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Tropical Vows Capture the charm of Cayman with breezy dresses and blooming florals.




For some couples, the journey of finding a soulmate seems easier than planning a dream wedding. But with the Jamaica Bridal Expo, the whole process is a lot more seamless. The beautiful island of Jamaica is home to a plethora of wedding professionals, especially since studies show that more than one in three Caribbean destination weddings take place in Jamaica. As a result, this popular host location decided to bring the best in the business together all under one roof. Here, vendors and brides can mix and mingle, explore the latest wedding trends, and see first-hand everything Jamaica has to offer within the bridal market. All are invited to come to the 2019 Jamaica Bridal Expo to experience and learn about Jamaica's bountiful offerings as a wedding and honeymoon

destination. Hear from star speakers Lisa Sheldon, co-founder and president of the Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialists Association; JoAnn Gregoli of Elegant Occasions by JoAnn Gregoli, a celebrity event planning agency; Dr. Paulette Hossmann, managing director of Tai Flora, Jamaica’s largest floral provider; Sonal J. Shah, founder of Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants, renowned, premiere celebrity expert on South Asian and cross-cultural weddings; and Michelle Sohan of Bakery Treatz, winner of WeddingWire’s Couples Choice Awards 2019. Sample decadent wedding cakes, witness a live wedding and start planning your very own happily ever after too! For all things weddings, honeymoons and romance, meet the Bridal Expo team at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on September 6, 7 and 8.

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36 Brides of Springtime Inspired by Cayman’s natural beauty and tropical setting, this season’s wedding fashions range from chic to beachy.

48 Say “I Do” in Jamaica Find out why couples flock to the country of “One Love.”

56 Fashion en Mas

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Meet some of the talented and creative minds behind Batabano’s and CayMAS’ outrageous outfits.

66 A Wondrous Celebration Add whimsy to your wedding celebration with creative dessert tables and displays.

Tropical Vows Capture the charm of Cayman with breezy dresses and blooming florals.

Cayman is the perfect setting for destination weddings, as captured by Jenna Leigh Photography with model Lisa Valeriek, Creative Director Direction Event Planning, The Flower Dell and Carey’s Karma Closet at Boggy Sands Club.

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Parade of Fun “As you spend time getting to know us and our Islands, you will quickly discover that we Caymanian people are extremely proud of our history, culture and heritage.”

Exciting events and cultural traditions make this the best time to visit paradise. personally give you a warm welcome to the Cayman Islands, whether you are here to work or play. You have come to paradise at a particularly special time, for the months of May and June are filled to the brim with our culture and heritage. It starts with Batabano, an explosion of Caribbean culture that brings the streets of George Town to life with steel pan bands, floats and parades with thousands of people dressed in flamboyant and colourful costumes. The festivities wrap up on May 4 with the elaborate and fascinating adult parade. If you are here on May 20 this year, join us for Discovery Day. It’s the day we celebrate each year in recognition of Christopher Columbus’ sighting of the Sister Islands in 1503. He was on his fourth voyage of discovery when his ships — the Santiago de Palos and the Capitana — sailed past Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. On May 10, 1503, Columbus’ son Ferdinand noted in his journal: “We were in sight of two small, low islands filled with tortoises, as was the sea all about.” So for hundreds of years the turtle has played an important part in our history and culture. Sir Turtle’s image is on all of the planes in the fleet of our National Airline, Cayman Airways, and the turtle is an integral part of our Coat of Arms. As you spend time getting to know us and our Islands, you will quickly discover that we Caymanian people are extremely proud of our history, culture and heritage. As a United Kingdom Overseas Territory, we are also proud of our history and


constitutional links with the United Kingdom and with the Royal Family. As such, we celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday each June. This year the public holiday celebrating her birth will be held on June 10. We also celebrate the sea in May and June with prize-packed sportfishing tournaments and the annual not-to-bemissed Flowers Sea Swim in June. These are just a few of the special events we will celebrate on Grand Cayman in May and June. And whilst you are here, don’t forget about the Sister Islands. Cayman Brac and Little Cayman each hold their own unique charms and beauty. I encourage you to set aside some time to do some island hopping, catch a Cayman Airways Express flight and take in the Sisters. You can sit back and relax or find an adventure with a watersports tour operator, a charter fishing trip, rock climbing on the Bluff on Cayman Brac or just chilling on Little Cayman. All three Islands offer beauty above and below our crystal-clear waters. Once again welcome. I am glad you chose to spend some time with us in the Cayman Islands. Sincerely,

Cayman Islands Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin, MBE, JP, MLA

CAYMAN CRYSTAL CAVES Rated on TripAdvisor Amongst the Top Things To Do in Cayman The Winner of the Governor’s Tourism Industry Conservation Award One of Cayman’s newest and most popular tourist attractions, Cayman Crystal Caves is situated in a lush tropical forest in North Side, Grand Cayman. All visitors receive 1.5-hour guided walking tours with a knowledgeable local tour guide that takes you through the surrounding tropical forest area and three spectacular caves. Amongst the forest and caves are captivating tropical plant and animal life, including strangler balsam trees, air plants, parrots and bats. You will also see stalactite and stalagmite crystal structures and otherworldly formations, formed by single drops of water and the slow passage of time. Explore Cayman down under!

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Those Who Fly Us, Love Us “From a rock-solid foundation of serving as the National Airline of the Cayman Islands for more than 50 years, to an incredible ensemble of devoted employees, this organisation is so much more than just another airline.”

Achievements and awards mark a stellar year for Cayman Airways. s President and CEO of Cayman Airways Limited (CAL), there is so much to be proud of. From a rock-solid foundation of serving as the National Airline of the Cayman Islands for more than 50 years, to an incredible ensemble of devoted employees, this organisation is so much more than just another airline. And now, our hard work and commitment to service have been recognised by the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor. On April 2, TripAdvisor announced the results of its 2019 Travellers’ Choice Awards, wherein Cayman Airways was named “Best Airline in the Caribbean” and a top “Specialty and Leisure Airline” within the entire North America region. The results identified travellers’ favourite airlines around the globe, with the hallmark of Travellers’ Choice award winners being outstanding service, quality and value. Whilst we are truly honoured by the awards, I can’t say I am surprised. For over five decades Cayman Airways has been focused on ensuring that our promise of “Those Who Fly Us, Love Us” rings true. We believe that flying should be enjoyable for our passengers, so we remain dedicated to providing excellent value for money, delivering unique travel experiences and serving up true Caymanian hospitality. For Cayman Airways and its family of employees, our national slogan of Caymankindness is


more than a branding campaign, it’s a way of life. With these recognitions pouring in fresh on the heels of our inaugural flight to Denver, Colorado, I can’t wait to see what the second half of 2019 holds for our airline. On behalf of the entire Cayman Airways family, thank you for flying with us today. We look forward to welcoming you back on board the “Best Airline in the Caribbean”! Sincerely,

Fabian Whorms President & CEO, Cayman Airways Ltd.

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TakE a day TrIp To ThE SISTEr ISLandS! uS$127.00* (TaxES and FEES arE InCLudEd) Daily inter-island service between Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman is provided by Cayman Airways and Cayman Express, making travel quick and easy. To book, call 345.949.2311, visit www.caymanairways.com or contact your travel agent. To learn more about our Sister Islands, visit www.naturecayman.com







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Rocking Out Meet the brains behind Cayman’s incredibly successful KAABOO festival and CEO of Virgin Produced. BY STEPHANIE PEACOCK • PHOTOS COURTESY OF KAABOO


Tell us about your company. Virgin Produced was formed by Sir Richard Branson, Justin Berfield and me in 2009, with a focus on the production of quality entertainment products reflective of the Virgin brand sensibilities. We aimed to develop and produce high-quality Hollywood movies, television series, short-form/live entertainment/branded content and market those products in unique ways. What motivated you to bring KAABOO to the Cayman Islands? As we looked to grow the KAABOO experience outside of Southern California, I introduced my team to Cayman three years ago. As well as being a second home for me, Cayman has always been a destination known for its welcoming and friendly “Caymankind” hospitality. With that shared sensibility around guest service and hospitality, KAABOO in Cayman just made perfect sense. Following KAABOO’s introduction to the destination, we partnered with Dart [Real Estate] and started to develop our purpose-built site. How do you feel now that the first event is over and was such a huge success? Inspired! I’m incredibly grateful to the community for trusting in the brand and

As well as being a second home for me,

Cayman has always been a destination known for its welcoming and friendly ‘Caymankind’

he process of bringing a live music concert to Grand Cayman is a lot more difficult than you think. From securing worldfamous talent to addressing infrastructure and traffic concerns, it takes a whole team of talented and determined individuals to make it happen. It also takes one very determined visionary to see that despite any roadblocks, an amazing music and art experience is not only possible but destined to be a huge success.

hospitality. With that shared sensibility...

