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Friday, March 06, 2009

Cayman Summer Splash 2009 Announced

The Cayman Islands has announced its very family-friendly program: Cayman Summer Splash which offers kids the chance to fly, eat, stay and play free at some of the islands’ best attractions including Sea School, the Cayman Turtle Farm at Boatswain’s Beach, the QEII Botanic Park, and a wide variety of watersports.

Kids Fly Free: Kid’s Fly Free is an addition this year to the program. Children 11 years and under will fly free on round-trip air fares from any Cayman Airways gateway city (NYC, Miami, and Tampa).

Accommodations (hotels and condos): Book 5 nights, pay for 4. Kids stay free in room with adult. Participating accommodations include: condos and villas on-island and hotels including Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, Cobalt Coast Resort, Compass Point, and Comfort Suites, The Reef Resort, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, and Westin Casuarina Resort and Spa, and others.

Car Rental: Look for 15% to 25% off rentals at participating rental companies.

Restaurants: Kids eat for free from the children’s menu when one adult pays for their meal at participating restaurants.

Attractions: At specified attractions, kids enter free with an accompanying adult.

Families can pre-purchase a dive package and receive 50% off all diving for children (ages 12-18) when diving with a full paying adult; 50% off night dive with a purchase of a four-day dive package; and 50% off for kids (12-18) on Discover Scuba Diving.

Skate Cayman: Skate Cayman, a new internationally-recognized skateboard camp at Black Pearl Skate & Surf Park, will bring top skateboarders from around the globe to teach budding skaters their craft. This is the first world class Skate camp program in the Caribbean!
Dates: Cayman Summer Splash is scheduled June 1 – September 7, 2009,

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

POTD: Sunset on Seven Mile Beach

Another Grand Cayman day draws to a close on Seven Mile Beach. This beach (which is actually closer to five miles long...but who's counting?) is lined with some of the island's best hotels and restaurants.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

POTD: Little Cayman

Little Cayman, the smallest of the three Cayman Islands, makes a laid back getaway for families thanks to its low population and low visitor count. Your family can grab a bike and pedal around the small island...but keep an eye out for iguanas...they have the right of way!

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Friday, November 09, 2007

POTD: Conch House, Grand Cayman

Driving tours of Grand Cayman usually pull over for a quick look at the Conch House, a house that's, well, bricked with conch shells!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

POTD: Cayman Brac

It's known as the "brac," a cliff that outlines the island of Cayman Brac, one of the three Cayman Islands. On the rocky beach below, it's common to see stacks of sea-polished rocks standing like quiet sentries on the shore.

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Monday, October 15, 2007

POTD: Swimming with Turtles, Grand Cayman

During a snorkel trip to Stingray City on Grand Cayman, this large turtle decided to join in the fun.

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Monday, October 08, 2007

POTD: Pedro St. James, Grand Cayman

Pedro St. James National Historic Site (sometimes called Pedro's Castle) is also known as the birthplace of Cayman democracy. The site is a favorite with kids thanks to its multisensory 3-D theater where wind and fog transport visitors back to the days when settlers first called Cayman home. Visitors can also tour the great house and walk along trails that offer excellent sea views.

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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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