Whatever you’re looking for, Grand Cayman has something for everyone. From adventure, relaxation, fine dining, scuba diving and the clearest water that I have ever seen, Grand Cayman has it all. We love the island and so do many people around the world who have a second home on the island. What a great place to escape the cold and spend your winters on this cosmopolitan island.
If you ever wanted to scuba dive, then Grand Cayman is the best place to do it. From beginners to advanced diving, the waters off Grand Cayman offers some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the Caribbean. Popular dive sites include the wreck of the USS Kittiwake, Devil’s Grotto, Sunset Point, and Babylon.
If you want to try scuba diving for the first time, make sure you try Living the Dream Divers. They are excellent for first-time divers and we really enjoyed our dive with them. They have all the equipment you need. All you need is your swimsuit. We dove to 40 feet and saw lobster, stingrays, and colorful fish.
One of the most popular things to in Grand Cayman is a trip to Stingray City. This collection of shallow sandbars features southern stingrays that have been fed by local fishermen for decades. You can pet and interact with them in the shallow water. You can give them a kiss too!
It takes a few minutes to get used to them swimming around you, but it doesn’t take long to get comfortable in the water. Make sure you take a snorkel with you and swim with them under the water.
When making your trip to Stingray City, make sure you include Starfish Point as part of your trip package. It is well worth the stop. This secluded beach with shallow, clear water is located on the north side of the island. It features plenty of starfish for you to view and pick up but don’t take them out of the water for more than a few seconds. Just enough time to take a great picture.
Seven Mile Beach was named one of the best beaches in the region by Caribbean Travel + Life, and the 4th best beach in the Caribbean by Trip Advisor. The white sand, great restaurants, several fun beach bars, and many activities to choose from, Seven Mile Beach is one of the main reasons people come to Grand Cayman.
This was the view from our condo. It’s hard to beat this white sand and crystal clear, turquoise water.
You can either to a 45-minute drive to Rum Point or take the 20-minute ferry from Cabana Bay to Rum Point. The ferry ride is a great way to get out on the water. Located on the north side of the island, Rum Point features the Kaibo Restaurant and is the perfect sunset and dinner spot on the island.
Before our Cayman’s trip, I had never heard of a bioluminescence tour. This is a phenomenon caused by single-celled planktons called donoflagellates that give off a bright light when they are disturbed in the water. Check out this short video clip from NatGeo showing this here:
We lowered ourselves into the water and the plankton came alive. We waved our feet and hands around and the bright lights came to life in the water. This was truly a unique experience.
The Sunshine Grill was rated the #1 rated restaurant on Grand Cayman. On our last visit, we ate here 2 times. The food is excellent, great service and reasonable prices. We had the award-winning fish tacos, quesadillas, and Angus burgers. The Sunshine Grill serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Don’t forget to try one of their island specialty drinks.
We had breakfast at Cimboco and it was excellent. This Caribbean style restaurant features some of the best meals on the island. Our portions were very generous and the staff was wonderful. The Wacky Waffles were warm waffles served with house compote, syrup & whipped cream.
The Wacky Waffles were warm waffles served with fruit, syrup & whipped cream.
No trip to Grand Cayman is complete without a trip to Hell. When the cruise ships dock in Grand Cayman, you will see many bus tours heading to the famous tourist stop. It’s a great photo stop and you can mail your postcards from the Hell Post Office. Make sure you check out the unique rock formations that are estimated to be 10-15 million years old. Once you visit, you can now say you’ve been to Hell and back.
We love Grand Cayman and look forward to our next trip there.
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There are hundreds if not thousands of great places to eat in New York City. Just thinking about all the delicious dining options in New York City brings a smile to my face. After 10 visits to the Big Apple, I’m constantly finding new restaurants to try and enjoy.
OpenTable lists 31,585 restaurants in the NYC area. From super high-end restaurants all the way to the hot dog vendor at the corner of Madison and 57th street, NYC offers a dizzying array of choices to satisfy just about everyone.
I have been hooked on a global flight tracking app called Flightradar24. I recently downloaded the app and I can’t stop playing with it.
Flightradar24 is a global flight tracking service that provides you with real-time information about thousands of aircraft around the world.
It is currently available online and as an app for your iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) or Android device.
It tracks over 180,000 flights per day, there are over 2 million users per day, and the amount of useful flight information is staggering.