KAABOO in Cayman... made perfect sense. Jason Felts, CEO of Virigin Produced

the experience we were confident we could deliver. I’m inspired for the future growth of the event and for what will hopefully become a foundation for others to invest in the country. There is so much talent in Cayman, including but not limited to musicians, artists and a highly skilled labour force. I’m so very proud of Cayman. We did this together! What were the artists’ reactions when you approached them to appear in Cayman? I don’t think we had an artist who didn’t want to either come a day early or stay a little longer. Most artists occupied their off time by really taking in all that Cayman had to offer. It was really fun to showcase Cayman to a very influential international audience. What was your favourite part? It would have to be the feeling I had Friday night as I watched the sun going down over Seven Mile Beach whilst 10,000 [people] were buzzing about. At that exact moment, I looked over and saw Sir Richard Branson put his arm around Ken Dart. Seeing both of their smiles was confirmation that our collective dream of building something truly special for Cayman had come to life. What were the biggest obstacles that you had to overcome? Ensuring that we were educated on our

logistic, parking and transportation plans for the weekend. Although we hosted the largest live entertainment event (to date) in Cayman, not every resident of the Cayman Islands attended. That said, it was important to us that we were equally respectful to those who didn’t wish to attend KAABOO. So careful attention to traffic planning, neighbouring noise mitigation and community outreach was paramount for us. I believe we [succeeded] on all fronts. What are your plans for KAABOO 2020? Will the process be easier? Although the experience will continue to be multisensory, every KAABOO will vary slightly in its programming. This is how we will continue to keep the experience fresh and exciting. We are currently making offers to artists for 2020 and look forward to hosting another incredible weekend. I don’t expect the process to get any easier, but I do trust that a guest or prospective guest will now feel confident on the product that will be delivered.

Cayman Airways As National Flag Carrier for the Cayman Islands, Cayman Airways has big plans to bring even more visitors to our shores and open up new destinations for Island residents, such as with the addition of our new Denver, Colorado, gateway.


Cayman After Dark When the sun goes down, the Cayman Islands heats up! BY STACIE SYBERSMA


nce the sun sets and the beach chairs are stacked, Cayman’s night scene wakes up with dancing, stargazing and everything in between.

Dine and Dance Greet the full moon with a feast for the senses. Carrying on a 10-year tradition, Kaibo hosts its one-of-a-kind beachside

Luna Del Mar dinner in honour of Cayman’s bright moon and stars. Every month guests are treated to nine shared dishes, a live DJ, fire pit and a paper lantern display, all whilst digging their toes in white sands along palm-fringed shores. Those looking for a close encounter should head to The Wharf Restaurant & 20 Bar for their nightly tarpon feedings at 7 and 9 p.m. Dunja Yeap, guest relations manager of its sister restaurant Grand Old House, shares: “Gloves are passed out to those courageous and adventurous enough to demonstrate their feeding skills.” The tarpon feeding is a great way to interact with large tropical fish, without getting in the water. Additionally, every Tuesday night The Wharf hosts a free salsa lesson starting at 9:30 p.m., which is taught by Quiana Erb. “Quiana is a well-known and very talented local dance teacher,” Yeap explains. “She demonstrates the basic steps and swiftly

Those looking for a close encounter should head to The Wharf Restaurant & Bar for their nightly tarpon feedings.

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turns it into a routine.” After the free lesson, the dance floor is opened and everyone continues to dance until the early hours of the morning.

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the sea away from lights. Popular spots include beaches at East End, Rum Point and Barkers in West Bay — all ideal to kick off your shoes, lie back on the soft powdery sand and look skywards.22 Those interested in learning more about the night sky can join the Astronomical Society’s monthly meetings and make use of the society’s high-powered telescope, which offers a more detailed view of distant stars and planets.

The bioluminescence tour is a magical experience where guests can experience the beautiful glow of these rare organisms.

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Light Up the Night For a truly unique experience, try the Cayman Kayaks night tour. Tom Watling, founder and owner, explains: “Cayman Kayaks specialises in nighttime tours to one of only a few places in the world where a bioluminescent microorganism is trapped in such high concentrations that the water glows when agitated.” The bioluminescence tour is a magical experience where guests can experience the beautiful glow of these rare organisms. There are two eco-friendly options: a double kayak or Cayman’s only electric boat. When weather allows, the tour also contains stargazing. The guide points out constellations whilst guests bob in their boats. Watling continues, “As the closest operator to Bio Bay, our kayak and boat experiences are suitable for all ages and abilities.” Note that reservations are required and transportation can be arranged. Whether you’re a budding stargazer or a seasoned professional, Cayman offers stargazing opportunities aplenty for those who are willing to take a little time to look up. And thanks to its location just south of the Tropic of Cancer, stargazers can enjoy a view of up to 80 percent of the visible sky. The Cayman Islands Astronomical Society has been helping budding stargazers in Cayman navigate the night sky for decades. Whilst light pollution is an issue like almost every other country, Cayman does offer a large number of spots that are sufficiently free from artificial light for a fabulous view of the night sky. Richard McLeod, president of the Astronomical Society, suggests heading to a place near

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Something Borrowed This is one category that’s usually reserved for accessories loaned by friends and family, but if heirlooms aren’t cutting it, go vintage and pin together your big-day look with a statement piece like a pearlencrusted pin from Chanel (circa 1997). Available at whatgoesaroundnyc.com.

Aisle Style Let this centuriesold rhyme guide your big day and you’ll be poetry in motion.


omething olde, something new, something borrowed, something blue, a sixpence in your shoe.” This Victorian-era English rhyme has lingered around for centuries, encouraging brides to source customary charms for their ceremonial stroll down the aisle. Instead of stressing about superstition, don one of these four pieces that will give you all the luck you need as you make your way from the altar to the after-party.


So met h i ng N ew Rose gold is all the rage these days, but this is one trend that has staying power. Hermès’ dainty Faubourg band is crowned with a ring of diamonds that add just enough sparkle to your wedding-day look without taking away attention from the real gem — your gown. Available at Island Jewellers in Camana Bay.

According to The Knot, “something old” stands for continuity; “something new” shows optimism for the future; “something borrowed” symbolises


borrowed happiness; and “something blue” represents purity, love and fidelity.




S o m e t h in g Ol d Instead of donning a tried-andtrue trinket, opt for something “old” like diamonds — which are over a billion years old, in fact. Custom-crafted chandelier earrings are sure to snag everyone’s attention the second you step down the aisle. Available at jrdunn.com.

The Wedding Planner JoAnne V. Brown, CEO of the Caribbean’s largest wedding planning and production company, Celebrations Ltd., always has her finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest trends. We caught up with the expert to find out how brides saying “I do” in Cayman can prep like a pro for the big day.


What are some of the wedding trends you’re seeing this season?

Som et h in g B l u e Skip the standard blue shoes (so cliché!) and sport a staple accessory like a strand of sapphires. Unlike your dress, this is one jewel from your wedding you can keep on wearing for years to come. Available at jennifermeyer.com.


This year, we are seeing a lot more dresses with sheer and lace textures, contemporarystyled dresses with minimal embellishments, floral patterns and stunning dusty blue dresses that have recently launched.


Do you have any advice for brides planning a wedding in Cayman?

A: We always advise couples to

plan as much in advance and try to complete the planning process at least three weeks before their big day, so all they have left to focus on is booking amazing island excursions and experiences.


Are there any island-inspired details brides can incorporate?

A: Island chic attire for guests is Cayman Airways Your flight should be the last thing you stress about on your big day. Cayman Airways’ tailored wedding packages ensure couples fly in style — and even include discounts on future flights to the Cayman Islands.

always recommended, along with something light for the Caribbean sun. For bridal looks, adding delicate orchid hair accents can really enhance the overall look, especially when paired with a flowing, light textured dress for the perfect beach photos.


Romantic Getaway

Love is in the air with this amorous itinerary. BY STEPHANIE PEACOCK

f you’ve chosen Grand Cayman for your honeymoon, anniversary celebration or simply as a fantastic getaway destination to enjoy some R&R with your loved one, you’ll want to pack as much romance into your vacation as you can. Follow our handy suggestions for some serious loving this Spring.

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RISE & SHINE Start your romantic morning with a leisurely breakfast drinking in the beauty of Seven Mile Beach. The Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa’s Ave restaurant has an outdoor terrace where you can imbibe a healthy Heart Beets juice to put a zing in your step and dine on buttermilk pancakes, light and fluffy omelettes, or their Full Monty Breakfast Buffet for hearty appetites.

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10:30 AM OLD-TIME ROMANCE Head to South Sound for the most romantic dining location a couple could ever want — Grand Old House. This gorgeous former plantation home is more than 100 years old and exudes romance and sophistication from every corner. Feast on their beautiful terraces overlooking the ocean or indoors in the splendour of the house itself. Enjoy Chef Thushara Siriwardana’s tempting and beautifully presented cuisine that will melt your heart.

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PLAYTIME For those with an adventurous spirit, parasailing along Seven Mile Beach is an incredibly exhilarating experience that you can do together. Parasailing Professionals Ltd. employs a well-experienced crew to help you soar up, up and away, taking couples together for the ride of a lifetime. If you’d prefer to stay grounded but are still looking for an exciting adventure to share, try stand-up paddleboarding along Seven Mile Beach. Cayman Watersports offers great rates and helps you get started.



