Published: October 8th 2011June 11th 2011
Its a funny story on how we decided to go on vaction to the Grand Cayman Island. When I get a little down time at work I like to look for web cams. I found the web cam at the Royal Palms on Seven Mile Beach. The Royal Palm is a grill and bar that caters to the cruise crowds. I watched this web cam at work everyday for 4 years. I was finally able to reserve a timeshare on Grand Cayman.
We flew from DFW to Georgetown via Atlanta and rented a car. Our car was a LH steer even though they drive on the LH side of the road. It was a little difficult to see down the road but we managed. We drove directly to the Morritt's resort on the far North East corner of the island. We arrive early so we drove to a public beach and took a few pictures. We then drive to a cafe called Over the Edge. We enjoyed some wonderful caribbean food while waiting on our room.
Morritt's is a great resort. Since it it located on the east side of the island, it is a very quiet area. It
consists of three pools, one of which is an infinity pool. My favorite part of the resort is the dock. Not only does it house a bar and grill, it provides cover for a great snorkel spot. The beaches are clean even though the water does not look as blue as they do on Seven Mile Beach. This is due to the amound of grass that grows in this area. This grass is the main reason that the snorkeling is go good along this streatch of beach. We saw everything from from small rays to 5 feet long tarpon. We heard from some other people at the resort that small reef sharks were seen in the early morning hours.
Even though this resort is on the opposite side of the island from most of the stores and shopping, there is a small shopping strip located just across teh street. There you will find a small grocery store, a Duncan Donuts, and a gift shop. Since our room had a kitchen, we saved a load of money by cooking in the room. If you don't feel like cooking on vacation Morritt's makes it easy to eat and shop at their
store's and restaurants. Just give the waiter your room card and they will charge it to your room.
The snokelling on Grand Cayman if great. There are many sites that are accesable from the beach. We snorkeled at Morrit's just about everyday. We also made special trips around the island to snorkel. We had the chance to go to Eden Rock. The dive shop there allows you to use their dock and ladder for no charge. We also snorkeled at the Wreck of the Cali. Here you could see the remains of a ship about 40 feet below you. This dive shop at this site also allows you to snorkel for free as well. Both of these site were easy snorkelling.
We made a trip to the Turtle Farm located in the West Bay area. Here you can look at Sea Turtles in their different stages of life. We were about to hold and pet turtles of different sizes and ages. Here you can also learn about the program where they release Sea Turtles back into the wild.
The best thing we did all week was the trip to the Stringray Sand Bar. I decided to use
Sting Ray Sailing because of the number of people they take at a time. While most charter boats to the Stringray sand bar take 50 people at a time, Stringray Sailing only takes 23 people. It makes for a more comfortable trip to the stingray site. Here they supply the bait and instruction on how to feed and handle the stingrays. It is truely unforgettable when you are swormed by the hungry stingrays.
After were were through feeding the stringrays, the boat took us to the reef to snorkel. This was the best snorkelling of the trip. Here we saw many different kinds of coral and fish. Here we even saw a moray eel. On the trip back to the marina, the crew of the charter boat served some fresh fruit. I highly recomend using Stingray Sailing.
While in Grand Cayman it is well worth a trip to the Botanical Garden. Here you are able to see the many different types of plants and trees located on the island. While at the Botanical Gardens be sure to look for the rare blue iguana.
We ended the vacation with a trip to Rum Point. This place was very
clean and had many activities for all ages. We did a little snorkeling here as well. The only bad thing about snorkeing here was the current was noticable. We at lunch on the beach here and had a great day on the beach.
The trip to Grand Cayman was great and I hope to return someday. The people here were always friendly and welcoming. The food was also great. Best of all was the beautiful waters and time to relax with the family.
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