The Photo Story of Kaibo
The story of Kaibo begins on the island, Grand Cayman,
the first of the 3 remote Cayman Islands to be discovered by Columbus in 1503, and later traded to England to become a British Crown Colony.
There is a distant district in Grand Cayman, called North Side,
where there lies an under populated settlement known to the locals as ‘Cayman Kai’.
It is here that an unmarked beach, known as Kaibo Beach, was discovered along the dead-end road to Star Fish Point.
Then in February 1983, a road was built connecting the two detached districts North Side and East End. Queen Elizabeth II was invited to officially open the ‘The Queen’s Highway’, a dusty track with an aspirational name. When planning the Queen’s schedule, one of her officials requested she would require a refreshment stop during her visit. At the time, there was nowhere obvious to suggest.
Thus a humble beach shack was erected on Kaibo Beach, offering cold drinks from a cooler and a mountain of ice, and the Queen was the first customer. A few years later, someone had the idea to add a bbq, some tables and chairs, and over time Kaibo Beach became the quietly social getaway for locals and fishermen to pull up to in their boats, to grab a bite and a beer.
Then in 1999, two brothers from Cayman Brac had another good idea, to build a dock at Kaibo Beach, and bring fuel to the area to meet the needs of all the visiting boaters and fishermen.
So much fresh fish was arriving at Kaibo Beach dock, it made sense to the brothers to build a structure above the beach bar to house a fine dining seafood restaurant on the second floor.
Kaibo now had a restaurant, a beach bar and a marina, and has been host to many events and good times ever since.
Today Kaibo restaurant, beach bar, marina is still Caymanian owned, and welcomes locals and discerning travelers from all over the globe.
The locals affectionately referred to the 2nd floor seafood restaurant as Kaibo’s Upstairs, and in 2007 it was officially renamed ‘Upstairs’ . Today the restaurant boasts local contemporary cuisine, prepared by a Michelin star chef, trained in London. The food is upscale, but the atmosphere still relaxed and stylishly Caribbean.
The menu is spectacular, and so is the view from Upstairs’ patio. The fish is still extremely fresh.
Below, Kaibo Beach Bar remains true to its heritage, and is still a bamboo clad structure with a thatched roof. The BBQ was replaced by a huge grill, but the menu remains simple and local..
Thatching is Cayman’s oldest industry, and two further thatched cabanas offer shade on the hot beach.
The beach grill offers fresh local fish, steak, salads and sandwiches.
The drinks to this day are still cooled by mountains of ice, without refrigeration units. Because ice cools through to the core of a bottle, Kaibo Beach rightly boasts it has the coldest beer in the Cayman Islands.
Every Tuesday on Kaibo Beach there is live music from a local band. A fantastic Caribbean Beach BBQ is served out of a ‘The Uncle Bob’, a Cayman cotton tree boat, and the happy hour rum punches flow all night.
Every month there is ‘Luna Del Mar’ a full moon dinner on Kaibo beach with chill out DJ and sky lantern display.
Kaibo is also well known for hosting the annual Mardi Gras festival,
and celebrating New Year*s Eve in style with the Black-Tie and Board shorts Ball.
Kaibo is venue to intimate beach weddings all year round,
and actively supports many charible events such a the annual Fun2Feed Cayman Paddleboard Competition.
Welcome to Kaibo restaurant, beach bar, marina.
Open 364 days a year, day and night.
Worth going further for.