HEAVENLY RELAXATION The Westin Seven Mile Beach Grand Cayman’s Hibiscus Spa has recently been upgraded and offers the Hibiscus Couples Escape, complete with a 30-minute private Jacuzzi, side-by-side massage and a glass of sparkling wine. Ninety minutes of sheer heaven.


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4:00 PM PRIMP & PREEN Time for a quick primping before your romantic dinner. Focus Hair and Beauty’s service says it all in the name — they really do focus on you! Located in the Marquee Plaza, this salon will have guys and ladies looking their best with their expert hairdressers on hand to cut, colour, style, wash and blow-dry you to perfection. Squeeze in a mani/ pedi, too, and you are all set!


SAIL IN STYLE Head back to the beach at either the Kimpton Seafire or the Westin locations to pick up your Red Sail sunset catamaran cruise that will whisk the two of you off for a memorable meal on the ocean. Marvel at nature’s nightly entertainment: the sun setting over the shimmering horizon. It’s a view that we never tire of, and it’s even more special if you share it with a loved one. Dine under the stars on a three-course meal freshly prepared for you over a barbecue grill on board. A blissful end to a perfect day.


From top: Westin Grand Cayman; Courtesy of Cayman Islands Department of Tourism

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Age of Discovery

The Cayman Islands’ historic Discovery Day beginnings. TEXT AND PHOTO COURTESY OF CAYMAN ISLANDS NATIONAL ARCHIVE

he Cayman Islands is renowned for attracting visitors to its shores from all over the world. Whilst many travel by air, still others arrive on luxury cruise liners to discover the natural beauty of the country. Likewise, the sea was the conduit for the Islands’ earliest visitors, who also explored our lands for what they had to offer. The discovery of the Islands is attributed to the famous explorer Christopher Columbus and his men, who, on the 10th of May in 1503, sighted Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, and laid claim to these lands for Spain. During his fourth and final voyage, it was purely by happenstance and miscalculation Columbus passed by these Islands, on his way from Central America to Hispaniola. The event was documented by Columbus’ son Ferdinand, who penned, “sighted two very small, low islands full of turtles (as was all the sea thereabout, so that it seemed to be full of little rocks); that is why these islands are called Las Tortugas.” The vessels did not stop but pushed north, eventually reaching Cuba’s southern coast. Most intriguing is a 1502 map, Cantino Planisphere, which displays a group of unnamed islands in the general vicinity of our Islands. However, it was the Turin Map (1523) that first showed the three Islands with the name “Largatos,” and in 1526, Juan Vespucci accurately illustrated the location of the Islands, giving them the name “Caymanos.” Once on the map, literally, the Cayman Islands were frequented by mariners and other explorers, such as Sir Francis Drake, for fresh meat and water. These early visitors recorded that the Islands were not only full of turtles but were also populated by caimans (crocodiles). Remarkably, it is the connection to the turtle that has endured from these early days, as evidenced in many present-day symbols. These include our Coat of Arms and the Sir Turtle logo, which are proudly displayed on Cayman Airways aircraft, welcoming the modern-day traveller to our beautiful Islands.


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“This year’s wedding flower trends appear to be keeping to traditional colors and flowers,” notes Rachel Cudmore of Cayman’s esteemed florist Trisha’s Roses, “with Garden Roses and Peonies again topping the list. Succulents continue to hold brides’ attentions, and using a variety of foliages, especially the fragrant Eucalyptus, is also always popular.” “For brides seeking inspiration from Cayman’s Caribbean Beach locations, Tropical Bouquets are a popular choice for Beach weddings in Cayman and look very striking with a Caribbean Sea and Sand background.”

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Couples flock to the country of “One Love.” BY JANEEN JOHNSON




amaica’s idyllic beaches and panoramic mountain views set the tone for planning the ultimate destination wedding. The island’s exquisite collection of luxury resorts, boutique villas and venues offer limitless opportunities to design your version of happily ever after. Imagine exchanging vows under a pergola draped in hydrangeas as your loved ones watch adoringly from their garden seats. Or perhaps a beachfront ceremony for two is more your style. There’s a wealth of talented event planners on the island that can make your dreams a reality.

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intimate gathering or a big blowout with all the trimmings, there’s a wealth of talented event planners on the island that can make your dreams a reality.

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All-inclusive resorts like Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa have wedding planners on staff to manage all the details of your big day. Their packages cover everything from catering and décor to the officiant and photography. This familyfriendly resort is an ideal choice if you have a large guest list. Their grand ballroom accommodates up to 450 persons. One special feature of the Jewel Grande is their online honeymoon registry. Your loved ones can enhance your destination wedding

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For two years in a row, the World Travel Awards has recognised Sandals South Coast as the Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Resort. The property oozes romance with its Over-the-Water Butler Bungalows, fire pits and private beachside cabanas. Another very popular feature of the South Coast property is its Over-the-Water wedding chapel. “We do not just focus on the wedding day,” says Shaday James, a wedding planner at Sandals Resorts International (SRI). “Our focus is on the overall experience.”

Embrace Jamaica’s idyllic tropical setting and opt for beachside ceremonies and outdoor receptions lush with local flora and fauna.

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experience by gifting room upgrades, spa treatments and even off-property excursions. Excellence Oyster Bay, Jamaica’s newest resort, has attractive options best suited for wedding party sizes of fewer than 20. The chic adults-only property is set on a private peninsula bordered by the Glistening Waters Luminous Lagoon. Opt for a cocktail reception on the rooftop terrace, then ease into the honeymoon phase with rose petal baths and sparkling wine breakfasts in bed. Couples in search of bespoke experiences will appreciate the exclusivity of a wedding at Round Hill Hotel and Villas. Located within 30 minutes of Montego Bay airport, the Hanover-based property is amongst the most sought after wedding destinations in Jamaica. The catering and sales team works closely with couples to ensure that everything matches their expectations. Round Hill employs a strict one wedding per weekend policy, to guarantee couples their undivided attention. Plans for the “perfect” day are set in motion at least a year in advance. From the initial consultation, couples are matched with suitable vendors. The team then handles all the fine details to provide a seamless experience for their clientele. Round Hill prides itself on confidentiality. It is a popular vacation choice for Hollywood jet-setters and highnet-worth individuals.


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real Jamaica? Skip the traditional Champagne toast and opt for Appleton Estate Rum. Visit the estate in South Coast for an authentic and multi-sensory tour complete with a rum tasting experience.

groom are encouraged to experiment with different colours and décor to identify their style personality. With Aisle to Isle inspirations, the wedding team can create a more customised experience.

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Rose Hall Developments in Montego Bay has a destination relationship manager on staff. She works closely with photographers, caterers and other vendors to create tailor-made weddings for clients. Rose Hall operates some of the most prestigious venues in Jamaica, including the Rose Hall Great House and the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course. In Kingston, properties like Strawberry Hill and the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel can coordinate an elegant brunch or a poolside cocktail reception with delectable local and international cuisine options. People of various faiths can easily find experienced wedding planners to cater to multicultural celebrations. There are Hindu priests, rabbis and other licenced officiants available on the island to perform faith-based and nondenominational ceremonies. The abundance of picturesque locations contributes to Jamaica’s popularity. For a truly stunning backdrop, the views of Jamaica’s Blue Mountains from Strawberry Hill can’t be matched. The property seems made for romance, and can accommodate parties of three to 150 in various spaces including the Yoga Pavilion, which offers unparalleled views of the Blue Mountain peaks; its lush Main Lawn and Adinkra Lawn; and elegant villas and private dining rooms. Exclusive wedding packages and individualised Honeymoon Registry make it easy for couples to plan the wedding of their dreams.

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For SRI, their entire business model is built on love. The brand has an appointed director of romance who oversees the Destination Wedding programme for all Sandals and Beaches Resort properties. “We wanted to create an atmosphere where folks understand that the centre of who we are is really based on love,” says MarshaAnn Brown, SRI’s director of romance. “We’re involved in every aspect of romance travel.” Sandals offers services that are designed to celebrate a couple’s journey from engagement through to anniversary. In addition to “weddingmoons” (weddings and honeymoon), some properties have Engagement Concierges to organise surprise proposals. To celebrate anniversaries, couples are invited to “Retie the Knot” with a special vow renewal ceremony. The Aisle to Isle programme is another element of SRI’s Destination Wedding experience. Instead of wedding packages and themes, couples are given inspirations to help them visualise what their dream wedding could look like. The bride and

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Cayman Designers


EN MAS Meet some of the talented and creative minds behind carnival’s beads and baubles. BY LISA BOUSHY




he month of May is carnival season in the Cayman Islands. During the cultural celebrations of Batabano and CayMAS, music, dance and togetherness fill the air; and no matter the festival or parade, it’s the colourful elaborate costumes that garner the most attention. Meet a few talented designers to learn about their inspirations, collaborations and design process.

