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If you are looking for a bit of adventure and want to experience a different side to Cayman, a guided bicycle tour offers a great opportunity to do just that. Take a ride off the beaten track and get up close with some of the people and traditions that have shaped these beautiful islands.

Last weekend a burst of color passed by Plantana as locals and visitors alike took to the road for the Cayman Carnival Batabano parade. This annual festival takes its name from the Cayman Islands’ turtling heritage - the word "Batabano" refers to the tracks left in the sand by sea turtles as they crawl onto the beach to nest. As the sound of soca music began to fill the air, guests and staff came out to take in the parade as it passed by Plantana en route to George Town.

 

Click here to enjoy the latest edition of SOUL, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism's e-magazine. 

We are very fortunate to have Grand Cayman’s famous Seven Mile Beach right on our doorstep, allowing our guests to enjoy the pristine white sand just steps away. And for those looking to explore, Cayman also has plenty of alternative beach options, each with its own unique character, just a short drive or boat ride away.

Here are our top suggestions for experiencing a different beach every day:

Cemetery Beach: Just a few kilometers north of Plantana you will find some of the best snorkeling in the Seven Mile Beach area at Cemetery Beach. Explore the colorful underwater world of the crystal clear Caribbean Sea just off the shore.

Smith Barcadere: Located on the South West of Grand Cayman, just outside of George Town, Smith Barcadere is a small yet beautiful beach surrounded by ironshore coastline. The shaded areas amongst the trees make this a great spot for picnics.

Rum Point: No trip to Grand Cayman would be complete without a visit to Rum Point. Rent a car or hop on a boat and spend the afternoon enjoying the various watersports on offer or simply relaxing in a hammock and sipping one of their famous Rum Point Mudslides.

Starfish Point: The abundance of starfish in the clear shallow waters makes this a great beach trip for anyone looking for a quiet spot to enjoy Cayman’s natural beauty.

Spotts Public Beach: The perfect place for spotting one of Cayman’s native turtles. Visit from 4-6pm to spot the turtles that come into the shallow waters to feed on the sea grass.

Easter in Cayman brings with it lots of excitement for kids and adults alike. With the Cayman Islands observing the Good Friday and Easter Monday as public holidays, the long holiday weekend is filled with religious and family oriented traditions. At Plantana, we celebrate this time of year with our annual Easter Egg hunt to the delight of kids and parents alike who are relieved to know that the Easter Bunny does indeed make a stop at Plantana.

March is National Craft Month which means it’s time to get creative! Our Plantana guests are lucky enough to be just steps away from the stunning white sands of Seven Mile Beach and free to enjoy Plantana’s uncrowded beach that is just perfect for spending time with family. What better way to keep kids occupied at the beach than creating hand-made souvenirs to capture your precious vacation memories.

If you have been fortunate enough to spend time in the Cayman Islands, you’ll know a Caymanian sunset or sunrise is a marvelous start and end to any day.

Imagine waking up to streams of warm rays gleaming through your Plantana condo and the crisp morning air greeting you as you step out onto your screened patio with your morning coffee. Fast forward a little later and you are walking along Seven Mile Beach with a perfect sunrise starting to illuminate our crystal clear sea, or maybe you have already cozied up in one of our beach chairs taking in the fresh air as the morning sun warms your skin. If you are feeling a bit adventurous, take a drive out to East End and catch the sunrise on one of the many deserted beaches, then enjoy a relaxing breakfast before spending the late morning leisurely taking in the beauty of the Botanic Park.

The sunsets on island are just as magnificent, and what better place to view it than your very own backyard here at Plantana. After a long day of activities, catch the sun as it sinks behind the horizon and say farewell to another beautiful day in paradise. Enjoy the post-sunset sky, left in an aftermath of purple, crimson and gold, which makes for a perfect vacation photo op.

It’s ‘winter’ season in Grand Cayman and while us locals may feel a little ‘chilly’ during this time of year, our guests find the weather pleasantly warm without being too hot or humid, and with gentle breezes that keep the air cool and fresh.

This is the season where Grand Cayman can sometime get the tail-end of the northern winter storms. Locally known as a Nor’wester, these winds can turn our calm Caribbean Sea along Seven Mile Beach into rolling waves, providing the perfect conditions for surfers, body-boarders and windsurfers which the ‘big kids’ do so enjoy.

In Grand Cayman, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants, from sambals to sushi, pasta to pad Thai. What makes Cayman so special though, is the emphasis we place on local produce and traditional dishes.

On Sundays, we brunch! All this talk about Taste of Cayman and the Cayman Cookout has us a bit hungry. Sunday Brunch in the Cayman Islands is an affair not to be missed. Ask any local and they will say that their favourite spots are typically teeming with food lovers as brunch is a ritual for local residents and our visitors alike to enjoy. Whether you chose to dine indoor or outdoor or better yet seaside with a view of the beautiful Caribbean Sea, there will be a sociable and happy atmosphere for the whole family.

Depending on what you like, there is a wide range of choices from casual home-style a la carte breakfast brunch to the decadent all-you-can-eat buffet feast to include local delicacies and desserts. Whatever you fancy, you are sure to find something for everyone, not to mention the bottomless bubbles many restaurants offer.

Cayman is unequitable the epicurean destination of the Caribbean! We take food very seriously, from the succulent ceviche to the cooling coconut water and whether at a world class fine-dining restaurant or a rustic island heritage spot.

As we ring in the New Year, and say goodbye to 2015, it’s a great time to reflect and list your resolutions for 2016. Many of us probably feel that life is busy, rushed and flying by. Stress levels are getting higher and time is getting shorter. So why not make this year’s resolution to take time to relax, rejuvenate and have more fun in the sun.

Although the holidays are over and the last piece of tinsel is stored in a box, at Plantana and all over Grand Cayman, the holiday festivities never get packed away. We’re here to help you accomplish your resolution of relaxation with our luxury accommodation, impeccable service and breath-taking views. Soak up the fun in Plantana’s backyard which is on Grand Cayman’s world-class Seven Mile beach, with everything from swimming, snorkelling, and paddle boarding on offer to simply basking in the sun or in the cool shade of the trees that line our beach.

Whether taking in the splendid colors of Seven Mile at sunrise, at high noon, at sunset, or at midnight, bringing in the New Year with a holiday vacation at Plantana is spectacular! From the vibrant colors of the Caribbean Sea by day through a golden sunset to the burst of color as fireworks light the sky at midnight, you truly have the best spot to define your perfect moment to close out the year ending and bring in the New Year!

Many are fortunate enough to know from personal experience that spending the Christmas holidays on Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach is truly a relaxed, magical time – the days are bright and colorful with the sparkle of our white sand beach and crystal clear Caribbean Sea reflecting the skies in every hue of blue imaginable, while at night, twinkling lights are adorned everywhere. There is a spirit of joy and excitement as family and friends spend memorable times together. The warmth of friendliness and goodwill is cooled only by the sweet, cool trade-wind breezes typical of the season which Caymanians call “Christmas Breeze.”

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.

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