Grand Cayman Off The Beaten Path

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    the fish market

    by call_me_rhia Written Oct 19, 2013

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    Off the beaten path and yet so close to the harbour.. I am talking about the little but full of local charm fish market. Turn left as you leave the harbour and waterfront, and walk by the side of the road for less than 10 minutes: you'll see on a small stretch of sand a group of fishermen gutting the fish and selling their catch of the day. Even if you don0t buy anything they are very frinedly and let you browse around...

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    Cemetery Visits

    by grandmaR Written Jul 7, 2013
    Merren Family cemetery
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    There is a cemetery right by the tender docks, but there are also other cemeteries on the island. And there is even a cemetery beach.

    I am heavily involved with documenting cemeteries, but I have not been on Grand Cayman when I had time free to go to the cemeteries here to document them. Most of these photos were taken in 2013 as we passed Dixie Cemetery. But the first one is the Merren Family cemetery - one of the best kept on the island

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    Don't fall for high-price charters!

    by RelaximusPrime Written Jul 5, 2009

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    Ask a concierge, talk to a local, do a little research and you'll find a real deal!

    We asked around for a better deal than what we were originally offered and were told of a 40-foot boat called "Double Trouble" out of the Kaibo Yacht Club, piloted by Captain Daniel and his brother Allan. Most large boats are fully booked for weekends, we went on a Thursday afternoon. For a measly US $100 apiece, they took us out for over 6 1/2 hours! We snorkeled the northern end of West Bay, we fished for snapper (sadly, no luck) and watched the sun set! We brought our own food and beverages (part of the deal) but it was WELL worth it. Allan was a great guide and provided the coolers full of ice and led us to the best snorkeling locations (small wave action, very little current, great water clarity). He even fed a few green Moray eels to keep us entertained! (Be warned: the green Moray eels are VERY wild and should never be approached by anyone that doesn't know how to handle themselves against an aggressive eel!)

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    RelaximusPrime

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    Post Card from Hell - literally

    by homeless_diver Written Sep 13, 2007

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    There is actually a town on the island called "Hell". And they have a post office.

    The name comes from the craggy looking rocks sticking up in the swampy feild behind the area. More of a mangrove marsh thats secluded by trees but the have a wooden pathway and deck for you to travel and take pictures from. Pretty desolate place. Even if you ventured into the area with combat boots, a person would surely slip and fall against one of the spires and rip a gash in an arm, leg, etc...

    There are 2 tourist shops on-site to get the cheesy shirts from and also the mandatory & obligatory postacrds. They you can walk into the post office and have them mailed globally. During my 2006 visit, they had a sign up saying that only USD would be accepted among foriegn curriencies. Now, your friends can say they got a postcard from hell.

    And of course...you have been to hell and back.....ba-dum-dum.

    If you get on the road (there's not too many) and head towards 7-Mile and the turtle farm...be sure to keep left. There a turn to the left, not well noted, and a half mile later, you're at the post office. It's really easy to miss it and head straight into a neighborhood garage sale.

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    East End Driving - raw island foundation

    by homeless_diver Written Sep 13, 2007

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    Most people miss the natural look of the island. The tour busses take people only to the highlights of things that survived the hurricanes. But traveling out to the East End, and one will see where all dirt has been stripped away from the coral rock base as far as several kilometers inland.

    The driving out there is quiet and offers spectacular sunsets. Many places can be found to turn off the road and tromp about on foot.

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    Chic Chicks on Grand Cayman

    by bianchis Written Mar 5, 2007

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    Am I not a chic?
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    Look around carefully and you will see these chicks wandering all around the island. Guess what they escape their cages after the hurricane Ivan struck in 2004 and since them they are roaming the island quite freely and enjoying their freedom until someone decides to make a meal out of them.

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    Relax in Seclusion

    by ScubaCat Updated Jan 28, 2006

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    Smith's Cove
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    So you want to get away from the crowds of 7 mile beach huh? I've got the perfect spot for you. Smith's Cove. This little honey of a beach is extremely hard to find. I drove past this beach 10 times looking for it, I asked the people at Don Fosters where it was & I still couldn't find it. I finally stopped at Pure Art and they gave me perfect directions to find it. Thus, you know that when you do finally arrive here, you WILL be protected from all the crowds and hooplah, lol. Smith Cove is not a large beach area, but is large enough to hold a number of families wanting to get away from it all without disturbing the other groups. It is also another good snorkeling spot. So you not only have your choice of lounging around soaking in the rays, but you can don on those fins & mask and enjoy that wonderful underwater world the caymans has to offer.

