Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cayman's Distillery & Brewery Tours

Cayman is home to some pretty unique beverages. From Seven Fathoms rum which is distilled at 7 fathoms of under sea pressure to White Tip, the beer that saves sharks. 

Whether it be a rainy day or you just need a break from the sun, take a little day trip from Silver Sands and check out the Distillery and Brewery. They both do daily tours where you can sample the products and see how these delicious beverages are made.

Duration: 30-40 minutes
Price: $15 USD per person; discounts available for groups of 5 or more.
Location: 68 Bronze Road, Georgetown, Grand Cayman
We strongly recommend booking in advance to secure your tour time – they fill up quickly.

The Cayman Islands Brewery has been operating since 2007 and is Cayman's only brewery, and largest manufacturing facility. Their beers are highly regarded and have won numerous international awards.

Cayman Islands Brewery offers tours Monday-Friday on the hour, 9am-4pm.

The CIB produces four main beers, plus seasonals, all of which are worth sampling. You can purchase their beers from the brewery or from most liquor stores, bars and restaurants Island-wide.

  • Caybrew (5% ABV) A smooth, full-bodied premium lager, with a crisp, clean hop character.
  • Caybrew Premium Light (4.2%) ABV A premium light lager with a smooth sweet finish. Specially crafted to remove the gluten.  
  • Ironshore Bock (7% ABV) An amber lager, made with specialist hops from the Cascade Mountains, delivering a unique roasted after taste.
  • White Tip Lager (5.2% ABV) A very smooth pilsner, with bright golden colour. This conservation beer donates $1.20 per case to marine research in the Cayman Islands.
  • 345 Lager (5% ABV) A refreshing light lager, with a short sweet finish. One of the Islands most popular beers.
  • 345 Stout (7.5% ABV) A bold strong stout, with hints of chocolate and smooth roasted finish.
Seasonals include: Mango Tango, Twisted Citrus and Pirates Gold with more available periodically throughout the year.

Friday, September 1, 2017

West Bay Dock: Where 7-Mile Beach Begins

West Bay Public Beach and Dock is located at the far north end of Grand Cayman's famous 7-Mile beach and just a 5 minute drive from Silver Sands Condos.

Besides enjoying the blue water and white sand beach as is typical of 7-Mile Beach, West Bay Beach and Dock are special as you also have the old textured dock, ironshore rocks, colorful cabanas and an array of locals and tourists enjoying this charming little public beach making it a nice place to hang out and people watch.

Photography by: Heather Holt Photography

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Wild Chickens of Cayman

While enjoying the lush grounds of Silver Sands you might notice a flock of feathered friends roaming about. The chickens of Grand Cayman are wild, harmless and add that much more character to our little island. You can find them literally everywhere, from the parking lots of banks and supermarkets, to public beaches and the bush and even (disturbingly) hanging outside of KFC... if they only knew!

Some people will eat them as they are a good organic option! However it is said that their meat can be quite tough and needs to be slow cooked.

Two of the downsides to having these guys roaming free is that they don't mind what hour of the day it is, they like to make noise! 3am.... cock-a-doodle-doo!! Also they tend to hand by the sides of the road and bolt to the other side often times making them roadkill. Poor guys.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Best of Cayman Travel Guide

There is a new guide in town, a high end guide to the very best, and their name says it all, THE BEST of CAYMAN! 

Striving to support local, independent businesses, Best of Cayman is a collection of hand picked things to do, places to eat, drink & visit throughout the Cayman Islands. We want to create something that inspires people to visit new places and help local, independent businesses find new customers.

We personally visit every business recommended in the guide which means, if we recommend somewhere, then our customers know they can trust our opinions based on our own experiences.

Quality is behind everything we do and we will never compromise on the quality of our work. We take every photograph ourselves to ensure that the quality is consistently high. We worry about the details from the thickness of the paper to the size of each font we use.

