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If you’re vegan (or even vegetarian), you know how hard it can sometimes be to find restaurants that cater to your needs. At Christopher Columbus Condos, we want your vacation in Grand Cayman to be about relaxing and enjoying the sunshine, not about struggling to find a place to eat. To help you out, we created this guide of some of our favorite restaurants and cafes that offer vegan menu items:

Vivo

You don’t have to go far to enjoy vegan meals at this cafe—it’s only five minutes from Christopher Columbus Condos! Vivo offers delicious meals made from locally-grown ingredients and gorgeous views of the sea.

While not everything on the menu is vegan, most dishes can be prepared to accommodate any dietary restrictions.

Some of their vegan options include vegan omelets, chick-veg parmigiana, and vegan curry.

I visited for breakfast on my last trip and I am still thinking about the fresh orange juice and French Toast (made from spiced rum-infused coconut milk, cinnamon, and vanilla). To make the experience even more memorable, I was visited by a tiny green gecko who was quite interested in my blackberry compote—it was too good not to share. ;)

The Greenhouse

Located on Church Street in George Town, The Greenhouse is the perfect place to stop in for a quick pick-me-up. They have an exclusive menu with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. I suggest trying the strawberry banana smoothie with coconut water—it’s one of the best smoothies I’ve ever had!

Ristorante Papagaillo

If you’re looking for a truly unique dining experience with vegan dishes, Ristorante Papagaillo is the perfect place for you. While their vegan menu is small, they offer a number of vegetarian items that can be made vegan. I had the Fusilli Primavera, a savory pasta dish full of fresh veggies and tossed with a rich vegan sauce that was to die for.

What really makes Papagaillo so special is the environment. Situated on a saltwater lagoon at the edge of Barker’s National Park, Papagaillo’s unique structure is constructed of bamboo and other woods and features a stunning thatch roof. When you enter the restaurant you are greeted by its longest-serving team member—Humphrey Bogart, an African Gray Parrot. The main dining room offers dinner and a special attraction, with massive windows looking into the habitats of different parrots, macaws, and cockatoos. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind place.

Bread and Chocolate

Located in the heart of George Town, Bread and Chocolate is 100 percent vegan, 100 percent of the time. Bread and Chocolate is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and, much like Vivo offers a selection of dishes you can feel good about. Some of their menu items include the “Impossible Burger,” vegan shepherd’s pie, porkless sliders made from barbeque jackfruit, tacos, and waffles. Bread and Chocolate is one of the best places to enjoy a delicious meal that is sure to meet your dietary needs.

Tukka

Visiting the East End for a day? Tukka is the place for a great vegan meal. This seaside restaurant features Australian cuisine with a Caribbean flair that respects dietary needs. Their vegetarian menu offers a variety of dishes that can be prepared vegan or gluten-free. Enjoy your meal with a side of breathtaking sea views and a specialty drink.

Casa 43 Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar

Casa 43 is one of our favorite places to visit. With more than 80 different tequilas at their tequila bar, a friendly staff, and delicious food, it’s one of the most happening hidden places on the island. Much like other restaurants we’ve featured here, you have to ask for the vegan options, but they do have some tasty vegan options nonetheless. Make sure you say hello to our friend Max while you’re there :)


Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or just looking for something new, you have plenty of opportunities to enjoy delicious cuisine that fits your lifestyle in Grand Cayman. Know of a place with vegetarian or vegan menu items we missed? Let us know in the comments!

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The holidays are a big deal on the Cayman Islands full of Christmas bus tours, big family gatherings, delicious meals, and a lot of fun. Caymanians spend months preparing for Christmas (and sometimes even months preparing dishes for the big day—Christmas Cake we’re looking at you). It’s truly a magical time of year, but if you aren’t able to celebrate in Grand Cayman, don’t worry—we’ve gathered up some traditional Caymanian recipes that will give you a little taste of Cayman while at home.

Main Course

Cayman Style Beef

One of the best ways to bring Cayman to your Christmas dinner is with Cayman Style Beef. This tradition holds a special place in Cayman culture, reminding us of a time beef and other foods weren’t easily accessible on island. Each family had their own recipe, adding different ingredients that fit their tastes. Even today, the beef takes all day to cook.

