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You know what’s awesome about Cayman? It's even beautiful when it rains. Most of the time, our rain comes and goes in quick spurts (lasting no more than an hour), but every once in a while, we get a day when the sun doesn’t seem to want to shine. For those days we’ve made a list of things you can do and ways you can enjoy a day in Cayman rain or shine!

Visit the Cinema at Camana Bay.

On a rainy day, there is nothing better than sitting in a dark theater eating a big tub of popcorn. As the only movie theater in Grand Cayman, a trip to the Camana Bay Cinema is a unique experience that features all the latest films, a packed concession menu, and comfortable seating. The state-of-the-art theater offers a cozy place to relax with the family out of the rain.

After the film, take a stroll through Camana Bay. Though the area is mostly outdoors, there are plenty of local shops to duck into such as 3 Girls and A Kiln, Forever Summer, and West Indies Wine Company. Stop by Books & Books to pick up some new reading material or board game for a night in at your condo. There are also plenty of restaurants to stop by for a snack or a full meal.



Experience the National Gallery

Stay dry and view some beautiful pieces of art at the National Gallery. This cultural hub features artists from all over the world, showcasing some truly stunning examples of visual art. From traditional Cayman artwork to internationally recognized masterpieces, the National Gallery is sure to amaze. You can easily spend a couple of hours moving from exhibit to exhibit, taking a moment to appreciate each brushstroke and sketched line. You can also check their calendar to see what fun events they have coming up for your family to enjoy.

Tour the Distillery

Have you ever wanted to see how your favorite spirits were made? At the Cayman Spirits Company Distillery Tour, you can! The 30-minute tour of the 5,000 square foot facility will give you a taste of how some of Grand Cayman’s favorite rums and vodkas are produced. The best part is you get to taste all of the results at the end of the tour. If you find one you like, you can bring it home for a nice drink on the beach later.

Have a Night In

The best part about staying at Christopher Columbus Condos (besides the views, of course!) is the fact that every unit has a fully stocked kitchen, television, and comfortable furniture making it the perfect place for a relaxing night in. Many of the condos come with fun board games you can enjoy. Head down to Foster’s to pick up the ingredients for a delicious home-cooked meal or order delivery pizza from Gino’s and then gather round for a movie. There’s no better way to spend an evening.

Pamper Yourself

Just because it’s dreary outside, doesn’t mean you have to be, too. Rainy days are the perfect days to focus on relaxing and getting in some self-care. Consider getting a massage, visiting a salon for a full mani-pedi, or get stretching at one of Grand Cayman’s yoga studios. If you’d rather stay in your condo, consider a homemade face mask you can make with simple kitchen ingredients like sugar, coffee, and honey. Let the face mask do its job while you kick back with a book and a cup of tea.

Try Some Place New

With so many restaurants to choose from on Grand Cayman, there’s bound to be one you haven’t tried yet. Here are some of our places to add to your list:

  • Yoshi: One of the only places to get authentic Japanese cuisine on Grand Cayman, you can’t miss Yoshi if you enjoy sushi, hibachi, or other Japanese favorites.
  • Boggy Sand Caribbean Kitchen: Located a short drive from Christopher Columbus Condos, Boggy Sand is the perfect place for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Their diverse menu offers a variety of American favorites, comfort foods, and Cayman dishes. Whether you’re in the mood for fish, pizza, a burger or a salad, you’re sure to find something that suits your taste buds. They even have vegetarian options!
  • Every Bloomin’ Thing: If you’ve never attended a traditional afternoon tea service, this could be your chance. The EBT Tea Room features an assortment of teas, sandwiches, and homemade pastries and scones making it the perfect place for lunch. Despite being the spot for a traditional tea, EBT prides itself on being a casual dining experience anyone can enjoy.
A delicious plate at Yoshi.

Go to the Beach Anyways

We aren’t here to tell you how to live your life, so if you’re feeling the beach, go for it! Hey, you’ll already be wet so what’s a little rain anyway? As any mom would tell you, just make sure swimming conditions are safe and no lightning is present.

The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

There’s no need to put your vacation on hold because of a little rain. Grand Cayman offers so many activities for visitors it would be impossible not to find something to keep you having fun while staying dry. Just remember to take a look outside after the rain has passed to see if you can spot a rainbow. It makes for the perfect photo. 😉

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The calming sound of steady waves. The refreshing feeling of the ocean breeze. The warm sun reflecting off of the clear blue water. Sitting on the white, sandy beaches of Seven Mile Beach is one of my favorite things to do when I'm on the island—it's so relaxing!

