18 posts categorized "Dining"

01/29/2017

Camana Bay Ferry Service to Rum Point

Have you ever wanted to get to Rum Point, but not wanted to make the long, winding, hour-long drive from Seven Mile Beach? Have you ever wondered who was going to drive back if you all had a few "Original Mudslides" from the Wreck Bar? Have you never been to Rum Point, but want to give it a try? The answer to all of these question lies in the news that Camana Bay has started a new ferry service to and from Kaibo Yacht Club. 

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While the Kaibo Yacht Club isn't exactly Rum Point, once there, you are just a 2 minute shuttle ride away from Rum Point. The ferry service currently runs every day except Monday with times varying by day. At a cost of just $20 C.I. per person, this is a rather affordable option to get to Rum Point without having to drive or charter a boat. 

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The comfortable boat cruises from Camana Bay through the North Sound and to the dock at Kaibo Yacht Club. From there you are able to hop on a shuttle provided by the ferry service to be at Rum Point in about 35 minutes total. The reason the ferry is not able to drop-off directly at Rum Point is because the dock is in water that is too shallow for the boat.

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Once at Rum Point, you are able to order food from their kitchen, including their terrific mahi mahi wrap or sandwich. This is also the home of the Original Mudslide. The sign famously asks, "Do you serve virgin mudslides?" with the response being "yes we do-a cup of ice is free." (This is why having a boat to get back to 7 Mile Beach comes in handy).

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The next time you are on the island, give the new ferry service a try. After all, you can't really go wrong with an afternoon on the quiet, isolated beach of Rum Point.

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02/23/2014

Caribbean Beach BBQ at Kaibo

Looking for something a unique Cayman Islands dining experience? Every Tuesday night from 6:00-9:00, Kaibo has a Caribbean BBQ party. For just $25, it is an all you can eat buffet, featuring island style BBQ chicken, Cayman style fish, spicy jerk pork, Cayman oxtail, Caribbean potato salad, rice & beans, corn on the cob, house salads, Caribbean pasta salad, fresh baked cookies and Cayman Tortuga rum cake. There are also 2 for 1 Rum Punch and beer bucket specials. Maybe even better than the food is the live local band. They play a mix of Reggae and Caymanian local music and it is quite impressive with people dancing (lots of families with kids) and even a limbo stick down by the water. Since it starts at 6:00pm, I recommend getting there early to get the freshest of the food. Enjoy a BBQ dinner, Caymanian style right on the ocean!

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09/08/2013

Billy Bones Pool Bar

One of the best things about Sunset Cove Condominiums is having full access to the most popular swim-up bar on the entire Island. Everyone can enjoy Billy Bones, regardless of what you are looking for. When I get off the plane, the first thing I do is get my swimsuit on and head over to Billy Bone's for some lunch. 

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Whether looking for a great sandwich, a rum punch, or an evening of entertainment, Billy Bones has it all! Children love the ability to swim up to the bar and not have to take a break from their swimming to get lunch. They offer hot dogs, grilled cheese, and quesadillas that kids can enjoy. Kids usually think it is pretty "cool" to be able to eat their lunch while sitting in the water (I know I did).

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Adults love to use Billy Bones as a place to socialize. There is never a lack of activity at the "water side" of the bar or the "land side" of the bar. They have friendly bartenders who can mix any island drink ever created. In addition, there are 3 big screen TVs that show popular American sports, including NFL football, basketball, and baseball. Some other menu items that adults enjoy are the mahi-mahi sandwhich, flatbread pizzas, and delicious wraps. 

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In addition to hanging on the "water side" of the pool bar, there is a full seating area on the "land side" if you aren't in the mood to get wet. They often host poker tournaments, parties, and games on the land side during the evenings and even have live music on certain days.

The land side of Billy Bones is open to anyone and is often considered the most popular bar on the island. However, you must be staying on site to utilize the water side of the bar, which keeps the pool off-limits to non-guests, allowing the guests to enjoy the pool without it being over-crowded.

So whether enjoying Happy Hour 2-for-1 rum punch, Thursday night Poker Night, or grabbing lunch with your kids, Billy Bones is a great spot for everyone.

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08/11/2013

Cayman's Top Attractions

When someone plans a vacation, undoubtedly the first question is “What is there to do there?” The nice thing about a trip to the Cayman Islands is laying on the beach, soaking up the rays, listening to the waves, and relaxing with an island drink in hand is enough to make any vacation great. However, if you want to get some relief from the sun, here are five must-see attractions on Grand Cayman.

