Grand Cayman is known around the world for Diving & Banking. Personally, I don’t Dive & I don’t have millions to bank, but I still love Grand Cayman! The island is beautiful & rich in so many other ways. It is definitely a favorite Western Caribbean port.
I don’t really care to spend time in the town of George Town (I could shop at expensive stores in NJ!). I just feel that with such beautiful beaches & crystal clear waters I would have to be nuts to just shop!
Beach lovers will think they died & went to heaven on 7 Mile Beach! The sand is so white & soft you might think it is actually baby powder and the ocean is a shade of aqua that only exists in dreams. Clear waters that just say “JUMP IN!” It is breathtaking. Great resorts line the beach & can be the perfect landing spot to grab lunch & rent beach chairs. But don’t get too comfortable, because that amazing water is a playground in the sun!
7 Mile Beach is a perfect beach for water sports – Windsurfing, kayaking, jet skiing, Waterskiing, Hobie Cat sailing, Parasailing, Banana Boat rides and more! I highly recommend Red Sail Sports for all of your water activities (diving, sailing etc). They are very reputable, friendly and dependable. Taxis are readily available at the cruise ship pier. The approximate cost to Red Sail watersports centers on Seven Mile Beach is $20.00 one-way. It’s about a 10 minute drive. A great idea is to just spend your whole day there! But if you did, you would be missing out on the most amazing experience Grand Cayman has to offer…Swimming with the Stingrays!
We have done this a few times, but never as a Cruise Ship excursion, we have always booked separately through Red Sail Sports for the simple reason that the Cruise Ships excursions all go to the same general area and it is crowded! For me, that takes away some of the natural beauty of the experience. Red Sail will take you to another location where it feels more intimate. Cost is about the same. Red Sail even does a Stingray & Rum Point Catamaran trip that is awesome! Or you may opt for a Stingray visit and then spend the rest of the day on 7 Mile beach. (by the way, that is why it is so important to use a travel agent when planning your trip, we know these little secrets!)
Swimming with the Stingrays is just plain awesome! The first time I did this, I was truly amazed at these beautiful creatures gliding through the water. I couldn’t believe how friendly they were. My kids became like mermaids (or should I say “mermans”), swimming around them like they were fish themselves! Definitely one of the most memorable things we have done. It should be on everyones Bucket List.
I might not be a Diver and I might not have a need for international banking, but when I drift on a float in that heavenly water, I feel like a gazillionaire!!!
I am actually heading to Grand Cayman on one of my GirlsonaCruise.com Girls Getaways January 22 – 27, 2011 onboard the Celebrity Century. I am so excited to show the girls this island. And YES, we will be arranging activities through Red Sail Sports! (There is still space if you would like to join us!).
Okay..one thing I have to warn you about is that if Grand Cayman is on your Itinerary, there is always a chance you might not make it there! I have heard rumor that 50% of the time, ships cant make the stop due to weather…not sure if that is true, but it has been for us! In Grand Cayman, ships are required to tender passengers to the island and often the currents change making that process dangerously rough, so ships opt out for safety reasons. It sucks..but Safety always comes first!
PS…if you do pre-book an activity with Red Sail Sports, they are aware of this issue & are very understanding should your ship not stop.