Caribbean Islands Journals

Dream Destinations - Jamaica/Cayman

A March 2007 trip to Caribbean Islands by catronma

Seven Mile Beach Photo, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands More Photos
Quote: We loved the short cruise we did last winter so decided to try another longer one this time, once again we were not disappointed, and the destinations were the best!

Hard Rock Cafe

Restaurant | "Hard Rock Cafe, Grand Cayman"

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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If you are coming in from a cruise ship you can't miss it, right on the main street to the right of the port, and mixed in with Margaritaville, Harley, and all of the jewelry stores. This is a smaller Hard Rock with the bar and a small smoking area on the ground floor with the retail shop, and some additional seating upstairs. They were actually not terribly busy when we arrived (around 1pm) so seating was open given that there were at least 5 ships in port at the time, this seamed odd. They were playing the traditional Hard Rock music, but were apparently on a U2 kick, that was most of what was played over speakers and on the TV while we were there and was also a lot of what was on the walls. ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 7, 2007

Hard Rock Cafe
43 South Church Street
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
(345) 945-2020

Hard Rock Cafe

Restaurant | "Hard Rock Cafe, Ocho Rios"

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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Another stop at the Hard Rock! This one is also fairly small, and located in a shopping mall. It is at the front of the Taj Mahal shopping center, not a far walk at all from the port (take a left when exiting the port) so don't go paying taxis outrageous prices to go here! The retail is all on the ground floor and dining and bar upstairs. There is no smoking at all inside the restaurant or bar but there is an outside balcony with seating where smoking is allowed. You can also get a fairly decent view from the balcony so even if you don't smoke, check it out. They were not playing any music while we were here, strange for a Hard Rock, but the staff were great, took pictures for us, kept our...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 7, 2007

Hard Rock Cafe
Taj Mahal Shopping Center
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
(876) 974-3333

Margaritaville

Restaurant | "Margaritaville, Ocho Rios"

Margaritaville Photo, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
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This is by far the best restaurant I have ever been to for atmosphere! When you walk in you first see the bar area, most people are standing around it but there are some seats, to one side is the retail shop, to the other side is half a boat that houses the DJ along with an open area that I assume is intended to be a dance floor. Looking ahead from the bar are some tables and a walkway that goes out to the beach, which you can use while dining along with the swim pads in the water. The tables on the main floor are crowded, mostly out in the sun but all have umbrellas. To the right of the bar is a pool, yes inside the restaurant, along with a tube spiral slide that comes down from the second floor. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 7, 2007

Margaritaville
Island Village
Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Seven Mile Beach

Attraction | "7 Mile Beach"

Seven Mile Beach Photo, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
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The best public beach I have seen! The sand is great, not to many rocks or shells, there are some spots with coral and rocks closer to the port end of the beach and many people brought their own snorkeling equipment to check out some of the coves. There are private homes and hotels along the beach but unlike others, they have not sectioned off portions for themselves so you can walk from end to end. It is best to get near the hotels, but the closer you get to the hotels the more crowded it gets as well. From the port it is walkable, just hang a left on the main road (church street) and start walking, it took about 35 minutes to walk to a suitable place to layout, we were by the Quality Suites hotel...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 6, 2007

Seven Mile Beach
Western Shore
Grand Cayman Island

Dunns River Falls

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Attraction

Dunns River Falls Photo, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
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A must while in Jamaica! Both my husband and I agree that this is the best vacation activity we have done anywhere! When coming in off the cruise ship, you can take a taxi from the port ($15 round-trip per person) to go to the falls. Do not let the cab guy make you pay for the round-trip up front! The falls were crowded, at least when we were there, but there was just a short wait to buy the entrance ticket ($12 per person). You may rent a locker for $8 and also water shoes, which we did not do as we had our own. There is a waiting area to go up the falls with a group, there was a guide there waiting for them but we went up on our own. The entrance is on the beach, and it is a strange sigh...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 12, 2007

Dunns River Falls
Ocho Rios
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
+876-974-2857

Taj Mahal

Attraction | "Ocho Rios Liquor Shopping"

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We went to the Taj Mahal shopping senter where the Hard Rock cafe is located. From the ship you do not need to take a cab so don't get suckered into paying the money. Take a left from the port and keep walking you cant miss it. Aside from all of the typical t-shirt and trinket shops there is one thing to get in Jamaica... RUM! Appleton is the big local Rum and you can get it up to 190 proof but that one smells like rubbing alcohol! Of course you will have to check it when getting back onto the ship so you wont be able to drink it, however you can get around that!To save money on the onboard liquor prices bring a 1 liter water bottle with you when you exit the ship when you go to the liquor store ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 8, 2007

Taj Mahal
25 Tajmahal Plaza
Ocho Rios, Jamaica

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When coming in from, or leaving Ft. Lauderdale or West Palm Airport, don't pay the outrageous taxi or cruise line van fee. If you have the time use the Tri Rail and metro rail. The Tri Rail has a website but an all day ticket to anywhere for one person is $4, you may have to take a taxi from the Tri Rail station to the port but for example if you take the Tri Rail to Miami Airport for $4 you can get a taxi for $12 a person to the port, a total of $16 versus $30 a person that the cruise line charges for transportation. This will take some time and on the weekend the Tri Rail only stops once an hour at various stations but you can check their schedule online, they have a link at the Miami airport transp...Read More