By Kevin Gray
The Cayman Islands is home to just over 60,000 people, with the vast majority living on Grand Cayman. As the largest of the three islands, and big sister to Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, it’s where you’ll find most of the territory’s hotels, restaurants, bars, and shops. It’s also where you’ll find the generously-named Seven Mile Beach, which actually stretches for about six miles along Grand Cayman’s western coast.
The modestly populated island is a major tourist draw, with recent years bringing about two million visitors by land and sea. Naturally, all those people need a variety of places to eat and drink, which results in the Cayman Islands’ abundance of good food, cocktails, and wine—things that we sampled liberally on our recent trip.
Even the biggest cocktail aficionados might want to mix in a beer or glass of wine on occasion. That’s why our trip included plenty of ice-cold Caybrews and a visit to the West Indies Wine Company. Located in the happening Camana Bay area, West Indies is a shop and tasting room that offers 80 wines by the glass. Each is doled out via a DIY enomatic machine that keeps the wine fresh while letting you pour out tasting samples or full size glasses. Simply swipe one of the provided cards at each station, and you can taste your way through as many dry whites and full-bodied reds as you’d like. Fortunately, you’re just a few steps away from a handful of solid restaurants. Because after all that tasting, you’re going to need some dinner.