Western Caribbean Journals

Western Caribbean on the Zaandam

A March 2005 trip to Western Caribbean by berky

Seven Mile Beach Photo, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands More Photos
Quote: The Holland America Zaandam took us on a 7-day cruise of the Western Caribbean in March—a very welcome break from the cold and snow. The weather was mostly great, the food was mostly delicious, and the bed was one of the best we ever slept in.

Seven Mile Beach

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Attraction | "Grand Cayman 7 Mile Beach"

Seven Mile Beach Photo, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
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One can reach Seven Mile Beach by walking along the road, which runs along the beach from the port area. Unfortunately, the sidewalks, when there are any, are not in good repair, and there are numerous areas which are replete with the devastation that the hurricanes of last fall left behind. Every ten feet, there was another taxi or bus honking, trying to offer us a lift to the beach. Having indulged in many lido-deck desserts, we wanted to walk off some of the calories—it was about a 35-minute walk. Someone had recommended the Marriott, and it seemed a good location—there was still lots of construction going on. We had to purchase chairs for $6 each, but there were no umbrellas available when we...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 29, 2005

Seven Mile Beach
Western Shore
Grand Cayman Island

Chankanaab National Marine Park

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Attraction | "Chankanaab Park"

Chankanaab National Marine Park Photo, Cozumel, Mexico
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Although most cruise ships offer shore excursions to Chankanaab, it is cheaper and just as easy to get there on your own. In fact, if you are really brave and it is not terribly hot, you could actually walk the distance if you are docked at the Puerto Maya pier—it is 3.2 kilometers. We elected to take a cab, which cost us $10 each way. It costs $12 each to get into the park. There are lifejackets and snorkel gear available to rent. Chankanaab is quite a large park with lots of coastline, palapas and a host of very non-ergonomic beach chairs. There is a lagoon with a walking path around it and lots of lizards and iguanas soaking up the sun. There is also a nature walk which weaves in and ou...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 30, 2005

Chankanaab National Marine Park
Costera Sur Highway, Km 9.5
Cozumel, Mexico 77600

Doctor's Cave Beach

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Doctor's Cave Beach Photo, Montego Bay, Jamaica
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Most cruise ships offer shore excursions to different beaches. We had heard that Doctor’s Cave Beach was surprisingly nice, considering it was more or less right in town, so we decided to take the bus from the dock. Our bus driver pointed out some highlights as we drove—our favorite was Jamaica’s free hotel—free food and accommodation, mon. Although not a large beach, Doctor’s Cave Beach is close to town and a lovely place to spend a day. Upon arrival, you pay at the booth for your admission, chairs and umbrella. Immediately there is someone to fetch these items and put them up where you would like. The umbrellas are red, blue and yellow and make a lovely picture from the terrace which runs ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 30, 2005

Doctor's Cave Beach
Gloucester Avenue
Montego Bay, Jamaica