Iconz Cayman’s Creative Director Courtney McTaggart

worked with a number of costume designers to bring to life its “Festival Fashion” theme. Inspired by popular festivals across the globe, the costume styles range from bohemian to futuristic to post-apocalyptic. The “Caychella” costume, for example, pays homage to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and is a kaleidoscope of desert- and turquoise-hued feathers and intricate beadwork, designed by Trinidadian designer Liana Teixeira Khan.

How did you choose your theme? CM: We wanted to conceptualise

a theme that was relevant but somewhat cutting edge; trendy but also appealing to all demographics. We chose three festivals based on overall popularity and their already-established styles. Then we presented our designers with... three festival fashion–themed sections. I was in constant contact with all designers and had a huge part in the overall look and end product.

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Liana, how did you come to collaborate with Iconz? LTK: I submitted sketches and

then was chosen as a designer. From there I created a prototype that was sent to Cayman, where the team was able to see it in person and make whatever changes they wanted. Then I created the second and final prototypes (one for each style option), which were sent to the team again; and that is what was photographed and modelled at the launch.

What advice do you have for someone who may be too shy to take part in carnival? CM: The beauty of carnival is

the inclusivity and comfort shared amongst revellers. It’s a day where we come together as a people to enjoy a tradition, and it really cannot be explained, as you must take part to understand. We want to flatter all body types and styles, so we go through a process of sitting with women of all different ages, shapes and sizes to come up with options.

DESIGNER: Liana Teixeira Khan CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Courtney McTaggart COSTUME: “Caychella” (CayMAS) BAND: Iconz Cayman



For Leanne Ritch and Kenzie Rose,

it’s their first year designing carnival costumes together. Even though Ritch is an accountant, she always had an eye for creativity and is on the Swanky International committee, whilst Rose is an accomplished costume and pageant designer who has her own line, K. Rose. Their vision was to create something truly “out of the box,” and hence, Rocc & Rose was born.

What was your inspiration for the “Valyria” costume? LR: When we first chose “Valyria” to

design, instantly we both thought of the famous HBO series Game of Thrones. Valyria, also called Old Valyria, is a ruined city in Essos, which was once ruled by Dragonlords. KR: We both decided it would be unique to tell a story through the designs of our costumes: We start with our “Baby Dragon” costume; its small folded wings represent the birth of Valyria. Then comes the “Dragon of Youth” costume, which grows into a more mature dragon with bigger wings and even more detail. And finally, the “Mother of Dragons,” which has the most bling and the biggest wings. You can’t miss her roaring down the road.

What are the main embellishments that will make “Valyria” stand out? KR: The bright red costume base is the

colour of fire. Different shades of gold and bronze gems and the gold spikes give it a fun, edgy look. Gems with dragon scale patterns and shaped like dragon’s eggs — as well as long golden spikes on the wings (backpacks) — really bring out the dragon aesthetic.

For those who feel they don’t have the right body for these sorts of costumes, what advice would you give? KR: We design our costumes in a way that any body type can wear them and be comfortable in them. We also ensure that we get our clients’ likes and dislikes. Everyone is beautiful inside and outside, and there is no such thing as a specific body type when it comes to carnival. Carnival is about coming together as a family to enjoy the festivities our Island has to offer.

DESIGNERS: Rocc & Rose COSTUME: “Valyria” (CayMAS) BAND: Swanky International 60 May/June 2019

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Renegade Mas Band, created by Danielle and John Watler,

participates in both CayMAS and Batabano carnivals. It is only Danielle’s second year as a costume designer, after garnering much recognition for putting her own spin on carnival costumes she wore at previous carnivals. Now she wears many hats, including costume designer, owner and marketer.

What is your inspiration, and do you have a signature “look”? DW: I spend a lot of time researching

different styles, cultures and markets, and try to find the best way to infuse them into my designs. I love bold trims, mixed patterns and statement neck-pieces. I have to look at it and say, “Wow, I would wear that,” before even putting it out to the public.

What is your design process when creating a costume? DW: The planning process takes up

the most time, especially when you have limited resources on island. This year I started planning three months in advance of the costume launch and began developing a team to assist in the areas I’m not as skilled in, such as feather construction and sewing costume bases; but they were done under my design supervision. It’s like a puzzle, and every piece is so important to the next. I buy what I like, and then I spread it all over my dining table and have fun “playing with the pieces.” I’m not one to draw out my design beforehand. I will start with an idea, and many times halfway through it changes. I allow my intuition to lead, and if it sparks joy in me, I proceed.

What advice would you give for someone who wants to take part in carnival but is too shy or modest? DW: Go for it! Be bold and fearless. I

promise you, when everyone is on the road and that soca music starts playing, we are all the same standing as one band in unity — no matter your body type. This is the time to let go of insecurities and allow yourself to shine.

DESIGNER: Danielle Watler COSTUMES: Amethyst Frontline (Batabano); Amethyst Backline (Batabano [opener] ) BAND: Renegade Mas

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DESIGNERS: Nik Stewart and Tigerlily Hill COSTUME: “Nothing but Fête” — the Unicorns (Batabano) BAND: Renegade Mas

How did you go about creating these costumes, and how long did it take? TH: The costumes took a full two weeks.

Nik Stewart and Tigerlily Hill

have joined forces for several fashion projects in the United States, but this is the first time the Cayman-born design duo collaborated as costumiers for Batabano. Stewart is a busy model who won the title of Caribbean’s Next Top Model in 2013, whilst Hill is an award-winning fashion designer and celebrity stylist. Together, they’re best friends and brand-building influencers with their own swimsuit line and talent management agency.

What was your inspiration for designing these costumes? TH: Our approach was artful, majestic and unassuming. With the theme of “magic,” we knew the central accord

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would be all about fantasy, which is why we incorporated complementary, iridescent, metallic colours to bring our female and male costumes to life. NS: The women’s crown is meant to evoke a beautiful eccentricity that matches the harmonious cosmopolitan atmosphere of the Cayman Islands… we wanted our diverse section of girls to exude magnificence, strength, beauty and empowerment. The men’s costume, on the other hand, is meant to be a complete reflection of the women’s in the form of a resilient echo. This is why we constructed the kaleidoscopic shorts out of reflector fabric. All of the costumes are made from environmentally friendly fabric.

We began by sourcing fabric, then handconstructed the silhouette and hand-sewed the first sample for the women’s costume before amply embellishing with crystals, jewels, rhinestones, beads and other accoutrements. The wings (also known as the backpack) took a few extra days based on the sheer size. With the men’s form we collaborated with a manufacturer in getting the goggles completed, then we sewed the cloth mask and shorts. After both samples were completed, the last step was to have a production sample sewn and have the costumes be mass-produced for carnival.

Why does the costume have different styles? NS: We didn’t want a division, so we

created essentially one costume so our group of girls will experience togetherness yet exclusivity. A plus-size option (fuller bottom) is available, as we are on a mission to promote body positivity.



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CULINARY CREATIVITY Pretty in pastel macarons, ice cream stations and colourful cake pops — or, if you’re more a fan of pastry, pie pops — have all been making their way to dessert tables.

Nuria Villacís is a pastry chef at the Marriott Beach House on Grand Cayman, whose culinary journey prior to moving to the Islands included several years creating wedding cakes and desserts in Ecuador. When it comes to dessert, Marriott Beach House knows how to throw quite a soirée indeed. In addition to their exquisite on-site weddings, the Beach House also throws a weekly Mad Tea Party. Inspired by the eccentric feast from Alice in Wonderland, the colourful array of desserts and teas is a favourite amongst guests. Villacís reminisces on one of her personal favourite wedding endeavours for a couple who both shared a great love of music. “We created tiny cheesecake jars with a design of an old record on the lid that had the names of the bride and groom written where the name of the artist used to be. Also, their wedding cake had a song lyric written all around it.” It’s that opportunity for creativity that is drawing more couples towards dynamic dessert tables. Bites like doughnuts and cupcakes are no longer simplistic in design but artisanal creations showcasing both sweet and savoury flavour combinations. Pretty in pastel macarons, ice cream stations and colourful cake pops — or, if you’re more a fan of pastry, pie pops — have all been making their way to dessert tables. And just as important as the desserts themselves is the presentation. Villacís advises, “Keep it fun and playful; desserts are all about emotions. It’s important to have different height levels for the display and defined elements according to the style of the celebration. Colours and decorative accents also play an important role.” Think doughnut walls and cupcake towers, tiered installations of mini pies or cakes, or stackable sweets like crêpes, or even pancakes.

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mongst the flowers, the dress, the rings and the vows, one’s big day would not be complete without another joyful element — dessert. The final course to cap this momentous occasion has long been the realm of the multi-tiered wedding cake. Yet more and more couples are shifting away from the traditional tower of cascading blossoms and icing, and embracing delightful dessert spreads and innovative installations, creating vibrant focal points that are sure to dazzle one’s guests.


Bites like doughnuts and cupcakes are no longer simplistic in design but artisanal creations showcasing both sweet and savoury flavour


One of the greatest values in this shift of the dessert menu is the personalisation it allows and the engagement it creates for guests. Couples have the opportunity to let their creativity shine and express the energy of their love, whether it’s through bright colours, floral accents, charming display tags or simply choosing sweets they truly love. These elements also integrate the final course into the overall aesthetic of the day.

