Cayman Islands Journals

Christmas Week in Grand Cayman

A December 2005 trip to Cayman Islands by megamay

The bay from the deck of the Calypso Grill Photo, Cayman Islands, Caribbean More Photos
Quote: A week of dining in Grand Cayman

Christmas Week in Grand Cayman

Overview

The bay from the deck of the Calypso Grill Photo, Cayman Islands, Caribbean
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Grand Cayman was practically destroyed by hurricane Ivan in 2004. A little over a year has passed as of my visit. It is amazing the progress they have made back to normalcy, and towards rebuilding the tourist economy. There are still many attractions that are not operating, like the farmer's market, and the safe haven golf course. Other attractions are barely a shadow of their former selves. However, I have confidence that they will be up and running again very soon. Many hotels and restaurants are already opened. For example, the huge and lavish Ritz Carlton just opened, after being completely rebuilt. It is now better than it ever was, or so I hear. The biggest attractions on the island, how...Read More

Ramada Grand Caymanian Resort

Hotel | "Grand Caymanian Resort"

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Best Things Nearby:Stingray City, when it grows back after being destroyed by the hurricane the safe haven golf course will be right thereBest Things About the Resort:The resort offers its own trip to Stingray City, because it leaves early, and the resort is right on the water, directly in from Stingray City. They are always one of the first boats there, giving guests a great opportunity to spend time with all the stingrays before all the other boats arrive. Resort Experience:This resort is like having your own apartment. It was very comfortable, with plush furnishings; we joked that my husband was in another time zone than me if we stayed on our sides of the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 4, 2006

Ramada Grand Caymanian Resort
278 Crighton Drive
Grand Cayman
(345) 949-3100

Hemingway's

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Restaurant

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This restaurant is beautifully decorated in a sort of contemporary Asian decor. The cathedral ceiling and large doors open on all sides to the patio, and soft island breezes give the room a large open feeling while the furniture, an eclectic mix of dark woods, wicker, and subdued patterned fabrics, makes the space feel warm and inviting. The focal point of the room is a large palm tree rising to the apex of the cathedral ceiling. The tree is imposing but balanced well by the long, sheer burnt orange curtains that frame each doorway and sway invitingly in the breeze. However, while the decorator did a great job on the aesthetic value, our one complaint was that the chairs were not particula...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 6, 2006

Hemingway's
Hyatt Regency
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
345 949 1234

Casa Havana

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Restaurant | "Cafe Havanna"

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This restaurant was very elegant. It had wonderful food, excellent service, and a great atmosphere. We chose this restaurant for our one night out on the town without the baby because they do not allow children under a certain age (10, I think). They have both indoor and outdoor tables. When we made the reservation, we requested outdoor seating because the weather was going to be perfect and we thought it would be romantic. If I had it to do again, I would have chosen to be inside. First, the patio is right next to the entrance, which is shared with another restaurant that does allow children. So while we left our baby at home, we heard small children screaming from the other restaurant. S...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 6, 2006

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

Grand Old House

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Restaurant

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The Grand Old House is an old coconut plantation that has survived many hurricanes and has a lot of history. It is really beautiful, with an expansive deck overlooking the water. When we were there, at Christmastime, the deck was lit up with white lights and it looked magical. The food and service were both good. I was traveling with a group of five and we share everything, so we got to try much of the menu. For the appetizers I had the baked brie which was good but nothing special. One person in our group had the island style conch, which I think was the best appetizer that we ordered. It was cut thin and well marinated so that the conch, which can be very chewy, was quite tender. It had ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 6, 2006

Grand Old House
South Church Street
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
+345-949-9333

Blue

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Restaurant

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Blue, in the Ritz Carlton, lives up to everything that the Ritz Carlton name implies. The decor is beautiful, the food delicious, and the service impeccable. As the name implies, the decor includes a lot of blue, in all different shades. This is balanced by white tablecloths and taupe chairs and carpets. Tasteful but not pretentious pretty much says it all.The service was everything that you would expect from the Ritz Carlton. If you even thought of needing anything, they were right there with it.Finally, the food was, of course, amazing. It is a prix-fixe menu (including an appetizer, entree, and dessert) for, I believe, $63 (Caymanian) per person. There was also the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 6, 2006

Blue
Seven Mile Beach
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands 32348
345-943-9000

Calypso Grill

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Restaurant

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The Calypso Grill is an energetic, casual place overlooking the harbor with fantastic food. The decor is bright and cheery, comprised of red, blue, and burnt orange. There are doors, covering most of two walls, that are open, allowing the soft ocean breezes in. The tables are a little cramped, making the restaurant kind of loud, but that just adds to the casual, fun feeling. We were there for lunch and the doors were open, with sunshine and a light breeze streaming in. Compared to the fine-dining restaurants we ate at, the service was a little slow, but every request was met with a pleasant attitude. Word of caution: I ordered a pina colada expecting a fruity, sweet white drink...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 6, 2006

Calypso Grill
Morgan's Harbor, Grand Cayman
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
345-949-3948

Stingray City

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Attraction

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I am a scuba diver, so I thought that a trip to Stingray City wouldn't be that exciting, since I have seen marine life pretty close under water before. Boy, was I wrong! We got there early in the morning and were one of the first boats. There were about 50 stingrays in the group, and they pretty much all crowded around our boat looking for food. At first I was a little scared, thinking that they had stingers on their tails. They do have stingers, but they only put them up when they feel threatened and they are so used to people that they are not easily threatened. The tour guide said that you should shuffle your feet on the bottom so you don't step on them, because that could make them sting you. But,...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 6, 2006

Stingray City
North Sound
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Cayman Turtle Farm

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Attraction

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The Cayman Turtle Farm was not at all what I expected. I don't know the admission price, but I am glad that I didn't pay it, because I was very disappointed. Maybe it was better before the big hurricane in 2004. But now it is just one large pond where you can look down on a bunch of turtles. It is almost sad how they are climbing over each other; it doesn't seem like they have enough space. Then there are two small touch tanks where you can pick them up, if you can catch one. They all kept hiding in the far corner. Finally there were four other tanks with various sizes of turtles. I don't know what I expected, but I guess more information would have been nice. There were n...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 6, 2006

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

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The Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park was, as most of the island was, devastated by the hurricane in 2004. There are pictures in the visitor center showing the destruction. I imagine it was much more impressive before the hurricane and will be again.

For now, a few exhibits are available, including a pleasant walk around the nature trail where different species are marked, a beautiful flower garden, and in the wetland area, an almost guaranteed sighting of the rare blue iguana that is native to the island.

It was a pleasant diversion but not a must-see.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 6, 2006

Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park
North Side
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands KY1-1701
(345) 947-3558