a week in grand cayman | grand cayman travel tips

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

a week in grand cayman: grand cayman travel tips from A Memory of Us

Tyler and I spent February 7 - February 14 in the Cayman Islands. Today I am going to recap our trip for you all! How we got to go on this trip is actually quite a story...

Tyler has a client for work in the Cayman Islands. He went in early December for a week for project kick off. He had to go back for a week in February to close the project. Luckily, my job pretty much allows me to work anywhere that has wifi connection. I was able to get permission to work remotely for the week, so I tagged along on Tyler's work trip! I am truly grateful that my company allowed me to do that, because it gave us a great vacation! We both worked everyday from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, so our week in the Cayman Islands was not an all-day beach vacation, but we still had a wonderful time. Since this trip was different that most of our vacations, I'm going to recap it a little differently than my other vacation recaps.

I hope this helps if you are looking to plan a trip there! If you would like to pin this post for future reference, please use the image above : ).


Where We Stayed

A Week In Grand Cayman: What to do during a stay in the Cayman Islands? A visit to Seven Mile Beach is a must!

where to stay in the cayman islands

Since Tyler's company was paying for most of the trip, our hotel was chosen for us. We stayed at the Comfort Suites Grand Cayman. Honestly, this hotel was great. It had a nice pool, beach access, free breakfast in the morning, and was in a great location. It was right along Seven Mile Beach and was within walking distance of many restaurants and bars. The hotel was very clean and the staff was very nice. We were really concerned about safety since Tyler would be leaving each day and I would be staying at the hotel to work. I felt completely safe there by myself while he was gone.

For the last two days of our trip, we moved to an Airbnb. We rented a private room/bath for two nights. The host was great and we really liked moving to a new location as that put as around new beaches and restaurants! I would recommend both of the places we stayed during this trip.

Where We Ate


Where to eat in the Cayman Islands: Go for dinner at Sunset House. You can sit outside and watch the cruise ships!

yoshi sushi cayman islands review


The food the Cayman Islands is SO good. Below is a list of some of our favorite restaurants from the trip.

1. Yoshi Sushi: My favorite meal from the whole trip. Our food is pictured above and was SO good. If you go early enough, they also have a pretty good happy hour.
2. Sunset House: Tyler's favorite meal from the trip. The whole restaurant is outside on a deck. The restaurant is a part of a hotel, but it is very good. We both recommend the bruschetta. You're right on the water, so if you go on a day when the cruise ships are docked, you can watch them from the deck which is pretty cool! A picture of us there is above.
3. Gelato & Co: Delicious gelato! Gelato & Co. is also in a really cool area called Camana Bay which is a shopping district you can walk around while you eat your gelato.
4. Lone Star Bar & Grill: This is your typical sports bar. Tyler and I watched the Super Bowl here and we had a great time!
5. Breezes By the Bay: This restaurant is located right in Georgetown. If you go during the day, expect the area to busy with people from the cruise ships! They have delicious pizza and you can sit out on a balcony to be in the action. Service was a little slow, but we had a very nice waiter and a great view so we did not mind!
6. Cafe del Sol: We went here for a quick lunch before heading to the airport. They have good sandwiches, coffee, chips, etc.
7. Chicken! Chicken!: Definitely worth a visit if you are in the mood for some quick food. They have really great jerk chicken. Portion sizes are huge. Tyler and I could have easily split a meal and just added one extra side to have enough food for the both of us.


What We Did


Grand Cayman Travel Tips: A visit to Seven Mile Beach is a must

1. Seven Mile Beach: This is the most well-known beach on the island. It is the beach that our hotel backed up to. The beach was really nice, and it is definitely worth a day here! If you do not stay at a hotel on this beach, there are public portions of this beach you can go to.

Grand Cayman Travel Tips: What's the number one activity in the Cayman Islands? Sting Ray City, of course! Such a fun and interactive excursion.

