This was my third trip to Grand Cayman, but probably my favorite. We stayed at a rental home, Oceanus, on the south side of the island, on Frank Sound. The location was great for a week of snorkeling and relaxing. We spent our mornings by the pool, then headed out to favorite spots all over the island for snorkeling.
The great things about this location are the fantastic views of Frank Sound and the sunsets. I enjoy being away from the bustle of the more touristy Seven Mile Beach area. Here at Oceanus, you are close enough to drive anywhere on the island in about 30 minutes, but far enough away to have plenty of privacy and quiet.
The sound is great for snorkeling, kayaking and paddleboarding - you can literally walk out the back door and walk into the water to snorkel. The main reef is a little over a half mile from the shore, but there is also a small reef just a little east of the house, only a few hundred yards from shore. I was also lucky enough to find some sea stars (starfish), sand dollars and sea biscuits while out paddleboarding and snorkeling in the sound. The showers outside make it easy to get cleaned up without tracking sand and water into the house.
We were only a couple miles from the Blowholes (go about an hour before high tide!), close to Crystal Caves, Rum Point, the Mastic Trail and the Botanic Park.
There's also plenty of rainy day activities at the house in case the weather doesn't cooperate one day - a lending library full of bestsellers, board games, video games, movies and fitness equipment.
In addition, our bed was comfortable; we loved our balcony with solar shades; the fantastic kitchen, big enough for everyone to help and the bathrooms in every bedroom made this a great home away from home for the week. This would be a great vacation rental for a large extended family vacation - we hope to come back soon!
Oceanus was amazing. The property was perfect for an island getaway. Fantastic amenities and very spacious. Considering a larger family getaway here next year. View of the caribbean like no other with great snorkeling right off the beach. We will definitely be back!