But because I spend most of my time working around the clock, it can be somewhat difficult to switch off. Even when I'm in vacation mode, it's hard for me to stop on a dime because I'm used to going 90 miles per hour.

So, as relaxing as the beach is, I need something to help occupy my mind while I'm taking in the sights and sounds of the Caribbean. Last time I visited Christopher Columbus Condos, I brought along several book options and learned a few things about beach reading that I wanted to share for your next trip to the island.

1. Bring Sunglasses

This may seem obvious, but when you settle into your favorite spot on the beach, spread out your belongings, and open up your book, you'll soon realize that you need some shades.

Even if you're under a cool, shady cabana, the sun will find a way into your eyes—the ocean is known for reflecting that glistening sunshine. After I broke my only pair of sunglasses, my beach reading experience was all but over.

If you're in need of a new pair of sunglasses, I found a good selection at Cost U Less, which is only a few minutes down Esterley Tibbets Highway from the condos. I bought two pairs to be safe and raced back to the beach.

2. Apply Sunscreen, Then Read

If you're under a cabana, the sun may not be an issue, but if you plan on reading on the beach for more than 20 minutes, be sure to apply sunscreen BEFORE you settle in.

There's nothing worse than getting sunscreen all over your book—except maybe a severe sunburn.

3. Bring More Than One Book

When I'm at home, I tend to read for 20-30 minutes a few times per week, so it takes me a long time to finish a book. This is not the case when you’re beach reading!

I flew through my first book and didn't have a backup.

My wife, on the other hand, brought three books along and read over 1,000 pages. Unlike me, she knew what she was doing. But if you do find yourself in need of a good book, the next two tips have you covered.

4. Visit a Local Bookstore

If you came to the island without a book or cruised right through the only book you had on hand, you could always visit a local bookstore. My favorite was the Book Loft at the local Humane Society.

Not only will you find a great selection of used books for your beach reading adventure, but you’ll also be supporting precious animals in need on the island. Buy some great books AND support cute animals? Yes, please!

5. Try Audiobooks Instead

Remember how I raced through my book and didn't have anything left to read? Well, one of my vacation buddies told me to try an Audiobook instead.

My first reaction was, "But I won't be able to hear the ocean."

His response was awesome, "Yeah, but you'll be able to see it instead."

While you're reading your book, you can only see your pages, and you can see those at home, right? You came to an island for the breathtaking views and audiobooks allow you to take it all in while you listen to an excellent book.

Best of all, if you have a problem concentrating on your book when other people are around you, an audiobook will cover up those sounds as well.

Even better than that, if you've never used Audible, you can get a free trial here and download two free audiobooks. If you have a local library, download Overdrive and check out ebooks and audiobooks for free before you leave for vacation.

6. Bring Earbuds or Earplugs

If you're an early riser and get out to the beach early, you're going to find peace and quiet. You'll be able to relax while you listen to the gentle waves and chirping birds.

But as the day moves on, more people will make their way out onto the sand.

Some people can tune out the chit chat of other beach goers, but I'm not one of those people. Luckily I had earbuds, Spotify, and WiFi access courtesy of Christopher Columbus Condos.

7. Waterproof Everything

Whether it's a hardback book, e-reader, or a smartphone, it's always a good idea to waterproof everything that you can.

You never know when you might drop your book or spill your favorite cocktail, so it’s always better to be safe than sorry. You can make DIY book covers or buy waterproof cases for your phone or e-reader on Amazon.

Soak It In and Enjoy!

So, there you have it—a few lessons I learned the hard way. If you're planning to do some serious beach reading on your next trip, following these tips is going to make an amazing experience even better.

Did I miss any tips you've picked up in your travels? Drop them in the comments below. I'd love to hear them.

Enjoy!

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If you’re looking to keep up your workout routine while in Cayman, want to jumpstart a relaxation habit you can take back home with you, or just want to try something new, there are a few fantastic yoga studios on island I would highly recommend. Bliss Living Yoga and Cayman Yoga Club offer a variety of classes seven days a week. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or have never downward dogged in your life, there’s a class that will be fun, relaxing, and challenging for you.

Plan Your Class

You should look at the class descriptions on the studios' websites to see which type of class interests you the most. There are plenty of offerings each day of the week for all levels of yoga skill. The two studios are located between West Bay Road and Esterly Tibbets Highway, near Camana Bay, which is around a ten-minute drive from Christopher Columbus.