2. Sting Ray City: This is the only excursion we really went on and it was so much fun! A boat will take you out to a sandbar in the middle of the ocean. There are sting rays all around! The story is that fishermen used to go there to clean their fish, so the sting rays started going there for the scraps. Now they stay because tourists like us go out there and feed them haha! Unfortunately, we didn't have a water proof camera so I don't have any pictures of us with the sting rays but it was very fun. We were able to feed the sting rays, hold them, and they placed them on our backs for "back massages". Our excursion also included snorkeling at two different stops.

exploring george town in the cayman islands


3. George Town: Walking through downtown George Town definitely needs to be on your list of things to do in the Cayman Islands. There are quite a few shops, restaurants, etc. all around. This is also where the cruise ships dock, so there are tons of people everywhere.

A Week in Grand Cayman: Make sure you visit Rum Point! This is a free beach and a great place to spend an afternoon.

4. Rum Point: Rum Point is a free public beach you can go visit. It is a bit of a drive, but definitely worth the visit. You can get beach chairs and just enjoy the sun, rent equipment to do some water sports, eat at the restaurant, play sand volleyball and more. Tyler and I spent a few hours here and really enjoyed it. It was very relaxing and we were surprised it did not cost anything to spend the day there! We didn't eat there, but the food looked really good, too.


what to do in the cayman islands: visit rum point beach!

Grand Cayman was truly an amazing place. However, the trip was quite expensive. I'm not sure if Tyler and I would have ever gone there if it were not part of a business trip. (His flight, our hotel, and the rental car were all covered by his work so it helped tremendously with what we paid out of pocket.) If you are looking for a more affordable beach vacation I would highly recommend Punta Cana .

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49 thoughts

  1. What a great winter escape and even better that you were able to enjoy it together even though you both were working!! Love that you switched locations too - exploring more! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. Ah, I need a job that sends me to an island! Looks like a great trip and a wonderful spot to visit!

    Christina :: Simple and Delish

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  3. Grand Cayman is one of the places we're considering for our honeymoon so I loved reading this post!

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  4. That sounds a pretty fun working vacation - it's great things all came together like that and you got a little getaway!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

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  5. Looks like a great trip! Such a beautiful place!

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  6. ah i love caymans! the seven mile beach and rum point are totally worth it you're right. and give me all the sushi please :)

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  7. What an amazing trip and that's so awesome that you had the work flexibility to go with Tyler! Looks like you had a blast!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

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  8. You just flooded my brain with memories of paradise!! We spent a week last April on seven mile beach and fell in love, we even ate at Yoshi Sushi and loved it. We also went to Rum Point and Sting Ray city which we adored, just amazing!! I loved your pictures and so happy you got to go to paradise!! ;-)

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  9. This post has me LONGING for summer/warmer weather like crazy! It's beach time!

    This post also has me longing for sushi---um, YUM!

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  10. Beautiful pictures!! My friends just go back from the Cayman Islands and had a blast! Love your floral dress.

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  11. What a fabulous experience Darcy! I've heard nothing but wonderful things about the Cayman Islands. A friend of my mom's had a professional job there once. I don't see how she worked! LOL Love your floral dress! It is gorgeous.
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  12. This looks like so much fun! I need a vacation so badly!
    ~~Megan~~
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  13. Sounds like an amazing trip!
    VelvetandVino.com

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  14. Darcy, I am happy to hear you had the opportunity to go there without having to pay for the majority of the trip... that is awesome xox

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  15. Gosh, makes me want to go back so bad! We absolutely LOVE visiting Grand Cayman...7 mile beach is stunning and we can always find a secluded spot on the stretch that there is nothing but beach and calm blue waters. And swimming with the stingrays was by far one of the highlights of our last trip to GC! Glad you had fun!

    xo,
    Brooke | www.kbstyled.com

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  16. you are so lucky! i wish i could work remotely. glad y'all were able to make such a fun trip out of it:)
    elle
    Southern Elle Style

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  17. That's so awesome that you got to go with your husband on his work trip, even if y'all both had to work during the day. We stopped at Grand Caymen during a cruise, and we loved going to Sting Ray City, it was one of my favorite excursions from all of our cruises!

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  18. That's amazing that you got to tag along on his trip and that your company approved working remotely! Good deal! It looks gorgeous there!

