When it comes to culinary destinations, there are plenty in the world to choose from. You can head to Rome, Tokyo, New York – really, by visiting any major city, you’re granting yourself access to a bounty of chefs and likeminded, food-forward individuals. But what do you do when you want those sorts of bounties without the stressors that come with big city life? You go to the Cayman Islands.
The Cayman Islands, a collection of three islands (Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, and Cayman Brac) located south of Cuba in the western part of the Caribbean sea, have been slowly making a name for themselves on the global level for more than just their scuba diving, snorkeling, and beach-sitting opportunities. Those are all there — and those are all definitely things you should be doing while visiting — but you might be surprised by the level of cuisine that you’ll be dining on. Whether you’re looking for fresh-caught fish cooked just yards from where it was brought to shore, farm-to-table explorations of the bounty of fruits and vegetables available to locals, or a high-end meal that combines the best of various cuisines, the food and drink scene of the Cayman Islands (Grand Cayman, specifically) is ready to serve you.
With so much to choose from in a relatively small space, we suggest making a trip that coincides with one of the major festivals on the island, which we discuss below.
There is what may to some, a surprising amount of Italian cuisine on Grand Cayman. One of the standouts is Agua, which recently moved into a new location in the heart of Camana Bay (the waterfront town which features many of the upscale shops and restaurants on the island). In a fresh, lively environment, you’ll find classic Italian dishes — if those dishes went on a Caribbean vacation. Cayman-style ceviche is served along with beef carpaccio. For the main course, you’re just as likely to see a catch of the day as you would lamb Bolognese.
West Indies Wine Company
Located in the town center of Camana Bay, the West Indies Wine Company is the place to go when you’re looking for a good glass of vino. Why? Because they’ve got one of the largest selection in the Caribbean. What’s even better is that WIWC also serves 80 wines by the glass, all of which are on tap for you to pour yourself. Unsure of a glass? Get a small pour. Want to go to town on some Sauv Blanc? You can pour glass after glass to your heart’s content.