Georgetown Grand Cayman
I love Grand Cayman. I was happy to see the good folks at Holland America and the good ship MS Rotterdam where making it our last stop on my cruise. One of the not so great things about going to Grand Cayman via cruise ship is that you must take a small boat or tender into the port. This usually involves getting a number and waiting for your group to be called. Rather than embrace my spoiled American tourist cliché I always like to look at it like a free boat ride. There are many options once you get to Grand Cayman there is a gaggle of taxi/tour guide offering rides to seven-mile beach or tours to various other spots. I have been to the seven-mile beach and if you are a beach lover this beach will not disappoint. I don’t go up there because with my fair skin I just don’t last that long in the sun. I also talked to people who found the snorkeling a bit disappointing. I will say that Grand Cayman has amazing snorkeling but I will say the 7-mile beach is not the place to go for it. If you have never gone to Sting Ray City sandbar you really will have fun. I brought my wife and my dad there and it’s always a fun experience and unique to Grand Cayman. Now when I go to Grand Cayman I like to stay close to where the boat drops us off I like to walk so I have found there are the great spots for snorkeling if you take a right or left off as soon as you hit the street. I usually go to a place the Paradise Seaside Grill where you can rent snorkel gear relatively cheap $15/20 and there is also fairly reasonable food mostly burgers and fried fish type dishes. The Seaside Grill is sitting atop a rock formation and out back if you can climb down a short ladder the will take you down into some of the best snorkeling on the island. There usually 4-5ft tarpon and all manner of sea beasty to be found right there. The other thing I like about this place is you get a locker to store your stuff that locks so you don’t have to worry about your belongings while you are underwater being distracted by Mother Nature. I decided to investigate another restaurant and I find an inviting prospect. Rackums Waterfront Bar & Grill offers Free Wifi and free snorkeling with every meal! I sit down and enjoy an amazing view of the ocean and I can even see tarpon swimming directly on the deck I’m eating on. I decide to eat a few tasty fish taco’s lemonade and a bottle of water. I think the meal came to $27.00. I stayed for almost two hours catching up on my emails and opted against snorkeling because there was no locker and we only we only had a couple hours left before I had to be on the
boat heading back to the Rotterdam. I did include a few pics from a previous trip where I went snorkeling at the Sea Side Grill.
That’s all I have to report from Grand Cayman.