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In addition to an innovative display, many couples are also honing in on offering healthy options for guests and celebrating locally sourced ingredients. Having a variety of desserts to choose from can help accommodate guests’ dietary needs and preferences, from vegan to gluten-free selections. Grand Cayman’s Scratch Gourmet Desserts not only creates delicious desserts with the most natural ingredients possible, they also provide brides and patrons with products that

are free of preservatives, locally sourced and as “gluten-free or gluten-full” as desired. Their iconic rustic Naked Cakes, doughnuts and French macarons make lovely additions to any dessert table. The dessert course is also a fun opportunity to celebrate the couple’s cultural origins. Across the whole menu, couples are increasingly seeking to incorporate multicultural meals for their big day, showcasing family favourites and signature dishes. For dessert, this could mean mini versions of traditional desserts, innovative twists on classic flavours or just tasty treats known to the region, be it mango or guava turnovers, churros with delicious dipping sauces or a towering croquembouche. And the treats don’t end with dessert. Coming up with creative party gifts for guests can be a challenging part of the planning process for couples. Growing in popularity are edible gifts, like mini jams, chutneys or jars of honey. Charming vessels like vintage bottles or Mason jars add a touch of creativity with plenty of room for decorative details, and it’s a wonderful way to honour your loved ones and showcase local ingredients, too. With enchanting colour and personalised accents, the dessert table is truly a creative palette for couples to express the beauty and joy of their love, and an instant eyecatcher that is sure to spark delight in the hearts of all.

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Planting Roots When buying one’s first home, look to the future whilst celebrating the journey. BY JESSIE GILMARTIN

CHOOSING A HOME Alvin Sluchinski is a real estate advisor at Engel & Völkers. Says Sluchinski, “The savvy buyer will think of resale when they make a purchase, but they want to be comfortable whilst they’re in the place, and they want to grow with the house.” When choosing a home, first-time buyers should consider whether they plan to have children or pets in the future, with need of extra bedrooms or yard space, or the amount of storage required for leisure items like dive gear or grilling equipment. Specifically in the condo and townhome market, many communities have very precise rules concerning storage on balconies and patios, which may come as a surprise to firsttime buyers. It’s important to be well versed in these regulations in order to choose a space that’s synergised with your life. Says Sluchinski of the Caymanian rhythm, “There’s a lot of outdoor time spent here; that’s why the patio and the outdoor spaces are very important to a decision whilst buying. It’s an al fresco lifestyle. You want to enjoy the warm air and tropical breezes.” Furthermore, buyers should look ahead towards whom might purchase their home

The savvy buyer will

think of resale when

they make a purchase, but they want to be comfortable whilst they’re in the place, and they want to grow with the house.

next. Close proximity to parks, yoga studios or bike trails all amplify the future value of a home, whether the current buyer engages in those recreations or not.

GOING GREEN First-time buyers are also increasingly aware of and interested in emerging energy initiatives. Max Hillier, chief catalyst officer and broker at Jasdip Properties, explains this building momentum in Cayman. “Everyone who’s buying a home wants to know: Is it energy efficient? What does it cost to run this home? It’s definitely a massive conversation that’s being had.” In the quest to dream green, buyers have plenty of options. Solar panels, geothermal units and LED lighting may come with high costs initially but provide long-term value

and benefit. Hillier advises researching opportunities per one’s community, as well as further tuning your space by designing your infrastructure’s windows and outdoor areas to fully embrace the Caribbean sun and ocean breezes. And whilst the world of renovation and DIY shows has ushered in a wave of buyers wanting to take on dream projects, buyers should be aware that these can come with a much higher price point than anticipated, creating challenges in their project timeline. Investing in market and product research, and discerning what’s practical, can save first-time buyers much unexpected cost and frustration. Perhaps the most important advice, however, is to enjoy the journey. Says Hillier, “We have such a powerful little Caribbean island. We have amazing construction teams, design businesses, brokers and real estate agents to help and support you have an incredible experience when you’re buying real estate here.”

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he road to buying one’s first home is filled with excitement and anticipation, but finances, fees and contracts can make one’s head spin. Amongst all the technicalities, mindfulness of both everyday practicality and long-term vision is key, as well as optimising your home for the future.



Make a Splash The prestigious Flowers Sea Swim beckons swimmers near and far. BY STEPHANIE PEACOCK



their toes in for the first time,” says organiser Dara Flowers. “It’s a great family day out with fantastic prizes at the end. Nonswimmers can participate in our ‘Walk and Watch’ event, so everyone’s involved.” The event is touted as the world’s richest, with more than $100,000 in cash and random prizes available. The swim was founded by Dara’s father, Frankie Flowers, who received the R. Max Ritter award — the Nobel Peace Prize of swimming awards — presented each year by United States Aquatic Sports to people who have contributed the most to promoting the sport, a huge deal for the Islands. Jade Barnes, 17, swam her first Flowers Sea Swim at age 8. “The atmosphere is incredible. Seeing people from all around the world coming to take part in this massive event is really overwhelming, but in a good way,” she explains. All proceeds of Flowers Sea Swim go to the Special Olympics Cayman Islands.

No doubt Cayman’s clear, warm waters set against a backdrop of the award-winning Seven Mile Beach are contributing factors to the success of the Flowers Sea Swim.

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hy are some of the world’s best swimmers drawn to the Cayman Islands every year? That’s easy; it’s all due to the Flowers Sea Swim, sponsored by Cayman Airways. Popular with top athletes as well as recreational swimmers, the onemile swim was named one of the World’s Top 13 Open Water Swims and often accommodates a thousand participants. Celebrating its 27th year in 2019, the Flowers Sea Swim will take place on June 15. No doubt Cayman’s clear, warm waters set against a backdrop of the awardwinning Seven Mile Beach are contributing factors to the success of the Flowers Sea Swim, but it takes a whole lot of organising to pull off such a brilliant swimming gathering. “It’s such a fun event, and we welcome swimmers with all abilities, from Olympic medal winners to novice swimmers dipping

Giving A New Meaning to Fun in the Sun! 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. Oasis is the only watersports attraction in the Cayman Islands that has certified lifeguards with over 30 years of experience; your safety is their number one priority.

Action Tower • Trampoline • Water Roller • Waterslides • Lounge • Ladder • Hurdles and Other Obstacles

Tourist/Visitor Rates: USD$30 & USD$25 per hour, depending on age. Local/Resident Rates: KYD$15 & KYD$20 per hour, depending on age.

10% discount for every hour after your first hour. Annual Passes also available, starting at KYD$250 per year. See website for information. Call or e-mail for Group Rates. Open 9 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday; 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 124 South Church St., George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (345) 323-3394 info@oasisaquaparkcayman.com oasisaquaparkcayman.com

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Minimum age/height requirement for entry into the water park is 6 years old and/or 42” in height.

Established in 2011, The Flower Dell is a boutique floral design studio specializing in floral and décor for weddings and events. www.theflowerdell.com 345-925-5799

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Calendar of Events The season heats up with some of Cayman’s most exciting events.



2nd–5th. The Cayman Islands’ International Fishing Tournament brings anglers of all skill levels to compete in one of Cayman’s largest sporting events of the year. fishcayman.com

4th. The Island’s iconic Batabano Street Parade takes revellers through a picturesque route from Public Beach to Harbour Drive. Considered the climax of Batabano celebrations, the parade also features a food festival and musical entertainment. Cayman Airways is the official airline of Batabano. caymancarnival.com

with CayMAS Carnival, held during Discovery Day weekend. caymas.ky

18th. Celebrate the 15th anniversary of the world’s most popular and longest running rebreather diving event at Little Cayman Beach Resort. Divers with Divetech’s Innerspace 2019 will explore the deep walls of Little Cayman. divetech.com 76 26th. The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority is hosting its third annual Charity Walk/Run starting at 6 a.m. at the Elizabethan Square. Participants will have the option to register for either the 5k walk/run or the 10k run. Proceeds will benefit the literacy and numeracy programmes within various Cayman Islands Government primary schools. caymanactive.com

JUNE 9th. Join the Wind of Hope 5k Walk/ Run to benefit the Nadine Pre-school. Participants will enjoy prizes, trophies and giveaways. caymanactive.com



Bring out the whole family for the Junior Batabano Parade. This cultural showcase lets kids parade through George Town in a mass of colour, music and creativity. Cayman Airways is the official airline of Batabano. caymancarnival.com


Hop on a Cayman Airways Express flight and experience how “Brackers” do carnival during Cayman Brac’s Braccanal celebration. braccanal.com

17th–20th. Enjoy a full weekend of carnival events, parades and parties

In honour of Cayman Islands’ British heritage, the birthday of the Queen of England is celebrated, filling the streets with full military dress parade, 21-gun salute and an open house and garden reception at the Government House.

