Big Apple beckons Cayman

If you’ve considered taking advantage of Cayman Airways’ new non-stop service to whisk you away to New York City on vacation, you’d better be ready for an energy-charged adventure.

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty at Ellis Island in New York City. Photo: File

Stocking up on your vitamin pills might be advisable.

After all, this is the city that never sleeps, where the list of performing arts shows is endless, sightseeing can last days, and you may well find yourself shopping ’til you drop!

For some Cayman residents it will be a chance to explore a brand new vacation spot, when, in as little as three and a half hours flight time, you will be in for a bite of the Big Apple.

With Cayman Airways’ new non-stop service between Grand Cayman and John F. Kennedy Airport, a wonderful world awaits all those who choose to fly northward.

A full catered meal on board, complimented by Cayman Airways’ fruit or rum punch, will kick-start your vacation while airborne, when you can take the time to steal some quiet moments and recharge your batteries before your feet meet New York soil.

It’s not that you HAVE to rush around doing everything there is to do, but with so many events and sights, some find themselves cramming as much into their stay as possible.

After all, New York City is a razzle-dazzle entertainment Mecca by night; a shopping lovers dream by day, with surrounding arts, culture, and nature to boot.

With John F. Kennedy Airport just a 12 mile drive from Manhattan, it won’t be long until you’re in the heart of the Big Apple where much of the action is. And there’s lots of action, for everyone.

With plenty of cabs and a very convenient subway system it is easy to get around in the city. You might even want to walk a little, especially if you’ve been taking your vitamins.

Although Manhattan is viewed as the city centre, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island are all worth a trip in themselves as they have unique sites and museums.

The Bronx, at the northernmost tip of the city, boasts two botanical gardens, the Bronx Zoo and Yankee Stadium.

Highlights of Brooklyn include Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Museum.

Sports fans flock to Queens because of Shea Stadium, home of the New York Mets and the Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre.

Staten Islands boasts the Staten Island Ferry ride, historic Richmond Town and the Chinese Scholar’s Garden at the Staten Island Botanical Gardens.

Shopping and NYC go hand in hand. Check out top department stores such as Bloomingdales, Macys and Saks Fifth Avenue, or the many clothing and myriad speciality stores that offer endless choices.

Performing arts lovers can indulge in top Broadway shows such as Chicago or The Colour Purple, while you and the kids can enjoy The Lion King or Mary Poppins.

If you fancy exploring the universe and the diversity of life on earth, you can do it at the American Museum of Natural History in Central Park West. Here, you’ll come face to face with dinosaur specimen exhibits and view the new space show in the planetarium that depicts the dramatic and explosive encounters that shaped our solar system. There is so much to see in this giant museum that a full day is advisable.

Other museum trips could include the Jewish Museum, devoted to Jewish art and culture, or the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art for the kids.

A stroll through Central Park is no ordinary walk, and can often turn into a day-long adventure as you bypass lakes, view squirrels chomping nuts, stop at a restaurant or even the Central Park Zoo, which covers five plus acres and includes polar bears and exotic monkeys.

And when all that walking makes you peckish you’ll find that you have a myriad of restaurants to choose from around the city, with cuisine from all over the world. Chinatown and Little Italy in Manhattan are worth a visit in themselves to experience the style and authentic dining of these two cultures.

Glittering Times Square by night is a must-see, as are tourist attractions like the Statue of Liberty, the United Nations headquarters and the Empire State building.

Another hugely popular tourist attraction, which is taken as a day-trip, is Ellis Island. Here you’ll come face to face with history and touching stories dating from 1892 to 1924, the years of Ellis Island immigration. According to the website wwwlellisisland.org it has been estimated that nearly half of all Americans today can trace their family history to at least one person who passed through the Port of New York at Ellis Island.

The lights, the shows, the stores, the museums, the culture, it’s all yours in New York City, just a three and a half hour flight away.

At two weekly frequencies in October, the New York service will increase to four weekly frequencies effective 9 November and a fifth weekly flight will be added 9 February for service throughout peak winter season.

Call Cayman Airways reservations on 949 2311 or check out www.caymanairways.com

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