Calypso Grill’s deck in Grand Cayman
Grand Cayman has no shortage of great dining options and I would encourage anyone visiting to leave their hotel and do some exploring. Trip Advisor does a nice job of listing a wide selection of dining options. One of our more extravagant meals on the island was at Calypso Grill. If you decide to go, request a table outside overlooking the water. For this New Englander, dining outside by the water in February is a rare treat and added to my dining experience.
Bread and Chocolate French Toast
As much as I enjoyed Calypso and some of the other places, it was two of the more casual dining establishments that Sergio and I enjoyed the most. Neither of these places are by the water so if that is a must then simply bypass these options. For visitors coming by cruise ship the first option is within walking distance of where you will disembark and is called Bread and Chocolate. This tiny, hole-in-the-wall restaurant serves delicious (vegan) food and is a favorite among locals. I had no idea eating vegan was so delicious.
Casual dining at Cimboco in Grand Cayman
The other restaurant I wanted to give a shout out to is Cimboco. It is located just a few minutes by car from The Westin and Ritz Carlton in a small strip mall that also has a burger shack, smoothie store and coffee shop. Cimboco hosts a $5.00 breakfast Monday thru Friday from 7:30 – 11:00 am that is tough to beat. Additionally, they make delicious sandwiches and pizzas (I’d recommend trying the eggplant pesto pizza) all very affordable.
While there were many more options, I thought I’d limit this post to three of my favorites: Calypso Grill, Bread and Chocolate and Cimboco. For more dining tips check out Trip Advisor rankings or contact me, and I’d be happy to share a few more suggestions suitable to your taste, price range and near where you will be staying.
Gay travelers have good reason to be wary of the Caribbean Islands. While some islands are more tolerant than others, most are influenced by conservative Christian churches and many have a terrible track record with regards to LGBT rights. Affluent, gay North American and European travelers aren’t subjected to the same overt discrimination that residents are but it might be smart to read, Global Gay Boyz post for LGBT travelers if you have never traveled to the Caribbean before.
Despite its wealth, The Cayman Islands remains a conservative society and while they are more tolerant than most Caribbean nations, overt forms of PDA are not wise. There isn’t any gay life to speak of in the traditional sense of a defined neighborhood or designated gay bars. However, O Bar near Seven Mile Beach is a popular hang out where gay locals and travelers will frequent. For more details visit O Bar’s Faceebook page.
While there is no gay beach, some will meet by the Royal Palms (restaurant and bar) or Calico Jack’s along Seven Mile Beach. According to locals, Royal Palms “Industry Night” hosted each Wednesday, as well as Friday night and Sunday during the day are when Royal Palms will be busiest. Calico Jack’s best night is Saturdays.
Regardless of where you go, it is easy to have great time in Grand Cayman. There are many places to visit, dine and relax. Should you be planning a trip and have questions, feel free to reach out to me by leaving a comment below or email me.
The Cayman Islands are a tiny collection of three islands nestled in the Western Caribbean nearest Jamaica and Cuba. The largest island, Grand Cayman, is 20+ mile long. Grand Cayman is unlike most other Caribbean islands in that off shore banking is actually the largest industry – not tourism. This means that you will find an affluent population of professional ex-pats (mostly Canadian) living there.
BosGuy and his coconuts
We visited two friends who are now Caymanians (yes that is what they are called); one originally from Trinidad & Tobago and the other from Scotland by way of Canada. While staying at our friend’s beautiful home we were able to really see the island through the eyes of locals.
I’ll write more about Grand Cayman this week including:
- What to do if you arrive by cruise ship
- Places of interest
- Where to dine
Please share your experiences if you’ve visited before. If you are contemplating a visit to Grand Cayman and have questions reach out to me by leaving a comment here on my blog or emailing me directly.
Sergio and I returned from spending a week in the Caribbean where we visited friends who live on Grand Cayman. The trip was just what we needed. We spent time exploring the island, meeting people and soaking up some much needed warmth and sun before returning to Boston.
I enjoyed our time there and will be sharing posts later this week about our experience, including travel tips should you decide to visit this tiny island. If you have any questions about visiting the Cayman Islands, feel free to reach out to me by leaving a comment in this post or emailing me directly.
According to Adam’s blog, Boston Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog, The Boston Globe Travel Show is scheduled for this weekend. Want to get out of town but can’t afford to get away? Maybe you’d like to visit the show and see what travel deals are available?
Boston Globe Travel Show February 6 – 8, 2015
The show officially opens to the public on Friday at 5:30 and runs through Sunday, February 8th at 4:00 pm. Travel show tickets are $10 if purchased online and $15 if purchased at the door. More details about the show can be found here.
Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman Island
Later today Sergio and I leave
the frozen tundra Boston to visit a friend who lives on Grand Cayman Island. We’ve never been to this tiny Caribbean island and we are excited not only to see Steve but to also visit someplace new.
Blogging may slow down a bit while we are away so apologies in advance for anyone who may be waiting on a comment to be approved or if I don’t follow up as quickly as I normally do through the other channels that I push my content.
I promise to take many pictures and will have plenty to share upon my return.
Earlier this month work brought me out to California. Rather than flying home right away, I decided to cash in some loyalty points and stay at the Westin Market Street in San Francisco’s SOMA district for a night so I could visit a friend I’ve known since grade school who now lives in North Beach.
When given the choice, I like to stay in SOMA. The neighborhood is convenient to touristy destinations like the waterfront and Union Square as well as the financial district and plenty of gay bars (one needn’t only spend time in The Castro). The Westin San Francisco is situated between Mission and Market Street. The property was clean and well managed, and I would return to without hesitation. My 24th floor hotel room offered me a lovely view of Union Square which is about four blocks away. The property backs up to the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Four Seasons and a very popular Equinox gym. Additionally, a pedestrian walkway called Yerba Buena Lane has a half dozen upscale bars and restaurants all within a 2-3 minute walk.
If you are contemplating a visit to SF or have a pending trip planned, this may be a great property for you to consider booking. The hotel is large and steps from the Moscone and just a few blocks from the financial district.