Picked a lousy time to visit Grand Cayman. An expensive and sorely disappointing trip.
A scuba instructor in Playa del Carmen, Mexico told me I “HAD TO” dive in Grand Cayman. So, a year later in March 2013, I did.
What a time consuming nightmare to get there for an eight day stay. Flew on points on American Airlines (aboard new planes, thank goodness) from Vancouver to Los Angeles to Miami to George Town, Grand Cayman. Came back through Miami and Dallas. Had I paid, the flight would have been in the $1,000 CDN range.
The dive resort I selected was Sunset House, about a 20 minute walk from the downtown area. It had NO beach. Just rocks and a boat launch. It cost about $3000 CDN double occupancy for one week of diving for one person and daily breakfast for two. The room was basic.
Problem is the weather was so blustery the dive boat couldn’t leave from the dock, so we had to be bused to another part of the island to dive. The crappy weather also ruined any chance I had of diving at Stingray City.
Grand Cayman is expensive. The exchange rate was about $1.50 Canadian to every Cayman dollar.
Seven Mile Beach is gorgeous. One of the top beaches I’ve visited. If I ever go back to Grand Cayman it will be for that beach. Walking there through downtown is a nightmare though due to the thousands of slow-moving, overfed, souvenir-seeking cruise ship passengers who get dropped in George Town daily. (Cuba has gorgeous beaches that rival Seven Mile Beach.)
Food is pretty good, but pretty pricey.