Where to Go in 2019

Cayman in the News 14 December 2018
When to Go@Even in winter, temperatures in the@Caymans@are warm enough for swimming and sunbathing.

Article by Jill K. Robinson

Cayman Islands

This cluster of Caribbean islands just got an upgrade. 

When to Go Even in winter, temperatures in the Caymans are warm enough for swimming and sunbathing. From January 16 through 19, renowned chefs including Eric Ripert, José Andrés (a 2018 AFAR Travel Vanguard winner), and Emeril Lagasse fly in for the Cayman Cookout, a food and wine festival that takes place at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. And February 15 and 16, KAABOO, a multisensory festival—new at this location—with music, art, comedy, and cuisine, debuts on Seven Mile Beach. 

Why Now The Caymans, a cluster of three Caribbean islands covered with tropical forests, punctuated by stalactite-filled caves, and lined with miles of beaches, have always been an easy getaway for those on the East Coast: Grand Cayman, the largest of the islands, is just a 90-minute flight from Miami. Now a $66 million expansion of Grand Cayman’s Owen Roberts International Airport will make it easier for travelers coming from other parts of the United States to reach the islands. (The Caymans have been removed from the CDC’s Zika list, making it a safer choice for pregnant women.) Hotels and resorts have also been upgraded in recent months. The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, with a coveted location on the white-sand Seven Mile Beach, has followed up the renovation of its 365 rooms with a refresh of its Caribbean-facing lagoon-style pool. On Little Cayman, famed for proximity to scuba-diving sites known by divers around the world, the 11-room Pirates Point Resort recently updated its rooms, as well as its dining room and a lounge filled with sea-inspired painting and sculptures by local artists. The retreat is a draw for dedicated divers, who have easy access to Bloody Bay Wall, one of the most dramatic underwater cliffs in the Caribbean. 

How to Get There Direct flights from the United States to the Cayman Islands are offered by a variety of airlines, including JetBlue from New York and Cayman Airways from Chicago; each takes about four hours. There are new nonstop services from Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport on JetBlue and Denver International Airport (beginning in March) on Cayman Airways.

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