GRAND CAYMAN :: 2017
At the beginning of the year we took the kids to Grand Cayman for a family vacation. This was our second time visiting what has become a favorite family destination. We stayed at Coral Stone Club on Seven Mile Beach, where we stayed when we came for a company/family trip back in 2014. These condos are perfect for families (there were 6 of us), each with three bedrooms, three baths, full kitchen, and daily housekeeping. It's an intimate property (maybe 40 units) with a private beach just steps from the condos and the pool. We stayed in a ground floor unit next to the pool (pictured above), super convenient for when you need to refill your margarita! Within walking distance there is a grocery store, liquor store, and restaurants. Directly next door to the condos is the Ritz Carlton Hotel and Residences. As with any Ritz they have a great selection of restaurants, and bars, along with a fabulous spa. Which we took advantage of, obviously.
Duke's Seafood & Rib Shack (casual)
The Bistro (casual fine dining, French Bar & Restaurant, within walking distance of our condo)
Bar Jack (casual, outdoor, located at the Ritz pool)
Blue (fine dining, located at the Ritz)
Morgan's Seafood Restaurant (casual gourmet, located at the Cayman Yacht Club)
Restaurants we wanted to try but didn't get a chance to this time around:
Grand Old House (waterfront dining)
The Wharf (waterfront dining)
Cayman Good Taste (guide to all the best Cayman Island restaurants and bars)
We mostly spent our time relaxing at the beach but here are a couple of activities we did do:
On our first full day we swam with our new friend, Darwin, at Dolphin Discovery. They have different levels of experiences with the dolphins. We did the Swim Adventure which included a belly ride and boogie push. Coolest experience! We'll definitely be visiting Darwin next time.
Another day we did an all-day private boat charter with Paddle Board Cayman Style. Our crew, Pablo, Lee, and Joel cruised us around the North Sound waters where we snorkeled, visited Sting Ray Island, and Star Fish Point. Right before we stopped for lunch at Kaibo Beach Bar & Grill, Pablo whipped up some conch ceviche with the conch Lee caught while snorkeling. So delicious! It was wild watching Lee crack open the shells and release the meat. I highly recommend chartering a boat even if it's just for a few hours or half the day. It doesn't get any better than experiencing the island with locals. These guys are awesome. I'm sure we'll see them next time too.
I wanted to do a little shopping but never got around to it. Too busy being a beach bum! Haha. I hear Camana Bay has great shopping, and restaurants too. Hopefully next time I'll make it over there.
Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go plan next year's trip...