Making Cayman Style Beef takes patience, so if you’re up for the challenge, follow this recipe and don’t be afraid to add your own ingredients too!

Cayman Fish Rundown

Traditionally, Caymanians had little choice but to get most of their food from the sea. A popular dish was fish rundown. Rundown, a thick stew or sauce, has been popular on the island for a very long time but is most commonly referred to in tradition as Fish Stew or Fish Dinner. This simple yet hearty meal could be made in large batches and, again, could have a variety of ingredients based on available fish and preferred spices. Typically, the meal includes the gravy or sauce, fish, and starchy dumplings.

If you’re wanting to celebrate the holidays with a truly beachy flavor, try Fish Rundown for your Caymanian Christmas meal.

Photo of Fish Rundown courtesy of National Trust.

Photo of Fish Rundown courtesy of National Trust. 

Sides

Rice and Peas

Don’t let the name scare you away. Caymanian “rice and peas” are actually just a special twist on black beans and rice. Made with coconut milk, this side dish has a taste of the Caribbean you won’t find in other versions of rice and beans. It makes the perfect side for your holiday supper.

Cayman Style Potato Salad

Just like in the states, potato salad is a staple at Cayman events. Potato salad is served at Easter, casual weekend get-togethers, and, of course, Christmas. Cayman potato salad is similar to potato salad made in the states, but a distinct difference on the ingredient list are beets which add unique flavor and color.


Dessert

Macaroni Pudding

I know what you’re thinking: “macaroni for dessert?” It sounds crazy, but Macaroni Pudding is one of Cayman’s most popular desserts. Much like bread pudding, this pudding meal combines a delicious combination of sweet spices, raisins, and, yes, elbow macaroni. Trust us when we say it tastes great!

Christmas Cake

Christmas cake reportedly originated in England and eventually made its way to the Cayman Islands where it has remained a popular holiday staple. Comparable to a fruit cake, this dessert includes a variety of fruits, spices, and, of course, rum. Christmas cake can take anywhere from 48 hours to a year to prepare and is very customizable. Every family has a different way of making their Christmas Cake and the tradition is taken seriously. We found this basic recipe for you to follow and modify as you wish.

Photo courtesy of National Trust.

If you're interested in learning more about Caymanian style cooking, check out one of the National Trust's Traditional Cooking classes next time you're on island.

Caymanians love the holidays, and love sharing these traditions with others. By incorporating some of these traditional dishes into your holiday celebration, you can have a little bit of the islands in your own home.

If this taste of Cayman wanting more, then call Lisa or Josephine in our office at 345-945-4354 to book your stay with us in Cayman or you can book right now online.


Thank you to the National Trust for allowing us to use their photos in this article. If you're interested in learning more about the National Trust and their Traditional Cooking Classes, visit their website.

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Finding fresh guava, foraging for almonds, swimming with sea turtles, watching locals slap down dominoes, sipping a 7 Mile Wheat beer... the amount of firsts you'll experience on a tour with Joe Tourist is incredible.

If you're looking to see a different side of Cayman, Gilbert Nicoletta with Joe Tourist will plan an unforgettable day just for you. He customizes all of his tours for individual guests, and after experiencing his All Island Tour on our last trip to Cayman, my husband and I are believers. We can't wait to schedule another tour with Gil.

snorkeling and picking guava

The adventure started as soon as he picked us up at Christopher Columbus Condos. He greeted us with fresh yellow sapote from his yard and some herbs to taste. To loosen us up for the day, he took us by the rum distillery for a tasting. I joked that I hadn't had breakfast and needed some sustenance, so Gil took us by a local food truck for some Caribbean meat pies after the distillery.

Drives between stops were fascinating as Gil told us story after story about about the social, economic, and environmental history of the Cayman Islands. Some stories were personal, others general culture, and still others hilarious tall tales. He explained why so many youth go into banking, how locals refer to time as Before-Ivan and After-Ivan, reminisced on raising Pigeons (if you had one with a "top-knot," you were the bomb), and so much more. Learning more about our home-away-from-home deepened the bond I have with this little Caribbean island. It will add to your love for Cayman too.

