Yes, Stingray City is not to be missed, I loved it. I also think Boatswain's (Bosun) Beach (the old Cayman Turtle farm), and Hell are not to be missed. Most lines will have a tour that takes you to all three, but you have to be careful that one stop doesn't take up all the time (as Stingray City can if you get a boat that rowing back to shore would be faster...).
Shopping in George Town is easy, it is right across form wherer the tenders let you off. Tottuga rum stores are all over the place if you plan on buying some rum or rum cakes (a must!).
Whena re you going and what ship?
2007 Victory & Triumph
2008 Conquest & Liberty
2009 Valor, Freedom, and Splendor
2010 Glory and Liberty
Feb. 2007 we visited the Tortuga Rum factory and the turtle farm. Great experience. First time we've ever been that close to or held sea turtles. They were in the process of expanding the park. Looks like they've completed the 2 lagoons, the aviary, a swimming area. I'd like to go back to see the many changes they've made.
Swam with the stingrays on a previous stop on Grand Cayman and it was WONDERFUL!!! Took a boat out to a sandbar and they swam all around you. One was such a bugger for food that it wasn't shy about swimming up the front of me as I stood in neck-deep water (I'm short ). Just remember to feed them with an open palm....I let one of my finger tips get in the way and got a slight "nip". No damage done, though. :-)
I wouldn't miss Sting ray city, as for anything else, there are NO bargains in Grand Cayman. I would do sting ray city in the AM and then spend the rest of the day at Seven Mile Beach, if you enter through the Hyatt, it is really nice there, you can rent a jet ski or just walk along the beach. I went to Grand Cayman for a week and there isn't that much to do. The botanical Gardens are nice, they have extinct lizards (blue lizard) that were cool. Another nice place is Rumpoint Beach, Your boat may offer an excursion to sting ray city and then rum point. Good luck- Hope this helps- Dont waste your time at the turtle farm or hell!!!!
Dont waste your time at the turtle farm or hell!!!!
Yes, we could have done without the stop at HELL, but many of the tours make a stop there. Definitely a tourist stop probably to bring business to the store and the chance to send a postcard home postmarked HELL. Not our cup of tea, but, may be something others would care to send back home. But we did find it interesting that on the back wall of the store was a water level mark that showed how much the island was flooded by Hurricane Ivan. Everyone was back on the bus in a matter of 10-15 minutes, so the bus driver didn't prolong the agony and took us to our next stop.
But, anyone who has an interest in sea turtles - especially those with children or are big kids themselves, might enjoy the turtle farm. They've since done some expansion, while might further appeal to folks
We booked a tour through our cruise line and it took us to the Turtle Farm, Hell, and also Sting Ray city. Turtle Farm was AWESOME, you get to hold them and have your picture taken holding them. It was so cool and would do it again in a heart beat. Hell was cool, the gift shops there were a bit expensive but had some really neat things. Plus we sent a post card back hone to the united states that was cool. Sting Ray city, didn't realize you actually got in the OCEAN with the wild sting rays. I thought it would be a habitat for Sting Rays but it was the actually ocean, so I did not get in. They water looked liked it came up to mid chest. Alothouh I did not get in the water with them it was an amazing experience and great picture taking setting. All in all that tour was money well spent. Would defiently do all of it again.
We took the tour that included the turtle farm, Hell and Sting Ray City. The turtle farm was interesting (if you are really into animals), Hell was vastly overstated :evil: (not much to see and nothing to do) but Sting Ray City made it the best shore excursion we have had from any of our cruises. A great experience and you don't have to even be able to swim! 8)
Tiffany - personally i wouldn't even think about renting a moped in Grand Caymen, the streets are very crowded with vehicles and people. If you want to get to a beach just grab a cab at the pier.
The sting rays are not to be missed, book an independant tour we have had very good luck with Captain Marvin
Just don't do the Ebanks Watersports waverunner snorkeling tour unless you enjoy getting drenched and hanging on for dear life for 20 min. each way in the open ocean. Stingray City is a must. Margaritaville is new here with a waterslide inside.
Think you must mean sailing Feb.09 (post says 08).
If you enjoy being on a crowded beach with hardly any facilities, hop on the local bus to Governors Beach. $5.00 round trip. Taxi $10-20.
If you enjoy snorkelling, get off ship, walk left and within 5 minutes you'll come to a little beach where there is a fish stand on left. Beach is pebbly but not far to ocean. You can see ship from there and also snorkel.
Dont forget to sample the rum cakes at the rum factory close by.