Northern Lights Condos
553 Old Robin Road Queens Hwy, North Side, , Grand Cayman, Caribbean
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Who would not love to do the beach for a day?
Sanja like Margharita
Heading to George Town on a stop with a cruise in Feb. and wondered if anyone knew about the brewery. I was hoping to take a trip to it after hanging out with the family on shore. Cost of taxi? Time to get there? Length of trip? Also, what about a good place for cuban cigars?
Any other info about George Town would be helpful too!
This place impressed me as an Apres Ski venue even though I thought it might be for younger people. As it turned out I was very happy with it (I was 60). It is called the Papperla Pub and you can check it out here:
Zermatt will be a long and very expensive cab ride from George town.
The Cayman Islands Brewery would be at least a $25 cab ride from the port. I would not suggest it be your only destination since the tour is about 30 minutes, but you do get pretty much unlimited samples....The brewery is on the way to Pedro St. James historic mansion and the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. You could also take the public bus if you are slightly more adventurous or rent a car.
Thanks for the reply. What can you tell me about where we will tender from? I am looking for a few good cubans (like all Americans do!) and have heard about Puro Rey as the place to go. Is this true? If so, how far from port? If not, can you throw some other suggestions?
Do not partake of cigars myself, so not able to provide any recommendations. But can tell you that there are a few cigar (Duty Free) shops in George Town where the ships tend into. The tender area is smack in the middle of downtown, so many shops are in easy walking distance. Puro Rey as you note, also Havana House, Havana Club (has a smoking lounge), Churhill's Cigar Store and La Casa del Habana.
The brewery is about a 10 minute taxi ride. If you have seen a brewery previously and only have a little time on the island, it may be anti-climactic.
Travel Tips for George Town
The Legend of Big Black Dick
If you ever go to the Cayman Islands you've got to pause and pay your respects to Big Black Dick.
According to legend, Big Black Dick was born of 'Royal' African parentage before being kidnapped by French slavers who gave him the name of "Richard Le Noir". His French captors tossed Richard overboard near Grand Cayman Island.
Miraculously reaching land, Dick became a slave on a sugar cane plantation where he learned the secrets of turning the cane into the Caribbean's finest rum. His kindly Caymanian master, recognizing Dick's hard work and honesty, awarded him his freedom in the early 1700's.
A free man and a skilled seaman, Big Black Dick soon earned the rank of captain of a three-masted-square rigger named "Caymanus". She was a ship carrying 20 cannons with a crew of near 200 men that were known as the best in the Caribbean.
History tells us that Dick was a dashing and handsome figure of a man, wearing a bright purple velvet coat and four pistols in his red silk sash. Those who knew him most intimately, say that Big Black Dick was a man indeed, possessing certain physical attributes unequalled by most all other men.
After a successful career, Big Black Dick retired to a more peaceful venture of making the best original pirate rum in the Caribbean.
The Blue Iguana, aka Blue Dragon, is a symbol of the Cayman Islands. It is one of earth's rarest creatures, found in the wild only on Grand Cayman Island where an estimated 30 to 40 of them survive in their natural habitat. There is a worldwide population of about 150 Blue Iguanas, including those which are kept in zoos and aquariums.
The Blue Iguana can grow to 5 feet long and eats a vegetarian menu of leaves, flowers and fruit. During the mating season, hormones turn the males electric blue while the females brighten to powder blue.
We were not fortunate enough to glimpse this rare creature in the wild, although we did see many other iguanas of different species. But if you don't spot a live Blue Iguana you can surely find one of the fanciful fiberglass models which are placed at strategic public spots around George Town. In this first photo Karen is posing with one of them.
Blue Iguana Recovery Program
I heard a lot about famous RUM cake that made me expect more. You sure can feel rum in it, it’s tasteful, but it is more muffin that is served for breakfast in Hampton Inn chains, than cake. I would say it’s really good muffin!
A word about locals:
I was in a hurry buying those run cakes, since my bus was almost leaving and almost cut the person in front of line who was local. They are so nice, guess what he said. “Don’t be sorry; go ahead I don’t need to catch a bus!”
The Cayman Islands, and George Town in particular, is an important center for international banking. More than 700 banks, representing interests from scores of different countries, have branches here.
The off shore financial services industry pumps millions of dollars into the local economy and is one of the reasons the Cayman Islands enjoys a higher standard of living than most other islands of the Caribbean.
I have managed to avoid the headache that comes from being concerned about high finance by keeping my personal worth at little more than the minimum needed for day-to-day survival.
February 2011 Grand Cayman Beach Day
"Grand Cayman's Coastline & Seven Mile Beach"
We have a scenic cruise along the world famous seven mile beach to Tiki Beach, where we are welcomed with a Rum/Fruit Punch. We will be able to take advantage of the Powdery white sands of Seven Mile Beach and cool off in the azure Caribbean Sea.
Where We Are Docked
All ships are currently required to anchor in the harbor and tender passengers on to the island. Ships tender passengers to one of two George Town docks (North or South), both of which are right in downtown George Town.
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Northern Lights Condos
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Condo Light Northern
- Northern Lights Condos Hotel Grand Cayman
Address: 553 Old Robin Road Queens Hwy, North Side, , Grand Cayman, Caribbean