Global Discovery Vacations Review: A Comprehensive Guide to the Cayman Islands

Global Discovery Vacations member Heather A. had a tremendous trip to the Cayman Islands, full of sea turtles, thrilling left-side driving and that sweet, salty Caribbean air. She was even kind enough to give us this stellar review of her stay at Morritt’s Tortuga Club and Resort in this week’s Member Monday!

Where would you recommend a fellow member go to…
Eat:
Highly recommend Kurt’s Korners. It’s a bit hidden but a great find! Everything we had there was fresh, the staff was very friendly. Excellent conch fritters. You know the food is good when all the locals are waiting in line to pick up their lunch!

Over the Edge.

We also recommend Over The Edge, where we had breakfast most days. Their omelets are divine and very filling for all the running around you’ll be doing. We also had dinner there and it was as equally delicious. The view is breathtaking – their deck is literally “over the edge” of the ocean.

Shop:
The only real shopping we did was in Georgetown. I recommend finding a spot to park at one end and walking from one end to the other as there are plenty of shops for whatever you may need or want. Prices are pretty comparable to what you would expect in the US.

Have fun/attractions:
We visited the Crystal Caves, which were absolutely beautiful. Our guide, Donavan, grew up on the island and used to play in these caves as a wee lad. He was extremely knowledgeable about not only the caves but the animals and vegetation as well. He was also full of jokes and laughs.

We then visited the Cayman Turtle Farm. This was the highlight of this trip for me. My only disappointment is that we didn’t swim with them that day. We have to go back! But I could have spent all day in the wading tanks with all the babies. Yes, that’s right – for 18 US dollars, you can get in those tanks and pick them all up. They are so precious and such beautiful creatures. I was just in awe of all of them.

Queen Elizabeth II Royal Botanic Park.

We also visited Queen Elizabeth II Royal Botanic Park, which is full of rich beautiful flowers, plants and trees. I took 186 pictures alone here. It took us about an hour to walk through the entire garden.

What was your favorite…
Resort/Condo Amenity:
Our condo, Morritt’s Tortuga Club and Resort, was one of the recently renovated units and it was gorgeous. There is a washer and dryer (although we didn’t use either). There were three full bathrooms, which all had plenty of towels, plus a hair dryer in each one of them (don’t bring one of those, I did and didn’t use any of them).

There is a full kitchen with all the dishes, utensils, glasses, mugs, pots and pans, as well as a coffee machine. We did find that the refrigerator was not very efficient even after adjusting the temperature, however, so go ahead and stick all your groceries in the freezer.

We put our milk, half & half, butter and water all in the freezer – none of it froze and it kept them much cooler. The fridge was good for keeping leftovers but really didn’t keep things cold. That was literally the only “issue” we had.

Place to go in the destination:
We spent a lot of time at Mimi’s Bar on the water and our own pool bar, Premier Pool. Mainly because we did all of our adventuring in the morning and then relaxed by the pool in the afternoon. It was fabulous and our bartenders were superb!

View from bedroom balcony.

There are plenty of activities to do on site, however, but we opted to venture off site most days. They have diving and snorkeling right there off the beach, jet-ski rentals and more.

Why did you choose this destination? Were you traveling for a special occasion?
The Grand Cayman Islands were on the bucket list! And this was our belated honeymoon – nine years later!

What was your favorite memory of your vacation?
The turtles were my favorite adventure, but I must say I completely fell in love with this entire island. Even the driving on the left side of the road. The locals we encountered were so friendly. The overall atmosphere is so relaxing you don’t want to pack your bags. I was seriously ready to just move right into our condo.

And we can’t forget Cayman Elvis! You must see Cayman Elvis. He’s at Ivan’s Sports Bar every Thursday night.

Any tips for a traveler going to this resort or destination?

DRIVING

  • If you are going to be renting a car as we did, I highly recommend getting the right-side steering wheel. Driving on the left was very disorienting at first and for me it was helpful that I was in a car where everything was backwards, including the signals/wipers.
  • So yes, I was signally with my wipers often the first few days. I believe it helped in remembering you have to drive on the left. I was a pro by day four!

DO NOT OVER PACK!

  • You do not need a hairdryer. If you must bring other devices such as a curling iron, throw it in there. Otherwise don’t bother with the hairdryer there are three in the condo!
  • You won’t need those other three pairs of shoes either! One for walking around, one for going out, done.
  • Do bring a light sweater as it can get pretty windy if you’re sitting outside after dark. We did not need any long-sleeve shirts or pants!

FOOD AND DRINK

  • Keep in mind that the markets/liquor stores are all closed on Sundays! If you arrive on a Saturday like we did and want to stock the kitchen, they have a market right across the street. Get it out of the way so you don’t have to wait two days before getting there.
  • David’s does have a breakfast buffet that looked really nice though we didn’t end up trying it. But they do have coffee in case you don’t make it to the market or prefer eating out most of your time.
  • This is not American room service, it is take-out. You call and order from Ivan’s and you must go pick it up. It was not an issue, just an FYI as they don’t state that anywhere in the dining menu.

ELECTRICITY USE

  • You are charged for the electricity you use. We knew this going in and were pretty mindful of what we had on while in the condo.
  • We did use the A/C a lot of the time, especially first thing in the morning. But most nights, leaving the windows open and the fans on was sufficient. Most days were around 86 degrees. The morning seemed to be the most humid time of the day.
  • For the week we spent about $64, which we didn’t think was too bad considering I was expecting it to be more like 150.

HOUSEKEEPING

  • Housekeeping was fabulous, they were attentive and do light cleaning (bed-making, sweeping, etc.).
  • They do a full clean on Wednesday.
  • There is a convenient receptacle for dirty towels/linens just outside your door.

ACTIVITIES

  • There are several books all about the adventures you can take, we did hear Sting Ray City was a blast, but we didn’t make it there.
  • There are also discounts listed in those books as well. And maps that were very helpful for driving around, although my GPS on my phone worked just fine as well.

Anything you think they should bring?
A smile and a great attitude!

Photos courtesy of Heather A.

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Global Discovery Vacations since September 2013. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.

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