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begin to learn about the rich culture and history of the Cayman Islands. From duty-free shopping with truly unique Caymanian art and craft souvenirs to George Town’s fascinating historical sites—beginning with the Cayman Islands National Museum, the oldest surviving public building—local Caymanians proudly show off their beloved island and look forward to sharing some local tips and restaurant, bar or attraction recommendations. To further engrain themselves in the Cayman Islands’ history, art aficionados can check out the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, which celebrates Cayman’s impressive artistic talents through both permanent and temporary collections – or Pedro St. James Castle, a more than two centuries’ old “Great House” that lived through numerous iterations including a courthouse, jail, restaurant, and most notably, the founding place of democracy in the Cayman Islands. Aside from soaking up fascinating expert-led tours, visitors will relish in the sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea that stretch for miles, along with the all-

new Outpost Bar, which offers delicious cocktails featuring locally made Seven Fathoms rum. SMOOTH SAILING THROUGH THE CULINARY CAPITAL OF THE CARIBBEAN There are few instances where customer service, hospitality and food do not go hand-in-hand. Aside from the activities George Town and Seven Mile Beach offer, foodies will find their own personal bite of paradise when they arrive in the Cayman Islands, where culinary curiosity is essential to embracing the full Caymanian experience. Frequently heralded as the “Culinary Capital of the Caribbean,” the destination features fine dining paired with sun, sea and tropical landscapes. Boasting more than 200 restaurants and culinary influences from all over the globe, the Cayman Islands provides an endless array of options to suit any palate. Not to mention, with an abundance of locally sourced resources, Cayman leads the charge for the Caribbean’s farm-to-table movement, boasting a diverse homegrown food scene at various restaurants committed to dishing up organic, vegan and all-natural fare that is sure to delight every palate. The epicurean scene in the Cayman Islands is year-round with numerous gastronomic events to satisfy every travelers’ taste buds. The year starts with the esteemed Cayman Cookout, which is hosted by Chef Eric Ripert and showcases dynamic cooking demonstrations, exciting local tours, tastings and dining events. Taste of Cayman is another can’t miss foodie event that takes over the cosmopolitan waterfront district of Camana Bay and invites visitors and locals to sample more than 45 Grand Cayman restaurants and distributors. Annually each fall, the destination heats up for Restaurant Month and Cocktail Week, offering discounted dining, tasting rooms and more at some of Cayman’s best restaurants with special prix-fixe menus and happy hours. A TASTE OF ADRENALINE FOR THE ADVENTUROUS AND CURIOUS SPIRITS Armed with fresh knowledge and top-ofthe-line training from Aquila, Cayman Islands tour guides and hosts will take

their superb knowledge of the destination and guidance skills to new heights. For cruise guests looking to experience oneof-a-kind adventures, knowledge, service and activities unlike other Caribbean destinations, look no further than Seven Mile Beach. Grand Cayman’s pristine and award-winning Seven Mile Beach offers enough water sports to fill any adrenaline fix, including paddle boarding, kayaking, kite boarding, parasailing and wind surfing, to name a few – and seamlessly transitions to a relaxing sun-soaked oasis for those looking to relish in a day of absolute tranquility of lying in the sand, soaking up the sun and sipping on a perfectly chilled cocktail, all while drinking in the vibrant atmosphere of the public beach and popular local bar scene. Guests can also visit several interactive wildlife encounters and natural attractions found in the Cayman Islands. Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park on the eastern side of the island boasts colorful exhibits, including the Blue Iguana Habitat, a lake and a wide variety of bird species. For those looking to explore the path less traveled, Crystal Caves— one of Grand Cayman’s newest natural attractions—lets guests dive into underground caves teeming with stalactite and stalagmite crystal structures and otherworldly formations millions of years in the making. Above all, the warm and friendly Caymankind nature of the local Caymanians adds to any vacation experience, providing a distinctive atmosphere not found anywhere else in the world. Whether delving into the rich history and culture of the three unique islands, exploring the meticulously preserved natural wonders or savoring its extensive culinary offerings, visitors can expect to experience a genuine Caymankind spirit that will leave them with a lasting impression. With a myriad of experiences on land and below the sea, world-renowned beaches, premier culinary offerings and unparalleled hospitality and customer service, visitors will quickly learn why a cruise to the Cayman Islands is an experience second to none. For more information, please go to www.visitcaymanislands.com.

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4th quarter edition of Travel & Cruise Magazine. Published quarterly, Travel & Cruise is the official magazine of the FCCA, CLIA and the cru...

Travel & Cruise 4th Quarter 2019  

4th quarter edition of Travel & Cruise Magazine. Published quarterly, Travel & Cruise is the official magazine of the FCCA, CLIA and the cru...

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