 #5. Head to Georgetown for Duty-Free Shopping: I will admit, I’m not much for shopping, but even I like to visit the shops downtown once per trip. The shops are all duty and tax free, which allows for some great deals not found in the United States. Shop for sunglasses, jewelry, watches, leather, souvenirs, and more. Helpful tip: Visit the shops in Georgetown on a day when there are no cruise ships. You will be able to have several shops to yourself in a small walking radius. You can find out the cruise schedule at: 

Cayman Islands Cruise Ship Schedule

 #4. Swim with the dolphins at Dolphin Cove: While this is kind of pricey, I feel it is a once in a lifetime opportunity. You get to pet, kiss, and hold the dolphins, while learning all about this amazing creature. Plus there is no bigger thrill than floating on your stomach and waiting for two huge dolphins to swim up from behind you at full speed and push you up in the air by your feet (see picture). As a guy asked the trainer when we were there, "What happens if they miss your feet?", the trainer responded, "They won't miss." Let's hope not...

Dolphin Cove Website

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#3. Dine at Casanova’s By The Sea. I don’t typically consider a good restaurant a tourist attraction, but Casanova’s is always a highlight of my trip. This Italian restaurant, overlooking the Caribbean Sea, offers a wide variety of pasta, seafood, and chicken entrees. Tony Crescente, a true Italian, is the owner and prides himself on authentic food from his homeland with family recipes. The service is impeccable and they definitely make every person feel welcome, as though you are part of their family. Whether on a romantic honeymoon get-away or there with a large group, the atmosphere at Casanova's makes this a must-try attraction. Even if you are making your first ever visit to Casanova's, the staff will make you feel like Norm from "Cheers", where everyone knows your name.

Casanova's Website

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#2. Have a mudslide at the Wreck Bar at Rum Point: If you have ever had a mudslide in America or at any other bar in Cayman, you might think it’s pretty good. You haven’t had a mudslide until you try one from the Wreck Bar at Rum Point. The sign at the bar says it best: “How much for a virgin mudslide? Cups of ice are FREE!!” If you can find a captain to take you over via boat, that allows you to enjoy the mudslides without worrying about driving. If you have a rental car, it is about a 45 minute drive across the beautiful scenery of the Cayman Islands along the East End. Whether by boat or by car, Rum Point is a must visit attraction. Spend an afternoon here lounging on the beach and floating in the shallow water, or relaxing in a hammock after a mudslide and a mahi sandwich! Friendly tip from experience: when you are with 7 people---42 mudslides in one afternoon is about 28 too many.

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#1. Take a boat on a snorkel trip to Stingray City. The highlight of any trip to the Cayman Islands is a day on the North Sound. There are several different captains that will take you out. The trip usually starts with a visit to Stingray City for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hold, pet, and play with these fascinating creatures. These create some great photo opportunities as the captains will feed and hold the stingrays allowing them to be held in a calm manner. The next stop is along the coral reef in the North Sound. It is here that you might see lobsters, nurse sharks, and lots of beautiful fish. Finally a stop by the coral gardens to look at schools of colorful fish, sea turtles, and even a moray eel, ends the wonderful day. 

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03/17/2013

Drinks All Around!

When visiting the Cayman Islands, it is only natural to relax and have a drink or several. There are lots of options, in addition to your standard beer and wine. The Cayman Islands are known for their many different Island drinks. Guys, if you are going to get caught drinking a "girly" drink, the Cayman Islands are the place to do it. You won't know anybody anyway and some of them are delicions. Here are some examples of drinks you can get at any Cayman Island pool bar or beach bar:

  • Mudslide: Vodka, Kahlua liqueur and Bailey's (Virgin: Chopped Ice)
  • Cayman Lemonade: Vodka, Triple Sec, Peach Schnapps and Cranberry Juice (Virgin: Cranberry juice)
  • Rum Punch: Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice and Rum (Virgin: Orange Juice & Pineapple Juice)
  • Cayma Mama: Tortuga Rum, Tortuga Coconut Rum, Orange Juice and Pineapple Juice (Virgin: Orange Juice & Pineapple Juice)
  • Electric Lemonade: Vodka, Blue Curacao, Sprite. (Virgin: Sprite)
  • Daiquiris (Strawberry, Rasperry, Mango): Frozen drinks.

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There are lots of other options, but the above are my favorite. Don't be afraid to try something you woulnd't try back home. You are on vacation and the drinks always taste better in the Cayman sun.

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02/03/2013

The ABCs of Grand Cayman

I did a similar posting a couple years ago, but I thought it was time to refresh my list! Enjoy!

A: Atlantis-Take an under-water tour on the Atlantis Submarine. To spice it up a little bit, try the night trip.

B: Billy Bones-Visit the swim-up pool bar at Sunset Cove. With barside seating (out of the water) and barstool seating (in the water), they have all your favorite island drinks and a delicious food menu.

