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    The Sea Turtles Of Grand Cayman

    by catalysta Updated Dec 28, 2005

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    Hawksbill Turtle

    Favorite thing: The Turtle farm is an informative and worthwhile experience, especially if your visit coincides with the periodic release of some of the sea tortoises into the wild. The cost of your entrance fee goes to a worthy cause; this is the prototypical turtle farm, established to preserve and propagate the dwindling sea tortoise population.

    Why care about preserving sea turtles? Beyond all eco-concerns, I can give you one VERY good reason if you like to swim: They eat jellyfish!!!

    Shown here is a Hawksbill Turtle, harvested almost to extinction and prized for its famously patterned tortoise shell.

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    Snorkeling is great too

    by catalysta Written May 23, 2006

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    Favorite thing: For those of you who are non-divers, don't think there is less for you to do on Grand Cayman. There are so many wonderful and easily accessible snorkeling sites around too! One of the best was right outside our door at the Turtle Nest Inn. Another was Spanish Reef, where my mom snorkeled while I went on a little shore dive. And then there are the 2 lovely resorts past East End, both of which have great snorkeling and swimming beaches, Morritt's Tortuga Club & the Reef Resort.

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    Just drive to almost any place wth water access

    by catalysta Updated Jun 27, 2006

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    Caribbean Reef Squid
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    Favorite thing: Have a look at some of these photos if you don't believe me - all were taken while snorkeling. One of the best sites, admittedly, was the one we reached by boat: On our snorkeling excursion to Stingray City's shallow sandbar with Fantasea Adventures, there was a second stop included with the afternoon's trip, to nearby Barrier Reef (see photos with tips above for Barrier Reef area).
    But the Caribbean Reef Squids pictured here I encountered while snorkeling by the Sunset House, as was the lovely little Blue Tang in the next shot. And snorkeling by the TurtleNest Inn we saw lots of lobsters, and even a dark phase Goldentail Moray Eel chasing a small Red Grouper from its front doorstep under a rock ledge!

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    It doesn't have to be that expensive

    by catalysta Updated Jul 11, 2005

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    Kitchen in room at Turtle Nest Inn

    Favorite thing: Staying in a room with a kitchen at The Turtle Nest Inn was my smartest move, and made my mornings more leisurely. The Turtle Nest now also handles bookings for On The Bay condos, along the north side of Grand Cayman.
    For divers, the shore dives are great, and you have your choice of several waterfront hotels specifically designed for divers (e.g. the Seaview & the Sunset Beach).

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    Looking for some cheap snacks & drinks

    by AliasGirl Updated Sep 23, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Head to a local Foster's Food Fair Supermarket! You can find one on West Bay Road near Hyatt Regency Hotel. We stopped in and picked up plenty of snacks for the beach/pool and to keep in the room. We also grabbed a bunch of iced tea 6 packs and water bottles, they came in handly so we didn't have to hit the ridiculously expensive mini-bar!

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  • Unique experience of Cayman

    by writerdivine Written Apr 8, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Kayaking
    We did some kayaking with a company called Cayman Kayaks. We did a Sunset Tour and their Bioluminescence Tour. Neither my husband nor I have ever kayaked and we found it very easy. Very enjoyable to glide on the Caribbean with an introduction to the Mangroves, stop at sunset for a Rum Punch and watch the sun disappear on the horizon. The tour that takes your breath away and is almost indescribable is the Bioluminescence Tour. You paddle to a cove full of glow-in-the-dark ?water?. You stir up the water and it?s a glowing cloud of light. They do a great job of explaining the phenomenon. It has to be pitch black to get the best effect so the tour only runs for a couple of weeks a month. We lucked out with our timing. . When the fish streak by, they leave a trail of light like fireworks, leaving you speechless. They mentioned that there is only one other place in the world with such concentrated bioluminescence I highly recommend trying something unique like this.

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    Wander on your own

    by Agraichen Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Use the local bus....It's convenient, relatively timely, and very cheap. Why pay $35-$50 (US) for a "3-hour all inclusive tour of the famous sites" of which you may only like one or two, when you can see the same sites in about the same amount of time (faster if you want) for about $5.00 or less using the local transport. Just check a map for where you want to go.