Both studios allow drop-in classes, so there's no need to call ahead—just arrive around fifteen minutes before class time so you can sign in at the front desk and get situated. If you don’t want to worry about packing a mat, you can borrow one for the class. A mat is complimentary for your first class, but you can also borrow one for a small fee for successive classes.

A single class is around $24 USD, but if you think you’ll come multiple times, a class pack might be a better deal. They’ll ask for just a few pieces of information and then you’ll be ready to get your yoga on.

What Should You Bring?

Wear comfy clothes you can freely move around in—t-shirts, tank tops, athletic or yoga pants are all great choices. Yoga is much easier to do barefoot, but you can wear socks if you would be more comfortable. You should also bring along a bottle of water, which you can bring into the studio with you, and a mat and towel if you want to bring your own. The studio will provide blocks, straps, blankets, bolsters, and other props you might need.

What To Expect

After you sign in, you’ll remove your shoes and store your belongings in cubbies—the yoga studio itself is a phone-free zone. Once you find a spot for your mat, you can start stretching or kick back and relax until class starts. Each class is lead by a trained instructor who will talk you through each pose as well as demonstrate proper technique.

I attended classes on two ends of the spectrum, one Flow class at Bliss Yoga Studio and one Power Vinyasa class at Cayman Yoga Club.

Flow

If you’re looking for a way to relax your muscles after a long flight, find some quiet time amid a busy itinerary, or just take your time with a workout, this is a great choice. The flow class is an hour long and focuses a lot on your breath, stretching and holding poses, and the meditative aspects of yoga. It’s accessible to all skill levels, from beginner to advanced. Many of the poses in this class were seated, and several props were used, which helped everyone modify poses to suit their flexibility.

My class was an early afternoon session with Janelle. She had a fantastically soothing demeanor and helped me relax my sore, plane-ride-agitated shoulders. I’d highly recommend this class to anyone, but especially for any first timers—you’ll get a good idea of what yoga is all about without getting into many difficult poses.

Power Vinyasa

Power Vinyasa is a rigorous class that focuses on working your whole body and the breath as you move from pose to pose. This hour-long course is designed to make you sweat and really challenge yourself. All skill levels are welcome and anyone can get a workout from this class, but I would recommend that you are already comfortable with flowing between poses (e.g., downward dog into the Warrior series) before attending this class.

Photo courtesy of Cayman Yoga Club

I attended a later evening class with Janine, who included some much-appreciated motivational wisdom within her instruction. She was also incredibly gracious and gave me some tips on improving a pose I struggle quite a bit with. If you're nervous about taking a class, don't worry, your instructor is happy to help and guide you—it's what they're there for! 

Get Started!

Don’t let vacation throw off your fitness resolutions this year. Stop in for a yoga class next time you’re on island, relax, and take that Cayman vibe back home with you! And don't forget you can also visit a traditional gym or take a bike ride around the island for other great ways to keep active while on the island. 

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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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Cayman Girls Trip

Sometimes a girls trip is just what I need to relax, make a few wonderful memories, and eat delicious food with my favorite ladies.

What better destination to do all of these things than Grand Cayman? Once we had the destination and our group finalized, we also had to plan for travel and arrival times. With 9 women arriving on 3 separate flights on the same day, this step was an absolute necessity! 

After everyone made it to the island safely, we headed to Christopher Columbus where our refrigerator was already stocked with all of our special food needs to get us through the week, thanks to Kayann Stephens of My Kayman Concierge.

Later that night, our first dinner of the week was delivered to our condo by Angelo Guizio, owner of Edoardo’s Italian Restaurant – mouth watering dishes, no prep and easy clean-up!

When day two came, we were ready to soak up some sun and feel the sand between our toes! All it took was a few steps out of our room onto CCC's private beach.  

After a full day lounging on Seven Mile Beach we were ready for dinner. Tonight's stop was Calypso Grill  in West Bay. Thanks to Marcos Ebanks and his big taxi/van for nine (almost like it was made for us), there were no parking hassles at one of the most popular restaurants on the island! After a week of delicious eating, the ladies declared Calypso Grill to be the favorite!

On day three it was time for some serious shopping! The group headed to Georgetown to hit the jewelry stores. Kirk Freeport even brought out the champagne when they saw the sales adding up! Thanks Raj and Susan. The shopping wasn’t over without a stop at Camana Bay with lunch at The Brooklyn, and a look at the island from the sixth floor observatory Tower. The beautiful underwater mosaic mural wall makes for the perfect photo background. It is a truly beautiful work of art – not to be missed. Our dinner that night at Morgans, on the water at The Cayman Islands Yacht Club, was a perfect way to end the day.

