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Honeymoon Grand Cayman

A November 2002 trip to Cayman Islands by iNetSpy

Quote: I married my childhood sweetheart and took her to Grand Cayman Islands for a diving adventure. She was PADI-certified before me. It was an incredible trip.

Honeymoon Grand Cayman

Overview

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I would say you have to see at least one sunrise and one sunset. The sounds of the ocean lapping the beach 20 feet from your room, the gentle warm breeze, the sun rising against a pink orange sky. It is not a dream, these are real. Dive-Dive-Dive: Excellent staff, excellent gear, excellent sights and sea life. Bring your sunblock or lotion.Quick Tips: Shop for your food/supplies at main shopping center near Durty Reids. If coming from US, bring your own USDA original packaged meat and save a LOT of money. We did a lot of our cooking and learned that you are allowed to bring up to 250 pounds of USDA meat in original packaging.Best Way To Get Around: Plenty of...Read More

Morritt's Tortuga Club and Resort

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Hotel | "Morritt's Tortuga Club"

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Best Things Nearby:Ocean 10m/30 feet from back door, the Dive/Fishing boat and their staff 25m from any room. A hammock outside the back door and weather good enough you could sleep there at night if you wish.Best Things About the Resort:Location - Location - Location, if you are a diver this is a MUST SEE. Only caution: besides depth of dive, I saw everything inside the reef snorkeling that I saw outside the reef on the Dive$.Resort Experience:First of all, the island is "SMALL," so a few things to consider. First, if you have a shopping list, shop BEFORE you go to the Morritts - the Morritts is far away from the tourist traps, which of course is where the be...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 13, 2004

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

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This is in direct conjunction with a fishing trip. I can not remember the boat captain's name, but he is a local and associated with the Morritt's Tortuga. You pay approximately $60 for the fishing trip, you catch fish, he brings you back, cleans and spices the fish then prepares a whole meal for you right there in your suite at the Morritt's Tortuga. This may be available in other locations but I cannot confirm that myself.

The food was excellent, expect the Captain to join your party for the feast.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 13, 2004

Lighthouse Restaurant

Restaurant | "The Lighthouse"

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Very nice breakfast/brunch buffet on Sundays - it was $9.95. This was the ONLY place I found on the island where I enjoyed breakfast. Granted, I did not drive from the Morritt's Tortuga (where we were staying) into the tourist area some 30-45 minutes away.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 13, 2004

Lighthouse Restaurant
P.O. Box 423 BT
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
+345 947-2047

Morritt's

Attraction | "Morritt's Tortuga"

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Learned a valuable lesson. Snorkel first, dive later. We paid probably close to $1,000 US for multiple boat dives at various locations at varying depths. On the last two days of our vacation, while allowing ourselves to decompress for flight, we went snorkeling inside the reef. [smacking forehead] Duh, everything we saw outside the reef, we saw inside the reef, and the snorkeling inside the reef with our own gear was free. [shrug] Probably still would have gone on the boat dives, you never know when you are going to find a treasure! The crews were great, the diving was excellent and the rental gear was near new. Oh yes, visit the dive camera shop on-site for great disposable or rental ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 13, 2004

Morritt's
P.O. Box 496 GT
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
+345-947-7449

Stingray City

Attraction | "Stingray/Moray Eel Petting"

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Very very safe, even for young folks. They have ONE eel that is like 6 feet long who loves the squid the boat captains give you to feed the stingrays.

We stayed at the Morritt's Tortuga, so had to drive to ???? Point on the other end of the island, better location for jet skis and free dives from beach as well as taking everyone to the stingray/eel petting zoo.

The stingray's belly feels as soft as butter, the top of them feels coarse like sandpaper.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 13, 2004

Stingray City
North Sound
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

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You can ask anyone on the island how to get there, his pub is near one of the largest shopping malls (more of a Walmart) on the island.

Look for the Washington Redskins Jeep out front.

The T-Shirt Says:
Durty Reids Palace...A Beanery
Warm Beer * Lousy Food * Surly Help

I found them to be quite the opposite of their advertising. Mr. Reids is an American who is also a Redskins fan. Bring him any NFL merchandise and you're apt to get a free brew of your choosing.

Beware the spicy chicken, I am a fire breather and their spicy chicken took my breath.

You can take family there during the day - GREAT lunch menu.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 13, 2004

Sea Turtle Farm

Attraction | "Sea Turtle Farm - Grand Cayman"

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First of all, let me pre-qualify this by saying this was after a hurricane had done some major damage to the facility, including sweeping away 40-50% of the inmates. Yes, I call them inmates.

This place had an odor like you would not believe. And it was, as I said, underpopulated. I would hate to smell that place at full population.

I believe it cost around $12.95 per man/woman/child. They sold turtle soup next door. It was just not what I was expecting.

I would like to see any international organization truly concerned with sea turtle conservation take over this facility, which is in my humble opinion being poorly run or at least poorly represented to the public.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 13, 2004

Sea Turtle Farm
P.O. Box 812
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
+345-949-3894

Hell

Attraction | "HELL - Cayman Islands"

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Yes, Virginia, there is a Hell, and it's in on Grand Cayman Island! There are three main things in Hell. #1: the post office. #2: two local shops' picture opportunities outside where you stick your head through the cutout as either a devil or an angel. They sell all of the Hell merchandise. #3 is a night spot for the 18 to late 20s. The story is that one of the US Presidents went to this locale hunting water fowl, got amongst these rocks that absorb and reflect heat and said, "This place is hot as hell"... And it stuck. YOU NEED TO KNOW there are TWO main "HELL" locations about 1/4 mile apart. We stopped at the first one (with the cutout photo stop ou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 13, 2004

Hell
West Bay
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

7 Mile Beach - Grand Cayman

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Story/Tip

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DON'T FORGET the #1 export from Grand Cayman Islands...THE RUMCAKE. You find it in many shops here, but it is much cheaper off the beaten path at some of the local grocery stores off of the main road. Remember the beach is FREE. Through a camera lens, 7 Mile Beach (the main tourist area for the cruise ships) looks like a paradise. You can rent dive tanks nearby and walk in the ocean and dive for free. The water is crystal blue and you can see what seems like infinity. The beach sand is soft, although it looks almost manufactured. It has been gone over by so many tourists that the beach is nearly sterile. No sea life, no crabs, nothing. Almost like a swimming pool at...Read More