Goes Ashore in the Caribbean
to see & things to do
largest island of the Caymans, the British colony only 480 miles
south of Miami, Grand Cayman is the jewel of any western Caribbean
itinerary. George Town is the
capital of this very civil nation—crime is almost nonexistent
here—and it’s where you’ll tender ashore.
line Harbor Drive where cruise ship tenders disembark passengers and
there is a tourist information booth right on the pier.
far the most popular activity on Grand Cayman is a snorkeling trip
to Stingray City where the gentle velvety-skinned creatures gather
on an offshore sandbar to be fed and petted. Whatever
you do, don’t grab one by the tail! Stingrays
have barbed stingers on their tails capable of inflicting serious
Turtle Farm is the only green sea turtle farm in the world and its
mission is to replenish the waters of the Caymans with this
endangered species. The
farm’s circular tanks contain turtles varying in size from tiny
hatchlings to some weighing in at hundreds of pounds.
your address book with you and send home postcards from Hell. The
miniscule Hell Post Office is located at the site of a “dead”
coral reef. Once under the sea, it now resembles what enterprising
locals envision as a Hell-scape.
on Harbour Drive in George Town, the Cayman Islands National Museum
exhibits natural, social, and historical artifacts of the Caymans in
a building that was once the island’s courthouse.
are classified as duty-free, but prices are generally similar to
those in the United States. Local
crafts and black coral jewelry are the best buys. A
Tortuga Rum Cake is a delicious way to bring home a taste of Grand
Cayman. Do NOT purchase
turtle products, as they cannot legally be brought into the United
States or many other Western countries.
heart of George Town’s shopping district is right across the
street from the Harbour Drive pier. Other
treasures to look for are old coins scavenged from shipwrecks and
watercolors by local artists.
Cayman is surrounded by coral reefs teeming with marine life and the
snorkeling is good close to shore. Off
to the right and within walking distance of the tender piers is a
good snorkeling area.
Beach stretches from George Town past luxury resorts and
often possible to use a hotel’s facilities for a small charge and
taxi drivers are knowledgeable on this score. The
waters are known for their clarity and the beaches are brilliantly
white and clean.
Fodor's Caribbean Ports of Call 2013 is all you need
to plan your days ashore, PLUS a cruise primer section and cruise
line profiles by Cruise Diva, Linda Coffman
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