Jumping off the dock at Spotts Bay, we had the majestic opportunity to swim alongside several sea turtles. In the parking lot, Gil told us how the famous house-shaped graves of Cayman used to have wood pieces in the center with details engraved, but over the years the wood weathered away. He also spotted an almond tree and showed my husband, Brandon, and I how to crack them open. Brandon was a natural at opening them and I got to enjoy the fruits of his labor. ;)

Alongside the road, Gil found fresh guava for us to pick and enjoy as an appetizer before a feast that awaited us at Over the Edge Cafe. We enjoyed turtle and Cayman style bread, mahi mahi, cracked conch, farm to table veggies and more—a taster's platter full of local dishes you can only get on Gil's tours.

With full bellies, we walked into the North Side heritage day to see what was happening. Gil introduced us to local crafters that were plaiting baskets and rope with silver thatch. One of the women working on a basket told us the craft was a tradition handed down from her grandmother to her mother to her. While we were talking, another local approached the crowd, and my eyes widened in delight. It was Shelly Miller. We met at Rum Point a couple of years ago, thus proving Cayman is a small island indeed. It was fun to get to experience that as a visitor.

We continued to Starfish Point to see the sweet 5-pointed creatures and enjoy an amazing sunset. At dusk we drove by Davinoff's Concrete Sculpture Garden and then began to slingshot around the East End.

local tour guide with ccc guest

As the night settled in, Gil rolled his windows down so we could listen to some "old timers" playing dominoes at one of the East End beach shelters. He said if we heard someone slap them down that it basically meant "game over." The weather wasn't prime for the Blow Holes, but we stopped there anyways so Gil could show off the fossils in the iron shore, including one ancient crocodile.

On our way back to the condos, Gil continued to regale us with stories, my favorite being the family tradition of going crabbing after the first spring rain. He said that come May, "everybody's in the bushes" and on the side of the road looking for crabs, dreaming of baked crab-back.

Gil dropped us back off at the condos after a day filled to the brim with unforgettable stories and experiences. If you're interested in a custom island tour with Gil reach out to him on his Joe Tourist Cayman Facebook page. You won't regret it!

You can also read reviews from other adventurers over on the Joe Tourist Outdoor Adventures Trip Advisor page.

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Native Cayman dishes are an outstanding combination of island cuisine meets home-style cooking—deliciousness that you have to experience. Admittedly, it took a few trips for us to discover what dishes were unique to the island and where to find them. Once you sample the local food, though, you'll find yourself craving trips to Cayman not only for it's beauty, but also for dishes you can only get on island! Here are a few places you can "taste" Cayman culture for yourself.


  1. Champion House II

If you want to try local cuisine, Champion House II is a must-stop. The down-to-earth feel of the restaurant matches the seriously amazing home-style food. Sample Cayman-style fish, jerk chicken, turtle stew, conch stew, callaloo & ackee. Tip: Try several dishes by hitting up one of the daily buffets or best of all the Sunday brunch!


   

  2. Rankin's Jerk Centre

Grab some of the best jerk chicken on island at Rankin's Jerk Centre. Offering takeout and located in Bodden Town, this is the perfect pit stop for lunch or dinner on your way to or from the East End. It's also crazy affordable. Probably the least we've spent on a meal in Cayman!

     

  3. Boggy Sand Cafe

If you've got your heart set on Turtle Stew, we suggest a quick trip up the road to Boggy Sand Cafe. Just 1 kilometer from the condos and located right before Foster's, it's a convenient trip for which your taste buds will thank you.

     

  4. Vivine's Kitchen

Vivine's Kitchen is an island staple located on the East End. It's off the beaten path and as local as you can get, serving dishes such as salt beef & beans and Cayman-style fish. Enjoy dining in the tiny, unassuming interior or sit at a picnic table outside overlooking the sea. Hop on one of two resident hammocks after you chow down. Tip: It's cash only, so come prepared.

     

  5. Heritage Kitchen

Boasting "All Local Food," Heritage Kitchen is a great place for native seafood dishes and a chill island vibe. The Cayman-Style Grouper is absolutely delicious. So delicious, we went back twice in one trip for it! Also, don't miss the fish tea. (Hint: It's actually soup!) P.S. Heritage Kitchen is also cash only.

