Rum Point Barefoot Beach BBQ

Friday night in the Cayman Islands is nothing short of spectacular when you can hop on a catamaran after work, and sail across the North Sound where a beach BBQ awaits. After enjoying a cocktail, or two, from the Catamaran’s cash bar, you arrive at pristine Rum Point Beach.  A welcome daiquiri in hand, you marvel at the majestic sunset as you soak your toes in the soft white sand.  A BBQ Buffet is set up on the beach with all the Caribbean favorites: grilled fish, jerk pork and jerk chicken, curries, pasta, ribs and all the trimmings. After your meal, its back to the ship where you can laze on the catamaran’s hammocks and do some stargazing before arriving back at Safeheaven.  Can you think of a better way to end your week?

Gala Season is 365 days / year

Gala season is actually year round, the Cayman Islands have a strong desire to give back, and throughout the year there are various glittering events, from the intimate to the very grand, that support important causes. Some of the more illustrious are the RCIPS Outstanding Service Awards, Hatitude, Red Cross and the Hospice Big Bash and of course the upcoming 2015 2015 Breast Cancer Gala on October 3rd.

Sporting Events a plenty

As a very active and healthy living environment, you can count on numerous walks, runs, sea swims and triathlons in the Cayman Islands throughout the year.  The Flowers Sea Swim, Cayman Islands Marathon and the CI Triathlon, to name a few, bring the whole community together. Whether you are participating or not, these events are fun to attend, and have become quite the tradition.  The next big sporting event is the Cayman Islands marathon on December 6th 2015, boasted to be an intimate, friendly and well-organized event.  A rapidly popular marathon, the course is a Boston Qualifier, and is one of the most picturesque; if you are going to run a grueling 26.2 miles, wouldn’t you want to do it amongst tropical flora, fauna and sea side? Oh, and the course, is flat, sign me up!

Pirates Week

This annual family friendly event runs every year in November.  11 days of music, street dances, games, local food, a float parade, fireworks shows and sporting events. On the first Saturday, a mock pirate invasion makes a surprise landing in George Town harbour with the pirates capturing the Governor! All in good fun, thousands line the streets to watch the show, the only event of its kind in the Caribbean region. As the Cayman Islands National Festival, Pirates Week is the country’s largest festival with 32 different events drawing in some 35 000 people.  If there’s one event you shouldn’t miss, it’s this one, savvy?

For more on all there is to do this fall in the Cayman Islands visit :

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What’s HOT Cayman 

When you move to a new country, it goes without saying that you embark on a new way of life. However, when that move is to a rock in the Caribbean, it takes the “new way of life” to a whole new level.

Living in the Cayman Islands is idyllic; the beach, the sun, the warm waters, and of course the kindest people you will ever meet, but here are some observations that you wouldn’t expect:

1. Courtesy Driving: Driving on the left is a challenge, roundabouts can get your heart racing, and potholes are abysses, but the biggest adjustment? Courtesy. Caymanians actually stop to let you pass and even turn left, they also slow down to let you enter a lane! Most drivers actually grasp the concept of “sharing the road”, they are not rushing to get through the yellow light, and they respect school zones. So leave your big city road aggression at home, because in Cayman, civility rules.

2. Some like it Ccccold: Although we live in a warm climate, don’t be surprised to see co-workers in blazers, sweaters, and even pashminas. Most offices, shops and restaurants are kept very cool, so take long sleeves to work, because that AC blasting overhead will make you want to sit in your hot car at the end of the day.

3. Foodapalooza: the food scene in the Cayman Islands is at par with some of the world’s largest metropolises. World class chefs, top bar staff and excellent service, means that there is always a great place to eat out. Cayman Cookout, a yearly event, is considered to be the Caribbean’s “premier epicurean event”, a weekend celebrating food, wine and the natural beauty of the Caribbean. World famous chefs, sommeliers and spirit blenders produce themed tastings, demonstrations, tours and dinners.

4. Social Butterfly: Be warned, your social life will explode. There is always a boat trip to go on, a sports event to attend, a BBQ on the beach, or a Sunday brunch to enjoy. The expat life brings people together, and living in a tropical paradise makes us all feel like we live on a permanent holiday. So be sure to stay social, but you don’t have to say “yes” to everything.

