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07/31/2011

Looking for a Dive Spot? Try Eden Rock

The Cayman Islands are known for some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world. The colorful coral and beautiful fish that the Cayman Islands contain are breathtaking. There are many spots you can explore the Caribbean Sea on the Island, but one of the best dive spots is Eden Rock. Located just minutes from downtown Georgetown, Eden Rock is one of the top-rated shore dives in the world. Instructors are available for you to explore the tunnels and caves deep in the sea. Are you worried if you've never been scuba diving before? Not a problem. You can get certified right on the island and it only takes a few hours. Not interested in diving? Not a problem. You can see a lot of what Eden Rock has to offer by snorkeling on the surface. Each trip into the water is different because you never know what you will see. It is possible to see barracuda, stingrays, flounders, lobsters, eels, and many other exciting sea creatures. While there are a lot of different attractions in Grand Cayman, I'd recommend spending a half day at Eden Rock taking a look at some of the best scuba diving in the world.

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For more information on Eden Rock, visit their website

07/17/2011

Advantages of Staying in Condos Over Hotels

When planning a trip to the Cayman Islands, you will find many different options for places to stay. Because of the sun, ocean, drinks, and food, you can never go wrong with a trip to Grand Cayman, but you can make your stay a lot more enjoyable if you stay at a condo instead of a hotel. There are several reasons for this.

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1. Privacy: You have your own private condo, which means you don't have to worry about going through a lobby and seeing people. You can go out to your oceanfront patio in your pajamas and eat breakfast as waves crash and the sun rises. It's hard to do this at a hotel because you would need to go down an elevator, walk through the lobby and out to the beach. The privacy of the condos is the top reason why I prefer them over hotels.

2. Space: The condos are extremely spacious with 2 bathrooms, 2 or 3 bedrooms, a living area, full kitchen, and a patio over-looking the ocean. For a week-long stay, having the private bedrooms to take naps, or sleep in definitely beat the set up of a standard hotel room.

3. Amenities: The condos are equipped with a washer and dryer, microwave, full-size refrigerator, stove, dishes, coffee maker, and even a patio grill. The maids will visit your room at a time it is convenient for you to ensure they keep your condo tidy, but don't disrupt your schedule.

4. Cost: If going on a week-long trip, having the ability to cook meals in your condo can save you literally hundreds of dollars. Making a visit to the grocery store upon arrival and stocking up on breakfast and lunch food will make a huge difference over the course of the week as opposed to being in a hotel and having to eat out every meal. Also, the ability to cook a nice dinner with the stove or grill allows you to save on an expensive dinner bill at a restaurant. In addition to the food, if you choose to go with another couple or even 2 other couples, you can all split the cost of the spacious condo. A hotel room does not allow 6 people to comfortably live for a week.

For your convenience I have prepared a quick video tour of a 3-bedroom oceanfront condo at Treasure Island. Don't hesitate-book a great fall or winter get-away today!!

 

07/10/2011

Rum Point

If you are looking for a fun way to spend a day in Grand Cayman, take a trip to the one and only Rum Point, home of the world famous Wreck Bar. This isolated beach on the North end of the island is the home of the original Mudslide. If you come from 7 Mile Beach, you could get a great look at various parts of the island that are more native than what you see along 7 Mile Beach. The 60 minute drive will take you along the oceanside through Georgetown, Boddentown, and East End, with several great photo opportunities along the way. On the way back, you can save about 15 minutes by taking the bypass and avoiding the East End. If you don't have a car, you might be able to find a boat captain that will drive you over across the North Sound.

 
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Once at Rum Point, you will find a small, quiet beach with plenty to offer for a very relaxing day. The large hammocks offer a great opportunity for a nap or chance to read your favorite book. 

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If you are looking for a little more action, there is a volleyball net that is always open for games. The highlight of any trip to Rum Point is the authentic mudslides. Unlike mudslides you buy anywhere else, these have no ice cream, no chocolate syrup, and no whipped cream. It is an island delight of Vodka, Kahlua, and Bailey's, topped with a full shot of Kahlua poured down your straw. If you have your kids with you, you are in luck because a virgin mudslide won't cost you a dime-cups of ice are FREE!! However, if you plan on having more than 1 mudslide, you better have someone to drive you back to your condo because these delicious treats are potent!

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The Wreck Bar also has a full lunch menu that is quite tasty. My favorite is the Mahi Mahi sandwich. 

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You can spend the rest of the day, relaxing in the shallow beach waters, without a care in the world. The water stays shallow for about 200 yards allowing for a comfortable spot to wade and talk with a drink in your hand. 

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So the next time you visit Grand Cayman, make sure to give Rum Point a visit for a care-free day of relaxation.

07/03/2011

Cayman Islands Turtle Farm

It is pretty fitting that the turtle is the Cayman Islands logo seen prominently around the island, while the biggest attraction is the turtle farm. When Christopher Columbus discovered the Cayman Islands back in 1503, he actually named them Las Tortugas after all the large sea turtles he saw there. When making your next visit to Grand Cayman, make sure you take a visit to West Bay to check out the island's most popular attraction. The turtle farm is a must-see attraction for anyone that has never done it and is especially popular for small children. 

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Some of these amazing green sea turtles weigh over 600 pounds, so it would be pretty cool to see them. However, at the turtle farm you can actually jump in and swim with them. This swimming lagoon is filled with coral, sunken treasures, and even an island with peacocks and iguanas.

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There is also a predator tank, complete with sharks and a barracuda. This is simply a viewing tank, but still a pretty neat experience. 

There are also touch tanks where various sized turtles swim and play, where you are able to touch, hold, and even take amazing photos.

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The turtle farm is complete with a restaurant and souvenir shop for a complete day of fun. It can be a little bit pricy, but is probably worth checking out if you have never been. For more information on how to find the turtle farm or to book a tour, you can visit their website

For all you turtle lovers out there, this is a pretty amazing experience. I highly recommend a visit on your next trip to Cayman.