Grand Cayman is the largest islands in the Cayman Islands, a British Territory located in the western Caribbean. We recently had the pleasure of visiting Grand Cayman on our latest cruise and we had a blast!
It’s no secret that living in Puerto Vallarta has spoiled us. A nice beach is no longer enough. Are the people friendly and (almost equally important) does the town have good food?! Among other metrics, if those answers are no, we find it hard to see ourselves visiting again. This world is too big and we want to see all of it and time is short 🙂
From our short experience in Grand Cayman, the beaches were nice, the people were friendly, and the food was above par! Disclaimer: these opinions are based off of one restaurant, Treats (which you should totally visit while you’re there!), interactions with all of 2 locals, and only one section of beach. But hey, sometimes all you have is a short time to make decisions and form opinions!
When traveling via a cruise ship, that first impression is all you are allowed. Some places have “wowed” us in ways beyond what we could imagine, and other places have left us feeling indifferent or worse. This is one of the great things about cruising-you are allowed a unique glimpse into some awesome places! We realize that a day trip to various locations may grow on you if you stayed for a week or so, but if it cannot deliver a “wow” factor within a few hours, it moves down our list of places to revisit. (Again, world too small thing 😉 )
Before arriving to Grand Cayman we did some research and determined that we were going to walk to 7 Mile Beach once we got off the ship. On a map, it looks like the cruise ship port and 7 Mile Beach are almost right on top of one another! Turns out, the two are fairly close…by car. Possibly the
worst best thing about our adventurous selves is that we just take off on foot when we reach a place. After 2.6 miles of what felt like a never-ending walk with no destination, we made it to 7 Mile Beach!
Grand Cayman felt very safe and secure. Hillary and I both mentioned that to us it felt like we were in Hawaii instead of a Caribbean Island. We believe we felt this way because poverty seemed relatively low in the area we visited. That’s not to place judgement on areas that are poverty stricken, or to say places without poverty are are necessarily better to travel to, but we do feel like we felt safer in the area for this reason.
7 Mile Beach is a beautiful stretch of sand that stretches on for as far as the eye can see! The water was crystal clear, although a little cold for our liking! One aspect of the beach that we really enjoyed was the lack of large resorts along the beach. There were many hotels and bed and breakfast type locations, but most were less than 3 stories tall. They have done a great job of keeping the beach area feel natural and untouched!
In our opinion, Grand Cayman was a great cruise port. The shopping area is right outside the ship (although we usually do not have the
desire patience to shop in ports), you can walk 100 yards away from the boat and see fish swimming around reefs, and it was relatively easy to go off and explore on your own! If we’re lucky, we will definitely make it back to Grand Cayman!
Have you been to Grand Cayman? What was your favorite part? Did you think the water was freezing too?!
Keep it Kinetic,
Greg and Hillary