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I've been pondering over my trip report so will just dive in. We left for the Cayman Islands the last week of January & spent 2 wks there. This was one of those bucket list items that we had wanted to check off & that we did. After spending the 2wks there I would have to ask the question "So what is so grand about the Grand Caymans?" We have traveled all over the world & have to admit this is one place that is so over rated. First the positives: the weather was great (85-88) with nice tradewinds, the water was a beautiful turquiose & the beaches were fine. But that is where it ends. There is little of interest to do there. We love adventure & history & this isn't the place. We are Baby Boomers so the Seven Mile beach scene didn't appeal to us. Georgetown has terrible traffic, roundabouts & drive on the wrong side. The beach there was beautiful & very few people there. We stayed out at Cayman Kai near Rum Point & enjoyed the solitude. One of our favorite spots was Rum Point. We walked there each morning & were the only ones there. The colorful tables & the painted iguana & direction signs were fun. One of the reasons we picked the Caymans was for snorkeling & diving. It was a huge surprise to us to find the coral is terrible shape & very little color. We went to the top 5 snorkel sites & were so disappointed. There was nothing to see at Smith's Cove, Cemetary Reef was aptly named (no color, fish or coral), very poor at 7 mile beach, across from Botswain Farm area was too rough, nothing except Tarpoon to see near the Reef resort, Eden's Rock was the best of the lot with good entry & some nice fish & turtles. We spent most of our time snorkeling from our condo up to Rum Point. There is a reef nearby with lots of fish, rays, eels & even a shark but the coral isn't much to look at. Our favorite trip was out to Stingray Sandbar. It's a 3 ft deep sandbar out in the middle of the ocean with lots of friendly rays. We fed them & played with them & had a great time. Our boat took us over to the Coral Gardens to snorkel which was a bit more colorful.
The island is very flat with little dirt or lush tropical trees that you would expect. There is a great deal of dolamite & scrubby trees. The most dismal places was Hell--don't waste your time. Botswain Farm is near by so we stopped in. Other posts mentioned that you could go in free after 4pm. They informed us they had changed that policy. The snorkeling lagoon was not functioning so we didn't go in. Instead we went to the Rum Cake Factory & tasted their rums & cake. Very tasty!! We also went to the Botanical Gardens which have the blue iguanas & some lovely plants. We were disappointed that there weren't more birds--never saw a single parrot. One evening we went to the Reef to hear the Barefoot Man. He is great fun & very entertaining.
We ate most of our meals at the condo. Groceries are a lot more so be prepared. It's a good place to go for rehab. A case of Red Stripe was around $42. Our favorite restaurant was Over the Edge. It was reasonable & good. Bought wahoo from a fisherman from the dock next to the restaurant which was a great find. Had a good hamburger at Rum Point. There's a fun Farmers Market not far from the airport on Saturdays.
If your idea of a vacation is to lay on a beach all day, the Caymans could be for you. We found it boring & very overpriced.
Next stop: Anguilla (new post)

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