5. Free parking: Having moved here from a large city, we were used to paying for parking everywhere we went, from the grocery store, parks, malls, to even the hospital. This amounted to a near $200/ month expenditure! Here on Grand Cayman, there is free parking everywhere, the bank, downtown street parking, shopping plazas, even hotels! Now all we have to do is decide what to do with that extra $200…

6. Don’t worry, work happy! Although the work environment is more casual here, there is a high level of accountability and professionalism. It is also a very welcoming and collaborative scene. This extends to everyday life as well, Caymanians are always willing to offer assistance of any kind, even if they have just met you. Cayman Kind, is a true way of life.

“For those who inhabit our islands, Caymankind is a way of presenting yourself to the work that is at all times courteous, compassionate and caring.
From smiles to experiences worthwhile, the Cayman Islands has something to make your day brighter than it already was – that’s Caymankind.”

When you already live and work in a Caribbean holiday spot, where do you go for a vacation?

Many expats choose to go home to the UK, Canada, or USA for some down time, but others stay close to home. Here are some unique vacation destinations for Caribbean dwellers. Happy Travels!

Known as one of the most unspoiled in the Caribbean, Nevis is a lush 36 square mile island, approximately. 350 km southeast of Puerto Rico. This dormant volcano, has a very rich heritage and has no shortage of unique hotels, villas and plantations to choose from.

DO THIS! Golf, Hiking, Fishing, Tennis, Scuba Diving, Turtle monitoring, and all other water sports.


Four Seasons Offering a consistently pleasant climate and lack of frantic commercial center, this five-star resort gives you the chance to experience the Caribbean as it should be – unspoiled and peaceful.

Golden Rock Inn
Dating back to the early 1800’s, Golden Rock sits on a hundred acres stretching up the verdant slopes of Nevis Peak. Eleven guest rooms offer privacy and spectacular sea views.

Montpelier Plantation
Boutique hideaway in the heart of the Caribbean. This Relais & Chateaux basques in stunning natural beauty. Only 6 miles from its private beach, the hotel is idyllically situated 750 feet above the Caribbean Sea in the foothills of Nevis Peak.

Known for its love of nature, Bonaire is the perfect eco-tourism destination. Located off Venezuela’s coast in the southern Caribbean, Bonaire is part of the Dutch Caribbean. As an acclaimed diving and snorkeling destination, its reef-lined coast is protected within the Bonaire National Marine Park. Due to its positioning, this idyllic island is outside of the hurricane belt and, consequently, enjoys beautiful weather throughout the year.

Biking, Caving, Kayaking, Birdwatching, hiking, rock climbing, windsurfing, kite boarding, and all other water sports.


Bamboo Bali Bonaire
An intimate family operated boutique hotel that offers rental in cottages in a tropical, romantic setting with a personal touch. Lush private oasis with pool and hot tub.

Harbour Village Resort
World-class accommodations and amenities, on a secluded private beach and a dive center rated among the finest in the world, Harbour Village is Bonaire’s Leading Hotel, where nature and luxury are in perfect harmony.

Buddy Dive Resort
An unhurried, unspoiled natural paradise offering spectacular sunsets, gentle breezes and crystal clear, turquoise waters. Buddy’s is a resort where you can DIVE DIVE DIVE, take part in a multitude of activities or just sit back, relax and enjoy the atmosphere.

Known as the “butterfly” island because of its shape, Guadeloupe is a French overseas territory located in the southern Caribbean sea. This fascinating archipelago, is home to a mangrove swamp, a volcano, natural waterfalls and of course marvelous stretches of sandy beaches.

Hiking, diving, deep sea fishing, cultural tours, botanical expeditions, surfing and sailing


La Toubana Hotel and Spa
Thanks to its unique setting overlooking the Caribbean Sea, you will savour every minute of your stay, refreshed by the Trade Winds. A small beach is at the bottom of the hotel, idyllic and very tranquil.

Tendacayou Ecolodge & Spa Set in the heart of the untouched and protected wilderness of a rain forest, it blends into he island’s natural surroundings with breathtaking Caribbean views.