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  19. How amazing that the trip was mostly paid for, and you were able to work remotely and not eat up a week of vacation time! Such a beautiful island, and I loved Seven Mile Beach when I was there several years ago. Can't wait to go back <3
    Green Fashionista

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  20. This looks like such an incredible vacation. I would say that as we get older, these types of trips will be like drops in the bucket since our savings will be more mature then! I would love to go to Grand Cayman, but then again I want to go everywhere. You know me, whatever it takes to travel the world ;) xx adaatude.com

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  21. So cool you got to go with your husband on his work trip. Gavin's parents on a timeshare there, so if we ever decide to vacation there, we will probably use their timeshare.

    xx,
    Amanda || www.fortheloveofglitter.com

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  22. What a great experience!! It's great that you were able to go with your husband on his work trip and experience the Cayman Islands
    Charlene The Frugal Fashionista

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  23. Great escape and cute couple.
    I need such a trip :)

    Maria
    http://skincareof.com/

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  24. I'm 20 years past my honeymoon days, but I'd love to visit as an anniversary trip. The place seems beautiful! I need a little relaxation and good food!

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  25. Looks like a great trip. Beautiful place and pics.
    xox
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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  26. Looks like a wonderful trip! We've been chatting about needing a getaway like this, like soon. What a great refresher in the middle of winter!

    Molly | Hey There Sunshine

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  27. So jealous of your vacation! It looked like it was an awesome trip!

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  28. Such a great travel guide girl! I'm saving this for future reference!

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  29. Love that you got to tag along on the work trip! This is a great guide! I stopped there on a cruise and loved the day trip, this makes me want to go back and do a real trip. Looks like a great time!

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  30. Sounds like the best kind of work trip! :) You manage to fit a lot in and enjoy the place, nice to see :)

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  31. What a great place to spend the week working remotely!
    charity
    lifeafterbaseball.net

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  32. Wow that so is awesome you got to spend a week there for work! I need a tropical paradise in my life.

    Erica
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  33. I'm so jealous!! I need to go there asap!

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  34. Looks like an amazing trip! This is on a list of places I would like to go :)
    xo, Jessica || The Petite Diaries

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  35. We stopped in Grand Cayman on our Honeymoon cruise and it was amazing! Out of the four ports we went to, Grand Cayman is the only one I'd love to go to again! We LOVED Stingray City and splurged on the onboard photographer pictures lol

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  36. It looks gorgeous there! We were meant to see Sting Ray City on a cruise port but the weather was too windy that day. We spend the day enjoying some cocktails on the beach . . . so fun! Love the recap!

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  37. Loved the Cayman Islands! Such a great safe place!
    xo,
    Jacqueline
    Stylin In St. Louis

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  38. Looks like it was fun! I need the warm weather!

    Sportsanista

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  39. what an amazing trip! even if you did have to work some, it looks like you guys had an amazing time!

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  40. Loved the Cayman Islands when we stopped there on a cruise! But you're right, it is SO expensive there. A cheeseburger and three drinks at a beach bar cost us $80 before tip.. I almost passed out.

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  41. Looks beautiful! I've always wanted to go there but definitely the expense for a family trip is steep. Your last picture is still my fave.

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  42. Oh, this post makes me want to go back to the Caymans... I've only been there for day trips (cruise ship ports), but the Caymans made a huge impression on me. The water in your photos is gorgeous. Sounds like you had a great trip!

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  43. Looks beautiful. I can imagine those trips being very costly but how lucky for y'all that work covered some of the expenses. What do you do for a living that allows you to work on the go? So jealous! :P

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  44. Looks like you guys had a great work/vacation week. Love the striped T dress too!

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  45. I too have a job that lets me work remotely & a boss that's pretty understanding as long as my work gets done. I don't know that I could focus with the beach & sunshine only steps away. I think I would have been drink in hand using my laptop from a lounge chair!

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  46. The reason I liked here is that this venue Houston TX is so intimate and personable and while having astounding atmosphere! Really more suited and perfect for experiencing great food and having a good time.

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  47. We went to Yoshi Sushi as well! It was so cool the way it was designed and the food and drinks were great! :)

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    1. Isn't it so yummy?! Was your trip recent? I miss it haha!

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