It’s just about a week since I’m back from the Cayman Islands, and while I am still adjusting to the lack of white sand beaches and crystal clear water here on Long Island, I am at least grateful for the fact that I do technically live on an island.
I can honestly say that there’s nothing not to like about the Cayman Islands. We had amazing weather every day, the food was delicious, the island was safe, and the beach was relaxing. I went with two girls from my office (one who had been to Grand Cayman many times) and a friend of one of the girls I worked with. So, we were four people in total. We stayed at a condo at the Regal Beach Club that was mere steps from the beach. The two bed, two bath condo was gorgeous and was complete with a screened in balcony that overlooked the pool area and beach. When we weren’t at the beach, the balcony was where we spent most of out time. If you’re looking for a place to stay on Grand Cayman, I highly recommend the Regal Beach Club. You can’t beat the location right on Seven Mile Beach!
While we cooked in our condo’s kitchen some mornings, having the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort located right next-door was another highlight. We went there for breakfast one morning, and I ordered a delicious crêpe and an iced coffee. We also stopped in for lunch once, which was very good, and the hotel was also the home of many a Piña Colada to cool us down from the hot sun on the beach.
Aside from the dining, the hotel itself was absolutely stunning—complete with inspirational mantras and artwork on the walls, and a gift shop that you could get lost in (and spend a lot of money in quickly). One of the girls in our group went over to the Marriott for a massage and said it was amazing, while I decided to forgo the massage and continue relaxing on the beach!
On our first night in Grand Cayman, we went across the street from our condo to Peppers Bar & Grill for dinner (which came highly recommended by our very friendly taxi driver). I ordered a dish that came with two four-ounce lobster tails and a baked potato. It was devoured in record time.
There’s a lot to see and do on Grand Cayman. If you’re into water sports, there are plenty of activities to keep you occupied. You can rent jet skis, kayaks, or go stand up paddle boarding. I had planned on going paddle boarding, but I never quite motivated myself to get off the beach. If you find the vast marine life more interesting, there are boats that will take you snorkeling or scuba diving, or out to Sting Ray City, where you can swim with the String Rays (I wasn’t really into that). And, lastly, you can go on a beautiful horseback ride on the beach—and even go into the water with the horse.
On our third day on the Island, we ventured into George Town, a main tourist destination in Grand Cayman, for lunch and to check out some of the local shops. It was a quick 10-minute cab ride from where we were staying. We stopped at an Italian restaurant for lunch, where I ordered the calamari (another delicious dish!). By this point, I was pretty sure that you couldn’t get a bad meal in Grand Cayman.
The four-day trip came and went way too quickly. On our final night, we watched one last stunning sunset and went for a swim at the beach right as the sun was setting.
After the beach, we got changed and walked to Caymana Bay for dinner, a fancy outdoor mall complete with high-end restaurants. We decided to eat at Abacus after an exhaustive review of all of the restaurants’ menus and were not disappointed. I ordered the lobster ravioli topped with blackened shrimp. It was probably my favorite dish of the entire trip. Of course, no meal would be complete without dessert—and there just so happened to be a gelato place conveniently located a few feet away. We ate our gelato and slowly walked back to our condo as we enjoyed the nice Cayman breeze that was in the air that evening.
While I was certainly sad to leave Grand Cayman, I know it will be a place that I will return to for many years to come!
Thank you Nia, Susanne, and Maria for an unforgettable trip!