laboratory blood testing • Work permit and insurance physicals • Hypertension • Treatment of sports-related injuries Monday - Friday 8:30am-5pm Saturday 8:30am-11:30am Languages: Italiano, Francais, Deutsch & Español Payment: Visa, Mastercard, Debit, Cash (US & KYD)

Mon. - Sat. 8am-9pm Holidays 10am-6pm Seven Mile Beach

Located in The Strand Shopping Centre,

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HIGHLIGHTS • No appointments necessary • In-house x-rays & labs Doctors Express is healthcare for the

• Fast work permit medicals

whole family. As an urgent care, they

• On-site lab

treat everything from coughs, colds,

• On-site x-ray

fevers and flu — to cuts that need stitches, bad burns and fractures.

• On-site pharmacy • GP & ER consultant physicians

They function just like a walk-in GP clinic, except they have in-house x-ray, lab and pharmacy. Best of all, no appointments are necessary — just walk in and get the care you need.

• Women’s health

Open 7 days a week,

9am-9pm (including most public holidays)

81 Godfrey Nixon Way | (345) 745 6000 | info@doctorsexpress.ky | www.doctorsexpress.ky

Your Health. Your Life. Your Pharmacy. Kirk Pharmacy is more than just a place to fill your prescription. Pharmacists take the time to explain easy-to-order medications and provide information to inform you on how to use them safely and effectively. They also have all of those essential go-to vacation and all other personal care items that you may have accidentally forgotten! It’s location in Kirk Market just off Seven Mile Beach is very convenient, and their friendly staff are ready to help.

• Prescription & non- prescription drugs

• Local souvenirs • Sunglasses & water floats • ONLINE refill ordering: pharmacy@kirkmarket.ky • Personal care products • Greeting cards & gifts HIGHLIGHTS • Vitamins & herbal supplements • Baby products • Blood pressure checks • Stop smoking service • Environmentally-friendly vials • Pharmacy library • Prescription transfer • Special orders available Monday - Saturday 8am-9pm Holidays 10am-6pm Located in Kirk Market

pharmacy@kirkmarket.ky | www.pharmacy.ky | 413 Eastern Avenue | (345) 949 7022 ext. 164

ME DICAL CARE

items such as sunglasses, sunscreen, water floaties, sand toys –

HIGHLIGHTS

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MEDICAL HOSPITALS Accident & Emergency����������������������������� 911 Cayman Islands Hospital �������� (345) 949 8600 CTMH Doctors Hospital ��������� (345) 949 6066 Health City Cayman Islands ��� (345) 640 4040 Faith Hospital, Cayman Brac��� (345) 948 2243

URGENT CARE (7-Day Per Week 9am-9pm) Doctors Express������������������������ (345) 745 6000

DISTRICT HEALTH CLINICS Bodden Town Health Clinic ���� (345) 947 2299 East End Health Clinic ������������ (345) 947 7440 George Town Health Centre  (345) 244 2800 North Side Health Clinic��������� (345) 947 9525 West Bay Health Clinic ����������� (345) 949 3439 Little Cayman Clinic ���������������� (345) 948 0072

PHARMACIES

MEDICAL CAR E

CI Hospital Pharmacy ������������ (345) 244 2715 95 Hospital Road, George Town Fosters Airport Pharmacy, GT(345) 815 4051 Fosters Strand Pharmacy, SMB (345) 815 4061 Kirk Market Pharmacy������������ (345) 949 7180 Professional Pharmacy ����������� (345) 946 2407 CTMH Doctor’s Hospital, George Town Valu-Med Pharmacy �����������������(345) 946 5511 Walkers Rd, George Town

