What To Do in The Cayman??

My cousin asked for advice about visiting Cayman Islands and the responses she received were dismal (and wrong):

First response:

“It’s nice. I didn’t think it was a lot to do.” CM

The Cayman Islands are 3 separate playgrounds with some of the clearest waters in the Caribbean.  Grand Cayman is known to be The Best Diving Site in the world. People come from all over the world to visit the North Wall which is over 6000 feet deep… yeap that’s deep, deep.

Then there is Stingray City which you have the option of diving with stingrays or wading waste deep in water with the stingrays.  Cruise ships make a fortune selling excursions here,  so if this is the only thing you do,  you’re good.  These creatures are majestic.  Imagine a swimming disk as wide as 5 feet swimming straight towards you… the left side lifts up like butterflied doors on a grey muscle Dodge Charger (unexpected right?) … and this muscle bound beauty glides right by your leg. The force of the gliiiiiiiiiide against your leg will literally forced into a two step, but I wasnt touched…

Blue spotted stingray

There are also the fish-fry parties on the beach with fresh caught fish and many water activities. You can take cooking classes,  float on catamaran boats or sail in glass bottom boats…. it’s the island life!

Another response:

“I heard [Cayman] is beautiful & amazing but expensive” MF

True and not true.  It is amazing! The cost of living is a little higher than the US so its not a cheap island but definitely not the most expensive island. None the less its not a low budget destination. I traded in a week at my Orlando timeshare for a week here so it wasn’t extravagant for me. And with home rental sites it doesn’t have to be for you either.

Other, other response:

“They have a town called HELL…!” AG

Muaaaahhh – ahh ah ah … lol….

Yes, yes they do!  The best part about this little town is the gift shop area where you can send a post card from Hell. Otherwise the geeks (me part-time) will enjoy it the most.  By “it” I mean the field of black limestone. I don’t recommend spending too much time here, but I was there in 2003.

A better use of your time would be keeping track of the different street signs. The sign for older people crossing is hilarious. Also, getting a look at the different trees and flowers.

Mind your manners.

One tree has a huge red trunk that peals. The locals compare them to the visiting white tourists, who peal after being in the sun too long.  Needless to say,  everyone should use some sunscreen 😎. I also climbed a tree with one of the locals and picked 5 different type of mangoes! (Greedy girl winning 🤣)

 

A new world for me:

I went to Grand Cayman for a 1-year anniversary trip in 2003 and couldn’t swim but was determined to have a great time.  I took a PADI )(Professional Association of Diving Instrutors) diving class for beginners which consisted of being in the pool to learn how to use the equipment before jumping into the ocean. Once on the boat, the instructor said “look straight out -> and jump”. I looked straight ahead, took a running start and

JUMPED.

LANDED..

PLUNGED INTO THE OCEAN…

 STARTED TO PANIC…

AND CAME RIGHT BACK TO THE SURFACE…

BLOOP

The life vest ensured we all floated right back up to the top of the water. But the flippers, they were the best thing ever.  As I kicked my legs and pointed my head, I moved in that direction my head pointed.

What?  YES. Kick and point!  The breathing apparatus, life jacket, and goggles did the rest.  The only part that sucked was a sinus infection that stopped me from regulating correctly and I couldn’t stay under for long.

It was however the beginning of a flipper lifestyle. On that trip I snorkeled for the 1st time. While the group swam off to hug an eel, I was happy to just be in the water.  So happy that when I saw all of the feet leaving the water to get back on the boat,  I was determined to get a few more minutes of snorkeling in.  Yes, yes I made it back on the boat in time.  I saw so many fish with vivid yellows,  and blues distinct from the blue water,  polka dots,  stripes and they all swam away from me.  Then I saw the hand splashing in the water to get my attention- fine.  As I came up the stairs with my flippers on (first time y’all) they were all gathered around watching.

Me: (Throws head back with a slight jerk…) “What?!?!”

Other tourist: Didn’t you see the swordfish swimming around your leg? It almost cut you. Twice!

Me:  👀  Sword (hard swallow) fish?

Laughing about it now, thank God it wasn’t that big. The point is, be unstoppable. Now  I swim with what ever is smaller than I am that can’t eat me…. as long as I have flippers,  a flotation devise and any type of breathing apparatus! I still cannot swim without the help of those things.

 

Stay fly tips for Cayman Islands

1- If you’re going to Grand Cayman, book your accommodation on the east side of the island.  The weather is ALWAYS better, even when there are storms on the west.  I boarded my return flight with a few people that came on the same flight.  They had a terrible time,  it stormed most of the day for most of their stay… not for me.  🙄

2- Mango milk (sap from the mango which does not effect the inside flesh) causes a nasty skin rash.  In a country where you actually can enjoy the local fruit,  wash it off first.  An itchy face is NOT fly.

3 – If you’re not PADI certified, take a beginners diving class. You can go as deep as 23 feet, and it really is a whole new world down there.

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