15th–17th. Drawing both Olympic-level and casual swimmers, the Flowers Sea Swim, sponsored by Cayman Airways, is an exciting one-mile swim that runs parallel to Seven Mile Beach. Local and visiting swimming aficionados are encouraged to make it a swimming weekend by participating in the Flowers 5k and 10k Sea Swim. flowersseaswim.com

Every Wednesday Embark on an authentic Spanish journey with Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa’s Pintxos + Paella dining experience complete with a paella station, sangria, cocktails and live music from 6 to 10 p.m. seafireresortandspa.com

Every Tuesday & Saturday Kids can cool off and turn up the fun at Camana Bay’s Imagination Playground in the fountain at the Crescent from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. camanabay.com

Every Sunday Blue Cilantro’s Sunday brunch is an a la carte adventure featuring delicious dishes ranging from traditional breakfast favourites to shrimp, oysters, crab claws and sushi options; exciting weekly changing main courses and a sumptuous choice of desserts. bluecilantrocayman.com

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Waves lap at your feet as you enjoy a decadent sunset. A harpist extraordinaire plays as you enjoy freshly made cuisine in an indulgent atmosphere. You’re at Casanova’s by the Sea, Grand Cayman’s favourite Italian trattoria situated right on the water in our nation’s capital. Here you’ll find:



• Southern Italian cuisine • Fresh local seafood • Authentic Italian pizza • An exceptional wine cellar • Ideal protein menu • Decadent desserts • An indulgent atmosphere • Harpist extraordinaire • Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options • A family-friendly environment and children’s menu • In-house and off-site catering for all size groups • Private dining room for special occasions like wedding rehearsal dinners, christenings, baby showers or corporate events

WE BRING PASSION TO YOUR TABLE. CASANOVA’S SECRET INGREDIENT… THAT’S AMORE! 65 North Church Street, George Town, Grand Cayman 345-949-7633 www.casanova.ky casanova@candw.ky

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Welcome aboard/Bienvenido a bordo Airline News/Noticias

Cayman Airways named Best Airline in the Caribbean by TripAdvisor Also named a top Specialty and Leisure Airline in North America

The world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor, has named Cayman Airways Limited (CAL) the “Best Airline in the Caribbean” and a top “Specialty and Leisure Airline” within the entire North America region. The announcement comes as part of TripAdvisor’s 2019 Travellers’ Choice Awards results for airline categories, issued April 2, 2019. The results identified travellers’ favourite airlines around the globe, with the hallmark of Travellers’ Choice award winners being outstanding service, quality and value. Cayman Airways is the National Airline of the Cayman Islands, since 1968. “Cayman Airways, including its subsidiary Cayman Airways Express, prides itself in embedding the very best of Caymanian hospitality into its service, which is reflected by the Airline receiving these two important TripAdvisor awards,” said Cayman Airways President and CEO, Fabian Whorms. “For over five decades, Cayman Airways has been focused on ensuring that our promise of “those who fly us, love us” rings true. In delivering on that promise, the Cayman Airways family goes to great

lengths to provide a pleasant and safe travel experience, filled with the best of our warm Caymanian hospitality. The Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Cayman Airways are therefore very proud and appreciative of these TripAdvisor awards, which recognises our efforts to deliver an unparalleled level of service and Caymanian hospitality, making us unique amongst all airlines.” TripAdvisor said the Travellers’ Choice award winners for airlines were determined based on the reviews and opinions collected from TripAdvisor travellers worldwide, and took into account the quantity and quality of airline reviews and ratings submitted over a 12-month period (January to December 2018). Now in its third year for airline categories, the organisation noted that the prestigious 2019 award categories honours 57 airlines in 91 total awards that provide exceptional value and service across the world. In addition to the world list, the Travellers’ Choice awards recognises the winning airlines in eight regions: Africa & Indian Ocean, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America and South Pacific & Oceania.

Inflight beverages for purchase $4






Cocktails & Spirits/ Cocteles y bebidas alcohólicas

Seven Fathoms Rum (Cayman) Flor de Caña Bacardi Light Rum Smirnoff Vodka Tanqueray Gin Baileys Irish Cream Jack Daniels Whisky Tortuga Rum Dewar’s White Label Scotch


Caybrew Lager Beer Miller Light Heineken

Sparkling Wine/ El Vino Espumosos Henkell Trocken




Enjoy Complimentary:

Seven Fathoms Rum Punch, plus enjoy a variety of free sodas and fruit juices


Woodbridge Merlot Woodbridge Chardonnay Lamothe Parrot Red (blend)

Inflight snacks for purchase

$250 each

Pringles - Chips Famous Amos - Cookies Nabisco 100 - Oreo Thin Crisps Goldfish - Snack Crackers



Belvita - Blueberry Breakfast Biscuit Muffin* - Various varieties



Hillshire - Various varieties Hummus with Pretzels - Various varieties Protein Pack - Turkey, Almonds, Colby Jack Cheese

*Does not contain peanuts but is made in a facility that processes peanuts, soy and other tree nuts (almonds, cashews, coconut, macadamia nuts, pecans). Products may vary and may not be available on all flights. For onboard purchases, we accept most major credit or debit cards. Cash is not accepted onboard. Prices are listed in US$. Los productos pueden variar y pueden no estar disponibles en todos los vuelos. Para compras a bordo, aceptamos la mayoría de tarjetas de crédito o de débito. No se aceptará dinero en efectivo a bordo. Los precios estarán enlistados en US$.

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Cayman Airways *Souvenirs for Purchase/ Souvenirs a la venta

Cayman Airways Logo Cups $18.75 50th Anniversary Commemorative Plate $60

Cayman Airways Blankets $10

50th Anniversary Commemorative Pin $12

Cayman Airways Neck Pillows $5

Cayman Airways Sweater $40


Aircraft B737 Max 8 1:100 series $238

Aircraft B737-300 1:100 series $162.50

Aircraft B737-300 1:100 series $75.00

Aircraft B737-800 1:100 series $162.50

Aircraft B737-300 1:180 series $30.00

Aircraft DHC-6-300 1:50 series $94.00

For sales items, contact/Para artículos en oferta, comuníquese con: Ann-Marie Byrd-Commercial Department annmarie @ caymanairways.net • (345) 743-8292 • (345) 926-0749 *Prices listed in U.S. dollars/Precios cotizados en dólares estadounidenses 81

Flight and Safety Regulations/Normas de vuelo y seguridad Cayman Airways’ cabin crewmembers are on board primarily for your safety. They receive intensive training in all safety procedures and in the event of an emergency will provide you with guidance and direction. They may require your assistance, and if you are called upon, the following information will better prepare you to assist. • Pay close attention to the safety demonstrations  and announcements. • Take the time to locate the emergency exits closest to you, bearing in mind that they may be behind you. • If you are seated in an emergency exit make sure you know what is expected of you in the event of an emergency, and that you are capable of assisting as required. • Ensure that you know where your life jacket is located. • Ensure that you know where your oxygen mask will appear, if needed; how to start the flow of oxygen; and how to put the mask on securely. • Review the correct procedure for exiting the cabin in the event of an emergency. • Carefully review the safety information located in the seat pocket in front of you. In the unlikely event that safety procedures are required during your flight, remember to remain calm and to follow the instructions of Cayman Airways’ cabin crewmembers.

Los tripulantes de cabina de Cayman Airways están a bordo principalmente para su seguridad. Ellos reciben un entrenamiento intensivo en todos los procedimientos de seguridad y, en el caso de una emergencia, le ofrecerán guía y orientación. Pueden necesitar de su ayuda, de modo que si se la piden, la siguiente información lo ayudará a estar mejor preparado para colaborar. •P  reste atención a las demostraciones y anuncios sobre seguridad. • L ocalice las salidas de emergencia más cercanas, teniendo en cuenta que pueden estar detrás de usted. • S i su asiento está ubicado en una salida de emergencia, asegúrese de que conoce lo que debe hacer en el caso de una emergencia, y de que es capaz de ofrecer la asistencia necesaria. •A  segúrese de saber dónde está el chaleco salvavidas. •A  segúrese de saber por dónde saldrá la máscara de oxígeno (si fuera necesaria), cómo activar el flujo de oxígeno y cómo colocarse adecuadamente la máscara. •R  evise los procedimientos correctos para salir de la cabina en el caso de una emergencia. •R  evise cuidadosamente la información sobre seguridad situada en la parte posterior del asiento delante del suyo. En el caso improbable de que se necesiten procedimientos de seguridad durante su vuelo, recuerde mantener la calma y seguir las instrucciones de los miembros de la tripulación de cabina de Cayman Airways.