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C: Camana Bay-Spanning 500 acres from Seven Mile Beach to the North Sound, there is something for everyone in this new village. Check out the shops, restaurants, movie theater and more.

D: Dog House-A popular destination for those die-hard sports fans wondering how they are going to see their favorite NFL team play on Sunday. This sports bar has all the games. Located in Red Bay, just East of downtown George Town.

E: East End: If you have a car, take a drive to the East End. It will give you a great view of the non-touristy part of Grand Cayman. You'll see a lot of locals, homes, schools and more as you make the scenic drive along the coast. On the way home, stop at the Lighthouse Restaurant for a great lunch.

F: Fidel Murphy's: This Irish Pub is located right next door to Sunset Cove and provides great food and drinks for a reasonable price.

G: George Town: Head to the heart of downtown Grand Cayman for some duty-free shopping. However, check out the cruise ship schedule and try to time your visit downtown on a day with no cruise ships.

H: Happy Hour: Enjoy Happy Hour on the patio of your condo with your favorite beverage (wine for me) and snacks as you watch the beautiful Cayman sunset.

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I: Island Time: Rembmer that everyone in Grand Cayman operates on "Island Time". 9:00 means 9:20. There is no such thing as a quick meal. And sometimes you'll go to a shop in the middle of the day and there will be a sign that says "Be Back Soon" on the door. Don't worry about it. No problem, mon. You're on vacation.

J: Jolly Roger: Enjoy a sunset cruise on an old pirate ship, with all you can drink rum punch. Warning: These pirates go light on the juice.

K: Karma: Cayman's new sushi bar offers a great dining experience, complete with their specialty dessert-liquid nitrogen ice cream, prepared at your table from scratch.

L: Lazy: It's OK to be lazy in Cayman. It's your time to relax. Read a book. Lay in the sun. Cool down in the pool or ocean. Repeat.

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M: Morgan's Harbour. Visit West Bay and make a stop at Morgan's Harbour for a great dining experience at Calypso Grill with waterfront seating.

N: Nature: Enjoy all the beutiful things nature has to offer on one island. Flowers. Palm trees. Plants. Animals. Fish. Sunsets. Moonlight. 

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O: Ocean Swimming Cove: The newly created cove at Sunset Cove allows for swimming in the ocean perfect for kids as the cove keeps the water warm and protects against the big waves. Grab a drink and a raft and spend a few hours in the cove.

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P: Positano: Casanova's is the Island's best restaurant and my favorite dish is the Spaghettini Positano. The atmosphere, wait staff, wine and food are second to none at this island treasure. Stop in and visit Tony, Gianni, Antonio and the rest of the guys for a night you won't soon forget.

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Q: Quick: The vacation to Grand Cayman always goes too quick. Enjoy every moment because it truly is paradise.

R: Rum Point--Home of the Original Mudslide, Rum Point is a must-visit. If you can find a boat or jet ski tour to take you there, that is best because you don't have to worry about driving home after your Mudslides.

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S: Stingray City--One of the more unique places in the world, Stingray City offers the opportunity to swim with, pet, and feed these amazing animals. You might even score with a stingray back massage. 

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T: Turtle Farm--The Cayman Island's Turtle Farm is a great spot for children to visit where then can pet, hold, and learn all about turtles.

U: UV Rays--No matter how much sun you are used to or how much you tanned before you visited, lots of sunscreen is going to be needed. The Cayman Islands are located on the equator and combined with the reflection of the sun off the pool and ocean, the perfect receipe for sunburn.

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V: Video Camera: Take a video camera because there are sure to be moments you will want to remember forever.

W: Watersports--Take a walk down 7 Mile Beach and visit any of the Watersports stands. Jetski. Parasail. Kayak. Banana Boat Rides. They have it all for you or your family to enjoy.

X: XoXo: Weddings. Honeymoons. Anniversaries. There is no more romantic place than Grand Cayman in the world.

Y: Year-round: Grand Cayman is a year-round destination. There is never a bad time to visit Cayman. Whether in the hot summer months, or the warm winter months, the Cayman Islands are always comfortable and the water is always warm.

Z: Zoo: The Grand Cayman waters offer your very own under-water zoo full of animals and fish.

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07/22/2012

My Bar at the Sunset House

Looking for a place to snorkel? Looking for a place for lunch? Looking for a place to watch the sunset? Looking for a late night drink? My Bar, at the Sunset House has it all. This open-air cabana bar and restaurant stands right on the water's edge.

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Head over for a few hours of snorkeling on the reef just off shore, where you will see beautiful corals and colorful fish. After enjoying the amazing snorkeling, grab a table at My Bar and order an amazing dolphin ceasar wrap and your favorite drink. Then settle in for one of the best views of the Cayman Islands sunsets during Happy Hour. 

