Try a Variety of Cuisines on Your Grand Cayman Vacation

With the globalization of cuisine, it is easy to find and dine on many of your hometown favorites when traveling abroad. While there is something comforting and easy about sticking with the familiar, doing so can diminish the overall experience of traveling somewhere new. One of the best ways to immerse yourself in the culture of wherever it is you are visiting is to dine like a local. This certainly holds true for a visit to Grand Cayman.

Grand Cayman Cuisine
Cayman cuisine is centered around the fruits of the sea, and combines fresh spices and locally-grown produce to create food that is as lively and flavorful as the island itself. There are a number of delicious dishes that are unique to Grand Cayman, and should be on the “must try” list of anyone visiting the island. These include:

Conch – Whether you try it in stew, soup, fritters, deep fried or in a salad, you can’t visit Grand Cayman without trying conch. This sea snail can be found on almost any menu during the peak season (November to April).

Johnnycake – These little deep-fried bits of deliciousness make a great snack, appetizer or side dish. Try them plain, or slathered in butter or jam.

Jerk chicken – Be prepared – this dish packs the heat! Made with scotch bonnet peppers and allspice, Jerk Chicken is truly the most well-known Caribbean dish. There are Jerk shacks scattered throughout the island, so you won’t have to travel far to taste the smoky delicious meat.

Turtle stew – Turtle stew is one of the most traditional of all Cayman dishes. It has been enjoyed by islanders for centuries.

Cassava cake – Cassava is a root vegetable native to Central and South America that enjoys popularity throughout the tropics. This traditional Cayman dessert is a dense, sweet cake is made with coconut milk, sugar and other spices. It is the perfect, sweet ending to any island meal.

Grand Cayman Restaurants
Now that your appetite for Cayman cuisine has been whet, it’s time to figure out where to dine. There are so many top …

Camana Bay: The Caribbean’s Best Shopping Experience

Everyone knows about the clear blue waters surrounding the Cayman Islands, the wonderful amenities, the world-class hotels, but do you also know that it has some of the most fantastic shopping experiences in the entire Caribbean? While you enjoy the tropical weather and sandy beaches, you can also find some of the best merchants in the world, and Camana Bay is known for its tax and duty-free prices. Up to $800 worth of duty-free merchandise can go home with each shopper.

Look for things you will have a hard time finding anywhere else. The arts and crafts available are second to none. The art galleries, like The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, sell both locally themed art and international pieces. Antique maps, shipwreck finds, and precious coins can be purchased at Artifacts, a shop that specializes in antiques and items from the height of ship trade and piracy in the Caribbean.

Jewelry is also quite popular when shopping in Grand Cayman, and you won’t be disappointed by what you find in the Caymans. Bayshore Mall in George Town or the jewelry district in Cayman has all the finest pieces from both local and world renowned designers. Bvlgari, Cartier, and Mikimoto are just a few you will find. Also, be sure to check out Rocky’s Diamond Gallery, a family-owned business that specializes in high-end pieces.

Many locally made collectibles are available at Pure Art Gallery and Gifts, where you can also find Caymanite, a beautiful, natural stone native only to the Cayman Islands. World famous designers and brands like Vera Wang, Swarovski, Waterford, and Versace can be found at many of the local shopping areas, especially Kirk Freeport, where you will also find beautiful leather items. Fendi, Cartier, and Longchamp are just a few of the designer brands you will see.

And no one should visit Grand Cayman without checking out the many, delicious local beverages, especially the rum. Jacque Scott’s, BlackBeard’s, and Big Daddy’s are some of the best-known wine and liquor stores, specializing the many different types and brands of locally produced rum.

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