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DOCTORS DENTISTS

Dr. Scott McFarlane Seven Mile Beach Dental

Dr. Stephen Blackledge The Dental Centre

(345) 943 7400

(345) 943 7000

Baptist

GENERAL PRACTITIONERS Dr. Sook-Yin Seven Mile Medical Clinic (345) 949 5600

Dr. Louis Cona The Strand Medical Ctr (345) 945 7077

Lutheran

DIVE MEDICINE Cayman Islands Hospital The Hyperbaric Services

Cayman E.N.T. Assoc. Alexander Place

(345) 949 8600 Ext. 2579

(345) 945 3820

PAEDIATRICIANS Dr. Sara Watkin Grand Harbour Medical

Dr. Gordon Smith The Children’s Clinic

(345) 949 4309

(345) 949 2970on-

Safety & Security CONSIDERATIONS

WEATHER Regardless of your skin type apply high factor sunscreen and put SPF 50 sun tops on children. Ideally, you should really avoid the midday sun altogether, particularly as it is easy to underestimate the power of the sun’s rays with a cool tropical breeze. If you get heatstroke then rehydrate with water or juices with electrolytes. Aloe vera gel is great for treating sunburn. CRIME The crime threat in the Cayman Islands is generally considered low, although you should always take normal precautions. Petty theft does occur occasionally, but Cayman is one of the safest places in the Caribbean. Visitors from America are warned to never carry ammunition or firearms in their luggage when travelling to Cayman. ROADS KEEP LEFT when driving! When on foot and crossing a road LOOK RIGHT! As in Great Britain and its other territories, vehicles in the Cayman Islands travel on the left-hand side of the road. Drink driving laws are strictly enforced. Seatbelt laws are also enforced and require the driver and all passengers to buckle up. Children’s seats are strongly recommended. Only use hands-free mobile devices when driving. It’s the law! FOOD & WATER Food and water are considered very safe, however some types of tropical reef fish can occasionally be poisonous when eaten. The majority of accommodation is connected to ‘city water’ which is great to drink, but a few places still have ‘cistern’ or ‘well’ water. In these situations check with the owner if it is safe to drink.

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MEDICAL The World Health Organization (WHO) states that no vaccinations are required for international travel to the Cayman Islands. However, ensure you have adequate travel and medical insurance as Cayman does not operate a national ‘free’ health system. Serious medical cases will normally be transferred to Miami via air ambulance. LAND There are no dangerous animals in Cayman and we are rabies free. Grass snakes are rare and harmless. The odd spider and scorpion are nothing to fear, but if you are bitten/ stung get an anti-histamine from a pharmacy or, for serious cases, get a steroid shot from a doctor. On the Mastic Trail, there are plant species that contain skin irritants and should be avoided.

SEA Jellyfish stings and sea itch are rare but not fun, so be careful snorkelling and diving. Sea Itch is the invisible larvae of thimble jellyfish, and usually appears from late March to June. You can use Safe Sea cream to prevent any issues from both. If stung, a splash of vinegar is soothing and for serious cases, get an anti-histamine from a pharmacy or a steroid shot from the doctor. DIVING Be aware of the ‘bends’. Cayman does have a decompression chamber, but don’t plan to use it! Ear complications can result from diving with a cold or sinus infection, and may require a doctor’s attention. Lionfish are venomous so avoid them.

EMERGENCIES

Fire, police and ambulance �������������������� 911 Police headquarters ������������� (345) 949 4222 Domestic Abuse hotline ������� (345) 943 2422

TELEPHONE SERVICES International operator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 Directory enquiries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .411

Dialing Codes Cayman Islands numbers omit (345) North America, Canada or Caribbean: 1 + area code + 7 digit number To dial other countries: 011 + country code + telephone number

SUPPORT GROUPS Alcoholics Anonymous ��������� (345) 926 9044 Narcotics Anonymous ��������� (345) 929 6262

AIRPORT & AIRLINES Airport Authority������������������� (345) 943 7070 Lost and Found �������������������� (345) 244 5863

Flight Information & Reservations Air Canada��������������������������� 1 800 744 1112 American Airlines������������������ (345) 949 0666 British Airways����������������������� (345) 945 6382 Cayman Airways ������������������� (345) 949 2311 Delta Airlines ����������������������� 1 800 221 1212 JetBlue �������������������������������� 1 855 710 2951 Southwest���������������������������� 1 844 670 7914 United Airlines���������������������� 1 800 231 0856 WestJet�������������������������������� 1 888 937 8538

GOVERNMENT NUMBERS Dept. of Environment ����������� (345) 949 8469 Dept. of Immigration������������ (345) 949 8344 H.M. Customs����������������������� (345) 949 4579 General Post Office��������������� (345) 949 2474 Tourism Attractions Board (345) 949 6999 Nature Cayman �������������������� (345) 948 2222 Vehicle Licensing Dept:���������� (345) 945 8344

CONSULARS/PASSPORTS Canada ����������������������������� (345) 949 9400 United Kingdom ��������������� (345) 244 2434 United States �������������������� (345) 945 8173 Download the Explore Cayman app or visit www.explorecayman.com for flight info and other useful numbers.

