Deckers Caribbean Grille & Lounge (756 West Bay Road, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman) — this bar & lounge is set up within an actual English double-decker bus, and there’s a seafood and steak restaurant at an attached dining room. Try a signature blood orange mojito or a pinetini, a martini crafted with pineapple-infused vodka. From Thursday through Saturday nights, there’s live island music.
Camana Bay Observation Tower (extending between Seven Mile Beach and North Sound, Camana Bay, Grand Cayman) — This 75-foot structure provides striking 360-degree panoramas of otherwise flat Grand Cayman, sweeping from George Town and Seven Mile Beach to the North Sound. Running alongside the steps (though an elevator is also available), a floor-to-ceiling mosaic replicates the look and feel of a dive from seabed to surface. Constructed of countless tiles in 114 different colors, it’s one of the world’s largest marine-themed mosaic installations. Benches and lookout points encourage you to take your time and take in the views as you ascend. Afterward you can enjoy 500-acre Camana Bay’s gardens, waterfront boardwalk, and pedestrian paths lined with shops and restaurants, or frequent live entertainment.
Bayshore Mall (South Church Street, George Town, Grand Cayman) – located downtown, this mall houses the local department store Kirk Freeport, along with other high-end retailers, including apparel boutiques and watch vendors.
Cohiba Lounge & Cigar Emporium (32311 Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman) – this lounge is clearly for those who treat cigar smoking as a leisure activity unto itself. For American visitors in particular, the freedom to purchase and smoke Cuban cigar is a major attraction indeed.
There is full bar service specializing in rums, beers, cocktails, & mojitos from Cuba. There is also a fully stocked walk-in-humidor with premium cigars from around the world (including the Dominican Republic). For those interested in buying full boxes of Cuban and other smokes, they are available here at duty-free prices.
Agua (Galleria Plaza, West Bay Road, Grand Cayman) — Cayman’s ‘Favorite Restaurant’ at Taste of Cayman Food and Wine Festival 2012 and just awarded the 3 Diamond Award from the AAA, Agua has quickly established itself as one of the leading players in Cayman’s restaurant scene. Agua has a multinational team in the kitchen, which blends together to create a powerful offering and diverse menu, with an emphasis on the freshest of seafood. Aside from seafood, there are plenty of fresh salads, pastas and meat dishes to choose from. Agua also has an extensive wine list, a variety of Old and New World, reasonably priced and perfectly complemented to the menu.
Cayman Brac Museum (Old Government Administration Bldg., Stake Bay, Cayman Brac) – this museum has a diverse collection of local historic artifacts, ranging from pistols to pottery and even scary dental pliers. An eye-catching item here is a crafted scale model of the Caymanian catboat Alsons. The museum’s main room reconstructs the Customs, Treasury, bank, and post office as they looked from decades back.
Cayman Carnival Batabano (George Town, Grand Cayman) – held annually during the first week of May, this carnival event was started in 1983 by the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman, a major part of the island’s entertainment calendar. The festival’s original name, Batabano, is a salute to Cayman’s turtling heritage. The word batabano refers to the tracks left in the sand by sea turtles as they crawl onto the beach to nest.
Carnival is a premier cultural celebration in the Caribbean – a kaleidoscope of music, dance and pageantry with roots mirroring the region’s diverse history of African and religious influences. Colourful costumes reflect the vibrant landscapes, heritage and culture, with the music the very rhythm of island life. Carnival in the Cayman Islands has a distinct flavour as the islands are home to a melting pot of over 100 nationalities – one country celebrating many cultures!
During carnival, districts and corporate groups join together to compete and showcase creative costumes, choreography and floats. The energy of Cayman Carnival Batabano is electrifying, with thousands of locals and visitors flocking to the streets to enjoy the spirited parade, which is all about expression
Cayman Islands Submarines (30 South Church St., Grand Cayman) –– The Cayman Islands are one of the top scuba diving destinations in world, and with Atlantis Submarines, you don’t have to be a scuba diver to experience the underwater world. The 48 passenger Atlantis Submarine offers a unique but relative option for anyone seeking things to do in the Cayman Islands. The Seaworld Observatory is a 40 passenger Semi-Submarine, designed and built specifically for Atlantis Inc. for viewing of the shallower reefs. One object that its passengers will encounter is a shipwreck called “the Cali”, a steel schooner built in 1900 (which ran aground 100 yards off the coast of Grand Cayman in 1944), as well as another shipwreck, the “Balboa” — a 375-foot freighter that sunk in a hurricane in 1932. Much of her cargo of wood was used to reconstruct the buildings in George Town that were damaged by the same hurricane.
Cayside Courtyard (Harbour Drive, George Town, Grand Cayman) – this small courtyard shopping center has a variety of specialty jewelers and antiques dealers.
Al La Kebab (Marquee Center, Lawrence Blvd., Grand Cayman) — Al La Kebab serves Mediterranean pita wraps, salads and dips all day and into the late night. A popular place for locals and tourists alike, the items offered here have seven main ingredients (including the island’s first Falafel, Chicken, Beef & Lamb, Pork Tenderloin, and Grilled Shrimp) served with 14 sauces, many toppings, and side dishes from hummus and pita, to Greek salad, and a dish called “Poutine” (french fries smothered in gravy and melted cheese).