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Friday, September 28, 2007

Reader Question: Cayman Turtle Farm on a Cruise Visit?

Dear CaribbeanFamilyTripper,

My family is taking our first Caribbean cruise this December and we'll be visiting Grand Cayman one day. My son (who is seven) loves turtles so someone suggested the Cayman Turtle Farm. My daughter (age 14), however, really wants to hit the beach. Is there time to do both on a day visit? I looked at the map and the turtle farm looked a distance from the cruise port. Thanks! Claire, Oklahoma City

Dear Claire,

Thanks for your email. Your whole family should be happy with a stop at the Cayman Turtle Farm which is now called Boatswain's Beach Adventure Park; the facility has been enlarged and offers not only the turtles but just about a full day's worth of activities with a huge pool, predator tanks (you can swim just on the other side of the glass from sharks!), an aviary, and more.

The park is located on the far north end of Seven Mile Beach; you'll be driving along the beach on the way there and back. There are many tours that combine a stop on Seven Mile Beach and Boatswain's Beach if you'd like to squeeze in both.

Distance-wise, it's not that far from the cruise terminal in George Town to West Bay, where Boatswain's Beach is (we still want to call it the Cayman Turtle Farm...) but traffic can be slow. Allow for plenty of time to get back; if you return early, you'll find plenty of good shopping around the cruise terminal!

Happy travels! Paris and John

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