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La Vida Tropical

A heady mix of sun, beach and booze on a heavy rinse and repeat cycle, the Caribbean knows how to deliver the fun, but all those good times can take a toll on the body. To ensure maximum fun in the sun without sacrificing body and soul, keep these tips top of mind.

EAT

Unless you live under a rock (or perhaps on a rock?), by now we all know the importance of eating as locally as possible. So feed your body deliciously and responsibly by consuming foods harvested from the community.

How you ask? It's easy. Happening every Wednesday, Camana Bay‘s Flavour Tour is a mouth-watering way to enjoy small plates and libations from different restaurants that support local farmers. www.camanabay.com

Want to venture further afield? Tucked away in Cricket Square and delivering scrumptious field-to-fork and sea-to-fork food and drink, Cayman's leading sustainable restaurant, The Brasserie, is a must for any foodie. www.brasseriecayman.com

DRINK

Endless sun and a steady flow of sundowners are a surefire recipe for dehydration, so rethink your drink by adding flavoured waters to the mix. Regardless of whether you abstain from alcohol or decide to switch out the occasional cocktail for a glass of Mother Nature's original elixir, there is no need for non-alcoholic beverages to be boring.

Try these combinations to add instant excitement to age-old agua:

  • fresh mint and lime
  • thyme, pineapple and mint
  • jalapeños and pineapple

Rather do take away? Head to Island Naturals Cafe and choose from a wide selection of hot food, cold brews and smoothies. www.islandnaturalscafe.com

MOVE

There's more to do in the Caribbean than decamping to a soft and sandy beach for the day, although that is a solid option. With watersports like paddleboarding, kite surfing, diving and surfing offered the Caribbean round, it's worthwhile giving it a go.

Try before you buy at Waterman, Cayman's premier shop for sales, rentals and lessons. www.waterman.ky

If diving is more your thing, head to Don Foster's Dive Cayman to get up close and personal with aquatic life www.donfosters.com

MEDITATE

Life on a rock can get surprisingly busy, leaving you frazzled and stressed-out. When this happens, take a trip, a mind trip. There's a lot of hype around meditation, and for good reason. Science shows that as little as ten minutes a day can significantly reduce stress levels, increase one's ability to focus, improve memory, control pain, as well as a host of other health benefits.

Where to start? Before you hop out of bed and hit your iPhone, laptop or whatever gadget you hook into stop, drop and relaaaax. Body Works Holistic Wellness Center Cayman has a thorough selection of books, CD'‘s and DVD's to help get you started. www.bodyworkscayman.com

Wanting more guidance? Head to Bliss Yoga Studio. www.blissyogacayman.com

SUN

There's a reason people flock to the Caribbean – the sun. And while it's a good thing, too much of a good thing in the tropics is... a sunburn. Be sun smart and wear a hat and cover up, whilst frolicking on beach or boat.

Bright, fun and perfect in the sun, the Betty Silk Racerback Tank Dress from The Cabana, a Lilly Pulitzer Via Store in Camana Bay goes from beach to bar whilst distinguishing you from the crowd. Find The Cabana on www.facebook.com

Don't forget to apply (and reapply) suncreams that are broad spectrum and contain avobenzone like Coola Classic Sport Mango Moisturising SPF 45. Nutrient-rich, this highly water-resistant sunscreen not only smells divine, but more importantly, it works. www.coolasuncare.com


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