By Sara Liss
My earliest memory of the Cayman Islands had to with a reference from “The Simpsons” where shady businessman/clown Krusty had a secret account at the Cayman Islands Offshore Holding Corporation. That pop culture reference followed others — from movies like “The Firm,” about a suspicious law firm that laundered mafia money in Grand Cayman to give me a an exciting (if inaccurate) picture of a Caribbean destination known for pristine beaches and artful dodgers. But this summer my family and I set out to experience the real Cayman Islands and what we found instead was a reputable slice of the Caribbean where we could swim with stingrays, dine at farm-to-table restaurants and snorkel in gin-colored waters on some of the most pristine beaches in the world.
Live Like a Local at Camana Bay
This dining and shopping mecca functions like a town center for Grand Cayman. The outdoor mall is a mix of high-end retailers (Miamians will recognize local favorite Books and Books), excellent restaurants and family-friendly entertainment. The development hosts over 600 events a year including a weekly farmer’s market, so make sure to check their calendar – while we were in town we took in a Moonlight Movie – an outdoor screening held at the promenade.
The kids also loved the Imagination Playground, an interactive splash zone and the 75-foot observation tower, where we climbed steps to the top to admire beautiful sunken mosaics and amazing views.