A picture paints a thousand words, so photography is the chosen medium to tell a story behind each of our recommendations. By bringing each business to life our aim is to inspire people to visit them themselves.

Our website, app and book are simple and user friendly. We want the medium to get out of the way so you can focus on finding great places to visit, and awesome things to do.

We want to become the most trusted travel brand in the Caribbean. Not the biggest but the most respected. We want to inspire millions of people to find new places to eat, drink and visit across these beautiful islands.

We have poured our heart and soul into making our website as easy to use and as beautiful as it can be. We are adding over fifty new attractions to the site each month, each of which we visit and photograph ourselves. We have optimised the site for search engines as well as mobile devices and currently the website experiences over 250,000 page views per month with a bounce rate of less than 1%.

We want to make it easy for visitors to our islands to discover the businesses we recommend which is why we developed the Best of Cayman App. The app includes hundreds of photos, contact details for each business and a Google map to help find each attraction. What’s more, once downloaded you don’t need a data connection to use it.

Coming Fall 2017 our first travel guide brings the Best of Cayman together into a small but mighty guide containing over 150 of our hand picked recommendations including places to visit, places to eat, things to do and more. And, crucially there is no advertising. As with everything else we do, we have taken great care with every detail of the design, even when selecting the right thickness, texture and finish of the paper.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Cayman, the Land of Submarines!

There is so much here in Cayman that you can enjoy if you want to do a little day excursion from Silver Sands. The submarine is an activity for everyone young and old! Enjoy the pleasant drive down 7-Mile Beach into Georgetown, hop on the submarine shuttle and enjoy a 20 min surface boat ride to where the submarine is moored, and then enter into the submarine for your underwater adventure!

"The Cayman Islands are one of the top scuba diving destinations in world, and with Atlantis Submarines, you don't have to be a scuba diver to experience the underwater world. The 48 passenger Atlantis Submarine offers a unique but relative option for anyone seeking things to do in the Cayman Islands.
Our guests are treated to the captivating experience of a real submarine dive, in air-conditioned comfort, while discovering coral canyons and brilliant tropical fish of Cayman's National Marine Park to depths of 100 ft.
Day time and Night time departures are offered.
The Seaworld Observatory is a 40 passenger Semi-Submarine, designed and built specifically for Atlantis Inc. for viewing of the shallower reefs.
Guests simply descend into the observatory and enter a wall-to-wall glass-viewing chamber five feet below the surface, gazing at teeming shallow reefs and shipwrecks.
Atlantis Submarines is a sure place for things to do in Grand Cayman that will make your vacation unique, relevant, and memorable."

Photography by:

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Seven Mile Summer Sunsets

Summertime in the Cayman Islands is rainy season, which can mean a multitude of things... it can be a passing storm for 10 minutes that comes through unannounced and leaves just as quickly leaving you with a crystal clear day like it never happened, it can mean a wet thundery day all day long, or it can be a perfectly sunny day for you sitting in your lounge chair on the Silver Sand's beach while watching Georgetown disappear into oblivion. Whichever way the weather turns you never know how those sunset are going to end up, with all the moisture in the air and clouds in the sky there are times when that just makes the evening explode with color as the final rays of sun sink down below the horizon. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Italian Food Cayman Style: The Top 4

Cayman is home to some of the best international cuisine in the Caribbean, in the world in fact!! Over the years this little rock has become quite the foodie's paradise. You can find everything from the obvious Caribbean BBQ jerk, a gourmet sea food meal made by top chefs, traditional Chinese, Indian, American food, and of course everyone's favorite, Italian! Here are the top 4 of the absolute best Italian restaurants on Grand Cayman. The food, the vibe the whole package, you cannot go wrong with any of these Italian eateries. In no particular order Edoardo's, Ragazzi, Casanova's by the Sea, Ristorante Pappagallos, read more and check out some enticing photos!