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MOSQUITOES Mosquitoes are typically very active at sunrise and sunset, so keep a bottle of OFF! close by. If bitten, use an anti-inflammatory cream. Cayman does not have malaria, dengue fever or chikungunya. Cayman is no longer on the Zika travel advisory list.

Useful NUMBERS

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Activities & Sports Clubs Afternoon Tea Every Bloomin’ Thing (345) 945 1701 on Crewe Road has a charming English tearoom on-site where you can have afternoon tea or lunch. The Ritz-Carlton (345) 943 9000 offers traditional afternoon tea daily from 2pm-4pm (except during slow season when days will vary) and a special Christmas Teddy Bear Tea which children love. Black Pearl Skate Park This 62,000sq ft facility is the largest outdoor skate park in the Western Hemisphere and is located behind Grand Harbour Shopping Centre. Visit: www. blackpearl.ky. Cinema In addition to the cinemas listed in the Best After Dark section, the National Gallery shows regular films based on their temporary exhibits. www.nationalgallery.org.ky. The Cayman National Cultural Foundation also hosts a Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase. Call (345) 949 5477 for dates and times.

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Classical Music For details on the Cayman National Choir and Orchestra’s performances, call Sue Horrocks on (345) 916 4782.

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Cooking Classes Bon Vivant offers themed cooking classes including traditional Cayman cuisine. Call (345) 623 2665. Wine School Become a wine connoisseur! Take an in-depth wine course (345) 929 6893. CrossFit Cayman Weekly classes are offered by CrossFit (345) 929 8450, CrossFit 7 Mile (345) 925 1456 and World Gym Crossfit Muscle Beach (345) 949 5132. Cultural Events Various music, theatre and art events are run by The Cayman National Cultural Foundation. www.artscayman.org. Refer to the Best of Culture section. Cycling For a beautiful breezy morning in Grand Cayman, explore the local area and Seven Mile Beach by bike. The Marriott offers guests bike rentals which are covered in the Resort Fee. For cycling athletes and amateurs, visit the Cayman Islands Cycling Association’s site on www.caymancycling.ky. Golf There are two golf courses on the Island. The North Sound Club (345) 947 4653 is

Cayman’s only 18-hole championship golf course that also has two putting greens and a driving range, suitable for all skill levels. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Course (345) 815 6500 is open to residents and hotel guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Helicopter Rides are a great way to see the Island from a different perspective! Call Cayman Islands Helicopters (345) 943 4354. See page 126. Motorcycling Take a guided tour on a HarleyDavidson motorcycle along Cayman’s roads if you want to take a ‘ride’ on the wild side. Call Cayman Custom Cycles on (345) 945 7433 or (345) 916 0088. Pilates is offered at ENERGY Essential Fitness in Cricket Square. Call (345) 946 6006. Cayman Physiotherapy in Pasadora Place teaches group pilates. Call (345) 949 8828. Personal Fitness Trainers King’s Sports Centre has qualified personal trainers. Call (345) 946 5464. Laura Ribbins and her team at Fitness Connection (345) 949 8485 offer personalised training programmes for all fitness levels, as does Life Extension. Call (345) 949 3753.

Roller Skating is great fun at King’s Sport Centre every weekend. Family skating is held on Saturdays from 4.30pm to 10pm and Sundays 1pm to 4pm. Call (345) 946 5464. Running The Hash House Harriers meet on Mondays at 6pm. Email: caymanhash@ gmail.com or check out www.caymanhash. com, and the Wednesday Night Running Club meets at World Gym at 6pm. Email: wednesdaynightrunningclub@gmail.com. The annual Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon, now in its 15th year, is hugely popular and occurs on the first Sunday in December. The 2018 event will fall on Sunday, 2 December. Spinning Classes are held at Revolutions (345) 516 2453, World Gym (345) 949 5132, Powerhouse Gym at King’s Sports Centre (345) 946 5464 and Ryde Cayman (345) 746 7933, located in Camana Bay.

