Due to the success of off-shore banking and tax advantages, not to mention tourism, the Cayman Islands have a vigorous economy. It is probably one of the more wealthy islands in the Caribbean, and as such has a strong currency. The Cayman Island merchants, however, are glad to accept American dollars but you would do well to note that the Cayman Island dollar trades higher than the American dollar making purchases here more expensive generally. If you do use American dollars, it is probably that you will receive Cayman Island currency as change.
Because this is a duty-free island, there is some advantage however. Jewelery purchased here is a particularly good buy because of the ability to bargain and, it is duty free on the island. However, all purchases must still be claimed for custom purposes. Unless you have purchased many thousands of dollars of goods, probably no tax will be due.
It would be a shame to go to Grand Cayman and not scuba dive - or at least snorkel! The diving and snorkeling are among the best in the world! If you're a diver, definitely you have to go to Eden Rock/Devil's Grotto and swim through all the little chutes and tunnels in the coral. Stingray City is great, but it's not the best Grand Cayman has to offer. You can maybe do it as a snorkel instead of a dive since it's only 10-15 feet.
How many 7-mile beaches are there in the world? Well, one of them is here, but lazing on the beach all day with your eyes closed doesn't seem to me like a good use of time when you're traveling. I guess I'm just weird that way. But if a hotel-lined beach is your thing, 7-mile beach is the place.
We did find some more secluded beaches north of Georgetown, past the Turtle Farm. We followed the road along the shore as much as we could, and eventually ended up on a network of dirt roads. We saw an occasional fisherman or family picnic on the beach under the palms, but mostly it was empty. There were only a few yards of sand between the palms & the water, though.
Rum Point on the north side also has a decent beach with a restaurant/bar. Red Sail Sports has a location here to provide you with water-sport equipment and activities if you are willing to pay their prices.
Fondest memory: My first wall dive was with Divers Down out of Georgetown. The dive master took us to the most drop-dead spectacular spot on the north wall that started off with an arch and we glided down and along the wall. Seeing that amazing purple color of REALLY DEEP water for the first time just floored me! And all of the sea life and sponges and everything was just beautiful!
Visit the Turtle Farm. The farm is located on the west end of the island with thousands of sea turtles and is truly a unique experience. You can watch them swim in huge pools of sea water as well as study them close-up in every stage of their development, from small incubating eggs to full-grown, half-ton giants. The farm grows them for ecological and commercial purposes, and has reportedly done an exemplary job of repopulating the oceans with the endangered reptiles.
Fondest memory: Watching the turtles crawl on to the beach right outside our condo every morning. This was quite special.
Favorite thing: I may have mentioned, driving on the left freaks me out. I leave all of the driving to Jon who is fearless. I just close my eyes and pray. The turn abouts are a real "treat". Most of the island traffic is very light thankfully.
Favorite thing: I can't say enough about the beautiful water here. Nearly my entire video of Cayman is of the water. This is a shot on a glass bottom boat trip to stingray sandbar. Don't know the guy, hope he doesn't mind!
Bursting with condos and bristling with satellite
dishes, the capital would resemble any North
American urban area were it not for its Caribbean
seaside setting. George Town's attractions include,
late-18th-century Fort George and the Cayman Islands
Otherwise, George Town functions mostly as a supply
center and shopping mall. Stretching north along West
Bay's 'Seven Mile Beach,' which, if you don't mind the
daisy chain of hotels, offers pristine white sand and
The Caymans have some excellent
beaches, the best-known is the ' Seven Mile Beach'
(actually a little over 5 miles), with its long stretch
of white powdery sand along West Bay.
The main drawbacks are that it's also the most popular and
most developed beach on the island. There are other, less
crowded areas along the northern coast of Grand Cayman,
west of North Sound; at the southwestern end of Cayman Brac;
and at Point of Sand at the eastern tip of Little Cayman.
Favorite thing: For all those stamp collectors out there, the main post office in Georgetown is located about 10 minutes by foot from the cruise ship terminal. Located at the corner of Edward Street & Cardinal Avenue, it's also a convenient place for anyone to send postcards.
Favorite thing: We missed the ceremony. I don't know if the woman posing for the photo was the actual bride, or just taking advantage of the back drop. Many choose to marry in Cayman for obvious reasons. I believe there are some hoops to jump through first. Luckily, I am already married!
GO DIVING, VERY LITTLE WAS SEEN OF GRAND CAYMAN, JUST A PASS THROUGH THE AIRPORT. LITTLE CAYMAN HAS A LOT OF PICTURESQUE VISTAS AND THE DIVING IS NEAR PERFECT.
Fondest memory: OUR FIRST DIVE WAS ON MIXING BOWL OR THE 3 FATHOM REEF, WE STAYED APPROXIMATELY 40 MINUTES AT APPROX. 80 FEET. THERE WERE 2 PET NASSAU GROUPER, (BEN AND JERRY). THEY LOVED BEING PETTED, ESPECIALLY BEING SCRATCHED UNDER THE CHIN. THERE WERE ALSO LOBSTER AND SWIM THROUGHS STARTING FROM HOLES IN THE VERTICAL WALL . VIDEOS WERE BEING SHOT BY THE STAFF VIDEOGRAPHER AND BY LEON DURING THIS DIVE. SOME PRETTY GOOD SHOTS WERE OBTAINED..
On Grand Caymen, we rented a house with some friends of ours. One night, the girls from the other family decided they were gonna show us boys (my brother, the girls' younger brother, and me) how to dance. They demonstrated for us some dances to music from the Cranberries. It was neat.
Later that night, we boys took turns locking eachother in the cot (bed) and running away, letting the prisoner get himself out. AH, fun!
Snorkel or Scuba Diving is highly recommended. It is one of the top 10 places in the world to do it.
Fondest memory: My best memory's of the Cayman Islands was spending New Year's eve for the new millenium there.
I also booked a Charter Boat to Singray City. This is where you snorkel with Stingrays and actually get to touch them. A truly magical experience.
If you go to the Cayman Islands, Stingray City is a must do. Try to go with a small local operator and stay away from the large cattle boats. The stingrays swimming around in waist deep water and brushing agains you is the most amazing feeling in the world.
Fondest memory: I miss the friendly atmosphere of the Island and just being on Island time.
go to Stingray City with Captain Dexter's Fantasea Tours
Fondest memory: Captain Dexter has a sailing catamaran with a capacity of 16 people. He takes you to Stingray City and the reef, serves a fruit platter and fruit punch. It's a great way to spend half a day on Grand Cayman.
His website is http://www.dexters-fantaseatours.com/
You need to go on a snorkeling trip. We went to the barrier reef, Stingray City and the coral reef. It was very fun and only cost 15 CI. It was a great deal. At Stingray City you could really touch the stingrays. They are really big and they swim right up to you.
Fondest memory: The water there was awesome. It was these beautiful blue and green colors. It was very lovely. The ocean water was very warm and nice to relax in.
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