April 3, 2013

Grand Cayman 2013

On Saturday, we returned from a week long vacation
on the island of Grand Cayman.

Having this view for a week
made it very difficult to return home!

This was the fourth time,
we stayed at The Avalon Condominiums.
You really can't beat the location
right on Seven Mile Beach.

Each condo has three bedrooms, a full kitchen, living area and balcony/screened in porch.  We have stayed on all three levels at different times.  On this trip, we stayed in a top center unit.  The views were wonderful and the entire balcony was screened in which made it extra nice.  We still can't decide it we prefer the view or being on the bottom level and being able to walk directly out the balcony onto the sand.  Either way, I won't complain!

The rooms were immaculate as always.
In fact, I think they just remodeled the unit we stayed in.  
Every inch of the kitchen was in perfect condition!

The colors in the condo were bright and cheerful.

And this was one of the most comfortable beds we had ever slept in!

Although it was nice being inside...
There is nothing like that color of water right outside our door!


Seriously, how can you not relax here!

The kids always love the pool too!

Even though we have been to Grand Cayman many times before, we still love exploring the island and breaking up all the beach time with some fun activities.

Always on our list...
Rum Point.

Rum Point is on the other side of the island and it takes about an hour to drive over.  On the morning we decided to go, I was worried that the weather wouldn't be nice over there because it was cloudy and windy on our beach.  My husband was like, "Oh, it will be fine".

Unfortunately, it was cloudy and windy over there too!
When will he learn to listen to me?
Oh well.


As you can see, I attempted to recreate the now classic picture from our first walk on the Rum Point Pier in 2009.  In 2010, the boys were very cooperative and happy to be together.  Fast forward three years to the present and they were not thrilled at all.  In fact, I had to force them to hold hands and walk together.  Of course on this trip, it was cloudy and very windy but that was not excuse.  My nine year old acted so annoyed and didn't even stand up straight.  As you can see they look almost the same size.  My younger son is pretty tall, but not as tall as my older son.  So frustrating.  My husband told me to not try to force things, but my heart was broken that they weren't as excited as I was to pose for the new picture.  Boys...

Because of the not so beautiful weather that day, the water was too choppy to rent kayaks.  We were pretty disappointed but we still had fun at lunch - even though it was too windy to eat outside!  Then we shopped a bit, played on the hammocks and headed back.

Luckily, the cloudy day made it perfect to visit our next destination:

Home of the famous blue iguana!


The park was beautiful
even on a cloudy day.

The boys had the best time exploring like they were in the jungle.
I think we had to stop and read the description
on every sign on every tree and plant!  

We loved this old Caymanian house on the property.

And the thatched roof one out back!

But the iguanas were definitely the big attraction!

But the day wasn't over yet!
(Sorry for the long post!)

Next we headed to the 


The Pirates Cave is a park with exotic birds, a petting zoo and cave.  It is located in Bodden Town on the south side of Grand Cayman.   We visited the cave last time we were in Grand Cayman and the kids wanted to go back again.

We walked in as far as we could, but those daring enough could crawl deeper like the pirates did.  Long ago, the cave opened up to the ocean on the other end but over the years the opening has filled in.

Luckily, this time I didn't spot any bats...

But I was thrilled to learn that there are no rabies on Grand Cayman!
And I was even happier to learn that there are no poisonous snakes in the Cayman Islands!

Speaking of wildlife,
we followed up that day
with another fun filled day beginning at

 The kids love visiting the turtles each year.

Unfortunately, this year we happened to arrive
when a bunch of cruise ship tours were coming in
 so it was quite crowded.

The kids loved it anyway!

Afterward we stopped in the nearby town of 

Hell, is basically an area with some ironshore rocks, a touristy gift shop
and a post office so you can send a postcard with a postmark that says "Hell" on it!
Come to think of it, our postcard should be arriving soon!

Oh, and there was a man cutting coconuts.
My son had been dying to try some fresh coconut water.
so he had his chance.