     

  6. Da Fish Shack

Da Fish Shack is a bit less "local-kitchen" than the other eateries on this list, but you don't want to miss their breadfruit dishes. Fried breadfruit and breadfruit pudding give yummy homage to the popular Cayman crop that's often compared to a potato in taste and consistency.

     

  7. Over the Edge Cafe

This North side restaurant and bar is ideal if your group is split on trying local fare. Some can indulge in tasty local cuisine like Cayman Style Lobster and a variety of turtle dishes, while others can get their burger and french fry fix. All entrees come with delectable Cayman fried bread (beignet fritters). 

For a huge Cayman feast, sign up for an island tour with Joe Tourist and ask him to take you by Over the Edge for the special Cayman platter you can only get on his tours. You won't regret it.

We hope you enjoy trying local dishes as these restaurants. Have any additional tips? Share them with us in the comments. And if you'd like to learn how to cook like a local check out the Traditional Cooking Classes that the National Trust has been sponsoring each month at the Mission House. The next class is July 6th, and they'll be teaching attendees how to make Custard-Top Cornbread. Yum!

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Pizza is one of the ultimate crowd-pleasing meals, and when you’re visiting the island you will be spoiled for choice on where to enjoy your next slice. We busted out our foodie journals and tested several pizza places across the island to bring you these recommendations—it was a difficult job, but someone had to do it! :)

Cimboco

Best Salad to Go Along With Your Pizza

As soon as you walk in the doors of Cimboco, you’ll be warmly welcomed by delicious smells of crust being baked in their brick oven. In addition to crisp, Roman-style crusts, they also boast the best Caesar salad on the island, which is served in a chilled bowl and comes with the perfect crouton to lettuce ratio. Be careful, though—you just might be dreaming of Cimboco's for weeks to come! 

Recommendation: BBQ Jerk Chicken Pizza  

The Brooklyn

Top Post-Shopping Power Up 

A must-visit when you stop by Camana Bay to shop, The Brooklyn has a huge selection of specialty pizzas, like the nacho, the bacon double cheeseburger, the Hawaiian, and the chicken tikka, in addition to your standard build-your-own options. Their trendy decor is certainly Instagram-worthy, plus you can watch your pizza bake right before your eyes in their brick oven. They also have gluten-free crust available upon request.

Recommendation: The Fun Guy (featuring 3 different mushrooms and truffle oil)

Boggy Sand Caribbean Kitchen

Closest Pizza Fix

Located just a couple minutes down the road from CCC, you can get your pizza fix the very quickest at Boggy Sand. A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, you’re certain to love their beautiful decor and cheery service in addition to some top-notch ‘za. Served on a pizza board with an olive oil-covered crust, these pizzas are definitely something to write home about.

Recommendation: Margherita (mozzarella and fresh basil)

Casanova Ristorante

Authentic Italian

For a wholly authentic Italian dining experience, enjoy your meal on the waterfront in Georgetown at Casanova. Really do it up and order a glass of wine or some Limoncello to go along with your delicious pizza—you won’t regret it!

Recommendation: Focaccina (Garlic and Rosemary)

Gino’s Pizzeria

Delivery Right To Your Condo

After a long day splashing in the ocean and sightseeing, you might be ready to kick back, relax in your condo, and have the pizza come to you. Gino’s Pizzeria will deliver their signature pizza, pastas, salads, and sandwiches right to your door at CCC in West Bay—all with no delivery fee!

Recommendation: Gino’s Classic (double pepperoni!)

XQ's

Pizza + Live Music

If you’re looking for some quality entertainment while you enjoy your next piping hot slice of pizza, XQ’s is your place! Every Thursday XQ’s is host to live music by Jeff Japal in their piano bar, and they have a huge TV where you can watch live sports or special events like UFC fights. Plus, they also deliver to West Bay. 

Recommendation: The Godfather (sausage, pepperoni, black olives, mushrooms, onions, smoked gouda, and tomatoes—oh my!)

