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.


We’re pleased to share with you the second quarter edition of the Cayman Islands' SOUL e-Magazine.


Produced by the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, the SOUL e-Magazine has a culture and heritage focus which highlights facts about our islands, the latest cultural events, historical structures and attractions and features ‘Made in Cayman’ products.



This past weekend many of our guests took advantage of the opportunity to take in world-class beach volleyball just a short stroll down the beach as the Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation once again hosted the season opener of the 2015 NORCECA Beach Volleyball Circuit Tour. These games and players are truly impressive! Impressive and fun to watch even if you are not a volleyball enthusiast!

Over the years at Plantana, similar to the subtlety of Cayman’s seasons, I’ve noticed a subtle seasonal change in the energy and level of activities amongst the make-up of our guests, each delightful in their own way. In January and February, our guests, many of whom faithfully return every year, tend to be adult couples or small groups of close friends vacationing without school-age kids. They are fully contented relaxing on the beach throughout the day, going off to dives, and regularly gathering on the beach for early morning coffees and again for sunsets before they set off to their favorites dining spots.


This Easter Monday along Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach was truly an egg-cellent morning for an Easter Egg Hunt with plenty of sunshine and cool breezes. To the delight of our young guests at Plantana, the tradition of our Easter Egg Hunt continued with a labyrinth of candy filled eggs hidden amongst Plantana’s rear gardens. With parents cheering on, kids of all ages got to scramble and collect their treasures. Of course, there was the challenge of finding one of three special chocolate bunnies, accompanied by an extra prize, cleverly hidden so that each age group had to either master the clues or rely on pure luck. With many of our guests traditionally returning to vacation at Plantana during the Easter week, the Easter Bunny has to be very clever indeed to keep outwitting these kids. Thankfully, kids do grow-up and there are new little ones to follow on with tradition! Here’s a snapshot of one of our youngest little hunters and here’s our wishes to you for a wonderful spring wherever you may be but with our hopes that we’ll see you back home at Plantana again soon.

Cayman has perfect weather almost all year round. For those days when Mother Nature decides to call the clouds onto our strip of Seven Mile Beach you might be able to catch some sun on another part of the island.  Go on a short adventure, and drive to East End.

Several returning guests and owners have recently commented on how beautiful the Plantana grounds are, remarking that the flowers are perhaps the most colorful they’ve ever seen at Plantana. The truth is, the colorful blooms are the same as the past few years, but, they are so strikingly brilliant in color and abundance that it’s seems like you’re seeing them for the first time ever! This is especially the case with the predominant flowering Bougainvillea. As the Bourgainvillea doesn't like much heavy rains, this is the perfect time of year to take in their voluminous and long-lasting blooms.