2017 marks 10 years since Camana Bay opened its doors to the public with just two key tenants: a bookstore and a cinema. Fast forward a decade: Camana Bay now has more than 40 shops, restaurants and services and about 3,000 people visiting every day. A new town has been born.
It all started with one man’s vision. When Ken Dart and his family first moved to the Cayman Islands in 1980s, he bought a home on Seven Mile Beach that came with 238 acres of adjoining undeveloped land. With the help of some of the world’s leading architects and designers, this land would be transformed into the Caribbean’s first mixed-use, master-planned community.
With Cayman International School as the cornerstone of the new town, early supporters EY, Cayman National Bank and The London & Amsterdam Trust Company Ltd. came on board as Camana Bay’s first office tenants. Demand for Class A commercial office space has spurred the growth of Camana Bay with rents commanding rates similar to midtown Manhattan. With 800,000 square feet already built, the pipeline remains strong as both local and overseas companies seek to relocate their business.
Integral to Camana Bay’s success has been its events and programming, with more than 600 community events held every year. From small workshops to large-scale festivals, many of which are free to attend, Camana Bay has established itself on the island’s social scene and is especially popular with young families. Part of this appeal is due to a high proportion of green space, landscaped with native and indigenous plants from the developer’s own nursery, and its waterfront location.
Camana Bay plans to mark the 10-year milestone with celebrations throughout 2017, starting with the launch of a special anniversary series of the Camana Bay Times. The monthly publication will include all aspects of life at Camana Bay from news stories and business to leisure and families.
The anniversary festivities will culminate in December, looking to the future and the next 10 years of the Camana Bay story.