Let’s Roll to the Cayman Islands!

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Whether you’re looking for a beach side relaxing getaway or looking to plan a trip for you and the whole family, the Cayman Islands are a wonderful place to be for the holidays! If the Seven Mile Beach stretch isn’t enough for you, there’s also plenty of delicious cuisine, unique travel opportunities and wonderful excursions to take part in.

To give you a better picture, I ventured to the Cayman Islands with my family of 17 (father, mother, 2 brothers, sister, 4 cousins, 2 aunts, 2 uncles, 3 grandparents and 1 friend). We arrived via cruise ship and spent 24 hours exploring all there was to explore on the beautiful island.

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Food

On this small island, there are a surprisingly few number of restaurants with a variety of different cuisines. From Thai, Japanese and Chinese to your scrumptious European dishes, there is plenty to indulge in even if there a picky eaters among the group (especially if there are 17 of you). However, without being bias here, you are in fact in the Caribbean so I would strongly suggest that you take advantage of the delicious and affordable local foods in the area. Here are just a few dishes that you have to say you tried before you leave:

–          Plantain
–          Meat Patties
–          Rum Cake
–          Jerk Chicken
–          Bread Fruit

If you haven’t tried at least 3 of the 5 foods listed above, you can’t say you’ve really experienced the Caribbean, so get out there and feast!

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Things to Do

Though I must admit, I’m the last person to suggest you take part in any heavily overfilled tourist excursions, there is the option for unique travel opportunities and then of course your easy to find, easy to take part in popular tourist activities. In a larger group and those potential rowdy children of yours, this is a great list to take note of before you head to the islands.

–          Seven Mile Beach
–          Swim with the Dolphins
–          Play with the Sting Rays
–          Explore the Reefs at Bloody Bay Wall

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Unique Travel

Have you heard of the saying “off the beaten path?” Of course you have, because those hard to find, unique travel destinations aren’t so ‘hard to find’ anymore and are led by hundreds or thousands of footsteps before you. I am fully aware that if I tell you what unique travel opportunities there are still hiding in the Cayman Islands, they may not be to unique a few years from now. So do what you please, keep it your own hidden gem or share it with the world, it is now yours to discover.

Upon arrival in the Cayman Islands you are bound to keep busy and may not even find the time to explore the hidden wonders of the island before you cross everything else off your ‘to-do’ list. My tip is to write down what is most important for you to experience before entering the island and stick with it.

–          Meet the Locals for a Drink
–          Attend a Local Festival or Concert
–          Paddle Board on the North Side of the Islands
–          Go on a Hike through the Rugged Terrain

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Places to Stay

This topic can be a rather personal question depending on your group. For my group, we ended up departing a cruise ship from Miami and sleeping on the boat. For other families they prefer a larger vacation home rental and for smaller groups, a hotel chain usually suits their needs just fine. So, what do I suggest? Here’s a little splash of everything for you:

Vacations Homes
* Depending on your travel group size, villas in Cayman Islands usually average between $85 to $500

–          The Featherstone’s House
–          The Turtle Beach Ocean Front Villas
–          Pappagallo Beach Front Villa  

Hotels

–          Turtle Nest Inn
–          Sunshine Suites Resort
–          Sunset House

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When Should You Go?

Well what would you like to hear? Of course I could suggest that the best time to visit the Cayman Islands is during the vacation months like Christmas Break, March Break or Reading Week but you know I would be lying. However, the benefit to travel in the Caribbean is that there really isn’t one month to travel given that the temperatures are more often than not perfect for swimming in the ocean, hanging out on the beach and getting your vacation tan on.

So what else can we factor in, in order to give you the best possible suggestion? Price. So let’s talk money. The Caribbean countries are well aware as to when our Canadian breaks take place and are smart to keep their prices high during these busy travel seasons. If you choose to travel between May, June and July, these are where you will see hotel prices drop sometimes less than 50% of what it costs during the high season.

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So, if you’re looking for convenience, then you’ll be happy to know that you can travel to the Cayman Islands year round without seeing any terribly cold or rainy weather.

If you’re looking for a great time for a low cost, then my suggestion is to visit during our summer months between May and July.

So get out there and have a blast! Don’t forget to share your experiences and photos with the team here at Flight Network!  😀

 

About the Author: Jenna Davis

I am a 20-something Canadian travel blogger whose home address is as unknown as the next destination I will be visiting. I run my own travel blog at www.giveforgranted.com with a focus on affordable travel and unique experiences. Helping keep our true north strong and free, I have also developed a non-profit organization which supports northern Canadians living in poverty. Give for Granted.

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