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    The beach life is a must!

    by LysDor Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: All sorts of water activities especially snorkeling are to be tryed out.
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    I went everyday (several times a day!!!) for a snorkeling swim and found MY SPECIAL SPOT. Unfortunately there was also a beautiful colored tropical fish with whom I shared the area. This fish was very territorial and as soon as I arrived on top of him he became very nervous - swimming faster and stopping underneath me to have a better look who was disturbing his peace!
    As it was FLAT he had to tilt on its side to see me - that looked truly funny but as he kept on doing it several times I got the message and left HIS SPOT for that time but I must admit I had to go back there every day to see my *pet-fish* even if he had a different opinion about my presence there!!
    ..............

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    What better way to escape the winter

    by bianchis Written Mar 5, 2007

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    Evening breeze
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    Favorite thing: Of course the climate - where the temperature, summer or winter, seldom goes lower than 70 deg. F. or higher than 90 deg. F.

    A getaway in winter where the average temperature is 78 deg. F. in the winter and about 84 deg. F in the summer.

    Between May and October the prevailing winds are from east to south; from November to April, the coolest season of the year, prevailing winds are from the northeast to northwest. I try not to go in the hurricane season which typically lasts from June to November.

    Fondest memory: My friends from 20 to 30 years ago who still live on the island and with whom I have shared wonderful memories.

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  • Convert Your Currency

    by kennyken76 Written Sep 12, 2005

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    Favorite thing: It became apparent by day 2 of our trip that we needed to convert our U.S. currency over to CI dollars. Few places would give you change in U.S. dollars so you might want to put items on your plastic or just convert your money.

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  • Boats

    by ncbcrazynyc Written Jan 2, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Going out onto the open waters is fun, glass bottom boats aren't all they are cracked up to be, because if you are moving all you see is a bunch of bubbles under the boat....this picture was taken while on a glass bottom boat

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    Playing With Clown Fish On The Amazing Reef

    by Trina_Craggs Written Feb 29, 2004

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    The beautiful reef.

    Favorite thing: My favourite thing about Grand Cayman would have to be renting snorkelling equipment and swimming on the reef. The water is a beautiful blue and feels like heaven and sun warmed skin.

    Fondest memory: My fondest memory would be watching the clown fish play around my feet. If are completely still the fish aren't scared of you and will play around your feet. It's a definite breathtaking experience.

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    paradise

    by amandamarie0724 Written Apr 21, 2006

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    Favorite thing: if you arraving via a cruise ship... don't book your activities with the ship. as soon as you get onto land there are tour people ready to take you and it's less expensive. taxis to 7mile beach are not to expensive either. i could have stayed on that beach forever. wear sun block... even if you tan. that sun is friggin hot.

    Fondest memory: here's my perfect day in cayman...

    go swim with the gigantic stingrays, find a restraunt on beach with a table facing the ocean, order some conch chowder and rice and beans, hop in a cab to 7 mile beach and order a pina colada, then finish off the day with a bit of shopping to bring home presents.

    great gift i dea for kids... cayman money!

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    Kissing a Stingray

    by sargentjeff Written Jul 3, 2005

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    Seven years good luck for me

    Favorite thing: It's seven years good luck to kiss a Stingray, and I could really use that luck. At first the rays seem a bit intimidating, but after being in the water a few minutes around them it's actually pretty cool.
    The real fun starts when you bring out the squid to feed them. These creatures eat by sucking to food right out of your hand, and it's likely one will suck your arm or hand. Don't worry, they have no teeth. Their mouths feel more like rough sandpaper.
    When holding one you've got to keep their head under water. Always hold them from the front. Let the ray rest gently on your outstretched arms, while you relax. If you lift their heads out of the water you'll get a stingray shower as they blow water out of their mouths.

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    Passport Stamp From a Cruise Port

    by TravellerMel Written Feb 15, 2008

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    Cayman Islands Passport Stamps

    Fondest memory: When you debark from the tender that will take you from your ship to the shore, walk around to the Immigration Office, in the building to the far left - above the souvenir shop. It is a government office - just ask for a stamp in your passport, and the nice folks behind the desk will oblige!

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