There aren’t many places in the world where you can experience so many different adventures all in one location. That destination is the Hawaiian island of Maui. With all the beautiful beaches, lush & tropical gardens, waterfalls, volcanoes, and crystal clear water, it’s no wonder Maui is one of the top travel destinations in the world. We’ve been to Maui two different times and we’re always discovering new things to do, great places to eat, and adventures to experience.
If you are thinking of a trip to the Hawaiian Islands, I would recommend starting with a trip to Maui. While the other islands are also beautiful, Maui has so much to offer for the first time Hawaii visitor. You’ll want to stay for 8-10 days if possible to try all these fun things to do.
Located at the north end of Ka’anapali beach, Black Rock is a fantastic place to cliff jump and the snorkeling is also excellent all around this rocky outcrop. When I jumped off Black Rock, I didn’t have water shoes so it did hurt the bottom of the feet on the climb up. I would recommend water shoes and it makes the climb much easier on the feet. The jump is well worth it for all age groups. The snorkeling is great right off Ka’anapali Beach and we saw a large turtle that we snorkeled next to just off the beach.
Make sure you walk around the grounds of the Sheraton Maui which is right next to Black Rock.
I have to admit that I was a little nervous before our helicopter trip on Maui. I had only been up in a helicopter once and that was over 30 years ago. From the time we arrived at the Air Maui terminal at the Kahului Heliport, we felt instantly at ease. The professional staff made us feel relaxed, the pilot was an excellent guide as he informed us of Maui’s history and fantastic landscape.
You have many options for tours based on location, duration, and cost. We chose the West Maui & Molokai tour. This tour highlights all of West Maui and Molokai condensed into a 45-minute tour. After the tour, I wish the flight lasted much more. The pilot took us over to Molokai where we toured many waterfalls and the rugged coastline. We also saw whales surfacing beneath us. This tour was the highlight of our trip.
After our helicopter toured we visited a restaurant in Paia called the Paia Fish Market. Opened in 1989, you can sit next to and make friends with people from across the globe, as well as local surfers who surf the nearby waves at Hoʻokipa and Peʻahi (Jaws).
I chose the blackened Mahi-Mahi sandwich from the menu. It was the best fish sandwich I have ever had. Super fresh fish with homemade tartar sauce, and coleslaw.
Full disclosure…We only made it “halfway to Hana.” After our helicopter tour and delicious lunch at the Paia Fish Market, we only had half a day to explore the Road to Hana. There are so many spots to pull over and hike to some of the best waterfalls in the world. It took about 3 hours to get to the halfway point. It will take you about 5 hours one way to Hana and 7 to 9 hours round trip from Kahului depending on stops. Have your driver get a good night sleep before your drive because the Road to Hana is considered the 5th most dangerous road in the world. There is nothing but sharp – blind turns, a lot of one-way roads, one car bridges that are not wide enough for two cars. Don’t let that stop you, it is well worth the drive. Perhaps the halfway point will be enough for you.
Surfing is another must-do activity in Maui. Once I tried it, I’m now hooked for life! It’s just such a great feeling when you catch a wave and ride it all the way into shore. Our group surf class at the Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy was led by our instructor Tavner. Our first stop was the beach where he gave us all the surfing techniques and tips we would need in the water. Then it off to the waves and for the next 2 hours we got up on our boards and rode some small waves that were just fine for us beginners.
Tavner is teaching us everything us beginners would need for our day of surfing.
Not great form, not big waves but I’m actually surfing.
Nothing tastes better on a hot Maui day or night than a Hawaiin shave ice. At Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice they claim that all shave ice is not created equal. Boy were they right! With over 45 flavors and tasty add-ons like coconut, snow caps, and macadamia nuts, there are flavors to please everyone.
We always love getting out on the water on all our trips. On our first day in Maui, we did the Teralani West Maui Snorkel Adventure on the 65 foot Teralani 2. Different tours include whale watching, sunset cruise, snorkel cruise, and private cruises. Our snorkel adventure had a buffet for lunch and open bar. We were lucky enough to have 10-20 whales surface right next to the boat. Try to visit Maui during the whale season which runs from December 15th-May 15th.
Make sure you stop at Kimo’s to eat a dessert called the Kimo’s Original Hula Pie. Stop by Kimo’s Restaurant and get a table by the harbor so you can enjoy the view. The Hula Pie is made with Kimo’s favorite macadamia nut ice cream piled high on a chocolate cookie crust and topped with chocolate fudge, whipped cream, and more macadamia nuts.
There is something so magical about Hawaii and especially Maui. We can’t wait to go back!
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