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This is my third trip to Cayman. My husband and I came in March of 2002. We came home and I booked a trip with my sister and me for June, 2002.
For everyone else this was a new experience. How fantastic to share such a wonderful time with our families!
We cannot say enough good things about Treasure Island. We had an ocean view. We had a huge enclosed patio for the boys to play on. We had a grill that we used half of our nights there. There was maid service. There were beach towels, beach toys, coolers, and so much more in the condo. Everyone in our party was amazed! My step-dad said, “Whatever extra we paid to have this view, it is worth it!” Then I had to tell him that it was the most affordable option I found for our group! What a relief. I was the master planner for the trip, so all the pressure was on me! A good, comfortable place to stay was imperative for us all getting along and having a great time.
[align=center]DAY ONE[/align][align=center]We arrived in the middle of the afternoon and picked up our cars at Andy?s. We looked like clowns trying to fit our luggage in the cars. Some of the people in our group don?t pack lightly! The rest of our family arrived at the condo before us and they were astonished. We got ourselves settled and headed to Coconut Joe?s for dinner. Not a bad way to end the day![/align][align=center]
This is the view from our balcony.
Day 2 The kids wake earlier than everyone else, so we headed up the beach toward the north.
We kicked everyone else out of bed and went to Rum Point. It was a great choice for us. Our non-swimmer was able to walk out and see stingrays and other stuff. The kids played on the beach. We found out our oldest has a thing for stomping down other people?s sand castles.
We tried to find Ivory Kai to see the starfish, but we got a bit confused on our directions. We ended up having a picnic in a gazebo on an undeveloped lot. The beach had many more shells than anywhere else we had been. The boys were excited, because they told their teachers they would bring back shells for them.
After our lunch we went back to searching for the starfish.
We headed back for naptime and prepped our kebobs for dinner. We did our first snorkel in front of the condo. Then we checked out the little wading pool. It took approximately 3.2 seconds for the two year old to find out that there was an infinity edge into the big pool. We almost lost him! We headed back in for dinner and stayed in.
My husband and I went snorkeling in front of the condo this night. The only other time we went night snorkeling we had a guide and it was deeper. So this time was a little creepier. It was a bit more shallow here and fairly wavy. Plus we only had one light. The next day we bought another light. This time we saw the biggest lobster I have ever seen! The rocks he is next to are in no way small!
Day 3 Today we decided to head into town to do the Atlantis Semi-Sub. We went down and booked a trip. We used our 10% off coupon, which was great. We opted to skip our first booking for a fabulous deal, and went shopping in town. We got on the sub, and the transmission died.
We came back for naps and went out to snorkel in front of the condo.
We saw our lobster friend.
That night we took a picnic dinner to Smith Cove. It was fantastic. I love snorkeling there!
Foureye butterfly fish
A new find ? Glassy Sweeper
P.S. I decided to get a new inexpensive digital camera for this vacation (Fuji A500). I also bought the housing for it. It was under $150 for both. I probably would?ve gone through 6 underwater disposables this trip, so it seemed to make sense. This was my FAVORITE pre-trip purchase! I was able to snap as many pictures as I wanted without worrying about how many I had left. I didn?t have to SAVE for the picture that couldn?t be missed. Plus, I could see my photos after I took them!! I could take the camera onto the beach and never worry about it. My normal camera is big and pricy. I would have run into problems. It?s hard to keep preschoolers out of the ocean, keep them from throwing rocks, etc. when you are worried about your camera! This option was so much better on this occasion. And now I have a little camera I can keep in my purse for unexpected moments. Plus my mom had her pricy camera most of the time. I must give her credit for half these shots. My mother-in-law only took a few pictures, because Mom and I are out of control.
I hate to admit this, because it is the silliest thing I have ever done.
Day 4 We got stir-crazy waiting for everyone else to start the day,
Then the 4 of us went up the beach again
We love hermit crabs!
And all other crabs!
Off to the semi-sub at Atlantis. My father-in-law who does not swim
Then the kids enjoyed the beach and we snorkeled at Cemetery Beach.
I love trunkfish!
Bluehead Wrasse and Stoplight Parrotfish
School of southern Sennets or juvenile Barracuda?
This pufferfish was all the way up by the shore under the kids? feet! They thought it was hysterical
Didn’t yo just love watching the kids explore and examine everything on the beach. We’ve watched our kids and now our grandkids play in the sand and water and love every minute of it. Our grandson was so sad when he had to leave last year. And this year his family didn’t get to go and he thought it wasn’t fair that we were going.
More excellent pictures-I love the installments. Sometimes it’s a lot to read all at once. Did you keep a diary or notes so that you could remember what you did each day? I can never remember what we did when. Of course, mostly we sit around, read, cool off in the water—nothing too strenuous.