Any suggestions to "go on your own" fun in Grand Cayman and Costa Maya? Been to Grand Cayman's excursions, but want to go on my own for a change. Also, have never been to Costa Maya. I've not yet been there, any suggestions? Any public beaches? Inexpensive cabs? Any reef to explore on our own? Safe? We booked excursions for the rest of our cruise (Valor, 04/03), but not there two. Thank you!!!
Grand Cayman: We did the Stingray Sandbar/snorkeling trip through Soto's Cruises and had a great time. We did 2 snorkel sites and the Stingray sandbar. Trip was about 2.5 hours and cost $24/pp. This year we're going down in the bubble sub. You can check that out at caymansubmariners.com.
Costa Maya: We rented a golf cart ($15/hr) and drove to the village of Majahual (sp) which is about 2 miles away. They have a very nice beach there. The only thing I didn't care for was the vendors were very pushy. We spent a couple of hours there and then drove further down the coast before heading back to the ship. When you get off the ship you will enter a huge shopping area. They have bars, restuarants, a pool with swim up bar, and there is some entertaiment. There is a beach area there, but the day we were there, there was trash all along the shore. This year we're doing the ship tour to Uvero Beach.
Celebrity Century 1/09
Carnival Destiny 10/07
Carnival Destiny 9/06
Monarch of the Seas 3/06
Carnival Inspiration 8/05
Carnival Miracle 4/05
Carnival Inspiration 4/04
Sovereign of the Seas 4/03
We love to swim with the stingrays, but you can't do it every time, or all day.
Last time in Cayman, we took a self guided walking tour downtown, down the backstreets, and visited with some of the locals, where tourists normally do not go.
This may be especially interesting now, after the hurricane.
I have felt safer and more comfortable on cayman than anywhere else.
Exact opposite of jamaica.