Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands


beachbabe
on May 14, 2012 @ 01:50 pm

So I just got back from a 2 week vacation and... I am very bitter that I'm home!

Grand Cayman is absolutely breathtaking. The water, and especially Seven Mile Beach, is the most beautiful place I've ever been. I was kind of worried that we'd see lots of rain since it's borderline rainy season but it only rained maybe 3 times the whole time we were there and it only lasted for a few minutes. It's 28 and sunny every. single. day. And it only goes down by like 2 degrees at night. Awesome. So if you choose to go in the off season, such as April or May, you'll be good to go.

We stayed at a condo on Seven Mile Beach and it was fantastic. I really liked that it was relatively quiet since there are really only a few resorts - lots of people have houses or condos on the beach as opposed to endless resorts for tourists. There are no peddlars on the beach like there is in Jamaica so you can relax in peace. Sometimes there are parties, etc. going on at The Mariott but that's only on weekends anyway.

The snorkeling/diving there is spectacular. There are beautiful reefs everywhere! The water on the west side of the island is very calm so there's no problem going out there. There are quite a few great spots such as Eden's Cove but really anywhere you decide to jump in will be awesome!

For one day we rented a car and drove the island. They do drive on the other side of the road there but it doesn't take long to get used to - so if ever you wanted to rent a car it's totally doable. We drove along the coast up to Rum Point which is by far a *MUST* to visit! It's a BEAUTIFUL beach and actually a photo of this beach is one of the most famous Windows wallpapers. The water is very shallow which is nice if you have young kids. We were told this is a great spot for snorkeling however, we felt it was better to jus relax and wade in the water. There are some shops for shopping and a few excellent restaurants - the food is spectacular. There's also boat tours that leave a few times a day from here. We went there twice!

There is also opportunities to go on tours either on a boat or a sea-do where you're taken to Starfish Beach - a beach with alot of starfish around that you can hold. Very cool. Then you go to Sting Ray City! I'm a chicken so I didn't get off the sea-do. But the sting rays there are so used to humans (due to fisherman in the area) that they've become a tourist attraction and provide a chance to feed, hold, pet, and kiss the sting rays. They kind of try and play with you like puppies! It is pretty awesome. From there you're taken to a snorkeling site and then to Rum Point. I suggest Fat Fish Adventures - they do excellent tours. http://www.fatfishadventures.com/index.php

There's lots of other things to do there too - like visit a sea turtle farm, swim with dolphins, and shopping. The shopping is great! But can be very expensive. I was told many cruise ships stop here and purchase expensive items like Rolex watches.

In terms of restaurants, my favourite that we went to was called Breezes and it's right in Georgetown. Great view of the ocean and delicious food. They have things like jerk burgers, salad, fish, etc. We also went to Casanova although I felt this place was rather overpriced and also pretty corny. I think that they made all their workers speak with an Italian accent even if they're not Italian! Some were clearly NOT Italian. Either way, the food was good.

The ONLY THING I felt this place was missing was the friendliness that we saw in the Jamaican locals. Grand Cayman locals are more.... North Americanized. They like to keep to themselves. We missed the people of Jamaica - although you do run into a few there who have moved. And they were the Jamaica we loved! Friendly, out-going, and just a hoot.

That's all I can think of to write for now but I strongly recommend a trip out to this island!
 


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Vlicious
Fun!! on May 15, 2012 @ 02:04 pm

Sounds like you had an awesome time!! I've seen pics of the Seven Mile Beach! Looks like heaven!! Can I ask you how you found the condo you stayed at!? Hope you got a wicked tan! ;)
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mamaluv
Jealousssss! on May 15, 2012 @ 02:07 pm

Sounds like a fantastic trip! I love snorkeling, so this sounds right up my alley :)
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beachbabe
Cayman Reef Resort on May 15, 2012 @ 02:26 pm

I definitely got a good tan! My husband says it still looks like I'm wearing a bikini lol SPF 60 and sitting under an umbrella still gets you a sweet tan!

We paid $250/night for 5 people in a 3 bedroom and purchased our own groceries. I also know that other people at the resort paid $125/night for 2 people in a 1 or 2 bedroom. The link to the site is here http://www.caymanreefresortvacationproperties.com/index
We stayed in number 43! I already miss it. Can't wait to go back!
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AlexJC
I want to go to there.... on May 15, 2012 @ 03:50 pm

OMG You have made me crazy with jealousy, seriously!

I want to go now! It sounds beautiful! Your accommodations don't sound too crazy expensive either. It seems odd that they wouldn't be so friendly but I guess that is how we in North America might appear to others as well. Sounds look you had an amazing time!

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