My goal was to do a daily update... hubby decided we needed to "unplug" for the week so I will be doing a long report instead.
Just some background, we are a family of four with 2 boys ages 11 and 15. We went to GC knowing we were going to be on the East end, looking for relaxation and an opportunity to explore the island and all it offered. We planned on driving everyday so that did not bother us. We packed light (didn't check bags) so we had no intentions of dining at the fancy places. Food is not a big deal to us (don't mind a frozen pizza after a long day in the sun).
We arrived in GC Apr. 3 at 4:30 after long flight delays in Detroit and Philadelphia due to weather on the east coast. After getting thru customs (40 min, not bad considering 4 planes landed in 10 minutes), we met BA from McCurley's just outside, filled out the paper work and headed out to the East End to Morritts. First impressions were that we were in a rustic, quiet Florida.... that would change.
Checked into Morritts and had dinner at Mimi's dock.
We were at the Tortuga Club. The condo's are being refurbished (no noise) and we actually stayed one night in one condo that still needed updating and the rest of the week in an updated 2 bedroom penthouse. I wrote a separate review on Morritts so I will just say it is nice, not extravagant, we loved the view, the pool, the beach and the snorkeling. The guys took windsurfing lessons there and loved that. The instructor was the Red Sail manager Santiago and he was excellent! We did not attend the meals, parties, etc. We weren't there to be entertained. It looked like the people who wanted that were having a great time.
Went into Georgetown on Saturday stopping at Smith Cove for a swim and snorkel. The water was a bit rough but we managed to see quite a bit. It is peaceful and beautiful. Stopped at Pure Art Gallery and Cathy Church Photography for a few items. We ended up buying a new camera a few days later at Cathy Church... long story but suffice it to say the prices are great and the staff is excellent. The boys wanted to go to Margaritaville for lunch. We were among maybe 15 people there and the kids had the pool and waterslide to themselves. The food was good and of course expensive. We were prepared for that so it was not a big deal. Shopped at Hurley's for grocery's (nice, clean, great selection and good produce)
Sunday we did Rum Point. It is beautiful. We were there early and had no trouble getting a beautiful spot in the shade. We snorkeled and rented kayaks. There was a flamingo in the water just down the beach to see and a few stingrays in the water. Ate at the wreck bar for lunch, would do that again.
Monday we did a full day tour with Captain Marvins. It included a conch dive (found several), snorkel stop at the gardens, and sting ray city as well as lunch on the beach at Kaibo. We got to eat the conch that we had caught so that was cool. The staff on the boat were attentive and excellent with all ages. We were among only 3 boats with the sting rays so there was plenty of time to interact with them. I would highly recommend the tour and lunch you can't beat the price.
Tuesday we went in to buy a new underwater camera, revisit Smith Cove and stop at the blow holes! The boys loved the blowholes! We watched a wedding at Smith Cove and then were basically alone on the beach. Snorkeled in the afternoon at Morritts. There is so much to see there!
Wednesday the guys did the windsurfing thing in the am then we did a south sound snorkel trip through Ocean Frontiers. Brad and Michael took us to 3 spots and were so kind and friendly. Really worked with everyone to find what they wanted to see, were attentive with towels, fruit, drinks, etc. This was a great operation. It made me want to stay at Compass Point and hang out with them!
We at at Over the Edge on the North side that night. The food was excellent. Fresh, tasty, and the setting is beautiful.
We sadly left Thursday am.... and now have 100s of pictures and wonderful memories. I am grateful for all of your help in planning our wonderful vacation!