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Last year, Christopher Columbus Condos was excited to become the first development on Seven Mile Beach to implement turtle-friendly lighting. Today, we are delighted to announce that thanks to this update, 142 baby sea turtles hatched on our beach earlier this week.

A few weeks ago, the Cayman Islands Department of the Environment (DOE) began monitoring a nest that was found next to one of our beach huts. They determined that because of our turtle-friendly lighting, the eggs would not have to be moved to another location. On November 12, the eggs hatched and the tiny turtles made their way to the sea with a little help from the DOE and cheers from onlooking CCC guests.

CCC’s turtle-friendly lighting was installed as part of a partnership with the DOE in an effort to help preserve the sea turtle community. This was the first nest on our beach since the lighting was installed, and we hope for many more in the coming years.


*Photo courtesy of property manager Lisa!

What is turtle-friendly lighting?

Turtle nesting season occurs yearly between May and September, and hatchlings appear between July and November. Momma turtles come up onto the beach to lay their eggs, and then after 50–60 days, the hatchlings emerge and begin their journey back to the ocean.

When baby turtles hatch, they use the light of the moon to help navigate them to the ocean. Bright, blue-spectrum lighting on buildings can mimic the lighting of the moon, disorienting the hatchlings and leading them into dangerous places like further up the beach, nearby properties, or even roads. LED lights sit more on the orange end of the light spectrum, which doesn’t bother or confuse turtle hatchlings.

Due to the endangered status of green, loggerhead, and hawksbill turtles, the DOE is working on an official policy that would require new developments on Seven Mile Beach to implement turtle-friendly lights. These regulations would be based on similar ones enacted along the Florida coastline, which have been incredibly successful and world-renowned in helping preserve the turtle population.


Attractive and environmentally friendly

In addition to helping out our turtle friends, LED lighting is more energy-efficient and aesthetically pleasing. The warm lighting creates a cozy, modern atmosphere outside the condos and around the pool. Enjoy watching the stars without distracting bright lights, and don’t worry, you’ll still be able to see your way back inside after taking in every second of gorgeous Cayman sunsets on the beach.

Owner Keith Holloway who oversaw the lighting installation last year says, Christopher Columbus is “invested in keeping the property current and modern for the enjoyment of our guests.” New lighting is one of many improvements that have been made in recent years, including in-unit wi-fi, enlarged laundry facilities, a roomy oceanside gazebo, and more.

*Photo courtesy of condo owner Marsha O'Daniel. This was taken in 2014 when the DOE came to CCC's section of the beach to assist some turtle hatchlings and allowed lucky viewers a chance to see the baby turtles up close.


Heads up for turtle nests

We would like to thank the DOE for monitoring the nest on our beach and for all the continued work they do preserving the sea turtle population in Grand Cayman. Guests can do their part in helping turtles as well. If you notice any turtle tracks on our segment on the beach, let a CCC staff member know or call the DOE directly as soon as possible. The DOE will properly secure and tag the nest so the hatchlings can have the best possible chances at survival. Remember, disturbing a turtle nest is against Cayman Islands’ law so if you see anyone harming a turtle or a nest, you should notify CCC staff or the Cayman police.

Since the DOE began monitoring nests on Seven Mile Beach in 1998, nest numbers have increased from just 30 a year to over 300. We hope that our new turtle-friendly lighting can help foster a comfortable and safe environment for many more nests to come!

This post was originally published on May 31, 2018 and updated November 14, 2019 to share great results from the original lighting project.


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If you’ve ever enjoyed the beautiful flora and fauna around Christopher Columbus Condos, you have our gardener, Brian, to thank! Brian is dedicated to keeping CCC beautiful by maintaining our trees, flower beds, and hedges. You may recognize him if you've done any early morning walks on our beach; he checks in on our stretch every day, raking the sand to make sure it's in tip-top shape for visitors.