Terminal 6

Terminal 5

Terminal Maps/Mapas de las terminales Parking

JFK Garage International Airport AIRPORT INTERNATIONAL Parking JOHN F. KENNEDY

erminal 8

Terminal 6

Terminal 7

Terminal 5

minal 9

Terminal 8

Terminal 9 Parking Garage

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Terminal 4


Terminal 4 Parking Garage

Terminal 1 Terminal 3

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To Airside D (CLOSED)

Red Side Airlines

To Airside C

Air Tran Air Canada America West British Airways

Cayman Airways Charters Continental Frontier Independence Air Midwest Spirit Southwest TED United West Jet

To Airside E

Terminal Maps/Mapas de las terminales Tampa International Airport To Airside F

To Airside A

Transfer Level Red Side Ticketing/Check-in

Blue Side Airlines American Airlines Delta Airlines jetBlue Northwest/KLM Song US Airways

Blue Side Ticketing/Check-in

Ticketing Level

Miami International Airport

Chicago O’Hare International Airport



Terminal D

Ticket Counter Between Terminals E and F

M1 Terminal 5 M3

Terminal 7 Parking Garage


Terminal E


New Gate Location at Gate E-2

Parking Garage


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Terminal F


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Terminal G


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Parking Garage

Passengers arriving at Concourses D or E can utilise the pedestrian walkway to check-in directly at the Cayman Airways gate without having to clear security. Business Class passengers and Sir Turtle Club members canParking also Garage easily access the Premium Lounge located near Gate E-2.

rminal E


Terminal F

Terminal G

Cayman Airways Cargo No matter what you’re shipping, Cayman Airways ensures your cargo reaches its destination. Whether it’s pillows or livestock, our customers have trusted Cayman Airways Cargo with their precious cargo since the 1960s. We ship to/from Cayman Brac; Miami and Tampa, Florida; Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica; and La Ceiba, Honduras. For more information, please visit: caymanairways.com/Cargo-Offices caymanairways.com/hours-of-operations Independientemente de lo que desee enviar, Cayman Airways garantiza que su carga llegue a destino. Ya se trate de almohadas o de ganado, desde los años 1960 los clientes han confiado su preciada carga a Cayman Airways Cargo. Transportamos desde/hacia Cayman Brac; Miami y Tampa, Florida; Kingston y Montego Bay, Jamaica; y La Ceiba, Honduras. Para más información consulte: caymanwaiways.com/Cargo-Offices caymanairways.com/hours-of-operations

Shipping Tips

Complete the necessary shipping forms The cargo acceptance form must accompany your envelope or shipment regardless of which service you choose. This form is available on our website, or may be completed at our cargo office. Your government issued ID must be presented when submitting this form. Bring 3 copies of invoice You’ll need 3 copies of the commercial invoice that will accompany your shipment. Bring these with you to the Cargo Office, ensuring you’ve provided contact information for the consignee. Insure your shipment The airway bill confirms that your goods have been accepted. Make sure to declare the value of your goods. Llene los formularios de carga necesarios El formulario de aceptación de carga debe acompañar su sobre o mercancía, no importa cuál servicio escoja. Este formulario está disponible en nuestro sitio web, o puede ser rellenado en nuestra oficina de envío de carga. Debe presentar su identificación expedida por el Gobierno cuando presente este formulario. Traiga 3 copias de facturas Usted necesitará 3 copias de la factura comercial que acompañará su envío. Llévelas a la Oficina de Carga, asegurándose de proporcionar información de contacto del consignatario. Asegure su envío La factura aérea confirma que su mercancía ha sido aceptada. Asegúrese de declarar el valor de sus mercancías. 84 May/June 2019

Route Map/Mapa de rutas


New York



Indicates Seasonal Route


Miami Havana Montego Bay

Little Cayman Grand Cayman

Cayman Brac

Roatan La Ceiba

The only airline offering customers FREE Rum Punch aboard every international jet flight to and from the Cayman Islands.


Flying since 1968

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Customs and Immigration Forms/ Formularios de Aduana e Inmigración U.S. Customs

Aduana de EE. UU.

When entering the United States, all passengers (or one passenger per family) are required to complete a Customs Declaration form.

Al entrar en Estados Unidos, todos los pasajeros (o un pasajero por familia) deben rellenar un formulario de Declaración de Aduana. DECLARACIÓN DE ADUANA (EE. UU.) Antes de su llegada, cada pasajero o un miembro responsable de la familia deberá proporcionar la siguiente información (sólo se requiere UNA declaración escrita por familia): 1. Apellido Nombre Inicial del segundo nombre 2. Fecha de nacimiento: día mes año 3. Número de familiares que viajan con usted 4 (a) Dirección en EE. UU. (nombre del hotel/destino) (b) Ciudad (c) Estado 5. Pasaporte expedido por (país) 6. Número de pasaporte 7. País de residencia 8. Países visitados durante este viaje antes de llegar a EE. UU. 9. Aerolínea/No. de vuelo o nombre de embarcación 10. Este viaje es principalmente de negocios: Sí No 11. Traigo (traemos) (a) frutas, vegetales, plantas, semillas, alimentos, insectos: Sí No (b) carnes, animales, productos de origen animal/silvestre: Sí No (c) agentes patógenos, cultivos celulares, caracoles: Sí No (d) tierra, o hemos estado en una finca/granja/pastizal: Sí No 12. He (hemos) estado cerca de (tocado, manipulado) ganado: Sí No 13. Traigo (traemos) moneda o instrumentos mo-netarios por un valor superior a US$10.000 o su equivalente en moneda extranjera: Sí No 14. Tengo (tenemos) mercancía comercial (artículos para la venta, muestras utilizadas para solicitar pedidos o productos no considerados efectos personales): Sí No 15. Residentes – el valor total de todos los artículos, incluyendo la mercancía comercial que he/hemos comprado o adquirido en el extranjero (incluyendo regalos para otros, pero no productos enviados por correo a EE. UU.) y que traigo/ traemos a EE. UU. es de: US$_____ Visitantes – el valor total de todos los artículos que permanecerán en EE. UU., incluyendo la mercancía comercial, es de: US$ _____ X_________________________________ (firma) Fecha (día/mes/año)

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Cayman Islands Customs and Immigration When entering the Cayman Islands, all foreign nationals are required to complete an immigration form. In addition, all passengers (or one passenger per family) are required to complete a Customs Declaration form.

Aduana e inmigración a Islas Caimán Al entrar en Islas Caimán, todos los nacionales extranjeros deben rellenar un formulario de inmigración. Además, todos los pasajeros (o un pasajero por familia) deben rellenar un formulario de Declaración de Aduana.

Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) All eligible international travelers who wish to travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) must apply for an authorization online through the ESTA website prior to travel. Please visit https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/. The following countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program:

Sistema Electrónico de Autorización de Viaje (ESTA) Todos los pasajeros internacionales elegibles que deseen viajar a Estados Unidos bajo el Programa de Exención de Visas (VWP, siglas en inglés) deben solicitar una autorización por internet a traves del sitio web de ESTA (siglas en inglés de Sistema Electrónico para Autorización de Viaje) antes de viajar. Consulte https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/. Los siguientes países participan en el Programa de Exención de Visas:

Andorra Australia Austria Belgium Brunei Czech Republic Denmark Estonia

Norway Portugal Republic of Malta San Marino Singapore Slovakia Slovenia

Japan Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Monaco Netherlands New Zealand

Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy

South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland Taiwan United Kingdom

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TARJETA DE INMIGRACIÓN A ISLAS CAIMÁN Apellido Primer nombre Dirección País de ciudadanía Número de pasaporte Fecha de nacimiento: día/ mes/año No. de vuelo Duración de la estadía en número de noches Firma


Every passenger or the head of a family travelling together with goods to be declared is required to give the following information (only ONE written declaration per family): 1. Family Name .......................................................................................................................... (please print)

2. Given Names .......................................................................................................................... (please print)

3. Date of Birth (dd/mm/yy) ............./............../................Male


4. Number of Family Members travelling with You: .....................


5. Address in Cayman (Hotel or condominium name/Private Residence/Other)

......................................................................................................................................................................... 6. Airline and Flight Number ..................................................................................................

Propósito de la visita Placer Negocios Vacaciones de buceo Búsqueda de empleo Visita a amigos o familiares Aceptación de empleo Luna de miel En tránsito


7. I am a citizen of Cayman

I reside permanently in the Cayman Islands

Dirección en Islas Caimán Dirección Teléfono Visitas anteriores Ninguna Una Dos o más Hotel/Casa de huéspedes Apartamento/Condominio Residencia privada Nombre Ciudadanía Fecha de nacimiento: día/ mes/año



If No, state expected length of stay ...................................................................................... purpose of trip: Business Pleasure Other, please specify .............................................. 8. I hereby declare that I am/we are importing the following goods:

(d) currency or monetary instruments*


9. Have you been on a farm, ranch, pasture or


(a) fruits, vegetables, plants, seed, food, insects (b) meats, animals, animal/wildlife products (c) disease agents, snails, soils

Ocupación Ejecutivo Profesional Servicios/Oficio Estudiante Jubilado


If No state country of citizenship ...........................................................................................

over $15,000 (KYD or foreign equivalents)

handled livestock while abroad?



