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Grand Cayman: Great Food and Exotic Wildlife

Posted on May 31, 2015

Blue IguanaIt’s finally nice enough to swim at New York beaches — but it’s never a bad time to head to the Caribbean.

Grand Cayman, a four-hour flight from JFK, offers great food, unusual wildlife, and of course, gorgeous shorelines.

Much of the action on Grand Cayman — the largest of the three Cayman Islands, a British Overseas Territory — happens on Seven Mile Beach. The scenic stretch is full of hotels, resorts, and restaurants serving local and memorable fare.

One of the standout dining options is Agua, a seafood-focused restaurant with a Peruvian twist. The menu includes a few outstanding dishes like the couscous crusted mahi-mahi and lobster and shiitake mushroom ravioli. But a meal here should definitely include a sampling from Agua’s impressive ceviche menu — ranging from “Cayman style” (orange juice, lime, and Scotch bonnet sauce) to “Thai” (with red curry and coconut milk).

Another must-visit eatery is Ragazzi. One doesn’t usually think of pizza when it comes to Caribbean cuisine, but the spot, a local favorite, is singlehandedly helping loosen the definition. Its long list of pies ranges from traditional margherita to more eccentric choices like the frutti di mare (with lobster, shrimp, and scallops). But all are made from Ragazzi’s fresh dough in its wood-burning stove. On the rare chilly night on Grand Cayman, this is an ideal stop.

Read the rest at the New York Daily News.

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