Blogs from Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, Central America Caribbean - page 2


We woke up early because the McCormicks had to leave by 9:30 to catch their flight home so we pretty much got up, dressed, and packed up the car, said our good-bye’s and thanked them for a wonderful time. We got to the Marriott around 8:30, they stowed our luggage and we went over to order our crepes. The kids ordered a strawberry nutella and Jeff and I got an egg one. Izzy also ordered a fresh squeezed apple juice. They were very tasty but not the best crepes we’ve ever had and Izzy didn't like the apple juice. After breakfast we changed into our bathing suits and headed down to the beach. We were able to get two chairs by the pool in the shade and a couple chairs on the pool deck at the ... read more
Marriott Grand Cayman
Marriott Grand Cayman
Marriott Grand Cayman

New Years Day 2016 AKA Jake’s 10thbirthday. We all slept in quite late (for us anyway). We all got dressed and went to Eats Café for breakfast. It was a pretty typical dinner type joint with pancakes, eggs, waffles. After breakfast we went to a town called Hell. It was quite the tourist destination, Hell, Cayman Island is an actual town with a post office. Inside the post office are tons of tourist trap type gifts, post cards, t-shirts (the typical I've been to Hell type memorabilia). The man at the cash register was an older gentleman dressed up like the devil. Full on Satan suit, I think he does this everyday. I got quite the kick out of it. We took the typical tourist pictures and bought two postcards and sent them off to friends ... read more
an angel in hell
Hell Cayman Islands
My babies in the Caymans

Everyone slept really well and didn’t get up too early. We were all up at ready by 8:30 to go down to the beach. The waves were pretty big but not too strong so the kids had a blast boogie boarding and getting tossed by the waves. The water was so warm I even went in. The ocean has a beautiful turquoise blue color to it and it is fairly clear. There are big chunks of white coral that wash up on shore and sometime scrape you up. The coral is really neat, so many of them look like bits of brain, but it doesn't feel too good when you scrape your feet on them. After playing in the waves the kids took to the pool for a bit. The hot tub wasn't working but since ... read more
dolphin encounter
dolphin kisses
swimming with the dolphins

I have to say the trip down was one of the easiest stress free travel day’s I’ve had in a long time. We had a 9:30 flight out of Boston connecting in DC. When we got to the airport the line to get through security was a mile long. I was dreading the wining and crying of how long it was taking. Just as we entered the line, a man who works for the airline told us if we just go across the street there was no line for security. We weren’t sure if we would still be able to get to our gate from there but he assured us we could. Sure enough the line was non-existent. We breezed through security it was a little walk to get back over to our gate but very ... read more
Bohemian layover
Jeff drives on the wrong side of the road

Schmoozing, bluesing & cruising with those Darn Dangerous Binkleys Part 4: Where the rich find Hell is their Heaven. I always thought Hell was where the souls of the wicked go when they die...enduring eternal damnation. Not the sort of place you'd willingly go...not unless you were really bad. But now I'm thinking Hell is where rich people go. Not all rich people mind you...just that guy who invented Styrofoam. I always thought Hell was a place of fire and brimstone...not enough to burn you...but enough to make you gnash your teeth with regret...for eternity. But now I'm thinking Hell is not a place of fire and brimstone...but a hot bed of lizards. Not all lizards mind you...just dragon lizards. But how would this humble dancer know? Cause I've been there...That's how I know! ... read more
Charlie Musselwhite
Welcome to Hell

STING RAY CITY GRAND CAYMAN When I stepped up into the van that would take me to the boat for Cayman’s Sting Ray City excursion, I said something about Cayman not being a backpacker’s kind of place. The driver glanced back at me and said a bit accusingly, “A bit old for that, aren’t you?” I was surprised that he had said this out loud. So was he, I think. He tried smoothing it over by saying, well anyway, he was too old for backpacking. I told him that was how I managed to travel for the last two summers. Then he did the, “Oh, you’re much younger than me” thing, and we exchanged ages. He was surprised that I was two decades older than he (or was he feigning it?) I had a nice chat ... read more
A Pair of Rays, synchronized swimming...
Here the ray is searching for an elusive bit of squid.
One other person with a snorkel

Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Gardens It was a regular hot, sultry day when I caught the bus to the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Garden. The fare was only $5 and I saw a lot of Grand Cayman from the window. It was interesting to watch the people, too. They come in all sizes, like on any public transport, and each of them has a story. I make up my own stories if I don’t get to talk to them. I was grateful that the bus took me all the way to the Visitor’s Center, since the driveway must have been at least two miles long. There, in the middle of the parking lot was a living breathing Blue Iguana. I went in the doors and paid the admission fee, and was informed that the Iguana Recovery ... read more
Orchid Garden
Color Garden
Many of the blooms were fragrant.

Diving the Kittiwake When I moved to Darlene’s apartment I had already done eight dives with Don Foster’s dive shop. I gave some thought to what I wanted to do with the time remaining in Grand Cayman. I wanted to do the snorkel trip to Sting Ray City, and visit the Botanical Gardens, and I decided to go ahead and book the Sunday dive on the well-known wreck, Kittiwake, with the dive shop. I figured these were activities that most tourists do and people might ask me about. Usually the dive shop requires four divers to do this dive as it is quite far away, however when I arrived I discovered that the dive was four staff members and me. Luckily some of the staff were new and needed experience on the wreck in order to ... read more
Plaque on the sunken USS Kittiwake.
Resident fish silhouetted against light through a porthole.

A Generous Gift…A Gracious Hostess Between dives I was still worrying, wondering how I was going to get back into my budget mode. I did some internet searching looking for cheap accommodations in Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. I had hoped to dive these other sites as long as I was in the vicinity. However, from the information I could glean, they were even more expensive than Grand Cayman and I finally gave up the idea of diving there. What now? On dive day three our dive boat was staffed by an all women crew; two dive masters and the boat captain. There was another woman diver, Darlene, and the only man on the boat, Ed whom I had dived with the day before. The dives were easy, not confused by multitudes of divers and I ... read more
Comfort and Color
One of Darlene's sea sculptures
Window on the Sea

Cayman Islands My hotel room was quite comfortable and it was easy to just kick back and wait for life to happen. Despite all my internet searches I could not find a cheaper hotel. Thank goodness Cathy Church, the noted underwater photographer and environmentalist, has a studio within walking distance. I decided to take a photography class. Oops! Everyone there was busy preparing for her Photo Fest, a week long photography seminar starting the following week. A very nice photography instructor named Jim managed to squeeze me in for a ninety minute class two days later. We planned to focus on editing, using Adobe photoshop Lightroom, as well as sorting and organizing photos. I was looking forward to that. When I got back to my hotel I saw some divers on the beach near our parking ... read more
Two Lobsters
Diver with grouper
Hard and soft corals

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