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10/30/2011

So where exactly is Grand Cayman?

Amazingly, Grand Cayman is only 22 miles long and 7 miles wide (at the widest point), which makes it seem like you are isolated in a small speck of tropical paradise.

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However, people rarely take the time before visiting to look and see where they are actually going to be. Have you ever been relaxing in the ocean in the Cayman Islands and said, "Wow! I'm so comfortable, I'm going to just float to Cuba?" If you were to float uninterrupted from Grand Cayman, where exactly WOULD you end up? Would it be Cuba? Well that depends on which side of the island you are floating. Let's take a look!!

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  •  If you are floating along Seven Mile Beach in front of your condo and floated directly West, the first land you would hit, if you floated in a straight line for 378 miles, is somewhere between Cozumel, Mexico and Belize.
  • If you are floating in the North Sound or at Rum Point, and floated directly North, you would run directly into Cuba after floating for 150 miles.

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  • If you are floating on the East End, and floated directly East, you'd be headed straight towards Haiti, which is 578 miles away.
  • Finally, if you are floating on the South Side of the island near Boddentown or Breakers, and floated directly South, the first land you would hit would be Panama in Central America, which is 724 miles away.

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While I wouldn't recommend trying to float the hundreds of miles of Caribbean Seat that separate the Cayman Islands from these various locations, it gives you some perspective of just where exactly you are when you are relaxing in paradise.

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10/23/2011

10 Things I think I know about the Cayman Islands

In the last 31 years I have made countless trips to the Cayman Islands. Whether it is your first trip ever or a return trip for the 50th time, everyone can learn a little from someone else's experiences. During my lifetime, there have been numerous changes on the island. Restaurants have come and gone. Technology has gone from no phones or televisions to wi-fi, iphones, and cable television. But some things have remained consistent over the years. With that being said, here is a list of 10 things I think I know about the Cayman Islands.

10. The waters surrounding the Cayman Islands are clear, warm and lacking big waves/strong currents. This provides the Cayman Islands with a great swimming experience for visitors of all ages.

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9. The sunsets in the Cayman Islands are breathtaking, with no 2 sunsets ever looking alike. This provides a new photo opportunity and memory each and every night.

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8. The restaurants in the Cayman Islands provide the freshest seafood of anywhere in the world, often including fish so fresh it was caught earlier in the day. 

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7. The shopping in downtown Georgetown and newly built Camana Bay offers great deals on jewelry, sunglasses, watches, and more with tax-free and duty-free prices.

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6. The snorkeling in Grand Cayman provides the clearest waters and most colorful corals of anywhere in the world, not to mention the wide array of fish and animals, including Stingray City.

5. The people of the Cayman Islands are among the friendliest around. They are known for telling great stories to complete strangers and always willing to assist with directions or things to do.

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4. The drinks in the Cayman Islands are a great way to cool down  in the middle of the day for some day-time drinking. Try a Cayman Mama, Cayman Lemonade, Mudslide, or a simple Rum Punch.

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3. The beach in the Cayman Islands, known as 7 Mile Beach, is ranked as one of the top beaches world wide. As the name states, it extends for almost 7 miles of pristine beach.

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2. The weather in the Cayman Islands never disappoints. With temperatures consistently in the 80's and 90's, regardless of the time of year, you are almost certain to return home with a nice tan.

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1. The way of life in the Cayman Islands is care-free, which suits a person looking for a relaxing vacation well. As they answer everything in the Cayman Islands, "No Problem Mon."

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10/16/2011

Swimming Cove at Treasure Island

As we approach the one year anniversary of the completion of the $750,000 beach restoration project at Treasure Island, the swimming cove is acting just as it was designed to.

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The large rocks creating a swimming cove for guests of Treasure Island have survived the natural waves and winds that come with Caribbean locations. The beach is as sandy as it has ever been, while the swimming area has remained rock-free.

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This area has enhanced the experience for guests at Treasure Island because they now have the option of any of the three swimming pools, as well as this great ocean location for swimming. The confinement of the water and sand inside the cove allows the sun to warm up the area creating warm water conditions, which makes it very comfortable to stay in the water for hours.

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This newly designed cove is great for children as well as it has very limited waves due to the over-lapping gryones that were designed to retain sand in the cove. So after almost one year, the swimming cove has been a huge success and guests continue to rave about it. It's not too late to get a trip booked for this winter to go down and experience it yourself.

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10/09/2011

Look Out! Where are you driving?

One of the first things people notice when they get off the plane and into a taxi in Grand Cayman is the fact that they drive on the left side of the road. This is due to the Cayman Islands being a British Territory. It can be quite alarming the first time you experience it. Once on a straight away, it doesn't seem too difficult, but look out for that first round about. Some driving and walking tips for the Cayman Islands:

1. When entering a round-about, always yield to the cars already inside the round about.

2. Be alert for drivers that don't understand the round-about

3. Yield to bikers and pedestrians. Caymanians are notorious for just bolting in front of traffic on foot. Bikers are notorious for riding their bikes along the curb, despite the narrow roads. Also, night time drivers must be very alert of bikers and walkers with no lights.

4. When walking on the streets of Cayman, and trying to cross the road, it is imperative that you look the opposite way than you do in America. With cars coming from your right, you must remember this when determining if it is safe to cross.

5. Be alert for crazy drivers. Be alert for speeding cars. Caymanians are notorious for being wild and eratic behind the wheel. Don't learn this after it is too late.