In 2001, Brian and I took a lovely Caribbean cruise and one port of call was the Grand Cayman Island. We toured “Hell”, the Turtle Farm and went to Sting Ray City to feed the stingrays. We were impressed with the island and thought we might like to return one day. We have used the web site Vacation Rentals By Owner several times in the past few years and frequently rent from Pat Lillo. We got to meet Pat and her husband last year and she mentioned she had several rental properties and listed one in Grand Cayman. After a short back and forth on email, we decided on Grand Cayman. If you are interested in contacting Pat, you can find her rentals at www.facebook.com/PatLilloVacationRentals.com Her rental on Grand Cayman is the Morritt’s Tortuga Club on the east end of the island. Luckily we were able to find reasonably priced flights if you didn’t mind flying the red eye. We left Calgary early Sunday morning and arrived in Toronto 6 a.m. local time. After breakfast and a long wait we boarded the plane for Cayman. Both flights were full so neither of us were able to grab any shut eye.
We arrived in Cayman a few minutes early, arriving at the same time as a British Airways flight. As soon as the door opened we were hit with a blast of hot humid air. I had read on Trip Advisor, clearing customs at the airport could be very slow and it lived up to the reputation. We were seated near the front of the plane so we were able to get off quickly and managed to stand in line inside the air conditioned terminal, but those getting off the planes after us, were left to wait in the heat of the day…in the sun. I think Cayman time is like Mexico time, at first there were 3 customs agents but soon we were down to two. We were in line for 45 minutes but others waited up to two hours before clearing customs. At least our luggage was sorted and waiting for us. A quick walk across the parking lot to Andy’s Car Rental to pick up the rental. The Morritt’s is at the far east end of the island and is a 45 min drive from the airport. We had booked a car for the entire two weeks but here is a hint to anyone staying at the Morritts….get a rental at the airport for the first day or two, then you can turn the car back at the Andy’s Kiosk across the street from the resort and then rent on a daily basis after that.
I has been worried about driving on the left side of the road, and also concerned about managing the “Round Abouts.” Getting out of the airport was tricky and driving those first few hundred yards was a challenge, but once out of the airport the driving on the left became easier.We made one small wrong turn on our way to the resort, but got there quite easily. Despite arriving after 4 pm, our room was not ready, so we opted to sit by a pool and wait. Once again Trip Advisor was helpful and we found this resort had very mixed reviews. At least we knew the resort had construction going on, repairs from the last hurricane. Despite renting from an owner, we were given a suite at the back of the resort, and in one of the older buildings. ( We should have been upgraded to ocean view.) The condition of the suite was only so so however it had one plus….it was at the furthest end of the resort and a pool right outside our suite. No one seemed to know this pool was here and most days only a handful of people were at the pool. No getting up early to reserve a chair by the pool! It was a very quiet part of the resort so for us that was a plus. After a brief unpacking, we went to Mimi’s Bar for a fish and chip dinner. The scenery is beautiful from the bar and a cool breeze was very welcomed. A very long day….but glad to be in the land of ocean breezes and palm trees, so much better than the land of snow and cold ( at least for awhile.)