OK, I sort of borrowed that from Red Sail's Capt. Jimmy out at Rum Point (a must go - see him!!).
The Marriott was beautiful, we stayed in Room 426 overlooking the Caribbean Sea, and it was pretty much what I would expect from a Marriott. The beach was excellent, well maintained and clean, and beach chairs / umbrellas made available by the doting staff. Some of the bar staff would make their rounds on the beach, bringing you a favorite frozen concoction. We only really ate ate the Red Parrot (for breakfast), so can't really share anything about the food ... but I can attest that the breakfast buffet was killer!!!
We found prices to be a bit on the high end in many of the Marriott bars, which is why we probably ventured outwards for dinner / drinks. A much more economical evening for us was walking across the street to Coconut Joe's and grabbing a great dinner for the cost of 4-beers at the Marriott bar :(
But I'm not going to dwell on that, because if I had to do it again .. the Marriott would be where I'd stay. Friendly people and great service, and my room couldn't have been kept cleaner by the housekeeping staff. I have NEVER run into a friendlier bunch of people, BRAVO to the Marriott for finding those folks ... they are the real gems of Grand Cayman.
I did rent a 2-dr Jeep Wrangler Sport through Avis in the Marriott lobby (I had the reservations prior to arriving), and they were great, too. No surprises, and very helpful in directing us to various locations we wanted to visit.
As mentioned in first paragraph, we decided to visit Stingray City from a Red Sail Sport out in Rum Point ... primarily so we wouldn't have to compete with "cruise ships" that were in port (and based on the advise found in TripAdvisor). Good thing, we went on a glass-bottomed boat out of Rum Point with Capt. Jimmy (a local favorite) with only about 8-other people. Enjoyable excursion, I'd highly recommend it.
We visited Boatswain Turtle Farm, which was also a blast. Look for a dude named Benny, Director of Tours, he's a real gem ... and he'll show you some baby sea turtles if you ask him.
Hell, we figured, what the hell? But it was fun, and I'd go again ... even though you're really only spending about 10-minutes there and you've seen it all.
Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Gardens are really beautiful, especially the floral color gardens. And you can see blue iguanas in natural habitat ... just sort of hanging out waiting for a photo opp :)
Blowholes (on southeast side of island) a must see, too. Worth the trip, for it appears the waters are always a bit choppy on southside ... so (when we went) blowhole was discharging about 7-10ft plumes.
On the way to the blowholes, stop by the Shoe Tree ... where tourists/locals have nailed shoes up to these 2-trees on the side of the road. It makes for a good picture.
Wreck of The 10 Sails monument and sight, on eastern end of island, is a nice place to grab some pictures, too. Plus it commemorates Caymanian benevolance from years back ... something I wasn't about to miss.
Great restaurants: Lighthouse (on southeast end of island) is fantastic for dinner. Sort of pricey, but who cares when you have ambiance like it offers. As mentioned earlier, Coconut Joes is FANTASTIC!!! I think I'd live there :) Also, west of the Marriott (on opposite side of road, too) is a neat place called Triple Crown Pub ... great little Irish pub where you can get a Kilkenny on tap!!! Further down the strip, also on that side of the road, is a place called EATS. Definitely go there, down home prices, great menu, and diner-style atmosphere.
Shopping, Georgetown was fantastic. I tend to gravitate towards the street vendors, which can be found east of Margaritaville a block or two down. We ran into a gal named Luana that sold us some incredible caymanite stingrays and turtles (great quality)!!!
In summary, I wouldn't hesitate coming back here ... or to the Marriott ... for another Grand Cayman experience. And believe me, you won't regret staying here either.
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