    Smith Cove is located on South Sound Road. The locals will tell you that it is located right across the street from the big castle. What they call castle's are what us american's call plantations. Park in the parking lot right next to the castle/plantation and walk across the street. Please look both way's. We want to see all our friends back here on VT! :-)

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    Stingray City

    by JennysTravels Updated Jul 27, 2005

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    My Dad!  Such a good sport.

    A Stingray city in the middle of the ocean, about 12ft deep at its deepest. This is where years ago fisherman would come to clean and cut their daily catch. With that brought in droves of Stingrays. You can snorkel or dive here. The Stingrays are all around you, there are plenty of tour boats leaving SMB daily/hourly. It's a wonderful trip even just for the boat ride. The boat drivers get into the water with the travelers and catches a Stingray for your petting pleasure. They feel like a portobello mushroom, watch out where you step as they use there tails as a defense and it can hurt if you step on one. Their favorite food is squid and you can hand feed them in the waist deep water.

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    Rum Point is not to be missed.

    by stopatnothin Written Jul 9, 2005

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    a great way to pass the time

    Home to Red Sail Sports offering just about every type of water activity.
    They have changing facilities, showers, restaurant, hammocks, volleyball court and very shallow water to cool off those toasty toes.

    For a fee you can take the ferry from the Hyatt on 7 mile beach to get here.

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    Go To Hell!

    by ridermirv Updated Jun 19, 2005

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    A fun thing to do is go to the town of Hell. The proprietor of the local general store dresses up in a devil costume every day. He's also the local postmaster, so you can send postcards to your friends, family, and yourself from Hell.

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  • Gelato

    by ncbcrazynyc Written Nov 10, 2004

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    There is a gelato place called "Antica Gelateria" that has authentic Italian Gelato.It is sort of set back in a shopping center,but it is the best gelato I have ever had and the prices are reasonable.It feels like you've stepped into a European cafe or something.Everything was brought over from Italy, and we talked to the family who runs the place and they are extremely nice people.One day I saw them in the supermarket buying all their fresh ingredients so believe them when they say it is fresh.

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    The Entire Island is Off the Beaten Path..

    by AliasGirl Written Sep 25, 2004

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    Its mostly a place to go and relax at the beach, snorkel and hang out at the pool. Probably the most casual beach destination I have ever been on..

    Not much to do and see here except unwind, and that is precisely why we choose Grand Cayman.

    Every little store inlet has a few off the beaten path things to see- cool and funky local artist hubs selling art work, ornaments, t shirts, dolls etc. Mainstream stores that sell different items than back home. Rum cakes, rum cakes, rum cakes!! Most pharmacys and mini stores sell them!

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    Dive the east end of Grand Cayman!

    by catalysta Updated Aug 1, 2004

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    Ironshore Gardens by Dan Childs

    The east end reefs are still pristine, hardly anyone dives there. Ocean Frontiers is the best rated dive outfit for that end of the island, and they were tops. They have several dive packages available in conjunction with various hotels, including the Turtle Nest Inn. You can easily find Ocean Frontiers main office in the town of East End.

    (FYI, this picture is not mine, I wasn't yet used to using a camera while diving...)

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    GO TO HELL !!

    by LysDor Written Sep 6, 2002

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    You can go to Hell and then come back with tales of a blackened and jagged rock formation that gives this little district in West Bay its name. Hell's intriguing weathered rock formation is over 1 1/2 million years old and resembles the charred remains of a hell fire. Hell's own post office was opened in 1962 for tourists who wanted to send postcards from Hell.

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    Rum Point

    by JennysTravels Written Oct 22, 2007

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    My Dad and I @ Rum Point Pier.

    On the other side of the island this little oasis will blow you away. An hours drive from Georgetown you will find tranquil waters, hammocks, parrots and rum cocktails. This place is a MUST!!

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