The Antidote to the Hammock – Black Pearl Skate and Surf
Grand Cayman, well known as a tranquil Caribbean hideaway, also has some hidden gems of excitement. One of these is a glistening Black Pearl in a world of white sandy beaches.
Black Pearl is the true antidote to the hammock; it is the world’s 2nd largest skate park and with a snazzy mechanical surfing wave, it’s a radical departure from the usual laid-back island fare.
Hidden away behind the Grand Harbour shopping centre, the park encompasses 62,000 square feet of skateboarding terrain and a free standing surf machine that creates a wave of up to 11 feet for body-boarding and surfing.
Skaters of all abilities, (age 6 and up) can progress between the beginner and advanced sections of the park. There is lots of room and variety for beginners to safely work on learning the basic tricks but also challenging runs for even the most experienced. The Black Pearl has been endorsed by champion Tony Hawk who was so impressed with it that he cites it as one of the top ten in the world and filmed his ‘Secret Skatepark Tour’ video here in September 2005.
The surfing wave is geared to all ages and abilities and is the perfect place to give surfing a try without having to wait around for hours for the right conditions. And it’s fun to watch too! Bystanders can sit and watch the excitement, in the shade with a cool drink from one of the cafes or bars located within the complex.
If you’re visiting The Reef this year and looking for something different – perhaps you feel exhilaration is on the agenda and want to plan a break from all that beach-rest – pack your most adventurous friends and get set for some Cayman fun that is far from the ordinary.