My husband and I spent a wonderful 7 days on the North Side last week. Thanks all the regulars for the information you provided to help make our stay great.
Condo - We stayed at North Pointe #100 - We were on the first floor, right by the pool. The condo was everything we needed, clean, well stocked. The location worked well for us. We enjoyed the pool every day. I celebrated a birthday while there, and the owner conspired with my family to send me a "special" birthday gift.... Thanks Nicole!
Weather - So glad we were there last week. We had sprinkles the first day, drove through a rain cloud for about 5 minutes one day, and it was raining hard as we boarded the plane on our way out (made it easier to leave). Otherwise, it was hot, humid,with a nice mix of clouds. Sorry to hear that the weather is not cooperating this week, but I am enjoying following Testudo's vs the weather posts.
Eats - Thumbs up to: Our very favorite was Tim Buc Tuu on the West End - the homemade Gnocchi is to die for. The staff was so friendly and helpful - Thanks Carmine and Omar - wish this place was closer to the North side. We also very much enjoyed the Driftwood - try the beef pizza. Another favorite was Other the Edge. Thumbs down to Kaibo Beach Bar.
Snorkeling - fantastic! Snorkeled every day, some days 2-3 times. Best sites were the drift from Cayman Kai Public Beach to Rum Point. Swam with a beautiful school of blue tang, and as an added bonus, ran into 2 turtles and a sting ray on the way in. Also enjoyed Rum Point Coral Gardens (biggest lobsters I have ever seen!) and Queens Monument. Thanks Testudo for your snorkel guide!
Beaches - yes, we had to visit seven mile beach, and yes it is beautiful. It was really not busy the days we were there. We made a stop at Barefoot beach to climb the stairs, take pictures and a swim. What a beautiful area. Cemetery beach was also nice.
Driving - not a problem. After the first couple hours, became second nature.
What would we do differently the next time - 1. Not arrive on a Sunday. Would have been much more convenient to arrive on a day that the grocery and liquor stores were open (but we knew this ahead of time, so not a big deal) 2. Exchange our money for CI...for me, too much thinking about CI vs US.
Overall, we had an awesome trip and hope to return soon.....Still dreaming of GC....