Seven Mile Beach is an obvious draw for vacationers, but to miss out on the serene and gentle areas of Grand Cayman’s North Side and East End would be a great shame, as the districts have so much to offer — if at a gentler pace than their busy West Bay neighbour. So hire yourself a car and let the adventure begin!
9:00 AM: Start Your Engines
Start your visit right up at the top of Grand Cayman in North Side at tranquil Kaibo. Offering a restaurant, beach bar
10:30 AM: Enjoy Nature
Head out towards East End and you will come across the Bo Miller Public Beach, named after the late businessman who was a passionate campaigner for preserving the natural beauty of the location. This is a developing project but a gorgeous spot to drink in the unspoilt beauty of North Side.
Noon: Afternoon Drinks
After relaxing on the beach, it’s probably time for a cocktail or two (passengers only!). So, head out to Mimi’s Dock Bar & Restaurant at Morritt’s, a delightful spot that is built out on the water. Watch enormous tarpon swim by like stealthy torpedoes on a mission, as well as a myriad of other colourful fish in this clearest of blue seas.
1:30 PM: Lunchtime
Having successfully whet your whistle, two great choices for lunch await. The first is at Tukka, a brilliant little restaurant that’s perched overlooking the ocean. Watch the graceful frigate birds swoop past, increasing in numbers when it’s feeding time. You even get the chance to feed these birds right from your hand, which is quite an experience and very Instagram-worthy. (Taylor Swift famously posted an Instagram shot from this very restaurant.) Tukka’s cuisine is Australian mixed with Caribbean, and the atmosphere there is as warm and laid-back as the Aussies themselves.
A bit farther around the island lies Captain Herman’s Fish Fry, another great East End spot for lunch, especially if you are in the mood for traditional Caribbean fried fish such as whole snapper and mahi-mahi. Or why not try some curried goat or conch soup? This is a picturesque outdoor restaurant that will charm and delight you.
3:00 PM: Historic Memorial
At East End, a small park and memorial stone highlights Grand Cayman’s famous Wreck of the Ten Sail event, where brave Caymanian sailors rescued shipwrecked British sailors from 10 ships. The park is set in a stunning location with panoramic views and is well worth a visit.
4:00 PM: Blown Away
Your drive back west should also incorporate a stop at the Blow Holes of East End, unique holes set in the jagged ironshore that have been carved over hundreds of years. When large waves hit the shoreline, they force huge sprays of water through the holes. Wear solid shoes, and if the waves aren’t large enough for a big splash, you can still enjoy the lovely views and cool breezes.
Author: Stephanie Peacock