Alfresco

Pizza Right on Seven Mile Beach

Soak in all the beautiful sights and sounds of Seven Mile Beach at Alfresco’s in West Bay. A quick drive from the condos, Alfresco’s is famous for their outdoor dining and local fare like turtle stew and oxtail, but we’re pretty big fans of their pizzas, too! Build your own pizza by choosing from premium toppings like calamari, Gorgonzola cheese, roasted garlic, and more, or keep it simple with a meat lovers or vegetarian pizza—and whole wheat crust is also available upon request.

Recommendation: Seafood pizza (smoked salmon, shrimp, and lobster)

Hungry Yet?

This just scratches the surface of some of the amazing pizza options you can find in Grand Cayman. Which pizza is your favorite—did we miss your go-to spot? Let us know where we should check out next in the comments below.

**And if you’re feeling like a familiar taste of home or have a picky kiddo with you, American staples like Pizza Hut and Dominos are also available for dine-in and delivery.
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One of the best questions you get to ask while visiting Cayman is “where are we going to eat next?” Boggy Sand Cafe is a Caribbean-inspired restaurant, located in the Jacques Scott Market Place, just 1 km from Christopher Columbus and next to the West Bay Foster’s Food Fair. In addition to knock-your-socks off food, the best part of my Boggy Sand experience was getting to meet Farah.

Upon first arriving at Boggy Sand Cafe, we were greeted with a huge smile by Farah, who would be our server. She seated us among an array of cheerful purple and green flower arrangements and joked we could take photos for the restaurant’s TripAdvisor page. Her warmth and humor were magnetic, and before long we were chatting.

Farah is from Jamaica originally, and she came to Cayman in the 1990s to work. When it comes to the island, she “loves everything about it,” from the peaceful atmosphere to all the friendly people, locals and tourists alike. "It's a very nice place to work." Farah has been at Boggy Sand as a food and beverage server since the restaurant opened, around one year ago. She said she’s big fan of the restaurant’s Caribbean menu and it’s bright and modern decor. In her down time, you can find Farah at the gym, where she likes to keep fit and active by doing little bit of everything—weightlifting, cardio, you name it.

While we waited for our food, I noticed that Farah checked on the other guests often, happily making conversation and asking questions with her dynamite smile. Since she seemed to enjoy the aspects of her job so much, I asked her what drew her to serving. “I have a passion for food and service. I love it, so I’m doing it!” she said with a laugh. Making people feel at home and comfortable is one of her great joys, and she loves to be around lots of people. Plus getting to meet so many new and different people at the restaurant is a big perk.

When it comes to the menu at Boggy Sand, you will be spoiled for choice. They offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as daily specials featuring extra Caribbean flair. Farah said her personal favorite dish is the jerk chicken, which she says is little spicy, but not overwhelming. Jerk chicken made its way to Cayman from Jamaica, so it also serves as a reminder of her home. 

If you’re looking to really shake up your next meal, Farah recommends the turtle stew, an authentic Cayman dish, adding “you have to be adventurous!” when you’re choosing your vacation eats. My personal recommendation is to start off with some spinach dip, which is served with fantastically seasoned sweet potato chips, and then check out their pizza menu. I had the margherita and I still dream of it now that I’m home—there's no skimping on basil at Boggy Sand!

Farah made us feel so welcome and taken care of during our visit that we didn't want to leave! Though Caymankindess radiates from all around the island, Farah's warmth and cheer was above and beyond. Next time you visit CCC, take the short trip down the road to Boggy Sands for breakfast, lunch, or dinner—or maybe even all three! Be sure to say hello to Farah and ask for her menu recommendations for the day.

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This post was written with traditional honeymooners in mind, but we'd like to think that we all need a little "honeymooning" in our life. Yea, we just made that a verb! So whether you're planning your first vacation as a married couple, you've been married 25 years or you're enjoying the single life this post has a little something for anyone looking to enjoy the romance that is life. Now let's set the stage!

It’s just the two of you now, ready to start your life of new adventures together and the first adventure is a big one. That’s right, the honeymoon. Before you get in the car and drive or board an airplane, you have to decide where your honeymoon destination will be.

You could choose big city, small country or even Disney, but we sincerely believe your best option is grand beach. Specifically, Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman island.