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Squash The South Sound Squash Club (345) 949 9469 has seven air conditioned courts available. There are also two squash courts at King’s Sports Centre (345) 946 5464. Swimming Camana Bay Aquatic Club runs a ‘Masters’ training group for adults twice a week. Call (345) 640 2878. The Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association run regular swim clinics and special events for swimmers. Visit www.ciasa.ky. Tenpin Bowling is available at King’s Sports Centre (345) 946 5464. There are only four lanes so book ahead! Tennis The Courts at The RitzCarlton (345) 323 0049 and the Cayman Tennis Academy (345) 547 6257 both offer professional instruction for adults and children, court rentals and holiday camps.

Volleyball There are plenty of pick-up games on Public Beach. Visit www.civf.ky. Yoga is offered at Bliss Living and Yoga in the Marquee Plaza. There are classes in hot yoga, flow, anusara-inspired, restorative, vinyasa and prenatal yoga. They offer sunset paddleboard yoga classes on the weekend. Visit www.blissyogacayman.com or call (345) 949 9642. Cayman Yoga Club in West Shore Centre offers a range of yoga classes throughout the day. Call (345) 769 4511.

There are over 200 churches, with almost every denomination represented. Visit www.caymanresident. com for a full list of churches. Other faith services are below. Anglican Church St. Alban’s Church 461 Shedden Road, GT (345) 949 2757 Sunday Service 8.30am, Holy Communion 9.30am St. George’s (Episcopal) 64 Courts Road, GT (345) 949 5583 Sunday Mass: 7am, 9am Baptist First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman 920 Crewe Road, Red Bay (345) 949 0692 Sunday service 10.30am CI Baptist Church 163 Pedro Castle Road, Savannah (345) 946 2422 Sunday worship 10am Catholic St. Ignatius Catholic Church 597 Walkers Road, GT (345) 949 6797 Mass times Mon-Fri 7am, Saturday 8.30am, 6pm, Sunday 8am, 11.30am, 6pm Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church Reverend Blackman Road, West Bay (345) 949 6797 Sunday Mass 9.45am Lutheran Safe Harbour Lutheran 205 Andrew Drive, Snug Harbour (345) 926 5491 Sunday service 10am Methodist Wesleyan Holiness Church 150 North West Point Road, West Bay (345) 949 3394 Sunday services 11am, 6pm Wednesday service 7.30pm Moravian Covenant Moravian Church 6 Devon Road, off Marina Dr,

Red Bay (345) 947 7935 Sunday service 11am Non-Denominational Agape Family Worship 50 Fairbanks Road, GT (345) 949 2539 Sunday service 10am Sunrise Community Church Harquail Theatre, off Camana Bay roundabout (345) 926 7473 Sunday service 10am. Weekly community meetings Pentecostal All Nations United Pentecostal Church 23A Woodlake Drive, GT (345) 949 9533 Sunday worship 11am, 7.30pm Presbyterian & Congregational Elmslie Memorial United Church 48 Harbour Drive, GT (345) 949 7923 Sunday service 10.30am Seventh Day Adventist Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-Day Adventist 515 Walkers Road, GT (345) 640 2647 Wednesday service 7.30pm Saturday service 11am, Sunday service 7.30pm Hindu Services (345) 945 1565 Jewish Services (345) 516 4474 Saturday morning Shabbat 10.30am-12pm Muslim Services (345) 929 1400. Call for daily prayer times. Fri (Juma) 1pm.

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Theatre lovers will enjoy the quality performances put on by the Cayman Drama Society at the Prospect Playhouse theatre. Email: boxoffice@cds.ky or visit www.cds.ky.

Religious services

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Index Abacus, 108 Accessibility information, 20

Action Watersports, 93 After dark activities, 36 Afternoon tea, 164 Airport & airlines, 20, 162 All Aboard Charters, 44 Ambassador Divers, 60 Amber Yates, 158 Antiques, 118 Aqua Watersports Cayman, 94 Art galleries, 77 Artifacts, 118 Azure Realty, 159

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alaclava, inside back cover Banana rides, 76 Barefoot Beach, 55, 130 Barkers National Park, 66 Bars, 79, 115, 134 Batabano Festival, 22, 23 Beach volleyball, 25 Beachcombing, 132, 148 Beaches, 54-55 Beauty treatments, 28 Bioluminescence kayak tours, 36, 40, 137 Bird watching, 133, 147 Blow Holes, 130, 135 Blue iguanas, 103 Boat charters, 38-41 Boat trips, 42-50 Body fitness, 28 Botanic Park (QE II), 139 Brasserie,124 Brewery tour, 113 Buses, 19 Business hours, 17 Buying property in Cayman, 152-159

