Kill-Devil, the Drink of Choice
Since the late 16th century, rum has been associated with slavery. Slaves were imported to such places as Jamaica to do the backbreaking work of harvesting the sugar cane that would be distilled into rum at various on-island distilleries.
From Jamaica, rum was imported into the Cayman Islands, where it became the drink of choice among islanders. Yankee traders, pirates, and bootleggers ruled the waters between Jamaica and the Caymans, which lie to Jamaica's immediate northwest.
Although the Caymans today have all the imported beer and liquors you could wish for, rum-laced tropical punches are still the most popular drinks. The average bar on all three islands offers a bewildering array of rum punches.
A word of caution: Be aware of your limits, especially if you're driving. The pastel-colored drinks can make visitors very drunk on extremely short notice because of their elevated sugar content, as well as the hot climate.
A Caymanian Dinner, Please
If you're staying at one of the many condos and villas that pepper Grand Cayman, you can call a private caterer and order an island dinner to be delivered. One of the best is Burton Ebanks (tel. 345/926-8294).
After spending several sunny hours on Seven Mile Beach or exploring Grand Cayman's reefs, who doesn't want ice cream? Better yet, how about a near-authentic Italian gelato? Antica Gelateria, in the Marquee Shopping Center, Harquail Bypass near West Bay Road (tel. 345/946-1400), near the previously recommended Cimboco Caribbean Cafe, has the perfect scoop to cool the effects of the noontime sun. Stop here after dinner and you'll experience one of the more unexpected nightlife spots on Grand Cayman.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.