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wodentx
06-29-2014, 20:56
Heading there for my first time in a few days. We will be staying at Discovery Point on 7 mile beach.

Any tips / tricks / do's / dont's unique to Cayman that y'all might be willing to share?

Thanks,
Duke

fire diver
06-29-2014, 21:55
Alot depends on how long you plan on staying and how much non-dive time you have.

1 - the shopping and dining are more expensive than here in the states, so plan for this going in.
2 - Make at least one dining trip to Chicken!Chicken! it's in a strip mall off 7-mile. Amazing chicken and prices are pretty good too.
3 - Try the patties. They sell them in almost everywhere, I LOVE them.
4 - Go to stingray city. Diving is good, but if you have non-divers (esp kids) the wading-depth stingray city is great too.
5 - go to the turtle farm, playing with the baby turtles is a blast!
6 - everyone accepts US$ so don't stress about currency, but you may get cayman$ back in change.
7 - don't be afraid to take the bus! It's cheap, and they run constantly during the day.
8 - find out the cruise ship schedule and stay away from the pier area while they are in port, because it's crowded and hectic!

lastly, don't forget to relax. Don't pack so much activities into the days that you run constantly from one to another. Spend time on the beach, especially at sunset!

one more thing.... Cuban cigars are legal there, so if you are inclined, enjoy! But be forewarned that real cubans are expensive. Don't try to bring back a box of them.

wodentx
06-29-2014, 23:37
Thanks for the tips!

We will be there for 8 days and after reading your suggestion on the cruise ship schedules it looks like there will be no ships in port from 1800 hours on the 11th through 0800 on the 14th. That gives us Friday night through Monday morning without multiple ships in port. Pretty much every day that we are there prior to that break, and after, there mostly 2 to 3 ships a day in port.

I never would have thought about the bus. The turtle farm and string ray city are on the list already as well as the USS Kittiwake, and maybe a round or two of Golf. But that is as far ahead thinking we have done.

diversteve
06-30-2014, 02:38
Turtle Reef across from the Turtle Farm is one of the best shore dives. Sundivers is on-site for tanks etc. Also there's the Macabuca Tiki bar for lunch. http://www.crackedconch.com.ky/turtlereef-shorediving-snorkelling.php

Operators that pick up from Discovery Point might make the run around to the north wall - or some leave from the marinas on the Sound. Ghost Mountain, Hammerhead Hill, Eagle Ray Pass, Babylon are among the best. http://www.idivecayman.com/

the bus goes right past your condo and up to the Turtle Farm: http://thebusschedule.com/EN/ky/#.U7ETTkC4OSo

this may be useful: http://www.caymangoodtaste.com/

BUDMAN
06-30-2014, 07:22
Sunshine Grill and Good Eats are great little restaurants not as expensive as some on Cayman.

please post a report when you get back as we are going in September

PACKRMAN
06-30-2014, 12:30
Sunshine Grill and Good Eats are great little restaurants not as expensive as some on Cayman.

please post a report when you get back as we are going in September

September?
On the Aggressor?

BUDMAN
06-30-2014, 16:18
September?
On the Aggressor?

no we are diving with Deep Blue staying in WestBay

wodentx
06-30-2014, 18:12
Thanks for the reply guy's! I truly appreciate it.

I will definately do a trip report. I have one I am working on right now about my recent experience in Roatan with Barefoot Divers. Short story... LOVED IT!

wodentx
06-30-2014, 18:13
PS. If anyone of you are going to be there when I am their lets meet up! We will be there July 7 thought the 15.

ranchonodinero
07-23-2014, 13:51
Little too late, but hopefully someone directed you to Lighthouse Point. It is around the corner from turtle reef and doesn't get as much traffic. Easy shore dive too and well marked with several underwater landmarks. The guardian statue is pretty cool!

jess.fellows
03-17-2015, 09:34
Sunshine Grill and Good Eats are great little restaurants not as expensive as some on Cayman.

please post a report when you get back as we are going in September

Some of my favorite Grand Cayman restaurants (http://www.camanabay.com/the-town/grand-cayman-restaurants/) are right in Camana Bay. Jessie's Juice Bar is great for breakfast and has a wide selection of healthy eats like protein smoothies and fresh squeezed juices.

I also make sure to include Michael's Genuine Food & Drink in my dinner plans when visiting the island. Their home brews are great and their shiitake mushroom pizza is a must!