While we picked the worst possible dates to visit Grand Cayman where it poured every single day, this trip was by no mean a wash. This trip felt more like an Adventure than a standard Caribbean vacation, a different feel but with it’s own charm.
Thanks to the TripAdvisor community, we decided to stay at the North Side of Grand Cayman to avoid the crowd. We went with the one of the Sea Lodges due to it’s close proximity to Rum Point, amazing environment, and reasonable rates (~$200 / night, video review: http://youtu.be/Y6yIaEyfrto), we also rented a car from Avias for the entire week (~$40 / day) to get around the island. Driving on the right and going through the loop presented no major issue, except the first few minutes where my car tended to drift to the left since I am used to seeing the lane right smack on my left side.
Here are some of the more memorable moments:
- Our US Airway flight arrived at Grand Cayman when the rain was the worst - our pilot made 4 attempts at landing before finally touching down on the 4th try. A few days later I talked to fellow tourists and found out that our flight was the last one to punch through the rain. After us all the flights were delayed for as much as 11 hours!
- We made an effort to engage locals we encounter and I am so glad we did! We learned a lot of interesting facts and fun places to check out. Usually the more intimidating the person looked, the friendlier (s)he is! From talking to people living on the island, we learned that it was crabbing season and how locals catch and prepare the crabs; the best jerk place is the one next to Hurly’s at Grand Harbor; A local guy with a truck is going around with tall ladder picking all the coco nuts to sell to tourists and leaving none for the locals… etc etc! This additional interaction gave the island a whole additional dimension, we loved it!
- Visited Turtle Farm, got punched in the eye ball by a sea turtle. Thought I was going to lose that eye.
- We tried catching land crabs ourselves… it was a lot harder than we thought.
- Got our SCUBA Open Water certification! The underwater world there is breathtaking. Unfortunately we were not able to dive The Wall due to current, but we may be back. Two thumbs way up for Ocean Frontiers, special shout out to Reggie for being extremely patient with us!
- Sting Ray City’s water turned brown from nearby mangroves releasing “steam.” While we did not have the clear Caribbean water, we also did not have a huge crowd (video: http://youtu.be/h9SYib2x724). Especially enjoyed talking to one of Red Sail Sports’ operator on the boat rides, and her story of visiting NYC.
- On the last two days a neighborhood cat became our travel companion. A local carpenter told us the story about the cat (long story in photo desc).
- There are a lot of beautiful beaches on the island, wish the weather cooperated enough for me to bring my camera out more; but if that had been the case, I may still be editing the photos right now, lol.
I would love to share with the TA community what a great vacation I had because of all great information here, there is simply no way we could have experienced all these moments without this site. Here is our Facebook album with little stories associated some photos, hope you enjoy them as much as we did!