With stunning beachfront views, crystal clear water and some of the best scuba diving spots in the world, Grand Cayman is the perfect backdrop for a romantic and adventurous honeymoon.

The Cozy Stay

Christopher Columbus Condos on Seven Mile Beach has 30 intimate units to choose from including 16 Ocean View and 4 Ocean View Penthouse units. Each unit includes a fully equipped kitchen for those who like to stay in and cook (for those who prefer to go out to eat, keep reading) and an open concept living room. The entire property also offers free WiFi and provides beach towels so you don’t have to worry about packing your own. To make your stay even homier our beloved Christopher Columbus staff is on site Monday-Saturday to accommodate all of your needs including daily housekeeping services.

With only 30 units the property is quiet, peaceful, and there's plenty of room on our large beach.

Speaking of beaches...

The Private Beach

One of our favorite spots to hang out on the entire property is of course our beach backyard! While on the beach you and your new spouse can relax under one of our 13 thatched huts and read a book, take a nap or:

  • Go snorkeling
  • Swim in the pool or ocean
  • Stand Up Paddleboard
  • Swing under a hut
  • Play bocce ball and so much more

The Food

Food is a basic necessity for survival. Amazing food is found in Cayman. In addition to traditional Caymanian cuisine, restaurants on the island offer Caribbean, European, Farm-to-Table and Mexican to name a few varieties. Check out this list of some of our favorite lunch spots to get your culinary adventure started.

The Memories to Make

After hearing about our private beach we wouldn’t judge you one bit if you and your new spouse relaxed on the beach or poolside everyday of your stay. However, if you do feel like seeing more of what our beautiful island has to offer we have a few suggestions for where to begin.

The Photo Opps

Honeymooning at Christopher Columbus is sure to leave you and your special someone with some amazing memories that you will cherish forever. If you’re wondering how it can get any better let’s talk about photo opportunities and the FOMO your family and friends are sure to have after seeing all your pictures.

Lover’s Wall

Lover’s Wall is a brick wall located along the East End on Sea View Road on the way to the Blowholes. It's red heart sign is the perfect spot for newlyweds to snap a keeper to frame later.

Sunsets

Picking a favorite Cayman sunset is just as wrong as picking a favorite child. The good news for honeymooners like yourselves, is a gorgeous sunset fills the sky every night creating a breathtaking backdrop for honeymoon photos. The unique lighting can also create a romantic silhouette shot.

CaymanKind

Finally, something we are 100% certain no other honeymoon destination will have. The kind, warm and inviting charisma from Cayman residents. They are delighted to share their love of the island and you'll be delighted you chose to honeymoon in Cayman.

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1. Macabuca in West Bay (Waterfront), $$ 

You'll love the chill island vibes at this waterfront bar in West Bay. Watch divers make the plunge from the side of the bar as you enjoy a tasty taco or burger, and don't miss ordering a homemade ice cream sandwich for dessert! Visit Website

macabuca sign

2. Casa 43 in Seven Mile Beach Area, $$

Ever since discovering this unique Mexican kitchen we can't get enough. They've got amazing guacamole, homemade tortillas and arguably the best Mojitos on the island! Visit Website

3. Da Fish Shack in Georgetown (Waterfront), $$ 

Want a delicious bite to eat on the waterfront while watching cruise ships come into Georgetown? Da Fish Shack never disappoints, and is a great place to grab your first lunch in Cayman. The view of the Caribbean is beautiful and the deck somehow always has a perfect breeze. Visit Website

da fish shack food and drink

4. Chicken Chicken in Seven Mile Beach Area, $

This is a fun and quirky little restaurant with counter service. Their award-winning Caribbean Chicken will delight your taste buds and senses. As soon as you walk in you'll see chickens on a rotisserie and a sitting area that's decorated in traditional Cayman house style. Visit Website