Originally from Jamaica, Brian moved to Grand Cayman two years ago to make a better life for himself and his family. He has worked at CCC for those two years and says his favorite part about coming to work is meeting the guests and feeling welcomed by his coworkers every day.

When he’s not working, Brian enjoys going to the beach (who can blame him?) and playing football. He recommends guests make a trip to Stingray City to see the beautiful ocean and amazing animals.

Next time you’re visiting, take a moment to appreciate Brian’s hard work while taking a stroll on our property!


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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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While many of you already know and love her, we’re so happy to tell you more about our very own “moviestar,” Patricia!

Patricia has been with Christopher Columbus since 2007 and has lived in Cayman for over 20 years. Originally from Jamaica, Patricia visited her sister here years ago and fell in love with with the island. She says her favorite part about Cayman is two-pronged—the people and the beaches, and even better is getting to meet new people on the beach! Her love of the beach also extends to her recommendations for guests—she says the number one thing every visitor should do is just kick back, relax, and take in the beautiful Seven Mile Beach. Once you’ve gotten in some vitamin sea, then you should check out the Turtle Farm.

As our regulars can attest, Patricia is a fantastic ambassador for the condos. She loves to take care of guests, always making sure everyone feels like they’re coming home when they arrive at CCC. “Making things nice for our guests,” she says, “that’s me, that’s who I am.” She recounted one memorable experience, when she helped a guest who was getting married on the beach. Patricia saw that nothing had been decorated yet, so she decided to help out to make sure everything was done well and in time for the ceremony. When the guest saw the decorations in the gazebo, she exclaimed, “Oh, our decorator did a great job!” Patricia, who didn’t know a different decorator was coming, told the bride-to-be that she’d actually put up all the decorations. Surprised but thrilled, the guest said she would have to tell other brides to just have Patricia handle the decorating because she did such a fantastic job!

For fun, Patrica loves to swim in the ocean with her German Shepherd, Bogie, and dance the night away. While reggae and salsa music are some of her favorites, she isn’t picky when it comes to dance music—she'll dance to anything and with anyone who wants to join in. She says she loves to dress up and enjoy all that Cayman nightlife has to offer. In order to fuel up for all that dancing, she enjoys stopping by her favorite restaurant, Catch, for some crab legs or other seafood. From the food to the atmosphere to the ocean views, Patricia says Catch is “amazing.” (You can read more about the owner of Catch here.)

In case you were wondering, Patricia’s “moviestar” nickname comes from her featured role in our Christopher Columbus Condos video (which you can watch here!), plus her fabulous and vivacious personality. If you ask nicely, she will no doubt give you an autograph!

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Give a warm welcome to Josephine! She is our newest Office Assistant, who will be greeting you when you check in for your next visit.

Josephine has lived in Cayman for over thirty years. Originally from Jamaica, she moved to Cayman after college, where she got her degree in hotel management. Starting out, Josephine worked at the old Cayman Holiday Inn, the inn on the beach, where the Ritz Carlton is now. While working there, Josephine first met our very own Lisa Hernandez! When that hotel closed, she spent around fifteen years in the banking industry. But after being outside of the hotel business for years, Josephine realized she missed hospitality. “Tourism is my passion,” she said. And lucky for us, she reconnected with Lisa and joined us here at CCC!

Since starting in May, Josephine says she’s really enjoying the whole Christopher Columbus package, from meeting all the guests to the wonderful staff to the grounds itself. “The property is so pristine—who wouldn’t want to work here?” She also adds that “the staff is very nice and knowledgeable, very professional.” Another one of her favorite parts of the job is being so near to the beach and the ocean—and who could disagree on that?

To Josephine, the best thing about the island is its people. “Cayman is the people. Everyone is very real. It’s why people keep coming back to visit.” She appreciates how friendly and kind Caymanians are, noting that not everywhere in the world is so welcoming and hospitable. Caymanians are the face that truly makes the island the paradise that it is. 

