The Cayman Islands are certainly a destination where anyone who loves to bask in luxury, goes to unwind. Sitting just a little over 400 miles from Miami—or a quick, direct flight from several US cities—this British West Indies hotspot has everything you could want and need in your tropical getaway.

With its stunning Seven-Mile Beach (a literal beach that spans 7-miles), sandbars in the middle of the ocean where friendly stingrays swim about, and coves that are the resting spot to dozens of brightly colored starfish, the Cayman Islands are also home to more than 130 nationalities. This means that there is also a beautiful merger of culture and cuisine found around the small, but mighty islands.

EBONY recently took a trip to Cayman to not only bask in its golden sun, but to check out the 3rd annual Out of This World Music Fest. Busta Rhymes, Sean Paul, Soca star Patrice Roberts, and dancehall artist Elephant Man tore down the stage of the 1-day only event as locals and visitors moved their hips and sang along to their favorite hits.

We've curated this insider's guide to help you experience the island destination like a pro. From the flyest hotels to tasty cuisine (for any budget) and the best activities, here's how EBONY does the Cayman Islands.

The author on the beachfront of The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach & Spa. Image: DeAnna Taylor.

Where to Stay

If you're traveling with the family, The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach & Spa is the perfect spot to lay your head. The kid-friendly resort features multiple pools, a swim-up bar for your adult beverages, and it sits in the center of the destination's most popular beach line—so you're never too far from anything. If you're into more upscale vibes, consider Palm Heights. This award-winning hotel also offers a centrally located stay that also feel secluded. Tucked behind lush greenery, when you walk up to the beachfront of the all-white accommodation, you'll be blown away by the decor and design. While there, be sure to have a photoshoot around the main restaurant, Tillie's. Thank us later.

Exterior of Palm Heights. Image: DeAnna Taylor.

For something between the two, the Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa is the place for you. Also, with plenty of pools for the little ones and just the right amount of luxe for the adults who prefer to be pampered.

Where to Eat

Whether you like all-things jerk, fresh seafood, or even if you have certain dietary restrictions, Cayman's cuisine offers something for every palette. Some of our favorite restaurants on Grand Cayman include: Tillie's at Palm Heights. There, you can indulge in fresh bites like ceviche, poke, grilled seafood as well as a great selection of wines and craft cocktails. For something a little more casual, Pepper's Bar & Grill is where the locals hang. With a menu that features dishes like roasted snapper stuffed with okra and peppers, as well as several jerk and BBQ options. On Friday and Saturday evenings, you can also catch live music. A unique dining experience in Grand Cayman is the farm-to-table harvest dinner at Cayman Cabana. The eatery taps local growers and farmers and then curates a multi-course dinner around the crops available during the season. Pace yourself, because it's a lot of food.

Roasted snapper from Pepper's Bar & Grill. Image: DeAnna Taylor.

If you're in need of a night cap or just a fun lounge vibe later in your evenings, check out Next Door in Camana Bay. This speakeasy-inspired bar is reminiscent of a nightclub you would see in the 20s. With velvet booths, gold trim, and marble accents—the extensive—and unique—cocktail menu will have you coming back several times during your trip.

Next Door. Image: DeAnna Taylor

Where to Play

You're in the British West Indies, so of course lounging on the beach is already a given. But, island vibes also call for a boat day, too. 5-Star Charters is a private boat rental service that will have you feeling like Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Providing everything you need from towels, unlimited rum punch and other drinks, as well as hot and cold food, Captain Ben and crew truly take the 5-star meaning to new heights. The tour takes you to the popular Stingray City to get up close (safely) with the water creatures, as well as a stop at Starfish Point to jet ski and relax in the calm waters. Oh, and there's even a photographer on-board to capture the entire day for you.

The author holds a stingray in Stingray City. Image: Courtesy of 5-Star Charters.

Other popular activities include: rum tastings, nightlife around Camana Bay, as well as nature tours to spot the local blue iguana.