Borne in 1985, Edoardo's Restaurant still sets the standard for superb Italian cuisine & impeccable service all in a charming & authentic atmosphere. Located in the heart of 7-Mile Beach you can eat in or take out, and enjoy the daily home made pastas, fresh baked breads & catch of the day. They also have nightly specials which you can find more about on their website. Once you have finished dining on your divine meal, you can head to Barolo Lounge for a night cap and enjoy some live music and dancing.


"For years, Andi and Paolo worked in Europe and then in Cayman, building up their ideas and doing their research, always knowing that their dream would be to one day open an exceptionally good Italian restaurant – a place where customers want to return again and again. In the summer of 1999 their dream became a reality and Ragazzi Ristorante and Pizzeria was opened.

Our Head Chef
Luca Cocchieri has recently started working for Ragazzi as its Head Chef. He is originally from Papozze in North-East Italy, a small town in the Province of Rovigo in the Italian region Veneto, located about 50 km southwest of Venice. His passion comes from his grandmother, who always encouraged him to be around the kitchen. He started the culinary school at the age of 14, working across Italy, building up skills and experience.

Luca meticulously prepares standards; the antipasto alone is worth a visit, as are homemade bread sticks and focaccia, carpaccio, and insalata Caprese. The shellfish linguine in a light, silken tomato sauce, with cherry-tomato skins pulled back and crisped, and gnocchi in four-cheese sauce with brandy and pistachios please pasta perfectionists."

Casanova's by the Sea

"For 25 years, Casanova’s By the Sea has captured the hearts and palates of locals and tourists alike. Situated on the water’s edge in the Heart of George Town, Casanova’s offers the finest in Italian Cuisine, Special Homemade Pasta Creations, Authentic Italian Thin-Crust Pizza and Fresh Local Seafood in a welcoming family-style atmosphere. Here at Casanova’s, our prime focus is to help create a beautiful and lasting memory of a wonderful evening spent enjoying fine food, beautiful wines and gracious customer service. Catering to groups of all sizes, all ages and all diets, everyone is welcome! Wander into Casanova’s and let the musical interlude of our in-house harpist transport you back to the old-world charm of Southern Italy…a delectable feast for all the senses! Mouthwatering specials and all of the traditional Italian Classics await you…Buon Appetito!"

Ristorante Pappagallo

"From the moment you step onto the wooden bridge leading to the entrance you are transported into another world.
Tall thatched ceilings stretching skyward with large woven fans create the ideal atmosphere to enjoy a truly memorable evening. Awaiting your arrival is our company mascot of 24 years – Humphrey Bogart, an African Grey Parrot and welcoming member of the brigade. Once you have checked in with Bogey you can relax in the spacious, art deco style bar for a pre-dinner drink. Try a famous tropical mojito or fresh fruit Bellini.
Ristorante Pappagallo is perfect for any occasion from a business dinner to a more intimate affair. Here couples often indulge in a romantic tete-a-tete while families can come together in celebration. Pappagallo is also an ideal venue for corporate functions and special events which can be designed to suit any occasion.
We offer several dining options, indoors and out, but it is the spectacular details of our 30-foot Cayman-style, Silver Thatch roof that is truly breathtaking!
The menu changes regularly under the inspired guardianship of Chef Marco Signori who demands freshness of food as an absolute priority. The contemporary cuisine at Pappagallo is typified by its simplicity and freshness. The kitchen is a hive of activity as fresh pastas and breads are made daily. Chef Marco uses as much locally caught seafood as is available and only the best of USDA Certified meats are offered. Fresh vegetables and fruits are featured in all dishes and, for the sweets-lover, a dessert menu starring only handcrafted desserts.
To complement your dinner, select from Pappagallo’s award-winning wine list featuring over 400 wines from around the world – some of them exclusively available only to Pappagallo patrons. Whatever the occasion, Pappagallo provides the perfect setting to satisfy all your senses. So sit back, relax and enjoy one of the best dining experiences in Grand Cayman!"

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