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Take your palate to paradise this January. In Cayman we take food very seriously and pride ourselves on the variety of appetizing local and international fare on offer. The Taste of Cayman, a food and wine festival, is a culinary extravaganza which tantalizes taste buds in true Cayman style.

Why not come and celebrate with us at Plantana this January, and enjoy this gastronomic delight between your days lazing on our powdery white beaches and swimming in our cool blue sea?

 

Amidst all the quiet and breezy days of Cayman's fall season, one week in November stands out from all the rest with Cayman’s Pirate Week Festival. Every year around the 3rd week of Novmber the Cayman Islands are invaded by Pirates to celebrate our heritage with food, fun and fireworks. 

From street parades to heritage days in each of the island's districts, Pirates Week Festival is a great time to explore Cayman’s culture, with every district providing their distinct touch to unique crafts and flavor-full cultural dishes.

In early October Seven Mile Beach and George Town had a guest in the waters: Sargassum seaweed. Due to unusual change in winds coming from the west, this seaweed travelled from the Atlantic throughout the Caribbean.

The morning started like most others: warm and sunny, the sand was soft and its usual powdery white. As the morning went on, the sea turned to reddish brown as the seaweed swept in, making landfall on Cayman’s beaches.

Plantana guests are in for a treat with October’s Restaurant Month kicking off delectable deliciousness for diners.   
Cayman’s Restaurant Month allows you to try a variety of dishes from an assortment of restaurants at reduced prices.  Whether you enjoy a romantic ambience, sipping on lobster bisque, or you’re looking to get messy with BBQ smoked ribs with the kids – Restaurant Month provides lunch and dinner deals for all.  With twenty restaurants participating this year, diners are spoilt for cuisine choice from seafront restaurants such as Rackhams and Grand Old House to contemporary dining at Camana Bay at Abacus and Ortanique.  The options are plentiful, the menus are scrumptious and the cost is reasonable.

This past week we all watched the news, breaths abated, as Hurricane Joaquin made its slow trek northward. Our hearts go out to the Bahamas but at the same time that we give thanks that our many Plantana family and friends on the US Northeast coasts were spared.

Amazingly, Cayman experienced some squalls of heavy rain at times with high winds and rough seas. The stormy like days made for some wonderful beach walks watching the sea change character from its typical calm and translucent blue waters of Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach into rolling white tipped waves.

We all know snorkeling is a fun water activity but there are other options to see the big blue without strapping on flippers. Or if you have grown accustomed to snorkeling and want to try out something new, a few alternatives have surfaced which gives our guests the opportunity to have an even closer encounter with wildlife.

 

While enjoying a walk along Seven Mile Beach, you’ll notice many things about the island besides the picturesque ocean. If you turn your head towards the shoreline, you’ll typically see an array of trees rooted on the sandy beaches and dancing in the salty air.

 

Imagine gliding through the warm waters of Grand Cayman, seeing a lobster retreat to its shell and stopping to let fishes cross before continuing on to take in the beautiful colors of a spectacular underwater community. These are the breathtaking views that await everyone on a dive with Atlantis Submarine.

 

It’s interesting how the sand of a beach differs from place to place. Some sand is course like tiny pebbles or crushed shells while others can be the finest grain that it’s almost like powder. Growing up in Cayman, I was spoiled by our crystal clear water and, as I now realize after many years of traveling the globe, by our perfect texture of sand.


The past few blogs have raved about the many fun things to do in Grand Cayman and most activities involved various apparatus ranging from simple snorkel gear to the gear of parasailing. But even in this day and age of technology, good old fashion nature still thrills!



If you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids during the warm summer evenings, Camana Bay has just the thing for you. Just a 5 minute drive or bus ride away from Plantana, Camana Bay has introduced the newest addition to its weekly summer events: Bubble Hour!

Snorkelling is a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy, especially if you are snorkelling in the breath-taking cobalt blue waters of Cayman. It’s a fun and easy water activity; if you can swim you’re already half way into learning how to snorkel.

The news is out! Seven Mile Beach was recently named the #1 Beach in the World by US News & World Report. As friends of Plantana Condominiums, you were already in on the secret! You already know that Plantana’s stretch of white sand beach is the perfect spot to spend an afternoon, sipping a cold drink, enjoying the sun shimmering like diamonds on the crystal clear ocean. Relax! After all, that is what a summer afternoon in Grand Cayman is all about!

 

Our very own Miss Sadie, our Laundress, was honored last Tuesday evening at the 12th Annual Cayman Islands Stingray Tourism Awards gala event at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. This prestigious event recognizes and applauds individuals across the various sectors of Cayman's tourism industry for their excellence and dedication to hospitality. In addition, a special award is given for “Long Service” and another for “Lifetime Achievement”.

Besides the white sands of Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach and the crystal clear blues of the Caribbean Sea, the landscape of Plantana is abundant with lush tropical trees, shrubs and colorful flowers, most of which bloom year-round. But we have one very special plant, the Wild Banana Orchid, which blooms only once a year after the spring rains in May or early June. This year in late May, our thriving Wild Banana Orchid displayed a shower of eight stems covered in bountiful blooms which lasted for over four weeks as the flowers on the last lingering stem are only now fading. The Wild Banana Orchid’s lovely bloom is a bouquet of small white flowers laced with rich purple lips. When in bloom, one simply must pause on the pathway to admire the delicate beauty.

 

So who tried out paddle boarding or kayaking since our last blog? So much fun right?! The view from a paddleboard or a kayak into the crystal clear waters off Plantana’s stretch of Seven Mile beach is unparalleled!


Cayman is not escaping the recent thunderstorms and rains associated with the wide span of cloud cover now spreading across the entire east coast of the US down through the northwest Caribbean to Central America. Summer rains in Grand Cayman can be sporadic and often a day of bright sunshine is interspersed with a sudden but momentary rain shower. While rain can put a damper on outdoor activities, a rainy spell also casts a mystical light as can be seen here in this early morning photo of Plantana's magical spot on Seven Mile Beach.

So you’ve booked your stay at Plantana or you have just checked in…now what?  You have a few options: relax on the beach, enjoy the view from your private patio, participate in  water sports, beach sports or water exploration to take your mind and body on a true vacation.

If you are looking for action, we have some suggestions for family friendly water activities you can enjoy right here on Plantana’s idyllic stretch of Seven Mile Beach.


Vacation is, by definition, a period of suspension from work, study or other activity, usually used for rest, recreation or travel. The Cayman Islands and Plantana are the perfect place to go to escape from the routine.


As you may have discovered, part of the beauty of staying at Plantana are the comfortable condos, the lush tropical landscaping and of course, the few steps you have to take to dip your toes in the crystal clear waters on Seven Mile Beach. With all that you may need or may want nearby, you can spend your time at Plantana doing a little, or a lot or nothing at all.

 

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