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aboose, 124 Camana Bay, 100-109 Cameras, 114, 119 Capt. Marvin’s, 43 Car rentals, 18 Caribbean Club, 80 Cathy Church’s Photo Centre, 119 Caves, 24, 130, 133 Cayfest, 22 Cayman Airways, 146, 163 Cayman Brac Museum, 144, 148 Cayman Brac, 146-148 Cayman Cookout, 22 Cayman Ferries, 43 Cayman Islands Helicopters, 126 Cayman Islands Marathon, 22 166

Cayman Kai Public Beach, 55, 56, 130 Cayman Kai, 133, 135, 153 Cayman Kayaks, 140 Cayman Luxury Charters, 45 Cayman Luxury Properties, 154 Cayman Motor Museum, 65, 66 Cayman National Gallery, 74, 77 Cayman National Museum, 127 Cayman Safari Adventures, 92 Cayman Stand Up Paddleboard Co., 95 Cayman Turtle Centre, 70-71 Cayman Villas, 3 Cayman Waters Dos & Don’ts, 51 Caymanite, 77, 113 Cemetery Beach & Reef, 54 Cheeseburger Reef, 56 Christmas festivities, 22-23 Churches & services, 165 Cinema, 36, 100 Climate, 14 Clothing, 77, 78, 83 Coe Wood Beach, 130, 132 Consulates, 163 Cooking classes, 36, 164 Coral Stone Stables, 72 Cracked Conch, 68-69 Craft Market, 113, 116 Crazy Crab, 46 Crighton Properties, 156 Crime, 162 Crossfit, 28, 77, 164 Cultural activities, 29 Currency, 16 Customs & attire, 16

D a Vinci Centre, 81 Dart Family Park, 113

Davinoff’s Concrete Sculpture Garden, 133 Decompression chamber, 164 Deckers, 84 Deep sea fishing, 39 Dentists, 162 Disability information 20 Dive & snorkel equipment, 77 Dive operators, 58 Dive sites, 58-59 Divers Supply, 82 Diving, 57-59 Doctors, 162 Doctors Express 161 Dolphin Discovery, 43, 53, 66 Don Foster’s, 61 Driving regulations, 18 Driving tours, 135 Duke’s, 85

Duty free, 16

E arly settlers, 15 Eastern Districts, 130-143

Eden Rock & Devil’s Grotto, 56 Elmslie Church, 116 Emergency numbers, 162 Entertainment, 22, 23, 36 Events, 22-23

F

armers’ Markets, 77 Fish ID card, 63 Fish market, 116, 117 Fishing, 39, 41, 51 Fitness centres, 28 Five Star Charters, 47 Flight information, 163 Flowers Sea Swim, 23 Flyboarding, 52 Food tours, 102 Formalities, 16 Fort George, 116, 117 Fountains 26, 103 Frank’s Watersports, 48 Free activities, 25 Freediving, 58 Full moon activities, 36 Funky Monkey, 83

G eography & geology, 14 George Town, 110-129

Getting around, 18 Gino’s, 86 Glass bottom boat trips, 142 Golf, 24, 28 Government numbers, 163 Government, 17 Green tips, 21 Grocery stores, 78 Guardian of the Reef, 56, 58 Gyms, 28, 77

H ealth centres, 162 Health treatments, 28, 81

Helicopter rides, 126 Hell Geological Site, 66 Helmet diving tours, 57-58 Heritage House (Brac), 144, 148 Heroes Square, 116 History, 14, 15 Horseback riding, 72-73

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sland Jewellers, 106 Island Naturals, 87 Island Plaza, 120

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136 Jellyfish, 51 Jetovater, 52 Jetskis, 52 Jewellery & watches, 77, 114

K aibo, 137 Kayaking, 52, 131, 132

Keith Tibbetts (wreck), 59 Kirk Freeport, 121 Kirk Pharmacy, 162 Kitesurf Cayman, 96 Kittiwake, 59

