For my Cayman Islands finale, I am going to give you six reasons why you should go to this spectacular island now! Not that there would be a reason not to go, but I will highlight some things about the island that I absolutely loved and hope that you will too.
Numero uno. Stingray City
Sure you can feed flamingos in Aruba or kiss dolphins in Cabo, but swimming with stingrays is absolutely exhilarating! This is probably the ultimate activity at Grand Cayman and the most famous one! A boat (or jet ski) takes you about 25 minutes out to a large sandbar within a barrier reef. There it turns into a party! Several boats gather with tourist all trying to feed the stingray. So what happens is, you get off the boat and if you choose to feed them, the guide will hand you dead squid for feeding the rays. You grip the squid in your hand, and the stingray will immediately swim your way to eat it up. They are quite adorable and friendly. They are of course wild so be careful. You are also allowed to hold them. I held three, but to be honest this got a little bit scarier for me as they obviously move a lot if you DON’T know how to carry them! Notice my face in the picture below…panic!
You must think that I am joking, but I am not! Okay, maybe partially but did you know that mudslides (as in the boozy milkshakes) were invented in Grand Cayman? Story has it guests showed up to the Wreck Bar in Rum Point and asked for White Russians. The bartender had no cream at the time and used Baileys instead and created this fabulous cocktail. You really haven’t tried one this good until you try it here in its tropical birth place. But guess who managed to get a glimpse of the recipe? To make your own check out the recipe I posted here.
#3 Real Estate
I am sure you weren’t expecting this one, but there is an incredible amount of mansions and stunning homes on the island. What’s the big deal you say as there are plenty of those in LA, NY or any other city? Well, when you are in an island that is about 22 miles long, you don’t really expect to see a 25,000 square foot waterfront estate, do you? Additionally, each house has its own unique character. Houses in Cayman come in a variety of styles. You can find modern, cabin style, bungalow style, Victorian or colonial. Many two stories with Cayman style porches with trimming and bold colors. Absolutely beautiful. Do a quick google search to check these out, but some pictures just won’t do them justice.
Additionally, if you are planning a trip to Cayman, make sure you check out the rentals on Airbnb. You will be amazed at the incredible homes you can find!
#4 Starfish Point
Starfish Point is located by Kaibo Beach Bar (south of Rum Point) and is a secluded tranquil beach with clear waters where you can find starfish of different colors. The sand is off-white, velvety soft and the water is shallow so it’s easy to spot these while walking, snorkeling or even sunbathing.
I don’t know about you, but I had never experienced crabbing season. Crabbing starts around rainy season which is the spring/summer in Cayman. Rain fills the crab holes and drives the crab away from their homes and back into the sea after mating so females can release their fertilized eggs. Land crabs from the mangroves take the roads as they head towards the sea. I believe this mostly happens at nighttime where you will find local people crabbing, meaning they stop at the roadsides to try to catch crabs with tongs and a cooking pot – then straight to the kitchen with the catch. It’s quite the experience to be driving and all of a sudden see a pack of crabs slowly crossing the road. Did you know that crabs make noise? It’s somewhat a combo of a chirp and a frog!
#6 Having lunch with iguanas at Margaritaville
This is my three birds with one stone. Why would I even put this on the list? Well…for the experience! I will also add that if you like to paddle board or snorkel, this is obviously the place to do it and I highly suggest it. But you can also snorkel or paddle board in other locations as well and yet you don’t always have the opportunity of eating on a second floor balcony overlooking the Caribbean while surrounded by iguanas! I have never had a more uncomfortable meal in my life! But I will tell you this, I won’t forget that lunch! I don’t like iguanas by any means, but they are harmless and when in Cayman, they have the right of way! Literally! By the way, you might not see any, we were just fortunate enough to stop there for lunch prior to taking our flight back and ended up being surrounded by three while eating.
You can view additional Cayman Island pictures in the Photography page.
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