For the chance to meet Grand Cayman’s artisans, crafts people and farmers, visit the island’s markets.
Although small, the markets are friendly and exude the community spirit for which Cayman is famed.
They are also a great place to try local food and purchase keepsakes of your visit.
George Town harborfront
The craft market is the ideal place to pick up gifts and souvenirs that you won’t find in retail shops. Artisans use local materials such as polished coconut shell, Caymanite (a gemstone found only in Cayman) and conch shells to create unusual pieces of jewelry, and sell homemade jams, pickles and hot sauces. You’ll also find hats and baskets woven from silver thatch palm leaves as well as turtle and stingray ornaments and bracelets, key rings and purses made from recycled materials.
Open 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on days when cruise ships are in port.
A hive of activity on Wednesdays, local farmers bring their home-grown produce to Camana Bay. Pick up sun-ripened fruits, salad leaves, juicy tomatoes, eggplant, fresh herbs and other seasonal vegetables. Free-range eggs, freshly-baked breads and local cakes are sold. It’s also a great place to pick up wonderful handmade soaps, lotions and scrubs, as well as some freshly-prepared, local hot foods. Artists also display their work.
Open 12 noon to 7 p.m. every Wednesday.
Market at the Grounds
It’s well worth a drive out to Lower Valley on a Saturday morning. This is when local farmers haul their wares to the Market at the Grounds. Get there early to get the pick of the fruits, vegetables and authentic Caymanian cuisine. All the produce is grown as organically as possible and you’ll certainly taste the difference. Mingle with the locals as they shop for cassava, mangoes, pumpkins, callaloo and much more.
Open 7 a.m. to noon every Saturday.