S: Grand Cayman Island - June 2011
BC: Grand Cayman Island June 18-25, 2011
FC: Grand Cayman Island
1: Our Flight
2: The Kloese Family | Grand Cayman
3: We were very excited to arrive in the Caribbean! Jason's dad was at the airport waiting for us to arrive. After going through customs and immigration, we were ready to begin our week of rum and relaxation!
4: Drive on the Left
5: Driving was not an easy task when we arrived on the island. First, Jason left his license at home leaving me to rent the car and drive off with it. We had to drive on the left side of the road...that felt awkward. Then when we tried to put our turn signals on we kept getting the windshield wipers...those two items swapped spots. The steering wheel was on the opposite side of the car so Jason always went to the wrong side. We had no decent map upon arrival. The map looked like a child's drawing not at all to scale. The hardest part was the round abouts rather than stop signs or traffic lights. Cars were going everywhere. It took some getting used to, but by the time we left, we were pros.
6: We always seem to get really lucky when it comes to exchanging our timeshare. This year we received a wonderful 2 bedroom, 3 bath townhouse exchange on the East End of the island (which meant peace and quiet). The view from our place was magnificent. As you stepped out the back door you walked directly out onto the beach. We had a beautiful view of the water from our bedroom and balcony. Every morning we woke up to the sunrise coming in through our room. It was breathtaking. The timeshare had many amenities that we took advantage of while visiting. There were 3 pools (2 with swim up bars - we stuck to the large infinity pool), a great dock bar and restaurants, phenomenal snorkeling right off the beach (which was also beautiful with chairs, tiki huts, grills, and hammocks), and a checkout for games. We also attended the welcome party BBQ with the limbo, fire eating, the conga line, dancing, and prizes. We won a conch shell night light. We also attended the timeshare selling speech to get free a Stingray City trip and almost ended up buying a unit./The Morritt's property was definitely a great place to spend our Carribean vacation.
7: Timeshare Morritt's Tortuga Club
10: Welcome Party | Conga Line Fire Show Dancing Food/Drinks Prizes Limbo
15: Infinity Pool and Swim Up Bar
19: We began almost every morning snorkeling off the beach of our timeshare in Colliers Bay. The East End snorkeling was by far the best snorkeling we did on the island. We thought it was superior to all the other sites we snorkeled because we saw a lot more marine life there.
20: C o r a l s
21: Sea Fan | Brain Coral
22: Lobster | Eagle Ray | Stingray | Sea Anemone | Reef Creatures
23: Barracuda | Nurse Shark | Conch Shell
24: Flounder | Foureye Butterflyfish | French Grunt
25: Fish | Tarpons | Fairy Basslet | Squirrelfish and Sergeant Major
26: More Tarpons | Chub | Bluestriped Grunt
27: Banded Butterflyfish
28: Swimming with the Fish
30: Cemetery Reef
32: Cemetery Beach was another site we snorkeled. The water here was crystal clear. It was as though we were swimming in a pool or aquarium.
37: S t i n g r a y | C i t y
39: Stingray City was quite an experience. It was amazing being surrounded by all of these huge creatures. We fed the stingrays squid, they rubbed their bodies against us, we pet them, we held them, and I even received a back massage from one of them.
40: Coral Gardens
41: After Stingray City, our next stop on the glass bottom boat was Coral Gardens for snorkeling. The water was clear and there was a nice size collection of corals. It was wavy so I had a somewhat difficult time swimming out there. The water was also too deep to stand.
43: Rum Point
44: Starfish Beach
46: Horseback Riding
47: Horseback riding on Grand Cayman was supurb! We had been horseback riding numerous times before, but none of the rides quite compared with this experience. The thing that set this ride apart from all others was the unique experience of swimming with the horses! After riding down a beautiful stretch of beach we unsaddled the horses and took them out into the crystal clear water. The horses made the craziest noises and showed their teeth as they kept their heads above water. It was like a huge dog growling. It was so funny that I could not stop laughing the entire swim. Then the horses turned around and actually swam back to shore. We had to lay down on their backs and hold on to their mane when they swam. Once my horse stood back up, I fogot to sit back up and the horse continued to trot as I laid down. I eventually fell off! After the ride the boys snorkeled. Then we took the horses back down the beach and had the chance to canter (or run) the horses. It was amazing!
59: George Town | The Capital
62: We had a fun time at the Botanic Park. We went on a hike, saw some beautiful plants and flowers, spotted a lot of wildlife, tasted some cherries, found a geocashe, and most importantly visited with the Blue Iguanas. | A Tasty Treat | Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park
66: The Cayman Blue Iguanas we encountered in the park are the world's most endangered iguanas. These iguanas are only found on Grand Cayman, not anywhere else in the world. They were very big and neat to watch. We spotted many. We had to sneek up on some to slowly touch their tails because they bite. Jason also decided to feed cherries to one which was really interesting and funny to watch.
67: Blue | Iguanas
71: Taking a break at the Botanic Park
76: Crab Crossing
77: Shoe Tree
80: good eats | We feasted on local cuisine at Mimi's Dock at our timeshare. We ate Cayman Ceviche with snapper, wahoo, and shrimp followed by Mahi Escoviche served with red beans and rice and fried plantains.
82: Local | Feasting on native food is always fun for us on vacation. At Nadines we had curry goat, cow foot soup, and salt beef and bean. We drank fresh juices. We had sour sop and carrot milk.
83: Cuisine | Vivine's Kitchen was delicious! We had mince fish, fried grouper and fritters (which were these giant dough balls that were very filling), fresh tamarind juice, and fresh carrot with ginger juice.
84: David's was another restaurant on the timeshare property. We ate there a couple nights. We shared coconut shrimp, coconut curry conch, conch chowder, and surf and turf with steak and shrimp.
85: Italian | Penne al Salmone | Fusilli Paesani | Carpaccio di Snapper | Bruschetta
89: We went to Margaritaville in Georgetown twice. We had good food (conch soup, fish tacos, and shrimp fajitas), and great drinks! We had fun listening to music and hanging out.
90: coconut curried grouper, mahi sandwhich, and conch fritters
95: We enjoyed some drinks on the island! Our favorite was the coconut rum. It went down so smooth that is was dangerous! We also enjoyed locally brewed beer...Ironshore Bock and Caybrew. We tried the Caribbean beer CaribLager. A lot of time was spend drinking mudslides and rum punches.
97: Free Rum Punch | A Glimpse of Cuba | The Journey Home
98: A Map of the Island
99: Items from the Island