There's an alternative to Grand Cayman villas and condo rentals for people wanting a vacation home or a place to live near George Town.
The non-gated Camana Bay community is located on a 205-hectare (500-acre) site, north of George Town, between Seven Mile Beach and North Sound.
Driving directions to Camana Bay
Driving from George Town, Grand Cayman, drivers follow North Church St., then Lawrence Blvd. to West Bay Road. Signs direct drivers to Camana Bay.
From Owen Roberts International Airport, drivers turn left, then right at the T-junction to Dorcy Drive. At the stop sign, a left turn on North Sound Rd brings drivers to the roundabout, where signs along Esterley-Tibbetts Highway direct traffic to Seven Mile Beach. At the following roundabout, signs lead drivers to Camana Bay.
For drivers, cyclists and walkers coming from Seven Mile Beach, Camana Way joins West Bay Road to the Camana Bay Town Center. The boulevard's median has a walking path, landscaped with plants from five Cayman Island ecosystems: coastal strand, sandy woodland, dry rocky limestone woodland, moist woodland and brackish woodland. Bike lanes line both sides.
Camana Way leads to The Paseo, the pedestrian main street of the US $400 million Town Centre, which has stores, restaurants, offices and parking.
Shops include NKY, for brand-name fashions, purses and shoes, Digicel, Duty-free Jewelry & Watches, Luxury Leather and Books & Books. Among places to eat in Camana Bay are Abacus, a restaurant and outdoor bar, Haagen-Dazs and Café del Sol.
Restaurant Row, located at The Crescent, features six waterfront restaurants and cafés next to Camana Bay harbour. A boardwalk and royal palms encircle the North Sound waterfront plaza and outdoor restaurants.
Camana Bay entertainment
Hollywood Theaters cinema features movies on six-screens, children's movie matinees and A/V equipment for corporate functions.
The Crescent has an amphitheatre and space for up to 2,000 people at outdoor concerts, street fairs and festivals.
Camana Bay special events include live music performances, street theater, book readings, farmers markets, Easter egg hunts and Christmas tree lightings.
Cayman International School educates 400 (and eventually 600) students, from pre-kindergarten through high school.
Camana Bay homeowners have access to its football pitch, 25-meter swimming pool, two tennis courts and two basketball courts.
Residents can cycle and jog along Cabana Bay trails, cruise on the canals and participate in watersports on the North Sound. The Island, a man-made beach in Cabana Bay harbor, has 20 public boat slips. A footbridge connects the town to The Island for picnics and views of the Grand Cayman community.
Camana Bay residences
The four villages, being built over the next 20 to 30 years in Camana Bay, are modern renditions of traditional Caribbean architecture. The Terraces, 60 loft apartments and townhomes in the Town Center, built according to New Urbanist principles, are available for lease.
The one- and two-bedroom units feature modern kitchens with energy-efficient appliances, private elevator access from underground parking, a fitness studio, courtyards and pool decks.
Residents can also buy Camana Bay homes and lots. Key design features include louvers to channel breezes, covered balconies and cooling sunshades, as well as natural stone, glass and wood materials.
Gardens, parks, water and courtyards enhance the architecture. For Dart Realty, the developer of Camana Bay, landscaping is a priority.
According to Rick Severance, Severance Group CEO, the Dart family bought 10.7-hectares (26-acres) of land on Grand Cayman to grow indigenous and native plants and trees. Their West Indian Club nursery has been subdivided into a commercial company called the Camana Bay Nursery, which specializes in the flora and fauna of the Cayman Islands.
Cayman Islands plants
Native and indigenous plants, trees and shrubs in Camana Bay include silver thatch palms (the national tree of the Cayman Islands), buttonwood trees, royal palms, fig trees, mangroves, sea grapes, gardenias, jasmine and the banana orchid, the national flower of the Cayman Islands.
There are four landscaped courtyards in the Town Centre. Besides the three canals, which connect the Town Centre with North Sound, there are six fountains. Sound enhances the water displays, while lights illuminate the fountains after dark.
Camana Bay: www.camanabay.com
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