We spent one blissful week in Grand Cayman. We managed to fit in a lot of fun activities paired with lots of beach time, rest and relaxation. I think having a good balance of both is important on any vacation. You want to return feeling like you had experiences but also refreshed. Here is our Grand Cayman Itinerary for seven blissful days in paradise.
Grand Cayman Itinerary – 7 Days
We arrived around lunch time on the first day and headed to our condo. Once settled away, we immediately headed to the beach to explore. We found a restaurant right next door, The Royal Palms so we stopped for a beer and a snack. We had the conch fritters and they were amazing. It was my first time enjoying conch, it was super rich but flavourful.
We headed back to the condo for a little nap and then headed to Ragazzi for takeout pizza. There were so many options but we decided on the chicken with potato and roasted peppers and the sausage with jalapeno. The sausage one was the shining star for sure. While we waited for our order we had a drink and enjoyed the homemade chips on the bar. Our first night was an early one after a long day of travel so we headed to bed early.
We had no groceries so we got up the next day and grabbed coffee and breakfast sandwiches at Cafe Del Sol which was good but nothing special. Then we drove to Spotts Beach for some snorkelling and experienced the only rain we would see all week. I had been worried prior to the trip about rain because the weather network was showing rain all week. Turns out that’s normal! Anyways it poured out of the heavens that day and Bruce continued to snorkel. haha The sea was too rough for me so I headed in. Before heading in though I did get to see a sea turtle which was amazing.
Spotts beach comes highly recommended for snorkelling and it is nice but I found the current rough there and we actually saw more on Seven Mile Beach right in front of our condo. Also the only facilities there is a porta pottie which to be honest I am not even sure was for the beach.
Groceries In Grand Cayman
On our way home we went to the grocery store to pickup the essentials for breakfast, lunches and snacks. We planned to eat out in the evenings but hoped to eat some meals at the condo. This was both to save money and also because we don’t enjoy eating out for every single meal. Groceries in Grand Cayman are expensive, but so are groceries in Newfoundland. We spent about $125 Canadian for food for the week. After that, we stopped into the liquor store as well and prices converted were about the same as Newfoundland. Which again is more expensive then anywhere in North America, about $16 – $18 for a half dozen craft beer.
Once that was done the sun came out and we enjoyed the afternoon walking Seven Mile Beach taking it all in. We headed to the Lonestar Grill to watch the Bruins game that night, Bruce is a huge fan. It’s an American grill and we enjoyed nachos and wings the food was good but service was poor.
We enjoyed breakfast on our patio and watched all the cruise ship passenger fun going on next door which was entertainment for most of the week. After that, we headed down to Seven Mile beach in front of the condo for a dip and enjoyed some of the morning sun. Then we took a Taxi to Cayman Islands Brewery for a tour. The tour is $10 and includes samples, it was cool to see their operation. We stayed for a bit and enjoyed another beer and then headed back to Seven Mile Beach via bus which are essentially mini vans. It was an experience it’s self! We had to take two “buses” back but people are friendly and willing to tell you where to go to change buses so it wasn’t nearly as intimidating as I had thought.
We had dinner as Casa 43 which is a Mexican restaurant. It’s a little dark in there but the food was amazing. We enjoyed meatballs, Mexican street corn and a few different tacos. This place started my obsession with street corn which has been going strong since then. After this we headed home and made some drinks and headed out to the beach to enjoy the sunset and people watching. It was a lovely relaxing eventing.
We got up and went to Hell, which is a little town about 15 minutes from Seven Mile Beach where there is an area of limestone rock that literally looks like hell. It was a quick photo stop and we mailed some postcards to our family from Hell for fun. haha Then we drove around that side of the island and stopped for some snorkelling at Cemetery Beach. There are no facilities there and hardly any people but the snorkelling is good we saw tons of fish out on the coral reef.
We had lunch at Craft Food and Beverage Company. They have tons of international beers here including my favourite beer from Hawaii – Big Wave. I had the taco salad which was amazing and huge and Bruce had the curry.
We then walked to Red Sail Sports for our evening cruise to Rum Point. Walking was a total mistake, the GPS said it would only take us about 45 minutes but it was 45 minutes of walking on a super busy road with no sidewalks in the dead heat. It would have taken way longer then that but some kind soul in a tour bus picked us up on the road down to Red Sail Sports. All we could do was laugh, we like walking places and walked to dinner every night of this trip, but we totally bit off more then we could chew. No surprise we took a taxi home that night.
Our cruise to Rum Point was lovely there was only about 10 people on board the sail boat. It only costs $5 for the cruise. They bring you over, you have dinner at the Rum Point Club and sail back. There is a bar onboard the boat and it takes about an hour to get to Rum Point. We sailed as the sun set and it was just so lovely, I can’t recommend this enough. The wharf out in Rum Point also has tons of Eagle Rays and Sting Rays you can just see by standing there.
The food at the Rum Point Club was excellent though it was the most expensive restaurant we went to I felt it was totally worth it. We shared the Lobster mac and cheese to start and I had the scallops with broccoli and sweet potato in a cream sauce I wanted to live in and Bruce had the blacked shrimp. Then we sailed home and straight to bed.
We got up and enjoyed some beach time on Seven Mile Beach before getting packed up and heading on our drive around the island. Our first stop we stopped and hiked part of the Mastic Trail. I love hiking but as someone who is used to the forest and coast it was a little to swampy for me. There were also tons of flies and I was terrified a snake was going to show up so we turned around after about 30 minutes.
Our next stop was the blow hole which is just a quick photo op on the side of the highway. Apparently there is local that hangs out there sometimes and for $5 will take a perfectly timed photo for you. Unfortunaly, he wasn’t here this day but we stayed for about 15 minutes snapping our own pictures.
We stopped at a couple beaches along the way as we went. That was the nice part about this drive because you can stop and do what you want to do along the way. Colliers Beach was a nice stop with only one family there at the time.
We stopped at Star Fish Point when we got to Rum Point which of course was full of Star Fish but the beach itself is a little run down. It’s also not clearly marked when you get to where the GPS brings you, you have to park to the left and walk in a little bit.
Day 6 & 7
We spent the morning walking around Camana Bay, there are lots of cute shops here and we got gelato! We spent most of the day at the beach swimming and snorkelling. In the afternoon we hit up Calico Jacks which is a bar on Seven Mile Beach. The following day we enjoyed the beach most of the day again. We were also lucky enough to be in Grand Cayman for Batabano – the Grand Cayman National Carnival. The parade went right by our condo. It was so fun – the costumes and dancers were amazing.
Our trip to Grand Cayman was incredible. We saw and did a lot but mostly it was a relaxing trip with tons of beach time. Exactly what we needed! Just looking at the pictures has me dreaming of our next vacation.
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