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Music Video Made in Cayman!

Canadian folk-rock band Great Big Sea recently made Cayman the location for their latest music video. “Nothing But A Song” is the first single off their recording “Safe Upon the Shore”. The video features the band touring the island, hanging out with locals, playing with stingrays…  and generally kicking back and having a good time!

We’re pretty proud that the group, containing some pretty seasoned travelers, gave Cayman some very high praise in their blog!

“It could very well be the best Island destination in the Caribbean.”

Check out some shots from the video!

Recognizing Long Service at theReef

Congratulations to our staff!!

We are VERY proud to announce that Thursday 24 June marked the first Long Service Awards for theReef!  A breakfast reception was held to honor a number of employees for their hard work and dedication to the company.

theReef has always been a family run business, and the Thompson family were there to personally present awards to 38 of our employees, who were recognized for their commitment over the years!

We had various awards given, first for  three to five years of employment, and then all the way up to ten years of employment! And we’re proud to see so many of our staff members have been part of theReef family from the very start!

Some of our award winners!

Both Mr. Thompson and Mrs. Merren-Thompson noted how proud they were to hear guests say that theReef’s wonderful service is a large part of what makes trips to Cayman so memorable. Congrats, everyone!

“What IS that?”

There are a lot of things that may catch your eye while walking the beaches of Grand Cayman: the blue waters, the brilliant sunsets, the lazy palm trees… But every now and again, you may come across some strange looking tracks and wonder “What IS that?”

Well, there are a number of cool critters who share the beach with us– many of which make some pretty unusual tracks! The Department of Environment has shared some pictures with theReef to help you figure out who’s who!

Loggerhead Turtle Tracks

Green Turtle Tracks

Green Turtle Tracks

Happy beach combing!

Caribbean Travel+Life Magazine brings theReef to news stands!

We’re excited to say we’ve been featured in the May and June/July editions of Caribbean Travel+Life magazine. In the May edition, not one, but TWO articles in the magazine highlighted the fun and relaxing aspects of theReef!

The first spread featuresplenty of info about theReef, and talks about our great partnership with White Sand Watersports! Our guys on the beach Al, Dave and Apollo provide the ultimate in non-motorized watersports fun! From kayaking to the new craze of paddle boarding, White Sand will make sure you have fun!

The second article focuses on some of the more unique aspects of staying at theReef. From our secluded location, to our dedication to relaxation,but

“That’s not to say theReef is dull – Heaven’s no.”

It also gives full mention of our activities like yoga classes, iguana feeding, kayak tours and (of course) Yahtzee tournaments.

As always, we’re very proud to see theReef recognized in international publications, but don’t forget our local publication you can pick up while you are here! Local magazines such as What’s Hot and Destination Cayman are huge fans of theReef!

Let me introduce myself…

Hello readers!  My name is Lauren Moore, and I am very proud to have been chosen as the Reef Resort’s 2010 scholarship recipient!

I am currently in my final stretch of studies at the University of North Texas, as a Broadcast Journalism major, with a double minor in Theater Arts and Political Sciences- gosh that’s a mouthful! I’m excited to say that one of the benefits of being a Reef Resort scholarship recipient is that I’ll be blogging regularly for theReef!

When I’m back at home in Cayman I love spending time on the beaches or taking in local stage performances and of course enjoying the local food. (You can imagine how happy I was to find out theReef offered all three, with Barefoot man playing live in their beach-front restaurant!) When I was home at Christmas I was  lucky enough to visit Dolphin Discovery and swim with dolphins- something that, even with living in the Caribbean, I never thought I’d get to do!

Keep an eye out for more posts, I’ll be sharing events and happenings from all across the island with you!


Cayman Carnival is almost here! Are you?

If you’ve never experienced Cayman Carnival, then this is the year to be here for it! Starting April 24th, the streets of George Town will be filled with music, costume, dance and excitement! A highlight of the year for visitors and residents alike,  Cayman Carnival Batabano is a Caribbean road party to rival all others!

For those who don’t already know, Batabano is a truly unique street parade, filled with music, art, food and fun. Participants have the chance to dress up in stunning carnival regalia as the island comes alive with celebration. I have to say, Cayman’s street parades are something I miss the most when I’m away at university. It’s almost impossible to capture the atmosphere in words- you really have to experience it for yourself!

There is something for everyone. A junior parade starts on April 24th, which is a kid-friendly fete that the whole family can enjoy! Then, if you’re looking for some more grown-up fun, stick around for the main street dance on May 1st. If the costumes alone don’t get you, the rhythm and flavor of the event will!  And with every room at theReef being beach-front, you can celebrate in the streets one day and relax by the ocean the next!

Come and “jump” in the streets with locals and people from all over the world- it’s a Caribbean tradition you don’t want to miss!

For more event info check out the Cayman Carnival website:


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