Still 3 loooooong weeks to go to our 2 weeks in the sun, but as a true travel nerd and with amazing help from all you great people, I think I have planned and investigated as much as it is possible before arriving.
We are going to stay at Marriott – No Condo for us, as we have tried it numerous times in Europe and it always end up with me doing the dishes and preparing breakfast – because it is so much more “easy” than going out to eat. We like that the beach is narrow, the turtle pond in the middle, and the artificial house reef is a great way of training snorkeling with our 5 year old.
Restaurants and food
I cancelled the rate we had that included breakfast when I realised that there were lots of cheap restaurants nearby, and as we really hate buffets this will be a better option:
Some of the places we are planning to visit for breakfast are: Coconut Joes, Cimboco, Cafe del sol, Icoa, Treats and a bit further away, Eats and Black Trumpet.
We don’t plan on eating anywhere expensive as we have the children with us. We are thinking of visiting the following for lunch and dinner: Chicken-Chicken, Legenz, Yoshi Sushi, Orchid Sushi, Sunshine Grill, Stingers, Reef Grill, Macabuca, might throw in Calypso grill, Tukka and 7 as my husband like a good steak. (The Michelin-like experiences we like to do when we go on weekends around Europe “sans” kids so we will not eat at Luca, Hemingway or Blue)
Trips and Tours
We have rented a car at Andy’s for the duration of the trip, and plan on (with Testudo’s guide in hand) to drive around the island most days looking for the best snorkelling.
We are also taking a one day trip to Little Cayman – have rented a car for the day and plan on driving around the Island looking for secluded beaches and good snorkelling. Luckily Little Cayman Beach resort is open and has a beach bar where we can get lunch as it seems everything else is closed for the season.
We are of cause going to Stingray city and have booked with Captain Dexter, as we like the idea of going with a catamaran.
Furthermore we are planning on taking the Mangrove Snorkeling trip with The National trust. We just need to figure out what we do with our youngest.
I have also printed the schedule for the cruise ships as we would like to know what days to avoid Rom Point, Eden Rock, Smiths cove, Governors reef and Public beach (there should be some children’s floating play things in there?)
We would also like to snorkel the Kittiwake, but will need to plan when we arrive as non of the dive-centers can tell us which days they are going there – this is one of the few things we still need to figure out, as we don’t know which operator will be best to go with.