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Old 09-02-2004, 08:10 PM
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my wife and i won tickets to the rock boat cruise to the grand cayman island through our local radio station http://www.therockboat.com/trb_night.html anyone ever been to the island? i believe we only have one full day actually on the island to do whatever so we're tring to make the most of it. just curious of any must see sights and must do activities while we're there. looks like diving and 7 mile beach is a good start.
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Old 09-02-2004, 08:55 PM
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You've got to buy the Tortuga rum cake when your there.
Its the BEST!

One day, hmm. Tough choices. you dive? That'd be my first choice I think
get on the water somehow.
Avoid the port of call as much as you can.

I'll have to think about it some more.

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Old 09-02-2004, 09:04 PM
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I would have a car waiting for me if I was going. Its a big island and you'll be happy you did.

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Old 09-02-2004, 09:29 PM
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Mike Boehler - 9/2/2004 9:55 PM You've got to buy the Tortuga rum cake when your there. Its the BEST! One day, hmm. Tough choices. you dive? Mike
That rum cake is a secret . . . .sh sh sh sh
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Old 09-02-2004, 09:31 PM
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Mike Boehler - 9/2/2004 10:04 PM I would have a car waiting for me if I was going. Mike
We rented a jeep . . . enjoyed the convertable versus a regular car, but it was more expensive

Been there about 7 times . . . the diving is great . . . hide the credit cards as shopping is very very expensive, as is the food

Have fun
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Old 09-02-2004, 11:54 PM
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I've been several times. We were there this Spring

If you want to site see, rent a car and get away from the downtown port area, head to the other side of the island. It's easy, only one road over there. Nice quite beach area on 7 mile beach, take a car or cab to Cemetery Beach. There's actually a cemetery on the beach, you walk down a path beside the cemetery and theres a beautiful beach, good snorkeling and trees to relax under. Also theres a nice little reef about 50 yards off the beach you can snorkel on.

Also there is a great little hidden beach some of the locals go to I'll be glad to tell you about. When we went there were some kids there (no tourists) and it's a great place to snorkel. The beach area here is not the best, but has some nice rocks you can dive off of.

I think swimming with the Stingrays is neat. There are several stingray / snorkel trips you can take. Just be sure if you snorkel near Stingray City they take you out to the reef to see the good stuff. Lots of these guys will take you to some areas with just fair marine life. While it's good, you need to see the best.

If you dive, there's several good reefs just 15-20 minutes off the beach. A couple with small wrecks and reefs.

Also some good restaurants there.

It would be worth your while to stay for 4-5 days. Its a great place to relax. While the island is a good size, it's easy to have fun and not feel overwhelmed trying to do so much stuff.

I've been 5 times and believe it or not my wife and I have not once been to the shopping area downtown.

Oh, there's a restaurant on the water that's on a lady's back porch. More of a locals place, but a cabbie can take you there. A cabbie took us. It was a simple place, cooked by this lady and her family on their screen porch with small tables. Nothing fancy, but really quaint and the food was excellent and reasonable. Beautiul view of the ocean, but it is off the beaten path. About 5-6 miles from 7 mile beach.

OK I could go on and on. It's a place I have really enjoyed. It is expensive, the dollars is worth roughly 80 cents there. Gas was about $3.60 a gallon in April of this year.

Have a great time, I'll be glad to look at my dive logs for suggestions, but as I said there are good reefs just off the beach and we've been with several dive companies and had good experiences with all of them.

One final idea. Go to Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean's websites. They have lots of shore excursion ideas on the website that may give you some ideas and possibly some pictures.

Have a great time.....................drink a Stingray Beer for me.

Robert


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Old 09-03-2004, 05:39 AM
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thanks for the info! sounds like were going to have a great time there. i will def put up some pics online when we get back to share also(trips not till oct 7th). ummmmm....rum cake
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I agree, the diving is probably tops for a one day trip. We also played golf down there on both of the courses on the island. Not bad, but I think I would stick to diving. Gus is right about the cost of things. $$$$$
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Old 09-03-2004, 09:23 AM
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oh Brother;
Here I am reminicsing about my good times on G.C. and you had to go and ruin it my mentioning golf.
That course at the Hyatt really ruined me. One of the worst 12 hours of my life and that was for 9 holes.
Add two clubs for into the wind, subtract two clubs for downwind shots.
It was beautiful though.

Go diving!
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Yeah, that Hyatt course was interesting. I cant remember the name of the other course. It was pretty nice. 18 holes, unlike the hyatt.
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My wife and I went there last spring, by way of Princess Cruises. They offered an Aquaboat and Snorkel excursion which we highly recommend. They get you into a group of about 20 people (10 couples) and each couple gets their own 2 person RIB with a 30 horse merc on it. You follow the group leaders in and around the cruise ships and then they take you to 3 different locations where you can snorkel. The snorkeling was pretty good, but the boats themselves are great. You can basically just hammer the throttle and fly, and they are very safe (the most dangerous part is probably the other yahoos in your group!!).

Not cheap (about $175/couple) but for us, it was worth it.

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Old 09-03-2004, 11:37 AM
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We went last February for the day on a cruise ship. Since we only had a day we went as far from the crowds as we could. Took our own snorkel gear and had the cab/van driver take us way down 7 mile beach, past the hotels. Only cost 7 bucks for the trip and was best day we had on the cruise.

People we spoke to later said they had a great time on the excursions, but wished they had done what we did.

There was a reef right in front of us that we dove on and saw all the tropical fish, octopus, etc. Walked way down the beach with a couple of Coronas ($7 each) and swam with large sea turtles. There were very few people near the condos that day.

Lunch at the hotel restaraunt right on the beach was great, but I think around $70 for 4 beers and a couple of sandwiches.

I'll be back one day I hope.

Here's a pic of the beach:

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Old 09-03-2004, 12:15 PM
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I lived and worked there for a little more than a year. All the above suggestions are good choices. Stingray city is a blast if you enjoy snorkling and marine life.

If you rent a car go to Rum Point. I spent many days off napping in a hammock under the shade of the palms of Rum Point. There is a ton of beautiful places to visit there. One day on the island is way to few.

What ever you do, you will have fun. Enjoy.

P.S. If you dive go with Fisheye dive company. They are a first class dive operation. They run smaller boats with fewer divers than most of the big guys. Dive the north side if you have a choice. West side is a great second choice. The south side reef is rather deep, starting around 85'-90'. There is less color and reef concentration at those depths. The norht and west side reef sart around 50'-60'. You can swim down the wall a little and then ascend to vibrant shallower reefs.
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Old 09-03-2004, 02:01 PM
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Stingray city is a unique experience. Walk in the sand with large stingrays feeding out of your hands. Make sure you get a boat that also takes you snorkeling on the reef. I've done it twice..fun both times.
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Old 09-03-2004, 03:38 PM
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One day on Grand Cayman is just not enough. Many good suggestions above and I'll give mine. If you can scuba, the east end of the island is the most pristine, lots of great walls, etc. If booking scuba is out, you definately want to go to stingray city, lots of fun. If hanging out on the beach enjoying the water and relaxing is your thing then rum point would be my first choice. Make sure you bring lots of film for the cameras and lots of money. The exchange rate sucks and everything is very expensive.
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