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01/22/2012

Cayman Islands Water Activities

There are so many things to do in Grand Cayman, such as snorkel trips, stingray city, shopping, dining, and relaxing. Sometimes one of the more simple things, taking a long walk down Seven Mile Beach gets lost in the shuffle. Sometimes this can be the most relaxing and cheapest way to spend a day. However, if you are looking to spend a little money during your walk, there are numerous water sport activity stands along the way. You can parasail, jet ski, kayak, ride on the banana tube, water-bike, and now you can even paddleboard. The prices of these activities vary by stand and season so it will be up to you to figure out the best rates when you get down there, but they all offer fun activities.

People that have taken the jet ski have been known to see huge sea turtles on the surface of the ocean, while going for a thrilling ride along 7 Mile Beach, stretching from downtown Georgetown, all the way to West Bay.

When taking the parasail trip (you can do this alone or double), you get high enough to be able to see the entire island of Grand Cayman, creating breath-taking photograph opportunities.

Jetski

The newest activity on the island has grown quite popular in the United States in the past 2 years, paddleboarding. This activity is attainable by people of all ages, but it can be quite a workout. Be prepared to feel the "paddling" in your arms and shoulders the next day. 

Paddle board

The banana boat is a popular activity for kids, as it is like "tubing" behind a speed boat, but the tube is long, like a banana and seats 5 people. It is quite difficult to stay on, so be prepared to get wet. Several times. But it is a lot of fun.

So if you are looking to put a little fun into your walk down Seven Mile Beach, stop and check out an activity stand and find the perfect water sport for you! Don't worry about exerting too much energy while on a relaxing vacation. There will be rum punch waiting for you when you get back to your condo.

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01/15/2012

Bus Taxis Can Save Big Money

As someone who has been going to Grand Cayman for 31 years, I must admit, I've been giving bad advice for the past few years. Since we have a car on the island, I've never really had to worry about transportation around the island. I've always told people to either rent a car, or more likely just grab taxis. I always thought this was the simplest and most affordable option.

I have been notified by someone who just returned from the island that they stumbled onto a bus taxi and found out that is the easiest and most affordable way to get around the island. So I took it upon myself to do some research and sure enough, it sounds pretty slick.

Taxi bus

The Grand Cayman Bus Service began in 1998 and is a popular form of transportation for locals to get to and from work, but recently more and more tourists have been using it to get around the island in lieu of taxis. There are 38 mini buses that serve 8 routes. The most useful line extends from downtown Georgetown all the way along 7 Mile Beach. 

There are bus stops all over the island, including one right in front of the condo office at Treasure Island (Sunset Cove) Condominiums. The route runs from 6:00 AM until Midnight in both directions. They look very similar to the regular taxis. They aren't like the city buses you are used to seeing in the U.S. 

The real advantage is that they only charge $2.00 per person per trip regardless of your destination. If you want to go to Kirk's Supermarket just down the road, it will cost you $2.00. If you want to go all the way to the other end of the island to the Turtle Farm, still $2.00. With 38 minibuses servicing the island, the longest you will ever have to wait for one is about 5-7 minutes. Also, the real convenient thing is that you don't even have to be at a bus stop to get on one. If you see one driving down the road, just flag it down and they'll pick you up anywhere.

So next time you visit the Cayman Islands and decide to save money on renting a car, look for the taxi bus instead of the regular taxis and you will have some extra spending money for the good stuff, like rum punch and mudslides.

This blog posting was brought to you by Cayman Condos. For information on any of our blog postings or to inquire about booking a condo, please contact our office at 800-999-1388. Something you love about the blog? Something you hate? Something you want me to write about? Let me know: joe@cicondos.com.

01/02/2012

Camana Bay: Cayman's Newest City

The newly built town of Camana Bay covers over 500 acres stretching from Seven Mile Beach all the way to the North Sound. This contemporary town features some of the best dining and shopping on the entire island. It's proximity to all of the Cayman Condos properties makes this a very easy spot to visit during your stay on the island. 

Camana Bay 3

The town consists of residential neighborhoods, gardens, public parks, a market, shops, restaurants, sports facilities, a day spa and a movie theater. It is rapidly developing into the most popular area on the island with an influx of new restaurants and shops creating a new spot for fashion, entertainment, food, and fun.

The shopping featured in Camana Bay has something for everyone, includins jewelry, sunglasses, souveniers, and an organic market to pick up fresh food. The dining features several new resturants, including the most popular, Abacus, which features some of the best seafood on the island. Some of the dishes you can find at Abacus are blackened red snapper, ginger soy glazed seabass, lobster & crab ravioli, seared yellow fin tuna, steak, chicken, pasta, and more.

Camana Bay also features Cafe del sol, which is Cayman's version of Starbucks Coffee. As you can see Camana Bay has a little something for everyone. So during your next visit, make sure to check it out. In the meantime, here is a link to their website where you can find all the happenings and what's new, including cookouts, live music, and more.

http://www.camanabay.com/

This blog posting was brought to you by Cayman Condos. For information on any of our blog postings or to inquire about booking a condo, please contact our office at 800-999-1388. Something you love about the blog? Something you hate? Something you want me to write about? Let me know: joe@cicondos.com.