Cayman Islands Journals

Grand Cayman For Fun

A March 2004 trip to Cayman Islands by Sugz

Quote: Grand Cayman was a lot more than I ever expected it to be. I experienced the best the islands had to offer in beaches, ocean fun, and nightlife. This is Grand Cayman through the eyes of a 21-year-old.

Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa

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Hotel | "Westin Casuarina"

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The Westin was absolutely beautiful. Upon arrival, the place immediately struck me as classy and attentive. The hotel is beautifully decorated, and even though it was close to spring break time, it was never overly crowded. The outside pool area is the most beautiful on Grand Cayman, I’m convinced, and the Westin has the largest beachfront and the most beautiful, even according to most locals! The beach was never crowded and there was always a lounge chair available without having to get up at 6am to secure one! This is different from the Hyatt, where people were literally stacked next to one another like sardines on the beach. Plus, the Westin is right on the beach, the only hotel like that....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 11, 2004

Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa
Seven Mile Beach
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
(345) 945-3800

Casa Havana

Restaurant | "Cafe Havana"

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Cafe Havana is the only four-star restaurant in Grand Cayman. It is located in the Westin and was very yummy. The portions were a bit small, but it was all very tasty and you even got lemon sorbet in between couses as an "intermezzo." The waitstaff was lovely and accommodating, and you can eat inside or outside, and you can get anything, chicken, fish, seafood, most with a Caribbean twist. Overall, a really great restaurant, but very expensive. We spent about $200 for two people including tip.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 11, 2004

Casa Havana
Westin Hotel - Seven Mile Beach
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
(345) 945 3800

Next Level Nightclub

Attraction | "The Next Level"

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I’ve seen a lot of not-so-great reviews about the Next Level, but I loved it. I went about four times while I was in Grand Cayman. The Next Level is a great place to dance and have some drinks. It’s not huge so that you can get lost, but it has a large bar, a smaller one in the back, and a medium-sized dance floor. I’ve been in it when it was packed out, empty, and comfortable, and I had fun each time. They play the newest dance, hip-hop and reggae music and often have specials or theme nights. It doesn’t open until about 11pm and is attached to an outdoor bar and restaurant called "Aqua Beach," so it’s great to have drinks there at around 8 or 9 then head next door to the club. The club is 18...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 15, 2004

Next Level Nightclub
West Bay Road
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
+345-946-6398

Hell

Attraction | "To Hell and Back"

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Hell is a popular attraction in Grand Cayman that is about five- or 10-minute drive from the Westin and will hold your attention for another five or 10 minutes. It's basically a formation of black limestone that sticks up and is given the name "Hell". There's really not much there or on the way except for a gift shop with a man dressed up in a devils costume and a post office where you can send someone a postcard or a letter from Hell.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 21, 2004

Hell
West Bay
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Seven Mile Beach

Attraction | "The Best Beach On Cayman 7 Mile"

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Although Seven Mile Beach is actually about five miles, it's definitely one of the best stretches on Cayman right there in front of the Westin Casuarina. It's beautiful, the water is clear and blue, the sand is powdery and white, and near the Westin (where I stayed it), it was never crowded on the beach. The entire stretch is beautiful and walkable, but it was VERY crowded near the Hyatt where the chairs were literally bumper-to-bumper.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 21, 2004

Seven Mile Beach
Western Shore
Grand Cayman Island

Coconut Joe's

Attraction

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Coconut Joe's is a restaurant, but when it gets late it's more like an outside bar. There are seats at the bar that are swings instead of barstools, and the entire place is built around one huge poinsetta tree. It's a really cool place to hang out with a beer or a drink, especially before going out to dance at The Next Level or DJ's. It's just down the road from The Next Level and Aqua Beach, within walking distance.

The place is very funky and fun, and the menu is great for appetizers, but stay away from the conch chowder-- it's too spicy to eat.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 22, 2004

Coconut Joe's

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Island Glassblowing Studio

Attraction | "Island Glass Blowers"

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This is definitely a place that’s off the normal tourist beaten path, but it’s right in the middle of the action. I’m sure a lot of people bypass it unfortunately, but when you enter Georgetown, there is a place called Island Glass Blowers. It is a glass blowing studio where you can go and by glassware, glass animals, bowls, and plates that you can see made right in front of you. It's family owned and you can see them put the glass into the fire and spin it really fast to make whatever it is they’re making. Kids would love it and it’s a spot that not many tourists get to see, but is worth the trip. You could probably ask any storekeeper exactly where the studio is, but Georgetown i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 22, 2004

Island Glassblowing Studio
P.O.Box 32127 SMB
George Town, Cayman Islands
+345-946-1483

Money Changing / Transportation

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Story/Tip

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One of the best pieces of advice I could give to someone travelling to Grand Cayman would be to change your money daily. Most places do take American dollars but VERY FEW of them will give you change in dollars, so you're left wondering if you're getting ripped off or not. Your best bet is to change your money from dollars to Caymanian dollars (CI$) at your hotel. You can do it at the bank for a price, but the hotel will normally change up to $100 for you a day for free. This is the best thing you can do, you can get about CI$ 80 for $100, just be careful, you can’t change your CI$ back into American dollars. It's still best to pay in Cayman while you're there, just easier to figure out and you d...Read More