If you’re a first-time visitor, Josephine recommends that your first stop should be, of course, Christopher Columbus. But next should be Stingray City. “There’s nowhere else like it in the world. If you come to Cayman and don’t go to Stingray City, you’re missing out.” Josephine loves to visit Stingray City herself, and also enjoys stopping off at the Coral Gardens to admire all the amazing plant life and flowers in the ocean. “It’s an experience. So beautiful!”

In her free time, Josephine enjoys her hobbies. She has a green thumb and relishes time in the garden in front of her house. Passers by enjoy admiring all the flowers, plants, and vegetables she's tended. Her favorite flower is a gladiolus, which comes in all colors. Gladiolus flowers grow really well back in her native Jamaica, but they have a little more trouble blooming from year to year in Cayman. Her Christian faith is also a huge part of her life. Josephine enjoys sharing the Bible and teaching others about God. When she takes a moment to recharge, her favorite snack is avocado with tomato and cucumber, or avocado toast—yum!

Don’t forget to introduce yourself and make Josephine feel welcome next time you’re at the condos!

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Christopher Columbus Condos is excited to announce that we’re working to become the first development on Seven Mile Beach to implement turtle-friendly lighting throughout the property.

A combined effort between CCC and the Cayman Islands Department of Environment (DOE), owner Keith Holloway is overseeing installation of the new lighting. “The native turtle population is a true treasure of the Cayman Islands. We have had nesting turtles on our property and have safeguarded the nests and hatchlings through the years.” We’re thrilled to add new lighting to our list of ways to help out the turtles.

What is turtle-friendly lighting?

Turtle nesting season occurs yearly between May and September, and hatchlings appear between July and November. Momma turtles come up onto the beach to lay their eggs, and then after 50–60 days, the hatchlings emerge and begin their journey back to the ocean.

When baby turtles hatch, they use the light of the moon to help navigate them to the ocean. Bright, blue-spectrum lighting on buildings can mimic the lighting of the moon, disorienting the hatchlings into dangerous places like further up the beach, nearby properties, or even roads. LED lights sit more on the orange end of the light spectrum, which doesn’t bother or confuse turtle hatchlings.

Due to the endangered status of green, loggerhead, and hawksbill turtles, the DOE is working on an official policy that would require new developments on Seven Mile Beach to implement turtle-friendly lights. These regulations would be based on similar ones enacted along the Florida coastline, which have been incredibly successful and world renowned in helping preserve turtle populations.

Attractive and environmentally friendly

In addition to helping out our turtle friends, LED lighting is also more energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing. The warm lighting creates a cozy, modern atmosphere outside the condos and around the pool. Enjoy watching the stars without distracting bright lights, and don’t worry, you’ll still be able to see to make your way back inside after taking in every second of gorgeous Cayman sunsets on the beach.

As Holloway says, Christopher Columbus is “invested in keeping the property current and modern for the enjoyment of our guests.” New lighting is another improvement that’s been made in recent years, in addition to in-unit wi-fi, enlarged laundry facilities, a roomy oceanside gazebo, and more.

Heads up for turtle nests

If you notice any turtle tracks on our segment on the beach, let a CCC staff member know or call the DOE directly as soon as possible. The DOE will properly secure and tag the nest so the hatchlings can have the best possible chances at survival. Remember, disturbing a turtle nest is against Cayman Islands’ law. If you see anyone harming a turtle or a nest, you should notify CCC staff or the Cayman police.



Since the DOE began monitoring nests on Seven Mile Beach in 1998, nest numbers have increased from just 30 a year to over 300. We hope that our new turtle-friendly lighting can help foster a comfortable and safe environment for many more nests to come!

*Photos courtesy of condo owner Marsha O'Daniel. They were taken in 2014 when the DOE came to CCC's section of the beach to assist some of the turtle hatchlings and allowed lucky viewers a chance to see the baby turtles up close.

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Map data ©2016 Google

Driving to Christopher Columbus Condos from Owen Roberts International Airport? Follow the route below to easily navigate your way. In 14 minutes (without traffic), you’ll arrive at our Cayman paradise. 

