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Day One – Sunday, Nov. 4th
My son and I flew Air Canada, Toronto – GCM and arrived around 1:00 in the afternoon. It was a pretty relaxing flight, 4 hours direct. It was my son’s first airplane ride, so I was a little worried how he would take it, but he was great!
Our first view of Grand Cayman!
Our plane landed shortly after several other planes, so the lineup for customs went all the way outside. They tried to get us all through quickly, though.
So happy to be off the plane and through customs!
We went over to Avis to rent our car, changed, and waited for my brothers flight to arrive.
My brothers plane, pulling in
Here’s our plane
My brother, heading to customs
He got through customs fairly quickly, and we drove out to Bodden Town to check in at the Turtle Nest Inn. I was really nervous about driving on the left, but I got used to it pretty quickly. We were greeted by Duane, who was super friendly, he helped bring our bags to our room and offered us a complimentary “welcome to Cayman” drink The Inn is lovely, very well maintained, and the view from the back door is just gorgeous. We stayed in two apartments while there, the first being an “Ocean-view” apartment (#5), and the second being an “ocean-front” apartment (#6), which we moved to half-way through the week. Both apartments were beautiful, but the view from the ocean-front apartment was amazing.
Our first room:
We spent some time on the beach at the hotel, then went to dinner at Sunset House. I found the prices very reasonable, and the food was decent. The view of the sunset was incredible.
Turtle Nest Inn beach
The stunning sunset at Sunset House
After dinner we went back to the hotel and relaxed, and all went to bed early, which is fortunate because some roosters woke us up quite early the next day.
Day Two – Monday, Nov. 5th
We headed out early to the Foster’s in Savannah to pick up some groceries, then spent the morning swimming at the hotels pool.
Driving on the left!
Lovely view from the pool
I don’t like the look of those clouds…
It started to rain around lunch time, so we went in to eat, and prayed for the rain to pass, since we had plans to visit Stingray City that afternoon. Duane called our Stingray City operator for us, and we were told the rain was just clearing up on the other side of the island, so off we went! We had an incredible time visiting the stingrays, and I tried snorkeling for the first time at the snorkel stop, and I fell in love with it!
This boat we passed was over run with iguanas
The Jolly Roger in the harbour
My brother, son and I with a stingray
Getting a massage from a stingray
It’s hard to see, but there’s a lobster peaking out.
After a very relaxing boat ride back, we got stuck in rush-hour traffic driving back to the hotel. We avoided driving during that time again for the rest of the week. We stopped at Rankin’s to pick up dinner, I had the jerk chicken, it was delicious, and very reasonably priced.
Day Three – Tuesday, Nov. 6th
One of the resident cats, Kebab, paid us a visit.
We were going to go to the Turtle Farm today, but the forecast worried me, so we decided to visit George Town for some souvenir shopping and sight seeing instead.
Chickens were everywhere on the island, I was not expecting that.
We had lunch at Breeze’s. Very reasonably priced, decent food. Great view from the balcony!
After lunch we headed for the store I was most excited to visit, Pure Art. I loved it!
When we were done shopping, we went back to the hotel for the remainder of the day. We didn’t end up seeing any rain, but as we drove back to the hotel we noticed that it did rain in Bodden Town while we were out.
I borrowed some snorkel gear from the hotel (free of charge) and went snorkeling.
My son wanted to give it a try as well.
Unfortunately, he didn’t quite understand that he had to keep his mouth closed, and ended up with a huge mouthful of water. That was the end of his desire to snorkel. Hopefully he’ll try it again when he’s a bit older.
Day Four – Wednesday, Nov. 7th
We started our morning off with a quick visit to Hell to send off a postcard (which still hasn’t arrived, I’m thinking something happened to it).
We then headed over to the Turtle Farm. We got the full park passes, but if we were to do it over, we’d only get passes for the front part. The best part was picking up the turtles.
Snorkeling with the sea turtles was pretty neat, too.
You can get right into the baby turtle pond, my son thought this was awesome
They have a little trail there that we walked around, and saw this little guy.
When we were done there, we drove down to SMB. We weren’t sure where to park, so we ended up at the Westin. The beach and water were so beautiful, I couldn’t get over how blue the water is!
Their were cute little crabs all over the beach.
We headed back to the hotel when we were done on SMB. This was the day that we changed rooms, so we got back to a new room with a beautiful view! The hotel moved all of our stuff over for us while we were out.
What a view!
Day Five – Thursday, Nov. 8th
It rained over night, and when we woke up we found a huge bug on our balcony. Ick.
