Living in South Sound, Grand Cayman
As its name implies, South Sound is located on the southern shoreline of Grand Cayman. This primarily residential neighbourhood provides convenient access to the capital city of George Town and is the gateway to the eastern end of the island.
This is a quiet neighbourhood that features classic Caymanian homes, luxury estates in bespoke neighbourhoods and a combination of low-key condominium communities and new contemporary condominium developments. Waterfront real estate has undergone a significant change in the last decade, starting with residential developments like the Tuscan-inspired Casa Luna enclave of homes. This unique Grand Cayman real estate development raised the bar for South Sound properties when it introduced a private beach lagoon and created a lushly landscaped private gated community.
Real estate in South Sound is particularly family-friendly since there are a number of popular schools in close proximity, including Cayman Prep and High School, and St. Ignatius Catholic School. The Owen Roberts International Airport and two hospitals – George Town Hospital and Doctor’s Hospital (private) are also located in South Sound.
When it comes to recreational pursuits, residents in this neighbourhood appreciate the Cayman Islands Tennis Club facilities, the Cayman Islands Rugby Club greens, the public pier – perfect for departing on watersports excursions – and the easy drive to the air-conditioned King's Sports Centre where the climbing wall, inline skating rink and bowling alley are popular.
Families with young children appreciate the playground facilities at Dart Park, which also includes a unique ampitheatre on the ironshore coastline. Another popular destination for the young and young at heart is Smith’s Cove, a delightful public beach where families spend weekends enjoying picnics under seagrape trees and children jump off the “cliffs” into the clear turquoise waters or go snorkelling to marvel at the marine life below the water’s surface. Underwater cameras and GoPros to enhance the underwater exploration experience can be purchased at the nearby Cathy Church’s Photo Studio, a well-established duty-free supplier of photography equipment and lessons. This retail outlet shares premises with Sunset House, one of the first tourist accommodations to help put Grand Cayman’s internationally acclaimed scuba diving opportunities on the map.
For those interested in Cayman Islands history, a visit to Mind’s Eye in South Sound, or what is commonly referred to as Miss Lassie’s House, is a must. It was placed on a the 2012 World’s Monuments Watch List of endangered world heritage sites (source) alongside the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal and the Valley of the Kings. The monument provides a look into the world and art of a self-taught artist who leaned heavily on Christian themes. After a visit to Mind’s Eye, a stop at Pure Art is a must to browse through an eclectic collection of local arts and gifts.
South Sound shares company with the Seven Mile Beach corridor as one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods to own Cayman Islands real estate. The choice of waterfront homes, a tranquil residential environment, convenient access to George Town, schools and hospitals, and a fast emerging collection of contemporary condominiums and gated communities make it a popular choice for newcomers and long-standing residents alike.