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Hot, Hot, Hot...

Caribbean sunset from our hotel room balcony

The week before Christmas is a good week for a vacation for a lot of reasons. No one in their right mind really wants to be shopping, the kids are out of school and very few people are traveling for business or pleasure. This combination has meant a trip in each of the past three years for us.

 

Mary Lou's requirement is that wherever we go is hot and doesn't involve huge amounts of time on airplanes to get there. In 2000, we went to Grand Cayman, part of the British West Indies in the Caribbean. It is located just south of Cuba and just west of Jamaica.

Monday December 18th

We got to our hotel just in time for a look around. We had a room on the 2nd floor above the pool 40 feet from the ocean.

Tuesday December 19th

Our first full day was also the hottest - over 90 and very humid. We chose that day for a long walk into town. We discovered shops and restaurants along the way and had a late lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe. We started to acquire a taste for good rum cake that followed us the rest of the trip. On the way back, we stopped to take a shot of the sun setting behind an old shipwreck (first picture below). The kids took a late night swim in the pool just below our balcony (second picture below).

Mary Lou and I in tropical gear on our balcony

Wednesday December 20th

This was our day to rent a car and see the sites across the island. The reason that was a big deal is that on Grand Cayman they drive on the left side of the road. Undaunted, I rented a right hand drive car (third picture above) and off we went. I never heard my family repeat the words "left side" so many times as on that day. Our first stop was the Turtle Farm. This a farm that both protects and farms green sea turtles (fourth picture above). From there we drove to a city called Hell. The landscape inspired the name, which they now use for a theme with tourists (first two pictures below). 

From Hell, we drove across the island to an old pirate treasure hiding spot made up of natural caves (third picture below). We continued the trip to some blow holes at the beach at the far end of the island. From there we made a quick stop at the Botanical Gardens (fourth picture below), but the mosquitoes were causing us a lot of grief by then. We finished the day seeking some Caribbean entertainment, but settled for a good dinner just a short walk up the road (first picture 2 rows down).

Thursday December 21st

On Thursday we hung around the hotel to relax and did some walking along the beach.

Friday December 22nd

We headed back into town on Friday to try to take a submarine ride out to the shipwrecks. Because of the storm that had been hovering in the Caribbean all week, the water was too cloudy to see anything. We did some shopping around, then bussed back to the hotel for some swimming and relaxation. That evening we did a pirates dinner at the hotel with Caribbean entertainment that proved to be a real highlight of the trip (second through fourth pictures below).

Saturday December 23rd

Our last day turned out to be the best beach day of all. The storm off-shore had passed and the water was crystal clear. We spent the morning in the ocean and pool (three pictures below, scanned from prints) and then headed out to the airport for the trip home.

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