Day four was our day on and in the water, boating to Stingray City, snorkeling the coral reef, lunch at Kaibo, and a stop at Starfish Point. Kayann, our concierge, came through once again. She set us up with Captain Chris Bailey of Cayman Adventure Tours, and sent us off from the Yacht Club with a platter of fresh fruit and warm wishes for a great adventure. Captain Chris took amazing professional photos of each of us with the stingrays, and got even the most fearful comfortable enough to kiss the rays!

After an amazing day on the water, dinner was a joint effort by all back at the condo, with each of us ready to relax for the evening. This girls trip turned high school slumber party on more than one night. What better way to enjoy the company of good friends, than sitting around in our PJs, sharing stories, and drinking wine? (Well, maybe that wasn’t part of high school!)

A long standing tradition at Christopher Columbus is the beach barbecue by Chef John. The chef, now in his 80s, with help from his many family members, serves a meal of chicken, ribs, salads, rice and beans and homemade pies that would be the envy of every backyard (in this case, beachside) cook! With a picture perfect sunset photo, Lisa, our office manager, was on hand to record our last night together before four of the girls headed home the next day.

Managing our five, but missing the four who went home, we journeyed to the South Sound for another shopping/browsing stop at Pure Art. This place is a must – a bit of old Cayman with a quirky and totally charming collection of everything from fine art to fun jewelry, beach signs, and accessories for the island home. After Pure Art, the serious shoppers were still in shopping mode, so we made a stop at the tee shirt shop, Sun Dog, and the Kennedy Gallery to view more fine art. 

During this trip, we had our share of delicious island cuisine accompanied by a myriad of tropical cocktails and plenty of wine, although the best part was making memories with friends. Kayann, our concierge, came through one last time after learning our interest of the benefits of coconut water, stopped by the condo with coconuts. They were peeled and ready for a straw, one for each of us. We found they tasted best when a splash of rum was poured into each – do the health benefits still prevail? We like to think so!

The best part of our girls trip was being together in a beautiful setting, laughing, sharing life stories, making new ones, and strengthening friendships. The trip was such a success, we are planning to return in two years to celebrate some milestone birthdays. And what better place to do it than this island paradise!

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One of the things I love most about vacationing on Grand Cayman is that I get to intentionally leave the stresses of life far behind me, even if it’s only for a week or so. It’s an opportunity to decompress, let go, and fully detach from my daily routine back home. I certainly do my fair share of snorkeling, SCUBA diving, and other fun activities on the island, but what I really look forward to are the soothing sounds of the rhythmic ocean tide on 7 mile beach, or a breath-taking West Bay sunset from a condo at Christopher Columbus Condos. I have discovered that it’s the simple experiences like these that are healing for the mind, body, and soul.

In addition to feeding my senses with the natural beauty of the island, I also make a point during each visit to treat myself to a full body massage at one of the many excellent spa options that GC has to offer. There are many that suggest there is scientific evidence for the healing benefits of massage therapy. I’m not sure if that is true, but I can tell you anecdotally that it definitely works for me.

Up until my recent visit to Grand Cayman, I would typically choose a “deep tissue” treatment over the traditional “Swedish” style massage. However on our last trip to Cayman, I was introduced to my first authentic “Thai massage” at Touch of Thai Day Spa and Salon.

Thai massage, or “Thai yoga massage” is a very ancient form of therapy that was originally practiced over 2,500 years ago. Unlike many other treatments, Thai massage requires you to be fully dressed (in very loose clothing that resemble pajamas) and uses no oils. Instead the practitioner uses intense acupressure, assisted yoga poses, and deep stretching to release the body’s tension and achieve maximum relaxation.

At first (and in full disclosure), I found the acupressure to be a bit excruciating, as the practitioner used her elbows, knees and thumbs to pinpoint specific areas of my body. I began to question my judgement and wonder what I had gotten myself into. But as she started combining the acupressure with coordinated stretching positions, my muscles seemed to more fully cooperate, the pain progressively subsided, and I could literally feel the tension leaving my body. For the next 45 minutes, I was able to get into a deep and relaxed state that can only be achieved with a well orchestrated massage. Upon completion, I was offered some fresh herbal tea and allowed to sit and reflect comfortably in a quiet room until I was ready to leave. Overall, I felt a tremendous sense of well-being and clarity, and my body felt fully rejuvenated.

