Camana Bay is now 13 years old and it’s now hard to remember a time before the lively town of Camana Bay existed.
The planners of Camana Bay designed a community consisting of four villages – a resort village, residential areas, marina village and the Town Centre. In keeping with New Urbanism design principles, pathways and walkways were designed to connect residents with each other and any location in the town.
Today Camana Bay is a 685-acre town that is home to 130 residents, 40 locally owned shops and boutiques, 15 cafes, eateries and restaurants and 45 offices in which over 1700 people work. With 100,000 visitors coming to Camana Bay every month, the town continues to blossom.
Dart purchased the Coral Caymanian hotel on Sven Mile Beach and the accompanying 236 acres, this site would later become Camana Bay,
Long before any building began, Dart’s 26 acre nursery contained the largest collection of tropical plants in the Caribbean at the time. The plants cultivated in the nursery were later used to landscape the Town Centre.
The development of Camana Bay was almost 10 years in the making. It took nearly a decade of meticulous planning with some of the world’s best architects and master planners before construction on buildings commenced. The process involved an environmental impact assessment, coastal engineering for canals, traffic studies and multiple planning applications.
Development on Camana Bay broke ground in 2005.
Cayman International School moved into its new campus at Camana Bay
Camana Bay opens with its first office building; 62 Forum Lane and pioneer tenants, EY, Cayman National Bank and London & Amsterdam. Once month later the cinema and Books & Books opening their doors and the Town Centre was born.
Planning charrettes hosted by Dart Real Estate in April 2008 saw architects Duany Plater-Zyberk meet with the local community to gather feedback that would inform the final master planning of Camana Bay.
Camana Bay’s Town Centre was recognised for innovation and sustainability in the first annual Governor’s Award for Design and Construction Excellence.
The first LEED Gold-certified office building in Grand Cayman opens with anchor tenants PwC moving into its new offices.
Cayman’s first underpass opened on Esterley Tibbetts Highway. Over it is the walkway known as the Rise, offering pedestrians Sea-to--Sound connectivity, taking them between West Bat Road and the Town Centre in an easy 15 minute walk.
Camana Bay turned ten!
Camana Bay announces details of its new residential development, OLEA. It will be made up of condominiums, townhomes and duplexes located to the south of Camana Bay’s Town Centre. The development will break ground early 2019 with Phase 1 scheduled to be completed in August 2020 and Phase 2 in February 2021.
The expansion of CIS continues with the aim of doubling the size of the campus and increasing its enrollment capacity from around 630 to 1,100 students. In 2019 the new Early Childhood facility opened and by January 2021 it’s hoped that the new high school building will open to students.