Local Flowers and Plants
My grandmother showed me the Royal Poinciana Trees which were in bloom. They were originally from Madagascar The guide told us about the Silver Thatch Palm which is unique to the Cayman Islands and is the National Tree. The leaves were used to thatch roofs and also they made ropes from them. I also took a photo of a cemetery because it was very colorful with flowers.
- Jungle and Rain Forest
- Road Trip
Colony of the UK
Do you know that the Cayman Islands is still a colony of the United Kingdom but does not come under Dependent Territory but is called today Overseas Territory. There is a Governor who holds responsibility things like National Security, Foreign Affairs, Police Services, Immigration, Passport Office, Postal Services etc.
Natives have it made in Cayman
Caymanians pay no tax, get preferred status for every job on the island and are the only ones allowed to keep the fish caught (by anyone). They're wonderful but they do get plenty of money. I wouldn't worry about them to the point I'd go overboard on tipping. We should be so lucky as to be born a Caymanian!
- Luxury Travel
Christmas in the Caymans
For some reason Caymans go way out in there Christmas decorating. I stopped and got pictures of this house as it was on South Sound Road (a road much less traveled) than trying to stop on a busy street and risk getting run over. This particular home had music playing, Santa was actually singing & dancing and the figurines on the front porch moved and sang as well. I'm just amazed at how much work these people put into decorating their homes at Christmas. It must have taken a month to get all this stuff up. And it was just not this house but all over the island houses were decorated just as elaborately.
- Water Sports
- Family Travel
Driving on the left side of the road
Make sure you look to the right instead of left when first crossing the streets, as GC traffic sticks with the British way of driving on the left side. Seems the world could standardize this after so many years, but thne again the US won't even go fully to the metric system.
- Luxury Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Schedule of Events
Before you head to Caymans, check out the schedule of events or check with your concierege - there is always fun events going on..
We visited during July 2003, so we were able to catch a summerfest that included all types of Cayman cuisine, drinks, entertainment and local crafts.
Visit George Town
To get a feel for real locals and how they live day to day, leave your cushy resort and head to George Town. You'll find friendly folks and children that love to tease and smile..
We spent some time walking around in the town, stopping in little shops to support local artists, visiting the straw market, taking in the daily life of a local and trying Cayman cuisine.
There are many ins and outs to the town, go walking all around and you may be surprised to find a small cafe full of locals enjoying local chit chat and reading the paper. You may also find an artist displaying his/her wooden figurines, flutes, wind pipes, etc. The women have small crocheted dolls and straw purses that are very cute as well.
Here are some tips ...
...one should remember when visiting The Cayman Islands:
* Please note that they drive on the left
* Respect the rules of all the Marine Parks and other protected waters
* Don't disturb the marine life - look but don't touch, especially the coral
* It's not crime free area - take care of your valuables
* Electricity: 110/115 volts in the same configuration as the USA and Canada.
Thank you for your Time - I hope you enjoyed this virtual visit
For more pictures Please go to my travelogue
Coming from the US to the Caribbean for the first time, I (Beth's daughter) was fascinated by the colorful houses and buildings.
- Arts and Culture