Legislative assembly, 17, 116 Lighthouse Park, 130, 132, 135 Lighthouse Point, 56, 58 Lionfish, 51, 63 Liquor stores, 78 Little Cayman, 149-151 Live music, 37 Lobster Pot, 125 Local collectables, 77 Lone Star, 88 LUCA, 89

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acabuca Bar, 68-69 Mangrove tours, 52, 132 Marathon, 22 Market Street Group, 9 Mastic Reserve & Trail, 25, 27, 29, 132 Medical care, 162 Mermaid (The), 59 Mini golf, 24, 36 Mission House, 132, 135 Money and banking, 16 Mosquitoes, 15, 163 Motorcycle tours, 164 Museum (car), 24 Museum (National), 127 Music, 37

N ational Gallery, 25, 29 National symbols, 17

Nature, 66, 147, 151 New Year’s Eve, 22 Nicholson (wreck), 59 Night activities, 30 Night diving, 36, 58 Nightclubs, 36 North Side, 130-135 North Sound boat trips, 38-50 North Sound Golf Club, 28, 164 North Sound, 38-40

Oasis AquaPark, 128

Observation Tower, 100, 103 Ocean Frontiers, 49, 141 Omega, back cover Orchid show, 22 Owen Island, 151

P addleboarding, 52, 95, 133 Paediatricians, 162 Parade of Lights, 22 Parasailing Professionals, 97 Parasailing, 52, 76, 97 Parks, 26-27 Pedro St. James Castle, 138 Personal fitness trainers,164 Peter’s Cave (The Brac), 147 Pharmacies, 161, 162 Pilates, 28, 164 Pirates Week, 23, 112 Pirates, 14 Population, 15 Pubs & bars, 79, 115, 134 Pure Art, 122

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agazzi, 90 Real estate, 152-157 Rebecca’s Cave, 147 Recycling, 21 Reef safe sunglasses, 21 Religious services, 165 RE/MAX - Kass Coleman, 157 Restaurants, 32-34 Rock climbing, 148 Rocky’s Diamond Gallery, 123 Roller skating, 164 Rum Point, 52, 55, 56, 130 Running, 23, 164

S afety considerations, 51 Sailing, 52

Salsa dancing, 36 Saltwater Grill, 91 Sand Angels, 107 Scooter rentals, 18 Sea Elements, 98 Sea Trek & SNUBA, 129 Sea Voyages, 129 Seven Mile Beach, 74-99 Shipwrecks, 15 Shopping, 11, 30-31, 77, 105, 113 Shore diving, 58 Silver Thatch Palm, 17 Sister Islands, 145-151 Skate park, 164 Smith Barcadere Beach, 54, 56 Snorkelling equipment, 82 Snorkelling, 56 Souvenirs, 113 Spas, 28 Spirit of the West, 73 Sports clubs, 164 Sportswear, 78 Spotts Public Beach, 54

Squash, 165 Starfish Point, 38, 55 Step Well, 116 Stingray City, 38, 39 Strand Medical Centre, 160 Submarine tour, 112 Summer Water Sports, 99 Sun protection, 53 Sunset cruise, 36 Support groups, 163 Surfing, 53 Swimming with dolphins, 53 Swimming with stingrays, 38-39 Swimming, 165

T aste of Cayman, 18 Taxes, 15

Taxis, 18 Tennis, 28, 77 Tenpin bowling, 36, 165 Theatre, 164 Time zones, 14 Tipping & haggling, 16 Tourism & finance, 16 Tours - driving, 133, 135 Tours - land based, 24 Tours - walking, 25, 112, 116 Tours - water based, 38-50 Tours Cayman, 50 Transportation, 18, 19 Triathlons, 23 Tukka, 143 Turtle Centre, 70-71 Turtle Reef, 56

Useful numbers, 162 Volleyball, 25, 165 Wakeboarding, 53, 76 Walking tours, 25, 112, 116

Wall dives, 58 Wall to Wall Diving, 62 Watches, 77, 106, 114, 120 Waterpark, 128 Waterskiing, 99 Water Safety Tips, 51 Water slides, 128 Waverunner/jet ski, 52 West Bay, 64-73 West Indies Wine Co., 109 White Sand Water Sports, 142 Wine tasting, 24,109 Wreck dives, 58 Wreck of the Cali, 58 Wreck of the Ten Sail, 135

Y

acht & boat charters, 38-50 Yoga, 28, 77, 165

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