  • Head West on Roberts Dr. toward N. Breezy Way (1 km)
  • Turn Right onto Dorcy Dr. (500 m)
  • Turn Left onto Portland Rd. (500 m)
  • Turn Right onto N. Sound Rd. (140 m)
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Esterly Tibbetts Hwy (2.5 km)
  • At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Esterly Tibbetts Hwy (750 m)
  • At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Esterly Tibbetts Hwy (1.1 m)
  • At the next roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on Esterly Tibbetts Hwy (850 m)
  • At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Esterly Tibbetts Hwy (900 m)
  • At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Esterly Tibbetts Hwy (1.1 km) 
  • At the next roundabout, take the 1st exit onto W Bay Rd. (800 m)
    • Christopher Columbus Condos will be on the left after 800 m. Look for the red turtle!
    • 2013 West Bay Road, KY1-1102, Cayman Islands

Time to get excited...we can't wait to see you!

You can also follow these directions directly on Google's interface here.

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Of course, we all wish for perfect sunny days when heading to Grand Cayman. We want to be able to soak up the rays, relax on the beach and enjoy the tropical sunshine that has made this island the perfect destination that it is today. I'm going to let you in on a little secret, though. I always wish for one little rain while I'm there. Why? Because the clouds, sky colors, ocean colors and even the occasional rainbows are marvelous in Cayman when it rains. Seriously, the most beautiful skies I've ever seen, especially against the blue sea.

I've rounded up some of my favorite rainy day photos from our archives. Some are taken by guests, others by owners and some by staff here at CCC, but they all share the secret that it's even pretty when it rains in Cayman!

rain in georgetown

rain at rum point

sunset rain

rain clouds at the pool

night rain on the beach

Rainbow over the ocean with a boat.

the rainbow

Rainy days also serve as a reminder to take a moment and just relax. During one of my vacations at CCC, I ended up staying on the condo property all day because it was rainy and that ended up being the most relaxing day of all because I wasn't running here there and everywhere. The group I was with got together and cooked a lovely dinner and it was just overall one of those days that I felt very grateful for — a memory I will cherish.

So next time you're in Cayman I wish you mostly sunny days, but if you do get a little rain, now you know it can be a beautiful experience, too.


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There are a plethora of amazing activities to enjoy on Grand Cayman island, and while we recommend you get out and experience the island, we also highly suggest that you take at least one peaceful day to just stay at the condo. After all, you are on vacation, and in order to truly unwind you need a restful day at "home". Here are 15 things to do at Christopher Columbus Condos on your day in.


  15. Cook a Family Dinner

There's something special about making a meal with our own hands and eating that meal with our family and friends around a dinner table. Add the view of our beach to the mix and life's delectable.

Tip: For the perfect ambiance, leave your patio door open to add the sounds and smells of the fresh sea to your evening.


   
  14. Make a Splash in the Kiddie Pool

The Kiddie Pool is an absolute favorite among the youngsters that stay at Christopher Columbus Condos. It's a zero entry pool of water with a small, mosaic water fountain in the center that kids love to splash in.

     

  13. Play Bocce Ball and Other Games

Get in some friendly competition by playing bocce ball on our beach. Pepper a volleyball back and forth. Or go old school and play tic tac toe in the sand.

Tip: Bring your own game gear or purchase from local dive stores or supermarkets on the island.

     

  12. Go Snorkeling

Our guests are always tickled with the amazing snorkeling available right from our beach. The water is crystal clear and there is a lot of exciting marine life to see.

Tip: Check the chest by the pool for snorkeling gear. Many guests leave accessories behind for others to enjoy. You can also pick gear up at local dive shops.

     

  11. Enjoy Lunch Under a Cabana

Set up shop beneath one of our many thatched huts for lunch or any meal. They're also perfect for enjoying homemade cocktails under. Buy fresh coconut or lime from a local produce stand or farmers market to add a little island zest to your dish or drink.