We decided to do the other side of the island, and it was a pretty busy day. We started out by visiting Pedro St. James Castle. This is a pretty interesting place.
A piece of the original building
A speed-limit sign
When we were done there, we drove back to the hotel, parked the car, and walked over to Mission House. They had already started the tour when we got there, so we decided to skip it. We walked over to the Pirate Caves instead.
We found a park on our way to Mission House, which was super exciting for my four year old!
Pedro’s Native Drinks
The best part of the Pirate Caves, for us, was at the front. We got to pet and hold the parrots.
Some of the “zoo” at the Pirates Caves
Entering the cave
A cute Cayman house we passed on the way back to the hotel.
We stopped in to this little soap store across the street from the Turtle Nest Inn, Nina’s Beach Bubbles. They sell some really great natural soaps, I wish I bought more!
After we dropped off the soaps at the hotel, we grabbed the car and went over to Chester’s Jerk stand. I had the jerk chicken. Reasonably priced, I preferred Rankin’s though.
We headed up to the QEII Botanic Park after lunch. It was a beautiful garden, and we all loved seeing the blue iguanas.
My son checking out a blue iguana
This little guy seemed to pose for my camera
When we left the Botanic Park, we tried to find Starfish Point. After getting lost looking for it, and having to stop and ask for directions, we finally found it. It looked like it was on private property, and their were no people in sight. We didn’t see any starfish here, and the beach was covered in trash that had washed up on it. It was pretty disappointing.
We left there, and went over to Rum Point.
It’s a neat little beach, very laid back atmosphere. Seemed like a party beach.
We ended our day by taking the scenic route back to the hotel, we were going to stop at the blow holes, but ended up driving right past it, so decided to visit it the next day.
Day Six – Friday, Nov. 9th
We took a quick trip up to the blow holes in the morning. The water was pretty choppy, so the water was really shooting up.
Our rental car – a Hyundai i10
We drove over to Smith’s Barcadere (cove) when we were done at the blow holes. I was hoping to do some snorkeling here, but it was so windy and the water was so choppy when we left the hotel, I decided not to bring the snorkeling gear. Of course, the water there was calm and serene! It’s on my list for my next visit, this was my favourite beach! So beautiful, and it wasn’t very busy.
Our hotel, the Turtle Nest Inn, as we drove past it.
When we left here, we went over to Camana Bay to check out the shops. This is such a nice shopping center!
A lizard at Camana Bay
I wanted to try Tim Buc Tuu, so we drove over to the West End for lunch. The food here was fantastic, not bad price wise, and the portions are huge! It was enough for two meals, so I had left overs for dinner.
I just loved this road sign.
We spent the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel.
I loved all the cute crabs on the beach, they always ran off when I tried to get a picture.
Day Seven – Saturday, Nov. 10
This was the day of the pirate landing in George Town, so we spent most of our day in town.
Day Eight – Sunday, Nov. 11
This is the day we left. We spent most of the morning on the beach at the hotel, then left for the airport. We stopped for gas in Savannah as we heard they were cheaper than Bodden Town and George Town. It cost $40 US to fill the tank, which is pretty good for all the driving we did all week.
The back of the TNI, the upper right balcony was ours.
Great report. You made me homesick, that’s for sure.
Great report and wonderful pictures..Looks like you had a terrific vacation.
Thank you kavaws, for a really excellent detailed trip report and so many wonderful images.
kavaws…that was OUTSTANDING! :clapping: :clapping: :clapping:
Kavaws, what a great report and so comprehensive. Great job! and thanks for taking the time to post.
PS Your son is adorable, looks just like you!
Wow, that was a fabulous work. It has been waayyyy too long since I have set foot on Cayman soil and your report with so many pictures made me smile.
Thanks for taking the time to post.
Thank you for the trip report and pictures. Ahh, less than two months and I will be back there. Can’t wait! Great pictures and report!
Thank you for the marvelous tour! Glad I saw your report today, as I am already getting packed for our next 10-day dive trip to the East End — arriving this Friday, the 28th. Now more excited than before! Thanks for whetting the old appetite with such wonderful photos of you, your family, and the beautiful environment! :laugh:
Looks like you were able to get in a lot of great activities! We can’t wait to get back!
Amazing trip report, and the pictures are incredible!
I have been away from CAG for a couple of years and I am glad to find Shelly, North Side Sue and DiveSergeant still active here. We are returning for a visit over Memorial Day weekend and need to catch up a bit.
We’re not anywhere near as active as we once were here, but the resources are every bit as good.
Good to see a trip being planned. Where will you be staying?