FOOD ITEMS Meat, Fish, Other Foods etc. Agricultural products ELECTRONIC GOODS Computers, Phones, TV's Other Electronics etc. AUTO PARTS Auto Parts, Accessories, Tyres, etc. OTHER GOODS Clothing, Footwear, Jewellery Bullion (coins, ingots, bars, etc.) Household Goods ALCOHOL/TOBACCO Beer, Spirits, Wines, Cigars, Cigarettes PHARMACEUTICAL GOODS



........................................................ Officer’s Signature

Examination Verification:

........................................................ Officer’s Signature

Cayman Islands Residents - must declare the total value of all articles acquired abroad (whether by purchase, as a gift or otherwise) which are in their or their family’s possession at the time of arrival, if the total value of such articles exceeds the duty free allowances stated hereunder. Visitors to the Cayman Islands - must declare the total value of all gifts, foods, spirits, liquor, tobacco products and any articles which they are intending to leave or consume in the islands. Duty - Customs Officers will determine the amount of duty to be paid, in accordance with the relevant legislation and/or based upon the value declared. Duty Free Allowances - Cayman Islands Residents returning from a visit overseas may bring with them dutiable or household articles, at the discretion of the Collector, up to the value of CI$500.00/(US$595.00). In addition, all passengers over the age of 18 years may bring with them the following items: Up to 1 litre of potable spirits; or 1 case (not exceeding 8 litres) of beer; or 4 litres of wine; or Up to 200 cigarettes; or 250 grammes tobacco The transportation of “Currency” and “Negotiable Monetary Instruments” regardless of the amount is legal. However, if you bring into the Cayman Islands Currency and other “Negotiable Monetary Instruments” valued CI$15,000 or more, or foreign equivalent, or a combination of both, you must declare it and you must also file additional particulars with Customs on the form provided. “Currency” means cash or negotiable monetary instruments. “Cash” means bank notes or coins that are legal tender in any country whether or not convertible. ”Monetary Instruments” include non-cash instruments such as cheques, traveller’s cheques, promissory notes, money orders or postal orders or bearer negotiable instruments including such form as those mentioned. The “bearer” is the person in possession of the negotiable monetary instrument. Monetary instruments may also include in such form as those mentioned above any which are endorsed without restriction, made out to a fictitious payee, or otherwise in such form that title thereto passes upon delivery; or it may be an incomplete instrument which is signed but with the payee’s name omitted. “Bullion” is gold, silver, or other precious metals in the form of coins, ingots, or bars. Although bullion is not a monetary instrument for purposes of this requirement, it still must be declared upon entry.


Examination Required:

IMPORTANT INFORMATION Declaration - All passengers are required by law to declare all articles in their possession.

Failure to make such declaration for the total amount you are carrying may result in the seizure of all the Currency, negotiable monetary intruments or bullion and may subject you to civil penalties and/or criminal prosecution. FAILURE TO MAKE A FULL DECLARATION IS AN OFFENCE AND CAN RESULT IN THE FORFEITURE OF THE GOODS, FINES AND/OR IMPRISONMENT Prohibited or Restricted Goods The importation of controlled drugs and utensils used therewith is prohibited. The importation of spear guns, Hawaiian slings and parts etc., is prohibited. The importation of firearms and ammunition is unlawful and restricted unless accompanied by a permit signed by the Commissioner of Police, Cayman Islands. Agricultural Products Certain items brought into the Cayman Islands are restricted by the Depatment of Agriculture. All travelers are required to declare any fruits, vegetables, meats, plants, plant products, live animals, animal products, and aggregate material. These items may be imported only if the owner is in possession of a valid permit issued by the Cayman Islands Department of Agriculture. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT MUST BE REPORTED OR DECLARED, ASK A CUSTOMS OFFICER

(whether or not for resale )

COMMERCIAL/BUSINESS GOODS (whether or not for resale ) OTHER MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS (not specified above ) TOTAL VALUE $ Total Number of Pieces ( including carry-on luggage):

Declaration I hereby declare that the above declaration is true and correct and that the value and details on this form are authentic. I have read and understood the contents of this form in their entirety including all warnings and possible penalties.


....................................................................................... Passenger’s Signature

....................................................................................... Date


Welcome to Cayman Airways Express

inspections of the CAA. All Cayman Airways Express flights are operated by highly qualified captains and first officer pilots with years of training and experience.

Cayman Airways Express was launched in December 2003 as a sister airline to Cayman Airways to better serve the daily travel needs of visitors to and residents of the Sister Islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. Operating an average of eight flights a day with two Twin Otter aircraft and a new Saab 340B+ aircraft, Cayman Airways Express has made a vital contribution to the efficient air transportation of passengers and cargo to and from Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.



Cayman Airways Express customers enjoy the same benefits of travel as offered on Cayman Airways flights, including Sir Turtle Rewards Miles, early check-in, online check-in and convenience of through fares. Cargo and Jiffy services are also offered on Express. Cayman Airways Express is also available for charter service within operational range capabilities and country regulations.


Operations and Regulations

Management Johan Bjuroe: General Manager Harrison Bothwell: Chief Pilot

Cayman Airways Express aircrafts are registered by the Cayman Islands Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and are subject to the regulations and

Airfare Taxes & Fees/ Tasas e impuestos sobre tarifas aéreas Airfare taxes, despite their name, are not retained by airlines, but rather by the applicable governments and airports. Each entity has different purposes for their imposed taxes, some of which are collected to reinvest in security, infrastructure, passenger services, etcetera. Pese a su nombre, los impuestos sobre tarifas aéreas no son retenidos por las aerolíneas, sino más bien por los gobiernos y aeropuertos pertinentes. Cada ente le asigna distintos propósitos a sus impuestos, muchos de los cuales se reinvierten en seguridad, infraestructura, servicios al pasajero, etcétera.

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Reservations: 345-949-2311 Cargo: 345-743-8547 Web: www.caymanairways.com





= $92.78



= $113.98



From Honduras only




CU Passenger Services Airport Tax




+ +


These airfare taxes & fees are imposed by applicable Governments & Airports





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D2 Airport User fee $13.50 D1 Departure fee $32.70 HN Transportation tax (From Honduras only) 15% of base fare base fare (Economy), 18% of base fare (First Class or Business Class)

15% of base fare (Economy) 18% of base fare (First Class or Business Class)




United States XA XF YC AY XY US


APHIS User Fee Passenger Facility Charge Customs User Fee Security Fee Federal Inspection Fee Transportation Tax

$3.96 $4.50 $5.50 $5.60 $7.00 $36.00


Cayman Islands



Terminal Fee Security Fee Passenger Facility Charge Departure Tax

$121.02 Jamaica



The quoted taxes are subject to change without notice and are converted at the current exchange rate at the time of ticket purchase. They represent an average of how much goes to each country from the taxes paid on a roundtrip ticket.

$1.25 $13.13 $15.90 $37.50






Passenger Facility Charge Passenger Aviation Service Charge Airport Improvement Fee Passenger Service and Security Fee Travel Tax Stamp Duty (Travel Originating In JA) Approx Tourism Enhancement Fee (Travel Originating Outside JA) Airline Passenger Levy (Travel Originating Inside JA)

*Filed as JM$600

$3.00 $8.00 $10.00 $25.02 $35.00 *$4.70 $20.00 $20.00

Giant-slaying Jimny 4x4 goes back to the future

The long awaited fourth-generation

is finally here

The Jimny has always taken the road less travelled, as a small, lightweight and functional vehicle, majoring on good design and simplicity. The new generation vehicle retains everything that was attractive about the earlier models while improving in every area: smoothness and agility off-road, fuel economy and performance on-road, and sheer practicality for people who routinely drive in the harshest weather and terrain. A modified Jimny recently scooped the world 4x4 altitude record, reaching a height of 6,646m – proof that the Jimny can go where other 4WDs can’t follow.   The new Jimny returns to the no-nonsense aesthetics of the JB10 of 1970 and the SJ30 Samurai of 1981, with round headlights, slotted grille and sharp-edged ‘two box’ configuration. It’s a bold form that stands out, while inside, the cabin is more spacious and ergonomic than any previous version.  The new Jimny’s aesthetics may nod to the past, but dynamically it steps into the future. Time-honoured design choices – a stiff ladder chassis, solid axles and short wheelbase – mesh with new technology to offer unparalleled off-road capability. Suzuki’s new Brake LSD Traction Control subtly adjusts wheel speed when crossing obstacles, while part-time 4WD boosts performance off-road and fuel economy on-road.   The Jimny’s compact dimensions continue to make it as nimble and practical in an urban environment as on the roughest trails. The stiff chassis makes for great handling, while the new 1.5 litre engine is more powerful, lighter and more economical. The tough, go-anywhere Jimny is perennially popular in the Caribbean, and will continue to be with the new model. Wheels 24 concludes “In truly challenging offroad conditions the new Jimny has no real rival.” The Jimny has created a cult-like following with its giant slaying off-road capabilities.  The legend continues.

Car City Ltd. 151 Industrial Way Georgetown Grand Cayman Tel: 345-949-0440 Taylor.foster@carcitycayman.com www.suzukicaribbean.com

Boutique on Harbour Drive : Bayshore Mall : The Strand Cardinall Ave : The Ritz-Carlton : The Westin 345 949 7477 : kirkfreeport.com

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