Two weeks ago, I hopped on a plane and flew down to Grand Cayman Island for a few days in the sun and on the surf.
I had been looking to close out the year with one more flight and even though Turks & Caicos was calling my name again (for $350), the $400 tickets to GCM tempted me into exploring a new island. I was happy because we managed to accomplish a good deal in five days without going overboard; we still had plenty of relaxation time and my self-made itinerary was flexible enough that we did not feel overwhelmed.
MARRIOTT BEACH RESORT
And then, after the fact, I did a little research and saw that comparable hotels had a similar, if not more expensive pricing, so I was smugly satisfied. I also managed to snag a rate that offered $50 resort credit (for food), which worked out nicely for us.
The hotel is pretty fancy; it's really modern and clean and as you walk in, you are offered a welcome drink. It was a super fresh strawberry drink (maybe a toned down lemonade? I'm not sure) and it's alcohol-free so the kids can grab a cup too.
ANCHOR & DEN
Since we were feeling a bit peckish, we went down to the indoor eatery, Anchor & Den, to enjoy a light lunch (where our resort credits came in handy). Dad got the crispy smelt, which was really good (not at all fishy) and served with a delicious aioli.
Kirk's to pick up bottled water for the week. It was a short ride that wasn't too stressful (the drivers were pretty generous to bikers on the road).
However, the ride back was a little more interesting. We'd picked up two six-packs of water that would easily fit in our bike baskets. The cashier pointed out that these two six-packs were more expensive than the twenty-four-pack. We bought the more economical pack but then had quite a time trying to figure out how we'd transport the giant case back to the hotel. We ended up tossing a few bottles into M's basket and then I grabbed the rest of the case and forced it into the tiny basket. The bottles weren't in the most secure position (especially considering the ride was a bit bumpy) but we made it back, almost. In the driveway of the hotel, M managed to drop one bottle. When she got off the bike to pick it up, the entire bike fell over and all of the bottles went rolling. We managed to save them all, but it was definitely a funny ordeal.
I'll be sharing each day's activities individually, so come back for more!