You can't get any fresher than that!
Unfortunately, he really didn't like it...but at least he gave it a try!

But the day wasn't over yet!
 I held my breath while my husband took each son out on the wave runner!
They had the best time ever!

It's a good thing they waited until later to tell me
how they sped up to 50 mph!
I think the wave runners made up for missing the kayaks at Rum Point!


Well, that's a recap of where we stayed
and where we played!

If you need more of a Cayman fix,
check out my old post,
Grand Cayman With Kids.

And stop by tomorrow to explore some restaurants and shopping!

21 comments:

  1. Looks like a fantastic trip! I'm so jealous you got a break from this blah weather. I think in a couple of years, your boys will appreciate the time elapsed photos. Glad you got one, even if they were crabby!

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  2. I have never been but my Hubby went there for his Make A Wish trip. He "wished" to scuba drive and that is where they took him. He talks about that trip as if it was yesterday!

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  3. Funny, you just don't ever think (well I don't) it would be this windy. Ocean looks amazing!! I have never been to any of the Caribbean islands. Would love to go, but then I always end up in Florida, lol.

    Maya @ Completely Coastal

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    1. Usually when we go, the air is pretty still. Every now and then when the weather changes, it can get pretty windy though!

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  4. I'm jealous! It looks like your had a fantastic trip! Maybe when one I'll get there!

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  5. What a marvelous trip! I visited Grand Cayman in 1985, when it was still considered a sleepy diver's vacation spot. We had a wonderful time, and I would love to go back - that condo looks divine (especially compared to the semi rundown hotel we stayed in so long ago). I remember 'Hell' - they do quite the post office business from there, lol. Thanks for sharing and bringing back some sweet Caribbean dreams ...
    Patty

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  6. Oh, what fun and yes, by way of cruising.

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  7. Beautiful images you have shared with us today of Grand Cayman. Haven't been there so sure enjoyed tagging along with you.

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  8. Gorgeous water!! Have heard it is beautiful there... Such wonderful family memories... V

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  9. What a wonderful time with your family, Shelley! It's gorgeous there. How did your sweet girl do? :)

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    1. Rosie did really well...in fact she got quite spoiled! She spent the first half of the week and the kennel and the 2nd half with my niece and her too dogs. I think she misses her doggie friends now!

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  10. I've always wanted to visit Grand Cayman and this post may have convinced me. Such a wonderful family time - Glad you had fun!!

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  11. What a wonderful trip! I've always wanted to go there. We leave next Saturday for St. Lucia and I for one am living for it! I'm definitely going to remember this post, though. Would love to take our whole family and the condo looks like the way to go! Thanks for sharing these great pictures and telling us all about your vacation! I LOVE the pictures of your sons holding hands. I think that is super special and they will too eventually! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  12. Wow Shelley!! What an amazing vacation! I would love to go there and experience those beautiful waters. How amazing that your kids have had the chance to go there multiple times and that you are making all these memories as a family in the Caribbean! So glad you had a great week.

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  13. What a fantastic vacation! You and your boys are so lucky to have such wonderful memories from there. I love the tropics and your pictures are heaven!
    xo Nancy
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  14. Looks like you had an amazing time in such a beautiful place!!

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  15. A truly beautiful place. One day I hope to make it there. Thanks so much for sharing. Maybe the boys would cooperate without the hand holding. But I love how the photos capture their personalities. What stories these photos have to tell. xo marlis

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  16. Looks like a fabulous place. Love the crystal clear water. Thanks for taking us along through your beautiful photos.

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  17. I'm ready to go; when is the next flight? I want to get there quick. Great photos.

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  18. It looks like you had an absolutely amazing time, despite the weather.

    Great to have you be a part of "Oh, the PLACES I have been!"

    - The Tablescaper

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  19. What an amazing place for a family vacation - it looks like there is a lot to do that appeals to every one! Thanks for sharing this at my link party yesterday!!

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