Although this was my first Thai massage, I knew at that moment that it would not be my last. It certainly was not the experience I was anticipating, but the end result was better than any imagined. What I typically tell others is “If you can make it past the first 10 minutes, you are guaranteed one of the greatest relaxation experiences of your life.”

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I see beautiful sunset after beautiful sunset here on Grand Cayman island, so I thought I'd share some of my favorites with you. Few words are needed for this post. Simply let your eyes feast in the wonder! Thank you to guest, Jason Hawk, for the main photo above. And thank you to my friend Kay Emrick for the last photo with the sailboat. The rest of the photos are photos that I've captured over the last couple of years on my frequent visits to the Cayman Islands. Many were taken at Christopher Columbus Condos and others were taken across the island.

10. Love the sunset trail in this one.


9. The blue-green color of the water is wonderfully perplexing mixed with the light oranges of the sunset and ultimately a mat finish of grey sky.


8. The palm tree silhouette really adds to this one.



7. The deep, dark purple and glowing center wow me here.



6. This is real, I promise, and there's not one ounce of editing!



5. The sun looks enormous here!



4. This wondrous sunset looks like a dream.



3. The mood here is so unique. Quiet. Contemplative. Gorgeous!



2. Miraculous rays!



1. And thank you Kay for this beauty. Isn't it stunning?

Which sunset is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!
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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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An Expedition to Rum Point

After a few days on Grand Cayman, my friend Aimee and I got up the courage to announce that we were going to drive around the island to Rum Point. It took courage for us because we weren't used to driving on the "other" side of the road and the 49 kilometer trek (about 30 miles) seemed like a challenge... but one we were willing to accept. Once it was official we got really excited thinking about the adventure ahead of us.

Tip: Before heading out take screenshots of directions from Google Maps to avoid using international data! (Both Aimee and I are American and using your phones here can be pricey. There are also some great maps in some tourist publications. Ask someone in the office to point one out.)

With directions in hand, we made our way through Savannah and were nearing Bodden Town. Since the roads weren't clearly labeled, we questioned if we were going the right way, but somehow we never got lost!

As we were approaching Bodden Town we passed a produce stand. I threw my hands up against the window and squealed "Courtney!!!" like a kid yelling "Candy" passing a candy store. Courtney is a produce salesmen I met on my first trip to the Cayman Islands last year. We found him on a remote stretch of road between Savannah and Bodden Town and there he was in the same remote spot so many months later! Aimee and I were on a Rum Point mission, so we didn't stop, but my heart lifted so high knowing Courtney was still in his usual spot. I would be back to visit him.

After Bodden Town we drove for a long stretch of secluded island land and saw several remote condos and resorts along the way. As we got closer, we began to see signs for Rum Point, heightening our excitement. We knew we had finally arrived when barrels labeled with individual letters spelling out Rum Point welcomed us at the front. A nice couple offered to take a photo of us together at the barrels so we hoisted ourselves up to the barrels and posed away. We were ready for Rum Point, but was it ready for us?

The entry to Rum Point set the island vibe with palm trees dotted along the planked pathways. There were cool colorful signs made with driftwood that told us to, "Relax, You are on Cayman Time." Aimee & I take orders very seriously, so we headed straight to the Wreck Bar and asked the bartender to make some recommendations.

Aimee got the Rum Point Sunset and I went with the Cayman Lemonade then we picked out a seat at one of many open colorful picnic tables. Lights were strung above the picnic tables and food/drink menus tied to coconuts were at each table for Wreck Bar. We scoped out the rest of our surroundings and took some time in lounge chairs while doing some people watching. There were a few people playing sand volleyball and some others in the ocean hanging out with drinks in hand.

 

After our first drink, I grabbed one more. (Aimee was driving.) I tried the mudslide as I had heard Rum Point was known as the birthplace of the mudslide. It was divine. We went out on the pier to enjoy the view of the massive waves that were further out. With them came massive wind and a great photo opp.

We finished off our time at Rum Point lounging in the hammocks and taking in yet another breathtaking Cayman sunset. As we left we saw a few cats hanging around and tried to coax them over to us, but were unsuccessful. We ran into a worker and asked about the restaurant and Dak Shack. He informed us they were closed for the low season. The low season had it's perks though because although there were enough people around for a small buzz there was still an extremely peaceful lull that hung in the atmosphere.

As we pulled away we both felt a huge sense of accomplishment and pride. We had done it! We made it to Rum Point, and we had enjoyed Rum Point. Now we just had to make it back 30 miles to Christopher Columbus Condos... in the dark!

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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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