5. The Brooklyn in Camana Bay, $$

You'll love the food and the urban vibe inside this pizza joint. The interior decorations are seriously beautiful and juxtapose, and you'll enjoy a wide variety of pizza options including my personal favorite The Orchid (poached pear, prosciutto, gorgonzola, toasted walnuts and truffle honey drizzle). Visit Website

the brooklyn pizza and pasta

6. Tortuga on Seven Mile Beach (Waterfront), $$

Get a taste of the swanky life at the Tortuga beachfront restaurant at The Westin. Grab a booth, beach bed lounger (with canopy) or pull up a chair poolside for a quick bite and drinks. Visit Website

7. Thai Orchid in Georgetown, $$

If you need a place to get your sushi fix then look no further than Thai Orchid. The ambiance isn't much out of the ordinary, but the food is VERY tasty and will leave you satisfied. Apart from the sushi, the Thai dishes are well worth ordering, too. Visit Website

Thai Orchid

8. Czech Inn Grill in Bodden Town, $$

The Czech Inn Grill is a cool new pit stop you can check out while you're adventuring on the East End. Add this to your list for your next trip! Visit Website

9. Rankin's Jerk Center in Bodden Town, $

Rankin's is a popular local spot serving up authentic Cayman dishes and affordability. We got lunch for 5 people for about $60 CI and that not only covered the meal but fresh fruit smoothies for all! Visit Website

10. West Bay Diner in West Bay, $$

This tiny, home-style diner serves up hearty Caribbean dishes including fresh catches from the sea and some more interesting options like Ox Tail! Visit Website

west bay diner

11. Catch in West Bay (Waterfront), $$$

You'll love the upscale yet laid back atmosphere at Catch. Order a bottle of wine and watch the tide roll in at their sweet spot on Morgan's Harbor. We recommend the Seafood Pappardelle, Lobster Benedict or the classic Cayman Style Fish with coconut rice (yum!). Visit Website

12. Sunshine Grill in Seven Mile Beach Area, $$

This is such a happy little place tucked just off West Bay Road in the Sunshine Suites Resort. You'll feel like you've found a hidden gem when you walk past the poolside patio and into the screened-in restaurant area. Their fish tacos are to die for and you're always treated to a mini-ice cream cone on the house at the end of the meal. Visit Website

drinks at sunshine grill

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The Return of the Conch
Tomorrow is the official opening of Conch Season, so we've asked some friends to tell us about their favorite conch dishes and reminisce on the importance of the conch in Cayman culture.

Lisa, our Property Manager, likes to cook conch soup with her daughter, Delisa. Georgette, our office assistant, enjoys conch stew (or stew conch as many refer to it), and she also loves a good batch of conch chowder. Our friend Walter Fajette, owner of Catch & Agua, says that he "likes conch in all ways" but his favorite is cracked conch (which I just thought was a cool name for a restaurant and didn't realize it was actually a way of frying conch—so neat!). Walter's restaurants will begin serving fresh conch dishes tomorrow when the season opens. Other popular dishes include conch burgers and fritters. If you really get the conch fever, try cooking your own dish using this conch stew recipe in your condo kitchen next time you stay with us!

Another popular dish enjoyed by locals and lucky tourists alike is marinated conch. Many boat captains will dive for conch during a boat tour and then treat their guests to freshly prepared conch ceviche. Some friends and I had the pleasure of taste testing this unique ceviche with Captain Allan Ebanks a couple of years ago. Captain Allan and his cousin Merle dove for conch at Starfish Point and Stingray City and then prepared us the best ceviche we had ever had. Seeing them dive in the shallow Caribbean waters to search for conch (with no need for goggles to protect their eyes) was an experience in itself.

Aside from the culinary value of conch meat, conch shells themselves have long been a source of income for locals. Although the conch shell business isn't as lucrative as it once was, many still make an income selling these beautiful shells at roadside stands and stalls. Stand owners harvest, clean and polish the shells and then tourists purchase them for souvenirs. One of our guests struck up a friendship with Shane the Conch Man on a past trip, and he explained the cultural significance of the conch to Cayman life, including the use of the shell as a horn to communicate with ships.

The season for conch runs from November 1st to April 30th, which is also the season for Whelks (various types of sea snails). The limited season was implemented to protect the depleting levels of conch due to it's popularity, so we ask that you respect the limits and rules set in place by the Department of Environment so we can all continue to enjoy conch and it's place in Cayman culture for years to come!
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