Cayman Islands Journals

Cavorting In The Caymans

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An April 2003 trip to Cayman Islands by chefcat

East End Grand Cayman Photo, Cayman Islands, Caribbean More Photos
Quote: Picture-postcard beaches, warm water the color of turquoise, coral reefs with all the color and variety of a flower garden makes this a favorite place to return to, time and again . . .

Morritt's Grand

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Morritt Photo, Cayman Islands, Caribbean
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Morritt's Grand is the brand new Gold Crown sister resort of Morritt's Tortuga Club, and is located right next door. All units built so far are oceanfront. The units are far more luxurious than those of the Tortuga Club. We stayed in a two-bedroom unit. Everything was new and the decor was in splashy, tropical colors. The kitchen is extremely spacious, with every convenience you can imagine, including a dishwasher and icemaker. There's plenty of counter space for creating memorable dinners. The living area is open to both the kitchen and the sliders leading to the deck. The furniture is overstuffed and comfy. There is a big TV on a wicker etagere. The master bedroo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 29, 2003

Morritt's Tortuga Club and Resort

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Morritt's Tortuga Club and Resort Photo, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
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We rented a one-bedroom because we had been to Morritt's in 2000 and you can only exchange once every four years at this resort. We have stayed in two-bedroom and one-bedroom units here, all oceanfront. The two-bedrooms have a kitchen, living area, and full bathroom downstairs. Upstairs are the two bedrooms, each with its own ensuite bath. The master bedroom had the added delight of a panoramic view of the crystalline Caribbean off the balcony. The one-bedrooms are exactly half the size of the two bedrooms. There is a small living area/kitchen and a tiny bedroom with a queen size bed. Try for the two-bedroom! There are many resort-sponsored activities. You can book a trip to ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2003

Morritt's Tortuga Club and Resort
East End
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
(345) 947-7449

Ocean Frontiers

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East End Grand Cayman Photo, Cayman Islands, Caribbean
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In a word, incredible! The waters surrounding the Cayman islands is laced with the most colorful corals we''ve ever seen. There is unparalleled variety in the soft corals and sponges. Barrel sponges so big, a linebacker could hide in them! Beside the beauty of the corals, there is an abundance of marine life. Blue tangs, horse-eyed jacks, sergeant majors, damselfish and silversides school in profusion. Big ones love it here, as well. The tarpon are mammoth. It''s not uncommon to see 6-footers. Large pelagics cruise the waters, as well. On almost every first dive of the day, we''d see sharks. A way to tell that a shark is in the area, BTW, is that you''ll see the horse-eyed jacks swimmi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 28, 2003

Grand Cayman Snorkeling and Shore Diving

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Boat diving and snorkeling can be ruinously expensive on Grand Cayman. However, if you have a car at your disposal, finding sites for quality snorkeling and diving from shore is not all that hard. A remarkable site is at the Queen's Monument. Go to the second pull-in, some 100' or so farther down the road. Although the parking area is small, this site doesn't get much use except for on the weekends by locals. There is excellent shallow snorkeling here, with random coral heads. Avoid the eel grass areas. Watch for stingrays on the bottom. Driving further down the road, you'll arrive at Rum Point. If you're there during the winter (high) season, plan to arrive early to stake ou...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 31, 2003

Stingray City

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Although I have talked with many people who have snorkeled Stingray City and loved the experience, but we hated it. We were taken by boat to the site by Dive Tech. On route, it was discovered that the divemaster had forgotten the "squidcicles" or frozen squid which is fed to the hungry stingrays. Once we moored at the site at about 3pm, another dive boat agreed to "lend" some to us. My son and husband took some of the food with them. I didn't want to, because the idea of feeding huge stingrays just didn't appeal to me. The divemaster suggested that since the dive was so shallow that we overweight ourselves. This enabled us to be sure to stay down as our tanks emptied a...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on July 31, 2003

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Let''s talk straight here. Vacationing on Grand Cayman is expensive, no ifs, ands, or buts. However, knowing a few facts before you travel can prevent your vacation from becoming the equivalent of a house down payment. Renting a house, condo, or timeshare is a good strategy for saving in the long run. Those types of units will have a kitchen, and that means savings. Restaurant meals are prohibitively expensive. A dinner for two without wine, appetizer, or tip will be $100-$125. We spent $35 for breakfast for two! In our case, I cooked several meals in advance and froze them. Also shopped for sale cuts of steaks and chops, and brought them frozen, as well. It''s necessary to...Read More