     

  10. Look for Sea Glass, Rocks & Shells

Take an afternoon walk and keep your eyes peeled for beautiful sea glass, rocks and shells. Sea glass, which is simply glass that has been broken and sanded down by waves, is used by many artisans to create unique jewelry pieces.

     

  9. Read or Write by the Pool

Sink into a good book, thumb the pages of a magazine or get out your notebook and start writing. Being surrounded by Caribbean beauty provides inspiration, so it's a great time to write about your dreams and goals.

Tip: Not a writer? Try list making first. It will help you literally piece off your ideas one by one, and before you know it you'll have a page of valuable notes!

     

  8. Sip Coffee on Your Patio or Balcony

Ah, yes! The simple joy of sipping on a cup of Joe while outside in your pajamas can't be missed. Add a family member or friend to the equation and enjoy great conversation while soaking up the morning sun.

     
  7. Order Authentic Italian Pizza and Eat In

The pizza on Grand Cayman Island is ahhh-mazing! Order a pizza and enjoy it together at the family table or take it out onto the beach and eat under one of our thatched huts.

     
  6. Watch a Sunset on the Beach (with Wine!)

Grand Cayman Sunsets are marvelous, and arguably the most beautiful in the world. Spend at least one evening appreciating every second of a sunset on our beach, and for added tranquility add a bottle of wine!

     
  5. Get on a Paddleboard

Stand up Paddleboarding is so much fun! Glide over the top of the Caribbean Sea while getting in a little workout, and keep your eyes peeled for exciting marine life below. Companies like Cayman Stand Up Paddle Co have boards for rent and will even deliver them to our condos for your use! 

     
  4. Go Crab Hunting

Alright, alright we know this one isn't for everyone, but we have seen plenty of kids and those young at heart have a blast looking for crabs on the beach. It's best to look with a flashlight at night as they're more active then. And NO WORRIES these little guys won't bother you if you don't bother them. In fact, you probably won't even see them unless you're looking for them. :)

     

  3. Take Family Photos on the Beach

During your day in, save some time to take photos with the family! You'll cherish these forever, and there are so many beautiful options on our beachfront.

     
  2. Take a Walk at Twilight

Walks on the beach may sound a little cliche, but it's one cliche we'll never give up. There's nothing as wonderful and peaceful as listening to the tide, step by sandy step while looking out over the expansive Caribbean Sea. Breathe it in on a solo journey, or take it stride by stride with a loved one.

     

  1. Pull Chairs up to the Shoreline

After your walk grab one of our smaller lounge chairs (they're easy to carry) and set yourself up by the shoreline. Simply sit and give thanks for the surrounding beauty while letting the tide wash over your feet.

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They should call the pool at Christopher Columbus Condos, The Pool of Tranquility. After a morning of island outings I decided to pay it a visit. I loaded up my tote with the usual: sunscreen, reading materials, water and snacks and headed for their gorgeous, recently remodeled pool. I settled in on one of many available lounge chairs and let the relaxing commence.

As I lay there the light breeze, soothing sounds from the water fountain and beautiful view of the Caribbean Ocean welcomed me to a wonderful place of peacefulness. I pulled out my InStyle magazine, but quickly decided to rest my eyes on the skyline of George Town buzzing just a couple miles away. The perfect Cayman sun beat on my face, and I closed my eyes for several minutes filled with feelings of gratitude and joy.

I took a dip in the pool and swam several laps in the refreshing water. The deep end had an underwater seating bench along the side of the pool that was really nice for resting. 30 minutes later I climbed out of the pool and returned to my chair for round two of relaxation. There's something to be said for taking the time to let the island sun dry droplets of water from your skin. It's that awesome feeling of knowing you have all the time in the world - no rush, no worry - and it's something you'll want to repeat time and time again. The relaxing environment and location on Seven Mile Beach poises the pool at Christopher Columbus Condos as one of the best pools in the Cayman Islands.

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