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Located just East of Downtown Georgetown, My Bar is just a short drive from any of our Cayman Condos properties. 

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02/05/2012

Royal Palms

One of the more popular spots in Grand Cayman is located right in the heart of Seven Mile Beach. The Royal Palms has something for everyone and is centrally located so it is walkable from most of our properties. It can be accessed from the beach or from the road. Whether you are looking for a spot to stop and grab a drink while walking down the beach (I recommend the "Nutty Banana") or a late night place for music and dancing, the Royal Palms has it all.

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***The dirty nutty banana. Yum.

During the day, Royal Palms has a water activities stand set up that allows you to parasail, kayak, paddleboard, jet ski, and more. They also have a large number of beach chairs where you can lay and catch some rays. The beach is sandy and a perfect place for kids to swim. In addition to that, the bar is a full service bar with a grill for lunch. 

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At night, the Royal Palms beach bar converts to one of the hottest hang out spots for locals and tourists alike to go listen to a live band. The atmosphere is very relaxed as it is an out door beach bar, but that doesn't make it any less fun. Wednesday nights are industry night with a DJ and typically it gets very crowded, which makes it a fun night to go. Also, they have added a "rehab" (take off of rehab in Vegas) on Sundays by their new pool. I've not been to Rehab yet, but have heard it is quite popular. While on the island you will want to find out the exact schedule for the week as it can vary seasonally.

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Finally, on the same property is a very nice restaurant, Reef Grill, that is reasonably priced and features gas-fired pizza and seafood. The Royal Palms could be a nice night out because you can walk there, have a nice dinner, and then move out to the dance floor for drinks and music, then walk home. 

The best part about the Royal Palms Beach Bar is their philosophy of "no shirt, no shoes, no problem." After all, what would the Cayman Islands be without being laid back? Enjoy.

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01/02/2012

Camana Bay: Cayman's Newest City

The newly built town of Camana Bay covers over 500 acres stretching from Seven Mile Beach all the way to the North Sound. This contemporary town features some of the best dining and shopping on the entire island. It's proximity to all of the Cayman Condos properties makes this a very easy spot to visit during your stay on the island. 

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The town consists of residential neighborhoods, gardens, public parks, a market, shops, restaurants, sports facilities, a day spa and a movie theater. It is rapidly developing into the most popular area on the island with an influx of new restaurants and shops creating a new spot for fashion, entertainment, food, and fun.

The shopping featured in Camana Bay has something for everyone, includins jewelry, sunglasses, souveniers, and an organic market to pick up fresh food. The dining features several new resturants, including the most popular, Abacus, which features some of the best seafood on the island. Some of the dishes you can find at Abacus are blackened red snapper, ginger soy glazed seabass, lobster & crab ravioli, seared yellow fin tuna, steak, chicken, pasta, and more.

Camana Bay also features Cafe del sol, which is Cayman's version of Starbucks Coffee. As you can see Camana Bay has a little something for everyone. So during your next visit, make sure to check it out. In the meantime, here is a link to their website where you can find all the happenings and what's new, including cookouts, live music, and more.

http://www.camanabay.com/

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12/04/2011

Good Karma

The Cayman Islands have always been known for their vast dining options. With great seafood and wondeful people readily available on the island, most restuarants are great. However, a new restaurant recently opened up on the island, called Karma. This restaurant and lounge is located in the Westshore Centre on Seven Mile Beach. It offers a unique dining experience and features sustainable products. Most of what you eat at Karma was either grown right on the island or came from local fishermen.

Their menu features sushi, seafood, salads, noodle dishes, and steak. In addition to their excellent menu, they offer a wide variety of specials and events. From 4:00-7:00 on Mondays-Fridays they offer Cayman's hottest happy hour. This includes $5 Tappas, $3.50 Beers, $6 Wines, $4 Shots, $7 Martinis, and $5 Well Drinks. Wednesdays offer a Live DJ from 8:00-11:00 and $1 Oysters. Thursdays from 6:00-9:00 is an Asian-style outdoor BBQ, called "Karamaque", featuring baby back ribs. Friday nights in the lounge you can find all the hottest music with a live DJ from 8:30-12:30. Finally, on Saturdays you can get taken back in time with a live DJ playing hits from the 70's and 90's.

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Don't forget for dessert to order the homemade ice cream that they make right at your table by using liquid nitrogen, while mixing it for 3 minutes causing fog and steam to engulf your whole table. This is a unique dessert experience only found at Karma.

So the next time you visit Grand Cayman, don't hesitate to visit the hottest, newest Restaurant that Cayman has to offer. It might just give you some good Karma for your trip.