Originally published in the Winter + Spring 2020 issue.
Now with a direct flight from Denver, Cayman Islands have never been more accessible for those in Colorado to plan a truly special tropical getaway. Cayman Airways now offers these nonstop flights from December through August, and after a rejuvenating trip last March, I wholeheartedly recommend a visit that embodies relaxation and wellness.
WHAT TO DO
To make your visit to Grand Cayman extra focused on movement and well-being, work with local outfitters like Vitamin Sea Cayman Islands for stand-up paddleboard (SUP) sessions, kitesurfing lessons, beach yoga classes and SUP yoga. Head to Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park for a walk through the gardens followed by a tour of the Blue Iguana Habitat, where you can see a recovering population of Cayman’s famous endangered “Blue Dragon.” And don’t miss the chance to jump on the Rum Point Beach Excursion with Red Sail Sports. Sun-drenched time in the boat on the open water is followed by time on the beach to chill or take a dip in the crystal clear water.
WHERE TO STAY
Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa is a lovely lifestyle resort located right on Seven Mile Beach. It’s easy to sink into all the sweet spaces that are all connected to an open-air design. Winding gardens lead to secret sanctuaries and pristine pools, with paths that all seem to make their way toward the Caribbean Sea. A leisurely day can be paired with the afternoon Vino & Vinyasa yoga class offered on the Kimpton Lawn. It’s the perfect way to “wine” down before getting ready for dinner. And it’s absolutely worth spending an afternoon in the stunning spa on property and indulging in a Vitamin Sea Facial or Cayman Coconut Body Scrub.
WHERE TO EAT
All the dining outlets at the Seafire are spot on, and don’t miss Sunday Brunch there as it’s the culinary highlight of the week. Upon arrival I ate right on the beach at Coccoloba, a part Mexican street taco joint, part beach hut that offers a creative menu and ideal ocean views. And my final breakfast of the trip was enjoyed at Ave, a simply perfect spot to soak in every last ounce of Cayman perfection.
For an elegant waterfront experience, Morgan’s Seafood Restaurant offers panoramic views of Governor’s Creek out on the desk. Enjoy a delightful ocean-to-table seafood menu with items like fresh ceviche and tuna sashimi, along with land favorites like a jerk burger or Morgan’s famous chicken schnitzel. This was the most memorable meal of my trip to Cayman, from the ambiance to every dish and wine pairing. Now I’m just trying to figure out how quickly I can get back there.
CAYMAN ISLANDS EVENTS
December 2019 – May 2020
Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon
(December 8, 2019) PASSED
The 2019 Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon takes place on Sunday, December 8 and consists of a full marathon, half marathon, four-person relay and a kids fun run. The course will go through the financial district of George Town, along the beautiful waterfront and through some of the more exclusive neighborhoods on the island. Additionally, the marathon is IAAF-sanctioned through the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) and can be used as a Boston Qualifier.
(January 16 – 19, 2020) PASSED
The world’s most talented chefs, culinary influencers and wine and spirit experts will gather at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman for the annual Cayman Cookout. The event, hosted by acclaimed chef Eric Ripert, is an interactive celebration set amid the breathtaking Seven Mile Beach and offering an exciting agenda featuring world renowned chefs.
Cayman Billfish Rundown
(May 19 – 23, 2020)
Cayman Billfish Rundown is an international fishing tournament in Grand Cayman, presented by Hurley’s Media. This event has teamed up with marine artist and angler, Carey Chen as the official tournament ambassador, exemplifying great fishing in the pristine waters of the Cayman Islands.
Photos courtesy of Cayman Islands Department of Tourism.